In the next few days, the finest athletes from the different parts of the world will be flying to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Here are some important things that you need to know to be updated with your favorite team's performance at the world's biggest festival of sport.
Where To Watch
NBC Universal will provide the most comprehensive and live coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics. NBC will be airing the event's opening ceremony on Friday, August 5, as well as the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 21. more >>
Miami Heat, the super-team that ruled the NBA court in 2006, 2012 and 2013, experienced the biggest blow this summer when its key player Dwyane Wade left the franchise for a two-year $47.5-million contract with Chicago Bulls. After Wade's departure, fans were left wondering if the three-time NBA champion team could bounce back and do well in the 2016-17 Season.
Wade is a Major Loss For Miami Heat
Early this month, Miami Heat fans were shocked when Wade's departure was confirmed. The established NBA star has been playing for the franchise since he was drafted in 2003. He made major contributions to the team's three championship titles. more >>
Being referred to as Linsanity is not necessarily a compliment for Jeremy Lin, who thinks being considered a phenomenon may be dehumanizing him.
"In a lot of ways, not in a negative way or a way that I am offended, but it kind of dehumanizes me to refer to me as a phenomenon," Lin told the New York Daily News. "I am going to be here, keep playing my game, do the best that I can and whatever you guys want to call it, that is up to you guys."
The guard became known as "Linsanity" in 2012 when he became the first player in NBA history to put up numbers of at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first four starting games with the New York Knicks. NBA stars, sports pundits, celebrities and fans alike were taken aback by Lin's rise to fame, after multiple teams waived the Asian-American guard from their rosters and he was playing in the NBA D-league only a few months before signing with the Knicks. more >>
Tim Tebow doesn't typically speak up about hot button issues in the media, but in the midst of national racial tensions, the football player turned motivational speaker is sharing a subtle message about unity.
"I love our country and I would do anything for America. One thing that I love most is that it's one nation under God," the NFL hopeful said in an Instagram video posted last week where he disputed rumors about speaking at the Republican National Convention. "Do you know what that means? It means that you matter, God has a plan for your life and that every single person is significant."
The 28-year-old University of Florida Gators champion went on to let everybody know that they matter and spoke about the need for national unity. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump recently spoke the praises of famed Christian quarterback and Nathan Fillion lookalike contest winner Tim Tebow.
The Donald commended the football star and philanthropist, who recently gained headlines for carrying 500 pounds of medical supplies across the Amazon to benefit a struggling orphanage.
"Let me tell you, I love Tim Tebow. Tebow is really a guy, I mean a really great guy. Ever been around him? I have. And you know what? He's great," said Trump. more >>
My oldest granddaughter is 15, and thanks to North Carolina's HB2, if a 15-year-old boy in her school identified as a girl, he would not be allowed to play on her sports team or share her locker room.
I for one am glad that North Carolina, my home state since 2003, has taken a stand for commonsense, for safety, and for privacy, yet the NBA is punishing the state for protecting its residents, announcing that it will pull next year's All Star game from Charlotte.
What hypocrisy; what bigotry; what intolerance. The NBA is now the National Bullying Association. more >>