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.

Justin Gatlin, silver medalist in the 100 // Getty Images

Justin Gatlin, silver medalist in the 100 // Getty Images

Track and field

Giving Justin Gatlin what he’s due: respect

RIO de JANEIRO — Life can be complicated. To try to make sense of it, all people tell each other stories.

For Americans, the story of redemption is arguably the national narrative — the manifest destiny to overcome and make a difference in our world. Think of a jillion episodes of Oprah or Dr. Phil. Or even presidential campaigning: George W. Bush on the campaign trail a few years back, declaring he had been “born again” after years of drinking.

The IOC president, Thomas Bach // IOC

The IOC president, Thomas Bach // IOC

Doping

Congress, yet again, proves Mark Twain right

“Suppose,” the American author and humorist Mark Twain once said, “you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

The United States House of Representatives, which can’t agree on gun control legislation or pretty much anything, makes it a priority in the doldrums of a Washington summer to weigh in on issues sparked by allegations of doping in international sport?