Shortly before the Tokyo Olympics were set to begin, Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine withdrew himself from the competition to avoid facing an Israeli competitor.
Max Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start about two hours before first pitch Saturday due to “mild discomfort” in his right tricep.
The Tokyo Olympics made history by honoring the Israeli team members killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics, marking the first time the games have recognized the slain athletes at an opening ceremony.
Torri Huske used to be called “Shiver” when she first started swimming. Her coaches gave her the nickname because, well, Huske’s tiny frame couldn’t handle the coldness of the water. She would wear a wetsuit to try and help, but her blue-frosted lips and shivering body told the story.
Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique pandemic Games.
Preparation for this weekend’s NHL draft featured more video review and meetings with scouts to make up for the limited in-person viewing and shortened junior league seasons.
The NFL has said it won’t force players to get vaccinated. But on Thursday, the league issued a memo that revealed there could be huge consequences for not doing so.
As the boxes and boxes of merchandise kept arriving at Capital One Arena, the scope of the task ahead of Jamal Jones became clear. Jones, the director of retail for Monumental Sports and Entertainment, was amazed at how much was hiding in storage here and there, gathering dust, almost forgotten.
Make no mistake, these pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics will be unlike any that have come before — from events staged in arenas emptied by virus concerns to athletes openly using the global platform to broadcast social and political messages.