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Marion Bartoli Retires From Tennis At The Top Of Her Game

Just 40 days after winning the women's single title at Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli of France announced on Wednesday that she is retiring from tennis at age 28. Bartoli joins a relatively short list of top athletes who decided to call it quits in their prime. Audie Cornish talks to Stefan Fatsis for more.
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Athletes Speak Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Controversy over Russia's new anti-gay law is affecting this year's World Athletic Championships. Athletes who are in Moscow for the games are speaking out about the law. How athletes are reacting could be a test for what's to come at the Sochi Olympics.
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Fox Launches 24-Hour Sports Network On Saturday

For years, ESPN has been the dominant name in sports broadcasting, not to mention the most profitable bundle of channels on cable television. But it will face its first serious challenge when Fox launches its 24-hour national sports network.
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The Dodgers' 'Magical' Rise From The Cellar

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball right now. It's a dramatic turnaround for a team that spent the first part of the season at or near the bottom.
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Redskins RGIII Approved For Full Practice

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took his first 11-on-11 snaps at training camp in Virginia.

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James Bond Parachutist At London Olympics Dies In Accident

Mark Sutton doubled for 007 at the London Games, when Bond and "Queen Elizabeth II" parachuted into the stadium. Sutton died Wednesday while wingsuit flying in Switzerland.
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A Safety Checklist To Save Teen Athletes' Lives

Many healthy student athletes drop dead on the field or court every year, especially at the height of summer or at the start of a sports season. Doctors and high school athletic trainers banded together to propose ways to reduce the number of deaths.
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Clinton Portis Brings Concussion Suit Against NFL

Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis has joined thousands of retired players suing the NFL for not doing enough to prevent serious head injuries in the game.

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The Knuckleball Can Devastate, So Why Don't All Pitchers Throw It?

Teams haven't typically tried to develop knuckleballers and players haven't usually wanted to throw the pitch. But now the Baltimore Orioles are teaching the knuckleball to three minor league pitchers. A physics expert and fan of the pitch wonders whether this could be the start of a "knuckleball era."
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Brazilian Soccer Team Is Full Of Stars

What do John Lennon and Mahatma Gandhi all have in common? They all play for the same Brazilian soccer team. And, Atletico Goianiense just signed a striker known as Michael Jackson — his real name is Carlos Adriano Souza Cruz

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