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On NFL's Opening Day, Fans Find A Tale Of Two Leagues

The National Football League opens its regular season on Thursday night. Far and away the most popular sports league in the U.S., the NFL generates $10 billion a year in revenue. But recent issues off the field — a bullying scandal, a court battle over concussions and Washington's controversial team name — have drawn some shadows across the game.
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Gridiron Tech Tags Players, Delving Deeper Into The Game's Data

Something new is coming to the NFL this year: high-tech tracking devices on players. In some stadiums, they'll give teams and TV audiences real-time readouts of player movements. They'll also give coaches tons of data to fine-tune their game plans.
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Surprise Contenders In The Running For U.S. Open Title

At the U.S. Open, two female tennis players have reached their first Grand Slam semifinals. David Greene talks to Courtney Nguyen, a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated.
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CBS's Thursday Night Football: An Ambitious Alliance With A Lot At Stake

On Sept. 11, CBS and the NFL will debut Thursday Night Football games. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it's a sure bet that two of the world's biggest corporations have a lot riding on.
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Native American Groups Urge Broadcasters To Ban Use Of 'Redskins'

A coalition of more than 100 Native American and social-justice groups is asking television and radio stations across the country not to use the team name of the Washington Redskins.
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Michael Sam Added To Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad

The NFL's first openly gay player was released by the St. Louis Rams last week. Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said the decision to add Sam to the practice roster "is about football."
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Senate Lawmakers At Impasse On Redskins Name Change

The Washington Post's editorial board has joined a growing chorus of media organizations that have opted to stop using the "Redskins" name for Washington's football team, but on Capitol Hill, it looks like there's little else that can be done.

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Tennis Trend? Many Top Players Are Older Than 30

Over the last decade, the average age of the top 100 tennis players has steadily increased. We look at why players over 30 are likely to be strongly represented in the upcoming U.S. Open.
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You'll Never Walk-Off Alone

With baseball's pennant race in full swing, commentator Frank Deford takes a moment to examine an oft-used baseball phrase ... and imagines how sportswriters might apply it to big moments in history.
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Tony Stewart Returns To The NASCAR Track

Audie Cornish talks with USA Today reporter Nate Ryan about Tony Stewart's return to NASCAR racing for the first time since fellow driver Kevin Ward was killed.

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