- Joe Lago at Fourth-Place Medal2 mths ago
PARK CITY, Utah – Criticism of Russia's anti-gay law by U.S. athletes, such as Bode Miller's scathing remarks on Monday, is not being squelched by the United States Olympic Committee.
"I want to make it very clear that we have not asked our athletes not to speak up," USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said Tuesday at the Team USA Media Summit.
On Monday, Miller told reporters "it's absolutely embarrassing that there's countries and there's people who are that intolerant and that ignorant," referring to Russian legislation passed in June that many critics believe limits gay rights.
Blackmun said that while they won't ask athletes to muzzle themselves, they are "making sure our athletes are aware of the law and aware of the possibility of the consequences. Because it's our job, first and foremost, to keep them safe while they're in Russia."
So what would happen to an Olympic athlete if he or she decides to publicly denounce Russia's anti-gay law during the Sochi Games? The USOC doesn't know.
- Joe Lago at Yahoo! Sports6 mths ago
RIO DE JANEIRO – When Spain returns for the World Cup next year, it will know it's back in Brazil for the world's biggest sporting event when it steps onto the pitch and is met with the following welcome from a stadium full of soccer-mad Brazilians.
The defending world and European champions have played two games here at the Confederations Cup, and each time they have been greeted with nothing but the Southern hospitality of a North Carolina Tar Heel at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Turns out, Brazilians don't care much for the way Spain plays. The way the locals explain it, Brazilians come to see the show – the crowd-pleasing one-on-one dribbling and the spectacular, world-class strikes into the back of the net. They're not fond of the ballet of Spain and its long stretches of patience-testing possession and pretty precision passing. It's just not the Brazilians' cup of cha mate .