Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press. The AP’s survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio’s Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.
One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two months after Stabler — has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated trauma. The New York Times reports that well over 100 football players, including several Pro Football Hall of Famers, have CTE so far.
With a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so that she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because she said, “I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.”
At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.
Clear the streets! Dutch cycling group Mijl Van Mares Werkploeg just broke the 2016 world record for longest bicycle. At a whopping 117 feet long, the bike stretches half a city block and spans farther than the word’s longest limo, at 100 feet long. Per Guinness World Record’s requirements, it has just two wheels and is actually operable. The bike stretches half a city block. (Photo: Guinness World Records) In the video, Mara Montalbano shows us how it rides.
“In business, you either close a deal or you don’t — and if you don’t, you can’t just say, ‘Well, everybody tried hard, right?’” Jen Welter, a sports psychologist and the first female coach in the NFL, tells Yahoo Parenting.
Could cheerleading be the most progressive sport in terms of gender roles? New research from the University of East Anglia indicates that the traditionally female-centered activity can help participants of both sexes challenge stereotypes about girls in sports. The study, which was published in the journal Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, tracked the growing popularity of cheerleading in the U.K. and focused on the members of four cheerleading teams. “The participants in our study talked about flipping gender norms in cheerleading,” Dr. Amy Pressland, a co-author of the study, tells Yahoo Parenting.
Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen. (Photo: Instagram.com/gisele) A run-of-the-mill post-game radio interview with Tom Brady ended up being a lot more than that, when the Patriots quarterback took a swing at the processed food industry — calling out Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes, specifically. Brady’s been known to stick to an extremely healthy diet — avocado “ice cream,” anyone? — but this interview revealed the passion behind his healthy habits.
Though the two are still legally married, Khloe Kardashian left the basketball star after five years together in 2013, reportedly over his struggle with substance abuse and, primarily, his addiction to cocaine. Odom remains in critical condition, still unconscious, with Kardashian by his side after she rushed to Las Vegas upon hearing the news. Earlier this week, University of Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian was fired, allegedly as a result of his own struggle with alcoholism and his violation of the school’s zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol use. The 41-year-old has three children with his estranged wife. Also this week, reality TV star Scott Disick, the former boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and father of her children, checked into rehab to get help for his addiction problems.
Daniel Fells in January 2015. “This is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told NFL.com. “We’re all fighting for Daniel.” But what is MRSA, exactly? “I can’t count how many MRSA infections I see. While MRSA infections have leveled off in the last few years following a rapid increase from the 1960s to mid-2000s, they have the potential to turn deadly — and do.
A spleen can become enlarged for many reasons, including genetic diseases, William Katkov, MD, a gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Health. Here’s why that’s a problem: A person may feel better and resume their normal activities, but their enlarged spleen is more susceptible to rupturing and may no longer be protected by their ribcage, leaving it incredibly vulnerable to injury. “An enlarged spleen is at an increased risk for rupture or injury in the setting of normal trauma, like a football game, diving into a pool, or minor car accident,” Katkov says. While an enlarged spleen can be asymptomatic, Katkov says a person can feel uncomfortable or have a feeling of fullness in their upper abdomen on the left side.
Novak Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer to claim the U.S. Open title on Sunday, says parenthood has made him a better player. Since then, the tennis champ has credited fatherhood with improving his game.
Gary Parrish, center, died on Thursday of liver cancer. Gary Parrish was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and metastasis to the liver in June. STORY: Late Dad Makes Stunning Appearance in Photo With Widow, Baby When this year’s baseball season started, 11-year-old Ryan Parrish’s coach, Caison Whatley, who also coached him last season, noticed the boy was unusually distracted. He’s got a whole lot more on his mind than we could ever have,” Whatley told WSFA.
Serena and Venus Williams share a hug after Serena’s victory over her big sister on Tuesday night. (Photo: Corbis Images) After Serena Williams beat her sister Venus on Tuesday night in a competitive three-set U.S. Open quarterfinals match, the two met at the net and embraced. Venus, the older Williams sibling, whispered to her sister: “I’m so happy for you.”
Former NFL player Michael Sam, who had been estranged from his father since coming out as gay in February 2014, tweeted this week that the two have spoken for the first time since then. (Photo: Getty Images) When former NFL player Michael Sam announced to the world that he was gay back in February 2014, he was largely praised for his bravery and honesty by fellow players, various celebrities, the NFL, and ESPN — pretty much everyone, it seemed, except his father, Michael Sam Sr., who was quoted at the time as saying, “I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” STORY: NFL Dad Sends Powerful Message by Confiscating Kids’ ‘Trophies for Nothing’ Shortly after, Sam discussed his estrangement from his dad during a segment of Dancing With the Stars, while he was a contestant.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - John Schneider and Pete Carroll seem to be preparing for a time when the Seattle Seahawks secondary may not include Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, even if it's likely a few years away.
