This statue of tennis great Arthur Ashe by sculptor Paul Di Pasquale was unveiled on Monument Ave. in Richmond, Va., almost 20 years ago, on July 10, 1996. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Statues Of Sports Stars Help Us Remember Them As Larger Than Life

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Dave Pear of the Oakland Raiders puts a stop to Larry Csonka of the Miami Dolphins after a 1-yard gain during fourth-quarter action on Oct. 9, 1979, in Oakland. The Raiders won 13-3. AP hide caption

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What Is Football Doing To Us As A People?

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Brazilian Olympic Committee president Carlos Nuzman shows the lantern containing the Olympic flame brought from Greece as he gets off the plane in Brasilia on May 3. The three-month torch relay across Brazil will end at the opening ceremony on Aug. 5 at Maracana stadium in Rio. Eraldo Peres/AP hide caption

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Why Do Cities Keep Vying To Host The Olympics?

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Stephen Curry (right) of the Golden State Warriors dribbles toward Pablo Prigioni of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on Feb. 20. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images hide caption

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Basketball's 3-Pointer: From Tacky Gimmick To Strategic Platform

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning meets with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after an NFL game in Indianapolis in 2011. Manning and Newton will square off in the 50th Super Bowl, in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday. The two quarterbacks were No. 1 overall draft picks 13 years apart. AJ Mast/AP hide caption

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Super Bowl 50's Quarterbacks: So Talented And So Different

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Fans cheer for the future Los Angeles Rams NFL team, during a news conference at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., last Friday. The Rams are returning from St. Louis in 2016 to play in the Los Angeles area. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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Sometimes, You Have To Pass The Ball

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Futbol Club Barcelona's Neymar da Silva Santos pours champagne over Adriano as their team won the final match against River Plate at the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Yokohama, near Tokyo, on Dec. 20. Shuji Kajiyama/AP hide caption

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Soccer, The Normal-Sized Player's Game

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Pete Rose appears at an autograph signing event last month in Las Vegas. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Rose's plea for reinstatement, citing Rose's continued gambling and evidence that he bet on games when he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds. Without reinstatement, Rose can't be elected to the Hall of Fame. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Rose Is Banned From Baseball, But What About Accused Steroid Users?

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NBA Dares To Speak Out On Gun Violence

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Dear NBA: Why So Many Games?

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More College Football Bowl Games Than Winning Teams?

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Olympic team members stand on the field as the Olympic flag flies at half-staff during a memorial service in the Munich Olympic Stadium in Germany on Sept. 6, 1972. Eleven Israeli team members were killed by Arab guerrillas at the Summer Olympic Games. A crowd of 80,000 filled the stadium to capacity. AP hide caption

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Monument Underway For Slain 1972 Israeli Olympians

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Yes, the Little Brown Jug harness race lives on. The horse in the lead here, Vegas Vacation, driven by Brian Sears, holds on to win the 2013 race in Delaware, Ohio. Mark Hall /AP hide caption

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Remembering The Forgotten Of The Sports World

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Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lindrives past Sacramento Kings' Omri Casspi in the second half of a game on Nov. 23. The Hornets won 127-122 in overtime. The Kings haven't won a championship since 1951. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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There Are No Winners Without Losers

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Members of the University of Missouri Tigers football team return to practice Nov. 10 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images hide caption

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Commentary: Mizzou Football And The Power Of The Players

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