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TAMPA – Roberto Aguayo says he has never been nervous before a kick.
"No, that's what practice is for," he offers plainly in a hallway outside his new locker room.
He was, though, a little freaked out by cell phone service.
Aguayo watched last month's NFL draft on Ana Maria Island, located on the south side of Tampa Bay, with his family and his girlfriend. He didn't realize until he got to the beach house that cell phone coverage was lacking. So he left his phone out on the balcony, hoping to get an extra bar or two in case the call came earlier than he expected.
"I would re-call it every 10 minutes," he says.
On the second night, he heard a ring and looked around: was that anyone else's phone?
Nope. It was his phone. The Bucs were calling.
The debate hasn't affected Aguayo. In fact, it seems nothing affects him. He said he was happy when the NFL made PATs longer, and he'd welcome the change if the league narrowed the goal posts. "As long as it's a level playing field," he shrugs.
What they can't control is whether some other team used a later pick on the next Russell Wilson.
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RIO DE JANEIRO — The police showed up at 6:30 a.m. on March 8, and by lunchtime her house had been demolished.
Maria da Penha Macena had no choice: she got a notice from the city that her home was in the way of a planned access road for the Olympics. She could only grab her belongings, move them to a church, and make sure to turn away when her home was razed.
"The police arrived and put it down," she says through a translator. "In one day."
It was the same day she was set to receive an award from the state legislature for the way she defended her right to keep her home.
Penha Macena lives in the Vila Autodromo, an impoverished community (or favela ) where some 600 families called home. It's only a short walk from where many of the Summer Olympic venues are being constructed in Barra. In order to make way for the arrival of the Games, homes were targeted for demolition and families were offered money to leave.
Some did not leave.
"That will be embarrassing for the mayor," she says.
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RIO DE JANEIRO – Some tourists gathered along a winding path here on a Thursday in early May, watching the waves from the Atlantic, hoping for a big one. The surf was so high that red flags were planted on the beach below, so even the cariocas – the locals – stayed on the sand. It was only a couple of weeks ago that one of the waves leapt up to a newly built portion of this path, and crumpled it like a wet cracker. At least two people died; their bodies were fished out of the surf by helicopters and laid onto the beach below.
The tourists hung out near a food cart with a bright umbrella, and the owner stepped outside and got a visitor's attention. He gestured with his hand in an up-and-over motion. It was clear what he meant: every now and then a wave crashed over the ledge, and where the tourists were standing wasn't quite safe. He returned to work; the tourists stayed where they were. The waves kept coming, higher and higher.
Brazil is a precarious place these days.
It feels like it will only get worse.
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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.
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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!"
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"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.
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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.
"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 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?
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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."
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.