In pictures: Today in sports

From careful game strategies to throwing caution to the wind, a pictorial look at an eventful day of sport across the world.

Houston Rockets NBA
Hard pill to swallow | Defeat and victory are secondary. Houston Rockets guard James Harden looks in need of help as he holds his throat after getting hit during the first half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Utah Jazz in Houston. (AP) Photo: AP
Rotten luck | Pep Guardiola in this photograph was every Manchester City fan last night who, despite a brilliant 4-3 win over the Spurs, had to give up their Champions League aspirations thanks to the away goal advantage Tottenham had. (Reuters) Photo: Reuters
Rafael Nadal
Game face | Rafael Nadal looks like he means business as he prepares to return in a match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in the Monte Carlo Masters. (Reuters) Photo: Reuters
NHL: fight or flight
Getting physical | Using the putt to answer doesn't seem to suffice for Calgary Flames center Elias Lindholm (L) as he's seen fighting with Colorado Avalanche center Alexander Kerfoot during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey playoff series match in Denver. (AP) Photo: AP
Move over, smog | Thanks to unprecedented showers in the capital, groundsmen at the Feroz Shah Kotla were left dealing with a mosquito issue. The pre-match practice session looks worrying for the players who have to deal with the smoke while they prepare for the match. (AP) Photo: AP
Kashmiri girls play cricket
Playing with destiny | While voting begins in Budgam district in Central Kashmir, children are seen enjoying a game of cricket, away from the political powerplays facing the state. (The Hindu) Photo: Nissar Ahmed (The Hindu)
French Swimming Championships
Leap of faith | Swimmers dive into the water as they compete in the 400m women's freestyle final during the French Swimming Championships in Rennes. (AFP) Photo: AFP
traditional dhow sailing race
Sailing close to the wind | Making for quite a beautiful photograph are the Emirati competitors seen sailing traditional dhows during the Marwah Traditional Dhow Sailing race, as part of Al-Dhafra Water Festival at Mirfa beach, outside Abu Dhabi. (AFP) Photo: AFP
Taming horses
Mid-week face | This gaucho seems like he instantly regretted getting on this untamed horse during Creole week celebrations in Uruguay. (Reuters) Photo: Reuters
FC Porto v Liverpool
Face of the nation | FC Porto fans hold banners with the faces of its players ahead of the game against Liverpool. (Reuters) Photo: Reuters