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That Spitting Thing at the World Cup? It’s Probably ‘Carb Rinsing’

“I would not go that far,” Ian Rollo, the principal scientist for the Gatorade Sports Science Institute in Britain, said with a laugh. “No way do we take credit for any penalty successes at the moment.” And yet, carb rinsing will do no harm, Rollo and other scientists say. (The joke is that the only…

The Bizarre Theater of the World Cup Press Conference

MOSCOW — No one expects scintillating Socratic dialogue, or even normal reportorial discourse, at a World Cup news conference. But even by the tournament’s relaxed standards, the opening remark to Russia’s coach the day before his team played Spain last week was unusually obsequious. “I wanted to give you a small present,” a Russian reporter…