In pictures: Today in sports

Today was about the spirit of battle, battles lost (Caster Semenya), battles remembered (Ayrton Senna) and battles to be fought (Champions League semifinals). A pictorial look.

Caster Semenya
Down but not out | In what is a huge setback for South Africa's Caster Semenya, The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected her appeal against the IAAF's new rules that she called discriminatory. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
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Ayrton Senna
In memoriam | 25 years have passed since that fatal accident in the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola that took Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna's life. People sign a giant placard bearing his portrait on the "Tamburello" track curve of the Imola "Enzo and Dino Ferrari" circuit where Ayrton died. (AFP) Photo: AFP
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Sadio Mane
Oozing confidence | Liverpool's Sadio Mane is all smiles ahead of his side's tie against Barcelona at Camp Nou. The teams take each other on in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal .(AFP) Photo: AFP
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Durant and Paul
NBA 'heats' | The tension is heavy between Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets during the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs in California. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
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CC Sabathia
Tiny pillars of support, pillars nevertheless | New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia hugs his son Carter after throwing his 3,000th career strikeout, during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (AP) Photo: AP
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FIH
Fear | Canada's Mark Pearson (L) doesn't look very pleased with an incoming pass as he fights for possession with China's Ao Suozhu during the match between Canada and China at the FIH Men’s Series Finals, a qualifying tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics field hockey competition. (AFP) Photo: AFP
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Samurai sports
Festivities on target | People in the Nakanobu neighbourhood of Tokyo are ringing in the accession of a new emperor to the throne. Naruhito, their 126th emperor was celebrated with generous servings of sake, medieval horseback samurai archery and solemn Shinto rites. (AFP) Photo: AFP
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Warrnambool Carnival
Looking up, literally | Blues Breaker suffered what looked like a nasty fall at the last jump of one of the races during the Warrnambool Carnival in Australia. Luckily enough, both rider Shane Jackson and Blues Breaker escaped injuries. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
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Put your head in the game | That's one too many heads going after a goal as Ajax took on Tottenham Hotpur in North London. The teams clashed in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal. (AFP) Photo: AFP
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Titan Desert 2019
Ship or wheel? | A competitor rides his bicycle among camels during the second stage of the 14th edition of the Titan Desert 2019 mountain biking race, between the cities of Merzouga and Ouzina, in Morocco. (AFP) Photo: AFP
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