April 23, 2014 |
As if the organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics needed more bad news, angry residents have clashed with police in a slum not far from the planned site of the Games' swimming events. Violence erupted in the Pavao-Pavaozinho neighborhood after the death of Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, a dancer on a popular TV show. "The police beat my friend to death, just like they've tortured and killed in other communities," Johanas Mesquita, a 23-year-old resident of Pavao-Pavaozinho, told the Associated Press.
April 23, 2014 |
The NBC broadcast network, after trailing in the ratings for nearly a decade, could finish the TV season in first place among viewers prized by advertisers. Comcast Corp. executives Tuesday lauded the peacock network's performance, which helped power the Philadelphia cable giant's earnings for the quarter ended March 31. This season, NBC has increased its prime-time audience among viewers ages 18 to 49 - the audience that advertisers pay a premium to reach. "The Blacklist" with James Spader and the singing competition show "The Voice" have been reliable performers.
April 14, 2014 |
Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps plans to return to competition at the Arena Grand Prix on April 24-26 in Mesa, Ariz., a decision that could lead to a fifth Olympic appearance at Rio in 2016. Phelps, 28, has not competed since the 2012 London Olympics, where he won four gold and six total medals, giving him Olympic career records for both (18 and 22.) Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, told the Chicago Tribune on March 25 the swimmer would probably get into a meet "sometime soon.
April 10, 2014 |
Amid growing concerns that Brazil might not be ready to host the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, Olympic officials have launched a series of emergency measures to jump-start the much-delayed preparations. This latest effort follows months of sluggish construction, labor strife and governmental chaos in the host country. “We believe that Rio can and will deliver an excellent Games if the appropriate actions are being taken now,” Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said at a Thursday news conference.
April 9, 2014 |
The executive board of the International Olympic Committee begins a two-day meeting in Belek, Turkey, on Wednesday with the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games expected to be a major topic of discussion. Preparations for the Games have been hampered by delays, budget worries and seeming chaos between various levels of government in Brazil. More than 2,000 workers at the Olympic Park construction site have gone on strike and clashed with security personnel. Rio officials met with leaders from various international sports federations at the SportAccord convention in Turkey this week.
April 8, 2014 |
Speaking to reporters after a board of directors meeting in Los Angeles on Tuesday, U.S. Olympic Committee leaders said they are in the process of meeting with fewer than 10 American cities interested in bidding for the 2024 Summer Games. The informal discussions will help them decide on two or three domestic finalists. Once the field is narrowed, the USOC will then choose a bid representative -- or choose not to bid at all. "Our goal is to make a decision by the end of the year," said Scott Blackmun, the USOC's chief executive, adding that the current talks have focused on "which cities do we think can put together a bid that is going to be a fantastic bid. " The Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games has been working on details for bringing the Olympics to Los Angeles for a third time.