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Explosive Sports Feuds

What would professional sports be without trash talking, grudges, beefs and rivalries? For some, feuds are as integral to spectator sports as the game itself. Sometimes, a contentious situation between star athletes, their coaches and team owners is as enthralling as the score, and can create additional interest in the main event.

Some sports feuds are legendary, such as Mike Piazza and Roger Clemens; Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier; John Rocker and the entire city of New York. Some feuds started on the field, and some on pure boneheaded violence. We remember them for their great drama and for the thrills they offered to sports fans long after the game ended.

Read ahead for some recent personal conflicts.

By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 26 April 2012

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