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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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October 23rd, 2014
06:24 PM ET

UNC report finds 18 years of academic fraud to keep athletes playing

Chapel Hill, North Carolina (CNN) - For 18 years, thousands of students at the prestigious University of North Carolina took fake "paper classes," and advisers funneled athletes into the program to keep them eligible, according to a scathing independent report released Wednesday.

"These counselors saw the paper classes and the artificially high grades they yielded as key to helping some student-athletes remain eligible," Kenneth Wainstein wrote in his report.

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sports lead

October 10th, 2014
12:31 PM ET

From combat field to college football - the story of Daniel Rodriguez

By chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper and Kim Berryman

(CNN) – Clemson Tiger wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez, 24, will go up against the Louisville Cardinals this Saturday.

The college football player is also an Army veteran, whose journey from the combat field to the football field wasn't so easy.
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September 22nd, 2014
05:52 PM ET

Ravens owner: ESPN report on Rice video untrue

(CNN) – Did the Baltimore Ravens merely drop the ball in its handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, or was something more sinister at play?

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti addressed the media Monday for the first time since ESPN released a bombshell story, reporting Ravens officials knew about the videotape that showed the team's star running back hitting his then-fiancée, long before it went public.
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September 19th, 2014
05:58 PM ET

Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton: Fans should boycott NFL games

(CNN) – NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton gave an impassioned reaction to commissioner Roger Goodell's statements Friday, saying the league is trying to cover up a wider problem, and protect star players. Fans, he said, need to do something.

"(Fans) should start writing letters, writing e-mails, and stop going to games," Tarkenton said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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September 19th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

When can we trust the NFL again?

(CNN) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday announced a sweeping domestic abuse and sexual assault policy for the league's 32 teams, mandating all players and staff undergo education and training about how to prevent abuse.

But did he do enough to quell the criticism being leveled at the NFL, and the lack of trust in the league?

CNN "Unguarded" host Rachel Nichols and Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko discuss.

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