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The Week in Sports Pictures: Jan. 23 - Jan. 29

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in the men's singles final at the Australian Open on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. It was the longest grand slam final ever, lasting nearly six hours.

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Sue Paterno, widow of Joe Paterno, consoles her grandson following a public memorial for former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno on Thursday, Jan. 26 in State College, Pa. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer on Jan. 22, 2012.

Many of our readers already know “The Week in Pictures”, but how many of you know we also produce “The Week in Sports Pictures” each Monday morning on NBC Sports.com? We have a couple goals for our weekly gathering of sports images.

  1. To let sports fans catch up to the big events they may have missed over the weekend.
  2. To show some of the lesser known sports and meaningful moments that happen during sports-related events.

This week’s slideshow include images of the Australian Open moment of victory, the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., The Tough Guy Challenge in Telford, England and the grief of Joe Paterno’s family at Thursday’s public memorial for the former Penn State football coach.