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

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The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

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April 15th, 2014
05:13 PM ET

The day #42 broke the color line: Honoring Jackie Robinson

(CNN) – When pitcher Mariano Rivera stepped off the mound for the final time last season, he became the last professional baseball player ever to regularly wear the number 42.

That's the only number retired across all of Major League Baseball, because Jackie Robinson owns that one, now and forever.

It was exactly 67 years ago today that Robinson became the first African-American to break baseball's color line by suiting up for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

His contract paved the way for so many players that would follow like Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

And it's why today, all of baseball honors this civil rights pioneer by donning his number.

Happy anniversary to one of my heroes.

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Brian Boitano: Yuna Kim needed more to win

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February 21st, 2014
06:30 PM ET

Brian Boitano: Yuna Kim needed more to win

(CNN) - In the final chapter of her storied Olympic figure skating career, South Korea's Yuna Kim won silver - not able to defend her shot at gold against a Russian teenager who seemingly came out of nowhere to get the top prize.

Instantly, there was controversy.

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova finished with a total score of 224.59, beating Kim's score of 219.11 by 5.48 points after the free skate program. Sotnikova, 17, became the first female Russian skater to win in the category. Italy's Carolina Kostner took the bronze.

"It's such a mathematical equation that it comes down to component scores – which are the skating skills and the choreography – versus the technical skills," Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.
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February 18th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Northwestern football players take union hopes to labor board hearing

Chicago (CNN) – Kain Colter actually got this idea sitting in a college classroom at Northwestern University.

The 21-year-old quarterback, soon to graduate with a degree in psychology, is taking the day off from training for the NFL draft to take the stand at a National Labor Relations Board hearing today and testify against his own university and on behalf of fellow football players.

The goal: an attempt to revolutionize the way collegiate athletes are treated.

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February 10th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

NFL network's Eisen on college star being gay: If it worked at college level, it can work at pros

(CNN) - College football star Michael Sam hasn't even been drafted by a team, and yet he's already poised to make history in the NFL. Sam, an all-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, revealed to the world a truth he's known for years.

"I came to tell the world I'm an openly, proud gay man," Sam told ESPN's "Outside the Lines."
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January 31st, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Women emerge as NFL game-changers

(CNN) - Remember back in the days when the words "pro football fan" conjured up images of guys gathered around TV screens chugging beer, and cheering wildly? And women who didn't hate the sport, were thought to be simply tolerating it because, well, how else would you get to spend time with your guy on Sundays in the fall?

Fast forward a few years, and the so-called football widow may notice her huddle is shrinking.

According to the National Football League, women now make up nearly half the league's fan base; 375,000 women attend NFL games each weekend.
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