By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) – Bookmakers have long factored home-field advantage into a baseball team’s odds of winning, but a new study suggests that jet lag could wipe it out. Researchers analyzed more than 46,000 Major League Baseball games played over the course of 20 years – from 1992 until 2011 – and saw…

By Liz Hampton HOUSTON (Reuters) – When Houston last hosted the Super Bowl in 2004, the oil city’s sleepy downtown lacked the sizzle befitting the big game – and that prompted civic leaders to act. This time, fans arriving for Sunday’s American professional football championship will discover a revamped downtown district with twice as many…

By Tim Baysinger (Reuters) – PepsiCo said on Tuesday it will use its pricey spot during next week’s Super Bowl to unveil a premium bottled water brand, Lifewtr, as the beverage industry faces declining consumption of sugary sodas. Fox, which will broadcast the game in the United States, has been commanding $5 million from advertisers…

Opening Celebration in Nazaré to Kick Off Season Window BWT Eager to Debut Nazaré Challenge and Women’s Championship Event More Information Available at WorldSurfLeague.com LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Tuesday, October 11, 2016) – The world’s best big wave surfers are counting down the days to the kickoff of the second half of the 2016/17 World Surf…

By Jeb Blount and Thales Carneiro RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – If the most popular foods of Rio de Janeiro have one thing in common, it is their informality. While you can find fine restaurants in Rio, what sets the city apart and brings its residents, known as “Cariocas,” together is the unpretentious food they…

By Ricardo Moraes XAPURI, Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil’s government will hand out 9 million condoms for free around Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics in August, a push meant to encourage safe sex and also defend the Amazon rainforest. Rio’s local Olympic organizing committee said about 450,000 of the sustainably-produced condoms will be destined for…

By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) – Actor Will Smith and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be among the pallbearers for Muhammad Ali’s funeral on Friday, joining a list of notable athletes, entertainers and politicians to mourn the boxing legend. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and comedian Billy Crystal were…