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The Canadian Press sports photos of the year

A collection of the best images from sporting events around the globe in 2012

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Sun Yang of China makes his way to gold in the 400 metre men's freestyle final at the Aquatic Centre in the Olympic Village at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Canada's Jeffrey Frisch speeds down the hill during the men's Super-G race at the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup in Lake Louise, Alta. Sunday, November 25, 2012.

Jonathan Hayward/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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A fan takes pictures as Phoenix Coyotes' Boyd Gordon, right, and Calgary Flames' Anton Babchuk, from Ukraine, crash into the boards during first period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Ontario skip Glenn Howard, centre, celebrates his gold medal win with third Wayne Middaugh, second Brent Laing and lead Craig Savill over Alberta at the Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon, Sask. Sunday, March, 11, 2012.

DEREK MORTENSEN/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Newfoundland and Labrador third Ryan Fry yells at his shot as lead Geoff Walker and second Adam Casey sweep during an afternoon draw against Nova Scotia at the Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon, Sask. Monday, March, 5, 2012.

JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Cynthia Phaneuf performs in the exhibition gala at the Canadian figure skating championships in Moncton, N.B. on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.

Andrew Vaughan/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Sweden's Rickard Rakell (24) crashes into team Russia goalie Andrei Makarov (20) during the third period of the gold medal game at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.

Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Vancouver Canucks' Andrew Ebbett, left, tries to knock down the puck after Minnesota Wild's Justin Falk, right, played it out of the corner during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Michael Phelps of the USA explodes out of the water in his swimming heat in the Men's 200m Butterfly at the Olympic Games in London on Monday July 30, 2012.

Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Former Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello is reflected in a mirror as a crew member watches his car get a tire change during practice sessions at the Honda Indy in Toronto on Friday, July 6, 2012.

Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., competes in the high jump during the heptathlon event at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Calgary on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara tumbles as he makes a save against the Montreal Impact during first half MLS soccer action in Montreal, Saturday, May 19, 2012.

Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Team Canada celebrate after winning the gold medal game at the World Women's Ice Hockey Championships Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Burlington, Vermont.

Paul Chiasson/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Canada's Karine Sergerie gets kicked in the face as she fights Franka Anic of Slovenia in the women's 67kg taekwondo quater-finals during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Friday, August 10, 2012.

Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100-metre final at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Sunday August 5, 2012.

Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Paula Findlay of Canada stops with team doctor Steve Keeler during the run portion of Triathlon competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Findlay resumed the race after stopping.

Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Toronto Blue Jays' Yunel Escobar refocuses as he faces New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte during the first inning of MLB American League action in Toronto on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Fifteen-year-old Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, is sprayed with water by her fellow golfers after winning the CN Canadian Women's Open LPGA golf tournament at the Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C., on Sunday August 26, 2012.

DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Vancouver Whitecaps' goalkeeper Brad Knighton is pushed into the back of the net by Real Salt Lake's Jonny Steele, of Northern Ireland, as he retrieves the ball after Salt Lake's Nat Borchers, not pictured, scored a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday August 11, 2012.

DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Sam Stout, right, from London, Ont., takes a left to the head from John Makdessi, from Montreal, during their UFC lightweight fight Saturday, November 17, 2012 in Montreal. Makdessi won the unanimous decision.

Ryan Remiorz/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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The afternoon sun sets as fans arrive at Ivor Wynne Stadium before Canadian Football League action between the B.C. Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in Hamilton, Ontario., on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

Dave Chidley/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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From left to right, South Korea's Kim Sik, Jun Junglin, Suk Youngjin and Won Yunjong race from the top of the course during the four-man bobsled World Cup event in Whistler, B.C., on Saturday November 24, 2012.

DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Dave Stala, left, and Calgary Stampeders' Eric Fraser slide out of bounds in the snow during first half CFL football action in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.

Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Canada's Larisa Yurkiw prepares to blast out of the start gate during the second women's downhill training run at the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup in Lake Louise, Alta. Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

Jonathan Hayward/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Toronto Argonauts players hold the Grey Cup after defeating the Calgary Stampeders in CFL action Sunday November 25, 2012 in Toronto.

Nathan Denette/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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BMX riders take a jump during quarter-final action at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Jockey make the first turn during the running of the 153rd Queen's plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Sunday, June 24, 2012.

Nathan Denette/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Toronto Blue Jays play against the Kansas City Royals as the sky glows red at sunset during seventh inning AL baseball action in Toronto on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Nathan Denette/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie's scar is seen on his forehead as a result of a diving accident while training in Spain last month Thursday, July 5, 2012 in Montreal. Despatie talked about his training and recovery and confirmed he will compete in the London Olympic Games this summer.

Paul Chiasson/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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