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A young Joe DiMaggio was a hitter for hire, playing with whatever local ball club could pay him. Then his semi-pro successes brought him to the San Francisco Seals, and from there to the major leagues — and the rest is history. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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The Week In Sports: NBA's Losers Steal The Headlines

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Honoring His Grandfather, Boy Breaks Baseball News

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Why Clif Bar Dropped Athletes In Dangerous Sports

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Ray Rice Can Play Pro Football Again, But Will He?

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Cricketer Phillip Hughes celebrates a score in 2011. Hughes was wearing a helmet this week when a ball struck him on the neck and killed him. Eranga Jayawardena/AP hide caption

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Helmets Aren't Always Enough To Keep Players Safe

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Jerry Dockery checks his frying turkey as he tailgates at Eastern Market before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears in Detroit on Thursday. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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NFL Fans Get Their Fill With 3 Games On Thanksgiving

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Energy Boom Helps Texas Commuter School Launch Football Program

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American sibling skaters Ronald and Vivian Joseph perform the "death spiral" on Oct. 26, 1963, at the World Championships. The International Olympic Committee announced this week that the Josephs, who originally placed fourth in the 1964 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria, were in fact the bronze medalists. Bill Peters/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Tax Fraud Case In Spain Lingers Against Barcelona Soccer Star

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San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Miami Heat in game five of the NBA finals in June. Ashley Landis/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Be Thankful This Year For The San Antonio Spurs

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The story of Arthur, a stray who adopted a team of Swedish athletes competing in Ecuador, spread quickly after he refused to be left behind. Krister Goransson/Peak Performance hide caption

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