Athletes show their support for Ukraine [photo gallery]

Athletes from an array of sports — professional and amateur — are showing in a variety of ways their support for Ukraine and its people amid Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war.


Woman playing tennis (© Mark J. Terrill/AP Images)
(© Mark J. Terrill/AP Images)

Daria Saville of Australia, wearing the colors of the Ukrainian flag, returns a shot at the BNP Paribas Open professional tennis tournament March 15 in Indian Wells, California.


Basketball player wearing T-shirt supporting Ukraine (© Brad Penner/USA Today Sports/Reuters)
(© Brad Penner/USA Today Sports/Reuters)

U.S. college basketball players wear T-shirts supporting Ukraine before their games, including forward Paul Atkinson Jr., center, of Indiana’s Notre Dame. Atkinson was preparing for a game against Virginia Tech March 10 in Brooklyn, New York.


Woman riding horse while holding up arm with Ukrainian flag armband (© Matthew Childs/Reuters)
(© Matthew Childs/Reuters)

Rachael Blackmore celebrates after winning the Champion Hurdle March 15 at Cheltenham Festival in Cheltenham, England, while wearing an armband in support of Ukraine.


Basketball players standing with arms around each other (© Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
(© Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Sacramento Kings center Alex Len of Ukraine, center, is joined by his teammates and players with the Denver Nuggets in a moment of silence before their game February 24 in Sacramento, California.


Man wearing hat with ribbons in colors of Ukrainian flag (© Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
(© Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood of England wears a yellow and blue ribbon in support of Ukraine during a practice round before the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass March 8 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.


Woman running with hair in colors of Ukrainian flag (© Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)
(© Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)

Canada’s Gabriela Debues-Stafford, wearing the colors of the Ukrainian flag in her hair, runs during the women’s 3,000 meter final of the World Athletics Indoor Championships March 18 in Belgrade, Serbia.


Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote “No War Please” on a TV camera February 26 during the Dubai Championships.


Ukrainian flag on bumper of race car (© Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)
(© Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)

A Ukrainian flag is placed on the bumper of Joey Logano’s race car before the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 March 6 in Las Vegas.


Soccer goalie wearing T-shirt reading 'Stop the War' (© Alberto Lingria/Reuters)
(© Alberto Lingria/Reuters)

Thomas Strakosha, from Albania, wears a shirt in support of Ukraine February 27 while warming up before a soccer match against Napoli in Rome. Strakosha plays for Lazio, an Italian professional sports club.


Woman wearing headband with heart in colors of Ukrainian flag (© Jens Büttner/dpa/picture alliance/Getty Images)
(© Jens Büttner/dpa/picture alliance/Getty Images)

Paralympian Oksana Masters of Team USA, who was born in Ukraine, wears a headband with a heart in Ukraine’s colors during training March 3 for the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Zhangjiakou, China.


Close-up of basketball shoes decorated in support of Ukraine (© Amy Kontras/USA Today Sports/Reuters)
(© Amy Kontras/USA Today Sports/Reuters)

Jeremy Sochan, a forward with Baylor University in Texas, wears shoes showing support for Ukraine during a college basketball game March 10 in Kansas City, Missouri.


Line of women holding arms around each other (© David Becker/AP Images)
(© David Becker/AP Images)

Players with the University of Colorado women’s basketball team line up for a moment of silence in support of Ukraine before a women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association game against Arizona March 3 in Las Vegas.