Chase for the Cup

A celebration of NASCAR and of Jimmie Johnson and behind Denny Hamlin head into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 21, 2010.

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BEIJING 2008

BEIJING 2008

Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the National Aquatics Centre during day 5 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Phelps finished the race in 1.52.49 -- a new world record. 960 1280

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ATHENS 2004

ATHENS 2004

Pyrros Dimas of Greece jumps in the air as he celebrates a successful lift in the men's 85 kg category weightlifting competition during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall. 960 1280

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SYDNEY 2000

SYDNEY 2000

Xuan Liu of China in action at the women's gymnastics beam final in the Sydney Superdome on day 10 of the 2000 Olympic Games. 960 1280

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ATLANTA 1996

ATLANTA 1996

Igor Potapovich of Kazakhstan soars through the flame-lit sky to clear the bar and claim fourth in the pole vault at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. 960 1280

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BARCELONA 1992

BARCELONA 1992

Michael Jordon, Scottie Pippen and Clyde Drexler receive their gold medals as members of the US basketball "dream team" during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. 960 1280

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SEOUL 1988

SEOUL 1988

Greg Louganis of the US diving team sets himself for a dive in the springboard event at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, where he won the gold with a score of 730.80 points. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1984

LOS ANGELES 1984

Carl Lewis of the US receives the baton from teammate Calvin Smith as he brings the US team to victory with a new world-record time of 37.83 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay during the 1984 Olympic Games at the Coliseum Stadium in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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MOSCOW 1980

MOSCOW 1980

Maria Caridad-Colon of Cuba in action during the women's javelin event of the 1980 Olympic Games at the Lenin Stadium in Moscow. Caridad-Colon won the event with a distance of 68.40 meters. 960 1280

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MONTREAL 1976

MONTREAL 1976

Bruce Jenner of the US celebrates during his record-setting performance in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. 960 1280

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MUNICH 1972

MUNICH 1972

Competitors rise out of the blocks at the start of the men's 200 meter final at the Olympiastadion in Munich. 960 1280

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MEXICO CITY 1968

MEXICO CITY 1968

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos performed their Black Power salute, a human rights protest and one of the most overtly-political statements in the 110-year history of the modern Olympic Games. 960 1280

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TOKYO 1964

TOKYO 1964

The start of the 100-meter butterfly swimming race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. 960 1280

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ROME 1960

ROME 1960

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia, running barefoot, draws away from Abdesselem Rhadi of Morocco near the finish of the marathon at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He went on to win with a new Olympic record time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds. 960 1280

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MELBOURNE 1956

MELBOURNE 1956

Chris Brasher of Great Britain during the steeplechase final event at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. 960 1280

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HELSINKI 1952

HELSINKI 1952

Nina Romaschkova of Russia throws the discus at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. She won Russia's first Olympic medal and set a new Olympic record. 960 1280

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LONDON 1948

LONDON 1948

Danish competitor Major N Mikkelsen fails to win the jumping test event as his horse demolishes a fence at the 1948 Olympics in London. 960 1280

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BERLIN 1936

BERLIN 1936

American athlete Jesse Owens runs at the 1936 Olympic Games, where he won 4 gold medals. Behind him, an athlete wears a swastika on his vest. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1932

LOS ANGELES 1932

Thomas Hampson of Great Britain breaks the tape ahead of Alexander Wilson of Canada to win gold and set a new world record at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932. 960 1280

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AMSTERDAM 1928

AMSTERDAM 1928

The Chilean goalkeeper fails to prevent Portugal from winning at the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928. 960 1280

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PARIS 1924

PARIS 1924

Preliminary rounds in the water polo competition take place in the pool at Tourelles during the Paris Olympics in 1924. 960 1280

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ANTWERP 1920

ANTWERP 1920

Suzanne Lenglen of France competes in the women’s tennis event during the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. 960 1280

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STOCKHOLM 1912

STOCKHOLM 1912

The opening ceremonies of the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. 960 1280

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LONDON 1908

LONDON 1908

Women archers participate at the 1908 London Olympics. 960 1280

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ST. LOUIS 1904

ST. LOUIS 1904

The 100-meter freestyle race, which was won by Hungarian swimmer Zoltan Halmay at the 1904 Games in St. Louis. 960 1280

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PARIS 1900

PARIS 1900

The Tug-of-War was a controversial affair, with a combined Sweden/Denmark team beating France in the 1900 Paris Olympics. 960 1280

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ATHENS 1896

ATHENS 1896

The start of the 100-meter sprint at the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896 in Athens. 960 1280

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Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

Die-hard Ravens fans pose at a tailgate party outside of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. 960 1280

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The 49ers

The 49ers

Fans tailgate before the Arizona Cardinals and 49ers game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. 960 1280

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Browns Backers, Cleveland Browns Stadium

Browns Backers, Cleveland Browns Stadium

A few of the 'Browns Backers' set up their tent in the parking lot of Cleveland Browns Stadium in Ohio. 960 1280

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Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts fans tailgate in the parking lot outside of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, site of the 2012 Super Bowl. 960 1280

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Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings

