Gran Premio Latinoamericano: The Champions League of horse racing

(CNN)Celebrating the very best thoroughbred racehorses in South America, the Gran Premio Latinoamericano is the most prestigious date on the continent’s racing calendar. When the thoroughbreds fly out of the stalls to the cry of an impassioned crowd, it’s not just the $500,000 prize purse up for grabs, though. National pride is also a huge part of South America’s richest horse race. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos

Lawyers for Patriots owner Kraft want to block release of massage parlor recordings

The attorneys representing Robert Kraft and others are asking a judge to block the release of video police say show the men engaging in sexual acts The attorneys representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation are asking a judge to block the release of video recordings police say show the men engaging in sexual acts. They also say the prosecutors conditions for the men entering a diversion program in exchange for dropping misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution are too harsh. Attorneys for Kraft and 14 of the other 24 men charged said in court documents filed this week that releasing the video taken secretly by police inside the Orchids …

How Borussia Dortmund is leading football’s fight against the far right in Germany

Dortmund, Germany (CNN)As a child, Daniel Lrcher remembers hearing the chanting on the terrace at his beloved Borussia Dortmund. Follow @cnnsport Anti-Semitic songs and monkey chants aimed at black players were not unusual in the late ’80s and ’90s, Lörcher recalls, but it was also the moment he believes football began to wake up to the hatred which had embedded itself within the sport. At clubs like Dortmund, it was the supporters who took control of the fight against racism, working with the club to eradicate the far-right element that had been part of Dortmund’s support throughout the 1980s. “At the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, the hooligan movement was very strong in Germany, ” Lörcher, a former …

In pictures: Life after the Army

Photographer Ed Gold interviewed soldiers who served in Afghanistan and asked them about their experiences of adjusting to civilian life. Soldiers Callum Wright, Scott Meenagh, Geoff Dunn, Dan Eccles and Terry Jones all served in the Parachute Regiment, known as the Paras. Ed worked with the Paras as a photojournalist in the UK and in Afghanistan, taking thousands of images of army life. The photos shown here document the Para soldiers between July 2010 and July 2011 and when he caught up with them again in 2018 after they left the Army. Callum Wright Initially, Callum wanted to be a tank transporter like his two older brothers but then decided he would rather be in the “nitty gritty” of combat …

The 25 Winners Of The 2018 Drone Photo Contest Have Been Announced, And Their Images Are Breathtaking

SkyPixel sifts through thousands of aerial photographs to find the best drone pictures and award them with incredible prizes. This year’s grand prize winner In an interview with Bored Panda, Deryk Baumgärtner explained he thought he had no chance to be amongst the top participants of this competition, “It was an unbelievable feeling when I got the mail that I won the Grand Prize. Never thought that I had the slightest chance to be in the top100.” The German photographer added it was his first time entering the SkyPixel competition but he has been interested in aerial photography for many years, “I’ve been interested in aerial photography since the 1st DJI Phantom in 2013 came to the market. Today I …

Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy ‘Arguing A Lot’ Amid College Cheating Scandal! – Perez Hilton

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy‘s marriage is being put to the test amid the college cheating scandal. As The teen reportedly took the SATs in December 2017 and received a 1420, which was a 400 point improvement over her PSAT score. At the test taking center, a proctor allegedly corrected her answers after she turned in the test. According to an ET source on Wednesday, the controversy has greatly affected the couple, who have been married since 1997. The insider revealed: “This situation has been very trying on Felicity and William’s marriage… They love each other but they’ve been arguing a lot.” Additionally, friends of the pair were “stunned by the news” as the 56-year-old starlet and the 69-year-old actor …

Ichiro Suzuki retires, capping illustrious MLB career with emotional farewell

(CNN)Ichiro Suzuki has played his final MLB game — and his goodbye came in the country where the Japanese icon’s professional baseball career began. “For me, it doesn’t get better than tonight,” Ichiro said. “Nothing can top what happened tonight for me.” There was still the rest of a game to play, but his career was done. Ichiro has retired after 19 MLB seasons at the age of 45. It’s all but assured he will be honored one day in Cooperstown, New York, the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Despite not getting a hit in the two-game series against Oakland, fans savored his presence. They mobbed him for autographs before the game. During it, they gave him …

Julia Roberts calls college admissions scandal ‘so sad’

Julia Roberts opened up about the first time about the ongoing college admissions scandal. (Allen Berezovsky/WireImage) SELMA BLAIR SLAMS LORI LOUGHLIN’S ALLEGED COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCAM WITH PHOTOSHOPPED IMAGE OF HER SON As previously reported, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were among the 50 people swept up in the scandal after it was revealed they paid $500,000 to the scheme’s organizer so that he would make it look like their daughters participated in crew and were recruited to USC despite never rowing for the sport. They were released on $1 million bond each. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Fellow actress Felicity Huffman, an Academy Award nominee, was arrested at her home for her alleged involvement in the …

