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Protecting Athletes From Themselves

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How do you protect athletes in a sport that is dangerous by design?

It’s an uncomfortable question at the forefront of boxing after the death of two boxers in two days. On July 23, Maxim Dadashev, a 28-year-old Russian boxer, died four days after sustaining brain injuries in a light welterweight fight. Hugo Alfredo Santillán, a 23-year-old Argentine, died on July 25, five days after collapsing at the end of a lightweight fight.

Days later, at a gathering of the directors of state and tribal boxing commissions, our reporter, Scott Cacciola, said conversation topics ranged from concussion protocols to social media decorum. “But the discussions kept returning to a basic idea: Boxing is inherently dangerous, and fighters depend on the rules to prevent the worst possible injuries,” Cacciola wrote.

But rules can vary, as many fights are managed locally.

The responsibility falls on the organizers of the sport to protect the boxers in the ring, Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the World Boxing Council, said in a speech at the meeting.

“Any boxer who goes to the ring is willing to do whatever he has to do to win — whatever he has to do to be successful and make money for his family,” he said.

Some regulators said they should have greater oversight on how boxers drastically cut weight before fights, which causes dehydration that can lead to greater risk in the ring.

“If you ask him to fight 20 rounds, he will do whatever it takes; they’re warriors,” Sulaiman said. “It’s our duty to protect them from themselves.” — Talya Minsberg, @tminsberg, Assistant Editor

This Week’s M.V.P.sImageCreditDemetrius Freeman for The New York TimesDaniel Jones

The New York Giants think Daniel Jones, above, could be the next Eli Manning. Giants fans, who booed and jeered when the quarterback was drafted, wondered why he was worth the No. 6 pick.

“In three seasons as a starter at Duke, Jones soared in some games and sputtered in others,” Ben Shpigel wrote of the 22-year-old. “But his arm talent and mobility, intelligence and intangibles, all coiled in a 6-5, 220-pound frame, smacked of N.F.L. potential.”

On Sept. 8, Manning is primed to start the N.F.L. season in Dallas. But Daniel Jones, 16 years his junior, is close behind.

Coco Gauff and Caty McNally

Coco Gauff, 15 and Caty McNally, 17, claimed the doubles title at the Citi Open in Washington. It was the first WTA title for each athlete. They never lost a set, and they didn’t lose more than three games in a set in their four victories.

Gauff and McNally plan to compete as a team at the U.S. Open later this month. They aren’t selling their chances short.

“I don’t put any expectations, but I honestly believe that we can,” Gauff said. “We can do whatever we want when we put our minds to it, so I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, let’s just see what happens.’ I think our goal is to win it.”

Alejandro Bedoya

After Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored the opening goal in the Union’s 5-1 win over D.C. United, he ran to the sidelines. He grabbed a microphone on the field and shouted: “Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let’s go.”

His mid-game message caused a stir. “While some athletes have been outspoken on political issues, and have taken actions as varied as kneeling during the anthem and wearing shirts with printed messages during pregame warm-ups, that activity has seldom taken place on the field of play during a game,” Victor Mather wrote.

By Monday, the M.L.S. had decided that no punishment was merited. Bedoya was named the league’s player of the week.

Pop Quiz: N.F.L. Preseason

We know our readers are avid sports fans. So we’re going to start putting you to the test. This week, see if you know the answer to this question, from Victor Mather.

The N.F.L. preseason has begun in earnest, and plenty of die-hard fans and fantasy players will be closely watching the games.

But honestly, who really remembers the preseason after it’s over? You?

Only one team was undefeated in the preseason last year; 5-0 in fact. It went on to make the playoffs. Can you name it?

Email your answer to First person to send in the correct answer gets a shoutout next week.

A Good (Competitor) ReadImageCreditNorm Hall/Getty Images

Your team sucks. Yes, we’re talking to you. Well, Deadspin is talking to you. For the past few years, Drew Magary has shared why he thinks N.F.L. teams are awful before the season even begins.

Here’s why the 2019 San Francisco 49ers suck: “Once again, there’s no one to throw the ball to. It’s like Garoppolo never left Foxboro.”

Here’s why the 2019 New York Jets suck: “The Jets are like if someone made a Times Square gift shop a football team. Everything is loud and expensive and annoying and breaks quickly.”

Here’s why the 2019 Denver Broncos suck: “Did you WATCH the Ravens last season with Flacco at the helm before he lost his job, to a dude who can’t even throw no less? Did you?”

Here’s why the 2019 Cincinnati Bengals suck: “They brought back Andre Smith in what I can only assume was an act of charity. They’ll probably bring back Marvin too to hang out in the draft room next spring.”

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