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This Week in Sports - October 8-12, 2007

A hockey star gets diagnosed with leukemia and Marion Jones returns her medals. See what else happened this week!

Sports News - Blake Has Leukemia

Earlier this week, it was announced that Toronto Maple Leafs player Jason Blake has a rare form of leukemia. Doctors believe his case is highly treatable and Blake is not expected to miss any action, as he has already started treatment. This past summer, Blake signed a five-year, $20 million contract with the Leafs, after playing with the New York Islanders last season.

Sports News - Jones Returns Medals

After admitting to steroid use last week, Marion Jones has returned all five medals she won at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She plead guilty last Friday to lying to federal investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs. After the court hearing, she apologized to everyone in a news conference outside the courtroom. She is also subject to returning some of the prize money she has won over the years.

Sports News - Torre's Future Unclear

After the Yankees made another early exit in the playoffs, losing in the first round to Cleveland, the future of Yankees' manager Joe Torre is unclear. In the past weeks, owner George Steinbrenner suggested that Torre might be on his way out if the Yankees fail to get out of the first round for the third straight year. Torre, who has lead the Yankees to 12 straight playoff appearances, has the endorsements of most of his players to keep his job.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • Washington Wizards forward Etan Thomas had open heart surgery on Thursday after a leak of the aortic valve was discovered. It is unclear when, or if, the 29 year-old player will return to action.
  • There is no more room in college basketball for potty mouths. This week, the NCAA imposed a rule that would ban players and coaches from swearing. A violation will result in a technical foul.
  • So far this NFL season, there are three undefeated teams - Dallas, Indianapolis and New England. This coming Sunday, one of those teams will no longer be perfect as the Cowboys play the Patriots. It will also be a game that features two great match ups - Tony Romo vs. Tom Brady and Terrell Owens vs. Randy Moss.
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    unicornsrule626
    "rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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    rainbowpoptart
    I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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    angelover4
    CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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    angelover4
    I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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    angelover4
    I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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