A man who unfurled a rainbow flag at the Olympic torch relay in Russia was detained and taken to a police station Saturday.
Pavel Lebedev was protesting growing homophobia in Russia in his hometown of Voronezh, according to The Associated Press. Voronezh is 560 miles north of Sochi.
Photos show Lebedev pulling out a flag and being wrestled to the snow by men described as Olympic security personnel by the AP.
“Hosting the Games here contradicts the basic principles of the Olympics, which is to cultivate tolerance,” Lebedev said in a phone interview while at the police station, according to the AP.
In June, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations toward minors.
In August, the International Olympic Committee said it received assurances from the highest level of Russian government that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games.
Protests at the Olympics will be allowed in designated areas if approved by Russian authorities.
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Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.
Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.
Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.
Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.
“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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