Imagine how much livelier baseball would be with a 14-inch home plate. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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It's Time To Shrink Home Plate

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Michael Sam, A Distraction? Please

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Russia's Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar helped Russia take gold during the team figure skating competition in Sochi. Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Double Axels And Death Spirals — Yes, Figure Skating Is A Sport

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Olympic volunteers in Sochi, Russia, in January. Alexei Nikolsky/AP hide caption

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An Olympic Shame: Vladimir Putin Plays Host To Winter Games

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Seattle Seahawks fans, perhaps in a moment of reflection, before the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 19. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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America's Love Affair With Football Keeps Getting Stronger

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Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla. Phil Sandlin/AP hide caption

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In Ice Skating's Biggest Story, The Media Were Poor Sports

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Candace Parker (right) of the Los Angeles Sparks and Candice Dupree of the Phoenix Mercury during Game 2 of their WNBA semifinal series in September. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Women's Team Sports: Where Is The Love?

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Supporting The Home Team From The Comfort Of Your Couch

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The (Very) Long View On The State Of Football

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Benny and the Elevators perform during the game between the NBA's Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets Dec. 25, 2012. The Bulls are one of 10 NBA teams playing on Christmas Day this year. David Banks/Getty Images hide caption

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No Rest For Ye Merry NBA Players This Christmas

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Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trail Blazers goes up for the shot as Philadelphia 76ers defend the basket on Saturday in Philadelphia. Chris Szagola/AP hide caption

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Why The American Dream Is Still Alive In Sports

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston reacts during the ACC Championship game on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images hide caption

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Should Character Count In Sports Awards?

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Fox sportscasters Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson appear during the 2005 Super Bowl pregame show in Jacksonville, Fla. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images hide caption

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To Liven Up NFL Pregame Shows, Take A Cue From 'The View'?

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Metro Meteor, a retired racehorse, stands with owners Ron and Wendy Krajewski and one of his paintings at Motters Station Stables in Rocky Ridge, Md., earlier this year. Jeffrey B. Roth/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The Horse Who Picked Up A Paintbrush

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This year, there are three college players being called "the next LeBron James." Meanwhile, many are speculating about where the first LeBron James, now playing for the Miami Heat, will be next season. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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In Basketball, It's Always About What's Next

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