Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson at practice for the 2014 NCAA men's college basketball tournament. Commentator Frank Deford says that, despite NCAA claims to the contrary, most college players are not typical students — "their job is to play a sport." Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up

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Picasso's The Blue Room, painted in 1901, hung in the Phillips Collection for decades. AP hide caption

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Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story

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Remodeling the National Stadium Mane Garrincha in Brasilia, Brazil, for the FIFA World Cup cost the Brazilian government $900 million. Eraldo Peres/AP hide caption

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Deford: How To Host A Sports Extravaganza That Won't Break The Bank

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A U.S. soldier walks the halls of an American military base set up in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces in Tikrit, 2003. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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In Tikrit, Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

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In a recent Pew Reseach Center poll, 61 percent of Brazilians said hosting the World Cup, which begins Wednesday in Sao Paulo, is bad for the country, because it has diverted money from public services. Nelson Almeida /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Go Ahead, Host A Giant Sports Spectacular. But It Will Cost You

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Even if California Chrome wins Saturday's Belmont Stakes, most Americans are too disconnected from horses to flock to the race track, says commentator Frank Deford. Al Bello/Getty Images hide caption

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Will A Triple Crown Win Save Horse Racing? Don't Bet On It

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David Abbott brought strong opinions and a way with words to the advertising industry. Courtesy of Julian Hanford hide caption

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Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line

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Choosing To Stay When 'Tell Me More' Ends

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Referee Mendy Rudolph officiates a Knicks-Pistons game in 1971. Refs often say it's best to go unnoticed, but an official who "makes a call with vigor and elan is really a beautiful part of the game," says Frank Deford. AP hide caption

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Don't Overlook The Unsung Umpire; Referees Can Be Pretty, Too

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A School Lunch Denied Prompts Powerful Action In A World Of Words

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Newscaster Barbara Walters prepares for her debut on ABC's evening news on October 4, 1976. ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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'Too Crisp And Self-Assured?' Take It As A Compliment, Ladies

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Comcast Corp. chairman Brian Roberts signed an agreement this month that secures U.S. broadcast rights for NBC Universal through 2032. Arnaud Meylan/AP hide caption

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The Olympics: A Modern Day World's Fair (And Money Magnet)

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If Match.com and MLB's new collaboration works out, more couples could be rounding first base on the kiss cam. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Love Your Profile, Take Me Out To The Ball Game?

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