Duke freshman Austin Rivers, seen here in the Blue Devils' loss to Lehigh in the NCAA tournament, is leaving school for the NBA draft. The trend of athletes spending only one year in college has hurt the sport, says Frank Deford. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images hide caption

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Watching College Basketball's Slump Into Anonymity

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Drivers practice for the Budweiser Shootout at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Fla. Jamie Squire/Getty Images hide caption

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Americans Hit The Brakes On NASCAR

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Calling Foul: In Basketball, Crunch Time Goes Limp

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What Baseball Really Needs: Mr. Personality

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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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100 Points, One Game: A Basketball Record Turns 50

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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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When There's More To Winning Than Winning

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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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Looking For Lin In All The Wrong Places

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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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For Love And The Game, A Star Shines In Delaware

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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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Signing Day: Like Christmas For College Sports

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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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As A Coach, Paterno Was One Of A Kind

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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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Take Your Ball And Go Home? How Dare You!

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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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If You Pay For Cable, You're A Hostage Of Sports

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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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Why The BCS Is The Holy Roman Empire Of Sport

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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

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The NBA Is Bullish On Christmas, By Necessity

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