Just because baseball took a break and the NFL, NBA and NHL are in their offseason doesn't mean the sports world stops spinning. Here are some great images from the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games, the Tour de France and, of course, Chinese swamp soccer.
American sprinter Michael Johnson holding the Olympic Flame at Stonehenge, England on Thursday. Johnson, who won four Olympic gold medals and eight world championship gold medals, currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400m and 4 x 400 meters relay. The Olympic Torch is being carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.
The pack with Bradley Wiggins, of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes through Bassoues during the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 98.5 miles with start in Samatan and finish in Pau, France, Monday July 16, 2012.
Andre Greipel of Germany, rear, crosses the finish line ahead of Peter Sagan, of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, to win the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 134.8 miles with start in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and finish in Le Cap D'Agde, France on Saturday.
French President Francois Hollande aims, as he prepares to shoot an arrow as he visits members of the French archery team for the London Olympics 2012, at the training headquarters in Paris on Monday.
A taxi cab drives past an Olympic lane on a street as the city prepares for the 2012 Summer Olympics, central London on Monday.
Kasey Kahne leads during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday in Loudon, N.H.
U.S. men's national basketball team forward LeBron James pauses during a media availability before a practice on Sunday in Washington.
An excerpt from the Freeh Group's report is shown in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 12, 2012. The report, Penn State's investigation into the Jerry Sandusky scandal, concludes that Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and other senior officials "concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse".
Competitors chase a ball during swamp football competitions in a man made mud pool in Beijing on Sunday. The sports which originated from England is usually played in a bog or swamp and in the Beijing games, the rules require at least one female competitor in each team.
A competitor celebrates his team's victory of a swamp football match in a man-made mud pool in Beijing.