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.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Josh McCown threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, Bilal Powell ran for a score, and the New York Jets' defense dominated Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins in a 20-6 victory on Sunday.
While a lot of the focus heading into the season ...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Drew Brees shredded the league's top-ranked defense, throwing for 220 yards and three touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints defeated the previously unbeaten Carolina Panthers 34-13 on Sunday.
Brees led six scoring drives and threw TD passes to Michael Thomas, Brandon Coleman and ex-Panthers wide receiver ...
LONDON (AP) - Jalen Ramsey knew the Baltimore Ravens were considered to have one of the better defenses in the NFL. Five turnovers in consecutive games to open the season will earn a team that reputation.
But Ramsey, the Jacksonville Jaguars' second-year cornerback, also knew his team could be a ...
DETROIT (AP) - Several Detroit Lions players kneeled during the national anthem and linked arms with standing players, the coach and team owner - part of a unified protest against comments made by President Donald Trump.
The team's actions came Sunday before the game against the Atlanta Falcons, which also ...
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Quarterback Kenny Hill and TCU's offense struggled at the end of last season, looking nothing like the juggernaut that had turned the Horned Frogs into a Big 12 power in recent years.
The old TCU is back. The 16th-ranked Horned Frogs used Hill's efficient effort and ...
Reactions to President Donald Trump's comments about football players who kneel during the national anthem continued to roll out Sunday . At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump suggested that NFL owners fire players who kneel during the anthem, and fans should consider walking out in protest. On ...
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sep. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
President Donald Trump's comments about owners firing players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in such protests around the National Football League Sunday, as more than 130 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during early games.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - With NFL owners and players around the league condemning President Donald Trump's recent remarks about national anthem protests, the Minnesota Vikings have put forth their own show of unity.
The Vikings stood along their sideline with arms locked together during the "Star Spangled Banner" on Sunday before ...
No. 25 LSU Tigers hold off Syracuse Orange 35-26Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:56:43 -0400 No. 25 LSU nearly blew an 18-point second-half lead, but wide receiver D.J. Chark raced 20 yards on a jet sweep for a touchdown with 1:52 left to seal a 35-26 victory over Syracuse.
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.
Judge hits 47th, 48th HRs, 1 shy of rookie markSun, 24 Sep 2017 16:28:03 EDT
Aaron Judge homered twice in Sunday afternoon's 9-5 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, notching his American League-leading 47th and 48th home runs to close within one blast of Mark McGwire's 1987 record for the most home runs hit by a Major League rookie.
Max bests Mets; Nats clinch NLDS home-fieldSun, 24 Sep 2017 16:50:28 EDT
The Nationals and Mets matched up for the final time this season Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, so it was fitting for one final matchup between their respective aces, Max Scherzer from Washington and Jacob deGrom of New York.
Twins sweep Tigers, inch closer to WC berthSun, 24 Sep 2017 16:30:00 EDT
The Twins took care of business yet again versus the Tigers, reaching double digits in scoring for the third time in four games with a 10-4 rout to complete a critical four-game sweep on Sunday at Comerica Park. Minnesota outscored the Tigers, 39-12, en route to its first four-game sweep in Detroit since Sept. 10-13, 2004.
Magic number at 3 as Sox win 6th straightSun, 24 Sep 2017 16:52:20 EDT
A road trip defined by thrilling comebacks included one more for the rolling Red Sox, who came roaring back with four runs in the eighth to pull out a 5-4 victory over the Reds on Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.
Report: Nats will activate Harper on MondaySun, 24 Sep 2017 16:50:04 EDT
Bryce Harper will make his return to the Nationals' lineup on Monday night in Philadelphia, according to a report by the Washington Post during Sunday afternoon's game against the Mets.
Dress for October: Get postseason gearSat, 23 Sep 2017 01:18:49 EDT
Check out gear for the Red Sox, Astros, Indians, Dodgers, Yankees and Nationals at MLBShop.com and get suited up for the postseason in official T-shirts, hoodies, caps and more.
Judge sizzles, but Yanks fall to Jays, slip in EastSun, 24 Sep 2017 16:42:33 EDT
In what was likely the final home game of Jose Bautista's career with the Blue Jays, the franchise icon helped lead a 9-5 win over the Yankees in the series finale at Rogers Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Postseason Picture: If the season ended todayWed, 20 Sep 2017 16:48:56 EDT
MLB's 10-team postseason field includes 2 Wild Card clubs meeting in a 1-game playoff in each league (Oct. 3 & 4) for the right to compete in the best-of-5 Division Series (2-2-1 format). The LCS and World Series are best of 7 games (2-3-2 format).
Arcia's key HR off Davis was with Miggy's batSun, 24 Sep 2017 13:22:11 EDT
As if Orlando Arcia's stunning, game-tying solo home run off Cubs closer Wade Davis was not compelling enough as a standalone moment, there was a good backstory, too.
Santana gets 2-day break after scary collisionSun, 24 Sep 2017 16:15:55 EDT
Indians manager Terry Francona did the one thing that he says makes Carlos Santana mad on Sunday. Francona kept the first baseman out of the starting lineup.
Bundy scratched with left hamstring strainSun, 24 Sep 2017 12:40:42 EDT
rioles starter Dylan Bundy was a late scratch from Sunday's home finale with a left hamstring strain, with righty Chris Tillman getting the ball instead.
Explaining possible postseason tiebreakersSat, 23 Sep 2017 21:40:35 EDT
Is this the year anarchy envelopes the MLB standings and a mess of math and travel overtakes the early part of the postseason schedule? One figures it's bound to happen eventually, and a 2017 season with a crazy assortment of clubs still in contention with scant weeks remaining -- especially in that American League Wild Card race -- is a good candidate for chaos.
Yanks back to business after clinch celebrationSun, 24 Sep 2017 13:27:18 EDT
The clubhouse carpet was still sticky where a miniature Lake Ontario of champagne and beer had pooled while the Yankees celebrated their return to the postseason on Saturday evening, and less than 24 hours later, manager Joe Girardi said that his players seemed ready to get back down to business.
CarGo out of lineup with sore shoulderSun, 24 Sep 2017 16:09:05 EDT
Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez did not start Sunday afternoon's game against the Padres because of a left shoulder injury he suffered while making an unsuccessful diving catch attempt in Saturday night's 5-0 loss at Petco Park, manager Bud Black said.
Wainwright's role in flux after tepid returnSun, 24 Sep 2017 14:06:36 EDT
Adam Wainwright's return to the mound on Saturday may have produced more questions than answers, as he once again featured a fastball with waning velocity and hinted that he continues to pitch compromised.
Stanton hits 57th HR, delays D-backs' clinchSun, 24 Sep 2017 02:07:04 EDT
Giancarlo Stanton blistered a home run to left field off D-backs right-hander Taijuan Walker in the fourth inning Saturday night, increasing his MLB-leading total to 57.