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After 30 Years, Derby's Dirt Guru Hits Finish Line

The dirt track at the hallowed Churchill Downs is known for crushing dreams and cementing equine legacies. Raymond "Butch" Lehr leads a team of dozens that carefully tends the one-mile oval. On Saturday, Lehr will end his 30-year career.
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A Need For Speed: Inside Jamaica's Sprint Factory

When it comes to sprinting, Jamaica reigns supreme. And what, exactly, makes Jamaicans so fast? Some say it's in the food; others point to genetics. But let's start with the obvious: In Jamaica, kids really like to run.
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NFL Player's Death Highlights Brain Injuries

Junior Seau's suicide this week adds more fodder to the questions around the NFL and player safety. Audie Cornish talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about Seau and the league's ongoing lawsuits from other players and their families.
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Junior Seau's Family OKs Having His Brain Studied, 'L.A. Times' Reports

Research could determine whether he suffered from brain disease. At least two other former players who also committed suicide recently had that problem and it's thought that injuries suffered during their careers caused the diseases.
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No Mo! Yankees Great Mariano Rivera Suffers Possible Career-Ending Injury

The greatest "closer" in Major League Baseball was chasing a fly ball during batting practice when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
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Horse Tips For Saturday's Kentucky Derby

The Run for the Roses is Saturday. David Greene talks to Mike Battaglia, who sets the morning line at Churchill Downs, about handicapping horses in the Kentucky Derby.

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