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Ellis dropped the ball but the runner going from first to second was called out.
5 million children dying around the world each year from easily preventable causes -- things that could be stopped at very low costs -- this is an area where the world community has really dropped the ball over the last decade.
Moseley prop Simon Clarke rewarded North Midlands for a long period of forward pressure when he drove over from close range and he was then denied a similar score when he dropped the ball over the line.
With two exceptions, the play has failed only because the QB made a poor throw or the receiver dropped the ball.
Many critics said the prosecutors dropped the ball.
But that said, I think it's equally important to point out that scientists have dropped the ball as well -- especially when it comes to explaining just how important what they do is to the world of normal folks.