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How Eliud Kipchoge Broke the Two-Hour Marathon Barrier
This past weekend in Austria, Eliud Kipchoge ran the marathon distance of 26.2 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds, the first person in recorded history to break the two-hour marathon barrier, a feat once thought impossible.
kottke  running  marathon  science  sports 
3 hours ago by dcrall
LeBron James Faces Backlash Unseen Since ‘The Decision’ - The New York Times
The issues of China and protests in Hong Kong are far different from N.B.A. free agency. But nine years later, James, himself, has also changed.
9 hours ago by noiseguy
The Hidden Mystery of Hoops Diplomacy: France vs. China, 1966 - LARB

The story now had its backbone and musculature, but the larger questions, the “so what” aspect, remained allusive. For this, it was time to dive into the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ overseas archives in Nantes.  
The archival staff in Nantes were recruited and affirmed that I was looking in all of the correct files. But by the end of the day we were all wondering: what happened to those documents and why had any reference to the 1966 hoops trip seemingly disappeared from the official diplomatic record?  

Another possibility is that, given the press of events of late July and August 1966, the first months of the Cultural Revolution and traditionally vacation time for the French, embassy staff in Beijing didn’t have enough time or personnel to report as thoroughly on the basketball team’s trip or their observations of on-ground conditions as they traveled with the team.  Or perhaps something about this trip or something that occurred during it remains highly sensitive and not accessible to the public, with a notice of classification somehow overlooked in the archives.
sports  chinese  nantes  français  basketball  diplomacy  1960s 
yesterday by aries1988
FE Investegate |Sports Direct Intl. Announcements | Sports Direct Intl.: Media Statement
- interesting move by Sports Direct looking to counter Nike's move to a direct to consumer only model over the next two years
nike  sports  apparel  antitrust 
yesterday by renaissancechambara
NBA should not be an ‘arm of Chinese censorship’ by bowing to pressure, says GOP Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
"The Republican senator said Beijing often uses “economic coercion” to get foreign parties to do business by its playbook.
The condemnation in China over the Houston Rockets GM’s now-deleted pro-Hong Kong tweet was swift, as Chinese partners with the NBA cut or suspended ties with the league.
Demonstrators are marching in the streets in Hong Kong for rights and freedoms that everyone wants, Cruz says, during a swing through Taiwan on an overseas trip."
hong.kong  censorship  basketball  sports  business  nba_fail  fail  politics 
yesterday by jimmykduong
Simone Biles Becomes World Championships’ Most Decorated Gymnast - The New York Times
Golds in the balance beam and floor exercise Sunday gave Biles 25 career world championship medals, the most among men and women.
yesterday by noiseguy
The NBA's grueling schedule can cause a loss
Experts can forecast near-certain defeat based almost exclusively on a team's travel itinerary.
sports  sleep 
yesterday by kejadlen
N.B.A.-China Spat Shows Sports Isn’t (and Shouldn’t Be) Just About Games - The New York Times
The idea of sports being mainly about what happens on the courts and fields has always been a myth.
sports  china 
2 days ago by noiseguy
China Blows Whistle on Nationalistic Protests Against the N.B.A. - The New York Times
China has clamped down on state media coverage and online discussion of an American basketball executive’s tweet about the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
china  sports 
3 days ago by noiseguy
China’s N.B.A. Fans Feel the Tug of Loyalty Toward Beijing - The New York Times
An exhibition game between the Lakers and the Nets may signal a thaw. Still, even longtime fans said they would choose patriotism over their love of the game.
sports  china 
3 days ago by noiseguy
Enes Kanter hounded by Erdogan supporters - CommonWealth Magazine
The new center for the Boston Celtics was leaving the Islamic Society of Boston with fellow big man Tacko Fall last Friday when Kanter was accosted by a man taking cellphone video who followed the two to their ride. Kanter said that man and other “thugs” there who he said threatened him are supporters of President Recep Tayyip Edogan, who has led Turkey for more than 15 years and is now on the brink of war in Syria.
sports  politics  boston 
3 days ago by sandykoe

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