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iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- Less than two weeks before this summer's Olympic Games are supposed to kick off in Rio de Janeiro, the head of the Australian team announced that the conditions at the Olympic village were not livable for their athletes.

"Due to a variety of problems in the Village, including gas, electricity and plumbing I have decided that no Australian Team member will move into our allocated building," Australian Team Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said in a statement.

"Problems include blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean," Chiller added.

She also said that in some areas, water has leaked through the ceiling, "resulting in large puddles on the floor around cabling and wiring."

Chiller said they did a stress test, turning on multiple taps and flushing toilets simultaneously across several floors. She said the test failed, "water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was 'shorting' in the electrical wiring."

She said her group has been living in nearby hotels, "because the Village is simply not safe or ready."

The Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, responded to Australian's claims, reportedly saying to local media, "I almost feel like putting a kangaroo to jump up and down in front of their building," to make them feel at "home."

In response to the kangaroo comment, the communications director for the Australian Olympic Committee, Mike Tancred, told Brazilian daily newspaper Folha, "We do not need kangaroos, we need plumbers."

The International Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 officially responded to Australian team's claims in a statement saying that "it became clear that as the rooms started to be used in all of the buildings some of the rooms required extra work."

They added that crews will be working "24 hours a day until the issues are resolved," but that it might take a few days.

"Athletes that are arriving in the Village and whose accommodation is not finished will be placed in the best available accommodation in other buildings. We will be working hard to ensure that the on-going works do not disturb their preparations for the Games –- preparations that will be taking place in fully checked top quality training venues. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause and we greatly appreciate the understanding of the National Olympic Committees at this time,” their statement went on to say.

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Basketball legend Michael Jordan lost his father, James, in 1993 after two men shot him to death in his car while he was parked on the side of a highway in North Carolina.

On Monday, Jordan is doing what fellow greats like Muhammad Ali have done before him, speaking out against what he views as current social injustices plaguing this nation — not just the killing of allegedly innocent blacks in this country at the hands of police, but the targeted retaliation of police thereafter.

In a statement and story published on "The Undefeated," Jordan referenced the killings in Dallas, Baton Rouge and so many other regions in America, by writing, "As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers."

He continued, "I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well."

The six-time NBA champion, 53, and legendary Chicago Bull was taught "to love and respect people regardless of their race or background." He used the word "saddened" to describe his thoughts on the "racial tensions" that have inflicted the nation's cities in recent weeks.

"I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers — who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all — are respected and supported," he wrote.

The man who many know simply as "No. 23," acknowledged that his experience with police may be different than other "people of color," but he said he "decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change."

"To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund," the five-time NBA MVP continued. "Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem, I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference."

The problems and tensions that currently exist in communities "didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved tomorrow," Jordan added.

"But if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities," he closed.

Jordan's statement Monday comes less than two weeks after some of the biggest names in sports — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony — shared similar sentiments at the 2016 ESPY Awards.

"We can't ignore the reality of the current state of America," Anthony said during the show. "The system is broken. The problems are not new, the violence is not new, and the racial divide definitely is not new. But the urgency to create change is at an all-time high."

"It's time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, 'What are we doing to create change?'" James added.

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iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) — A New Zealand athlete claims that he was kidnapped by police at gunpoint in Rio.

Jason Lee, a New Zealand national jiu-jitsu champion, said he was pulled over by two armed police officers, who told him they were doing a routine search for drugs and weapons.

"First he asked me to stretch my arms, then patted me down. He grabbed my genital area, which was quite a surprise,” Lee told New Zealand website Stuff, where his girlfriend Laura McQuillan works.

What did you guys get up to yesterday?
I got kidnapped. Go Olympics!#Rio2016

— Jason Lee (@jasonleejitsu) July 24, 2016

Lee said police officers also searched his car. He was then notified that he could not drive in Brazil without carrying his passport, according to Lee.

Police said Lee would be arrested if he didn’t pay 2000 Brazilian Reais (around $610), according to Stuff.

But he didn’t have enough cash so the police forced him into one of the officer's cars, Lee explained.

"At this point I acknowledged to myself that I've completely backed myself into a corner,” Lee told Stuff.

After Lee withdrew the cash and gave the police the money, he was released.

“You can't say anything to anyone about this, not a word,” the police said, according to Lee, but he told Stuff that he reported it to the Tourist Police the same night.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Fans can soon catch live streams of MLB and NHL games on Twitter. The social media company is partnering with MLBAM, NHL and 120 Sports to show games and a nightly multi-sport highlight show, called The Rally.

