England captain Joe Root and West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel hogged the limelight with their exchange of words during the 3rd Test last week. Sri Lanka's stunning victory over South Africa, Di Maria getting hit by a bottle at Old Trafford were among other highlights of the week gone by.
Rediff.com brings you a wrap of big stories from last week, in pictures, with the Best Sports Photos of the Week.
IMAGE: NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie (32) gets a front end full of sparks from driver Casey Mears (not pictured) in turn four during the Gander RV Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway at Daytona Beach, Florida, during the NASCAR Cup on Thursday, February 14. Photograph: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
IMAGE: Newcastle United's DeAndre Yedlin in action during the English Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, on Monday, February 11. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
IMAGE: Borussia Dortmund's Thomas Delaney and Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko in action during their Champions League Round of 16 first leg match on Wednesday, February 13. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters
IMAGE: Kusal Perera, right, and Vishwa Fernando celebrate Sri Lanka's one-wicket victory in the first Test against South Africa at Kingsmead stadium in Durban on Saturday, February 16. Photograph: Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images
IMAGE: Hakeem al-Araibi receives an emotional welcome by a relative as he arrives in Melbourne with former Australian football captain and commentator Craig Foster at Melbourne Airport in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday, February 12. Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi was detained in November when he arrived in Thailand for his honeymoon, spending more than two months in jail while fighting extradition to Bahrain. Al-Araibi fled his home country in 2014 and was granted refugee status in Australia on the grounds he was persecuted and tortured in the Arabian Gulf state for participating in pro-democracy rallies. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images
IMAGE: Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari during a training session at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam on Tuesday, February 12. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters
IMAGE: A bottle is thrown at Paris St Germain's Angel Di Maria during the Champions League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday, February 12. Di Maria was booed from the outset by the United supporters before a beer bottle was thrown from the crowd towards him in the second half, which he picked up and pretended to take a swig from. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
IMAGE: Rohit Sharma posted this picture of himself and his daughter Samaira on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14. Photograph: Kind courtesy Rohit Sharma/Twitter
IMAGE: West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel exchanges words with England's Joe Root on Day 3 of the 3rd Test at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, on Tuesday, February 12. Gabriel was subsequently charged and banned for what was a homophobic comment. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
IMAGE: Marcus Stoinis speaks after receiving the Male One-Day International Player of the Year at the Australian Cricket Awards on Monday, February 11. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images