Eric Adelson

  • Hopeless in Brazil: One man's struggle in shadow of Olympic flame

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 3 hrs ago

    Melo is trying every single day to save his one-room aquarium business here in this city near Brasilia. He has no employees; they all left. He's down to only himself now.

    He scribbles his financial situation on a small piece of paper: In 2014, he brought in 350,724 reals, or roughly $100,000. In 2015, his revenues shrank to 278,944. His profits dropped by about 40 percent in one year.

    "A lot of people in business feel like it's a never-ending sense of waiting for better days that never come," he says, through an interpreter. "When is the time when we get a better return for our work?"

    There is no time for the Olympics in Ivan Melo's world. "While they were running the torch, I was working," he says. "That's all that matters."

    "Because of the political crisis, commerce has really been affected," Melo says. "People's pockets are affected."

    [Slideshow: Olympic torch arrives in Brazil to cheers and jeers]

    Additional reporting by Cesar Munhoz.

  • Olympic torch arrives in Brazil to cheers and jeers

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 10 hrs ago

    BRASILIA — What was supposed to be a grand stage for Brazil turned out to be a battle for Brazil's stage.

    Embattled Brazil President Dilma Rousseff made an appearance Tuesday morning at an important juncture in the nation's history: the arrival of the Olympic torch for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. Rousseff emerged from the presidential palace and took her place beside a small cauldron, declaring, "Brazil is ready to host the most successful Olympics in history."

    Just across the street, protesters waited to greet her.

    Yet there were as many cheers as jeers for a leader who may not last in office long enough to preside over the Opening Ceremonies in August. For all the nationwide talk about getting rid of her – "Tchau Querida!" or "Bye Dear!" has become a rallying cry – there is also a group that feels the push to oust her is not based in democracy, and is poisonous for the populace. Many of those people made their voices heard Monday.

    Rousseff waved at her backers, smiling again as some shouted for her, "Dilma!"

     

  • Olympic torch set to arrive in Brazil and locals just don't care

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    "Tchau Querida!" blared one sign after the next. Translation: "Bye, Dear!"

    A sizable portion of the population in Brasilia and around the nation want the president impeached, and it may happen in the next few weeks as the torch winds its way through this fractured country.

    "When you think of where Brazil was in 2009 in that magic moment when it got the Olympics, and then you think of where the country is now, it's been turned inside out," says Juliana Barbassa, author of Dancing with the Devil in the City of God.

    An emerging market nation that won the right to host the World Cup in 2014 and then the Summer Olympics in 2016 seemed to be taking flight in a way that mirrored the bird-like layout of this city. Instead, Brazil is crashing, and the Olympic torch relay is almost an afterthought. One couple, having lunch Monday near the torch route, didn't even know it was happening this week.

    "It's very, very extreme," Barbassa says. "People are worried about making ends meet. The Olympics, the Games themselves, have not really attracted that much attention."

    There are simply too many more important things going on.

     

  • MLS expansion plan for Detroit already has one big polarizing issue

    Eric Adelson at FC Yahoo 6 days ago

    It's the latest glimmer of a new Detroit.

    It's also a nagging reminder of the old Detroit.

    The announcement on Tuesday of a possible Major League Soccer franchise in the Motor City sent a charge through the American soccer world, which didn't even envision Detroit at the top of the expansion list until this week. It also created buzz in the city, which has had a close relationship with all of its sports franchises as far back as anyone can remember.

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    "It warms the cockles of my Detroit heart," said Michigan native Alexi Lalas, "to know this is potentially going to happen."

    The former United States men's national team star is not alone in that.

    And therein lies the caveat. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who is teaming with Pistons owner Tom Gores on this project, wants to build a stadium on the site of a failed jail in downtown.

     

     

  • Myles Jack has jokes about the 'time bomb' in his knee

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago

    Myles Jack had just finished playing three games of basketball when he found out his knee was going to explode.

    One of the most discussed body parts in this year's NFL draft made it to the screen of Jack's phone after a leg workout and a hoops binge at an L.A. Fitness in Arizona, as the UCLA product tells it.

    "I did a whole leg workout, a whole leg day," Jack told Yahoo Sports by phone on Friday. "I did my agilities, did my conditioning, took a nap. Golden State played at 6 or 7, so I thought, 'Let's get a run in before that game.' Came back, watched Golden State. Looked at my phone and my knee is a 'time bomb.' "

    "This is frequent in basketball players," Ochiai says, "and treatment can include microfracture surgery."

    "Defect" and "microfracture" are two scary words in the draft universe, yet Ochiai is quick to point out that if the defect is minor enough, it could present no symptoms at all – and require no procedure.

    He has used the knee question to his advantage when quizzed about his decision to leave school after he got hurt. Wasn't that selfish of him?

    Well played.

