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.
DENVER (AP) - Broncos general manager John Elway defended his embattled rookie head coach and his staff Friday night while laying the blame for Denver's five-game skid squarely on the shoulders of his underachieving players.
"At the end of the year we'll evaluate it and we'll look back and see ...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs pass rushers Tamba Hali and Dee Ford have been ruled out Sunday against the New York Giants, while defensive lineman Allen Bailey was also ruled out for their struggling defense.
Wide receiver Albert Wilson was also ruled out Friday for the third straight game ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California has already wrapped up the Pac-12 South, and its national championship hopes are faint. After a grinding regular season, the 12th-ranked Trojans have a bye next week before the conference title game.
Every ingredient is in place for a trap game for the Trojans ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Jets cornerback Buster Skrine was fined $48,620 for his illegal hit on Tampa Bay receiver DeSean Jackson last week and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict wasn't fined after his ejection against Tennessee for pushing away the arm of an official who tried to break up a sideline ...
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Tom Brady, fresh off his NFL-record 86th road win, is ready to take the New England Patriots to new heights, namely Mexico City's Azteca Stadium, where they'll face the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
"I'm excited for it. It's going to be a lot of ...
Oklahoma State's quarterback returned for his senior season with hopes of winning a Big 12 title and contending for a national championship. He has set many of Oklahoma State's career passing records this season, yet things haven't gone quite as planned. After losses ...
Pass offense finally explodes for Pittsburgh SteelersFri, 17 Nov 2017 18:40:11 -0500 It took 10 games, but it finally happened for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They scored 30 points in a game for the first time this season. In fact, they hung 40 on the Tennessee Titans.
$400K in items stolen from Venus Williams' homeFri, 17 Nov 2017 17:28:57 -0500 Police in Florida said more than $400,000 worth of items were stolen from tennis star Venus Williams' home while she was in New York playing in the U.S. Open.
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.
Honor bound: Astros dominate MLB AwardsFri, 17 Nov 2017 20:58:42 EDT
Capping a remarkable 2017 in Major League Baseball and wrapping up awards season, the Esurance MLB Awards are being given out live on MLB Network and simulcast on MLB.com.
AFL's elite prospects vie for title SaturdayFri, 17 Nov 2017 16:12:10 EDT
The two Arizona Fall League teams with the most prospect talent will meet Saturday for the championship when the Peoria Javelinas face the Mesa Solar Sox.
After MVP year, Stanton's future unsettledFri, 17 Nov 2017 20:31:37 EDT
Giancarlo Stanton claimed a big offseason prize on Thursday night, being named National League Most Valuable Player. It was the latest in a long list of awards the All-Star right fielder has received for his remarkable 2017 season.
Dress like a champion! Get Astros title gearThu, 2 Nov 2017 00:01:16 EDT
Check out Astros World Series champions gear at MLBshop.com and celebrate the first title in franchise history with official T-shirts, hoodies, caps and much more.
Acuna feeds off family, flourishes in Fall LeagueFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:28:23 EDT
When the Mesa Solar Sox and Peoria Javelinas take the field in Saturday's Arizona Fall League championship game, no player will draw more attention than Atlanta Braves 19-year-old outfield phenom Ronald Acuna.
Say cheese-cake: MLB Thanksgiving recipes are back!Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:56:13 EDT
Thanksgiving falls at a perfect time on the baseball calendar, right on the heels of the World Series and awards season. It's an ideal time for players and fans to catch their collective breath before the Hot Stove burns bright again during the Winter Meetings.
Lupica: Mussina belongs in the Hall of FameWed, 15 Nov 2017 22:59:37 EDT
Mike Mussina, in his own quiet and professional and immensely talented way, was not just one of the great pitchers of his time. He is one of the great pitchers of all time.
Podcast: Who has prospects to deal for Stanton?Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:23:02 EDT
On this week's Pipeline Podcast, Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis discuss the AFL title game, their picks for Fall League MVP, teams with the prospects to trade for Giancarlo Stanton and the prospects the Mariners gave up in two trades.
Yanks interview Boone for manager openingFri, 17 Nov 2017 17:16:42 EDT
The author of one of the most memorable moments in Yankees postseason history was the latest to interview for their managerial opening. Aaron Boone became the most recent candidate to interview with New York on Friday morning, as general manager Brian Cashman continues the club's search after a brief pause for the GM Meetings this week.
MLB Award winners: 3 Best Moments inspireFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:38:59 EDT
Every season has them, the rare moments when the numbers on the scoreboard seem to matter less. We're talking about the great moments that transcend baseball, the ones that pepper highlight reels for generations, more for their backstory and the impact they'll have on a player, a team, a community, going forward.
Indians' streak, Tumpane's heroics honoredFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:43:57 EDT
The Indians' 22-game winning streak, a national phenomenon as the wins piled up, has been honored with an Esurance MLB Award for the Best Trending Topic category. Umpire John Tumpane, who helped save a woman's life on the Roberto Clemente Bridge prior to calling the Rays vs. Pirates game on June 28 at PNC Park, was also honored.
MLB Tonight holds 'Tall and Short' draftFri, 17 Nov 2017 22:00:19 EDT
This year's MVP winners presented an incredibly unique disparity in height. In fact, since the Baseball Writers Association of America began awarding the MVP, no winner had been taller than Giancarlo Stanton at 6-foot-6 or shorter than Jose Altuve at 5-foot-6.
Reds sign two outfielders to Minors dealsFri, 17 Nov 2017 22:11:04 EDT
The Reds signed a pair of outfielders, Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera, to Minor League contracts on Friday and invited both to Major League camp at Spring Training.