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2012 sports photos of the year

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A selection of the best local sports images by our Free Press photojournalists in 2012

  • Winnipeg Goldeyes' Ace Walker holds up the trophy as the champagne flows after they defeated the Wichita Wingnuts 8-3 to win the American Association Championship in Wichita, Kansas Friday night. September 14, 2012 (Fernando Salazar / Wichita Eagle for the Winnipeg Free Press)

    Winnipeg Goldeyes' Ace Walker holds up the trophy as the champagne flows after they defeated the Wichita Wingnuts 8-3 to win the American Association Championship in Wichita, Kansas Friday night. September 14, 2012 (Fernando Salazar / Wichita Eagle for the Winnipeg Free Press)

  • Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane fights New Jersey Devils'  Cam Janssen for the puck during second-period action at MTS Centre Saturday. The New Jersey Devils won the game 2 - 1. January 14, 2012 (Ruth Bonneville /  Winnipeg Free Press)

    Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane fights New Jersey Devils' Cam Janssen for the puck during second-period action at MTS Centre Saturday. The New Jersey Devils won the game 2 - 1. January 14, 2012 (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

  • Winnipeg Jets' Spencer Machachek goes in for a close look at the puck in second-period action Wednesday at Winnipeg's MTS Centre. March 28, 2012 - (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Winnipeg Jets' Spencer Machachek goes in for a close look at the puck in second-period action Wednesday at Winnipeg's MTS Centre. March 28, 2012 - (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)

  • Six-year-old Ayden Munro watches players from his favourite team the Winnipeg Jets practice at the MTS Iceplex as the lockout continues. November 16,  2012   (WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Six-year-old Ayden Munro watches players from his favourite team the Winnipeg Jets practice at the MTS Iceplex as the lockout continues. November 16, 2012 (WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Tattered and torn - With the NHL lockout in day 17, the potential of dropping the puck at home for the home opener is hanging by a thread. October 01, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Tattered and torn - With the NHL lockout in day 17, the potential of dropping the puck at home for the home opener is hanging by a thread. October 01, 2012 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • The new Investors Group Stadium- future home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. July 3, 2012  (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The new Investors Group Stadium- future home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. July 3, 2012 (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Garden City Fighting Gophers celebrate after defeating the John Taylor Pipers in the 2012 AAAA High School Basketball championship at University of Winnipeg Monday, March 19, 2012.    (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Garden City Fighting Gophers celebrate after defeating the John Taylor Pipers in the 2012 AAAA High School Basketball championship at University of Winnipeg Monday, March 19, 2012. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Buck Pierce signals the bench during fourth-quarter play against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Winnipeg won over Hamilton 34-12.  September 21, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Buck Pierce signals the bench during fourth-quarter play against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Winnipeg won over Hamilton 34-12. September 21, 2012 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Joe Mack watches the Bombers practice Tuesday morning.  September 18, 2012  (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Joe Mack watches the Bombers practice Tuesday morning. September 18, 2012 (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers Johnny Sears Jr, bottom, is congratulated by teammate Brandon Stewart after he intercepted a BC Lions end zone pass during first-quarter CFL action at Canad Inns Stadium Friday night. August 24, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers Johnny Sears Jr, bottom, is congratulated by teammate Brandon Stewart after he intercepted a BC Lions end zone pass during first-quarter CFL action at Canad Inns Stadium Friday night. August 24, 2012 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Injured running back Chris Garrett, recovering from a torn achilles heal, listens to music while catching footballs during practice. He will miss the season, but he is still on the sidelines and keeping in shape during practices. September 5, 2012  (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Injured running back Chris Garrett, recovering from a torn achilles heal, listens to music while catching footballs during practice. He will miss the season, but he is still on the sidelines and keeping in shape during practices. September 5, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers Kito Poblah and his dreadlocks. September 25, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers Kito Poblah and his dreadlocks. September 25, 2012 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Glenlawn Lions' Emily Potter kisses the cup after winning the 2012 AAAA High School Basketball championship over the Oak Park Raiders Monday, March 19, 2012.   (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Glenlawn Lions' Emily Potter kisses the cup after winning the 2012 AAAA High School Basketball championship over the Oak Park Raiders Monday, March 19, 2012. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

  • St.Paul's Crusaders' Salim Belrhazi (83) makes a difficult catch in front of Churchill Bulldogs' Lawi Milligita (4) during their High School Football game at St.Paul's High School, Thursday, October 25, 2012. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    St.Paul's Crusaders' Salim Belrhazi (83) makes a difficult catch in front of Churchill Bulldogs' Lawi Milligita (4) during their High School Football game at St.Paul's High School, Thursday, October 25, 2012. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Maples Marauders' start their season against the West Kildonan Wolverines at Maples Collegiate. The 2012 Winnipeg High School Football League kicked off Thursday, September 6, 2012. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Maples Marauders' start their season against the West Kildonan Wolverines at Maples Collegiate. The 2012 Winnipeg High School Football League kicked off Thursday, September 6, 2012. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Infielder Jose Duran looks into the crowd as he waits to step out to the on-deck circle during the Sunday game in Sioux City, Iowa.  August 5, 2012 (Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Melissa Tait

    Infielder Jose Duran looks into the crowd as he waits to step out to the on-deck circle during the Sunday game in Sioux City, Iowa. August 5, 2012 (Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press)

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