Athletes who forced rule changes: Katinka Hosszu, meet Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

PALM DESERT, June 2, 2017 – Instead of celebrating Olympic triple gold medalist Katinka Hosszu’s amazing swimming exploits, FINA decided to change its rules and keep her from dominating its annual World Cup series.

Hosszu isn’t happy about it, of course, but she isn’t the first one to be so good that the rules had to be changed. Fifty years ago, the dunk was outlawed in college basketball because of UCLA’s outstanding center, Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).

Did it slow Alcindor? Not a chance; find out the rest of the story in our Lane One commentary, plus previews of five big events coming this weekend:

= p. 4/Cycling: Tour de France warm-up Criterium du Dauphine starts Sunday;
= p. 6/Football: U.S. U-20 World Cup team in quarterfinals vs. Venezuela!
= p. 8/Table Tennis: U.S. duo Zheng & Wu in World Champs Doubles quarters!