BetaNews: Here’s how to watch the Tokyo Olympics in VR

BetaNews: Here’s how to watch the Tokyo Olympics in VR. “The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics are shaping up to be one of the most unusual in Olympic history for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that public spectators will not be allowed at any of the events (yeah, and the fact that the 2020 Olympics are happening in 2021). And even though this won’t be the first time that Olympics content will be available in VR, it is a particularly relevant way to experience the 17 days of international matchups this year — if you still have a standard cable subscription.”

ESPN: Rick Dennison out as Minnesota Vikings assistant after refusing COVID-19 vaccine, sources say

ESPN: Rick Dennison out as Minnesota Vikings assistant after refusing COVID-19 vaccine, sources say. “After refusing to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, Rick Dennison is out as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach, sources told ESPN on Friday. Dennison, who had served as the Vikings’ offensive line coach/run game coordinator the past two seasons, is believed to be the first NFL position coach to leave his team after choosing not to receive a vaccine.”

BloombergQuint: Olympic Fame Used to Fade Quickly, But Instagram Changed That

BloombergQuint: Olympic Fame Used to Fade Quickly, But Instagram Changed That. “Much like other athletes, Liukin experienced how fleeting Olympic stardom can be. It’s especially difficult for standouts in sports that really only break through into the mainstream every four years during the games. But an increasing number are staying relevant long after becoming national heroes by parlaying their fame through social media. When the world’s premier athletes leave Japan after the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics this August, those who’ve managed to capture the attention of fans will have a small window to figure out what to do with their newfound followings.”

Popular Science: Inside the ambitious video game project trying to preserve Indigenous sports

Popular Science: Inside the ambitious video game project trying to preserve Indigenous sports. “With some games already lost, in 2007, the UN formally recognized the right of Indigenous people ‘to maintain, control, protect and develop’ traditional games as part of a broader declaration on human rights. That cleared the way for a UN-sponsored initiative that aims to document, digitize, and distribute hundreds of competitive pastimes in the Open Digital Library on Traditional Games, or ODLTG. The sheer scope of the project is difficult to absorb. Organizers will catalogue every game that exists, and every game that ever existed—and that’s just to start.”

The Verge: Google’s new Tokyo Olympics Doodle is an homage to 16-bit video games

The Verge: Google’s new Tokyo Olympics Doodle is an homage to 16-bit video games. “The 2020 Olympic Games are currently still on in Tokyo, Japan — against all odds — and in celebration of Japanese culture and sports in general, Google is debuting a new interactive Doodle on Thursday with art from Japanese animation house Studio 4°C. The new Doodle, called Doodle Champion Island Games, is actually a series of Olympic event-themed 16-bit mini-games that you can play, contributing to the scores of four teams Google will track on a global leaderboard.”

NBC News: American volleyball player Taylor Crabb tests positive for Covid at Tokyo Olympics

NBC News: American volleyball player Taylor Crabb tests positive for Covid at Tokyo Olympics. “A beach volleyball player’s dream of competing at the Tokyo Olympics for the United States was dashed after he tested positive for Covid-19, NBC News confirmed Wednesday. Taylor Crabb is the first Team USA athlete to test positive who was actually expected to compete in the games.”

Wired: How to Watch the 2021 Summer Olympics

Wired: How to Watch the 2021 Summer Olympics . “Read on for the specific timing of some of the biggest events. NBC hasn’t yet indicated when it will replay most of the events, so these are all live times. Also, the times are likely to change as the actual games play out. You can find the full schedule of events on the official Olympics website. For all the events in Eastern time, use NBC’s official schedule.”

Ski Racing: Colorado Snowsports Museum releases Garmisch 1978 world champs footage

Ski Racing: Colorado Snowsports Museum releases Garmisch 1978 world champs footage. “For the first installment of of the Colorado Snowsports Museum’s ‘Footage Fridays,’ the museum travels to Garmisch in 1978 for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. This film features the men’s and women’s races. Notable athletes include Cindy Nelson (Hall of Fame Class of 2002), Phil Mahre, Bernard Russi, Jean-Claude Killy, Annemarie Moser-Pröll, and Pete Patterson.”

AP: Yanks, Rockies deal with COVID surges after All-Star break

AP: Yanks, Rockies deal with COVID surges after All-Star break. ” For the first time in months, COVID-19 is creating chaos around Major League Baseball. The Yankees and Rockies are dealing with coronavirus outbreaks sidelining a total of 10 players and two coaches, including New York slugger Aaron Judge and Colorado manager Bud Black, as baseball attempts to resume play following its All-Star break.”

Washington Post: Two athletes in Olympic Village test positive for coronavirus, the first instances of athlete infections there

Washington Post: Two athletes in Olympic Village test positive for coronavirus, the first instances of athlete infections there. “Two athletes residing in the Olympic Village tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Sunday, the first instances of athlete infections inside the Village, underscoring growing fears about the spread of the virus during the Games that are set to begin in five days.”