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.
www.espn.com - TOPLatest TOP news from www.espn.comhttp://www.espn.com30enESPN Inc. http://www.espn.comCopyright 2015 ESPN Inc.Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:14:30 GMThttp://a.espncdn.com/i/espn/teamlogos/lrg/trans/espn_dotcom_black.gifwww.espn.com - TOPhttp://www.espn.com110110Full 2018 NFL Schedulenullhttp://www.espn.com/nfl/scheduleThu, 19 Apr 2018 20:26:09 EST232517022018 NFL schedule releasednullhttp://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3352240/sportscenter-special-presented-by-maui-jim-sunglasses-2018-nfl-schedule-releaseThu, 19 Apr 2018 20:26:24 EST3352240Follow live: Heat look to build off Game 2 winThe series moves to Miami as Dwyane Wade and the Heat aim to upset the Sixers for the second straight game.http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=401029443Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:21:50 EST23249984Sixers' Embiid starts in Game 3 vs. HeatPhiladelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid started against Miami in Game 3 of the team's first-round playoff series on Thursday. Embiid last played on March 28, when he suffered an orbital fracture and a concussion colliding with Markelle Fultz.http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23249793/philadelphia-76ers-center-joel-embiid-starts-game-3-miami-heatThu, 19 Apr 2018 17:20:39 EST23249793Armstrong settles $100M fraud suit with U.S.Lance Armstrong has agreed to a $5 million settlement of a federal government whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist.http://www.espn.com/olympics/cycling/story/_/id/23249228/lance-armstrong-settles-100m-fraud-lawsuit-us-governmentThu, 19 Apr 2018 16:30:01 EST23249228Eagles open championship defense vs. FalconsThe Eagles will open their first Super Bowl defense when they host the Falcons to start the 2018 NFL regular season, a source confirmed to ESPN.http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23248942/2018-nfl-schedule-includes-philadelphia-eagles-hosting-atlanta-falcons-start-seasonThu, 19 Apr 2018 16:08:50 EST23248942Saban: On same page with QB Hurts' fatherNick Saban said he wasn't concerned about a Bleacher Report article in which Jalen Hurts' dad discussed the possibility of his son transferring. Saban said he'll instead rely on talks he has had with Hurts and his father.http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23251358/nick-saban-alabama-says-jalen-hurts-father-same-pageThu, 19 Apr 2018 19:54:14 EST23251358Popovich to miss Game 3 after wife's deathGregg Popovich, whose wife, Erin, died Wednesday, will not coach the Spurs on Thursday night. Ettore Messina will fill in for Popovich.http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23245825/gregg-popovich-not-coach-san-antonio-spurs-wife-deathThu, 19 Apr 2018 11:36:47 EST23245825Giants release WR Marshall, cite failed physicalVeteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, whom the Giants signed last offseason to a two-year, $11 million deal, was cut by the team Thursday.http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23248048/new-york-giants-release-wr-brandon-marshallThu, 19 Apr 2018 14:29:48 EST23248048'Man, can I ever get you out?': Inside Albert Pujols' path to 3,000 hitsAs he closes in on one of baseball's most sacred career milestones, The Machine and those around him reflect on the journey Pujols has traveled to get there.http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23235360/inside-albert-pujols-path-3000-hitsThu, 19 Apr 2018 08:35:21 EST23235360Real or not: Is 15-2 just the beginning of what these Red Sox can do?Other teams have sizzled in the first month and fizzled later, but banged-up Boston's start already makes it an easy favorite in the AL East.http://www.espn.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/85856/real-or-not-is-15-2-just-the-beginning-of-what-these-red-sox-can-doThu, 19 Apr 2018 08:35:23 ESTsweetspot-85856Follow live: Blazers aim to slow down PelicansPortland visits New Orleans looking to cut into the Pelicans' surprising 2-0 series lead.http://www.espn.com/nba/game?gameId=401029461Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:21:48 EST23249983Lowe: The chessmaster play that NBA playoff teams love to runLittle things matter in the postseason, and one sweet set has rippled across three playoff series -- with perhaps even more to come.http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23237633/zach-lowe-celtics-raptors-blazers-chessmaster-play-nba-playoffsThu, 19 Apr 2018 10:43:02 EST23237633ESPN Forecast: New playoff predictions for Round 1Who are the new favorites in the NBA playoffs? Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts the outcome of all eight Round 1 series after two games.http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23242330/espn-forecast-nba-playoffs-new-predictions-round-1Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:05:22 EST23242330Ranking the must-see NBA playoff series this roundWe're two games into every Round 1 matchup. Which series will be the most entertaining the rest of the way? Here's our 1-8 rankings.http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23242212/nba-playoffs-ranking-see-round-1-seriesThu, 19 Apr 2018 09:19:11 EST23242212Roundtable: Trouble signs for Predators, Lightning and Blue JacketsEven series leaders have issues. Nashville has been leaky defensively, Tampa Bay is taking too many penalties and three OT games have overtaxed Columbus' young guns.http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/23237794/nhl-2018-stanley-cup-playoffs-biggest-trouble-sign-team-leading-seriesThu, 19 Apr 2018 10:56:54 EST23237794Matthews, Marner living to answer Leafs' prayersThis postseason, the Leafs' young stars have each other, and that's a lot. But is it enough to orchestrate a comeback against the Bruins?http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/23236758/2018-stanley-cup-playoffs-toronto-maple-leafs-living-prayer-auston-matthews-mitch-marner-nhlThu, 19 Apr 2018 07:25:51 EST23236758What you need to know about the Reds firing manager Bryan PriceCincinnati