Speedo Drops Ryan Lochte
The fallout from Ryan Lochte embellishing/lying about what happened to him in Rio took another turn this morning. Speedo announced that they are dropping the U.S. swimmer and donating $50,000 to charity Save The Children to help youngsters in Brazil.
Ryan Lochte signed as an endorser with Speedo back in 2006.
As USA TODAY points out today, details of what happened between four U.S. swimmers, including Ryan Lochte, and Brazilian authorities at a gas station are not totally clear. Lochte admitted that he embellished parts of his account of the evening, but the writers point out that at least one Brazilian lawyer doesn’t think Lochte nor Jimmy Feigen committed a crime. Taylor Barnes and David Meeks, the writers of the story, also point out that it isn’t clear that what the security guards did that evening wasn’t technically a robbery.
Cardinals Earn Two Wins In Philadelphia
The St. Louis Cardinals entered their three-game weekend series with the Philadelphia Phillies riding a four-game win streak. The Cardinals continued that streak with a 4-3 win on Friday night. The Saturday game saw the streak broken with the Phillies winning 4-2. The Cardinals then got back on track in a big way yesterday, sending four home runs into the stands in a 9-0 win.
Mike Leake got the win on the mound on Sunday by pitching seven strong innings and striking out eight batters. He also singled in two runs to help his own cause.
The St. Louis Cardinals are off today was starting a six-game home stand with three games each against the New York Mets and Oakland Athletics. Jamie Garcia will stars for the Cards tomorrow while the Mets send Jonathon Niese to the mound. Carlos Martinez and Adam Wainwright are also scheduled to start against New York while Garcia, Leake and Luke Weaver are scheduled to start against Oakland.
Ross Detwiler, a native of Wentzville, Missouri, is scheduled to start at Busch Stadium on Friday night.
The Cardinals are currently 66-57 on the season and sit 12 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. They are 7-3 in the last ten games and would take the National League’s second Wild Card spot if the postseason started today.
Late Goal Means A Draw For Saint Louis FC In Kansas City
Vince Cicciarelli capitalized on backfield mistake to put Saint Louis FC up 1-0 in the 80th minute against the Swope Park Rangers yesterday in Kansas City. The Rangers equalized in the 89th minute of the game to turn a highly-anticipated three points for STLFC into a single point for each team with the 1-1 draw.
A large contingent of St. Louis fans made the trip to Kansas City to support the local team. The contingent was led by the St. Louligans supporters group, who took a bus to the game. The group made their presence well known at Children’s Mercy Park. The 21,000-seat venue is the home of Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.
Saint Louis FC is currently sitting in 12th place in the USL West. The next play at home on Saturday night at home against San Antonio FC. San Antonio currently holds the 8th and final playoff spot in the West.
SLU Women Win Season Opener
The Saint Louis University women’s soccer team got their season off to a strong start over the weekend. The Billikens defeated Kansas State 3-1 on Friday night.Shaney Sakamoto, Danielle Tolmais and Kirsten Clemens scored for SLU. The Billikens travel to Indiana this Thursday to take on Fort Wayne. They return to Hermann Stadium on Sunday, August 28 to play Illinois.
The game was the first for the brand-new Kansas State women’s soccer program. The team went on to tie SIUE 0-0 yesterday.
Suicide Squad Again Takes Weekend Box Office, Ben-Hur Bombs
Suicide Squad took the weekend box office crown for the third straight weekend with an estimated $20.7 million in receipts in its third weekend of release. Sausage Party earned an estimaated $15.3 million in its second weekend of release.
War Dogs was the top debut film over the weekend with an estimated $14.3 million opening. Kubo and the Two Strings was just behind with $12.6 million. Ben-Hur and its estimated $100 million dollar budget bombed in its debut, earning just $11 million.
Be sure to check back to RealLifeSTL on Thursday for my Weekend Movie Guide. Mechanic: Resurrection, Don’t Breathe and Blood Father open in wide release this weekend.
J’den Cox Wins Olympic Wrestling Bronze Medal
J’den Cox, a senior at the University of Missouri, captured an Olympic wrestling bronze medal over the weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cox narrowly lost in the semifinals and won the medal match amidst controversy. A challenge by the Team USA camp with six second left was successful, giving Cox a late two-point lead. Cox’s opponent, Reineris Salas Perez of Cuba, refused to continue wrestling in protest and was thus disqualified.
Team USA Wins Men’s And Women’s Basketball Gold
The U.S. men’s basketball team beat Serbia 96-66 on Sunday to win the gold medal in Rio. It was the third straight gold medal for the United States. The U.S. women’s team beat Spain 101-72 to win the gold medal for the sixth time.
Kobe Bryant Starting $100 Million Investment Fund
Kobe Bryant rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange this morning just before he announced that he is partnering with investor Jeff Stibel on a $100 million media, technology and data venture capital fund. The fund will be named Bryant Stibel.
The fund will not be open to outside investors and does not include Kobe’s other investments. Byrant has made multiple personal investments under the Kobe Inc. banner.
Australian Athletes Gets Passports Back From Rio Officials
Nine athletes from the Australian Olympic delegation managed to get their passports back from Olympic officials yesterday. The group was detained by police after entering the Olympic basketball arena “without proper accreditation” to watch the Australian basketball team Serbia in the tournament’s semi-finals.
The group was forced to pay a fine equivalent to $28,000 U.S. dollars collectively before they were let go and able to fly home. It’s unclear what exactly the Australian athletes did. Brazilian police officials alleged that the athletes altered their credentials to try to get into the basketball venue.
Cincinnati Zoo Asks For An End To Harambe Memes
The Cincinnati Zoo is is not amused by the “tributes” to Harambe. Haramabe was a well-known gorilla had at the Cincinnati Zoo who was shot after a child fell into his enclosure. Zoo officials said they were afraid the gorilla would hurt the child, despite video that appeared to show Harambe was instead protecting the child.
Harambe was killed back in May and in the time since jokes, memes and petitions mentioning the dead gorilla have become popular. The director of the Cincinnati Zoo recently told the Associated Press that the Zoo family is “not amused” by the Harambe attention and that it is keeping the Cincinnati Zoo staff from coping with the tragic event.
John Oliver On Charter Schools
John Oliver talked about charter schools on Last Week Tonight over the weekend. He spoke about the need to closely monitor charter schools and shared some scary examples.
John Oliver on charter schools
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