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1:02am

Wed November 6, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Root, Root, Root For The Home Team?

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 7:01 am

"In our world of global entertainment ... passports don't matter and ... taste trumps nationalism," says Frank Deford.
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Does a citizen of any country, not just the good ole U.S. of A., have an obligation to support its national teams? For goodness sake, it's just a game, not Horatius at the Bridge standing between us and national defeat.

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3:03am

Wed October 30, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Can NASCAR Steer Itself Back Into Popularity?

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 3:24 am

Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and Juan Pablo Montoya (42) drive through turn four on a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va.
Steve Helber AP

As the NASCAR season climaxes, America's prime motor sport continues to see its popularity in decline. For several years now, revenues and sponsorship have plummeted, leaving an audience that increasingly resembles the stereotype NASCAR so desperately thought it could grow beyond: older white Dixie working class.

Both ESPN and the Turner Broadcasting Co., longtime NASCAR networks, took a look at the down graphs and the down-scale demographics and didn't even bother to bid on the new TV contract.

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12:59am

Wed October 16, 2013
Sweetness And Light

You Asked For It: Frank Deford's Top 12 List

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 10:35 am

Frank Deford to football players: Get more creative when you win, please.
Paul Sakuma AP

As a commentator, Frank Deford gets a lot of suggestions about prominent subjects that he should take to task. Usually, he has already sounded off on these suggested topics, and most of them are cut and dried, with nothing new to add. But here, Deford takes on 12 of these familiar issues — this time with brief updates.

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2:44am

Wed October 9, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Sick Of How U.S. Sports Are Run? Take A Look At Europe

Shadows of journalists are seen next to a FIFA logo after a recent press conference on controversy swirling around 2022 World Cup construction projects in Qatar.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Complain all you want about how sports in the U.S. are run, but the playing fields aren't always greener on the other side.

In Europe, FIFA, the soccer federation, is dealing with problems associated with the 2022 World Cup's timing and venue. For one, after awarding the World Cup to Qatar, those running FIFA wonder now if it'd be better to play the games in winter when it will be cooler — only that's when all the European leagues are operating.

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12:49pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Sports

Embattled Alex Rodriguez Sues Major League Baseball

He's waiting to hear his fate: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
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Alex Rodriguez, the embattled Yankees' third baseman, is suing Major League Baseball, claiming they have gone on a "witch hunt" to destroy his reputation and career.

The New York Times reports:

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