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.
Your rabid fandom is actually a good thing. (Photo: Stocksy/Yahoo) There’s no question about it — being a sports fan is a good thing when it comes to your health. “The idea that people get isolated and porky from watching sports is not true,” clinical sports psychologist William Wiener, PhD, tells Yahoo Health. There are many health benefits of being a sports fan.” Need evidence? We rounded up the research surrounding fandom and health to show how your team loyalty might actually help you be happier and healthier: It Prevents Depression While you might feel sad if your team loses a big game, being an active participant all season can actually help prevent depression. “People who root and are attached to their teams are less depressed than those who are uninvolved,” Wiener says.
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Relatives of an inmate who died after hanging himself in a Michigan jail cell have settled a lawsuit that alleged a deputy was watching Monday Night Football on TV instead of monitoring the man.
MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/2s19fC1) Thursday that the federal wrongful death lawsuit against ...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Andy Reid and John Dorsey arrived with the Kansas City Chiefs within weeks of each other, the coach and general manager given the massive undertaking of turning around a 2-14 franchise.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jurors in the case of an ex-Vanderbilt University football player charged with rape will have to decide if he was bullied into the assault - and if so, whether that's enough to clear him of charges.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their closing arguments Thursday in ...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - It's been five years since ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. His appeal is just one of many issues related to the scandal that are still working their way through the courts.
NEW YORK (AP) - New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell can be sweet when he wants to be.
Mitchell has a three-book deal with Scholastic, the children's publisher told The Associated Press on Thursday. The books include a newly illustrated edition of his self-published "The Magician's Hat," to come ...
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Edmonton's Connor McDavid won his first Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player at the league's postseason awards show at T-Mobile Arena, the new home of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
McDavid also won the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the league's most outstanding ...
NHL announces 2017-18 regular season scheduleThu, 22 Jun 2017 17:28:43 -0400 After being one of the last two teams on the ice in the Stanley Cup Final, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be one of the first to take it when the NHL begins the 2017-18 season.
Are NASCAR drivers still struggling on road courses?Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:15:22 -0400 There was a time when road racing was hazardous to a NASCAR driver's career. When the sanctioning body first returned to road racing at Watkins Glen, N.Y., in 1986 and then three years later in Sonoma, Calif., many of the drivers openly expressed their dislike for right as well as left turns. Some were replaced by "ringers" -- drivers with expertise on road courses in other types of racing.
Roger Federer continues dominating play in HalleThu, 22 Jun 2017 15:57:02 -0400 Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame a stern challenge from Mischa Zverev on Thursday before recording a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory in a second-round match at the ATP Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.
Oklahoma Sooners football player charged with felony burglaryThu, 22 Jun 2017 12:32:31 -0400 Oklahoma safety Will Sunderland was charged with a felony count of second-degree burglary on Wednesday, just days after a separate warrant was issued for his arrest on a misdemeanor complaint of concealing stolen property.
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.
Astros win race to 50 victories, sweep A'sThu, 22 Jun 2017 20:21:16 EDT
The Astros won their 50th game of the season on Thursday afternoon, holding off an A's rally for a 12-9 victory to complete a four-game sweep at Oakland Coliseum.
Godley, Goldy lead D-backs over RockiesThu, 22 Jun 2017 19:50:16 EDT
Zack Godley pitched like a veteran in his first career start at Coors Field as the D-backs took the rubber game, 10-3, from the Rockies on Thursday afternoon. After a Charlie Blackmon solo home run to lead off the first, Godley settled in to keep the Rockies off the scoreboard again until the eighth.
With baby in hospital, Shaw doing double dutyThu, 22 Jun 2017 19:32:54 EDT
The easy part was the three hits and three RBIs. The hard part was getting on that airplane. Yet that is what the job required on Thursday of Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw, after his productive day at the plate fueled a 4-2 win over the Pirates at Miller Park.
Cubs send slumping Schwarber to Triple-AThu, 22 Jun 2017 19:05:52 EDT
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has preached the need to be patient with some of the young players on the roster, but apparently the team decided it was time to make a move regarding struggling slugger Kyle Schwarber.
VOTE NOW: Help spot this year's StarsFri, 16 Jun 2017 18:51:00 EDT
You can help influence the closest races on this year's Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Vote up to 5 times in a 24-hour period (max 35 votes).
More dominant: Jansen or Kimbrel?Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:09:34 EDT
Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen are each having historic seasons. Is there any way to separate one from the other? There may just be, and it looks good for the dominant Dodgers closer.
Statcast of the Day: Blackmon's lifted homerThu, 22 Jun 2017 21:27:26 EDT
As if the Rocky Mountain wonder needs another weapon at the plate, Charlie Blackmon proved in Thursday's 10-3 loss to the D-backs he may have added one.
Springer day to day with left hand contusionThu, 22 Jun 2017 20:48:16 EDT
Astros leadoff man George Springer exited Thursday's 12-9 win over the A's at the Coliseum after being hit by a pitch on the left hand from Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn during the game's first plate appearance.
Baseball's 5 most fun player debatesThu, 22 Jun 2017 01:45:11 EDT
Best pitcher? Best rookie? Best young shortstop? Best closer? Best young third baseman? It's not easy choosing just one in these five pairs.
Rangers rope 4 homers to top Blue JaysThu, 22 Jun 2017 20:33:44 EDT
The Rangers exploded for four home runs -- including two from Carlos Gomez -- and jumped out to an early lead they never relinquished in an 11-4 win over the Blue Jays in the series finale on Thursday at Globe Life Park.
2017 Draft: Signing and Bonus TrackerThu, 22 Jun 2017 18:08:10 EDT
A complete breakdown of which 2017 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds have agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments.
Griffey gives wisdom at Breakthrough SeriesThu, 22 Jun 2017 19:06:18 EDT
Ken Griffey Jr. recalls spending hours deep in the bowels of big league ballparks and working with Major Leaguers to the extent of getting kicked out for spending so much time there.
Marlins shopping shortstop HechavarriaThu, 22 Jun 2017 18:30:28 EDT
The Marlins are actively shopping shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, with multiple teams showing interest. According to sources, MLB.com has learned that the Rays and Orioles have already reached out in regards to Hechavarria, and an undisclosed third club entered the picture on Thursday.
After delay, 5-run 1st lifts White Sox over TwinsThu, 22 Jun 2017 21:30:38 EDT
After a record-breaking rain delay, a five-run first inning from the White Sox was more than enough to back a strong start by left-hander Jose Quintana in a 9-0 win over the Twins on Thursday at Target Field.
MLB.TV: Watch every night on every deviceFri, 2 Jun 2017 09:03:47 EDT
Yearly subscriptions have been lowered to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for Single Team subscriptions, making it a good time to join a celebration of 15 years for the world's longest-running and most successful live streaming sports product.
Bird's plans in the air after cortisone injectionThu, 22 Jun 2017 18:19:51 EDT
Greg Bird received a cortisone shot on Tuesday to relieve inflammation in his right ankle, but much of the details regarding his next step are unknown. Bird will resume baseball activities following a three- to five-day rest period, which is the amount of time is should take for the shot to reduce the swelling in the ankle.