Sweetness And Light Frank Deford's weekly commentary on sports appears Wednesdays on NPR.org.

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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After Promotional Circus, Will Miami Pack The Heat?

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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?

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Schools Forfeit Games, Putting Safety Above Football

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If Yankees Exit Playoffs Early, Blame A New Curse

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Can U.S. Golfers Stop Europe's Run At The Ryder?

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In College, Maybe Everybody IS Doing It: Cheating

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Carolina Panthers' John Kasay kicks a field goal during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the New York Giants. Bill Kostroun/AP hide caption

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Drop Kick The Field Goals

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Battle Lines: The Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals square off at the line of scrimmage during a game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Sept. 4 in Louisville. Andy Lyons/Getty Images hide caption

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Football Fans Ignore Increasing Violence

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In Praise Of Ichiro: Out Of Fashion, But On Base

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Who Can A Young Fan Look Up To? It's Tough

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Sorry, Saban: Players Need Money. And Agents

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In his 15th season, Atlanta Braves left-hander Billy Wagner is one of baseball's top closers, with an ERA under 2.00. A natural right-hander, Wagner taught himself to throw with his left hand after breaking his right arm. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images hide caption

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In Sports, Left-Handers Exploit Edge Every Day

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Erik Compton's Gifts: Talent, And A Donor's Heart

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Someone Got Served: Like many sports, cheerleading championships have sprung up around the world. Here, the Baika Cheerleading Club Raiders perform during the Japan Cup Cheerleading Championship in Tokyo. Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images hide caption

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Cheerleading A Sport? You'll Know It When You See It

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A Pioneering Critic Who Helped Shape Sports TV

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