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Summer Olympics Marked By 'Gaming The Games'

Rarely has cheating been such an issue at the Olympics until this year. From badminton to women's soccer to the South African swimmer who admitted cheating, athletes and their coaches are talking openly about gaming the system. And all of it, ironically, is playing out against the constant background music from Chariots of Fire, that iconic nod to gentlemanly, rule-observing sport.
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Can NBC Get Its Fall Shows Into The Olympic Spotlight?

Commentator Andrew Wallenstein says that NBC is trying hard to use the Olympics to promote its fall lineup, but history demonstrates it's not going to be easy to find success with that strategy.
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U.S. Breaks Through In Wrestling, As Burroughs Delivers Gold

American wrestler Jordan Burroughs has won the first and only U.S. gold medal in his sport at the London Games, beating Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran. Burroughs, the reigning world champion at the 74kg weight, won a point in the first two periods to put a quick end to the men's freestyle match.
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White Marlin Aren't Biting At Ocean City Tournament

The White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md. has been going on all week, but a variety of factors have contributed to very few bites from the elusive fish.

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"Baseball's Greatest Maverick"

We chat with biographer Paul Dickson about Veeck's life and legacy in sports and in the Washington region.

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Year Of The Woman At The London Games? For Americans, It's True

Every nation that sent a delegation to the London Games sent at least one female athlete — a first for the Olympics. This year's Team USA has more female than male athletes — and the women have won nearly twice as many medals as the men: 100 total medals, by my count, to 59 for the men.
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Boxing Maths and Aftermaths: Why Similar Scores Are A Mean System

Olympic boxing seems to know that its scoring is weird, its fan base eroding, and its status as an Olympic sport is coming into question. They can address some of those problems by using stronger math to decide who wins close bouts.

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