Oh my god look at this first touch from Christen Press. She doesn’t just expertly control a cross whipped into her, but no-look uses the outside of her foot (her heel?!) to gently drop the ball just a few feet in beside her to wheel around and smash home. It should be illegal to be this skilled and composed around the…
Of the 259 women and 217 men who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, only about 10 in each field have an honest chance at finishing in the top three and going to Rio. But hundreds or even thousands more arranged the past four years of their lives around running a marathon or half-marathon fast enough to…
Add this to the pile of problems already arisen around the 2016 Summer Olympics, due to start in Rio de Janeiro in a few months: The power has been shut off at the stadium meant to host the track and field competitions, and nobody can decide who’s going to pay to turn it back on.
When the World Anti-Doping Agency published its damning report accusing Russia of running a state-sponsored doping program for international athletes, it asked the International Association of Athletics Federation to ban Russian track and field athletes from international competitions. Today, the IAAF went ahead and…
Canada has NBAers like Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Olynyk, and Corey Joseph on its roster, while I can almost guarantee you’ve never heard of anybody on Venezuela’s. But when the two teams met in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico City last night, it was Venezuela who prevailed 79-78.
The USA Basketball apparatus gathered in Vegas this week for their annual confab, and most of the talk centered around which 12 players will be selected for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Like it’s been for both of the Olympics since the 2004 disaster in Athens, the roster is going to be stacked, and some of the best…
Following in the grand tradition of pre-Olympic fuck-ups, the International Olympic Committee and 2016 Summer Olympics host city Rio de Janeiro have teamed up to bring us the summer games’ first big problem: shit water.
The bad news: You'll be in Las Vegas.
Update: Nah, this isn't happening. I wrote a post based on a satire website, which is just about the dumbest way to fuck up. Sorry. Fuck me. Woulda been cool though. Original post below.
Today Rio de Janeiro organizers officially debuted the mascots for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Olympic athletes get a cat! The disabled athletes get a plant.
If Meb's intoxicating win in Boston yesterday has you buzzed enough to believe that the US is back on top of the marathon world, you'd better grab some Tylenol: Our three best prospects for the 2016 Olympics are a 41-year old and two guys who have never run a marathon.
Maurice Clarett, 11 years ago a great running back for Ohio State and a cautionary tale for the last decade, feels like going to the Rio Olympics in 2016. By learning how to play rugby, he may be giving himself a legitimate shot at getting there.
One fish, two fish, SO MANY THOUSANDS OF DEAD FISH.
We imagine—we have only the vaguest idea of how television works—that, after the Olympics, broadcasting companies considered hiring Ryan Lochte in some capacity. He was a big star! Everyone loved him! He even beat Michael Phelps that one time. But no one did hire him—aside from bit parts on 30 Rock and 90210…
Olympic basketball is fun. But doesn't it look a little too much like NBA basketball? Sure, the lanes
were trapezoidal, and the three-point line's a little bit closer, but those tweaks are minor when compared to the upheaval that FIBA's proposed three-on-three basketball brings. Watch the clip above to get a…
Chicago did everything it could to bring the Olympics home....or did it? After all that time, effort and money wasted, someone needs to pay—and there are plenty of places to point your fingers. So let's assign some blame!
Chicago had this thing and it was fucking golden and then, suddenly, it wasn't. And even though Jacques Rogge and the IOC saved the city the enormous, crippling burden of hosting their big track meet, some people were very sad.
Rio de Janeiro! The Olympics will be held in South America for the first time ever (and only the third time in the Southern Hemisphere.)
Four cities are vying for the right to punish their own citizens with higher taxes, crippling transportation problems, and acres of over-priced and underused infrastructure projects that will blight the landscape for decades to come. Let the torch burn bright!