Here in the United States, NBA teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder, are looking toward the next round of playoffs. The hockey playoffs are underway and baseball is in full swing. In Greece, the birthplace of the Ancient Olympics, there was a torch ceremony in advance of the Olympic games in London while in Chile, riot police had to protect soccer players from fans as they left the field.
Here are a few images from sports events that happened over the last few days around the world.
Romania's Catalina Ponor performs her floor exercise, during the qualification round at the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Brussels, Thursday, May 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
Serena Williams returns the ball during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match against Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark in Madrid, Thursday, May 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) falls on Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, left, in the second half of Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Miami Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison goes high but cannot make the catch, giving Houston Astros' Jordan Schafer a double, in the fifth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
France's Justine Dupont competes in round one of the Billabong Rio Pro women's surfing competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Liverpool's Andy Carroll attempts an overhead kick during his team's 4-1 win over Chelsea in their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday May 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, center, celebrates a goal against the New York Ranger in the first period of Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
An actress as a high priestess, right, passes on the Olympic flame she has just lit using a concave mirror to concentrate the sun's rays, to a priestess holding a cauldron during the lighting of the flame ceremony held on Thursday May 10, 2012, in Ancient Olympia, Greece. The flame, lit in the birthplace of the Ancient Olympics, will travel to London, where the Summer Games will take place from July 27-Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Delhi Daredevils David Warner celebrates his century during their Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, May 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, blocks a shot by New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Miami. The Heat won 106-94 to win the series 4-1 and advance to the second round. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, Pedro Portal)
Chilean riot police shields players from Argentina's Boca Juniors as they leave the field after defeating Chile's Union Espanola 3-2 during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Boca Juniors also won 5-3 on aggregate. (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia)
Monterrey's Jose Basanta, right, fights for the ball with America's Matias Vuoso during a Mexico's soccer league semifinal match in Mexico City, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Jayo)
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