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The Netherlands' Maartje Ruikes competes in the women's qualifying round of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

This week's collection of images includes Barcelona's players trying to stop the ball after a free kick during a Spanish La Liga soccer match; a Canadian tennis player returning a shot against his opponent during the Japan Open tennis championships; and fans on the field after Mississippi defeats Alabama 23-17 in an NCAA college football game.

This gallery contains photos published Oct. 1-7.

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This gallery was curated by photo editor Alyssa Goodman in New York.