Rio Olympics

Canada’s Olympic athletes push for a raise in ‘carding’ money

When speedskater Marsha Hudey couldn’t afford to pay for her cellphone, she shut it off until she could.<p>The 26-year-old Olympian from White City, Sask., will occasionally skip buying the supplements that help her recover between training sessions because they’re expensive.<p>Hudey trains with the …

Sports

Serena Williams on why social media matters

CLOSE<p>Six-time champion falls short in the second round of the year's first Grand Slam event. Tennis Channel<p>MELBOURNE — If there’s one great advantage to this digital technology world we live in, it’s that inspiring celebrities are able to use social media to connect in a more personal way with …

Sports

Nadal smashes through Baghdatis to reach third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal stormed into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-3 6-1 6-3 demolition of former finalist Marcos Baghdatis.<p>The 14-times grand slam champion has had two lean years at the majors but showed enough of the old passion and firepower in the two hour …

Sports

Australian Open 2017 Results: Winners, Scores, Stats from Thursday's Singles

Novak Djokovic made a shock exit from the 2017 Australian Open second round on Thursday after world-ranked No. 117 Denis Istomin stunned the competition's second seed 7-6(8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 at the Rod Laver Arena.<p>Istomin toppled his foe over five entertaining sets and will face Roberto …

Sports

Vendee Globe: Armel Le Cleac'h wins round-the-world race in record time

<b>(CNN) —</b> After two and a half months at sea, Armel Le Cleac'h has finally achieved his dream in one of the world's toughest yacht races -- and in record-breaking fashion.<p>Twice a runner-up in the grueling Vendee Globe event, the French skipper celebrated his first victory Thursday as he crossed the …

Vendée Globe

Olympic athletes have heart problems, too

(Reuters Health) - Some Olympic athletes could be at risk while training and competing because of heart defects or dysfunction that they may not even know about, Italian researchers say.<p>About 4 percent of the Italian athletes studied over a 10-year period with MRI and CT scans as well as …

Life Sciences

US Skating prez says Russia should be banned from Olympics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Figure Skating President Sam Auxier said Thursday that Russia should be banned from the 2018 Olympics because of accusations of a mass doping cover-up at the Sochi Games three years ago.<p>World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren has said there is evidence …

Sports

Ryan Lochte Just Revealed His Baby's Sex AND Potential Wedding Date | Brides

OMG. What did we do to deserve two big reveals in one day? (Must be the fact that we never vandalized a gas station. Thanks, karma!) Ryan Lochte just dropped two bombshells, revealing both the sex of his baby <i>and</i> when he plans to tie the knot with fiancé Kayla Rae Reid. Can you say score?<p>Back in …

Weddings

PWL 2017: Punjab Royals prevail over Haryana Hammers in riveting finale

<b>New Delhi:</b> It all went down to the wire before Jitendra thrashed Sumit Sehrawat in the decider which enabled Punjab Royals bag the Pro Wrestling …

Sports (India)

Yoga guru ‘defeats’ Olympic silver medalist 12-0 in strange wrestling bout

As India's most famous yoga guru descended the ramp toward the wrestling arena in New Delhi, a voice boomed through the loudspeakers: “Please welcome the man himself! BABA. RAMDEEEEEEEEV!”<p>But instead of the heavy metal that accompanies World Wrestling Federation stars such as Triple H and Stone …

Sports

World Juniors U.S Selection Criteria Released

The selection criteria to qualify for the American World Junior Championship team has been released by USA Swimming. Archive Photo via Tim …

Water Sports

Gareth Baber: Rugby in Fiji 'not like any other country'

<b>(CNN) —</b> On the face of it, Gareth Baber has landed a sweet deal -- he's taken over one of the world's most successful sports teams, and he gets to live on an island paradise.<p>But things are never simple when you're the coach of Fiji's rugby sevens side.<p>Just ask his predecessor Ben Ryan, who overcame …

Baba Ramdev vs Andriy Stadnik was a ludicrous promotional stunt that the PWL could have done without

Clearly there was not an ounce of effort from the Beijing 2008 silver medallist.<p>The power of #Yoga. Shri @yogrishiramdev 🆚 #olympic silver medalist …

Life Sciences

USA Today will livestream Inauguration Day in VR

The news outlet's "VRtually There" show will host coverage of the event.<p><i>USA Today</i> announced its VR news show back in March and tomorrow it will offer a more immersive look at the Presidential Inauguration. As President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, <i>USA</i> …

