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Sweetness And Light

Frank Deford: In With The South, Out With The East

In sports, the SEC is very popular these days, especially in football. But, as Frank Deford points out, it's hard times for members of the Big East.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly made a comment that German Chancellor Angela Merkel ate a "second helping of cheese," even though she says she's on a diet.

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Fans who are tired of the NBA lockout can get some basketball entertainment from a new show, Lysistrata Jones, which opens on Broadway next month.

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The (Basketball) Show Must Go On

It's a desperate time for fans of the NBA. Frank Deford provides an alternative entertainment idea for basketball junkies.

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Siri's answer to the meaning of life is actually kind of impressive.

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