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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Thomas Morgenstern of Austria takes 2nd place during the FIS Grand Prix Tournament on August 13, 2010 in Courchevel, France. 960 1280

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Maria Riesch of Germany during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on October 23, 2010 in Soelden, Austria. 960 1280

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Tanja Poutianen of Finland takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on November 13, 2010 in Levi, Finland. 960 1280

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Scenic view of the ski runs in Beaver Creek, Colorado, where World Cup skiers competed in December. 960 1280

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Maria Riesch of Germany takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on December 4, 2010 in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. 960 1280

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Bode Miller of the USA during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill on December 18, 2010 in Val Gardena, Italy. 960 1280

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Cyprien Richard of France takes 2nd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Giant Slalom on December 19, 2010 in Alta Badia, Italy. 960 1280

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Noel Baxter of Great Britain competes in the Mens Slalom during the FIS World Cup on December 22, 2004 in Flachau, Austria. 960 1280

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Guillermo Fayed of France during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill on December 29, 2009 in Bormio, Italy. 960 1280

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Marlies Schild of Austria takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on December 29, 2010 in Semmering, Austria. 960 1280

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Kranjska Gora, Slovenia is a winter sports town situated in the Julian Alps that annually hosts World Cup slalom events. 960 1280

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Lindsey Vonn of the USA during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's and Women's Parallel Slalom on January 2, 2011 in Munich, Germany. 960 1280

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Manuela Moelgg of Italy takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on January 4, 2011 in Zagreb, Croatia. 960 1280

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Cyprien Richard of France takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Giant Slalom on January 05, 2011 in Adelboden, Switzerland. 960 1280

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Klaus Kroell of Austria takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill on January 15, 2011 in Wengen, Switzerland. 960 1280

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Lindsey Vonn of USA takes 1st place during the Alpine FIS Ski World Cup. Women's Super Combined on January 17, 2009 in Altenmarkt Zauchensee, Austria. 960 1280

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Marie Marchand-Arvier of France in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on January 22, 2011 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. 960 1280

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Jean Baptiste Grange of France during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Slalom on January 23, 2011 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. 960 1280

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Manfred Moelgg of Italy during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Slalom on January 25, 2011 in Schladming, Austria. 960 1280

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Adrien Theaux of France in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill Training on January 27, 2011 in Chamonix, France. 960 1280

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Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on February 6, 2011 in Arber-Zwiesel, Germany. 960 1280

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Igor Laikert of Bosnia Herzegovina competes during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Men's SuperG on February 9, 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. 960 1280

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Are, Sweden is home to one of the leading Scandinavian ski resorts known for Downhill skiing, one of the women's competitions in late February. 960 1280

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Beautiful mountaintops near Bansko, Bulgaria, a competition site in late February. 960 1280

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Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Super G on March 7, 2010 in Kvitfjell, Norway. 960 1280

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The women compete in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, at the end of March, where Julia Mancuso is shown here. 960 1280

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Lenzerheide is a mountain skiing resort in Switzerland where the men's competition will finish in March. 960 1280

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Olympic Stadium & The Orbit

Olympic Stadium & The Orbit

Olympic Stadium is the centerpiece of the 2012 London Olympic Games. It will be home to many sporting events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Looking for a great view of Olympic Park? Take an elevator to the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture for a spectacular panoramic view. 960 1280

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Inside Olympic Stadium

Inside Olympic Stadium

Here’s an inside peek at the track inside Olympic Stadium, where US track and field athletes -- like Allyson Felix and LoLo Jones -- will keep spectators on the edge of their seats as they race to the finish line. 960 1280

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Olympic Park

Olympic Park

In East London, Olympic Park is home to 8 venues, including Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Velodrome. Pick up souvenirs at the London 2012 Megastore at World square; eat fish and chips on Britannia Row; or listen to live music at the Bandstand on River Lawns inside the Street Market. The city has gone all out to make the Park a multi-purpose entertainment venue. 960 1280

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Olympic Village

Olympic Village

Located in London’s Olympic Park, the Olympic Village will be the site where athletes from around the world will unwind and take a break from tense competitions during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Village has residential apartments for approximately 17,000 athletes and officials, along with shops, restaurants, medical facilities, media and large areas to stay fit and train with fellow athletes. 960 1280

