Serena Williams crushes Eugenie Bouchard at Australian Open

Melbourne (CNN)The way she is playing, Serena Williams will take some stopping at the Australian Open. Speaking of time, Williams needed a mere one hour, 10 minutes to dispatch rejuvenated 2014 Wimbledon finalist Bouchard after reducing her Florida neighbor Tatjana Maria to tears in the wake of a 49 minute 6-0 6-2 first-round mauling. The next opponent trying to derail the 37-year-old’s bid for a record-tying 24th grand slam title and seventh in Melbourne is Dayana Yastremska, who defeated 23rd seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 3-6 6-1. The 18-year-old is one of the WTA’s rising stars, winning her first title in Hong Kong last fall to help push her ranking to a career-best 57th. Bouchard has admirably boosted her own …

Is age a factor behind the wheel?

“Older drivers often self-restrict their driving by not driving at night and only driving on familiar roads.” Car accidents: Younger v older drivers What does the law say? Once you reach 70, your driving licence automatically expires. To renew it, you must fill in a self-assessment declaring you are medically fit to continue driving – but you do not actually have to pass a test. You have to reapply every three years. To drive legally, you must also be able to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away. The Association of Optometrists has previously called for those behind the wheel to have compulsory eye tests every 10 years. You also need to tell the DVLA if you develop any …

Andy Murray: The sporting great who became a champion feminist

(CNN)And so a golden career is nearing the end. Andy Murray’s body is giving up on him. Witty, honest, assiduous, decent — all are adjectives used in the last few hours to describe the father of two. READ: Roger Federer: My dream opponent would be…

UCLA gymnast earns perfect 10 for routine, social media flips out

(CNN)Katelyn Ohashi did three backflips, landed into a split and got back up to end her floor routine as though it was easy. “A 10 isn’t enough for this floor routine by @katelyn_ohashi,” the tweet read. Ohashi, according to UCLA, is the reigning NCAA co-champion in floor exercises. She was also a 2018 NCAA team champion. Before UCLA, Ohashi was competing at the elite level of gymnastics until she injured her back and shoulder, according to The Players’ Tribune. She decided to compete on the college level because of her injuries. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Nursing mother smashes 268-mile race record

Image copyright YannBB Image caption Jasmin Paris was met by her daughter, Rowan, at the end of the race Competitors spend two-thirds of the race in the dark and carry all their own kit and supplies. They also have no personal support team or runner with them on the course. Image copyright YannBB Competitors have one week to complete the gruelling race, which travels over hilly terrain and covers 43,000ft of climbing – more than Everest at 29,000ft. The Spine Race 2013 winner, Eugeni Rosello Sole, was forced to push his emergency button 6km before the end, which eliminated him from the race after becoming unwell from sleep deprivation. ‘Bad situation’ During the entirety of the race, Mrs Paris only …

Nishikori wins Australian Open epic, Halep survives again

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)For the second straight day at the Australian Open, a towering player hit 50 more aces than his shorter opponent. “I think he almost had the match, especially in the fifth set, and it was really a tough match,” Nishikori told reporters after winning a second straight tussle himself that went the distance. “Very happy to win today. This means a lot.” It was conversely a tough defeat for the 6-foot-11 Croatian given his efforts to force a fifth — and because the 39-year-old led his 5-foot-10 rival by 7-6 in the final tiebreak. It came after 5-foot-8 Thomas Fabbiano edged 7-foot Reilly Opelka in a fifth-set tiebreak Wednesday, despite striking two aces to the American’s 67. There …

Leeds United apologizes to Derby County over ‘spygate’

(CNN)Leeds United’s Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa has left his club embarrassed after trying to spy on an opposition team ahead of a key game in its bid to win promotion to the English Premier League. “Following comments made by Marcelo Bielsa yesterday the club will look to work with our head coach and his staff to remind them of the integrity and honesty which are the foundations that Leeds United is built on,” said a Leeds statement on its website. READ: Gold-coated steak backlash earns Ribery ‘heavy fine’ ‘Spygate’ The incident has been dubbed “spygate” by Britain’s media. “I am responsible for it,” Bielsa, who managed the Argentina national team between 1998 and 2004, told Sky Sports on Friday. “It …

Roger Federer: If I could go back in time I’d play …

(CNN)Ask future tennis pros who they would like to play if they could go back in time and Roger Federer just might be at the top of the list. READ: Federer’s tears for fallen coach READ: Federer reveals first kiss — and the part a wrestler played in it Björn Borg calls Federer ‘best ever’ Federer — now in Melbourne as he prepares to defend his Australian Open title — said that when he dethroned five-time defending champion Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001, Borg “sort of thanked me for protecting his five-year reign.” “And then who knew that years later, I would tie him and lose, like him, in an epic sixth final,” added Federer, referring to the 2008 finale …

‘I knew how to defend myself,’ says UFC star Polyana Viana after subduing wannabe thief

(CNN)Inundated with messages of support after taking on a wannabe thief, UFC fighter Polyana Viana has begun to reflect on an incident that has gone viral. Viana’s assailant had a fake gun but he hadn’t accounted for the Brazilian’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training as she launched a devastating counterattack — aiming two punches and a kick at the man before subduing him with a choke hold from behind.

