Gold medalist Carmelo Anthony celebrates with the crowd after the U.S. men's 96-66 victory over Serbia //  Getty Images

Gold medalist Carmelo Anthony celebrates with the crowd after the U.S. men's 96-66 victory over Serbia // Getty Images

Rio 2016

‘Iconic’ or not, Rio sighs to close

RIO de JANEIRO — Imperfect for sure, like life itself, the Rio 2016 Summer Games sighed Sunday to a close, an Olympics likely to go down in history for first-rate sport that offered a break from a welter of financial, logistical and political challenges or perhaps served merely to underscore just how difficult it is, now, to put on an Olympic Games.

For every Michael Phelps, there was the story of green water in the diving pool. For every Usain Bolt, there was the stray bullet that pierced the tent at the equestrian center. For every Simone Biles, there were the winds that ripped an overhead television camera from its cable at Olympic Park, injuring seven people, two of them children.

The 'crowd' in the stadium with just the women's 200 semifinals, women's 1500 final and men's 110 hurdle final to go

The 'crowd' in the stadium with just the women's 200 semifinals, women's 1500 final and men's 110 hurdle final to go

Track and field

Rio 2016 track meet: world-class buzzkill

RIO de JANEIRO — In a shining example of why track and field has such problems, many of the sport’s own making, the men’s 200m prelims got underway Tuesday afternoon — before a nearly-empty house — with its biggest star, Usain Bolt, running at 12:46 p.m. in the ninth of 10 heats. Justin Gatlin ran about a half-hour before, four heats prior.

Under what theory of marketing, salesmanship, promotion — more, relevance — are the No. 1 and No. 2 names in track and field slogging it out in the dog day afternoon?

The IOC president. Thomas Bach, at Sunday's news conference and, snark aside, he is looking out through the lights to try to see who is asking him what // Getty Images

The IOC president. Thomas Bach, at Sunday's news conference and, snark aside, he is looking out through the lights to try to see who is asking him what // Getty Images

Rio 2016

Einstein’s very definition of insanity

RIO DE JANEIRO — Amid the seemingly imminent apocalypse about to erupt with holy fire all over everything connected with the 2016 Summer Games, one might think that the collapse of a boat ramp over the weekend at the sailing venue would be comparatively insignificant.

It’s not.

Russia'Olympic committee president Alexander Zhukov at a meeting last week in Moscow // Getty Images

Russia'Olympic committee president Alexander Zhukov at a meeting last week in Moscow // Getty Images

Doping

An imperfect compromise: IOC mostly gets it right

When history writes the story of the drama that enveloped the question of what to do about the Russians for the 2016 Rio Games, the imperfect compromise issued Sunday by the International Olympic Committee will come to be seen for what it truly is: a marker for the ongoing vitality and relevance of the Olympic movement in every corner of the world.

Make no mistake. The IOC made — mostly — the right call in seeking to balance individual rights against collective responsibility.