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    Legendary Sports Journalist Frank Deford Dies at 78

    He was called the “Clark Gable of sports writing.” The award-winning novelist and sports journalist, who passed away Sunday in Key West, Florida, published 18 books during his career and spent 50 years writing for Sports Illustrated. The Baltimore native was also behind famed media flop The National, a sports tabloid that cost $150 million during its 18-month early-1990s run. In 2013, Deford became the first sportswriter to get the National Humanities Medal, before retiring earlier this month from 37 years at National Public Radio.

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