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U.S. Anti-Doping in 2017: 9,936 tests, just 84 reported cases

TSX HEADLINES – for August 20, 2018: The United States Anti-Doping Agency issued its 2017 report and the details were remarkable: 9.936 tests and just 84 came back either with a violation or an initial adverse finding that is still being resolved. That’s a problem rate of 8/10ths of 1 percent, which is pretty good. […]
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Final “regular-season” Diamond League meet comes to Birmingham Saturday

Will 100 m co-world leader Noah Lyles be smiling after Saturday’s meet in Birmingham?TSX EXTRA – for August 17, 2018: The IAAF Diamond League season is coming to a close in August and the final “regular-season” meet is tomorrow in Birmingham (GBR) at the Muller Grand Prix. It’s the final opportunity to qualify for the […]
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Did you see that a Swedish teenager set an American record in the...

TSX HEADLINES – for August 17, 2018: One of the greatest pole vaulting competitions of all time came at the European Championships, with three men vaulting at the magical 6-meter mark and two clearing it. Then an 18-year-old competing for Sweden won the event at 6.05 m (or 19-10 1/4), not only setting his third […]
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USADA survey: U.S. athletes believe doping is being better controlled

TSX HEADLINES – for August 10, 2018: There was a time when, sadly, American athletes were at the forefront of doping in Olympic sports. But things have changed. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency just released the results of an 83-question survey from 2017, in which nearly 900 U.S. athletes who are part of the USADA drug-testing […]
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As the IOC tackles its problems, its members are invisible

TSX HEADLINES – for August 8, 2018: When the International Olympic Committee decided it needed to speak directly to the people of Calgary about its potential bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, it sent two of its senior staff from Lausanne. Fine, except where were any of Canada’s three members of the IOC? Same […]
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Are we making progress? Doping tests up, positives down in 2017

TSX HEADLINES – for August 6, 2018: The World Anti-Doping Agency has published its report on worldwide testing for performance-enhancing drugs and, at least on the surface, the news is good. The number of tests is up, and in Olympic sports anyway, the number of positives in down. There are a lot of details to […]
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Will the 2019 U.S. swimming team suffer the same letdown as 2015?

Kelsi Dahlia and Mallory Comerford were celebrating in 2017; what about next year?TSX HEADLINES – for August 3, 2018: The last time that USA Swimming picked its World Championships team a full year before, it didn’t go so well. In 2015, the U.S. won 20% less medals than it did at the 2013 Worlds, and […]
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Why eSports has no place in the Olympic Games

HEADLINES – for August 1, 2018: The recent Esports Forum hosted by the International Olympic Committee has tongues wagging that it’s only a matter of time – a short time – before the gamers will be standing at the top of a podium receiving Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals. Not so fast. True, the […]
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The IAAF shows an iron hand to Russia on doping … and it’s...

TSX HEADLINES – for July 30, 2018: The president of the International Olympic Committee said he was ready to welcome Russia back into the Olympic Movement. The International Association of Athletics Federations – the IAAF – said not so fast. At its Council meeting last week, the IAAF’s task force on the Russian issue maintained […]
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EXTRA: World 100 m Backstroke Record for Kathleen Baker!

TSX EXTRA – for July 29, 2018: When 16-year-old Regan Smith set a World Junior Record in the morning prelims, it became clear that the final of the women’s 100 m Backstroke was going to be a hot race. So hot, in fact, that Rio silver medalist Kathleen Baker – swimming next to Smith – […]
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EXTRA: Murphy rockets to American Record in 50 m Back on hot Irvine...

TSX EXTRA – for July 28, 2018: Triple Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy has been the U.S.’s best in the 100 m and 200 m Backstroke events for the last two years. But not in the 50 m. He remedied that on Friday evening with his first U.S. title in the 50 m Back, swimming […]
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U.S. athletes tell Congress: Fix the “unregulated monopoly” you set up in 1978

TSX HEADLINES – for July 27, 2018: The U.S. Senate Sub-Committee hearing on “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” last Tuesday focused mostly on the sexual abuse issues at the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and at Michigan State University. But the most important part of the hearing was the […]
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EXTRA: Manuel & Pieroni score first U.S. 100 m Free championships in Irvine

TSX EXTRA – for July 26, 2018: U.S. Olympic swimming fans know Simone Manuel from her surprise gold medal at Rio in 2016 and a stunning World Championship win last year in the 100 m Freestyle. But she had never won the U.S. national championship at that distance … until Wednesday night in Irvine, California. […]
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Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kenya most penalized by the Athletics Integrity Unit

TSX HEADLINES – for July 25, 2018: The Athletics Integrity Unit set up by the International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) made its first comprehensive report public and there’s one conclusion to be drawn. Doping is still with us. The report on the AIU Web site shows a total of 120 cases handled by the […]
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Bach: Values, passion and possibilities define the Olympic Movement

TSX HEADLINES – for July 23, 2018: There was a lot of interest in The eSports Forum hosted by the International Olympic Committee last Saturday in Lausanne, Switzerland, a face-to-face discussion between the gaming world and the Olympic Movement. One of the most interesting sessions was one devoted to how the Olympic Movement itself is […]
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The IOC adds some new 2022 Winter events, but is really thinking about...

TSX HEADLINES – for July 20, 2018: The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board approved the addition of seven events to the competition program for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, China. Even with the added events, however, the total number of athletes to compete in 2022 will now be less than in 2018. Part of […]
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The high costs of being a professional athlete … even for an Olympic...

TSX HEADLINES – for July 18, 2018: Trying to make a living in track & field – or most Olympic sports for that matter – is hard … even for a three-time Olympic gold medalist. American Tianna Bartoletta, who became World Champion in the long jump way back in 2005 and won two Olympic golds […]
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The days of being anonymous are over: Russia 2018’s legacy will be the...

TSX HEADLINES – for July 16, 2018: The 2018 World Cup in Russia is over and except for French fans waiting to buy shirts with two stars on them, the memory is already fading. But there will be a legacy from Russia 2018, worn around the necks of future spectators in World Cups and likely […]
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Tokyo and Paris sign mutual-cooperation accord, but will they really cooperate?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 13, 2018: With considerable fanfare, the chief executives of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and Paris 2024 committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in various areas to help ensure the success of both Games. It’s a good idea, but will these organizations – and beyond them, the Los […]
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Remember when 108,000 came to see a track meet at Stanford?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 11, 2018: There was a time when track & field was a higher-profile part of the American sports scene. Like when 108,000 spectators invaded Stanford Stadium in 1960 for the U.S. Olympic Trials and saw five new or tied world records as the American team was selected, just about this […]
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