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Not to be contrary, but the ball, puck, etc. is NOT required for a great sports photo. All it has to do is to involve sports and be a GREAT image. I'm sure you remember pictures of "The Catch" from the 48ers victory over the Cowboys, but how about Eddie Mathews 500th HR on the cover of SI, or others like it? It's a seminal moment captured in time, period. A great face, eyes, expression are always included in these shots, IMHO, because those are the window into the soul of both the competitor and the viewer, which makes the connection.
Shots that I've taken that exhibit this look like this, but then again I'm biased, these are like my children too. There are many more that are better than these few, I'm sure.
Red Wings sudden victory
Soccer sudden National Championship
and of course the "Sportrait" in action