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The Ultimate Admissions Trump Card

A year-end Associated Press article begins with an annoying, if not enraging, lead sentence: "If grades make you a long shot for college, you're much more likely to get a break if you can play ball."

As the world of college admissions gets increasingly difficult from year to year, one constant remains: If you're a talented athlete, you stand a better chance to steal a seat from a more academically gifted applicant, sometimes a significantly more academically talented applicant.

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