US swimmer Ryan Lochte apologizes for Rio incident

first_imgUS swimmer Ryan Lochte apologizes for Rio incident SHARE Published: August 19, 2016 10:46 AM EDT Updated: August 19, 2016 11:32 AM EDT U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology Friday morning about an incident that occurred early Sunday at the Rio Olympics. Lochte initially said he and three teammates had been robbed at gunpoint, but Rio police discounted that on Thursday and instead said the swimmers vandalized a gas station bathroom and then paid some guards before leaving. Following is the full text of Lochte’s statement, posted to his Instagram account.___I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend – for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning and for my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics. I waited to share these thoughts until it was confirmed that the legal situation was addressed and it was clear that my teammates would be arriving home safely.It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country – with a language barrier – and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave, but regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that am sorry to my teammates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors, and the hosts of this great event. I am very proud to represent my country in Olympic competition and this was a situation that could and should have been avoided. I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons.I am grateful for my USA Swimming teammates and the USOC, and appreciate all of the efforts of the IOC, the Rio ’16 Host Committee, and the people of Brazil who welcomed us to Rio and worked so hard to make sure that these Olympic Games provided a lifetime of great new memories. There has already been too much said and too many valuable resources dedicated to what happened last weekend, so I hope we spend our time celebrating the great stories and performances of these Games and look ahead to celebrating future successes. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

Gomes Lifts Tribe To 9-3 Win Over Twins In Game One Of Doubleheader; Three Takeaways From The Victory

first_img Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling. Eli Mooneyham The Cleveland Indians took the field early Thursday afternoon for the first of two games against the Minnesota Twins. The Tribe was looking to continue their five-game winning streak and finish off another series victory before heading to Kansas City for another AL Central divisional tilt against the Royals, who are very much in the AL Wild Card race with along with the Twins. The Tribe took care of business in game one Thursday, with jabs of offense and a gritty performance by Carlos Carrasco lifting the Tribe to a 9-3 victory.Here are our three takeaways from the Indians first game on Thursday. Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related Topicslast_img read more

Pig Cow Bracket update: Winners seem more clear cut if Gonzaga, North Carolina or Oregon win

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I’m sure there are a large majority of you cheering for former K-State coach Frank Martin to win a National Championship for South Carolina. Yours truly isn’t one of them.For if South Carolina wins all the marbles, it will create absolute chaos in the Sumner Newscow Pigshack Bracket Buster Contest. It will bring a great number of brackets back into the contest that will need to be re-tallied, because no one, let’s repeat, NO ONE! picked South Carolina to get to the Final Four let alone win it all.So if South Carolina wins, then every bracket would be wrong and therefore it is a free-for-all to see who had the most “less wrong” bracket. Go, Gonzaga!If it becomes a North Carolina, Gonzaga or Oregon as national champions then there is definitely a clear-cut winner. By the way, kudos to anyone who picked Oregon to win it all. That doesn’t seem like a normal thing to do. But Colton Whaley and Braxten Phillip Caudillo are the only two bracketologists of the 150 so brackets we received who have the Ducks winning it all.Whaley will win the $100 and $100 Pig Shack gift certificate if Oregon cruises, because Phillip Caudillo missed 16 first rounders and 10 second rounders. As we have said before. But he will get the second place prize. It’s not how you start but how you finish.Last week, we threw out the words “watch Ashleigh Huck‘s bracket.” And here we are one week later, and her bracket still sizzles. She has Gonzaga over North Carolina for all the marbles. But Amanda Eckermann has a good one as well. She has Gonzaga over Oregon.Two other brackets to watch: Scott Lee and Tim Norris. Both players have North Carolina over Gonzaga – which seems like a logical pick to make but they are the only two contestants to do it.Of course there are a slew of people who picked North Carolina to win everything, but they have the wrong opponent in the championship game. There were several with Gonzaga winning it all. Reminder: If you get the national champion right it is worth 32 points – the same as all the games in the first round combined. We have said this before, but our advice to you: fill out your bracket backwards.Then there are a lot of pickers, who had North Carolina losing in the semifinals. This is where the Jayhawk pickers got tripped up.But all this is out the window if Frank Martin takes his South Carolina team to championship glory. We will see Monday night.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 175 weeks ago how many brackets picked Gonzaga to win it all? Report Reply 0 replies · active 175 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

If they build a golf course, will they come to Olympics?

