Maybe Serena’s yelling spree put me in the mood for painful sports images. Or I could be cranky on Mondays. Either way, when I saw Mike Cassese’s Reuters photo of a foul ball embedded in the cheek of Minnesota Twins Justin Morneau – I went looking for more peak action moments of the uncomfortable sort.

Not to be outdone, Reuters’ photog Dominic Ebenbichler matched the ball impact and added sweat and three athletes at the womens’ Euro 2009 quarterfinal.

I saw a speed skater with a nasty blade cut and a horse flying in the air after being hit by a race car. Then Michael Dwyer of Boston saved you all from the gorefest with a brilliant golf image.

Shooting for AP, Michael caught the sun in Tiger’s club at the Deutsche Bank Championship here in Massachusetts. Since the sun now sets at 7pm in New England, even seeing a reflection made me happy. Which lead to pretty paragliders floating in air at the world championship near Rome by Tiziana Fabi/AFP-Getty Images.

Why not stay in Italy? Mark Rossi of Reuters was at the Italian Grand Prix watching bikers take curves.

We circle back home with New Orleans Saints Troy Evans – sadly no relation so I pay full ticket prices at football games – walking onto the field for a preseason game by Sean Gardner/AP.

From pain to pretty in six easy steps.

-Sarah Evans

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