Iranian coach Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi, right, during World Cup action. He is a 1996 Atlanta gold and 1992 Barcelona bronze medalist // photo courtesy Tony Rotundo FILA-Official.com

Iranian coach Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi, right, during World Cup action. He is a 1996 Atlanta gold and 1992 Barcelona bronze medalist // photo courtesy Tony Rotundo FILA-Official.com

Wrestling

The vexing Iran conundrum

With leadership comes responsibility.

At wrestling’s freestyle World Cup Sunday in Los Angeles, the Iranian men’s wrestling team asserted it is, once again, best in the world. Now the challenge facing it — as well as everyone connected to the sport, indeed the broader Olympic movement — is as simple and elegant as it is vexing.

Ukrainian and Russian wrestlers and team officials meet before action gets underway at the LA World Cup // photo courtesy Tony Rotundo, FILA-Official.com

Ukrainian and Russian wrestlers and team officials meet before action gets underway at the LA World Cup // photo courtesy Tony Rotundo, FILA-Official.com

Wrestling

Wrestling’s handshake moment

Russia put troops on the Ukrainian mainland for the first time Saturday, deploying 80 soldiers along with four helicopter gunships and three armored vehicles to seize a natural gas terminal distribution station near Crimea.

Crimea is set to vote Sunday whether to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Ukraine’s government and Western governments have denounced the vote as illegal.

eam leaders Christakis Alexandridis of Russia (right) and Eduard Nosadchyy of Ukraine shares smiles over dinner in the Team Dining Room, prior to the 2014 FILA Men’s Freestyle World Cup of Wrestling. // photo courtesy USA Wrestling

eam leaders Christakis Alexandridis of Russia (right) and Eduard Nosadchyy of Ukraine shares smiles over dinner in the Team Dining Room, prior to the 2014 FILA Men’s Freestyle World Cup of Wrestling. // photo courtesy USA Wrestling

Wrestling

Wrestling: now, the spotlight

Russia massed troops and armored vehicles Thursday in at least three regions along Ukraine’s eastern border, the New York Times reported.

In Washington, the Obama Administration deferred a request from Ukraine’s interim government for arms and ammunition, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Ashton Eaton crossing the finish line in the heptathlon 1000, one second too slow for a world record // photo Getty Images

Ashton Eaton crossing the finish line in the heptathlon 1000, one second too slow for a world record // photo Getty Images

Track and field

Is winning gold ever ‘failure’?

SOPOT, Poland — Over two days, the drama and excitement built, Ashton Eaton chasing his own world record through seven events of the heptathlon.

It came down to, ultimately, the final event, the 1000-meter run. To set a new mark, the math tables said he needed to run a time that was, actually, one second slower than his personal best.