Sport: Newly At A Loss for Worlds

Physically and spiritually, American athletes are in a slump

In the throes of an international losing streak, U.S. athletes might glance around now and concede that while they are still among the good players, they are no longer the champions of the world. Even in intramural sports, Americans like to claim global title, though the baseball World Series has had a slightly tinny sound elsewhere and must positively clank in Cuba. At a true World Series in Pennsylvania last month, the Taiwanese Little Leaguers beat the home team as usual, but this time the score was 21-1.

As the Czech Ivan Lendl defeated the Swede Mats Wilander last week in...

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