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Iran's Judo Champ Withdraws From Olympics, Ending Chance Of Facing Israeli

Iranian judo champion Javad Mahjoub will miss the London 2012 Olympics because of illness, according to reports. But few Olympic observers are worried about the health of Mahjoub, 21. Many see the withdrawal as a ploy to keep from competing against an Israeli.
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A Look At The London Olympics Torchbearers

Torchbearers have brought the Olympic flame to London's streets. The relay is wrapping up a 70-day journey from Greece, ahead of Friday's Opening Ceremony. And although it wasn't always this way, the runners carrying the torch come from all walks of life.
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From Obscurity To The Olympics Back To Obscurity

It's time for the Olympics! Which means, at least for commentator Frank Deford, that it's time to cheer for obscure sports that we only watch every four years.
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Prisoners And Gasbags: Baseball's Odd Team Names

Ever heard of the Kalamazoo Celery Pickers, the Poughkeepsie Honey Bugs or the Iola Gasbags? To find out more about these long-forgotten baseball teams, Robert Siegel talks with Tim Hagerty, a broadcaster with the Triple-A Tucson Padres. Hagerty has compiled a new book called Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball's Most Off-the-Wall Team Names.

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