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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan in happier times, as he watches from the sideline during the first quarter of an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Jets. Bill Kostroun/AP hide caption

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Rex Ryan: The Future Of Coaching?

The New York Jets may have lost their playoff game, but they won't be forgotten — largely thanks to their coach, Rex Ryan.

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Torn ACL injuries, like this one suffered by Stanford point guard JJ Hones in 2008, can have long-term consequences. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle speaks at a press conference before Super Bowl XXII in 1988. Rozelle was commissioner of the league from January 1960 to November 1989. Rick Stewart/Getty Images hide caption

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The Super Bowl: Baby, It's Cold Outside

Who wants to sit out in the cold in midwinter, watching a football game? Frank Deford isn't sure he does, even if it is the Super Bowl.

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Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor plays against Michigan during an NCAA college football game.  Pryor and four of his teammates have been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for "accepting improper benefits." Jay LaPrete/AP hide caption

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NCAA: Show Me the Money!

NCAA football has suffered some scandals this year, and many of them have been about money. Can those 19th century NCAA rules about players and money really be enforced in a 21st century world?

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Bud Greenspan poses for a portrait during the USOC Olympic Media Summit on Oct. 10, 2005, at the Antlers Hilton hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. Greenspan, 84, died on Christmas Day of complications from Parkinson's disease. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images hide caption

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Sylvester Stallone at the premiere of The Expendables in Los Angeles in August. Stallone was selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum earlier this month. Chris Pizzello/AP hide caption

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Soaring Above The Rest: The Connecticut Huskies have a chance to tie UCLA's 88-game winning streak Sunday. UConn senior Maya Moore (top) averages 24 points a game for the Huskies. Jessica Hill/FR125654 AP hide caption

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Marvin Miller (right), shown here at a 1976 press conference, served as executive director of the Major League Players Association from 1966 to 1982. Miller has been passed over several times by the Baseball Hall of Fame. A group of former players has started a website honoring Miller. Suzanne Vlamis/AP hide caption

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Ballroom Blitz: Former NFL running back Emmitt Smith won the 2006 Dancing With the Stars competition with his partner, Cheryl Burke. "With Emmitt, it's all about business with him. He wants to practice eight hours a day. He's a hard worker. And you know, we just get on with it," Burke told CNN's Larry King in Nov. 2006. Adam Larkey/AP hide caption

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Auburn Tigers quarterback Cam Newton watches a replay of a touchdown run against the Chattanooga Mocs during a Nov. 6, 2010 game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Officials at Mississippi State University reported recently that someone claiming to represent Newton demanded $180,000 in exchange for enrolling at the school. Newton's father says he didn't want his son to attend Mississippi State because there he would be, "a rented mule." Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images hide caption

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LeBron James (from left), Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat sit on the bench during a game against the San Antonio Spurs. When James and Bosh joined the Heat this year, the team became a juggernaut of talent. Chris Graythen/Getty hide caption

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Sideline Viewers: More and more football fans are passing on watching the game from the stadium and instead are cheering on their favorite teams from their sofas. gchutka/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Whither The Live-Sports Fan?

Why break the bank buying pricey tickets to a game when you can watch it at home on a high definition TV? Frank Deford ponders this and more.

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