That was a clear statement from Seattle's 11 selections made over ...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans like players with a chip on their shoulders, and the franchise trying to end an eight-year playoff drought stocked up with people with something to prove in the NFL draft.
Tennessee's first three offensive selections played at the only college that wanted them ...
Tony Romo Signs With CBS After Being Released From The Dallas CowboysWed, 05 Apr 2017 18:23:25 EDT On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys have officially released their star quarterback Tony Romo. Tony Romo's release meant that he is now officially retired from the NFL and is set for a new career in broadcasting as he signs with CBS to be the NFL lead analyst.
LAte show! In 9th, 3 straight HRs & walk-offSun, 30 Apr 2017 03:10:00 EDT
Dodger Stadium literally rocked Saturday night. Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Phillies closer Hector Neris to spark an incredible comeback in a 6-5 victory.
Cubs get even at Fenway with a little helpSat, 29 Apr 2017 20:41:49 EDT
A resilient Cubs offense grinded their way back from an early three-run deficit on Saturday and made a winner of John Lackey in his return to Fenway Park. Moments after Miguel Montero hit a game-tying homer in the top of the seventh, Kyle Schwarber's RBI single up the middle put the Cubs ahead for the first time during that crucial three-run rally, and the bullpen held it over the final three innings for Lackey in a 7-4 win over Boston.
Matt trick: Braves' Kemp slugs three HRsSun, 30 Apr 2017 00:03:38 EDT
A little more than a week after saying he hoped to still be hot when the top of the lineup got on track, Freddie Freeman fed off Ender Inciarte's spark and watched Matt Kemp produce the first three-homer game of his career as the suddenly potent Braves offense stole the show during Saturday night's 11-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park.
Keuchel seeks 1st 5-0 start of '17 on MLB.TVSun, 30 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT
The Astros are off to one of the best starts by any Major League team, and perhaps no Houston player has contributed more to the club's success than left-hander Dallas Keuchel.
Gardner's 2 HRs, Judge's 10th blast lead NYSat, 29 Apr 2017 17:49:00 EDT
Brett Gardner homered twice and drove in four runs, Austin Romine collected a career-high five RBIs and Aaron Judge hit his American League-leading 10th homer as the Yankees claimed sole possession of first place in the AL East with a 12-4 victory over the Orioles on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Melky homers in 10th as Sox win 6th straightSat, 29 Apr 2017 20:01:41 EDT
The White Sox overcame a Tigers rally off their veteran closer to post their sixth straight win. Melky Cabrera's 10th-inning homer off Justin Wilson nullified Detroit's two-run ninth off David Robertson, sending Chicago to a 6-4 win Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.
Epstein, Vedder rock out for good causeSun, 30 Apr 2017 03:47:37 EDT
It had just hit 1 a.m. ET early Sunday morning at the Paradise Rock Club on Commonwealth Avenue, and if you weren't there, you may not have believed it.
Eaton reportedly has torn ACL, done for yearSat, 29 Apr 2017 19:49:08 EDT
The Nationals officially placed Adam Eaton on the disabled list Saturday, a day after he collapsed to the ground after lunging toward first base to beat out an infield single.
April powers: Biggest bats in MLBSun, 30 Apr 2017 00:32:38 EDT
Aaron Judge, Miguel Sano and Eric Thames are among the more surprising names atop the homer leaderboards so far.
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Conforto's two HRs power Mets past NatsSat, 29 Apr 2017 18:03:22 EDT
As the Mets have endured a number of injuries during the past few weeks, Michael Conforto has benefited with increased playing time, especially in left field while Yoenis Cespedes is on the disabled list.
MLB.TV: Watch every night on every deviceSat, 29 Apr 2017 01:20:25 EDT
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Reynolds wrap: Rockies rally to top D-backsSun, 30 Apr 2017 02:25:43 EDT
Mark Reynolds had a home run and a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning to lead a three-run inning as the Rockies topped the D-backs. Jake Lamb hit the longest home run of the season (481 feet) and Brandon Drury and Jeff Mathis also went deep to support Zack Greinke, who struck out nine. Alexi Amarista, Reynolds and Trevor Story all went deep for Colorado.
Nova tosses gem in complete-game victorySat, 29 Apr 2017 23:22:40 EDT
The Marlins got to see from Ivan Nova what the 30-year-old does with pretty much everybody. The right-hander pounds the strike zone, and it was more of the same on Saturday night in the Pirates' 4-0 victory at Marlins Park.
Four-run first all Tribe needs vs. MarinersSat, 29 Apr 2017 20:15:34 EDT
Jose Ramirez delivered a two-run double in the first inning, and Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a two-run single later in the frame, leading the Indians to a 4-3 win over the Mariners on Saturday afternoon.