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General John J. Pershing attends a ceremony in St Mihiel, France, on Sept. 15, 1935. In the aftermath of World War I, 14 countries competed in the Inter-Allied Games in 1919, in a stadium named for Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe.<br>AP

A century ago, a sports competition rose from ravages of war and disease

The world in 1919 was hardly a place for fun and games. War had ravaged Europe, killing untold millions. The Spanish flu pandemic was waning with some 50 million people dead worldwide. And then the Inter-Allied Games was born to bring together nations in some traditional — and not so traditional — sports.

USA Swimming urges Olympics committee to ask for delay of Tokyo Games

The head of USA Swimming urged the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to push for a 12-month postponement of the Tokyo Games, signaling the first fissure between powerful American factions attempting to maneuver the U.S. team through the coronavirus crisis.

Wounded Green Beret veteran's Boston Marathon dreams deferred, but hope remains

Days after a Taliban sniper’s shot left Staff Sgt. Kevin Flike bedridden and awaiting what would become six separate surgeries, he made himself a promise: he’d recover and he’d finish a marathon. It took nearly nine years for Flike, 35, to get to where he could make good on that promise, but now that's on hold.

Coronavirus complicates plans, raises questions for hikers starting their trip on the Appalachian Trail

In some respects, people starting the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail this month couldn't have better timing. While the novel coronavirus was spreading across the globe with alarming speed, they were leaving civilization behind. But covid-19 has disrupted nearly every aspect of regular life, and even long-distance backpackers aren't exempt.

Navy athletics will continue to host contests while implementing safety measures

Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk repeatedly used the terms “reasonable precautions” and “mitigating factors” when discussing the institution’s response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus crisis.

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