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Duke lacrosse ushers in new era

Updated: June 1, 2010, 2:19 AM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

BALTIMORE -- Just wearing the jersey was hard. The words "Duke lacrosse" were viewed more as scarlet letters than banners of pride.

The players knew it. They put on a brave face and went about their business, but the Blue Devils were well aware of the word association people made with their names: Duke lacrosse equated to scandal and shame.

One year gave way to two, to three and though the charges of rape were dropped and the players involved in the 2006 scandal ultimately ...

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