WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A winter storm that dumped heavy snow on the US Midwest, causing several roadway deaths, stranding some motorists in Missouri and cancelling dozens of flights, marched east towards Washington on Saturday (Jan 12). The weather system, which started as rain from Mexico but has since turned into snow, is forecast to affect an 2,900km corridor of the United States from Colorado to the Mid-Atlantic. The storm hit Kansas and Missouri on Friday and pummelled those states again on Saturday as it extended into parts of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, said US Weather Prediction Center meteorologist Andrew Orrison. In Kansas City, seats at Arrowhead Stadium were dusted with snow ahead of Saturday's National Football League playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts. "There's snow time like Showtime," the Chiefs said on Twitter, sharing video of the team's quarterback Patrick Mahomes arriving at the stadium in the snow. The storm is leaving its … [Read more...] about Snowstorm marches towards Washington, after pummelling US Midwest
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(Reuters Health) - Former U.S. National Football League (NFL) athletes who bulked up before and during their professional careers have an increased risk of heart disease and other health problems compared with other players, researchers say.The study results published in the American Journal of Medicine add to the concerns over the short- and long-term health risks of the game, the authors write.The retired players reported putting on an average of 40 pounds between their high school football days and the end of their professional careers. For every 10 pounds gained between high school and college playing days, or between college and the height of a professional career, a player's risk of heart disease rose by as much as 14 percent compared with players whose weight didn't change much over the same period.With every 10 pounds gained in those early years, came an additional 15 percent to 25 percent risk of sleep apnea, as well as added risk of chronic pain and neurocognitive impairment, … [Read more...] about Weight gain tied to heart risk in US pro football players
Sheriff Mike Williams named the suspect of the shooting at a Madden 19 American football eSports tournament as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland. "There were three deceased individuals at the scene, one of those being the suspect, who took his own life," Williams told reporters. He said local fire and rescue transported nine victims -- seven of whom had gunshot wounds -- to local hospitals, while another two people who were shot took their own transportation to hospital. Williams said Katz was a competitor in the eSports tournament and used "at least one handgun" to carry out the shooting. Madden is a hugely popular multi-player video game based on the National Football League, which in a statement said it was "shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy." The tournament at The Landing entertainment and shopping complex -- a regional qualifier for finals in Las Vegas with a $25,000 prize -- took place at the GLHF Game Bar. Sheriff Williams said the shooting … [Read more...] about Videogamer shoots 2 dead, kills self at tournament
By Steven Goff The Washington Post Thu., Aug. 16, 2018 The ambitious group that stages high-profile soccer friendlies every summer in the United States is now planning to arrange meaningful matches here. Relevent, the sports and entertainment company that operates the annual International Champions Cup, has struck a 15-year promotional deal with Spain’s La Liga that includes plans to play at least one league match at a U.S. venue every season. Charlie Stillitano, Relevent’s executive chairperson, told the Insider that the sides have begun discussing a single game this season, sometime after Jan. 1, perhaps in Miami and almost certainly involving one of the league’s famous clubs. “Our goal, our job, our responsibility is to try to build La Liga,” Stillitano said. “We told them, [Relevent] sees the power of regular season games.” To properly market the match, he added, one of the participating teams would have to be Real … [Read more...] about Spain’s La Liga will start playing regular season matches in U.S.
source Getty Images The world is home to some truly gigantic sports venues, covering much-loved sports like football, soccer, and rugby. To work out which non-racing stadium is king, we have collected official crowd capacity data from the venues to produce a power ranking based on their size as of March 2018. When it comes to game day, it is fair to say these stadiums can become as heavily-populated as small cities. Scroll down for the world’s big 30. =29: Twickenham — London, England source Getty Images Capacity:82,000. Home team: England national rugby union team. Twickenham has been around since 1907 and has grown into the second-largest stadium in the UK, and the fourth-largest in Europe. It has hosted Rugby World Cup games for the 1991, 1999, and 2015 tournaments. It is also a prime music venue. =29: FedExField — Landover, Maryland, United States source Getty Images Capacity: 82,000. Home team: Washington Redskins (NFL). NFL franchise … [Read more...] about The 30 biggest stadiums in world sports, ranked by crowd capacity