first_imgIn this March 17, 2016, file photo, Adam Scott, of Australia, walks off the 17th green after making his putt during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla.  (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) (The Associated Press)Building the new golf course in Rio de Janeiro in time for the Olympics once was considered the biggest obstacle.Now there’s a new problem facing golf _ getting the stars to play it.The perception is worse than reality. It’s not like golf won’t have its best players in Rio the first full week in August because Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy have said they’re going, and they’re the best three players in the world.Still, it didn’t help the sport’s pampered image when four major champions said they won’t be competing for gold, silver, bronze or even pride.Adam Scott was the biggest name to drop out and the least surprising. The first Australian to win a green jacket, and the No. 7 player in the world, Scott has been lukewarm to the Olympics all along and has said for more than a year that it wasn’t a priority.Louis Oosthuizen, the sweet-swinging South African and British Open champion at St. Andrews, said he wasn’t going because of family and scheduling issues. That enabled Charl Schwartzel to move into position to play for South Africa, but only for a day. Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, said he wasn’t going, either.All are among the top 20 in the world.The other dropout was Vijay Singh, who said the Olympics fell in a bad part of the golf schedule. That was more of a loss for Fiji, which won’t have a golfer in Rio because it doesn’t have any other players who have earned a ranking point in the last two years. Singh is a three-time major champion, former world No. 1 and a remarkable success story. He’s also 53 and hasn’t won in nearly eight years.It’s easy to criticize these players because it’s rare in other Olympic sports for qualified athletes to stay home.But golf isn’t like other Olympic sports, which is why it has been 112 years since it was part of the Olympic program. George Lyon is the last gold medalist in golf and for years nothing more than a trivia question.Golf ticks just about every box for Olympic values and virtues, especially with its global appeal. It misses the most important box, however, when it relates to the significance of winning a medal. It’s not the pinnacle of sport. It’s not even in the top five this year (with respect to The Players Championship, we’re talking about the four majors and the Ryder Cup).Was it worth golf getting back into the Olympics? Absolutely. It does far more good than harm.Officials are touting how much this will grow the game by the sheer audience of the Olympics and with governments funding the sport in countries where it is seldom played. Heroes are born in Olympic competition, and there’s no reason to believe golf _ in time _ will be any different.Problems were to be expected, whether it was the format or full participation. Golf didn’t do any favors by not having a team competition, and it might have changed the minds of some players not going.When a tight schedule is cited as a reason for not going, the officials carrying the Olympic torch for golf _ mainly the PGA Tour _ share the blame.They have produced a schedule that causes them as little disruption as possible. If the Olympics were so important, could they not have done more to space out the biggest events that mean more to the players?Instead, golf’s two oldest championship, the U.S. Open and the British Open, along with a World Golf Championship are played in a five-week stretch. If that’s not bad enough, the PGA Championship in New Jersey starts 10 days after the British Open in Scotland.And when the Olympics are over, PGA Tour players have one week before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the $35 million bonanza that the PGA Tour billed as the “new era in golf” before it chased a spot on the Olympic program. That’s four big tournaments in five weeks, with the Ryder Cup right behind it.Most other sports spend the entire Olympic year building toward that one big moment. For golf, the Olympics are plopped in the middle of big moments.The cutoff to qualify through the world ranking is July 11, meaning someone like Phil Mickelson could win the British Open and PGA Championship and be shut out of Rio. Here’s another scenario: There likely will be players _ Brendon De Jonge of Zimbabwe comes to mind _ who risk losing their PGA Tour cards by playing the Olympics.The Olympics will do just fine without Scott, Oosthuizen and Schwartzel, and even a few others who may decide not to play. The depth of talent in golf is such that it can do without every eligible player in Rio.Golf in the Olympic will still get the attention it deserves.About the only thing that could change that is if Tiger Woods decides to play the John Deere Classic the week of the Olympics.last_img read more

