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10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!

January 04, 2016 18:47 IST

Sports fans around the world witnessed some eye-catching action in the last week of 2015. 

Tennis stars played with Koalas and cricketers codded their kids at the Melbourne Cricket Ground while football stars showed some acrobatic skills on the pitch. 

These and many more stunning photographs are encapsulated in this weekly, striking photo feature put together by Rediiff.com.

Running back Izzy Matthews #35 of the Colorado State Rams stiff arms defensive back Asauni Rufus #2 of the Nevada Wolf Pack as he rushes the football during the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl American Football match at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona on Tuesday, on December 29 2015

IMAGE: Running back Izzy Matthews #35 of the Colorado State Rams stiff arms defensive back Asauni Rufus #2 of the Nevada Wolf Pack as he rushes the football during the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl American Football match at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. The Wolf Pack defeated the Rams 28-23. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Sebastien Loeb of France drives his Peugeot through the water during the Buenos Aires-Rosario prologue stage of Dakar Rally 2016 in Arrecifes, Argentina, on January 2, 2016

IMAGE: Sebastien Loeb of France drives his Peugeot through the water during the Buenos Aires-Rosario prologue stage of Dakar Rally 2016 in Arrecifes, Argentina, on January 2, 2016. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Chris Gayle and Aaron Finch of the Melbourne Renegades walk through flames to open the batting during their Big Bash League match against the Perth Scorchers at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on December 30, 2015

IMAGE: Chris Gayle and Aaron Finch of the Melbourne Renegades walk through flames to open the batting during their Big Bash League match against the Perth Scorchers at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on December 30, 2015. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Betis's Adan, centre, clash during their La Liga match on Wednesday

IMAGE: FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Betis's Adan, centre, clash during their La Liga match on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Lara Gut of Switzerland skis in the second run to win the women's giant slalom of the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Lienz, Austria, on Monday, December 28, 2015

IMAGE: Lara Gut of Switzerland skis in the second run to win the women's giant slalom of the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Lienz, Austria, on Monday, December 28, 2015. Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring the second goal against Swansea during their English Premier League match at Old Trafford on Sunday

IMAGE: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring the second goal against Swansea during their English Premier League match at Old Trafford on Sunday, January 3. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Livepic/Reuters

Dancers perform prior to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Michigan State Spartans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, December 31, 2015

IMAGE: Dancers perform prior to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Michigan State Spartans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, December 31, 2015. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Liverpool's Emre Can and Mamadou Sakho involved in an aeriel challenge against Sunderland's Billy Jones and Sebastian Coates during their Barclays English Premier League match at Stadium of Light in Sunderland on December 30, 2015

IMAGE: Liverpool's Emre Can and Mamadou Sakho involved in an aeriel challenge against Sunderland's Billy Jones and Sebastian Coates during their Barclays English Premier League match at Stadium of Light in Sunderland on December 30, 2015. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Great Britain's Andy Murray poses with Sunshine the Koala at Kings Park in Perth, on December 31, 2015

IMAGE: Great Britain's Andy Murray poses with Sunshine the Koala at Kings Park in Perth, on December 31, 2015. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Australia's David Warner plays with his daughter Ivy on Day 4 of the Second Test match between Australia and the West Indies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 29, 2015

IMAGE: Australia's David Warner plays with his daughter Ivy on Day 4 of the Second Test match between Australia and the West Indies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 29, 2015. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images
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