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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

Blame The Gloves: Many baseball players, like the Arizona Diamondbacks' Adam LaRoche, fiddle with their batting gloves during each at-bat, stretching out their time at the plate. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Tiki Barber retired in 2006, after a 10-year career playing for the New York Giants, but he filed papers last week to come out of retirement. Ronen Zilberman/AP hide caption

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Players for the combined football team of Sandhills High School and Thedford High School train during practice in Dunning, Neb., in 2009. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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To college basketball fans from Vanderbilt and other schools, the NCAA tourney's one-and-done format gives their teams a chance to shine. The NCAA releases the 2011 tournament bracket Sunday. Grant Halverson/Getty Images hide caption

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Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 17th green during the first round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament on Feb. 23 in Marana, Ariz. His opponent, Thomas Bjorn, won in 19 holes, eliminating Woods. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman drives the Army's No. 39 NASCAR race car through the garage area at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18. Congress recently voted down an amendment that would have prevented the Army from spending $7 million to sponsor the car. Alex Menendez/AP hide caption

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Owner Daniel Snyder of the Washington Redskins walks the sidelines before a game against the Houston Texans. Larry French/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the U.S. Figure Skating Team pose at Idlewild International Airport in New York before boarding a Sabena jet to Brussels, Feb. 14, 1961, on their way to the World Championships in Prague. The plane crashed Feb. 15 near the airport at Brussels, killing all onboard. Matty Zimmerman/AP hide caption

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The Deadly Plane Crash That Nearly Killed A Sport

Most sports anniversaries celebrate some sort of victory. But Feb. 15 marks the 50th anniversary of a terrible tragedy in the sporting world.

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Arlington, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, will host Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium (above) on Feb. 6. Dallas hopes its existing sports infrastructure will help the city win the bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images hide caption

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New York Jets coach Rex Ryan in happier times, as he watches from the sideline during the first quarter of an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Jets. Bill Kostroun/AP hide caption

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Rex Ryan: The Future Of Coaching?

The New York Jets may have lost their playoff game, but they won't be forgotten — largely thanks to their coach, Rex Ryan.

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Torn ACL injuries, like this one suffered by Stanford point guard JJ Hones in 2008, can have long-term consequences. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle speaks at a press conference before Super Bowl XXII in 1988. Rozelle was commissioner of the league from January 1960 to November 1989. Rick Stewart/Getty Images hide caption

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The Super Bowl: Baby, It's Cold Outside

Who wants to sit out in the cold in midwinter, watching a football game? Frank Deford isn't sure he does, even if it is the Super Bowl.

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Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor plays against Michigan during an NCAA college football game.  Pryor and four of his teammates have been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for "accepting improper benefits." Jay LaPrete/AP hide caption

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NCAA: Show Me the Money!

NCAA football has suffered some scandals this year, and many of them have been about money. Can those 19th century NCAA rules about players and money really be enforced in a 21st century world?

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Bud Greenspan poses for a portrait during the USOC Olympic Media Summit on Oct. 10, 2005, at the Antlers Hilton hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. Greenspan, 84, died on Christmas Day of complications from Parkinson's disease. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images hide caption

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Sylvester Stallone at the premiere of The Expendables in Los Angeles in August. Stallone was selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum earlier this month. Chris Pizzello/AP hide caption

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