The World Health Organization has rejected a call to move or postpone the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro over concerns about the Zika virus outbreak.
A group of more than 150 health experts signed an open letter calling for the games to be delayed or moved to a different city for fear that that the thousands of tourists traveling to the games will cause the virus to spread more rapidly around the world.Read more »
Women's soccer scored a win this week — in the U.S. Senate.
Thursday the Senate unanimously passed a resolution supporting equal pay for the women's national soccer team.
"The pay gap between the men and women's soccer team is emblematic of what is happening across our country," Sen. Patty Murray said.
The resolution isn't binding, but it does put even more pressure on professional athletic organizations to increase compensation for women athletes.
The measure is aimed specifically at the U.S. Soccer Federation. A group of players recently filed a complaint accusing the organization of wage discrimination.Read more »
TORONTO - The Cleveland Cavaliers face off with the Raptors tonight in Toronto for the sixth game of the NBA's Eastern Conference final. In short, if the Cavs win, they will have clinched a spot in the NBA Finals for the second straight year. And the Raptors season will be over unless they win.
The Cavaliers are one win from their second straight NBA Finals. Cleveland romped at home in Game 5 and now returns to Toronto, where the Raptors won Games 3 and 4.
The game starts 8:30 p.m.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of their second straight NBA Finals on Wednesday night by routing Toronto 116-78 in Game 5, the fourth lopsided game in a series where both teams have struggled mightily on the road.Read more »
TORONTO - The Cleveland Cavaliers are the Eastern Conference champions.
The Cavs defeated the Toronto Raptors Friday, clinching a spot in the NBA Finals.
The Cavs outscored the Raptors 113 to 87 in Game 5.
At this point, it's unclear whether the Cavs will play the Golden State Warriors or the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder is ahead in that series 3-2.
Game 6 of the Western Conference finals is Saturday at 9 p.m.
LONDON (AP) — Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak.
The 150 experts — including former White House science adviser Dr. Philip Rubin — issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency, calling for the games to be delayed or relocated "in the name of public health."
The letter cited recent scientific evidence that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects, most notably babies born with abnormally small heads. In adults, it can cause neurological problems, including a rare syndrome that can be fatal or result in temporary paralysis. The authors also noted that despite increased efforts to wipe out the mosquitoes that spread Zika, infections in Rio have gone up rather than down.Read more »
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Keenan Reynolds will get his chance to play in the NFL this season.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Friday that the record-setting Navy quarterback Reynolds and fullback Chris Swain can defer their military service to play in the NFL.
Carter made the announcement during his graduation speech to the academy in Annapolis. As students cheered the news about their graduating classmates, Carter said: "Go get 'em."
Reynolds was drafted in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens. He is the NCAA's career leader in touchdowns with 88. He had 31 touchdown passes while leading Navy's triple-option offense. The Ravens plan to use him as a running back, receiver and kick returner.Read more »