A DirecTV satellite is set up at a Minnesota Vikings tailgate party outside of the Metrodome in Minneapolis. 960 1280

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Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals fans set up shop in the parking lot of Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. 960 1280

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Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs

Fans erect a teepee at this tailgate party outside of Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. 960 1280

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Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers

Inflatable figures of Green Bay Packers players “wait” for the big game in the parking lot outside of historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. 960 1280

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Paul Brown Stadium

Paul Brown Stadium

Some fans take tailgating to a whole new level, including this Cincinnati Bengals fan outside of Paul Brown Stadium. 960 1280

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Extreme Tailgator

Extreme Tailgator

These Indianapolis Colts fans even go as far as setting up their own personal bar in the parking lot. Can you say extreme tailgater? 960 1280

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Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles

A Philadelphia Eagles fan shows off his customized car, equipped with 2 beer taps on the hood, in front of Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. 960 1280

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Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders

Tailgaters roast a pig in the parking lot of the O.co (formerly Overstock.com) Coliseum, home of the Oakland Raiders. 960 1280

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Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field

This Packers fan and his "best friend" set up their trailer and tent in the parking lot of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. 960 1280

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New York Giant Fans

New York Giant Fans

New York Giants fans -- donned in blue, red and white -- brave extreme elements to get pumped up before a football game. 960 1280

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Dallas Cowboy Fans

Dallas Cowboy Fans

It’s a family affair in Dallas! Fans relax, socialize and grab a bite to hit before watching the Cowboys hit the field running. 960 1280

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LSU vs. Alabama

LSU vs. Alabama

The BCS Championship
Alabama looks to exact some revenge after a crushing 9-6 overtime loss to LSU earlier in the season. Trent Richardson, one of the most dynamic backs in the country, will attempt to lead the Crimson Tide to victory over LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and the nation's 2nd ranked defense in the BCS championship game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The 2 SEC powerhouses will duke it out Monday, Jan. 9 at 8:30|7:30c.
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Stanford vs. Oklahoma State

Stanford vs. Oklahoma State

The Fiesta Bowl
If you like high-scoring offensive match-ups, then this is the game for you. Stanford, led by Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck, is poised to put up big numbers in the Fiesta Bowl against Justin Blackmon and the high-powered offense of Oklahoma State. The game will take place in Glendale, AZ, on Monday, Jan. 2 at 8:30|7:30c.
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Clemson vs. West Virginia

Clemson vs. West Virginia

The Orange Bowl
The Big East Champion West Virginia Mountaineers look to power over the ACC Champion Clemson Tigers in the 2012 Orange Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 8:30|7:30c. With strong-armed Geno Smith leading WVU against Tajh Boyd and an explosive Clemson team, Florida could be the place to see some offensive fireworks this new year.
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Wisconsin vs. Oregon

Wisconsin vs. Oregon

The Rose Bowl
In a battle with 2 of the most explosive backs in the country, Big Ten champion Wisconsin will Square off against the Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks. The 2 teams will face off on Monday, Jan. 2 at 5|4c in one of the most historic stadiums in college football, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
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Michigan vs. VA Tech

Michigan vs. VA Tech

The Sugar Bowl
The Michigan Wolverines cruise into New Orleans to match-up against Logan Thomas and the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Sugar Bowl. If Virginia Tech wants to win this game, they'll have to contain the highly-entertaining, dual-threat quarterback of the Wolverines, Denard Robinson who threw for 2,056 yards and ran for another 1,163. These 2 teams are set to battle at the Louisiana Superdome on Tuesday Jan. 3 at 8:30|7:30c.
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The University of Florida Gators go head-to-head with the Penn State University Nittany Lions at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL, on January 1, 2011. 960 1280

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The Florida Gators have made 37 bowl game appearances and collected 3 national championships, most recently in 2009. Will 2011 be theirs for the taking? 960 1280

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The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate their 2010 Rose Bowl win in Pasadena, CA. Ohio State will go for a consecutive bowl win on January 4 in New Orleans when they play the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl. 960 1280

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The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl hosts the annual Bowl Championship Series at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, AZ. 960 1280

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There will be no shortage of orange for the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl between Stanford and Virginia Tech on Jan 3 in Miami, FL. 960 1280

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The VA Tech Hokies will make their fifth appearance at the Orange Bowl. 960 1280

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Students and cheerleaders celebrate after the University of Wisconsin upset Ohio State 31-18 on October 16, 2010. The Wisconsin Badgers will play the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs in the 2011 Rose Bowl on Jan 1 in Pasadena, CA. 960 1280

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The Cotton Bowl was played at Dallas' Cotton Bowl Stadium in 2009. The Cotton Bowl is now played at the new stadium built by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in Arlington, TX. 960 1280

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Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden is surrounded by photographers following the team's 33-21 victory against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the 2010 Gator Bowl. Mississippi State and Michigan go head-to-head for the 2011 Gator Bowl on Jan 1. 960 1280

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University of Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray celebrates with fans after beating the University of Texas in the 2010 Cotton Bowl. The UConn Huskies and the Oklahoma Sooners will face -off in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan 1 in Glendale, AZ. It will be UConn's first Bowl Championship Series appearance and Oklahoma's fourth. 960 1280

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