A man competes in a ride-on mower race in Aukrug-Homfeld, Germany, April 14. Around a dozen teams compete with their modified ride-on mowers with up to 120 horsepower and top speeds of more than 60 mph.
What good is a lawn mower if it's buried behind the tangle of garden tools, the dog's outgrown crate, the exer-cycle with the missing seat, and all the other accumulations that the seasons change from storage to wreckage, from thriftiness to plain mess?
A boy hugs a greyhound that will be placed in temporary foster care at his home in Los Angeles Feb. 11, 2012. Fast Friends, a greyhound adoption group based outside Los Angeles, is committed to finding homes for retired greyhounds from the Caliente racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico.
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Greyhounds compete at the Caliente racetrack in Tijuana Feb. 18, 2012. All the dogs have been imported from the United States where only seven states still operate dog tracks. Circuit rules demand that all race dogs retire at the age of five, though some run well into their sixth year.
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Greyhounds stand at a fence in a kennel at the Caliente racetrack in Tijuana Feb.11. Every few months, volunteers orchestrate an event called "Retirement Day" where older, slower dogs or dogs that have been weakened from frequent leg injuries officially leave their racing days behind and are given up for adoption.
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Two adopted greyhounds relax in their new home in Whittier, Calif. Feb. 21, 2012.
Honda's MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa (26) of Spain leads the pack during the first lap as Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista (blue) of Spain falls from his bike during the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack near Valencia, Spain on Nov. 6, 2011.
These pictures are incredible. For those of us who ride, we know it’s particularly amazing that nobody was seriously injured. I wonder how much the Simoncelli tribute might have been on everyone’s mind as the racers entered the first turn. I’ve always thought that riding a motorcycle is a little like swimming. It’s difficult to do if you think about the mechanics of it and are worried about the danger.
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Team Ducati riders Randy De Puniet (14), Nicky Hayden (69), and Valentino Rosssi (46) and Suzuki rider Alvaro Bautista (19) lose control in the first turn of the first lap.
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Ducati rider Nicky Hayden from US, slides through the gravel on the first turn.
VALENCIA, Spain - Australian Casey Stoner finished his championship-winning year by overtaking Ben Spies down the final straight to win the season-ending Valencia MotoGP on Sunday.
With three laps to go, Stoner was overtaken by another rider when he ran wide at a corner.
"Because I was in the lead I was also the first one to hit the rain and I wasn't sure how much to push," Stoner said. "Ben (Spies) got past me and looked confident in the conditions so I said to myself, 'OK, I'll push and risk it,' and I'm very happy." Read more ...
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Casey Stoner steers his Honda to victory during Spain's Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix on Nov. 6, 2011.
Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Scuderia Ferrari in action during the second training session at the Italian Formula One circuit in Monza, Italy, 09 September 2011. The Grand Prix of Italy will take place on 11 September 2011.
Australia's Casey Stoner of the Repsol Honda team leans into a corner during the second free practice session of the Moto Grand Prix at the Sachsenring Circuit on July 15, 2011 in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, eastern Germany.
Explaining the joy of riding a motorcycle is difficult, but Dave Karlotski does it as well as anyone in his essay Season of the Bike.
A ride on a summer afternoon can border on the rapturous. The sheer volume and variety of stimuli is like a bath for my nervous system, an electrical massage for my brain, a systems check for my soul. It tears smiles out of me: a minute ago I was dour, depressed, apathetic, numb, but now, on two wheels, big, ragged, windy smiles flap against the side of my face, billowing out of me like air from a decompressing plane. Transportation is only a secondary function. A motorcycle is a joy machine. It's a machine of wonders, a metal bird, a motorized prosthetic. It's light and dark and shiny and dirty and warm and cold lapping over each other; it's a conduit of grace, it's a catalyst for bonding the gritty and the holy.
Ben Ainslie of Great Britain in action during a Finn class race on day two of the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on June 7 in Weymouth, England. This set of races is the sixth regatta of the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup.
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Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada of Brazil lean over the edge of their boat during a Star class race at the Wemouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on June 7.
JR Hildebrand was one turn away from winning the Indianapolis 500 and within sight of the checkered flag when the 23-year-old rookie made the ultimate mistake.
Leading by almost 4 seconds with a lap to go, Hildebrand skidded high into the wall on the final turn, and Dan Wheldon drove past to claim an improbable second Indy 500 win Sunday in his first race of the year.