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David Beckham Retires As One Of Soccer's Most Famous Players

One of the best known athletes in the world has announced his retirement. Soccer player David Beckham will play his final game later this month. Melissa Block talks with Grant Wahl, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and the author of The Beckham Experiment.
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David Beckham Retires From Soccer, Ending Storied Career

David Beckham, who starred for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and England's national team before heading to the United States and Paris, is retiring at age 38. The news was confirmed Thursday by England's Football Association. He appeared for England in 115 games.
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Hiring Julie Hermann, Rutgers Seeks A New Era In Athletics

Rutgers University welcomes the arrival of new athletic director Julie Hermann as the beginning of a new era, weeks after turmoil engulfed its athletics department. The school's basketball coach was fired last month after videos showed that he verbally and physically abused players during practice.
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Wrestlers Grapple To Save Sport From Olympic Chopping Block

In New York's Grand Central Terminal Wednesday, wrestlers from Iran, Russia and the United States faced off in what was dubbed "Rumble on the Rails." This meet was more than just a show of diplomacy and sportsmanship. The athletes want to rally support for their sport which could be excluded from upcoming Olympic games.
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Play Ball: Little Leaguers Get Assist From 'Pitch In' Charity

This year's Little League baseball and softball season is under way — and in the Northeast, some teams and players have taken the field again, despite losing vital equipment to Hurricane Sandy. Many donations were handled by Pitch In For Baseball, which gathered used and new gloves and helmets for the players.
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No. 1s: The Latest Greatest Of All Time

The NBA will soon crown another team as the best. And another MVP will be named. But commentator Frank Deford says such titles of greatness are fleeting.

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