looks at the most indelible images from the great moments in sports from 2011:

Slideshow: The Year In Sports Photos Slideshow


Braylon Edwards

Braylon Edwards of the Jets does a flip in celebration of New York's 17-16 win against the Indianapolis Colts during an 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Jan. 8.


Cam Newton

Cam Newton celebrates Auburn's 22-19 victory over the Oregon Ducks in the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10.



Mewelde Moore of the Steelers catches a pass over Antonio Cromartie (31) of the Jets in the third quarter of the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on Jan. 23.


Aaron Rodgers

Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Packers celebrates in the locker room with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after Green Bay defeated the Steelers 31-25 on Feb. 7.


Trevor Bayne

Trevor Bayne's crew celebrates as the 20-year-old crosses the finish line to become the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.


Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards celebrates with a flip from his car after winning the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6. (Composite photo illustration created using multiple images.)


Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette of the Brigham Young Cougars runs off the court after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament on March 19.


Kemba Walker

UConn guard Kemba Walker goes to the basket against Matt Howard (54) and Shelvin Mack (1) of the Butler Bulldogs during the NCAA championship game on April 4.


Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot back to the fairway on the 10th hole after an errant tee shot during the final round of the 2011 Masters on April 10.


Mark Cuban

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (center) calls for a foul against the Portland Trail Blazers during Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on April 21.


Remembering Seve Ballesteros

Jose Maria Olazabal (left) and Miguel Angel Jimenez, both of Spain, console one another after a minute silence held in memory of fellow countryman Seve Ballesteros, who died on May 7.


Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods leaves the course on May 12 as he withdrew from The Players Championship after just nine holes.


Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United on May 28. Barca won 3-1.


Dan Wheldon

Dan Wheldon of England kisses the yard of bricks alongside son Sebastian Wheldon, after winning the 95th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30.


LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

On June 12, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat answer questions from the media after the Dallas Mavericks beat them 4-2 in the 2011 NBA Finals.


Kissing Couple Of Vancouver Riot

Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss on June 15 in Vancouver, which broke out in riots after the Canucks lost to the Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals on June 16.


Dirk Nowitzki

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki waves on the balcony of the Wuerzburg Residence on June 28 in Wuerzburg, Germany.


Hope Solo

Japan celebrates winning the World Cup as U.S. goalie Hope Solo looks dejected after a penalty shootout in the championship match July 17.


Amir Khan

Amir Khan celebrates his fifth-round knockout of Zab Judah in their super lightweight world championship unification bout at Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23 in Las Vegas.


NFL Lockout

DeMaurice Smith (left), executive director of the National Football League Players' Association, looks on as Patriots owner Robert Kraft (center) is embraced by Colts center Jeff Saturday during a news conference on July 25 to announce the players and owners are set to agree on a labor deal and end the lockout.


Matt Kemp

On Aug. 26, Matt Kemp hits a solo home run against the Rockies. Kemp nearly became baseball's first triple-crown winner since 1967, finishing with the most home runs (39) and RBI (126) and third in batting (.324).


Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after beating Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 in the men's final to win the 2011 U.S. Open on Sept. 12.


Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather delivers a knockout punch to Victor Ortiz in the fourth round during a WBC welterweight title fight on Sept. 17 in Las Vegas.


NBA Lockout

A fan holds up a sign referencing the NBA lockout during the first half of the South Florida All-Star Classic NBA basketball game in Miami on Oct. 8.


Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti hugs a crew member after hearing that former teammate and friend Dan Wheldon had died during the Las Vegas Indy 300 on Oct. 16.


Yani Tseng

Yani Tseng of Taiwan won 12 LPGA events in 2011, including the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Oct. 23.


David Freese

David Freese reacts after hitting a solo home run off the Texas Rangers' Mark Lowe in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 27. The Cardinals won the game 10-9 and went on to win the World Series.


Penn State

On Nov. 9, students in State College, Pa., fill the streets and react after head football coach Joe Paterno was fired in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.


Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart celebrates winning the Ford 400 and the 2011 Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20.


LSU Tigers

An LSU Tigers fan hold up a sign about a rematch with the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship during the SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs on Dec. 3.


Robert Griffin III

Baylor's Robert Griffin III shows off his Superman socks after winning the 2011 Heisman Trophy on Dec. 10.

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