    More on NFL draft

     

  • The 1-in-10-million-billion town

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago

    LAMAR, S.C. — The old men gather here every morning, with their sun-baked caps and their soda cans. This is their country club: the Gay Ann convenience store at the Exxon station, at a folding table by the stacks of beer cases. The cashier runs the store and pays them little mind. The men talk about the weather and whatever, as old folks do, but lately they've been talking about the kid who used to work at this place: B.J.

    There's only one main road here in this town, and it passes by the Gay Ann and by City Hall, which is across from the Piggly Wiggly. Inside is one hallway with three doors on the left. The nameplates read: "Mayor," "Chief" and "Judge." There's a courtroom too, with folding chairs, and three photos on the wall outside. They are pictures of the state champion Lamar High School football team.

    Soon there will be a fifth, Clemson linebacker B.J. Goodson ('11), who wowed scouts at the NFL Combine last month with 30 bench press reps at 225 pounds and a 4.69 40-yard dash. He went from off the radar to a possible third-round pick.

    "Our town," Goodson says, "is famous for football."

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  • This city, which has no NFL team, wants to host Pro Bowl

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 14 days ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. – After wooing WrestleMania to the town nicknamed "City Beautiful," Orlando hopes to welcome another sports entertainment exhibition in 2017: the Pro Bowl.

    The city has been in discussions "about the possibility of hosting the NFL Pro Bowl at the Citrus Bowl," Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said in a statement on Tuesday. The city wants the all-star game for three years, starting next year.

    Houston, the Super Bowl host for 2017, is also seeking to host the game, as is Sydney, Australia, and Honolulu.

    "Multiple cities have expressed interest in hosting the Pro Bowl, including Orlando," league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to Yahoo Sports. "We have made no decisions on the future of the Pro Bowl."

    During Super Bowl week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed disappointment about the lack of competitive play in the most recent Pro Bowl. Many stars didn't travel to the event and were replaced with less marketable players.

    And no matter where the game is held, it still has to be made more interesting to viewers, who won't care what city is hosting.

  • This is how Saints, New Orleans said goodbye to Will Smith

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 18 days ago

    METAIRIE, La. – His name is Frank Moran, and he was one of the first in line to arrive at Will Smith's casket.

    He had brought something with him on this cloudy, somber Friday, something to share with Smith and the hundreds of mourners who came to say goodbye at the Saints' training facility.

    Moran stood on the indoor practice field, at the 50-yard-line, and lifted his horn to his lips. The sounds of "When The Saints Go Marching In" filled the quiet building. And some of those waiting behind him, in the darkness, began to cry. 

    Smith’s wife, Racquel, was here for the memorial, in her first public appearance since her husband’s fatal shooting last Saturday in what police call a road rage incident after a night out in the city. She was shot once in each of her legs that evening, and arrived here in a wheelchair. She stayed for more than two hours with her three children, comforted by friends, Smith’s former coaches and teammates, and Saints owners Tom and Gayle Benson.

    Photo of Will Smith and wife Racquel next to a replica of his high school locker. pic.twitter.com/Z4pKRuZdz6

     

  • Remember these promises that Will Smith kept as city formally mourns

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 19 days ago

    NEW ORLEANS – Terrell Haynes planned a meeting for Friday at Kingsley House, the 120-year-old non-profit he helps run in this city's Garden District. He would bring in teens and young men from the area and speak to them about resolving differences and avoiding violence.

    He had to postpone because Will Smith, one of Kingsley House's most admired contributors, was shot and killed on Saturday night. The memorial at the New Orleans Saints' team facility is Friday, the same day as the planned gathering at Kingsley House.

    "Man, I tell you, it sucks," Haynes said before sighing in an empty room here Thursday. "This city."

    Smith and his wife, Racquel, spent thousands of dollars every year on Christmas gifts for families, Haynes said. They also spent time. After his release by the Saints in 2014, Haynes thought his relationship with the Smiths would end. But he was reassured that New Orleans was Will Smith's home. He was going to stay.

    Smith was the kind of person who could talk to anyone. And he was the kind of person who a lot of people needed to hear.

    His voice cracked.

    He lowers his head.

     

  • Here's how man accused of killing Will Smith is defending himself

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 20 days ago

    NEW ORLEANS – There was supposed to be a "second line" for Will Smith here at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. It would have been a moving musical tribute to the fallen New Orleans Saints player in the streets of this city. Instead, after a day of rain that postponed the tribute, there was only a news conference given by the attorney for the man who allegedly shot him dead.

    John Fuller stood behind a bank of microphones on the same street where the Superdome sits and spoke of a possible cell phone video of the minutes leading up to Saturday night's shooting. He also mentioned "untoward activity" supposedly witnessed after the shooting – a possible implication of the New Orleans Police Department. And he described the moment when the man accused of second-degree murder, Cardell Hayes, realized who was killed.

    It ended a day of heated words – dual news conferences that ratcheted up the rhetoric but did nothing to lessen the sadness. One man is gone and another is in jail, and their children will have to come to terms with that somehow.

    "I just find it odd," Fuller said, "that in a homicide a gun supposedly isn't recovered until days after."