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If your interest runs deeper than touchdowns, tackles and fantasy stats, you have to admit that loving the NFL of late feels rather unsavory. Just last week, a league-authorized investigation found probable cause that support staff of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots may have altered the size of the footballs that were used during playoff games. And it may have happened with the knowledge and/or instruction of their heartthrob quarterback Tom Brady.

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For the last seven decades, it’s been baseball, more than our other major sports, that has led the way in terms of its connection to the broader American social fabric. And nowhere was that association on greater display than last week during the unrest that rocked Baltimore to its core.

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The player being discussed most frequently in the glacial walk-up to the selection of college talent by professional teams is Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

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Ah, the first week of April in Baltimore, a time when the senses are stirred anew by the smell of freshly mown grass on the Camden Yards diamond and the sound of bat hitting ball, along with the sight of piles of nervously bitten fingernails.

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By this time next week, the 2014-15 college basketball season will be but a memory. And with the Maryland men’s advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010, that memory is a pleasant one. But, over the weekend, the Terps and coach Mark Turgeon got news that could make next season tip way past pleasant all the way to delirious.

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In a couple of weeks, when a new men’s college basketball champion is crowned, CBS will air its annual montage of tournament highlights over a song called “One Shining Moment.” And you can bet that one of those moments will be the one where Georgia State coach Ron Hunter having already torn his Achilles tendon celebrating his team’s entry into the 68-team field the previous Sunday, fell off the office chair rigged for him to roam the sidelines.

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The new thinking around College Park is that moving the Terps out of the Atlantic Coast Conference after 62 years as a founding member is turning out to be a nice thing. The football team went 7-5 in the regular season, finishing third in their division, while beating longtime nemesis Penn State and gridiron giant Michigan. The women’s basketball team, fresh off a Final Four visit last year, is on a serious roll.

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  The chess team at the University of Maryland Baltimore County is arguably the dominant sports program in Maryland. The team will compete in the 15th annual college final four in New York City later this month. The tournament is governed by the United States Chess Federation. UMBC has made it every year and won it six times.

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Spring can be cruel to football fans, as the NFL's draconian salary cap occasionally forces them to prematurely say goodbye to players they've come to know and love. 

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LeBron James proclaimed he was stunned that his 10-year-old son was already the subject of recruitment by college basketball coaches. James has to be acting if he wants to convince anyone that he’s not aware that recruiting of kids is going on. How could he not? The practice of attempting to attract youthful talent into the pipeline of sports has gone on for well over a century, back to the dawn of intercollegiate athletics.