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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

A giant All-Star Game sign at Great American Ballpark during a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, on May 30 in Cincinnati. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Marcel Granollers (left) and Roger Federer leave the court at the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y., last August. Commentator Frank Deford says with all that baggage, tennis needs caddies. Leslie Billman/Ai Wire/Landov hide caption

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American tennis champion Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. (1943 - 1993) was the first black player to win a major men's tennis tournament in 1985. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Awards For Athletes Should Honor Unsung Heroes

If ESPN wants to honor selfless players, it should give awards for courage to unknown people who achieve great feats.

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Serena Williams serves the ball to Andrea Hlavackova during the first round of the French Open in Paris. Christophe Ena/AP hide caption

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks to the sideline during this year's Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. Christian Petersen/Getty Images hide caption

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures during an event at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. on May 7, 2015. An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations. Now, he faces a four-game suspension and the Patriots a $1 million fine. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Derek Jeter attends the launch party for his new website, The Players' Tribune, on Feb. 14 in New York City. The site is a platform for athletes to talk directly to fans. Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images hide caption

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The MGM Grand marquee is reflected in an escalator with advertising for the Mayweather Pacquiao fight, which will take place Saturday in Las Vegas. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner throws the javelin during an Olympic competition in Montreal on July 30, 1976. AP hide caption

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Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla throws during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on March 4, in Surprise, Ariz. He is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery this week. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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New York Red Bulls defender Chris Duvall (third from left) reacts toward the crowd after teammate Lloyd Sam scores during an MLS soccer game against D.C. United on March 22 in Harrison, N.J. The Red Bulls won 2-0. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Deford: Americans Don't Care About Major League Soccer

The curmudgeonly sports commentator is pessimistic about the sport's prospects in the U.S.

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"Hot Rod" Hundley (right) does postgame commentary with Ron Boone after the Utah Jazz-Seattle SuperSonics game on May 5, 2000, in Salt Lake City. Douglas C. Pizac/AP hide caption

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, center, during an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Borland announced that he will retire after just one season to protect himself from brain injuries. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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Arizona State fans showcase their Curtain of Distraction during a game against UCLA on Feb. 18 in Tempe, Ariz. Rick Scuteri/AP hide caption

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, right, speaks with an official during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Durham, N.C., on Feb. 28 Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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