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The Week in Sports Pictures: March 12 - 18

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Fan friendly: Celtics guard Ray Allen lands on a fan's lap during Boston's loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday, March 12. (Click the image to launch the Week in Sports Pictures slideshow)

The Week in Sports Pictures is a tour de force through some of the best sports photos from around the world. With each edition we look for the best images from all sporting events, not just pictures from the biggest games.

This week is no exception.  Thousands of photos were whittled down to hundreds and those hundreds were whacked again to get dozens. In the final edit of 22 pictures, there are 16 different sports from eight countries.

Of course March Madness made the list but so did a photo from the Cowgirl World Championships in Columbia. We hope you enjoy this week’s collection and let us know what you think in the comment section below or on Twitter @msnbc_pictures.

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One last shot: This image of athletes waiting to start the Ironman in Puerto Rico didn't make the week in sports pictures edit, but I loved the magic hour light on the swimmer's faces.

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