Paradegoers yell for beads from float-riders in the Tucks Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Saturday. Mardi Gras is the city's biggest holiday, starting two weeks before Fat Tuesday and culminating with a long weekend crammed with parades. But there's a family-friendly side to this notoriously drunken party. Bill Haber/AP hide caption

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Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska decided not to compete in Friday's slalom race, in a show of solidarity with protesters in Kiev. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russia's Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar helped Russia take gold during the team figure skating competition in Sochi. Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Detroit Lions huddle during a snowstorm in the first half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in December. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (left) and tackle Jonathan Martin stand on the field during practice in Davie, Fla. Martin left the NFL after he faced harassment from Incognito that his lawyer said went "beyond locker-room hazing." Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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"In our world of global entertainment ... passports don't matter and ... taste trumps nationalism," says Frank Deford. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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An Ohio judge ruled that Donald Miller is legally dead — despite the fact that he is very much alive. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The Straight Dope: The use of steroids and blood doping traces back at least into the 1970s. Robert Byron/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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