New Zealand’s   Laurel Hubbard  waves after a failed lift in the women’s +87kg weight-lifting competition in Tokyo.  Photograph:  Doug Mills/The New York Times

History was made on a Tokyo evening of superhuman strength and simmering tension as Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old weightlifter from New Zealand, becam(...)

 Japan’s Naomi Osaka: Watch tennis do nothing when Wimbledon comes around, Osaka stewing in tabloid headlines.  Photograph:  Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

When Naomi Osaka showed vulnerability, her sport put her in a headlock and drilled its knuckle into her forehead. Sport is what sport does. For all of(...)