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The I.O.C. Finally Stops Tiptoeing. And Russia Pays the Price.

The Olympics could be a money grab flooded with lies and political favors and dominated by countries using their wealth and sporting prowess to show off their power. Sure, the I.O.C. could tolerate that. But competition itself cannot be considered a joke. The results can’t be fiction. Sponsors wouldn’t go for that. Viewers might not tune in. So, in came ...

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How Will This Putin-I.O.C. Thriller End?

And Putin said in early November that the doping bans involving Russians were just an American scheme to make him look bad before elections in March. What happens if Bach sides with clean athletes, the real victims here, and gives Russia more than a slap on the wrist? The Russians have threatened to boycott the Pyeongchang Games, a take-our-ball-and-go-home gesture ...

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Giants Stay Cold Against Raiders as Eli Manning Warms the Bench

Manning, whose demotion set off a storm of criticism toward McAdoo and the Giants, offered support for his coach after the game. “I don’t want that,” said Manning, whose streak of 210 consecutive regular-season starts came to an end. “I don’t want anybody to get fired. When a coach gets fired, it’s usually because the team and the players, and ...

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Yankees Choose Aaron Boone to Be Their Next Manager

The pennant winners from the past two seasons — the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians — are among the teams that lean heavily on this dynamic. Even so, all of those teams employ managers who had previous experience, at least as a coach. “Look, obviously, experience is very valuable and should be ...

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World Cup 2018 Draw: Live Updates and Analysis

“And I love the mystery of the World Cup draw. We are saturated with soccer now: We can watch all of the world’s best players every week. Only at the World Cup do players from nowhere suddenly burst to life, and teams — Tunisia, Iran, even Russia itself — from isolated soccer cultures join the party. The draw is the ...

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With Eli Manning Decision, the Giants Invite Shame

There would have been nothing wrong with the Giants announcing that for the good of the franchise and its future, the team’s recent draft pick Davis Webb would replace Manning in parts of the final five games this year. In time, perhaps, Webb might even start a game or two. The Giants would need to magnanimously acknowledge that it was ...

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Olympic Doping Diaries: Chemist’s Notes Bolster Case Against Russia

Olympic officials will announce their decision on Dec. 5. If they do not bar Russia completely from the coming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they are likely to keep all Russian emblems out of the Games: The Russian flag would not fly at the opening and closing ceremonies, Russian athletes would compete in neutral uniforms and the Russian anthem ...

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How 2 Kidney Transplants Yielded Real Madrid’s ‘Secret Weapon’

“They use them four or five times a week, with small groups of players,” Nelson said. The suit, as Nelson explained it, tells the story of his life. After his all-too-brief playing career ended in the early 1980s when he was released out of Liverpool’s youth ranks, he trained to join the British Army’s Parachute Regiment. “The toughest military training ...

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Shohei Ohtani, Japan’s Two-Way Star, Aims to Take M.L.B. Back to Its Future

Ohtani, who was named the most valuable player of Nippon Professional Baseball’s Pacific League in 2016, was limited by ankle and hamstring injuries this year, batting in only 65 games and making five starts on the mound. He had a .332 batting average with eight home runs, and put together a 3.20 E.R.A. pitching. In 2016, Ohtani hit .322 with ...

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