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Are the Russians truly committed to doping-free sport?

The Russian Ski Assn. — and, by extension, all of Russian Olympic sports — is under significant scrutiny because numerous Russian athletes have been caught doping. With the next Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi, the Russians have been making a big show of being committed to competing doping-free.  Yet this report from fasterskier.com raises significant questions about whether, in fact, it’s just a show — whether the Russians truly are committed to clean sport or they have now found an end-around the rules.

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Sportsmanship the way it’s supposed to be

If your competitors, your rivals, showed up for a big canoe and kayak meet, and the boats that she and her team thought they had waiting for them suddenly weren’t ready as billed, and if you had boats you could lend, would you?

If you said no, you would surely deny those rivals, the American racers, a key qualifying opportunity on the way to the London Olympics in 2012.

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Number 50 in your game-day program, Steven Contreras

The thing about Steven Contreras being back on the football field, which of course is extraordinary, is that it’s really not.

Eight months to the day after doctors amputated the lower part of his left leg, Steven, who is a 16-year-old high school junior, got back in for about a dozen plays in the game that clinched the league championship. Last week, even though that knee was sore, he played again as his school, Rolling Hills Prep, moved to 8-1.