Images of world sport: The two sides of Mali

Riders and horses compete during the Grand Prix “Guardaval Immobilien” on the first weekend of the White Turf races in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb., 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone,Samuel Truempy)

Two big events started last weekend: The women’s cricket world cup and rugby’s Six Nations tournament.

Indian cricketer Niranjan Nagarajan, right, celebrates the dismissal of West Indies’ Deandra Dottin during the opening match of the ICC Women’s World Cup cricket in Mumbai, India, Thursday. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Pascal Pape of France, left, Chris Robshaw of England, second left, Sam Warburton of Wales, third left, Jamie Heaslip of Ireland, third right, Sergio Parisse of Italy, second right, and Kelly Brown of Scotland, right, pose with the trophy during a stage managed media opportunity at the launch of the 2013 Six Nations Rugby Union Championship in London, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. The first match takes place on Saturday Feb. 2. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The puck passes through a hole cut in the glass for photographers as Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane, left, Vancouver Canucks’ Jannik Hansen, center, of Denmark, and Chicago’s Sheldon Brookbank, right, skate during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Padraig Harrington, of Ireland, kicks an official NFL Super Bowl XLVII football towards the gallery as caddie Ronan Flood holds on the 16th green during the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)

Gabriel Paulus,10, plays lacrosse with his dad Josh on the lower field at the new Kiwanis Park in West Bremerton, Wash. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The afternoon sun came out to make the shadows. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall)

 

And finally this. Looking on the wire one night I found these two photos, sent within minutes of each other. Hopefully this team can inspire and unify Mali.

 

Malian soldiers are stationed at the entrance of of Gao, Northern Mali, Monday Jan. 28, 2013. French and Malian troops held a strategic bridge and the airport in the northern town of Gao on Sunday as their force also pressed toward Timbuktu, another stronghold of Islamic extremists in northern Mali, officials said. The sign , a reminder of Islamic extremists, reads ” Al Hesbah, together for the pleasure of God almighty and the struggle against sins.”(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Congo’s Yves Diba beats out Mali’s Samba Diakite for the ball during their African Cup of Nations Group B soccer match, in Durban, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)