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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

Carolina Panthers' John Kasay kicks a field goal during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the New York Giants. Bill Kostroun/AP hide caption

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Drop Kick The Field Goals

Football needs to make some adjustments before the game turns into kickball. Coaches should get some guts and stop punting, commentator Frank Deford says.

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Battle Lines: The Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals square off at the line of scrimmage during a game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Sept. 4 in Louisville. Andy Lyons/Getty Images hide caption

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Football Fans Ignore Increasing Violence

To commentator Frank Deford, football provides us with nostalgia for the way war used to be -- with clear battle maps, focused campaigns and simple battle lines.

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In his 15th season, Atlanta Braves left-hander Billy Wagner is one of baseball's top closers, with an ERA under 2.00. A natural right-hander, Wagner taught himself to throw with his left hand after breaking his right arm. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images hide caption

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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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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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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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