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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

Competitive eaters down their frankfurters during the 2010 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at the original Nathan's Famous on Coney Island. Michael Nagle/Getty Images hide caption

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Hot Dog! It's Independence Day!

Hot dogs are great to eat at sports events. But commentator Frank Deford doesn't think eating hot dogs should be a sports event.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal (right) and Switzerland's Roger Federer pose with their trophies after the men's final match at the 2011 French Open. The two men are currently playing in the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. Lionel Cironneau/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Who Wants To Be The GOAT?

Frank Deford remarks on the evolution of the word "goat." What used to be an insult might now be the highest compliment in sports.

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FIFA President Joseph S. "Sepp" Blatter talks to media at a press conference after being re-elected during the 61st FIFA Congress on June 1 in Zurich. Julian Finney/Getty Images hide caption

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If You Can't Stand The Heat ...

Following in the footsteps of the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys, the Miami Heat are the new team that Americans love to hate, Frank Deford believes.

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Once an example of smooth speed at the plate and in the field, the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter has faced doubters this year. Chris Trotman/Getty Images hide caption

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Manny Pacquiao hits Shane Mosley in the seventh round of their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 7. Pacquiao retained his title with a unanimous-decision victory. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Pacman: Last Of The Great Boxers?

Manny Pacquiao may be one of the greatest athletes out there right now. But, as commentator Frank Deford points out, not many people are paying attention.

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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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