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Under Pressure, Universities Try Reining In Football

University of Miami president Donna Shalala has attempted to reset the balance between football and academics at the school better known as "Suntan U." But despite significant improvement in the academic culture on campus, Miami's football program is once again embroiled in scandal and under investigation by the NCAA. The governing body is calling on college presidents to provide greater oversight of big time sports. That request is being met with skepticism by observers, who wonder if repeat offenders like Miami will ever really change.
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Fencer Mariel Zagunis Will Carry U.S. Flag In Opening Ceremony

Mariel Zagunis, the two-time gold medalist in sabre, has been named the U.S. flagbearer for Friday's Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. Zagunis, who was chosen by her peers for the honor, will be the first fencer to carry the flag since 1968.
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Athletes And The Foods They Eat: Don't Try This At Home

Olympic athletes are different from you and me. For instance, they're among the most highly trained and well-muscled people on earth. For another, they have to eat an insane amount of food to keep their high-powered engines running.
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U.S. Women's Soccer Starts London Olympics With A Comeback Win

On the first day of competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the U.S. women's soccer squad bounced back from an early deficit to beat France, 4-2. The game was a rematch for the two teams that met in last year's World Cup semifinals.
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Olympic Athletes' Names: Endurance (Track), Moist (Swimming), And A Leeper

"What's in a name?" William Shakespeare once wrote in Romeo and Juliet, long before the Olympics ever came to London. It turns out that some Olympic names herald the greatness athletes seek — and the events they enter — while some bear monikers better suited for others.
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How Many Calories Do Olympic Athletes Need? It Depends

Olympic athletes need anywhere from 1,200 to 8,000 calories before competition. While some endurance athletes like runners and cyclists have to load carbohydrates, others, like wrestlers, restrict what they eat so they can make their weight class.

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