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December 30, 2008
Sports pictures from 2008
This is the final part of our three-day look back at some of best pictures of year. Today we look at some of the best sports pictures from around the world in 2008. These images include the Olympics and Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals in Beijing, the Giants winning the Super Bowl, as well as the Phillies winning the World Series and Tiger Woods winning the U.S. Open. (16 images)

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This underwater photograph shows US swimmer Michael Phelps competing during the men's 100m butterfly swimming semifinal at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on Aug. 15, 2008. Phelps became the first man to win eight gold medals at the same Olympics, in Beijing 2008. AFP / Getty Images / Francois-Xavier Marit


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United States' Michael Phelps, right, and his teammate Garret Weber-Gale celebrate winning the gold in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center on Aug. 11, 2008 at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. AP / The Canadian Press / Paul Chiasson



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Christine Magnuson of United States reacts after finishing second in the women's 100-meter butterfly semifinals during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center on Aug. 10, 2008 at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. AP / Mark J. Terrill



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In this multiple exposure image, Benjamin Kleibrink of Germany battles Yuki Ota of Japan for gold in individual foil Aug. 13, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com



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Nastia Liukin of the United States competes on the balance beam on her way to winning gold during the Women's Individual All-Around on Aug. 15, 2008 at the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com



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Runners compete in the men's 1000-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium on Aug. 17, 2008 at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. AP / Robert F. Bukaty



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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, second from right, yells at his mother, Gloria, left, who left her seat after a foul on James by Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, second from left, in the second quarter of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals in Cleveland on May 12, 2008. Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett is on the right. AP / Mark Duncan



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American winner Danica Patrick of Andretti Green Racing, right, poses with her trophy on the podium as second place finisher Brazil's Helio Castroneves of Team Penske shows his smaller one on the podium after the Indy Japan 300 auto racing at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, northeast of Tokyo on April 20, 2008. AP / Katsumi Kasahara



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Gustavo Mejia lies on the mat after Demetrio Soto knocked him out at 58 seconds into the first round of their super lightweight boxing bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. on June 7, 2008. AP / David Gard



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Samuel Peter from Nigeria gets a punch from Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine during their WBC heavyweight boxing world championship fight in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 11, 2008. Klitschko won the fight after round nine due to technical knock out. AP / Herbert Knosowski



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New York Giants receiver David Tyree, right, makes a catch against New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison (37 during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl XLII football game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Feb. 3, 2008. AP / Charlie Riedel



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Force India Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella of Italy is seen in mid air as he crashes with Williams Formula One driver Kazuki Nakajima of Japan at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit in Istanbul on May 11, 2008. AP / Daniel Maurer



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Torino's Riccardo Colombo, above, and Siena's Emanuele Calaio' jump for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Siena and Torino at Artemio Franchi stadium in Siena, Italy Nov. 30, 2008. AP / Fabio Muzzi



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Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Lidge, left, and Carlos Ruiz react after their victory in Game 5 of the baseball World Series in Philadelphia. The Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to win the series on Oct. 29, 2008. AP / Julie Jacobson



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Tiger Woods follows his ball as he comes out of a bunker on the eighth green during a playoff round for the US Open championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course on Monday, June 16, 2008 in San Diego. AP / Chris Carlson



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New York Yankee fans watch from the upper deck as past Yankee greats are introduced during a ceremony before a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in New York on Sept. 21, 2008. AP / Julie Jacobson



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