FROM Juliet Macur
Why USA's World Cup Victory Is Important and What's Next After a wait of 16 years since winning the World Cup in women's soccer, the US finally did it again yesterday — with a vengeance. Telemundo's legendary broadcaster Andres Cantor said it best, working his lungs no less than three times in the first 16 minutes of yesterday's World Cup as Carli Lloyd and her US teammates made history, scoring more goals -- and scoring them sooner — than ever before in a World Cup final in either men's or women's soccer. And they got the biggest American audience in soccer history. We hear about records set on and off the field and the relationship between two American sports heroes from Juliet Macur, sports columnist for the New York Times . Photo: United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates with goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) and midfielder Megan Rapinoe (15) after scoring against Japan during the first half of the final of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium. (Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports)
Sprinter Dutee Chand and Gender Testing in Sports The case of Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has renewed an ongoing debate at the highest levels of competitive sports: what criteria should be used to determine whether an athlete is male or female? It’s more complicated than it sounds. Juliet Macur is a sports reporter for the New York Times.
Ray Rice Domestic Violence Video and NFL’s Delayed Response An elevator surveillance tape has now gone viral, and Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been “suspended indefinitely” from professional football. But the details of his brutal attack on the woman he later married were reported in detail seven months ago. What took so long? And what’s next for other cases of domestic violence in the NFL? Juliet Macur is sports columnist for the New York Times.
Could Armstrong Doping Scandal Force Cycling to Clean Up? After years of rumors, reports and denials, the United States Anti-Doping Agency has released a 200-page report and thousands of pages of evidence against Lance Armstrong, who survived cancer to win the Tour de France more than anyone else in history. It paints an ugly picture of cheating, lying, bullying and conspiring with teammates and coaches to cover-up years of using dangerous drugs to become an international phenomenon. Armstrong retired last year and, in August, said he would not contest doping charges by the USADA. His agent said he had no comment to yesterday's announcement.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."