A 33-year-old American man has become the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unassisted. Explorer Colin O’Brady finished in 53 days, ahead of British Army Captain Louis Rudd, 49, after an epic race across the ice. Only days earlier they had met for the first time at a hotel bar in Chile and agreed to turn their separate attempts to cross solo and unaided into a formal competition.
In the wake of the Larry Nassar sex scandal, USA Gymnastics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday in an attempt to reorganize. The organization reports at least 350 to 400 lawsuits by Nassar survivors nationwide which will be paid by insurance companies. USA Gymnastics says the bankruptcy filing does not affect its daily operations.
Norwegian Magnus Carlsen beat US opponent Fabiano Caruana in a tie-breaker to retain his World Chess Championship title. Caruana would have been the first US citizen to win since Bobby Fischer in 1972. Carlsen said the win ‘was huge for me.’ The 27-year-old defending world champion has held the title since 2013.
Two investigations have been launched by Rome authorities after 24 CSKA Moscow soccer fans were injured when an escalator collapsed. One witness described the event as ‘a scene from the apocalypse’ as the elevator sped up and suddenly collapsed, leaving many people trapped between metal plates. The escalator metro station is now closed.
A string of police raids took place within Belgian football related to an investigation into match-fixing, money laundering, and corruption around Europe. Several raids were connected to football agent Mogi Bayat who was arrested for illegal transfer deals. Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s denial of rape allegations against him, his lawyer says documents are ‘completely fabricated.’
NIke announced it is ‘deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations’ against Cristiano Ronaldo despite a statement issued by Juventus defending the soccer player. EA Sports commented they are ‘closely monitoring the situation’ as they expect brand ambassadors to act ‘in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values.’ Ronaldo denies the claims.
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo denies allegations made by former teacher Kathryn Mayorga that he raped her in 2009. Mayorga was inspired by the #MeToo movement to share her story. Ronaldo said the allegation goes ‘against everything I am,’ asserting ‘I refuse to feed the media spectacle.’ Ronaldo has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record on Sunday, completing a race in Berlin in two hours one minute and 39 seconds. Kipchoge beat the standing record set by fellow Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by nearly one minute and 20 seconds. Kipchoge won the London Marathon for the third time earlier this year and is an Olympic champion.
The Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia, is defending its choice to publish an editorial cartoon of Serena Williams that many critics have called racist. The cartoon by Mark Knight depicted the tennis star having a tantrum on the court at the US Open after she lost to Naomi Osaka on Saturday. The Australian newspaper reprinted the controversial cartoon on its front page along with the headline: ‘Welcome to PC world’.
Saturday’s US Open Final turned controversial when Serena Williams accused umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism in a press conference following the match. Naomi Osaka won the match in two sets to become the women’s champion. Novak Djokovic won the men’s US Open Final for the third time and collected his 14th Grand Slam title.