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.
This evening is Game 1 of the NBA Finals, where the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will once again face off, and each team has a very stylish roster.
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.”
A cheering coach lost her job after allegedly tripping a cheerleader. Video shows the cheerleader backflipping and Teresa Fann sticking a leg out to stop her.
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.
Rosemary Plorin probably didn’t anticipate the strong backlash her words would receive when she published an open letter to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, scolding him for his “in your face” end-zone victory dance that confused her 9-year-old daughter during the fourth quarter of the Titans-Panthers game. STORY: NFL Player’s Mom Released From Prison: Here’s What Lies in Store for Them “I refuse to believe you don’t realize you are a role model. You are paid millions of dollars every week to play hard and be a leader,” wrote Plorin, of Nashville, Tenn., in the letter published Tuesday morning in the Charlotte Observer. With everything the NFL has gone through in recent years, I’m confident they have advised that you are, by virtue of your position and career choice, a role model.” STORY: NFL Star Jason Witten on Life as a Dad and His (Growing) Family Plorin wrote the letter — which soon went viral on social media — after attending Sunday’s Titans-Panthers game with her young daughter.
Lamar Odom played in the NBA for 15 years. (Photo: Getty Images) Now that former basketball star Lamar Odom is on a long road to recovery, fans are taking to Twitter to offer up their organs. According to reports, Odom’s kidneys are failing, which means he needs daily dialysis and may require a kidney transplant. Fans of the hoops legend-turned-reality TV star are stepping up, offering their own kidneys to Odom on Twitter.
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.
One high school football team was so inspired by a remarkable 3-year-old girl, they decided to crown her homecoming queen. STORY: Birthday Party, Prom, and Wedding: Parents Throw Epic Bash for a 5-Year-Old With Cancer Ever since they and fellow students of Manual High School in Denver, Colo. helped landscape the backyard of ailing preschooler Avelynn (nicknamed Avi) this summer, they could not get the child out of their minds. “When we saw that little girl walk out onto her new lawn it touched my heart so much,” student Losseny Knoe told Fox31 Denver.
Jay Haas took a deep breath, trying to calm nerves he had only ever felt on the golf course while playing. His U.S. team was one point away from winning the Presidents Cup, and the final match added another layer of emotion. American victory depended on Bill Haas, who was much more than a captain’s pick. “I was much more emotional, I think, than if it would have been anyone else on the team,” Jay Haas said.
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NFL player James Harrison, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is trying to teach his two boys, ages 6 and 8, a lesson about grit and competition — by making them return their “participation” trophies until they can earn “real” ones.
Dalton Maldonado, a gay college-bound athlete who experienced fierce harassment after coming out during his senior year of high school, has spoken out this week about a final blow: having his basketball-team portrait left out of the yearbook.
Smith spoke to Yahoo Parenting on behalf of Quaker and Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school wellness program, about his smart trick to get his kids ready to go back to school (hint: it’s inspired by Smith’s NFL days), the regret he doesn’t want them to have, and if he’ll let them play football, too. Was that ever a concern when it came to your own kids?
After being disqualified from the national championship tournament because they had a girl on their team, the Charlottesville Cavaliers youth basketball team and their supporters have taken to social media to share their frustration.
Professional boxer Rafael Vazquez with his daughter, Kaylene, who was diagnosed with autism at 19 months. In fact, the athlete faces his greatest obstacles at home, where he is caring for his wife, Sandra, who was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer for the second time, and his 8-year-old daughter Kaylene, who has autism. Boxer Rafael Vazquez will face the biggest fight of his professional career on August 1.
Outlawing “heading the ball” during soccer games may reduce the rate of concussions, but eliminating player-on-player contact would help more, suggests a new study.
Soccer fans were blown away Sunday when Team U.S.A. midfielder Carli Lloyd scored three goals in just 16 minutes.Her secret? Mental visualization. Here's how you can do it too.
Doglegs is a pro-wrestling group based in Tokyo where people with and without disabilities fight one another.
Eighteen-year-old running phenomenon Mike Brannigan is breaking records, and stereotypes, as the Paralympics-bound, fastest 2-mile high school runner in the country.
His name is Lyle Thompson and he’s the guy with the lacrosse stick seemingly always in his hands, the long braid of hair swinging out the back of his helmet, and a supreme arsenal of telepathic passes, lightning dodges, and corner-popping outside shooting that’s made him the most significant college player in any sport in a generation.
DeAndre Hopkins, NFL wide receiver for the Houston Texans, credits his success in life to his mother Sabrina Greenlee. Here, the pair attends the NFL draft on April 26, 2013.