There was a fear that rowers would get sick from the waters in Rio. But that hasn't been the case. If anything, the venue for the regatta was picture perfect, and even clean, US rower Andrew Campbell says.
With local judo champ Rafaela Silva winning Brazil its first gold medal of Summer Games, the Cidade de Deus community is showing the world it's about way more than just the crime and poverty depicted in a famous — and violent — 2002 movie.
Some 1.4 million people live in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, the run-down, ill-equipped neighborhoods that have become known for crime and poor living conditions. But the government is moving to improve conditions in those favelas and, so far at least, there are signs of success.
It's World Cup playoff time, and teams are trying to snag the final few berths for next year's tournament in Brazil. Ireland is out of it, but Iceland is still in contention. And as Irish fan Eion Conlon says, "It's only one letter difference. It's like we're brothers."
It's part of the ritual of big sporting events. In the run-up, there's always a bit of worry about whether all the venues will be ready in time. But in Brazil, which is hosting this year's World Cup soccer tournament, that worry is more like an anxiety attack right now. And since I'm planning to travel to Brazil for the World Cup this summer, I'm feeling some of that anxiety too.
The drama has been intense on the field during the World Cup... and then there have been the games. The Wall Street Journal tallied up the theatrical moments of feigned injuries — and Brazil is the clear winner. At least in Brazil, women can attend the matches. Not so in Iran. And the US warns travelers away from visiting much of Africa, all in today's Global Scan.
This year's World Cup has brought fandom and ad-dom together in a way never before seen before. Companies have created a barrage of commercials that are more similar to action-packed movies than what you might see in your nightly sitcoms.