Technology (UK)

This Bud's for Who? No Team USA renewal for Budweiser

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic team is in search of a new beer sponsor, after the makers of Budweiser decided not to renew a deal that had been in place since 1984.<p>A-B InBev is one of a handful of companies in key sponsorship groups that let deals lapse following last year's Rio de …

Sports

Zillmer wins silver medal at Herman Kare Tournament in Finland

<b>Hayden Zillmer, shown winning a bout at the 2016 Olympic Trials, claimed a gold medal in Finland this past weekend. Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com</b><p>…

Team USA

Rebecca Gallantree: World champion diver retires

<b>British world champion Rebecca Gallantree, who also attended three Olympic Games, has retired from diving.</b><p>Gallantree competed in her first international event in 2004 and won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the women's 3m synchronised springboard alongside Alicia Blagg.<p>The 32-year-old from …

Commonwealth Games

Florida’s High Schools Will Jump and Throw, as Well as Run, in Meters

It seems highly unlikely that the 121.92-meter home run would gain any more traction now than it did during baseball’s flirtation with metric distances on outfield fences in the 1970s. And a television audience might be more confused than delirious if it was announced that Stephen Curry had just …

Sports

Florida QB Del Rio to miss spring practice following surgery

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio will miss spring practice following shoulder surgery.<p>The Gators announced Thursday that Del Rio had surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder Wednesday, which could clear the way for Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask to take over the starting …

Sports

With fatherhood on the horizon, Ryan Lochte has a goal to swim even faster

Parents<p>Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is excited about 2017 and understandably eager to put 2016 far behind him.<p>That's understandable —a tumultuous 2016 Summer Games in Rio found him embroiled in an international scandal after he and other members of the U.S. men's swim team apparently vandalized a …

Ryan Lochte

Alibaba's Jack Ma announces major digital partnership with International Olympic Committee

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma on Thursday announced a 12-year, three-part digital partnership with the International Olympic Committee at the World Economic Forum. The partnership, Ma said, will help the IOC attract a younger, millennial audience.<p>As part of the …

Technology (UK)

Alibaba to sponsor the next six Olympic Games

Chinese e-commerce group founded by Jack Ma joins elite corporate backers

Paralympics

Baba Ramdev wrestling video: Watch Yoga Guru thrash Olympic medalist 12-0!

Let's face it, Baba Ramdev (or should we say, Swami Ramdev) could have easily brought in a medal for India in wrestling at the Olympics had he taken it seriously. In an exhibition amateur wrestling bout in New Delhi on Wednesday, Ramdev outclassed Andriy Stadnik -- an Olympic medallist -- via …

Yoga

Soccer to watch on TV and online this weekend

<i>All times are Eastern</i><p><b>FRIDAY</b><p>11 a.m.: Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast vs. Congo DR beIN Sports, fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect (tape at 6 on beIN Sports Espanol)<p>2 p.m.: Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco vs. Togo beIN Sports, fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect<p>2:30 p.m.: Freiburg vs. Bayern Munich FS1, Fox …

Soccer

Canadian figure skating championships: Who will step up?

Virtue & Moir go for 7th title; uneven Chan tries for 9th<p>It seems like just yesterday, not three years ago, that the Canadian figure skating …

Winter Sports

It’s Time You Knew What Your Brand and Usain Bolt Have in Common

Marketing

Why Budweiser Backed Out of the Olympics

Most Popular<p>Budweiser - -which rebranded itself "America" last year -- is no longer Team USA's beer. Anheuser Busch InBev has ended its sponsorship …

Advertising

Simone Biles sets when to return to training

ATHLETE NEWS MICHAEL PHELPS | USAIN BOLT | LINDSEY VONN<p><b>Simone Biles</b> plans to return to gymnastics training in about one year, according to media at …

Gymnastics

2017 Aspen X Games medal design gives nod to resort’s iconic gondola

Tapping a rich history that now includes the inimitable X Games in Aspen, medals for this year’s athletes again will pay homage to the mining hamlet …

Denver

Robinho recalled for Brazil's Chapecoense friendly

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Former Real Madrid striker Robinho was recalled by Brazil for the first time in more than a year on Thursday to face Colombia in a charity match to raise funds for the victims of the Chapecoense air crash.<p>The Atletico Mineiro player, who will be 33 on the day of the game, …

Soccer