08/22/2011 05:00 pm ET Updated Oct 22, 2011

Best Sports Photos Of The Week (August 15-21)

Even at its most brutal and contentious, sports is pure physical poetry. Each sweeping movement and explosive contortion, provided that they're not directed at knocking you on your behind, is a beauty to behold.

Here is a collection of memorable images from the past week in sports, a stretch that included NFL action, intensifying division races in baseball, passionate soccer matches and countless other athletic events.

Best Sports Photos Of Week (Aug. 15–21)