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Sweetness And Light

No. 1s: The Latest Greatest Of All Time

The NBA will soon crown another team as the best. And another MVP will be named. But commentator Frank Deford says such titles of greatness are fleeting.

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Simon Says

At The Spelling Bee, Spelling Is No Longer Enough

Starting this year, competitors in the National Spelling Bee will not only have to know how to spell a word, but they'll also have to know what it means.

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It's Been An Ugly Year For College Basketball

Frank Deford isn't impressed with the style of play — or the style of uniforms — in this year's March Madness.

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