Lindsey Vonn is taking a break from World Cup competition and heading back to the United States to fully recover from the intestinal ailment that sidelined her last month. “With the way the schedule has been and all the travel,” said U.S. women’s head coach Eric Hoedlmoser, “she just hasn't had a chance to get back to strength. We want her back at full strength.”
The four-time winner and defending champ will miss the World Cup races in Are, Sweden, this upcoming... Read More
Former Spanish mountain bike champion Iñaki Lejarreta died on Sunday after being hit by a car while on a training ride. Lejarreta, 29, was riding in the town of Iuretta in the Basque country when the vehicle struck him, knocking him to the pavement and sending his bike flying to the other side of a cement crash barrier. The nephew of 1982 Vuelta a España winner Marino Lejarreta, Iñaki competed in the 2008 Olympics and was expecting his first child with wife Naiara Telletxe... Read More
Federal authorities are searching for an unidentified swimmer who was videotaped riding a sperm whale off the Florida coast hours before the animal was found dead. Witnesses along Pompano Beach said the animal appeared to be on its last legs and drifting toward the shore when a swimmer began climbing onto the creature’s back. Though the whale’s exact cause of death is still unknown, it is a federal offense to badger a marine mammal. “This type of harassment could have caused ... Read More
Baby fish exposed to hormone-laden water from Indiana farms were more likely to become male, according to a new study from Purdue University. Researchers raised fathead minnow embryos in water taken from two separate streams, each contaminated with a variety of hormones from fertilizer used on nearby fields. While fish typically birth roughly equal numbers of males and females, the fish in the study turned 60 percent male.
Livestock naturally excrete estrogen and testosterone, but many animal... Read More
A Russian zoo director is claiming that circus trainers were able to save their elephants from the brutal Siberian cold by giving them vodka. Trainer Leonid Labo was forced to lead his animals out into sub-zero temperatures after their trailer caught fire. To fortify them, he had the animals, aged 45 and 48, drink 10 liters (2.6 gallons) of vodka mixed with warm water. "They started roaring like if they were in the jungle! Perhaps, they were happy," a local official told Russia's Ria Novosti n... Read More