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Handball Arena

Handball Arena

The Handball Arena’s design is simple, efficient and flexible. This venue, built with a sustainably-sourced copper roof, seats almost 7,000 fans. After the Summer Games, the arena will become a new multi-sports facility for community sports, including basketball, handball, badminton and boxing. A health and fitness club with changing facilities and a café for local community use are planned. 960 1280

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Velodrome

Velodrome

You may not know it, but the Velodrome is one of the most sustainable venues of the London 2012 Games. It will host indoor cycling, and just outside the building, a new outdoor BMX track was built specifically for the Games. 960 1280

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Basketball Venue

Basketball Venue

According to Olympic officials, the Basketball Arena (pictured) will be most heavily used venues within Olympic Park, with competition events taking place almost every day. It’s also one of the largest temporary venues ever built for the Olympic Games. 960 1280

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Lee Valley White Water Centre

Lee Valley White Water Centre

The Lee Valley White Water Centre was opened to the public last year, and it was the only venue the public was able to enjoy can use prior to the Olympic Games. Lee Valley will host the Canoe Slalom competition for 5 days and includes 4 separate events. 960 1280

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Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium, the biggest of the 6 stadiums hosting the London Olympics, will be used to hold the soccer tournament during the Games. The stadium seats over 90,000 people, and it’s the second largest stadium in Europe. 960 1280

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Riverbank Arena

Riverbank Arena

The Riverbank Arena is the hot spot if you’re a field hockey fan. This venue has 2 pitches, one with seats for spectators and one area that will be used for athletes to warm-up before a game. This is the first Olympic Games where the hockey pitches aren’t green. Pink is used for the area surrounding the pitch and blue for the field of play -- making it easy to spot the yellow ball. 960 1280

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Aquatics Centre

Aquatics Centre

The Aquatics Centre is where everyone will be watching the matchup between swimming rivals Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. This venue, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, is one of the permanent venues specifically constructed for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. 960 1280

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Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Some of the biggest tennis players in the world will play on the grass-courts in Wimbledon for the Summer Games. Home to the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon is a perfect venue to host one of the biggest tennis tournaments the UK has ever seen. As the only remaining grass-court tennis venue, it will host the venue for the 2012 Olympic Tennis matches. 960 1280

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Royal Artillery Barracks

Royal Artillery Barracks

This temporary venue at The Royal Artillery Barracks has 3 temporary indoor ranges for Pistol and Rifle Shooting. Outdoor shot gun ranges were also built for Trap and Skeet events. The innovatively designed venue has brightly colored opens to provide natural ventilation and light. 960 1280

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Monument Park, Bronx, N.Y.

Monument Park, Bronx, N.Y.

Throughout history, some of the game's greatest players have worn the famous pinstripes of the New York Yankees. From Babe Ruth to Yogi Berra, the greatest Bronx Bombers are enshrined just beyond the center field fences at the new Yankee Stadium. 960 1280

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Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, is where the legends of the game are enshrined and a must-visit for any baseball fan. Inside the museum, visitors can view items such as the earliest known baseball jersey, Babe Ruth's 60th home run bat and the ball Cy Young used during his 500th win. A special time to visit is during the annual induction ceremony where players who have been voted in are honored for their achievements. 960 1280

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Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Opened on September 6, 1920, Doubleday Field is just a short walk from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Named after Abner Doubleday, a man thought to have been the inventor of the game, Doubleday Field was once a cow pasture until it was converted into a ballpark in his honor. For a number of years, the field served as the location of the Hall of Fame Game, which was an exhibition between two major league teams, but that ended in 2008. Today, visitors can schedule the field for their own games or simply walk the grounds and take in the history. 960 1280

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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

In the early 20th century, African-Americans were banned from playing professional baseball with whites, so they created their own teams and leagues across the country instead. The leagues, which operated from the 1920s to the early 1960s, featured many star players who are household names today, including Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, highlights the rich history of African-American baseball with interactive exhibits and hundreds of photographs from the era. 960 1280

