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RIO DE JANEIRO - Ryan Lochte is the dumbest bell that ever rang. The 32-year-old swimmer is so landlocked in juvenility that he pulled an all-nighter with guys young enough to call him uncle. His story to NBC's Billy "what-are-you-wearing" Bush had the quality of a kid exaggerating the size …

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The International Olympic Committee has been playing with a lake of fire, and it's everybody else that's going to get burned. You can feel it coming, can't you? One of these days there's going to be a catastrophe. The Olympics will be lucky to escape a large-scale disaster in Rio de Janeiro,…

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OAKMONT, Pa. – For a while, Dustin Johnson's fate in the U.S. Open appeared to rest in the hands of those USGA officials with three names and a numeral, the crested blazer types who order up another "martooni" in the grillroom. You could just imagine the conversation when C. Stillborn Drunkl…

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Some of the gloss has come off, and you can begin to see underneath Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. In any other job except NFL quarterback, these guys would be the office drudges. They are punctilious, tedious, procedurally dogged. Manning, at 39, is more dun colored than blond and requires a…

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There is a lot of bad poetry in the world, and sports poetry is wincingly bad. You wish more people would take the advice of Noel Coward, who said, "If you must write poetry, you probably shouldn't." But I wanted a poem, a basketball poem, for my friend Pat Summitt. That's how I came across …

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Judge Richard Berman turned Roger Goodell's desk over and spilled its embarrassingly sparse contents onto the floor. Goodell's imperious conduct, faulty reasoning, and vanity-driven clutching at authority in the Tom Brady case were all exposed in a 40-page decision of measured legal language…

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — It's confirmed: Meditation works. To know that, all you had to do was look at Jason Day's heavy-lidded, half-closed eyes, then check his record-setting scorecard in the PGA Championship. All afternoon the 27-year-old Australian played jagged, perilous Whistling Straits as i…

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Whistling Straits played so easy in the third round of the PGA Championship that a guy hit a shot into the hospitality tents, and was still on the leader board. The golf course was soft and plump as a bed, and becalmed Lake Michigan lay alongside it like a slack green sheet…

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About that exploding cell phone. You know, the one that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell seems to think belonged to Machine Gun Kelly and was used in the kidnapping of the Lindberg baby, as well as the Krupp diamond theft. The one that Ted Wells said he didn't want or need in order to complete…

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ELMONT, N.Y. – American Pharoah's feat of racing history looked like this: The brown horse turned almost black with sweat from effort, yet in full stride he left such an impression of ease that he appeared to hover and flutter over the deep sand of Belmont Park. His jockey, Victor Espinoza, …

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Every time a Triple Crown hopeful arrives at the Belmont Stakes the participants go around in the same loop, like one of those mechanical horse race games you play for a quarter. You can practically hear the chiming music as they talk, so full of cash-in confidence. There was American Pharoa…

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I'm going to suspend my usual derision when it comes to NCAA presidents and athletic directors in order to pose a serious question to them: How do they square being members of that organization with being American? The reason I ask is because in looking at their demographics and hiring pract…

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The age-old question in any sport is, do you learn more from winning or from losing? Maybe the reason we have such a hard time arriving at a definitive answer is because we look at them as separate experiences instead of viewing them as related. Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame are in their fift…

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Sally Jenkins (c) 2014, The Washington Post. PINEHURST, N.C. — It would have been nice if the U.S. Open had been played on a traditional U.S. Open course because maybe then someone could have stayed awake to watch it. A great win for Martin Kaymer was a failed experiment for the tournament, …

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Sally Jenkins (c) 2014, The Washington Post. A very Happy Mother's Day to Wanda Pratt, who demonstrates that it's possible to raise a child prodigy of endearing modesty instead of swamping vanity. Kevin Durant hasn't become so remote with stardom he seems interplanetary, and he doesn't confu…

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