International health officials have expressed doubt about whether the Games can be held safely as the Delta variant makes its way around the globe, and IOC executive director Christophe Dubi conceded “there is no such thing as zero risk.”
What ensued was a 30-minute conversation that revealed the human side of a Los Angeles sports deity, the city’s most trusted voice lowering his tone to share the anguish of his loss, the path toward his recovery, and the wisdom gained on the journey.
Barring a last-minute change of heart, the Dodgers’ consensus top prospect will follow an opener — a pitcher who will try to get through one or two innings — and attempt to carry the load into the late innings.
With Tokyo under a state of emergency because of a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, these Games will be contested against the backdrop of unprecedented skepticism about the existential purpose of the Olympic movement, @dylanohernandez writes.
The Japanese government wants to recover whatever it can of the tens of billions of dollars it has sunk into these Games, even though medical resources will have to be redirected from the pandemic and less than 20% of the population is fully vaccinated.
How has James stayed at the top of the league longer than any of his peers?
It’s a combination of three distinct factors — an ever-evolving skill set, a devotion to his health and fitness and an ever-expanding mind, @DanWoikeSports writes. lat.ms/39Ylx7x
James has worked himself into a player who not only launches a lot of three-point shots, but also connects.
In his rookie season, six players took at least six three-pointers per game. This season, 52 players are doing it, with James one of 16 making more than 40%.
The shooting improvements are amplified by his remarkable durability, with James maneuvering past defenders 10 years his junior, combining strength, speed and agility to still get to the rim when he wants.