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FOREIGN LEGIONS

Updated: July 10, 2012, 2:13 PM ET
By STEVE HIRDT

YAO BEATS OUT Shaq for the starting spot in the All-Star Game? Get used to it. The world grows smaller every day, my friends, and anyone who has enjoyed Sammy Sosa, Jaromir Jagr and Dirk Nowitzki already knows the impact that foreign-born players are having on North American professional sports leagues.

But as television continues to show what used to be known as "our American sports" to a global community, and as the money being offered by North American teams-combined with the allure of ...

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