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The newly commissioned Liaoning is China’s first aircraft carrier. It was put into service on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, underscoring the country’s ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power, although no warplanes have been seen taking off from or landing on the ship — making its current utility as a strategic power projection tool questionable. (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.