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The adoption of Title IX has spurred growth in women's collegiate sports, including soccer. But a women's pro league has struggled, cutting its season short this year. Here, Notre Dame celebrates winning the NCAA College Cup in 2010. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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Artist LeRoy Neiman, who died last week at 91, signs serigraphs of baseball's Mike Piazza (left) in 2000. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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The Man Who Painted Sport, Bright And Beautiful

The recent death of artist LeRoy Neiman calls for remembering a man who was humble with his success, and generous with his help.

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Pittsburgh Pirates fans reach for a foul ball hit into the stands by Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning of a game in Pittsburgh. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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The Language Of Baseball: In Is Out And Foul Is Fair

Why is it called a foul ball? Why not just say it's out? Commentator Frank Deford doth wonder if the language in baseball hath Shakespearean roots.

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Triple Crown hopefull I'll Have Another is ridden by exercise rider Jonny Garcia during a morning workout at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Al Bello/Getty Images hide caption

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Please Sir, I'd Rather Have Another

In the run-up to the Belmont — the final race in the Triple Crown — commentator Frank Deford explains why he doesn't want I'll Have Another to be the winning horse.

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Larger Than Life: Tourists pose in front of a UEFA Euro 2012 Cup placard on Kiev's Independence Square in Ukraine. Europe is entering a packed sports schedule — but soccer still reigns supreme, says Frank Deford. Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs have won 18 games in a row as they head into the NBA's Western Conference Finals. But Frank Deford wants to know: Has anyone noticed? Harry How/Getty Images hide caption

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NBA And NHL Playoffs: Does Anyone Really Care?

The NBA and NHL seasons are coming to a close, but as commentator Frank Deford points out, you couldn't be faulted for overlooking them.

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Real Salt Lake's Jonny Steele (right) trips Chicago Fire's Sebastian Grazzini during a Major League Soccer matchup. The game ended without a score — one of 11 ties each MLS team is likely to record this season. John Smierciak/AP hide caption

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The American Way: Winners And Losers, And No Ties

It's not whether you win or lose — it's how you play the game. But Frank Deford says its downright un-American to have a tie in sports.

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Attorney William T. Gibbs (left), and Tregg Duerson, son of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson, announce the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL on Feb. 23 in Chicago. The lawsuit accuses the NFL of negligently causing the brain damage that led Duerson to take his own life at 50, by not warning him of the negative effects of concussions. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Mind Games: Football And Head Injuries

Commentator Frank Deford wonders what will happen to American football as concerns over head injuries grow.

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Hansen, ridden by Ramon A. Dominguez, races to the finish to win the March 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct in New York. Adam Coglianese/AP hide caption

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A Horse Of A Different Color

The 3-year-old champion colt Hansen is unlikely to win this year's Kentucky Derby, but his white coloring ensures that all eyes will be on him.

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Yani Tseng of Taiwan hits a bunker shot to the ninth green during the second round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii. Jeff Gross/Getty Images hide caption

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Billy the Marlin cheers during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Houston Astros at Marlins Park in Miami. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images hide caption

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Those Wild And Crazy Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins are back in the news. That's no surprise to Frank Deford, who thinks the team is one of the zaniest in baseball.

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NCAA President Mark Emmert delivers his State of the Association speech on Jan. 12 during the organization's annual convention in Indianapolis. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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The NCAA: Is Membership Worth It?

Following Kentucky's college basketball victory, commentator Frank Deford wonders about the ethics of the NCAA.

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Tiger Woods at a practice round ahead of the 2012 Masters Tournament, which begins Thursday in Augusta, Ga. Woods receives the lion's share of press coverage despite his poor record over the past several years. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images hide caption

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Is It Time To Tone Down The Tiger Woods Coverage?

With the Masters tournament poised to begin Thursday, Tiger Woods continues to dominate golf coverage — despite the fact that he isn't actually winning tournaments.

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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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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

NASCAR spent millions of dollars researching how to get people more interested in the sport, but Americans' love affair with cars isn't what it used to be.

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