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The Mystery And History Of Sport's Front Office
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Pete Rose swings for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1985 season. Rose, aka "Charlie Hustle," famously ran to first base even when he was given a walk. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images hide caption

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In Sports, There's No Such Thing As A Bad Hustle
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Tennis Coach Nick Bollettieri gives instructions to a young Anna Kournikova of Russia during a training session at his tennis academy in Bradenton, Fla., in 1990. Kournikova went on to become a highly ranked international player, but she ended her career at age 21 because of injuries. Simon Bruty/Getty Images hide caption

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A Star Tennis Coach And The End Of The All-Around Athlete
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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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Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel with players Robert Luce (from left) and Michael Sam, ahead of the Cotton Bowl in January. Tim Sharp/AP hide caption

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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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The Detroit Lions huddle during a snowstorm in the first half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in December. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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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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