Woman dies after stables horse fall

Analysis: By Frank Keogh, BBC Sport Tragic accidents like this are thankfully rare in racing stables but highlight the risks that riders face every day. Iain Jardine has a growing reputation in the sport, with a successful young team and this will be a devastating blow to all concerned. He trained Nakeeta to win the competitive Ebor Handicap at York in 2017 and the horse went on to run twice in Australia’s Melbourne Cup – the “race that stops a nation” – including a highly creditable fifth later that year. The tight-knit racing community, particularly in Scotland, is sure to rally round with support and the yard will continue as best it can for racehorse owners, and in memory of …

Australian Open: Nadal, Sharapova hoping for fitness and form

(CNN)The Australian Open hasn’t even started and already Melbourne has produced shock waves with the impending retirement of Andy Murray. Rafael Nadal’s lone Australian Open title exactly a decade ago couldn’t have been more dramatic. For a start, Nadal outlasted fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in a five-hour, 14-minute semifinal. Such was the draining nature of the slugfest that Nadal teared up waiting to receive serve on match point. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos Back then, Nadal was merely 22 and injuries hadn’t taken as much of a toll on his seemingly superhuman body. And sure enough, two days later, he still had enough left to upend Federer in five more sets. READ: Nadal lived tragedy of Mallorca floods …

Tokyo 2020: Japanese Olympic chief investigated for corruption

(CNN)The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda was placed under formal investigation in Paris last month for corruption, a spokeswoman for the Paris Financial Prosecutor told CNN Friday. Takeda acknowledged a sum had been paid to Singapore company Black Tidings for “fair compensation based on a consultant agreement.” But he added: “I have explained there were no improper action that can be recognized as bribing has taken place. “This has caused a great concern to the Japanese people who are supporting us for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. I plan to continue cooperating to the investigation in order to wipe off the concern. “I would like to ask your understanding that detailed explanation would not be …

Serena & Venus through at Australian Open, Djokovic and Halep also win

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)During Serena Williams‘ first-round, straight-sets win over Germany’s Tatjana Maria at the Australian Open, one question kept surfacing: How would you describe her green, one-piece Nike outfit? Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams also progressed, while the ever watchable Nick Kyrgios fell in straight sets at home to 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos Serena’s health concerns Not so much of a light-hearted matter for Williams is why she continues to sport compression stockings. The American revealed she almost died after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017 due to a pulmonary embolism, a condition she had previously suffered from. “Definitely still concerned,” said Williams. “I have had some issues, and …

Aspen: ‘A gem in the mountains, a crystal city in the Rockies’

(CNN)Private jets, $40 million mansions, and streets lined with boutique clothes stores — welcome to Aspen, a ski resort tucked away in the Rocky mountains that’s long been a playground for celebrities. The numerous celebrities past and present who fell in love with the resort — including Denver — are remembered by a shrine tucked away on one of the ski slopes. READ: Dramatic footage of daring helicopter rescue in French Alps Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features and videos Daring helicopter rescue of injured skier in France Today, crowds continue to flock to Aspen for major skiing events. It is thought that 70 private jets arrive at the airport each day during weeks that the town hosts the skiing …

Club’s ‘weird’ 1,400-word Brexit post

“Then they must get ready to unite the whole of the UK by working night and day on a new Brexit deal, starting Wednesday morning, or be prepared to walk away with a no deal in July,” the article concluded. The comments from the club, which plays in the fifth tier of English football, come in the week that Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said he “could not wait” for the UK to leave the European Union after his side’s draw with Huddersfield in the Premier League. Meanwhile, former England international Jamie Carragher told BBC Radio 5 live he was “convinced” there would be a different outcome if a second referendum were to be held. Journalist Jonny Sharples responded to …

Ex-World Series MVP John Wetteland Charged With Child Sexual Abuse

The Bartonville Police Department says it launched an investigation into the 52-year-old former pitcher on Jan. 9 after receiving information from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. said in a statement. The police chief declined to provide additional details on the arrest “due to the nature of the alleged offense and stage of the investigation.” Focus On Sport via Getty Images John Wetteland pitches against the Chicago Cubs during a Major League Baseball game in 1993 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He spent his final four seasons with the Texas Rangers. He retired after the 2000 season with A born-again Christian, Wetteland has been coaching basketball and teaching Bible studies at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, the The …