FROM Christopher Clarey
Let the Games Begin The opening ceremonies aren't until tomorrow, and the flame has yet to be lit, but the first events of the Sochi Winter Olympics are already under way. American star Shaun White suffered an injury in slope-style snowboarding, but others have qualified. Team ice-dancing is under way for the first time. Yet, as the athletes take center stage, there's still tall about terror threats, the assault on gay rights, unfinished hotel rooms, stray dogs and financial corruption. Did President Obama pass up an opportunity by staying home? Will the Gold Medal for diplomacy go to Russian President Vladimir Putin?
Australian Open a Sauna for Players An upcoming soccer world cup has been moved from summer to winter in order to avoid extreme heat in Qatar. But this month's Australian Tennis Open is proceeding on schedule. The weather's cooled down a bit, but temperatures of 109 degrees have been a threat to tennis players at one of the world's most prestigious tournaments.
Andre Agassi and America's Future in Tennis At 36, Andre Agassi thrilled tennis fans last night with a comeback victory over a 21-year old opponent . But whether he wins or loses his next match, Agassi has declared that his career will end when this year's US Open is over. As one of a long line of athletes who've kept America at the top of the tennis world heads into the sunset, is there anyone to replace him? Does America have a bright future in the world of professional tennis?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.