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Jet Carrying Top Russian Hockey Team Crashes

Officials said at least 43 people were killed when the plane crashed as it tried to take off from a town east of Moscow. The jet was carrying members of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv hockey team, which lists several international stars in its ranks.
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It's A Coin Toss: Presidential Speech Or Football?

Frank Deford wonders about the state of the nation when its citizens think a football game is more important than the president's economic address.
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Va. Public Sports May Soon Extend To Home-Schooled Students

A Virginia educational panel is considering legislation that would give home-schooled students access to public sports.

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Rain Pushes Back U.S. Open Matches

It's a soggy day nine of the U.S. Open. Michele Norris talks with tennis writer Doug Robson about the winners and losers so far, and who's left standing.
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Stephen Strasburg Making 2011 Debut

After missing the entire season recovering from "Tommy John" surgery, Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg is poised to start Tuesday.

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A 'Showdown' That Changed Football's Racial History

Much of the NFL integrated in the 1940s. The Washington Redskins held out until 1962. In a new book, historian Thomas G. Smith writes about how it took an ultimatum from the Kennedy administration to allow blacks into pro football in the nation's capital.
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In Your Ear: Zina Garrison

Tennis great Zina Garrison shares some of the music that inspires her. Garrison was the first black woman to reach the Wimbledon finals since Althea Gibson did it in the 1950s. She ranked No. 4 in the world in 1990, the year she won the French Open.
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After Scandal, Ohio State To Hit Football Field

In Ohio, college football enters a new era. Scandal forced a coaching change, and a number of players are benched at Ohio State for breaking NCAA rules. The Buckeyes' situation is providing a good case study for those interested in making big changes to college sports.

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