Top 10 Sports Stories of 2011

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The Year 2011 in sports won't be remembered for the best games and the best performances. Instead, disturbing stories and trends dominated the headlines. In college football alone, the first eight months of the year were consumed by scandals involving two storied programs, and in Ohio State's case, it brought down legendary coach Jim Tressel.

But they were nothing compared to what was revealed about Penn State in early November, a still evolving case that cost the jobs of the school president, vice president, athletic director and most of all, Joe Paterno, a man who had been synonymous with Happy Valley, whose character and integrity had been the bedrock values of a lifetime's work. Within the space of a week, because of his inability or lack of willingness to stop an...

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