There are two ways to view the 2016 Olympics: cynically, as witnessed by sluggish ticket sales, civil unrest, a noisily creaking infrastructure and the absence of many of the world’s best athletes, or with a kinder eye, as championed by Andy Murray.
The US men’s basketball team caused a stir when they announced they’d be staying on a luxury cruise ship rather than roughing it in the Olympic village. But Jimmy Butler, the Chicago Bulls star, might have wished his team were with the other athletes in the spartan Rio dorms – he’s not a fan of the water.
The International Olympic Committee has confirmed 271 Russian athletes will compete in the Rio Olympics, a figure that will provoke outrage from those who argued for a blanket ban in the wake of state-sponsored doping revelations.
Let’s start with the obvious: nobody – not renowned surgeon Dr James Andrews, not agent Scott Boras, not Washington Nationals and New York Mets general managers Mike Rizzo and Sandy Alderson, not Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz – knows the right path when it comes to protecting young arms.
This weekend, Jack Beaumont was due to be racing with the junior boys at a regatta for his old rowing club in Maidenhead. Instead, he will be lining up on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in his first Olympic Games.
On the eve of an Olympics riven with fear over the future of the Games, organisers have added a further five sports to the programme for Tokyo 2020 in the hope of increasing its appeal to younger audiences.
Rio 2016 organisers will launch a new project to give away more than 200,000 tickets to schoolchildren to help to fill the gaps in stands, the Guardian can reveal.
Andy Murray has been named as Great Britain’s flag bearer for Friday’s opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics in favour of the boxer Nicola Adams.
Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova said she did what she had to do to win the WTA Finals win over Agnieszka Radwanska in Singapore: an impromptu self-haircut.
Lewis Hamilton admitted he was haunted by memories of his engine failure in Malaysia as he drove to victory in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, beating team-mate and current championship leader Nico Rosberg into second place.
At this time last year there were five undefeated teams in the NFL.