PREAKNESS 2016: 5 New Shooters to Watch

first_imgNyquist, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, wins the Florida Derby horse race, Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. ( Coglianese Photos/Gulfstream Park via AP) The Associated Press Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will face a slew of new challengers in the Preakness next Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.Runner-up Exaggerator and ninth-place finisher Lani are two Derby horses taking him on again. Here’s a look at some of the new shooters, including possible rising star Stradivari, a pair of colts who weren’t able to run in the Derby and another 3-year-old from Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert.For now, here’s your hottest new shooter. With just three races on his resume, this 3-year-old son of Medaglia ‘Oro is looking to follow a similar path taken by 2006 Preakness winner Bernardini.The bay colt makes his stakes debut in the second leg of the Triple Crown. But, oh boy, his two victories have been eye-catching: one by 11 ¼ lengths at Gulfstream Park last year, the latest a 14 ½ lengths at Keeneland on April 17. Both races were around two turns, an encouraging sign for trainer by Todd Pletcher.Pletcher is well aware Stradivari is taking on much-more experienced 3-year-olds, but “from a talent standpoint he belongs.“You just hope you have enough seasoning,” he added, pointing to the approach taken by Bernardini, who was trained by Tom Albertrani.Like Stradivari, Bernardini ran fourth in his first race, then broke his maiden at Gulfstream by 7 ¾ lengths and won the Withers at Aqueduct by 3 ¾ lengths. A slight difference is Bernardini did not run as a 2-year-old.“Hopefully,” says Stradivari’s jockey John Velazquez, “he can handle it.”___COLLECTEDA well-traveled 3-year-old, this Baffert-trained Lexington winner seems to be improving. The son of City Zip clinched his Preakness chance after a solid seven-furlong workout Friday at Churchill Downs.He opened his 2016 campaign with a win the Sham Stakes and ran fourth in the Southwest at Oaklawn Park. He then rebounded and won the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes and the Lexington. Baffert has won the Preakness six times, four times with Derby winners. His two non-Derby Preakness winners are Point Given in 2001 and Lookin at Lucky in 2010.___LAOBANLike Nyquist, a son of Uncle Mo. Based on that alone, who can discard this colt? Laoban was an also-eligible but not get into the field limited to 20 starters. Trainer Eric Guillot has himself a speedy, front-running horse that could shake things up in the Preakness. In his last start, Laoban (Lay-ban) set the pace in the Blue Grass despite a slow start but faded to fourth. His career record says he doesn’t have much chance, though — he’s 0 for 5.___UNCLE LINOYet another son of Uncle Mo? Well, yes. With a leading 20 horses nominated to Triple Crown races, Uncle Mo is racing’s top sire these days with his first class of 3-year-olds. A remarkable feat.In Uncle Lino, here’s a colt making his first start outside California, which has been home base for three of the last four Preakness winners.In his last race for trainer Gary Sherlock, Uncle Lino won the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos on April 30. He ran second, fourth and third, respectively, in the Robert B. Lewis, the San Felipe and the Santa Anita Derby.___CHERRY WINEDale Romans is looking to pull off a surprise and win his second Preakness. The trainer won the 2011 race with Shackleford at 12-1 odds. Unlike Shackleford, Cherry Wine prefers to come from off the pace. In his past two races, the gray son of Paddy O’Prado finished fourth in the Rebel and rallied for third in the Blue Grass — behind winning stablemate Brody’s Cause. An also-eligible for the Derby, Cherry Wine did not make the field.___Follow Richard Rosenblatt on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/rosenblattap,Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will face a slew of new challengers in the Preakness next Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.Runner-up Exaggerator and ninth-place finisher Lani are two Derby horses taking him on again. Here’s a look at some of the new shooters, including possible rising star Stradivari, a pair of colts who weren’t able to run in the Derby and another 3-year-old from Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert.For now, here’s your hottest new shooter. With just three races on his resume, this 3-year-old son of Medaglia ‘Oro is looking to follow a similar path taken by 2006 Preakness winner Bernardini.The bay colt makes his stakes debut in the second leg of the Triple Crown. But, oh boy, his two victories have been eye-catching: one by 11 ¼ lengths at Gulfstream Park last year, the latest a 14 ½ lengths at Keeneland on April 17. Both races were around two turns, an encouraging sign for trainer by Todd Pletcher.Pletcher is well aware Stradivari is taking on much-more experienced 3-year-olds, but “from a talent standpoint he belongs.“You just hope you have enough seasoning,” he added, pointing to the approach taken by Bernardini, who was trained by Tom Albertrani.Like Stradivari, Bernardini ran fourth in his first race, then broke his maiden at Gulfstream by 7 ¾ lengths and won the Withers at Aqueduct by 3 ¾ lengths. A slight difference is Bernardini did not run as a 2-year-old.“Hopefully,” says Stradivari’s jockey John Velazquez, “he can handle it.”___COLLECTEDA well-traveled 3-year-old, this Baffert-trained Lexington winner seems to be improving. The son of City Zip clinched his Preakness chance after a solid seven-furlong workout Friday at Churchill Downs.He opened his 2016 campaign with a win the Sham Stakes and ran fourth in the Southwest at Oaklawn Park. He then rebounded and won the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes and the Lexington. Baffert has won the Preakness six times, four times with Derby winners. His two non-Derby Preakness winners are Point Given in 2001 and Lookin at Lucky in 2010.___LAOBANLike Nyquist, a son of Uncle Mo. Based on that alone, who can discard this colt? Laoban was an also-eligible but not get into the field limited to 20 starters. Trainer Eric Guillot has himself a speedy, front-running horse that could shake things up in the Preakness. In his last start, Laoban (Lay-ban) set the pace in the Blue Grass despite a slow start but faded to fourth. His career record says he doesn’t have much chance, though — he’s 0 for 5.___UNCLE LINOYet another son of Uncle Mo? Well, yes. With a leading 20 horses nominated to Triple Crown races, Uncle Mo is racing’s top sire these days with his first class of 3-year-olds. A remarkable feat.In Uncle Lino, here’s a colt making his first start outside California, which has been home base for three of the last four Preakness winners.In his last race for trainer Gary Sherlock, Uncle Lino won the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos on April 30. He ran second, fourth and third, respectively, in the Robert B. Lewis, the San Felipe and the Santa Anita Derby.___CHERRY WINEDale Romans is looking to pull off a surprise and win his second Preakness. The trainer won the 2011 race with Shackleford at 12-1 odds. Unlike Shackleford, Cherry Wine prefers to come from off the pace. In his past two races, the gray son of Paddy O’Prado finished fourth in the Rebel and rallied for third in the Blue Grass — behind winning stablemate Brody’s Cause. An also-eligible for the Derby, Cherry Wine did not make the field.___Follow Richard Rosenblatt on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/rosenblattaplast_img read more