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Australian taxpayers next in line to be fleeced by IOC gangsters
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Australian taxpayers next in line to be fleeced by IOC gangsters

Brisbane, Australia, will soon be awarded the pleasure of hosting the virus that often leaves destruction and despair in its wake. No, not COVID-19. The Olympics. Brisbane has won the endorsement of the carrier of the virus, the International Olympic Committee, which pretty much means that they will officially be awarded the 2032 Summer Games when the gangsters meet next month. “This unanimous decision by the Executive Board is a credit to the years of work carried out by Brisbane 2032, the Australian Olympic Committee, and their partners, to test every aspect of the project,” the IOC said in a statement. There wasn’t exactly a vicious battle over the location of the 2032 Olympics. There have been rejections of bids in past years to host the Games by citizens in Boston, Denver and Toronto,...
French Open’s clay court an equalizer for the women’s field
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French Open’s clay court an equalizer for the women’s field

It started with Garbiñe Muguruza beating Serena Williams in the 2016 French Open final. Jelena Ostapenko’s triumph came in 2017. Then, the following year, the woman Ostapenko beat for the title at Roland Garros, Simona Halep, had her moment. Next it was Ash Barty’s turn and, in 2020, Iga Swiatek’s. And now Barbora Krejcikova has joined the chat: Her victory at Roland Garros on Saturday made the 25-year-old from the Czech Republic the sixth consecutive first-time Grand Slam champion to earn the women’s singles trophy in Paris. “Why is it happening? Why so many players are (debut) Grand Slam champions here? I don’t know,” Krejcikova said after her 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at Court Philippe Chatrier in the singles final. “But I’m happy that I’m part of the...
Scott Brooks decision top priority for Sheppard, Wizards
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Scott Brooks decision top priority for Sheppard, Wizards

The NBA‘s post-playoff coaching and executive shuffle, so far, has not been great for the Washington Wizards. First, Danny Ainge left the Boston front office and was replaced by Celtics coach Brad Stevens, which leaves one of the game’s legendary coaching jobs open. That won’t help the Wizards. Then, the Portland Trail Blazers and their long-time coach, Terry Stotts, reportedly “mutually agreed to part company” after Portland’s fourth first-round playoff exit in five years, which leaves a coaching job with one of the greatest players in the league, Damion Lillard, open. Soon after, the Orlando Magic and Steve Clifford also had one of those “mutual decisions” parting of the ways, leaving open the coaching job that … well, it is a short drive to Walt Disney World. None of this is good news f...
Dan Snyder could be forced out by NFL if no stadium deal is reached
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Dan Snyder could be forced out by NFL if no stadium deal is reached

Where in the world is Dan Snyder today in his quest for researching building a new state of the art stadium and “finding inspiration from everywhere?” Fiji? Greenland? Hagerstown? TMZ “caught” Snyder — who looked like he had just come from Planet Fitness — and his entourage touring SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles recently on their scavenger hunt looking for “the best of the best” from stadiums not just in America, but around the world. “We’re touring stadiums” Snyder told TMZ last week. “There’s about 12 of us and we’re just looking to build a new venue back home in D.C., Virginia, Maryland. So, we’re everywhere.” His new Washington Football Team partners were probably pleased to see that. New partners? The NFL. Yes, that’s right. When the NFL recently approved Snyder’s ability to take on an a...
LOVERRO: Capitals will never know if Trotz might have made the difference
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LOVERRO: Capitals will never know if Trotz might have made the difference

I wonder what that meeting was like back in June of 2018 between Ted Leonsis and his men of intelligence, empathy and compassion. They were likely still basking in the glow of their Stanley Cup victory. Heck, they may have had the Cup sitting right there on Ted’s desk while they discussed the business of happiness. Barry Trotz, the coach of their Stanley Cup championship team — the first one the franchise had won in its 44-year history — wanted a new contract that would take him from being among the lowest-paid coaches in the league to one of the highest, at $4 million a year. But Trotz had a deal that the men of intelligence, empathy and compassion were determined to hold him to — a two-year extension of his existing contract with a $300,000 bonus for bringing the franchise its greatest s...
Column: At the age of 50, Phil finds a new way to thrill
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Column: At the age of 50, Phil finds a new way to thrill

