Someone Got Served: Like many sports, cheerleading championships have sprung up around the world. Here, the Baika Cheerleading Club Raiders perform during the Japan Cup Cheerleading Championship in Tokyo. Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images hide caption

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Cheerleading A Sport? You'll Know It When You See It

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A Pioneering Critic Who Helped Shape Sports TV

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After LeBron James chose to move to the Miami Heat, the team arranged a fan-filled spectacle at its arena. Marc Serota/Getty Images hide caption

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The Summer Of Our Excess: Sport Gets Supersized

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry died on Dec. 17, 2009, from injuries he suffered after falling out of the back of a pickup truck. West Virginia University researchers say he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Amy Sancetta/AP hide caption

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Is It Easier For Some Athletes To Suffer Brain Damage?

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When, And Where, Will LeBron Turn The Corner?

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Why Are Only Three Americans Great At Tennis?

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College Conference Two-Step: Choreographed By Cash

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As Soccer Grows, Passions Rise For World Cup

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Big-Ticket Items: The new Cape Town Stadium (above, during a light test last fall) was finished at the end of 2009; King Shaka International Airport (below), which cost an estimated $1 billion, opened in May. South Africa is also completing a high-speed-train line for the World Cup. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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Deford On South Africa: The Big Stage Is Pricey

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Sports Fan's Dilemma: Trusting An Athlete Today

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Skaters from the Tough Cookies (in blue) and the Varsity Brawlers (in purple) are seen during an L.A. Derby Dolls match last month. The teams' athletes include Agnus Die and Vik Timizer of the Varsity Brawlers and Aggro Vader and Iron Maiven of the Tough Cookies. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ladies' Choice: To Be A 'Doll On Wheels'

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Mister Is To Sports As Crying Is To Baseball

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Why Working The Count Doesn't Work For Me

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during a recent team practice in Pittsburgh. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the player's six-game suspension, he said Roethlisberger's behavior could not be described as "admirable, responsible or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans." Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Not All Role Models Need Be Positive

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Tim Tebow: Rare Case Of Game Hating The Player

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