The bodies of three professional mountain climbers were found Sunday, days after they were presumed dead in an avalanche at Canada’s Banff National Park. David Lama, Jess Roskelley, and Hansjörg Auer were caught in an avalanche Wednesday while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in Alberta, a North Face spokesman said. The three men, one American and two Europeans, were members of the company’s Global Athlete Team.
Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters title on Sunday, marking an incredible comeback from injury and personal hardship that ended a nearly 11-year-long championship drought. Sunday’s win at Augusta National — where Woods won his first major in 1997 — was his 15th time winning a major. Prior to Sunday, Woods hadn’t won a major championship since his victory at the U.S. open in 2008. The win capped a stunning professional comeback for Woods, who has faced crippling back and leg injuries that led to multiple surgeries and nearly ended his professional golf career.
The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee said he will step down amid allegations of corruption into the successful bid for Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympics. He maintains his innocence and intends to serve out the rest of his 10th term as president, resigning in June. As The New York Times reports, French prosecutors suspect the Tokyo bid committee of paying bribes to African Olympic committee members to win votes.
A Chinese buyer bid more than $1.4 million for a prized Belgian racing pigeon in an “unprecedented” sale, according to the auctioneer that organized the sale. The pigeon, named Armando, is considered to be the best long-distance racing pigeon “of all time” according to PIPA, the website that organized the sale. The bird has been dubbed by some as the Lewis Hamilton of racing pigeons, in reference to the Formula One racing driver. “This type of champion is rarely offered for sale,” the site said.
Mixed Martial Arts superstar Conor McGregor was arrested and jailed Monday after he allegedly smashed a fan’s cellphone in Miami. McGregor was booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail on charges of strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief. Police said the fan was trying to take a photo of McGregor outside of the Fontainebleau Hotel when he slapped the phone out of the fan’s hand. McGregor’s attorney sent CBS Miami a statement saying the superstar is cooperating with police.
The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 to become the champions of Super Bowl LIII. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady secured the sixth championship ring of his career, giving Boston its second major league championship in less than six months. Rams coach Sean McVay took responsibility for Los Angeles’ Super Bowl loss, saying “it was mostly a result of me doing a poor job calling the plays and not giving us a chance to win.”
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.