After England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland fielded a unified British men’s team for the first time since the 1960 Olympics, it sounds like the four countries will once again part ways and field independent squads for the 2016 Olympics.
“We fought hard to get a team representing Britain when the Games was based here in London,” British FA secretary Alex Horne told the AP. “But I don’t see us repeating that for the men’s team in Rio.”
There wasn’t much enthusiasm for the continued unification after the men lost to South Korea on penalty kicks in London’s quarterfinals.
There were also concerns from the three countries not named England that the formation would jeopardize each team’s independent standing with FIFA, which governs the World Cup.
The women’s team, which also failed to medal, may not follow suit. They’re still hoping to put together a team for Rio that could take on the strong teams from America, Japan, and Canada that have dominated the lady’s soccer scene during the last few years.
Basketball reporter Craig Sager will miss the Rio Games as he returns to a cancer center to continue his battle against acute myeloid leukemia, NBC announced in a statement Thursday.
Sager was set to cover his fifth straight Olympics for NBC, but instead needs to undergo a third bone marrow transplant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He resumed receiving chemotherapy on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle, with the goal being to force the disease into remission so the transplant can be performed next month.
“We’ve known since February we would have to have the third transplant,” Sager told the Chronicle. “We tried to delay it until after the Olympics, but (the disease) is very aggressive, and there is a sense of urgency to do it now.”
Sager was diagnosed in 2014, went into remission after a bone marrow transplant, was told the cancer came back in March 2015, underwent a second transplant last year, and then found out in February he was no longer in remission.
“My body isn’t getting stronger, so they want to do it while I’m strong enough,” Sager said. “Third transplants are kind of rare, so hopefully we will get it done and I’ll be ready in time for (NBA) opening night.”
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NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram will team up to provide video highlights and interviews on social media daily during the Rio Olympics.
An on-site “Social Command Center” in Rio will capture Facebook Live content, including interviews with athletes and NBC Olympics commentators.
A daily two-minute recap video will be produced for Facebook, while Instagram will have a daily slow-motion video around an inspiring moment.
Instagram will also feature NBC Olympics commentators and athletes on its own account, @instagram, along with highlights of NBC videos through its Search & Explore video channels.
More on the NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram partnerships is here.
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