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When not playing is right call

Updated: September 27, 2013, 2:59 PM ET
By Jane McManus | espnW

I will never forget a boys' soccer game I covered on a sunny day back when I reported on high school sports. The parents hugged one another on arrival, players from both teams seemed listless and, when the national anthem was played, there were fierce eyes beneath the tears. The final score was dutifully preserved in the scorebook.

It was Sept. 11, 2001, and I was at a community field just north of New York City, where two schools decided to play a slate of games in ...

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