Matt Bachman

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Researchers Confirm Nike’s “4%” Marathon Shoe Claim

Admittedly, it’s not the record they were originally planning for. But earlier this week, Nike’s controversial Vaporfly 4% shoes tagged along for their first world-record ride, when Oklahoma-based ultra star Camille Herron shattered the 100-mile mark at the Tunnel Hill trail race in Illinois. A …

Marathons

Drug Researchers Find Brain Effects of MDMA Have Been Misread All Along

Studies don't actually represent typical MDMA users.<p>Anyone who took DARE in elementary school probably heard about how taking too much MDMA (aka …

Neuroscience

Mexico’s World Cup Captain Is on a U.S. Blacklist

MOSCOW — Rafael Márquez, one of the best-known stars on Mexico’s World Cup soccer team, is a standout of the tournament in Russia. But it has nothing to do with his prowess on the field.<p>Márquez, 39, is on a United States Treasury Department blacklist of people it says have helped launder money for …

Rose Bowl

Why Your LaCroix Obsession Isn't So Healthy

A few things you need to know before you crack open yet another can of the flavored sparkling water.<p>Put down that can of key lime LaCroix for a …

Nutrition

Peru Invades Russia. Well, at Least Many of Its Fans Have.

SARANSK, Russia — Augusto Caceres, 81, had all but given up hope of seeing his beloved Peru at a World Cup again during his lifetime.<p>He has been to 13 straight World Cups, beginning with the 1970 tournament. And for much of that time, Peru had failed again and again to make it to soccer’s biggest …

South America

San Francisco brewery releases new “LeBron’s Tears IPA”

Warriors’ fans aren’t done celebrating the team’s third title in four years. Or doing a little gloating over LeBron James and the Cavaliers.<p>Now, they …

San Francisco

The Best Soccer Cleats, According to Soccer Players

The World Cup is officially underway, which naturally prompted us to ask: what are the best cleats? The quadrennial event generates a special kind of …

Shoes

Nacho Scores, and, for Once in Soccer, There Is Nothing to Interpret

Soccer is not, by and large, a game that privileges clarity. Because the action so seldom stops and the ball is so hard to control, what we see at any moment of a game is likely to be the result of a long series of imperfectly aligned and somewhat desperate decisions. The Spanish midfielder Isco …

Soccer

Like it or not, VAR is coming to the FIFA World Cup™

Not sure what VAR is? You’re not alone. Watch this video to learn all about video assistant referee.

FIFA

Machine learning predicts World Cup winner - MIT Technology Review

The 2018 soccer World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday and is likely to be one of the most widely viewed sporting events in history, more popular …

Machine Learning

Necropsy planned for rare pygmy sperm whale found on Ipswich beach

The rare pygmy sperm whale that washed up on an Ipswich beach and later died will be taken to the New England Aquarium for an necropsy, an official …

Whales

When Anthony Bourdain Went Home to Face His Demons

In a 2014 episode of ‘Parts Unknown,’ Bourdain opened up about his brush with death as a young heroin addict.<p>Over the course of his 16 years as a …

Cape Cod

Telemark Skiing Proposed for 2022 Olympics

<b>Telemark Skiing Proposed for 2022 Olympics</b> <br>Move over tandem monoski, there is a new potential Olympic contender in town. From gone to potential gold, …

Skiing

Loris Karius Suffered Concussion During Champions League Final

A elbow to the head from Sergio Ramos resulted in a concussion to the Liverpool goalkeeper.<p>After a strong second half of the season for Loris Karius after being given a chance to nail down the starting goalkeeping job at Liverpool, the 24-year-old German had what might be kindly called a disastrous …

Soccer

Video: The Climb to the Summit of Everest

We've been following the success of climbers on Everest closely over the past week or so, with an unprecedented number of teams reaching the summit …

If Trump Is Laundering Russian Money, Here’s How It Works

For Donald Trump, there was the purchase of the $12.6 million Scottish estate and the $79.7 million for golf courses in the United Kingdom, not to …

An Open Letter About Female Coaches | by Pau Gasol

I<p>want to tell you a little something about my parents.<p>I grew up just outside of Barcelona, a child of two highly successful professionals. My father …

Rodrigo Koxa breaks the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed

Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa set a new Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever ridden. The athlete from Guaruja beat Garrett McNamara's 2011 …

Mo Salah of Liverpool Breaks Down Cultural Barriers, One Goal at a Time

LIVERPOOL, England — Mohamed Salah’s routine is familiar now. As the Liverpool Football Club stadium erupts joyously around him, celebrating yet another of the Egyptian’s goals, he runs to the fans closest to him, arms outstretched. He stands stock still, soaking in the adulation.<p>Once his teammates …

Soccer

‘This Doesn’t Sound Legal’: Inside Nike’s Oregon Project

Dathan Ritzenhein, an Olympic distance runner for the United States, was starting to feel sick from his thyroid medication — a drug that was not medically necessary but one that his coach, a powerful and combative figure in the sport, had strongly recommended to improve his performance.<p>The coach …

Athletic Apparel

The Famous Soccer Player Hiding in Plain Sight in a California Bakery

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Most customers do not recognize the fit, well-dressed man walking around Tuts Bakery and Cafe, picking up used cups and dirty dishes. Why would they? And what would <i>he</i> be doing here?<p>They enter and gawk at the pastries artfully displayed under glass or stare at the big chalkboard …

Lebron James

Off Track

Steve Magness watched the 2012 London Olympics 10,000-meters final from his couch in Houston. As soon as the runners crossed the line, his phone lit …

Alberto Salazar

Among the most elite runners in the history of Massachusetts high school cross country and track before graduating from Wayland High in 1976, …

In Sweden’s Preschools, Boys Learn to Dance and Girls Learn to Yell

STOCKHOLM — Something was wrong with the Penguins, the incoming class of toddlers at the Seafarer’s Preschool, in a wooded suburb south of Stockholm.<p>The boys were clamorous and physical. They shouted and hit. The girls held up their arms and whimpered to be picked up. The group of 1- and …

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer drops another astounding bombshell in Trump lawsuit

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, posted a photo of evidence against President Trump on his social media account in advance of a highly anticipated “60 Minutes” interview with his client.<p>Avenatti tweeted, “If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” how many words is this …

13 Reasons to Believe Aliens Are Real

<b>In the good old days,</b> the arrival of UFOs on the front page of America’s paper of record might have seemed like a loose-thread tear right through the …

Boston storm update: How did forecasters get this nor’easter wrong?

<i>Get immediate alerts on all breaking news, delivered via Facebook Messenger. Sign up here.</i><p>If you weren’t following the latest changes to the forecast …

An increasing number of scientists are waking up to the idea of a link between the digestive system and problems with sleep<p>When we lie awake at night, unable to sleep, we usually blame stress, depression, anxiety, adrenaline or the memory of something stupid we said in 2003. But what if our guts …

Cream Cheese

The world is running out of phosphorus, which threatens global food supply

A good way to scare yourself is by googling "phosphorus shortage." Agriculture requires lots of phosphorus for fertilizer, and after it's spread on …

Agriculture

As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind

Demographic shifts rippling across the nation are fueling fears that their culture and standing are under threat.<p>Even after the coal mines closed and the factory jobs disappeared and the businesses began taking down their signs on Broad Street, even after the population started its steady decline …

Demographics