“Twitter is the fastest way to see what’s unfolding in MLB and the NHL,” said Twitter CFO Anthony Noto. “MLBAM has pioneered streaming live digital video and we could not be more excited to partner with them on live games as well as The Rally, giving our audience the live sports events they are already talking about on one screen on Twitter.”

Sports fans have long used Twitter as a platform to follow and engage their favorite teams, prompting Twitter and pro sports executives to partner and further enhance the online viewing experience. Now fans can watch once-per-week live streams of out-of-market MLB and NHL games free, whether logged in or not in the United States. MLB games will also be available worldwide, with exception to select international territories.

The Rally, to be produced by 120 Sports, will provide fans on Twitter with exclusive highlights and expert analysis across multiple sports. With content designed to integrate specifically with Twitter’s platform, The Rally will include interactive elements that will allow instant fan engagement and discussion of the moments that are trending among fans.

Schedules for the live streamed MLB and NHL games are expected to come at a later date.

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Arizona State Troopers(PHOENIX) -- Four people were killed in a collision between a bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staff members and a van on a northwestern Arizona highway Sunday.

The crash happened in the afternoon about 180 miles northeast of Phoenix, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Two adults and two teens were killed in the van, reports ABC Las Vegas affiliate, KTNV-TV.

Officials said the van was making an illegal left turn onto U.S. 93 when it collided with the bus. There were no Cowboys players on board.

The crash had shut down at least one lane of the highways that served as the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix, according to KTNV.

Four Cowboys staff members -- including a writer, a team mascot, a videographer and the bus driver -- suffered only minor injuries, according to ABC Dallas affiliate, WFAA-TV.

The team was supposed to do a meet-and-greet in Las Vegas on their way to preseason training camp in California, according to the Dallas Cowboy's website.

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iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- It was an Indy sweep for Kyle Busch over the weekend.

On Sunday, he won the Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.

Busch won the XFINITY Series race at the track earlier in the weekend. He became the first NASCAR driver to sweep the poles and races for both series in the same weekend.

Filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who's out with concussion-like symptoms, Jeff Gordon finished 13th in Sunday's event.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the Wounded Coalition 400, held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis:

1. Kyle Busch
2. Matt Kenseth
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Kyle Larson
6. Kevin Harvick
7. Joey Logano
8. Martin Truex Jr.
9. Austin Dillon
10. Paul Menard

Here's an updated look at the standings:

1. Kevin Harvick -- 671 points.
2. Brad Keselowski -- 647 points.
3. Kurt Busch -- 627 points.
4. Joey Logano -- 606 points.
5. Kyle Busch -- 601 points.
6. Carl Edwards -- 593 points.
7. Martin Truex Jr. -- 573 points.
8. Jimmie Johnson -- 552 points.
9. Matt Kenseth -- 545 points.
10. Denny Hamlin -- 542 points.
11. Chase Elliott -- 525 points.
12. Austin Dillon -- 520 points.
13. Ryan Newman -- 507 points.
14. Jamie McMurray -- 496 points.
15. Kyle Larson -- 472 points.
16. Kasey Kahne -- 462 points.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

N.Y. Yankees 5, San Francisco 2

Toronto 2, Seattle 0
Baltimore 5, Cleveland 3
Boston 8, Minnesota 7
Houston 13, L.A. Angels 3
Chi White Sox 4, Detroit 3
Texas 2, Kansas City 1
Chi White Sox 5, Detroit 4
Oakland 3, Tampa Bay 2

L.A. Dodgers 9, St. Louis 6
N.Y. Mets 3, Miami 0
Arizona 9, Cincinnati 8
San Diego 10, Washington 6
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 4
Chi Cubs 6, Milwaukee 5
Colorado 7, Atlanta 2

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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) – Two players from the same state, but whose baseball careers began worlds apart, shared the stage at the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, seeing their names and faces engraved in plaques that will stand on display forever.

The class of 2016 included arguably the best hitting catcher of all time, Mike Piazza, and one of the game’s most exciting players, Ken Griffey Jr. Each of them born in Pennsylvania nearly 50 years ago, couldn’t have been less similar in their career arcs. Griffey was the top pick in the 1987 amateur draft and the only number one overall selection to be inducted, while Piazza, a 62nd round pick in 1988, was the lowest drafted player to ever be enshrined.

Piazza even highlighted the differences in his induction speech, saying that “about the only thing [the two] had in common as ballplayers was two arms and two legs.”

Griffey was named on a record 99.32 percent of the ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, falling three votes shy of unanimous induction. He won 10 gold gloves in his career, hit 630 home runs, and was known for his sweet swing and his flair – regularly wearing his baseball cap backwards.

