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30 for 30 podcast — WNBA’s Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird on complicated experience playing in Russia

[ad_1] In the early 2000s, WNBA stars Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi made a decision that would bring them opportunity -- and complications exceeding anything they could have imagined. In a new audio documentary from 30 for 30 podcasts, Bird and Taurasi open up for the first time about their experience playing for Spartak Moscow Region, owned by mysterious Russian billionaire Shabtai Kalmanovich.2 RelatedKalmanovich spoiled his stars, showering them with
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How the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lindsay Gottlieb made it to the NBA

[ad_1] LINDSAY GOTTLIEB PERCHES on the edge of the charcoal chenille couch, scooching so her Cleveland Cavaliers players can squeeze in their lanky frames. Brandon Knight lowers himself to her left, 7-footer Tristan Thompson nestles in on her right and veteran Kevin Love plops down next to him.The team has gathered at the Michigan home of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert for a Saturday afternoon visit before jetting off to Boston
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Nike to investigate former distance runner Mary Cain’s allegations of abuse

[ad_1] Nike is investigating allegations by former middle-distance runner Mary Cain that she suffered physical and mental abuse as a member of the Nike Oregon Project.Cain joined the now-shuttered Oregon Project, which was run by coach Alberto Salazar, in 2013 after becoming the youngest American to qualify for the track and field world championships, where she competed in the 1,500-meter final as a 17-year-old.Cain, now 23, told The New York
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Nike to investigate claims of abuse by former distance runner Mary Cain

[ad_1] Nike is investigating allegations by former middle-distance runner Mary Cain that she suffered physical and mental abuse from her treatment as part of the Nike Oregon Project.Cain joined the now-shuttered Oregon Project, which was run by coach Alberto Salazar, in 2013 after becoming the youngest American to qualify for the track and field world championships, where she competed in the 1,500-meter final as a 17-year-old.Cain, now 23, told The
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Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson have new motivation to return to Team USA

[ad_1] In February, Monique Lamoureux-Morando laced up her skates for a basic training session at her home rink in North Dakota. And she was nervous.Exactly a year earlier, Lamoureux-Morando had scored a game-tying goal late in the third period of the 2018 Olympic final for Team USA, sending the gold-medal game against Canada into overtime. (Her twin sister, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, would score the game winner in the shootout).But Lamoureux-Morando hadn't
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What Ashleigh Barty’s WTA Finals win means and what the future holds

[ad_1] The WTA Finals, completed Sunday with Ashleigh Barty locking down the coveted year-end No. 1 ranking, was a rich event in more ways than the record prize money. The event in Shenzhen, China, also produced a number of storylines sure to impact the coming year. Let's look at five of them:Ashleigh Barty is the real dealSure-handed and imperturbable, Barty rose to the occasion in a way that suggests the
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Youth vs. experience — Ranking the WTA Finals field

[ad_1] This has been a year of surprises in the WTA Tour, starting with Serena Williams' struggles as she tried -- unsuccessfully -- to lock down a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title, Simona Halep's startling win at Wimbledon, 15-year-old Coco Gauff's sensational debut and Bianca Andreescu's jet-propelled breakout.The WTA Finals, pitting the top eight performers of 2019 against one another in a round-robin/knockout format, starts Sunday in Shenzhen, China. That,
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Shalane Flanagan, a model of consistency on and off the racecourse

[ad_1] It was easy to take Shalane Flanagan for granted as a marathon contender. She brought that on herself with sustained excellence. She started a dozen races over a nine-year span, all in the competitive crucible of majors, U.S. Olympic team trials and Summer Olympic Games; she finished in the top 10 in every one.That is a remarkable history, considering all the variables that can come into play along 26.2
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Office of Civil Rights unveils plan to enforce sex discrimination statutes

[ad_1] The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights is conducting a sex discrimination enforcement initiative aimed at university health centers.This comes as a follow-up to the OCR's Title IX and Section 1557 compliance review of Michigan State tied to Larry Nassar's sexual abuse of gymnasts and others while employed by the university.That review, which was conducted by the OCR's Midwest regional office, concluded with a