Talking Points: Sports helped heal us

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Part of the healing process from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, came from sports.

We waved American flags at stadiums all across the country. We sang the national anthem and "God Bless America."

Most of all, the return of baseball and football reminded us that we could cheer again. The games helped us regain a sense of normalcy.

We won't ever forget that.

2

Andy Murray has his first Grand Slam tennis title after four tries.

Britain has its first Grand Slam tennis champion in 76 years.

It's not the Wimbledon title that the Brits so despirately desire from one of their own, but Murray is a deserving Slam champion regardless of the trophy.

The downside to all this will be the higher-than-high expectations for Murray to win at the All-England Club next July after now having a Slam title in his pocket plus an Olympic gold medal won on the hallowed grass courts of Wimbledon.

But all that is for a later day. For now, the Brits have their champion.

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"The game in San Francisco could be billed as ... gripping."

Those words were written by Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, adding to the already too-hyped encounter on Sunday between the 49ers and Lions.

It's not a matchup of two teams who won their opener.

It's a rematch between the two coaches once the game is over.

Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz had a memorable postgame, um, handshake last season that resulted in the two having to be physically separated.

"That's long in the past," Schwartz said Monday.

"Our approach with the mini-controversies are really to give them the attention they deserve — which isn't much," Harbaugh said.

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