In a 22-year career with the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Red and Chicago White Sox, Griffey was nicknamed “The Natural.” He hinted at that view of him as one of two major misconceptions he mentioned in his speech. The misconceptions? “I didn’t work hard and everything I did I made look easy,” he explained.

“Just because I made it easy doesn’t mean that it was. You don’t become a Hall of Famer by not working, but working day in and day out,” Griffey added.

He enters the hall wearing the Mariners logo that adorned his jersey for 13 of his 22 seasons.

Both Griffey and Piazza offered heartfelt thanks to their fathers in their speeches. Griffey credited his father, a star ballplayer in his own right, with teaching him “how to play this game, but more importantly, he taught me how to be a man, how to work hard, how to look at yourself in the mirror each and every day and not to worry about what other people are doing.”

Piazza was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in part because then-manager Tommy Lasorda was a close friend of Piazza’s father. Piazza noted in his speech that his father “dreamed of playing in the major leagues,” but that “the realities of life” got in the way.

He also touched on one of the defining moments of his career, a game-winning home run in the first baseball game in New York City after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “To witness the darkest evil of the human heart…will forever be burned in my soul,” Piazza said. "But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character and eventual healing.

"Many of you give me praise for the two-run home run in the first game back on Sept. 21st, but the true praise belongs to police, firefighters, first responders that knew that they were going to die, but went forward anyway. I pray that we never forget their sacrifice."

Piazza played 16 seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Oakland A’s. He hit 427 home runs, including a record 396 as a catcher. He also appeared in 12 All-Star games and won 10 Silver Slugger Awards. While he spent about the same amount of time with his first team, the Los Angeles Dodgers as he did the New York Mets, it is with the latter team that he will be enshrined.

The Hall of Fame estimated that about 50,000 people attended the induction ceremony, tied for the second-most all time. The highest figure, estimated at over 80,000 was in 2007 when Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were enshrined.

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Scott Clarke/ESPN(CHICAGO) -- White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has been suspended for five days after Saturday's "clubhouse incident."

"Chris has been suspended for violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn in a statement. "While we all appreciate Chris' talent and passion, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to express concerns about team rules and organizational expectations."

Sale was scratched from Saturday's game and sent home after the incident. According to the team, the suspension runs through Wednesday.

Sources originally told ESPN that the confrontation was over "something silly" with a front-office member that apparently turned into a bigger argument. Multiple reports said the argument was over Sale wearing the White Sox throwback jersey and he destroyed his uniform in protest as well as some other teammates'.

Matt Albers started instead of Sale and was booed by the crowed when his name was announced, according to ESPN.

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ABC News(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- University of Florida linebacker Cristian Garcia said "God put me in the right place at the right time" to stop the alleged sexual assault of a young woman behind the bar where he works.

Garcia, a Miami native who will be a junior and was a walk-on with the football team last season, described his night at the bar, 101 Cantina in Gainesville, Florida, as being "typical" before witnessing what appeared to be the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman.

Garcia, who was "working security" at 101 Cantina that night, said that he was taking out the trash early Friday morning when he noticed the woman "pinned up against a dumpster" behind the bar, and that her body was limp, which indicated to him that she was unconscious. He said the man with her told him that she was his girlfriend, but that her condition told him that a sexual act was taking place without consent.

He said that friends of the man were standing around witnessing what he believed was a sexual assault.

"Nobody deserves this to happen to them," he said.

He said that he and his co-worker, Leroyea Simmons, were forced to make a decision when they recognized what was happening. Simmons filmed the incident, and Garcia tangled with the man in breaking it up, he said.

He said that he grabbed the man "by the shoulders" and that he engaged in a physical altercation with him in a nearby alley. He said the man "began to get violent" and threw punches before he slipped and "busted his face on the floor." He said that the man and his friends ran away after the fall.

"It was fight or flight and I just reacted," Garcia said of his efforts to defend the woman.

He said that he appreciates the positive attention he has received for his actions, but implied that the focus should be placed on the gravity of sexual assault.

"The attention has been cool, but a horrible act happened that night," he said.

Garcia spoke highly of the football program at the University of Florida, and said that it was focused on making "great men."

Shaw, 34, was in Alachua County Jail with bail set at $500,000. He was charged with sexual battery and had not entered a plea, but according to the arrest report denied the allegation.

Garcia recommended that anyone who might find him or herself in the same position he did should show common sense and call authorities, because of the danger of breaking up a violent act.

"Act cautiously," he recommended.

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