Bill Madden after receiving the J.G. Spink Award for baseball writers during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 25, 2010. Madden was one of the sports staffers cut in a recent round of layoffs at the New York Daily News. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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Sweetness And Light

Too Many Sports Columnists Being Cut From The Team

Baseball used to be a newspaper game, says commentator Frank Deford. Now, sports are equal parts television and fantasy.

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John Carroll speaks at the International Women's Media Foundation's 15th Annual Courage in Journalism Awards in 2004 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The former editor of the Los Angeles Times died Sunday at age 73. Vince Bucci/Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman (left) shakes hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year. Lieberman was acquitted of fraud charges on Wednesday and is expected to return to his old job as foreign minister. Bernat Armangue/AP hide caption

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