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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

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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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

Football needs to make some adjustments before the game turns into kickball. Coaches should get some guts and stop punting, commentator Frank Deford says.

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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

To commentator Frank Deford, football provides us with nostalgia for the way war used to be -- with clear battle maps, focused campaigns and simple battle lines.

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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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