John Branch

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The World Surf League Introduces a Year-End Playoff System

The World Surf League has rearranged its schedule and will crown new champions using a playoff system.SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — The vibe on the pier was predictably mellow, even with 10 of...

David Roberts, Who Turned Adventure Writing Into Art, Dies at 78

He was an accomplished mountain climber with a literary gift to match, and the author of dozens of books.When David Roberts wrote his first book, a personal account of climbing and death...

For Volunteer Umpires, Little League World Series in the Pinnacle

The players dream of nationally televised glory. But for the nervous and excited volunteer umpires, the goal is to go unnoticed.Every game at the Little League World Series starts the same way...

Adam Ondra Finishes Out of the Medals in Olympic Climbing

Because of a complicated scoring system, it was often hard to know who was ahead in this mash-up of climbing disciplines making its Olympic debut.TOKYO — What no one predicted about sport...

Alberto Ginés López Wins Gold in Olympic Climbing; Adam Ondra Places Sixth

What Adam Ondra could not have expected in anticipation of sport climbing’s debut in the Olympics was that he would finish higher in speed climbing, a discipline he respects but detests, than...

U.S. Pushed for Olympic Skateboarding, but Came Up Short on Medals

Although skateboarding was invented in the United States, its medal haul was limited. And that was just fine by a sport proud of its international cast.TOKYO — Showing off a new wave...

Men's Climbing Final at the Olympics: Who and What to Watch

Adam Ondra and Janja Garnbret, two of the world’s best climbers, are in the men’s and women’s finals, but can they succeed under the event’s quirky scoring system?In sport climbing’s first appearance...

U.S. Struggles in Skateboarding as Men's Park Heads to Finals

Showing off a new wave of aerial acrobatics and risky board-flipping tricks, an international field of skateboarders outshined the Americans in the final skateboarding event of the Olympics, continuing the two-week demonstration...

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