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2:08am

Wed March 21, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Americans Hit The Brakes On NASCAR

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 10:25 am

Drivers practice for the Budweiser Shootout at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Fla.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Individual sports are always volatile, and after being the next big thing, NASCAR's popularity has stalled.

A lot had to do with the economy. In a sport that depends on sponsorships and rich owners — like those good buddies Mitt Romney kicks tires with --– NASCAR was especially vulnerable.

And as for fans, when it became cutback time, they had to think twice about gassing up those big old RVs and driving a far piece to sit in those ear-shattering stadiums.

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4:58pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Sports

Peyton Manning Reaches Deal With Denver Broncos

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 1:00 pm

Peyton Manning's $96 million, five year contract has Denver fans excited, though many are sad to see Tim Tebow pushed aside.

2:59pm

Tue March 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Southern Miss Revokes Scholarships Of Band Members For 'Green Card' Chant

The University of Southern Mississippi announced that it took disciplinary action against five of its pep band members today.

The five students were involved in one of the more controversial moments of the NCAA tournament, when they chanted "Where's your green card?" as Angel Rodriguez, a Latino player from Kansas State, took a free throw.

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2:48pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Sports

The Rodeo Circuit: Bucking Bulls And Broken Bones

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:56 am

Two bullfighters are tossed by the bull Jumpin Jack Flash during the 2006 Professional Bull Riders World Finals in Las Vegas.
Donald Miralle Getty Images

It's spring, and that means rodeo season is ramping up, especially in the American West. Some professional cowboys will soon be competing almost every night in bull riding, calf roping or steer wrestling.

But along with the trophy buckles and cash prizes, cowboys also bring home injuries — some of them severe. Some rodeo events are more dangerous, and less lucrative, than football and other contact sports.

An Unsteady Paycheck

The 2012 Houston Rodeo begins with a prayer and the national anthem, followed by the first event: calf roping.

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10:50am

Tue March 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Peyton Manning Reaches Deal With Denver

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 1:34 pm

Former Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning (left) talks with Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos in 2010. Manning will be taking Tebow's job.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Update at 3:35 p.m. ET: It's official. Peyton Manning is indeed joining the Denver Broncos. He's talking with reporters in Denver right now.

Our Original Post:

"And they have a deal," The Denver Post reports. "An NFL source confirmed Tuesday morning the Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning have agreed to a five-year, $96 million deal."

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