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Dear College Presidents: Break The NCAA's Vise Grip On Athletes

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Oscar Pistorius, seen here winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, faces charges that he murdered his girlfriend. Pistorius also competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Reminders Flood In: Athletes Are People, Not Heroes

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Katherine Webb (left), the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, and McCarron's mother, Dee Dee Bonner (second from left), watch McCarron celebrate after the BCS National Championship college football game on Jan. 7. Webb was caught on camera and announcer Brent Musburger enthusiastically remarked that quarterbacks "get all the good-looking women." ESPN later apologized. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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An Oft-Told Tale: The Beauty Queen And The Quarterback

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Maltipoo Shaggy is dressed as a Yankees fan at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City last year. Commentator Frank Deford says the Yankees are turning into a home for the assisted living. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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It's The Dog Days For America's Sports Dynasties

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis speaks at a news conference in New Orleans on Monday. The Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. It will be Lewis' last game. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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History Joins The 49ers In Opposing Ray Lewis

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According to commentator Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated writer Peter King — shown here during an event at Seton Hall Preparatory Academy in Dec. 2005 — is the champion model of sportswriters. Tim Larsen/AP hide caption

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Sports Calendar's Black Hole Gives Us Time To Reflect On Sportswriters

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey lies motionless after he was hit while attempting to catch a pass during a Sept. 23, 2012, game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion and neck strain and spent the night in the hospital under observation. Hector Amezcua/AP hide caption

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Love Of Football May Kick America Down The Path Of Ruination

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Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees on Oct. 16. Morris is a candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Steroid Accusations Likely To Bench Baseball Hall Of Fame Candidates

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New Jersey Tries To Horn In On Nevada's Gambling Turf

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Peace Tops Sporting Wish List For 2013

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Frank Deford says those who have the potential to reduce the gun violence are people who own guns and who are good sports. LeightonPhotography /iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Time For Gun Owners To Be Good Sports About Gun Restrictions

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Mike Bolt, keeper of the Stanley Cup, takes it off the ice on Dec. 7, 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The NHL lockout enters its 88th day on Wednesday. Darryl Dyck/AP hide caption

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NHL Lockout Leaves Fans Out In The Cold

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Carl Pettersson of Sweden putts for birdie on the eighth hole during the final round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C., in April. The long putter he uses is in danger of being banned. Hunter Martin/Getty Images hide caption

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Navel-Gazing: Why Golf Should Embrace Belly Putters

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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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College Football: Pro and Con(servative) Views

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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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What's Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander

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