The most trouble Phil Mickelson had all day was working his way through a mob of fans to get to the 18th green, raising his hand in triumph when he finally broke through. Just what he was thinking behind his massive sunglasses was hard to tell, though it was clear by the delirious uproar around him what everyone else thought. They came to Kiawah Island mostly to watch a golf tournament without worrying about putting on a mask. They ended up getting a bonus no one saw coming - a win for the aged that wouldn’t have been any more popular if the champion had been wearing a red shirt on Sunday. A lot of happy people finally got a chance to exhale. So did Mickelson, but not until he was ushered through the raucous throng onto the 18th green, with the PGA Championship safely in his hands. “I’ve n...
Unfollowing the unwritten rules: Don’t force grandpa’s baseball on younger generation
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Unfollowing the unwritten rules: Don’t force grandpa’s baseball on younger generation

Yermín Mercedes is hitting .346 with six home runs in his breakout rookie season, numbers that should win him praise from manager and everyone else rooting for the Chicago White Sox to make a run deep into October. And, no, he’s never read the unwritten rules of baseball. He can’t, because, well, they’re unwritten. Tony La Russa seems to know them anyway, which isn’t surprising. And La Russa seems intent on teaching them to his young slugger, who made what might otherwise be chalked up to a rookie mistake by hitting a 47 mph pitch thrown by a position player over the fence in Minnesota the other night. Or maybe it wasn’t a mistake after all. Unwritten rules, it seems, can be a bit baffling, even to those who think they know them. That includes a septuagenarian manager who se...
Garrick Higgo, the latest South African on the rise
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Garrick Higgo, the latest South African on the rise

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Justin Thomas doesn’t have many regular games lined up during his rare appearances on the European Tour, so he was more than happy to play a nine-hole practice round this year in Abu Dhabi with a 21-year-old from South Africa. It didn’t take long for him to pay close attention to a powerful lefty named Garrick Higgo. “He had some serious, serious speed,” Thomas said Tuesday at the PGA Championship. “There’s a lot of holes out there that didn’t ask for that kind of speed, more of just finesse and hitting to the dogleg. But we got a couple of par 5s that he could let loose, and it was definitely a different sound than my ball made.” The results are worth noticing, too. Higgo, who turned 22 last week, makes his major championship debut at Kiawah Island as an emerging sta...
Nancy Pelosi calls for ‘diplomatic boycott’ of Beijing Games
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Nancy Pelosi calls for ‘diplomatic boycott’ of Beijing Games

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called for a “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Winter Games if the International Olympics Committee decides to let the event proceed amid human-rights abuses in Xinjiang and elsewhere. She said U.S. athletes will be celebrated when they return home but it would be unacceptable to send dignitaries to the February event. “For heads of state to go to China in light of a genocide that is ongoing while you’re sitting there in your seats really begs the question: What moral authority do you have to speak about human rights any place in the world?” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said. “Let’s have a diplomatic boycott if, in fact, this Olympics takes place. Silence on this issue is unacceptable, it enables China’s abuses.” The speaker pitched the diplomat...
Wizards and optimism? They’ve absolutely earned it
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Wizards and optimism? They’ve absolutely earned it

With the Wizards about to face the Boston Celtics Tuesday night in the NBA play-in game to get the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, who knows how this remarkable turnaround season will turn out? No matter what, though, we do know one thing — Thomas F. Sheppard won the big, bold trade that changed the conversation about this team and this organization. Sheppard, the Wizards’ general manager, is the architect of the Russell Westbrook-John Wall trade with the Houston Rockets in December. It has taken me, and probably a lot of other area basketball fans, most of this season to get used to the fact that Sheppard, not Ernie Grunfeld, is now in charge. It’s OK if we adjust our expectations upward. Outcomes don’t have to be miserable disasters. Every off-court Wizards decision made...