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NCAA To Fight Football Team's Decision To Unionize

College football and basketball are big business. So are the players of those sports just students, or are they employees with the right to unionize? Football players at Northwestern University have voted to form a union.
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Too Far, Too Complicated: Why Some Families Will Sit Out Sochi

Families of athletes normally make a pilgrimage to see the Olympics, but this year is different: The trip is more costly than previous games and, for many, more nerve-wracking.

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America's Love Affair With Football Keeps Getting Stronger

In the lead-up to the Super Bowl, commentator Frank Deford explores why football's popularity seems to grow and grow, like a fungus. Unlike other sports that are played with high frequency, he says, fans work up an anticipation for their team's once-a-week game.
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Cool Runnings: The One-Man, East Timor Version

Before he could be sent to Sochi, Yohan Goutt Goncalves, 19, first had to take the unusual step of creating his country's national skiing federation.
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A Homemade Wooden Luge Track Launches Teen To Sochi

When Tucker West was 6, his father built an 800-foot-long luge track in their backyard. Now, at 18, West is the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic luge team.
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Super Bowl Tickets Are 'Cheap,' And Weather Isn't Only Reason

The forecast for temperatures near or below freezing on Sunday has likely kept resale prices down a bit, brokers say. But an even more important factor may be that the matchup — the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks — just isn't drawing interest from some fans.
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X Games Show The Olympics What The Kids Want

The X Games have changed the lineup and atmosphere of the Winter Olympics with the introduction of snowboarding, half-pipe and now slopestyle. But when a youth-lifestyle, punk-rock sport makes it to the Olympics, some things inevitably change.
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A Closer Look At The NFL's Most Taken-For-Granted Point

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently toyed with the idea of getting rid of the extra point — the post-touchdown, 1-point kick that's successful 99.5 percent of the time.
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'Crazy' And 'Surreal': Figure Skater Jason Brown's Road To Sochi

Weeks after he turned 19, Jason Brown placed second at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with an electrifying performance that became a YouTube sensation. "I'm so blown away and so shocked — beyond shocked. It's so surreal to me," he says.
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The Ice Phenom Who Has Gone Viral

Jason Brown is a male figure skater truly of the 21st century. At 19 years old, he's the star of a viral video — his performance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships has over 3 million views — and a Twitter account dedicated to his signature hairstyle. Audie Cornish talks to Jason as he prepares to compete in Sochi, where he won't be doing a quad jump but will be bringing his infectious energy and enthusiasm.

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