Jackie Robinson during spring training at Vero Beach, Fla., in March 1956. It would be Robinson's 10th and last year with the Brooklyn Dodgers. AP hide caption

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The Pitch For More No. 42s

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Tiger Woods spends some time on the driving range during Monday's practice round for the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Tiger At The Masters: The Juncture Of Exhilaration And Peril

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Some say baseball is too slow and doesn't appeal to young people. Not Frank Deford. Rodolfo Arguedas/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Baseball Isn't Dead; It Just Takes More Work To Appreciate

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This photo illustration released by Adidas shows the uniforms for NCAA basketball teams (from left) University of Cincinnati, University of Kansas, University of Notre Dame, Baylor University, UCLA and the University of Louisville. Aaron Hewitt/AP hide caption

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It's Been An Ugly Year For College Basketball

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School Bands Should Not Be Entertainment Adjunct For Sports

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DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova universities have decided to leave the Big East Conference and pursue a new basketball framework. Todd Taulman/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Catholic Universities See True Path To Salvation: Basketball

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Dear College Presidents: Break The NCAA's Vise Grip On Athletes

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Oscar Pistorius, seen here winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, faces charges that he murdered his girlfriend. Pistorius also competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Reminders Flood In: Athletes Are People, Not Heroes

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Katherine Webb (left), the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, and McCarron's mother, Dee Dee Bonner (second from left), watch McCarron celebrate after the BCS National Championship college football game on Jan. 7. Webb was caught on camera and announcer Brent Musburger enthusiastically remarked that quarterbacks "get all the good-looking women." ESPN later apologized. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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An Oft-Told Tale: The Beauty Queen And The Quarterback

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Maltipoo Shaggy is dressed as a Yankees fan at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City last year. Commentator Frank Deford says the Yankees are turning into a home for the assisted living. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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It's The Dog Days For America's Sports Dynasties

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis speaks at a news conference in New Orleans on Monday. The Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. It will be Lewis' last game. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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History Joins The 49ers In Opposing Ray Lewis

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According to commentator Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated writer Peter King — shown here during an event at Seton Hall Preparatory Academy in Dec. 2005 — is the champion model of sportswriters. Tim Larsen/AP hide caption

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Sports Calendar's Black Hole Gives Us Time To Reflect On Sportswriters

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey lies motionless after he was hit while attempting to catch a pass during a Sept. 23, 2012, game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion and neck strain and spent the night in the hospital under observation. Hector Amezcua/AP hide caption

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Love Of Football May Kick America Down The Path Of Ruination

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Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees on Oct. 16. Morris is a candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Steroid Accusations Likely To Bench Baseball Hall Of Fame Candidates

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