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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors poses in the dressing room after he scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knickerbockers on March 2, 1962. Paul Vathis/AP hide caption

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Senior Cory Weissman (center) of Gettysburg College, takes his second free-throw shot in a Division III Centennial Conference game against Washington College. Tommy Riggs/Gettysburg College hide caption

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Jeremy Lin chases the loose ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. Lin is one of the few Asian-Americans in NBA history. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

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Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, seen here during a game against Princeton, made headlines when she turned her back on the University of Connecticut. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Ahead of signing day, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham of Springfield, Mo., was the highest-ranking recruit who had yet to announce his college choice. Here, he visits a basketball game at the University of Missouri. L.G. Patterson/AP hide caption

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After former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's death was announced Sunday, fans paid their respects at a Paterno statue on campus. Paterno exerted a rare amount of control in his decades coaching football, says Frank Deford. Patrick Smith/Getty Images hide caption

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"It's not that I've fallen out of love; I've actually never liked sports, and I never understood how I became an athlete," Serena Williams said recently, according to TennisNow.com. "I don't like working out; I don't like anything that has to do with working physically." Tertius Pickard/AP hide caption

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Even if you don't watch ESPN's Monday Night Football, you help to pay for it if you're a cable subscriber. ESPN's monthly fees are the highest in the business. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman inspects crowns of the Holy Roman Empire at a museum in Berlin. Much like that regime, the Bowl Championship Series is full of ornate pageantry — and also fails to live up to its name, Frank Deford says. AP hide caption

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Michael Haley of the New York Islanders fights Stu Bickel of the New York Rangers in the first period of an NHL game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Dec. 26. Paul Bereswill/Getty Images hide caption

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Dear NHL: Hit The Puck, Not The Players

Commentator Frank Deford suggests a New Year's resolution for the National Hockey League: No more fighting.

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End Zone Dance: Asante Samuel (22, right) celebrates a touchdown after making an interception, as his Philadelphia Eagles teammates seem to wait for cues to the next dance steps, Nov. 13. Rich Schultz/Getty Images hide caption

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Look, Ma, I'm In The End Zone!

Frank Deford asks, is it time to seek a restraining order against football's end zone follies? The seemingly endless victory celebrations now seem to follow just about any big play.

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The Marching 100, Florida A&M University's band, performs on the field before Super Bowl XLIV, Feb. 7, 2010. The band's director, Julian White, was fired in November after a band member died, allegedly from a hazing incident on a bus. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim (above), two days after sexual abuse allegations against a former assistant were made public, and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (below), during a youth leadership event last year, played alongside each other in the 1960s. Nate Shron/Getty Images hide caption

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For the most avid golf fans, there's now a golf course where they can be laid to rest for all eternity. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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An Eternal Tee Time Option For Die-Hard Golfers

For the most fanatical of sports junkies, commentator Frank Deford has news of a way to carry that fervor into the afterlife.

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