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Li Na, 2014 Australian Open

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Tennis bids farewell to Li Na

It was the long goodbye as China bid farewell to its sporting heroine in a tearful ceremony.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, 2014 World Cup soccer ball

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Why FIFA said 'no women allowed'

Sepp Blatter once suggested women footballers should wear tighter shorts -- now his organization, FIFA, has been accused of blatant sexism in its selection of the person to lead an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Beyonce, Jay-Z, David Beckham at Champions Leage soccer match

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Beyonce, Jay-Z and David Beckham -- at a soccer game?

They're three of the world's biggest superstars -- but few would have expected to see them together taking in a soccer match in Paris.

Royals win postseason

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Royals make playoffs in epic, Wild Card win

We throw around the word "epic" so casually that we have to dig deep into our thesaurus to accurately convey what happened at Missouri's Kauffman Stadium Tuesday night.

Rafael Nadal, Monte Carlo 2013

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Rafael Nadal on the comeback trail again

Rafael Nadal took to the court Tuesday for the first time in three months and looked as though he had never been away as he blitzed past Frenchman Richard Gasquet at the China Open.

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FCC throws out NFL blackout rule

After a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday, the FCC ended a 40-year-old ruling that blacked out NFL games in local broadcast areas.

Sean Smith, 21, Husain Abdullah, 39

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NFL: Ref botched call on player's Muslim prayer

Husain Abdullah can kneel and pray pretty much anywhere in America he wants. Except, perhaps, for an NFL end zone.

golfer Michelle Wie

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Michelle Wie: The dark art of a golf star

Her artwork is dark, bold and often sombre, with black figures and sinister skulls splattered across the canvasses. Not exactly what you would expect from golfer Michelle Wie, right?

Michael Phelps, 2008 Olympics, 400-meter individual medley

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Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps arrested

Legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested early Tuesday in Maryland on a DUI charge, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Phelps, known as the "Baltimore Bullet" and winner of 18 Oly...

Jovan Belcher

Kansas City Chiefs

Doctor: Jovan Belcher likely had CTE

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher likely had a devastating brain disease when he shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself two years ago, a doctor says in a new report.

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Late Model stocks hits Martinsville Speedway Sunday

Late Model Stocks to hit Martinsville Speedway Sunday

The Sprint Cup drivers head to Martinsville in just a few weeks but first things first. The Super Bowl of late Model stocks hits the half mile on Sunday in the Martinsville Dupont Credit Union 300.

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FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins'

The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves.

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart

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Stewart never considered retiring after Ward death

Tony Stewart never considered retiring from racing following the death of Kevin Ward Jr.

Jeff Gordon

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Gordon wins at Dover in Chase elimination race

Jeff Gordon has won the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and is part of a 12-driver field that advanced to the next round.

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'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' stirs Redskins controversy

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" has aired a controversial segment pitting Washington Redskins fans against a group of American Indians who want the team to change its mascot.

Late model testing at Martinsville Speedway (1)

Late model stock cars test the track in Martinsville

Late model stock cars hit Martinsville Speedway Wednesday morning to test for the MDCU 300 next weekend.

NASCAR bans private testing in 2015 rules package

NASCAR bans private testing in 2015 rules package

The Sprint Cup drivers head to Dover this weekend for round three in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. On Tuesday, NASCAR unveiled its rules package for 2015 including some news on testing.

Ryder Cup begins Friday in Scotland

Local author gives perspective on Ryder Cup

Floyd author Neil Sagebiel has written a book called “Draw in the Dunes” about the 1969 Ryder Cup. As this year's event gets set to begin on Friday at Gleneagles in Scotland, Sagebiel gives a unique perspective on the American's chances to end a run of futility in the event.









New deal for UVA baseball coach O'Connor

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