Friday, March 9, 2012

Pictures Of The Day

US athlete Ashton Eaton competes in the men's heptathlon long jump at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena in Istanbul on March 9, 2012. (Adrian Dennis/AFP Photo)
Just one more shot of one more whacky mascot from the Mountain West Conference.  Here, tjhe Wyoming Cowboys mascot Pistol Pete appears on the court as the team takes on the UNLV Rebels during a quarterfinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 56-48. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Then there’s this kid...Q: How does Notre Dame decide who gets to dress up like the leprechaun? A: There is an annual tryout held on campus. The winner is the mascot and an official member of the cheer leading squad.  The leprechaun wasn’t always the Golden Domers mascot.  Prior to 1965, ND was a represented by a series of Irish Terriers, most of them named “Clashmore MIke.”  Here, the Fighting Irish’s mascot cheers on the court during a timeout against the South Florida Bulls during the quarterfinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2012 in New York City. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi gave a new meaning to the phrase ‘Hand of God’ when he netted a Champions League record five goals in Barcelona’s 7-1 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday. The Argentina forward has always had to endure comparisons with his compatriot Diego Maradona, who coined the famous phrase after using his fist to score a goal that helped knock England out of the 1986 World Cup. (Lluis Gene/AFP Photo)
Turkey's Sevim Sinmez lands on the sand during the women's triple jump qualifications at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena in Istanbul on March 9, 2012. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP Photo)
Lithuania's Austra Skujyte competes in the women's pentathlon high jump at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena in Istanbul on March 9, 2012. (Aris Messinis/AFP Photo)
Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon competes during the first run of the women's FIS Alpine Ski World Cup giant slalom in Are on March 9, 2012.  (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP Photo)
An underwater fisheye lens captures Antony James of Plymouth Leander Swimming Club competing in the Men’s 100m Butterfly during the British Gas Swimming Championship in London.  (Al Bello/Getty Images)
Skaters perform during the opening ceremony for the 2012 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Shanghai.  (Pei Xin/Xinhua)
The Kansas State Wildcats cheer during their Big 12 Tournament game against Iowa State.  K-State won 67-63.  (Brendan Maloney/US Preswire)


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