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Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Louisville, Kentucky

You can't miss the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Kentucky, just look for the World's Biggest Bat leaning against the side of a building. Once inside, guests can go on a tour of the factory and see how the bats are crafted and view historic game-used bats from Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth and others. 960 1280

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Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

As the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball (opened in 1912), Fenway Park is a must-visit for any baseball fan even if you're not a fan of the hometown Boston Red Sox. The park is packed with history and charm that newer ballparks just can't compete with. Whether its the Big Green Monster in left field, Pesky's Pole in right or the rendition of "Sweet Caroline" played during the eighth inning, Fenway Park is a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed. 960 1280

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Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa

Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa

If you've ever wondered if you can visit the actual field from the film "Field of Dreams" the answer is "yes." In Dyersville, Iowa, baseball fans can play catch on the field Ray Kinsella built after hearing a voice whisper, "If you build it, he will come." The farmhouse, corn in center field and stands where the Kinsella family watched Shoeless Joe Jackson and others play ball remain as they did in the movie. 960 1280

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Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, Greenville, S.C.

Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, Greenville, S.C.

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson was one of the greatest players to ever put on a baseball uniform but he's also one of the game's most infamous due to a lifetime ban stemming from his alleged involvement in fixing the 1919 World Series. In 2006, his home in Greenville, South Carolina, was moved to 356 Field Street, in honor of his lifetime batting average, and opened as the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum. 960 1280

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Bobblehead Museum, Miami, Florida

Bobblehead Museum, Miami, Florida

Bobbleheads and baseball have been synonymous with each other since the 1960s. At the new Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, fans can view up to 700 collectibles at the Bobblehead Museum. Featuring players, mascots and broadcasters from every MLB team, this display continuously moves to keep heads bobbling all game long. 960 1280

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Babe Ruth's Gravesite, Hawthorne, N.Y.

Babe Ruth's Gravesite, Hawthorne, N.Y.

Babe Ruth is arguably the greatest baseball player to ever play the game and perhaps its most famous as well. "The Sultan of Swat" as he was known, hit 714 home runs during his career (third all-time) and was one of the first five inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame. After his death in 1948, Ruth was buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York, and fans continue to leave flowers and baseball memorabilia on his grave. 960 1280

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Howard J. Lamade Stadium, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Howard J. Lamade Stadium, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Howard J. Lamade Stadium is where baseball returns to its roots. Every summer, teams from across the world ascend on Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to take part in the Little League World Series. The stadium was built in 1959 and holds 40,000 people with many sitting on the hill beyond the center-field wall. 960 1280

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Jackie Robinson Ballpark

Jackie Robinson Ballpark

The story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier begins in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1946. Robinson played for the Montreal Royals, the top minor league team of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the two played an exhibition at City Island Ballpark. The game was the first in which an African American played with whites in an organized game of professional baseball since the late 19th century. The city renamed the park Jackie Robinson Ballpark in 1990 and created a museum for the baseball icon within its gates. 960 1280

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Rickwood Field, Birmingham, Alabama

Rickwood Field, Birmingham, Alabama

Built in 1910, Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama, is recognized as the oldest professional ballpark still in use today. The park was modeled after Forbes Field in Pittsburgh and was home to the Birmingham Coal Barons and the Black Barons of the Negro Leagues. In 1987, the Barons left Rickwood to play their home games elsewhere but since 1996, the team returns for the annual Rickwood Classic. 960 1280

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Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

When it comes to ballparks, there are few as iconic as Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. With its famous ivy-covered walls and retro scoreboard, the "Friendly Confines" as it's known, was built in 1914, making it the second oldest park in the majors. While the Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, the park has witnessed many historic moments like Babe Ruth's "called shot" and Pete Rose's 4,191 hit. 960 1280

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Estadio Latinoamericano, Havana, Cuba

Estadio Latinoamericano, Havana, Cuba

Baseball may be America's pastime, but the passion for the game is just as strong in Cuba. The island nation has produced several star players currently in Major League Baseball and with travel restriction recently lifted, American's can now experience the atmosphere of Cuban baseball. The Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana recently hosted an exhibition game featuring the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team with President Obama watching from the stands. 960 1280

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