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Christmas Nativity scenes have been erected in Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Calif., for decades, but city officials snuffed the tradition this year after receiving opposition from atheists. A federal judge Monday denied a Christian group’s bid to reopen spaces in the park for the long-standing displays. (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.