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    note, by the way, that any time they mention...

    note, by the way, that any time they mention "rankings" that means yearly lists, not any actual ranking-mechanism of any kind.
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    Adams a makeup call for when she should have won...

    Adams a makeup call for when she should have won last year? I'm not sure she was even the best woman field eventer this year.
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    The happiest countries ...

    The happiest countries

    http://time.com/3594543/happiest-countries-maps-costa-rica/
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    Turns out Doha sweetened the pot late with a $37M...

    Turns out Doha sweetened the pot late with a $37M incentive package. See story now on front page.
  5. Thread: Rio Morning Finals

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    Oh yeah, and of course some already-thin evenings...

    Oh yeah, and of course some already-thin evenings in the stadium just got an event thinner. Bring back the off-day!
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    Left unmentioned is that this probably means at...

    Left unmentioned is that this probably means at least another $10M in ticket revenue, as no longer have to discount the morning sessions as just prelims.
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    i said cease and desist!

    i said cease and desist!
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    cut the socio-political crap please.

    cut the socio-political crap please.
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    I finally found a reference: the July '98 edition...

    I finally found a reference: the July '98 edition of T&FN, reporting on Doha's second year on the GP Circuit, noted that at least women had events that year (they didn't in '97) and went on to note...
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    actually, as I recalll the first meet ever held...

    actually, as I recalll the first meet ever held in Doha was a bit ugly. Some U.S. athletes on the way in invited a couple of the airline hostesses they met to come and see the meet, and when they...
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    omigoodness no! the '88 landscape was on another...

    omigoodness no! the '88 landscape was on another planet.

    The entire Eastern Bloc was still state-supported and the African emergence hadn't really hit in full force yet (Ethiopia didn't have a...
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    new qualifying procedures for 2015 Worlds

    check out the link on the front page.

    as we noted there, "there will be a quiz!"
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    why would they bother? For the same reason they...

    why would they bother? For the same reason they did it to start with (they certainly weren't commissioned by the BCS from the get-go): they're numbers geeks whose pleasure in life comes from crafting...
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    '68 was also an Olympic Games and at a time when...

    '68 was also an Olympic Games and at a time when there was no pro circuit.

    The athletes had nothing better to do in that era.

    This cocks up not only their '19 training, but also cuts into the...
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    T&FN's NCAA XC archive

    if you haven't checked this out already, but sure to do so. Tons of fun stuff in here:

    http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/index.php/archivemenu/33-archive/456-ncaa-div-i-cross-country-archive
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    There are multiple good reasons for choosing...

    There are multiple good reasons for choosing Doha, startingn with the fact that weather is a relative thing. Athletes in many events will welcome the roasty-toasty, as will voters from such climes....
  17. Thread: WC 2015 Beijing

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    If you want the real inside scoop on APEC and air...

    If you want the real inside scoop on APEC and air quality (and a variety of other things in this 5-minute clip), who can you trust more than Jon Stewart?
    ...
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    Of course it did; that's a given. But as I said,...

    Of course it did; that's a given. But as I said, that's all public knowledge. What's being bandied about w/ Qatari bids is the hint of payoffs. Nike/Oregon has no need to do that domestically. Not...
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    it's a bit of apples & oranges, in that Nike...

    it's a bit of apples & oranges, in that Nike money has helped Eugene "buy" lots of hostings, and now oil money has (perhaps) helped Doha's bid. It's not quite the same in that Nike's largesse is all...
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    Lots of great Doha-related reaction to read on...

    Lots of great Doha-related reaction to read on the front page, if you haven't already checked that out.
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    That wasn't the Nationals; they were held earlier...

    That wasn't the Nationals; they were held earlier in the year under the auspices of the AAU.

    The OT was staged by the USOC.
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    Tweet of the day (no idea where it started): ...

    Tweet of the day (no idea where it started): BREAKING. Florida State signs Adrian Peterson.
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    The first thing USATF needs to do is realize that...

    The first thing USATF needs to do is realize that a late-June Nationals to qualify for a September/October WC is absolutely fucking nuts; the 2019 meet must move! (and stay moved, but that's another...
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    Tweet by Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated: ...

    Tweet by Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated:

    <<US sports writer to boss: "I'd like to cover the 2019 Track World Championships. In October."

    Boss: "Hahahahahaha. Good one.">>
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    First round: Doha 12, Eugene 9, Barcelona 6;...

    First round: Doha 12, Eugene 9, Barcelona 6; Barcelona eliminated.

    Second round: Doha 15, Eugene 12.
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