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IOC decision illustrates why many have lost faith in the anti-doping system

By punting responsibility elsewhere, the IOC's compromise on Russian eligibility in the upcoming Rio Olympics is guaranteed to satisfy few, and will further complicate an already turbulent Games.

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Russia says at least 8 athletes will miss Rio

At least eight Russian athletes are set to miss next month's Games in Rio de Janeiro under new IOC rules prohibiting former dopers from competing, Russia's top Olympic official said.

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Russia eligibility to be decided by federations

The respective international federations for boxing and gymnastics say they will make individual rulings on the eligibility of Russian athletes for next month's Rio Olympic Games.

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USA Gymnastics has reached an agreement with Martha Karolyi and husband Bela to purchase the training facility the couple owns in Huntsville, Texas.

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Kiwi athlete says he was kidnapped in Rio

New Zealand jujitsu athlete Jason Lee goes from what looks to be a routine traffic stop in Rio to a kidnapping scenario involving armed men dressed in police uniforms.

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Police arrest last suspect in Rio terror case

Brazilian police say they have arrested the last suspect who was sought in the case of a group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on social media and shared ideas about an attack.

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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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Brazil arrests 10 suspected of plotting Rio attacks

Ten Brazilians who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group were arrested Thursday, authorities announced, describing them as "amateurs" who discussed on social media the possibilit

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Prosecutors to appeal Pistorius' 6-year sentence

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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