Losses. Bad breaks. When these things happen, players and coaches and fans wear the fallout on their faces, showing a side of sports that's painful -- but also compelling. So, Playbook is working with the Tumblr "
The Agony of Defeat" to find the most eye-catching photographic examples each week.
Here are the selections from the past seven days:
With 162 games, baseball's regular season doesn't offer too much agony. Except in pitchers, like Ivan Nova, who look a loss Tuesday and whose Yankees were swept by the White Sox. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast Pain in preseason? Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow showed it in a 26-3 loss to the New York Giants. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images The opening game for Luis Suarez & Liverpool hardly could have gone worse (3-0 loss to West Brom). Michael Regan/Getty Images Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney, left, Shinji Kagawa and Manchester United were unable to solve Everton. Michael Regan/Getty Images Also swept: The Dodgers, with Clayton Kershaw, right, and catcher A.J. Ellis unable to beat S.F. Harry How/Getty Images
They kept their composure. But the players for the Fairfield, Conn., team still felt understandably disappointed Tuesday while being eliminated from the Little League World Series. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar