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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (right) and former Syrian Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass pause for the media before a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner at Mr. Davutoglu’s residence in Ankara on July 26. The general, after defecting from Syria, made his surprise visit to Turkey soon afterward. Gen. Tlas says he defected when he realized that longtime friend President Bashar Assad could not be deterred from crushing opposition to his regime. But some Syrians suspect his motives may be political. (Associated Press)

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LeBron James' 'I can't breathe' T-shirt the latest display of politics on the playing field

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Monday night during pregame warmups wore an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, referring to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. The shirt, one of several featuring the slogan that have been seen around the league in recent days after a grand jury declined to indict the officer last week, is just one in a long history of political statements made by athletes on the playing field. Here are some others.