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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

Game attendance may be down, but TV ratings are higher for almost all professional sports. Sean Locke/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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One week after blowing a lead in the Masters, golfer Rory McIlory squandered a chance to win the Maybank Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur. McIlroy finished third after holding the 36-hole lead. Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NFL stars like Peyton Manning (left) and Tom Brady are most likely better positioned to cope with a delayed season than are players with fewer resources. The two quarterbacks are part of a group of players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the league. Jamie Squire/Getty Images hide caption

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After last season, Nebraska left the Big 12. This year, the school joins the Big 10 ... which will have 12 teams. It's just more proof that there's little rhyme or reason in how sports leagues name themselves. Tony Gutierrez/AP hide caption

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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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