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Friday, August 17, 2012
'The Agony of Defeat' shows pain in sports

By The Agony of Defeat
Special to ESPN.com

Losses. Bad breaks. When these things happen, players and coaches and fans wear the fallout on their faces, showing a side of sports that's painful -- but also compelling. So, Playbook is working with the Tumblr "The Agony of Defeat" to find the most eye-catching photographic examples each week.

Here are the selections from the past seven days:

Argentina
Manu Ginobili and Carlos Delfino, right, after losing to Russia in the Olympics bronze medal game.

Marathon
American Morgan Uceny, foreground, falls while 1500m winner Asli Cakir Alptekin, left, celebrates.

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods after a missed putt in the third round of the PGA, where he finished tied for 11th.

Justyn Warner
Canadian sprinter Justyn Warner is comforted by fiancee (and fellow Olympian) Nikkita Holder, after the men's 4x100 relay team was disqualified, negating their bronze-medal finish.

Torii Hunter
Not a defeat, but a painful moment for umpire Greg Gibson, who was hit by Torii Hunter's cleat. Gibson emerged relatively OK; he told TMZ he sustained a broken nose, but no head trauma.

Bobby Valentine
Dustin Pedroia, left, and David Ortiz sit by Alex Ochoa and embattled manager Bobby Valentine.
To see more photos like this, visit The Agony of Defeat on Tumblr.