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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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The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

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December 2nd, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Sports columnist: Ray Rice PR campaign bad for Roger Goodell

(CNN) – Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is now pleading his case in the court of public opinion, hoping for forgiveness, and a team willing to hire him.
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October 30th, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Should Royals have gone for home at end of Game 7?

By CNN's chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – It has been observed that baseball is a metaphor for life, and we were reminded of that again last night at the end of the 7th Game of the amazing World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.

With two outs, down by only one run, facing dominant Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner on the mound, Royals left fielder Alex Gordon stepped up to the plate. One pitch, one strike. But then, Gordon connected and hit the ball to left-center field, where the Giants bungled it.

It should have been a mere single, but Gordon took advantage of the Giant errors and rounded second. But he stopped at third, not wanting to be tagged out at home. Not wanting to be the last out. That was the cautious move. Odds are he would have been tagged at home. No question.

Except this is baseball. It's life. And yes, while Gordon was the potential third out at home, he was also the potential tying run. And with amazing Bumgarner on the mound, you have to go for it.
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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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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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