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Wide Gap Remains Between NFL And Refs; League Insists On Respect For Subs

Despite complaints from NFL coaches and players, the league and its locked-out officials are no closer to reaching a deal than they were last week, according to reports. News of the lack of progress comes a day after NFL representatives insisted that coaches and players respect the referees.
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Juice Maker Helps Tight End Block Thieving Teammates

Capri Sun could capitalize on its clever gift to juice fan and Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul. Paul complained that his teammates have been stealing his juice, and the company offered him a unique solution.
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Nationals Clinch Playoff Spot, But Tickets Prove Elusive

Bo Porter embraces Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman

The Washington Nationals' win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday night led to a spot in the playoffs, but for many fans, playoff tickets will remain elusive.

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France Makes First Showing At World Baseball Classic

When you think about France, baseball doesn't leap to mind, but the sport has a long history there, dating back to 1889. During World War I, French soldiers played baseball with American doughboys. And now there is a French baseball league. But the games are never televised and the fans are mostly friends and family. But this week, for the first time, France sent its top team to the qualifying matches for the World Baseball Classic, a tournament that was created when baseball ceased to be an Olympics sport. For many on the French team, this is the closest they will ever get to professional baseball.
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Replacement NFL Refs Throw Off Big-Time Gambling

Robert Siegel talks to ESPN the Magazine editor Chad Millman about the effects of NFL replacement referees on gambling.
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U.S. Speedskater Accused Of Sabotaging Rival

In court documents, an American Bronze medalist is accused of following instructions and tampering with his competitor's skates.

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