wasted little time changing skippers after a 3-15 start. Here's what the numbers say about the rare April managerial move.http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23245519/what-need-know-reds-firing-manager-bryan-priceThu, 19 Apr 2018 11:10:39 EST23245519A look ahead to WrestleMania 35With WrestleMania 34 and the Superstar Shakeup now in the rearview mirror, the WWE on ESPN staff projects which matches will highlight the show when the WWE returns to MetLife stadium on April 7, 2019.http://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/23249353/wwe-wrestlemania-34-superstar-shakeup-done-predict-how-wrestlemania-35-card-play-outThu, 19 Apr 2018 16:39:38 EST23249353Three wild ways baseball in 2018 is unlike ever beforeDuck! Pitches are flying all over, strikeouts are surging and lineups are bottoming out ... it's early, but MLB's latest evolution is taking shape.http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23224103/three-wild-ways-baseball-2018-unlike-ever-beforeWed, 18 Apr 2018 00:04:40 EST23224103Football a refuge as Bama OC grieves his son's unsolved killingWhen Mike Locksley spoke to his son Meiko after Alabama's season-opening win, he never thought that would be their final conversation.http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23237157/alabama-crimson-tide-mike-locksley-coped-death-son-meiko-national-championship-seasonWed, 18 Apr 2018 20:52:04 EST23237157What quick turnarounds mean for MMA fightersFrankie Edgar will fight on Saturday night just 49 days after being brutally knocked out by Brian Ortega at UFC 222. Does the quick turnaround make sense? We looked at the historical trends to find out.http://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/23232314/what-quick-turnarounds-mean-mma-fightersWed, 18 Apr 2018 12:40:19 EST23232314Frampton: Donaire 'the best fighter that I will have ever fought'Former featherweight titlist Carl Frampton has a lot of respect for Nonito Donaire. Frampton also knows a victory against the former fighter of the year on Saturday will earn him another title opportunity.http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/23243061/carl-frampton-nonito-donaire-best-fighter-have-ever-foughtThu, 19 Apr 2018 14:46:09 EST23243061Gervonta Davis has world title expectations after joining new campDavis, coming off a lackluster performance last August, hopes to get back on track with a dominant performance against Jesús Cuellar on Saturday.http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/23247841/gervonta-davis-world-title-expectations-joining-new-campThu, 19 Apr 2018 14:49:06 EST23247841ESPN 100 RankingsFive-star small forward R.J. Barrett remains on top in the final ESPN 100 rankings. Duke commitments take the top three spots.http://www.espn.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings/_/order/trueTue, 17 Apr 2018 11:44:28 EST23216089RecruitingNation 2018 basketball recruiting class rankingsIt seemed Duke would run away with the top class after landing the top three players. But, like the last several years, Kentucky has made it a close race.http://insider.espn.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/classrankingsTue, 17 Apr 2018 11:44:30 EST23216090Power, control and legacy: Bob Knight's last days at IUAlmost 20 years after Indiana fired Bob Knight, the lessons of power and influence -- and their consequences -- still resonate.http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/23017830/bob-knight-indiana-hoosiers-firing-lesson-college-coachesThu, 12 Apr 2018 07:22:37 EST23017830Nearly 20K high schools eligible to join new esports leagueThe National Federation of State High School Associations and PlayVS will start to sponsor esports leagues in October.http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/23239068/national-federation-state-high-school-associations-partners-playvs-high-school-esports-leaguesThu, 19 Apr 2018 00:32:39 EST23239068Power Rankings: Kyle Busch still out frontKyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have won five of eight Cup races, and that's why they're tops in Ryan McGee's latest rankings. Who else made the list?http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23228867/nascar-monster-energy-nascar-cup-power-rankings-april-2018-kyle-busch-kevin-harvick-leading-packWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:20:06 EST23228867Perseverance (and a little luck) carry Hemric to Cup debutDaniel Hemric first caught the eye of Brad Keselowski in a late-model race in Michigan. Six years later, that big break has turned into a start in NASCAR's top series.http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23174315/perseverance-little-luck-carry-daniel-hemric-nascar-cup-series-debut-richmond-racewayWed, 18 Apr 2018 10:20:37 EST23174315Bristol breakdown: Johnson's top-5 finishWhile Kyle Busch continues to rack up the victories, the weekend at Bristol boasted many other interesting insights.http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/23218220/nascar-jimmie-johnson-darrell-wallace-jr-ryan-blaney-statwatch-2018-cup-series-race-bristol-motor-speedwayWed, 18 Apr 2018 10:20:39 EST23218220Talking points: What advice would you give Verstappen?Does Mercedes still have the fastest car in F1 and where should Daniel Ricciardo go next year? Our panel of F1 experts answer the main talking points to come out of the Chinese Grand Prix.http://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/23229377/talking-points-advice-give-max-verstappenWed, 18 Apr 2018 09:12:36 EST23229377Rafael Nadal shows he's a star molded from clayNovak Djokovic was also in action at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal eased to a victory and Djokovic toughed one out against Croatia's Borna Coric.http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/23233844/rafael-nadal-shows-star-molded-clay-novak-djokovic-wins-rolex-monte-carlo-mastersWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:09:19 EST23233844
Take a look at every NFL team's schedule for the 2018 season, which kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 6 when the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field.