"The Russian Olympic Committee is a rightful member of the Olympic movement," its president Stanislav Pozdnyakov told reporters after a meeting.
Following surgery he said before the rally got underway, "It's a victory for me to be here at the start."
The Seahawks (11-4) would win the NFC West by beating San Francisco and clinch at least the No.3 seed in the conference playoffs. They can also climb to either the No.2 or even No.1 seed with a win and some help. Seattle defeated the host 49ers 27-24 in overtime in Week 10 so it owns the tiebreaker for the division title.
A fortnight later the double Olympic gold medalist, twice a Wimbledon champion and the winner of the 2012 US Open singles, had hip resurfacing surgery and started his return to action at the Queen's Club grass-court event in London in June.
Those who question F1's credentials as a sport, given the role of the car in making the star, or its carbon footprint, might have no problem with that.
"The whole season I've been humble, but I want to be defensive player of the year, and I feel like tonight showed it," Embiid said.
Two tales, one city
Canadian Denis Shapovalov suggested earlier Thursday that the two events - one run by the men's tour, the Association of Tennis Professionals, and the other by the International Tennis Federation - should combine.
In a promotional video, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) put forward the message that it hoped Li could "Tie" the team together. But the CFA might be unaware that a tie also indicates a draw in soccer, and what China need are wins.
"Obviously, that's probably my most successful court in my career, in my life, so I love playing there."