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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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. hide caption

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Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and Juan Pablo Montoya (42) drive through turn four on a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Sweetness And Light

Can NASCAR Steer Itself Back Into Popularity?

Commentator Frank Deford has some theories about why NASCAR is having trouble expanding its audience.

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Hit The Numbers: Stats guys say that the clutch is a random crap shoot. 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. 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/ hide caption

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Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad swims toward shore in Key West, Fla., on Sept. 2, the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. She arrived at the beach about 53 hours after beginning her swim in Havana. J Pat Carter/AP hide caption

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