IOC Poised to Rule on Russia’s Status for Rio Olympics

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LONDON – As the clock ticks down to the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, international Olympic leaders are facing a seminal moment. With the credibility of the fight against doping on the line and the image of the Olympic movement at stake, the IOC will hold a crucial meeting Sunday to consider whether to ban Russia entirely from the Rio Games ...

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Russian Doping Scandal: IOC Had Chance to Make Bold Statement and Blew It

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For all its championing of “higher, faster stronger”, the one comparative that few have had occasion to attach to the International Olympic Committee is “braver.” Rooted as it is in old world blue bloods and augmented by former sportsmen and women co-opted to further the mythology, the membership of the IOC has whistled past many a graveyard over the years ...

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White Sox Suspend Chris Sale for Destroying Jerseys

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox suspended ace Chris Sale five days without pay for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear. The White Sox announced the punishment on Sunday after Sale was scratched from his scheduled start and sent home the previous night. The suspension comes to $250,000 of his $9.15 million salary. He was also ...

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Table Set for Likely Raonic-Djokovic Faceoff at Rogers Cup

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TORONTO — Novak Djokovic didn’t watch it. Milos Raonic has it on instant replay, both figuratively and literally. The tennis foes, on a collision course to meet later this week at the Rogers Cup, were talking about their recent Wimbledon tournaments, and the aftermath of their sport’s most prestigious event. Djokovic, of course, had his dreams of a calendar-year Grand ...

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Aussies Won’t Move to Rio Village Yet; Power, Plumbing Fears

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Australia’s Olympic team leader is keeping the delegation’s 700 athletes or staff out of the Athletes Village for at least two days, citing electrical and plumbing problems in the sprawling complex less than two weeks before the start of the games in Rio de Janeiro. “Electricity and water is not a good combination,” Kitty Chiller told ...

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Argos’ Bourke Blocking Out Reunion

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With the big night finally almost here, Josh Bourke admits he’ll have some butterflies. The first-year Argonauts left tackle will go up against his old team — the Alouettes — on Monday evening for the first time since signing with Toronto in the off-season, ending a nine-year run in Montreal. Now, Bourke will be battling veterans such as John Bowman ...

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Reasons Blue Jays are Heading in Right Direction

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It was not the most successful road trip the Blue Jays have experienced but this past week in Oakland and Phoenix provided a lot more to like than not to like about this team’s immediate future. It started and ended with the worst, then the best of Marcus Stroman but, in fairness to Stroman, he wasn’t the only Blue Jay ...

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Executives Anticipate Brexit Effects in Quarterly Reports

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The U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union has sown confusion in corporate executive suites, and so far it’s had a greater effect on pricing and planning than on profitability. Engineering giant ABB Ltd., publisher Daily Mail & General Trust and appliance retailer AO World cited rising uncertainty in their quarterly profit reports on Thursday, the busiest day for earnings ...

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Kirstine Stewart Leaving Job as Twitter Vice President

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Twitter’s vice president for media in North America, Kirstine Stewart, will be leaving the company. A Twitter spokesman confirmed in an email Thursday that Stewart will part ways with the social media company. But Cam Gordon said Twitter is “not sharing any other details at this time.” Stewart’s profile says she’s responsible for Twitter’s TV, sports, music, gaming, talent, entertainment, ...

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Facebook Banned Gun Sales, But is it Working?

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A discussion group on Facebook called Texas Pew Pew Pew Show & Tell warned its users that it was intended to host conversations “about anything that goes pew pew pew,” but not to facilitate the sale or trade of firearms. The same note asked participants to “be smart” and “to take it to PM,” a reference to private messages. “If ...

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