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Penn State Child Sex Abuse NCAA SanctionsvIn the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the NCAA issued severe sanctions to the Penn State Nittany Lions football team including a reduction of scholarships and post-season bowl ban. Those on both sides of the issue were let down by the decision with some upset by the severity of the sanctions and others disappointed that the sanctions were not worse.
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2012 NFL Replacement RefereesvJust a year removed from the labor conflict between the NFL and the NFL players, the 2012 NFL season opened with replacement officials calling the games and channeling their best Mr. Magoo in the process. Among the casualties included an epic fail in a game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football that gave Seattle a highly controversial win.
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Pacquiao vs. BradleyvTo anyone watching the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight, most would agree that Manny Pacquiao completely dominated the match however the judges thought differently and gave Bradley a split decision win.
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2012-13 NHL SeasonvAs if the two other somewhat recent NHL lockouts were not enough to drive that sport into irrelevance, the National Hockey League locked out its players at the beginning of the 2012-13 NHL season while the players and league reached a labor deal.
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NBC Coverage of the 2012 London OlympicsvCompletely oblivious that word travels fast these days with social media and the Internet, NBC may have committed the biggest let-down of 2012 with its coverage of the 2012 London Olympics. Not only did they choose to air interviews and other dribble instead of important parts of the opening ceremony but they also tape-delayed their coverage, fouled up their paid online streaming coverage and routinely spoiled event results for US viewers.
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2012 NBA FinalsvThe captivating story of the Cinderella Oklahoma City Thunder team against the star-studded Miami Heat made for what looked to be a long and exciting NBA Finals series but that energy soon turned to monotony when the Miami Heat dominated games two through five to take the championship.
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2012 Boston Red SoxvCelebrating the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park didn't go as planned for the 2012 Boston Red Sox when they finished the year with a disappointing 69-93 record to finish last in the AL East.
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New Orleans Saints Bounty ScandalvAllegedly orchestrated by former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, several Saints players were accused of participating in a bounty program that allegedly offered cash incentives for injuring opposing players. A long list of suspensions for players and coaches came as a result as did legal challenges questioning if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell treated the situation fairly and within his authority.