The Olympics of sport are also the Olympics of sex

One record seems almost guaranteed to be broken at each Olympic Games—the number of condoms supplied to athletes in the Olympic village. At Rio 2016, the count stands at 450,000, with 175,000 sachets of lubricant for good measure—the largest amount of contraceptives ever delivered to an Olympic Games. The numbers have been climbing ever since they first started handing out condoms at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul. It’s the

Muslim female athletes find sport so essential they compete while covered

On a perfectly breathable Friday near sunset in the spring, you might have spotted what residents say you never would have spotted 10 years ago: women, here and there, on the pathways that twist near a sports park, walking briskly or jogging, in their abayas. Look more carefully, and you would have noticed another novel sight of the 2010s: six cyclists on their bikes, zipping back and forth, coed —

Wimbledon 2016: Andy Murray's reunion with Ivan Lendl 'key to his mental game'

Andy Murray’s reunion with coach Ivan Lendl will help perfect the mental game required for another Wimbledon title challenge, says his mother Judy Murray. Britain’s world number two, 29, won Wimbledon, the US Open and Olympic gold with Lendl from 2012 to 2014. “One of the big things Ivan helped Andy with when they worked together the last time was the ability to set his focus when he got distracted,”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Paris St-Germain striker will leave in summer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will leave Paris St-Germain at the end of the season. The 34-year-old Sweden striker’s contract with the French champions expires in the summer, and he has been linked with Manchester United, Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan. “I am very proud,” he said. “I came like a king, I leave like a legend but I will be back.” PSG said Ibrahimovic leaves as “the greatest striker and one

British doctor denies report that he doped 150 sports stars

A British doctor accused of doping 150 elite athletes is denying the allegations against him, claiming they are “false and very misleading.” Mark Bonar was the subject of an investigation by The Sunday Times, which reported that he provided sports stars with banned performance-enhancing drugs. Among his purported clients are Premier League football players, boxers, Tour de France cyclists, tennis players, bodybuilders and cricketers, the newspaper said. Bonar responded to

Doping Controversies Threaten Tennis And Other Sports

Tennis star Rafael Nadal says he’s going to sue the former French minister of health and sport, Roselyne Bachelot, who suggested he missed matches in 2012 because he failed a drug test. The comments follow the admission by another tennis star, Maria Sharapova, last week that she had indeed tested positive for a banned substance.

Why The Gambling Vs. Game Of Skill Debate In Fantasy Sports Won’t Go Away

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said what many people think, declaring that the entire debate over skill vs. chance in DFS was “pointless” in comments at SXSW last week. Unfortunately, DFS exists at a point in time in which the label — skill or gambling — is still extremely important, for a variety of reasons. The latest example came in New Jersey, where legislation that would regulate fantasy sports doesn’t explicitly call it

All-Star Game draws 7.6 million viewers

The NBA All-Star Game averaged 7.6 million viewers, up 6 percent over 2015, according to Nielsen’s ratings. The West’s 196-173 victory saw a peak audience of 8.7 million for a 15-minute segment from 8:45-9 p.m. EST. The game was the most-viewed program on cable television Sunday night. It was the first NBA All-Star game held outside the United States, so host city Toronto is not reflected in Nielsen ratings. Top

Was this N.J.'s final fight to legalize sports betting?

In what could be New Jersey’s last court battle in its six-year quest to legalize sports betting, a dozen federal appeals judges Wednesday grilled attorneys for the state about the ongoing effort to allow Garden State casinos and racetracks to offer wagering on sports games. The oral arguments before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals were part of the state’s latest attempt to get Las Vegas-styled sports betting at the facilities to give a boost

Ovechkin becomes 1st Russian to score 500 goals in NHL

NHL superstar and Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin reached the 500-goal mark in a home game against Ottawa Senators on Sunday night to become first Russian-born player in NHL history to achieve the feat. The previous record for the most NHL goals scored by a Russian player was held by Sergei Fedorov (483), a mark overtaken by Ovechkin in November. After the last away game against the New York Rangers, when Ovechkin scored twice to get to the 499-goal mark, the home crowd in the Verizon Center was expecting nothing less than a record-breaking game from Alex the Great. And the Capitals captain didn’t disappoint, scoring from the left faceoff circle in the middle of the second period. The last time the NHL saw a player reach 500 goals was