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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

Despite the Big Ten's expansion, Frank Deford says the conference will struggle to compete with pro football in the Northeast. The conference announced the addition of Maryland and Rutgers earlier this month. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images hide caption

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Jockey Rosie Napravnik sponges off Shanghai Bobby after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Mark J. Terrill/AP hide caption

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NBA Commissioner David Stern speaks during a basketball news conference on Oct. 25. Stern announced he will retire on Feb. 1, 2014. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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Dear Sports Czars: Take Your Ball And Go Home

Many sports bosses are tarnishing their achievements by overstaying their welcome, says commentator Frank Deford.

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C.J. Watson of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles upcourt in a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The New York City borough finally has a pro sports team to call its own, says Frank Deford. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Place kicker Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos kicks a second quarter field goal on a hold by Britton Colquitt against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High in Denver on Sept. 23. Justin Edmonds/Getty Images hide caption

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Baltimore Orioles Nate McLouth (from left), J.J. Hardy, Robert Andino and Manny Machado high-five teammates after Game 2 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees. Somewhere, commentator and Orioles fan Frank Deford is also giving high-fives. Nick Wass/AP hide caption

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It's Good To Root, Root, Root For The Home Team

In the world of sports — even if you move often — commentator Frank Deford says your loyalty should always be to your hometown team.

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Referee Walt Anderson makes a call in the Chicago Bears game against the Dallas Cowboys Monday, ending the NFL's first full slate of games with its regular officials. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images hide caption

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Big East commissioner Mike Aresco answers questions from the media before an NCAA college football game. Aresco says there are no plans for the conference to change its name. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

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The Big East Conference: What's In A Name?

Athletic conferences don't make much sense anymore. Commentator Frank Deford remarks on how the Big East conference is no longer as big or as east as it used to be.

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Quarterback Matt Stafford and the Detroit Lions will travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers Sunday night. Because their body clocks are set to the Eastern time zone, the Lions could be at a disadvantage. Rick Osentoski/AP hide caption

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Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin speaks to reporters at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media day. Butch Dill/AP hide caption

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San Francisco Giants' Melky Cabrera fouls off a pitch. Cabrera was suspended Aug 15 for 50 games without pay after testing positive for high levels of testosterone. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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Just Say No: Doping Diminishes All Athletes

Athletes aren't always the best role models but, for commentator Frank Deford, the worst sin they can commit is doping.

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Serena Williams returns a shot during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio. Tom Uhlman/AP hide caption

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Serena Williams Takes Tennis For A Ride

The U.S. Open tennis tournament starts next week and, as commentator Frank Deford points out, Serena Williams may be the best reason to watch.

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Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out at second against Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Despite less-than-stellar statistics, the Orioles are contenders in the American League wild-card race. Nick Wass/AP hide caption

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Feeling Just Wild About Wild Cards

More wild-card teams in baseball? The more the merrier, says commentator Frank Deford, as it makes the playoffs that much more exciting.

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