Felicity Huffman & Lori Loughlin ‘Haven’t Fully Grasped’ The Possibility Of Jail Time Over Their Alleged Involvement In College Admissions Scam – Perez Hilton

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin could be facing a lot more than a slap on the wrist over their alleged involvement in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal! As we The Desperate Housewives star is claimed to have paid $15,000 to have her daughter Sofia‘s SAT scores raised. William H. Macy, Huffman’s husband, is said to have no involvement. Meanwhile, the Fuller House cast member and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to make it appear that their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose had been recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, despite them never playing the sport. And if these parents aren’t lucky, they actually might be sent to jail, a real possibility the starlets are supposedly not be prepared for. A …

Hospital infection inquiry begins at Holyrood

They want to examine whether infection control is adequate and whether more can be done to improve patient safety. Image copyright Andrew Cowan Image caption Lewis Macdonald wants to understand the scale of the problem The Cryptococcus which was found is believed to be from pigeon droppings located in a plant room on the hospital’s roof. Prosecutors are also investigating the death of a third patient at the QEUH. A 63-year-old woman was one of two patients affected by the fungal infection Mucor in January. Separately, 23 children contracted bloodstream infections in the cancer wards at the Royal Hospital for Children – which shares the Queen Elizabeth campus – between January and September last year. The infections were thought to …

Video games are now a legitimate high school sport

Atlanta (CNN Business)Competitive video game playing, also known as esports, is now a high school varsity sport in eight states. Two teams of students with six players each faced off in a video game game called “Smite,” one of the three high-school-sanctioned esport games, in which they battle each other as gods and other mythological characters. According to Brian Prokes, the center’s executive director, the facility’s goal is to level the playing field and give anybody an opportunity to compete. “If there are two schools that don’t have the facilities to host a five-on-five tournament, we are here for them,” he said. The regular esports season runs through the end of April, with playoffs and finals starting in May. A …

Grime music being ‘stifled’, MPs say

They called on the government to come up with new guidelines for police and local authorities, which would “ensure that urban music acts are not unfairly targeted”. As part of its investigation, the committee invited rapper ShaoDow to tell them about his experiences and he explained that he had faced frustrations when attempting to put on shows in London. “I had a venue cancel on me on the day that I was meant to go there,” he said. “I was booked for a performance in a club and called them ahead of time to say, ‘I am on my way’, and they said, ‘Oh, by the way, we were just listening to your music. You make hip-hop’. “I said, ‘Yes’, …

USC Students Allegedly Involved With College Bribery Scandal ‘Under Review’ & Can’t Enroll In Classes! – Perez Hilton

Two students who probably aren’t too bummed by this news? The daughters of Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, who allegedly paid $500,000 to make it appear that their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose had been recruits to the USC crew team, despite the fact that they never played the sport. “She can’t handle anything right now. She seems more and more upset every day. She just wants to stay home… She thought she knew what the future had in store for her, and it all just crumbled. It’s a never-ending nightmare for her. She understands the serious consequences her parents are facing and she is very scared.” USC, meanwhile, has already fired two employees connected …

Chinese buyer bids record $1.4 million for racing pigeon

(CNN)A Chinese buyer bid more than $1.4 million for a prized Belgian racing pigeon in an “unprecedented” sale, according to the auctioneer that organized the sale. Jiangming Liu, who works for PIPA in China, said the company was expecting Armando to fetch a high price but “multiple times less” than what he actually got. “We’re all surprised,” Liu said. PIPA said Armando is the most expensive bird ever to be sold at auction by a huge margin. The next most expensive is believed to be a bird called Nadine, which fetched more than $450,000 at auction in 2017. The buyer was a Chinese fancier named Xing Wei, according to media reports at the time. Joel Verschoot, the Belgian breeder who …

Irans threats to BBC Persian staff must be confronted

Shocking harassment of journalists and their families should get wider media attention Tyrannical regimes seek to control what their populations read, see and hear, lest the people obtain information that might encourage them to question the power that subjugates them. Some go to extraordinary lengths, reaching far outside their borders, to prevent that happening. One obvious example was the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabias consulate in Turkey last October. A single, bloody act, it made headlines around the world. As it should have. By contrast, sadly, too little attention has been paid to an insidious long-run campaign of persecution by the Iranian authorities against the staff of the BBC Persian service. It is marked by cowardice and …

My critics need to look in the mirror Bottas hits out after Australian GP win

Finlands Valtteri Bottas said he has entered the Formula One season with a fresh approach after his victory in Melbourne Valtteri Bottas hit out at his detractors and claimed he has entered the new season with a fresh approach after an emphatic win at the Australian Grand Prix. The Finn won the opening race of the 2019 campaign ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who acknowledged he had been outraced by Bottas but, in finishing second, said he had been struggling with the balance of his car due to damage. Ferrari finished with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc in fourth and fifth, with the Scuderia using team orders, instructing Leclerc not to attack Vettel in the closing stages. They …