Now that Russian track and field athletes have failed in their effort to have their Olympic ban overturned, it’s up to the IOC to decide whether to kick the entire Russian team out of the games that begin in Rio de Janeiro in 15 days. In another blow to the image of the sports superpower, the highest court in sports on Friday dismissed an appeal by 68 Russian track athletes of the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of systematic and state-sponsored doping. Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva said the Rio Games will be devalued, with only “pseudo-gold medals” available. In its ruling, the Court of Arbitration for Sport found that track and field’s world governing body, the IAAF, had properly applied its own rules in keeping the Russians out of the games that begin Aug. 5.
CHICAGO — Adam Eaton did not want to leave the ballpark. The way he saw it, this game should not have been called. Ian Kinsler hit his 20th home run, Miguel Cabrera added his 19th and the Detroit Tigers beat the struggling Chicago White Sox 2-1 in a game that was stopped after more than a two-hour rain delay in the seventh inning on Thursday. A heavy downpour before the bottom of the seventh sent players and umpires running for cover. And after two hours, five minutes the game was called. “I don’t really agree with it,” Eaton said. “I want to stay here and finish the game. It’s three innings. What’s three innings? But it’s not my call.” The White Sox lost for the seventh time in eight games while