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IOC decides against full Olympic ban for Russia

The International Olympic Committee has decided against a complete ban of Russia from next month's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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Bolt puts down marker ahead of Rio Olympics

Usain Bolt put down a marker ahead of the Rio Olympics as he won the 200 meters at the Anniversary Games with a time of 19.89 seconds and fired a warning to his American rivals.

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Harrison breaks world record in 100m hurdles

Kendra Harrison, despite not making the U.S team for Rio, broke a world record in the 100-meter hurdles that stood for 28 years by running 12.20 seconds at the London Diamond League meet.

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Taylor targets Edwards' triple jump world record

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Brazil arrests 10 suspected of plotting Rio attacks

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The South African prosecutors' office says it will appeal Oscar Pistorius' six-year prison term for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, calling the sentence "shockingly" lenient.

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WADA reinstates Rio's Olympic drug-testing lab

Having complied with the International Standard for Laboratories requirements, the lab that will handle drug testing for the Rio Olympics has been reinstated by WADA.

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Australian sailors still hitting rubbish in Rio

Australian sailors Mat Belcher and Will Ryan say they continue to run into trash in Rio's Marina da Gloria and just a plastic bag could have a massive impact on finals placings.

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Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

Expect bureaucratic confusion and legal/arbitration challenges right up to Aug. 5 Opening Ceremony in Rio. The Parade of Nations will be suspenseful as we await the letter 'R.' I'm convinced we won't know who's marching until then.

Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

A wider investigation into Russian sport should have been triggered no later than January 2016, when Part II of the World Anti-Doping Agency's independent commission report was released. There was plenty of smoke and athlete reps called for it. Instead, WADA did not act until May, pushing newest report to mid-July. Now each individual international federation (IF) has little more than a week to cull through each Russian athlete using criteria that are not well defined, and apt to be unevenly applied. Many, if not all, IFs are vulnerable to same overlapping interests as the IOC and WADA. Sixteen years' worth of attempts to "harmonize" global anti-doping rules have brought us to this juncture.

Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

Today's International Olympic Committee compromise on Russian eligibility in the Rio Games is guaranteed to satisfy the least number of people. It punts responsibility to each sport's international federation on an absurdly compressed timetable, further complicating a Games already beset with problems. Torch lighting in 12 days.

IOC decides against complete ban on Russia

Bonnie Ford explains why the IOC's decision against a complete ban on Russia from the Olympics places an enormous responsibility on the individual global federations to determine which athletes to accept.


Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

Rationale for the IOC's decision was individual athletes' rights versus considerable evidence of systemic corruption in Russian sports establishment, and interface with/support from government. But IOC then pivoted and said any Russian athlete with a prior doping offense cannot compete even if ban was served. This issue has been arbitrated before and I don't expect it to stand up if challenged.

Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

Today's International Olympic Committee compromise on Russian eligibility in the Rio Games is guaranteed to satisfy the least number of people. It punts responsibility to each sport's international federation on an absurdly compressed timetable, further complicating a Games already beset with problems. Torch lighting in 12 days. https://www.olympic.org/news/decision-of-the-ioc-executive-board-concerning-the-participation-of-russian-athletes-in-the-olympic-games-rio-2016

Bolt fires warning to American rivals

Usain Bolt upped the stakes for the Olympics, telling his rivals like Justin Gatlin: "I've proven myself year on year that I'm the greatest." Working way into shape

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Don't let the models hide Rio's problems

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Fourteen-year-old Ashley Wagner didn't wish to meet Stephen Curry for herself. She wished it for her twin brother: es.pn/2a3bv7i

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

What did Carmelo Anthony think of J.R. Smith's shirtless celebrations after the NBA Finals? "I love it. I probably would have done the same thing. I know if I win, I'm wearing my uniform everywhere. I might still have my tape on and my tights on. There's no telling what I would do if I win a championship."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

I asked Kevin Durant why he wrote "Have Fun" and "Smile" on his shoes. He said, "I wrote it on my shoes during the playoffs. Sometimes I'm on the free throw line and I look down and I remind myself because I may get too tense or too upset or too angry at something. I just got to realize why I play this game and it's because I love it and I want to have fun."

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DeAndre Jordan couldn't recruit Kevin Durant to be his teammate in Los Angeles but they're teammates now for Team USA.

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Kevin Durant signing autographs for fans after Team USA practice in Las Vegas.


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Kevin Durant putting in work after Team USA practice in Las Vegas.


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Who ya got today?

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

What if Kobe Bryant had called Coach K to tell him he wanted to be on Team USA after dropping 60 points in his finale? "The very first thing I would say is, 'Take look at the tape of the game and see if that may not be the one you go out on. Let's talk after.' And he probably wouldn't call… He wouldn't be able to take 50 shots here."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Coach K on making sure Kobe Bryant didn't want to compete for a spot on Team USA: "When we were going through the pool we did check to make sure he had retired and he said to Jerry (Colangelo) he had. He's still part of our program. When you have a guy who is a two-time gold medal winner and one of the great players of all-time you would always extend the courtesy, ‘Are you sure you want to be here?' or whatever. He said, ‘Thank you but no.' Once you stop playing, it's tough. This is a really high level. It's not worth the grind. He could not be more supportive. This whole thing wouldn't have started the way it did without him. With just under nine minutes to go in Beijing against Spain, it's a two-point game and we're in a timeout and he took over and so did Dwyane Wade. That's why I'm still coaching. Believe me, I recognize those moments."