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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, center, during an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Borland announced that he will retire after just one season to protect himself from brain injuries. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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'Borland Effect' A Fumble For Football? Deford Says It Will Pass

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Arizona State fans showcase their Curtain of Distraction during a game against UCLA on Feb. 18 in Tempe, Ariz. Rick Scuteri/AP hide caption

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News From The Charity Stripe

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, right, speaks with an official during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Durham, N.C., on Feb. 28 Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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Deford: NCAA Fans Continue To Drink Deeply Of The (Sports) Spirits

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Daina Bouquin competes in the first U.S. Winter Swimming Championships on Saturday in Lake Memphremagog near Newport, Vt. The event drew swimmers from around the world to race in icy water that was below 32 degrees F. Herb Swanson for NPR hide caption

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'Cold Actually Feels Good' At The U.S. Winter Swimming Championship

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Wendell Scott, pictured here in 1969, is the first — and only — black man to win a race in NASCAR's top series. AP hide caption

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NASCAR Hall-Of-Famer Helped Open The Track For Black Drivers

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Kentucky's Aaron Harrison and coach John Calipari watch from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi on Jan. 6. Kentucky won 89-86 in overtime. James Crisp/AP hide caption

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John Calipari Gets The Best Out Of His One-And-Done Bench

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A man watches sports broadcast on screens at a sports book owned and operated by CG Technology in Las Vegas. CG Technology is asking the Nevada Gaming Control Board to allow betting on the Olympics. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Nevada's Gaming Commission Considers Olympic Wagers

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Panelist Nahshon Ellerbe, a star running back at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas, warms up before a game against Midland Christian. Jeffrey McWhorter/Trinity Christian Academy hide caption

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A sculpture at Britannia stadium in the English city of Stoke-on-Trent commemorates the Christmas Truce, a legendary soccer game played between German and British troops in December 1914. Rui Vieira/AP hide caption

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Deford: It's Hard To Write A Christmas Story About Sport

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At the Arsenal video club, men sit shoulder to shoulder. But some still say it's too dangerous to go in because of Ebola. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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As Ebola Cases Drop, Liberia's Soccer Fans Are Back In The Zone

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Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., before a game last month. The players faced a backlash from St. Louis police and have been asked to apologize. L.G. Patterson/AP hide caption

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Deford: What's Wrong With Pro Athletes Taking A Stand?

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