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Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl ‚ÄĒ But Is the Football Generation Ending? One NFL player after another ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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.
What We Can Learn About Sibling Rivalry From Serena and Venus Williams Serena and Venus Williams share a hug after Serena‚Äôs 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: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm so happy for you.‚ÄĚ
Michael Sam Makes Up With Dad Who Criticized Him for Being Gay 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 ‚ÄĒ pretty much everyone, it seemed, except his father, Michael Sam Sr., who was quoted at the time as saying, ‚ÄúI‚Äôm old school. I‚Äôm a man-and-a-woman type of guy.‚ÄĚ STORY: NFL Dad Sends Powerful Message by Confiscating Kids‚Äô¬†‚ÄėTrophies for Nothing‚Äô Shortly after, Sam discussed his estrangement from his dad during a segment of Dancing With the Stars, while he was a contestant.
Schools No Longer Punishing Athletes Harshly for Marijuana 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.
Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.
Why I Like It When My 8-year-old Loses at Sports ‚ÄúIn business, you either close a deal or you don‚Äôt ‚ÄĒ and if you don‚Äôt, you can‚Äôt just say, ‚ÄėWell, everybody tried hard, right?‚Äô‚ÄĚ Jen Welter, a sports psychologist and the first female coach in the NFL, tells Yahoo Parenting.
Little League Team‚Äôs Heartwarming Last Act for Dad and His Son 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‚Äôs baseball season started, 11-year-old Ryan Parrish‚Äôs coach, Caison Whatley, who also coached him last season, noticed the boy was unusually distracted. He‚Äôs got a whole lot more on his mind than we could ever have,‚ÄĚ Whatley told WSFA.
High School Quarterback‚Äôs Tragic Death Highlights Silent Danger of an Enlarged Spleen A spleen can become enlarged for many reasons, including genetic diseases, William Katkov, MD, a gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John‚Äôs Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Health. Here‚Äôs why that‚Äôs a problem: A person may feel better and resume their normal activities, but their enlarged spleen is more susceptible to rupturing and may no longer be protected by their ribcage, leaving it incredibly vulnerable to injury. ‚ÄúAn enlarged spleen is at an increased risk for rupture or injury in the setting of normal trauma, like a football game, diving into a pool, or minor car accident,‚ÄĚ Katkov says. While an enlarged spleen can be asymptomatic, Katkov says a person can feel uncomfortable or have a feeling of fullness in their upper abdomen on the left side.
When Someone You Love Spirals Out of Control, When Do You Stay and When Do You Go? Though the two are still legally married, Khloe Kardashian left the basketball star after five years together in 2013, reportedly over his struggle with substance abuse and, primarily, his addiction to cocaine.¬† Odom remains in critical condition, still unconscious, with Kardashian by his side after she rushed to Las Vegas upon hearing the news.¬† Earlier this week, University of Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian was fired, allegedly as a result of his own struggle with alcoholism and his violation of the school‚Äôs zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol use. The 41-year-old has three children with his estranged wife.¬† Also this week, reality TV star Scott Disick, the former boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and father of her children, checked into rehab to get help for his addiction problems.
As NFL Player Daniel Fells Contracts MRSA, a Look at How Serious Staph Infections Work Daniel Fells in January 2015.¬† ‚ÄúThis is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning,‚ÄĚ Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told NFL.com. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre all fighting for Daniel.‚ÄĚ But what is MRSA, exactly? ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt count how many MRSA infections I see. While MRSA infections have leveled off in the last few years following a rapid increase from the 1960s to mid-2000s, they have the potential to turn deadly ‚ÄĒ and do.
Tom Brady on Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes: 'That's Poison' Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen. (Photo: Instagram.com/gisele) A run-of-the-mill post-game radio interview with Tom Brady ended up being a lot more than that, when the Patriots quarterback took a swing at the processed food¬†industry ‚ÄĒ calling out Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes, specifically.¬† Brady‚Äôs been known to stick to an extremely healthy diet ‚ÄĒ¬†avocado¬†‚Äúice cream,‚ÄĚ anyone? ‚ÄĒ but this interview¬†revealed the passion behind his healthy habits.
Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina 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, ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.‚ÄĚ¬†