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Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games

Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic GamesJust 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 APs 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 Rios Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:45:19 -0400
The Most Stylish Players in the 2016 NBA Finals

The Most Stylish Players in the 2016 NBA FinalsThis 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.

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:18:47 -0400
How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike

How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike"Mechanical doping" made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:36:32 -0500
Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl But Is the Football Generation Ending?

Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl  But Is the Football Generation Ending?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.

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:52:25 -0500
Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina

Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing BallerinaWith 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 dont want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:41:08 -0500
Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival Teen

Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival TeenA 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.

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:12:40 -0500
Schools No Longer Punishing Athletes Harshly for Marijuana

Schools No Longer Punishing Athletes Harshly for MarijuanaAt 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.

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:23:35 -0500
World's Longest Bicycle Spans 117-FeetHalf a City Block!

World's Longest Bicycle Spans 117-FeetHalf a City Block!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 words longest limo, at 100 feet long. Per Guinness World Records 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.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:10:45 -0500
Why I Like It When My 8-year-old Loses at Sports

Why I Like It When My 8-year-old Loses at SportsIn business, you either close a deal or you dont and if you dont, you cant just say, Well, everybody tried hard, right? Jen Welter, a sports psychologist and the first female coach in the NFL, tells Yahoo Parenting.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:00:43 -0500
Study Finds Benefit of Cheerleading

Study Finds Benefit of CheerleadingCould 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.

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 14:44:25 -0500
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