BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 08: Japanese team trains before the 6th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy at the Water Cube on December 8, 2011 in Beijing, China.
Making a splash
Competitors deal with the water jump during the Malinowski Mens 3000-meter steeplechase at the Zatopek Classic at the Victorian Athletics Centre on Dec. 10 in Melbourne, Australia.
Synch or swim
The Japanese team trains before the sixth FINA Synchronized Swimming World Trophy at the Water Cube in Beijing, China.
Get me outta here
Guy Mercer of Bath is caught in a scrum during the Heineken Cup match between Bath Rugby and Leinster on Dec. 11 Leinster earned an 18-13 victory.
A view from the truck of LOORRS Pro Two Unlimited driver Robby Woods as dirt and mud flies during round 15 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz.
With one tire in flames, LOORRS Pro Four Unlimited driver Johnny Greaves competes in the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup in Chandler, Ariz.
Stephanie Sparta watches during opening day of the Rage at the River in Laughlin. Nev., as SNORE driver Joey Ritorto leads Dennis Kordonowy.
It's a dirty job
Driver Kent Brascho crashes during the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz.
Members of the Navy Midshipmen football team carry the flags onto the field before the start of the 112th annual Army-Navy Game at FedEx Field. Navy won, 27-21.
Seal of approval
President Barack Obama looks on as Navy fans celebrate a touchdown in the 112th annual Army-Navy Game on Dec. 10 in Landover, Md.
Strike the pose
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III poses with the Heisman Trophy after being named the 2011 winner on Dec. 10 in New York. Griffin overcame a tightly bunched field for the honor.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb dives over Detroit Lions strong safety Amari Spievey (42) and linebacker Bobby Carpenter (59) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field on Dec. 11 Detroit held on to win, 34-28.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson lands in the end zone after catching a touchdown pass against the Houston Texans. The Texans won 20-19, clinching a playoff berth.
Cheerleaders get into the holiday spirit as the Miami Dolphins play the Philadelphia Eagles at Sun Life Stadium on Dec. 11. The Eagles won the game, 26-10. The Dolphins subsequently made a change within the team.
Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer competes during the qualification round of the ski jumping World Cup individual event in Harrachov, Czech Republic.
Competitors head out to sea at the start of the Finn Gold Fleet race on the Centre Course during Day 8 of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia. Four sailors clinched a slot on the U.S. Olympic team in the event.
Joel Parkinson competes during the 2011 Pipeline Masters at the Bonsai Pipeline North Shore of Oahu.
UFC featherweight Chan Sung Jung celebrates his victory over Mark Hominick at UFC 140 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon (43) and Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Ellis (37) fight during the second period at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The Flyers won, 5-4.
Spain's Lidia Valentin competes during the weightlifting test event in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Nice to meet you
Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt greets paralyzed former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand after Tennessee beat Rutgers 67-61 in Piscataway, N.J. on Dec. 13.
Will Lowe rides in the bareback competition during the eighth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo on Thursday in Las Vegas, finishing fourth in the event.
In the spotlight
Women's bronze medalist Alena Leonova performs during the closing gala at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating on Sunday in Quebec City.
Pairs gold medalists Aliona Savchenko, top, and Robin Szolkowy perform during the closing gala at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final on Sunday in Quebec City.