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Sports Roundup: Shorter baseball games, Derek Jeter's last game, Kershaw's MVP chances, NFL and Ray Rice




Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left, celebrates his no-hitter with his teammates after striking out 15 Colorado Rockies batters.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left, celebrates his no-hitter with his teammates after striking out 15 Colorado Rockies batters.
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For the latest in sports, sports writer Brian Kamenetzky joins Take Two. His brother Andy, who usually joins him, is away on assignment and will return next week.

Kamenetzky gives his take on:

Brain injuries and soccer: FIFA is looking to implement a 3-minute break during games to evaluate a player suspected of having a concussion and then it will be up to the doctor, not the player, to decide if he can stay in the match.

Shortening baseball games: Sticking with more clocks in sports, MLB has put together a committee to pick up the pace and shorten the overall length of a game. There is already a rule in place that says a pitcher has to make a pitch within 12 seconds of getting the ball but it's never enforced (23 seconds average). Also, the average age of the 7-person committee is 62. For a sport trying to appeal to younger fans why not find someone under 40 to make changes?

Derek Jeter's career: Thursday night is Derek Jeter's last game in Yankee Stadium. He'll end his career this weekend in Boston's Fenway Park. Will baseball miss Derek Jeter? What does Jeter represent, if anything at all?

Payroll's role in the World Series: Dodgers and Angels are both in the playoffs, seeding is really the only thing up in the air. Angels have the 6th highest payroll, the Dodgers the highest. Could it buy them a World Series?

Kershaw and MVP: Kershaw has 20 wins and earned run average which would be the lowest in 15 years. He looks like a lock to win his 3rd Cy Young but what are his chances of winning the MVP, something a National League pitcher has not done since 1968?

NFL and Ray Rice: Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Biscotti spent 45 minutes Monday defending his team against an ESPN report that questioned the team's handling of Ray Rice's arrest. He says ESPN was misled by Rice's friends and agent. This followed a Friday press conference by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that did not come off well. How has the NFL's attitude come off during this scandal?