4 men arrested on suspicion of hanging Vinícius Júnior’s effigy off the bridge

MADRID (AP) — Four men suspected of hanging an effigy of Real Madrid player Vinícius Júnior on a road bridge in Madrid in January have been arrested, Spanish police said Tuesday. The arrests come two days after the latest case of racial slur against the Brazilian striker in a Spanish league game against Valencia. The … Read more

Rick Hoyt, who became a staple of the Boston Marathon with his father pushing a wheelchair, has died at 61

Boston Marathon star Rick Hoyt dies aged 61 May 22, 2023, 2:54 p.m. ET • 2 minute read BOSTON — Rick Hoyt, who, with his father pushing his wheelchair, became a fixture in the Boston Marathon and other races for decades, has died. He was 61 years old. Hoyt died of complications to his respiratory … Read more

A’s broadcaster Glen Kuiper let go after racial slurs on air

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics broadcaster Glen Kuiper has been fired by NBC Sports California after he used a racial slur on a television broadcast while describing a trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Kuiper was suspended by the network following his slur aired during a pregame segment of an A’s game against … Read more

Obesity drug provides heart health benefits alongside weight loss, study finds

Estimated reading time: 2-3 minutes DUBLIN — Taking Novo Nordisk’s new obesity drug may help reduce the risk of heart disease and boost weight loss, according to a new US study. After one year of taking semaglutide, marketed as Wegovy, patients’ risk of suffering conditions like a heart attack or stroke in the next ten … Read more

Animal health body urges bird flu vaccination to avert pandemic

Estimated reading time: 2-3 minutes PARIS — Governments should consider vaccinating poultry against bird flu, which has killed hundreds of millions of infected birds and mammals around the world, to prevent the virus from turning into a new pandemic, the chief of the World Organization for Animal Health. The severity of the current outbreak of … Read more

Euthanized Baffert horse on track under card before another Baffert entry wins Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) — A horse trained by Bob Baffert was euthanized on the track due to a leg injury during the undercard at Pimlico Racecourse on Saturday, hours before another of the Hall of Fame’s 3-year-old colts, National Treasure, did wins the Preakness Stakes. On the same dirt course that staged the second leg of … Read more

NFL all-time great and social activist Jim Brown dies at 87

CLEVELAND, AP — Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown, an unstoppable running back who retired at the height of his glittering career to become an actor as well as a prominent civil rights activist in the 1960s, has died. He was 87 years old. A spokeswoman for Brown’s family said he passed away peacefully … Read more

Unusual rains in drought-stricken northern Italy kill 6 and cancel Formula 1 Grand Prix

ROME (AP) – Unusual rains on Wednesday in a drought-stricken region of northern Italy caused rivers to swell on their banks, killing at least six people, forcing the evacuation of thousands and prompting officials to warn that Italy needs a national plan to combat climate change-induced flooding. Heavy rain and flooding also forced Formula 1 … Read more