Sharon Pruitt-Young

Pigeon shooting. Tug-of-war. Motorboating. These were all once included in the Olympic Games, but today, they're relics of the past. If you've ever wondered who gets to decide what's included in the Olympic Games, you're probably not the only one, but buckle up, because it's a little complicated.

The American Olympic softball team is taking home the silver after getting bested by Japan in a highly-anticipated rematch that was more than a decade in the making.

Japan took gold on Tuesday after a 2-0 win over Team USA, whose bats were stifled throughout the game by Japanese pitcher Yukiko Ueno.

It was a crushing defeat for the American team, who'd been on a 5-0 winning streak in the round-robin-style tournament; Japan had won four of its previous games and lost one.

Updated July 23, 2021 at 6:53 PM ET

Cleveland's Major League Baseball team has changed its name to the Guardians, ridding itself of a previous name that many found highly offensive.

The team announced the name change Friday morning on Twitter, posting a two-minute video narrated by actor Tom Hanks.

It's 2021, but the policing of female athletes' bodies is a practice that continues to thrive.

Shein may have the fast-fashion market cornered, but a growing number of its customers are calling for increased accountability from the company as indie designers continue to accuse it of ripping off their work.

Kumar Rocker just may be in the middle of his own legendary story.

The New York Mets drafted Rocker on Sunday, making him the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2021 Major League Baseball draft.

The gunman who admitted to a shooting attack on the newsroom of Maryland's Capital Gazette three years ago has been found criminally responsible for the massacre of five people.

Jarrod Ramos had maintained he was not responsible because of mental illness, but on Thursday the jury rejected that defense, saying the 41-year-old did understand the criminality of his actions when he attacked the newsroom in June 2018.

Portions of the Amazon rainforest are now releasing more carbon dioxide than they absorb, disrupting an important balancing act that signals a worsening of the climate crisis, according to a new study.

Findings from the nearly decade-long research project, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, suggest that deforestation and fire, among other factors, have dramatically undercut the Amazon's ability to absorb heat-trapping carbon emissions from the atmosphere.

Roger Federer will not be competing at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this month after all.

The world-renowned tennis champ announced the news Tuesday on Twitter, writing that a previous knee injury has left him with no other choice but to withdraw.

Some in South Korea may be stuck listening to slow ballads during their next high-energy workout. In an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus, health officials have banned fast music and even fast running at some fitness clubs.

The Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine has been linked to an extremely rare neurological disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the more than 12 million vaccine doses administered in the U.S., there have been around 100 reports of people developing Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Updated July 9, 2021 at 2:44 PM ET

It's a good day to be a giant panda. Chinese conservation officials have announced that they no longer consider giant pandas in China an endangered species.

Police in Long Beach, Calif., have opened a hate crime investigation after discovering that a local statute of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been vandalized with racist graffiti.

The Long Beach Police Department rushed to Martin Luther King Jr. Park at around 3 p.m. Friday after receiving reports of "hate/bias-motivated vandalism," police spokesperson Brandon Fahey told NPR.

Updated July 7, 2021 at 3:34 PM ET

The International Swimming Federation says it will revisit its decision barring a swimming cap designed specifically for natural Black hair from being used in competition.

Updated July 2, 2021 at 9:00 PM ET

As Hurricane Elsa heads toward Florida, officials at the site of the Surfside condo collapse are keeping a close watch on the storm.

Officials haven't said whether they are expecting any delays to the search efforts, where 126 people remain unaccounted for. But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters Friday that they are "actively monitoring" the situation and "paying special attention" to any possible impact in Surfside and the Miami-Dade County area.

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