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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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IOC decision puts 'huge responsibility' on global federations (1:33)
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Brazil arrests 10 suspected of plotting Rio attacks

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

If Los Angeles gets the 2024 Summer Olympics, men's and women's basketball would be held at the Staples Center.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Today's Team USA game at Staples Center had a distinct Clippers feel except these weren't covered.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

These two guys could shoot and talk with the best of them.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The USA women's team is here watching the USA-China game and taking selfies with phones being passed to them by fans.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Mitch Kupchak and Luke Walton at the USA-China game in Los Angeles.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Derrick Rose is at today's USA-China game.

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A sneak peak at the amazing halftime performer for the USA-China game.

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A strong showing at Staples Center for USA-China.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Lakers and Clippers share Staples Center but today's Team USA game is a Clippers production from the Clippers Spirit dancers to PA announcer.

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DeAndre Jordan gets the start and the first points of the game at home in Los Angeles.

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#TeamUSA

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Team USA takes the floor before playing China.

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.

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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

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