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September 5th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Seahawks' Richard Sherman on his time with 'Barack'

(CNN) – Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman is taking advantage of all the interest generated in him after a playoff rant last year.

In the last six months, he has done several commercials, stopped in for a few visits to the White House, and even recreated his famous sideline interview with first lady Michelle Obama.

"That was a great time," Sherman told CNN. "Meeting Barack, and getting a chance to chat it up." The defensive back laughed heartily when teased about his first name basis the President.
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December 30th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

'Black Monday' in NFL, several coaches sacked

(CNN) - It's been a downer of a day for in the NFL, with more than a handful of disappointing coaches out of a job. CNN's Rachel Nichols reports.

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October 25th, 2013
06:12 PM ET

LeBron James spreads the basketball brand, and the brand of LBJ, in China

Every year, when LeBron James makes his annual trip to China, it is like Beatles-mania, without the Moe Howard haircuts.

The NBA's MVP visits China to spread the basketball brand, and shill for Nike in the fastest growing market in the world.

But as CNN's Rachel Nichols reports, he is also there to spread the brand of LBJ.

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August 9th, 2013
06:33 PM ET

Tiger Woods dishes on his desire to win a PGA championship

Tiger Woods is the number one golfer in the world again, and steamrolled through the Bridgestone Invitational last week.

But one thing is still missing – a major. Woods hasn't won a big one since 2008, and came in Friday nine strokes behind the leader at the PGA Championship, his final chance to win a major this season.

The golf legend spoke with CNN's Rachel Nichols.

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June 5th, 2013
07:06 PM ET

MLB ready to suspend A-Rod, Ryan Braun, and others

The hammer may be coming down in what could be by far the biggest crackdown yet on steroids in Major League Baseball.

According to ESPN, the league may hand down 100-game suspensions to as many as 20 players connected to a suspicious Miami anti-aging clinic. The list includes big names like former MVP Ryan Braun of The Brewers, and Alex Rodriguez, who is in the middle of the richest contract in baseball history - 10 years for $ 275 million. The New York Yankees handed him the contract back in 2007, in hopes that he would have a clean, and very lucrative pursuit of the all-time home run record.

The MLB has no positive drug tests, but appears ready to hand down the serious penalties without them.

CNN's Rachel Nichols reports for "The Lead" in the video above.

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