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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Friday, Quarterback Evan Murray (pictured above), a senior at Warren Hills High School, was injured on the gridiron after a tackle by an opposing team player. Shockingly, the 17-year-old athlete and honor society member died early Saturday morning, according to Lehigh Valley Live, stunning his small community. A week earlier, on September 19, Oklahoma linebacker Ben Hamm, a high-school junior, died as a result of a head injury he racked up after a “run-of-the-mill hit” during a game, reported News On 6. And on September 4, Tyrell Cameron, 16, of Louisiana was killed after reportedly breaking his neck during a fourth-quarter punt return, according to CNN.
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.
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.
When it comes to youth sports, well-meaning parents commit many sins – some of which may surprise you. These sins generally are based on a desire to ensure kids benefit from sports – and excel. It’s the “excel” that gets sports parents in trouble. Once parents take the focus off of having fun and start to concentrate on winning, kids suffer.
Imagine letting your 11-year-old kid speed 70 miles per hour on a motobike or fly down a skateboard ramp with a nine-story drop.