Women’s football looks to the future

International team manager Alfie Wylie says the traditional stereotypes and prejudices – that football is a game for boys and men – no longer apply. He said the game now has an infrastructure to allow the best players to flourish. “There has been fantastic development in the women’s game over the last 17 years,” he told BBC News NI. “The women’s game is very much accepted now and the IFA has continued to lead and develop the women’s game at all levels,” he said. Image copyright IFA Image caption Developing talent is now a key objective for the sport’s governing body Caoimhe McLaughlin has been with Derry City since she was 13 and is now both player and assistant manager. …

Blind runner, guide dog trio makes history in NYC Half Marathon

(CNN)Thomas Panek and his running guide dogs Westley, Waffle and Gus made history on Sunday in the 2019 New York City Half Marathon. According to the race website, Panek’s team finished the race in just shy of two hours and 21 minutes. An avid runner, Panek had no intention to give up the sport, even after losing his eyesight in his early 20s. Thanks to volunteer human guides, he has since completed 20 marathons. Still, Panek missed the feeling of independence, which ultimately inspired him to start a formal training program for running guide dogs. “It never made sense to me to walk out the door and leave my guide dog behind when I love to run and they love …

Rory McIlroy wins prestigious Players Championship in thrilling finish

The Northern Irishman won the fifth major, the Players Championship, at Sawgrass on St Patricks Day, with Jim Furyk second and Eddie Pepperell tied for third This is not the most high-profile victory of Rory McIlroys career but it is without doubt among the most significant. That McIlroy claimed the Players Championship the hard way somehow added an element of prestige. A series of near misses had led to external questions regarding McIlroys ability or hunger, even before he turns 30. The response, pressed home with grit and composure, arrived at the PGA Tours marquee event. McIlroys golfing journey, which has already delivered so much, has another pivotal moment as he makes final preparations for a fresh tilt at a …

NFL suspends Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt 8 games

(CNN)The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt on Friday for the first eight regular-season games without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, stemming from physical altercations at his Cleveland residence in February 2018 and at a resort in Ohio in June. “I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner (Roger) Goodell last week. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. “My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this …

Champions League draw: Manchester United to face Barcelona in last eight

(CNN)Manchester United will face Barcelona in a heavyweight Champions League quarterfinal after the draw was made at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters in Nyon on Friday. READ: UEFA investigates Manchester City The semifinal draw was also made on Friday, with Manchester United or Barca due to face Liverpool or Porto, with the winner of the tie between Manchester City and Tottenham playing either Ajax or Juve. The quarterfinal first legs will be played on April 9/10 with the reverse fixtures scheduled for April 16/17. The semifinals will kick off on April 30 and May 1 — with the second legs set for May 7/8 — ahead of the final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1. English dominance returns? It …

Liverpool go back to the top with Milners late penalty at Fulham

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League after James Milner scored an 81st-minute penalty to give them a 2-1 win at Fulham Liverpool flirted with disaster here, though in the end it was the manner in which they dealt with the prospect of failure that bodes well for the months ahead. Pegged back from nowhere, their dominance undone by sloppiness, they might have frozen and found their title challenge critically undermined. Instead adversity merely re-set the focus and they emerged victorious, restored to the summit and with belief bolstered that the title will be theirs. Jrgen Klopp had surveyed the scene in the period immediately after Fulhams equaliser and, from his vantage point on the sidelines, taken heart …

Wales crush Ireland to win third Six Nations grand slam in 11 years

Wales claimed the Six Nations grand slam and title after a Hadleigh Parkes try and Gareth Anscombe masterclass led to a 25-7 final victory over Ireland On the eve of the day of St Patrick, a hat-trick of grand slams for Warren Gatland. Waless head coach marked his final campaign in the Six Nations, with the men in red at least, in the manner of his first by beating all the rest. Ireland did not consider him to be good enough when they sacked him in 2001 but his record since then has been one of unrivalled success. No coach in the championships history, whether between five nations or six, had masterminded three grand slams and this victory reflected the …

Coney Island, baby: New York wait for pro rugby ends with win over Toronto

MLR came to the Big Apple and it seemed to fit right in: rough, raucous and at the end, to home fans, a genuine nailbiting thrill Out on the turf at MCU Park, by the mock dirt of the baseball diamond and the covered pitchers mound, James Kennedy puffed out his cheeks and smiled. Then he offered a very one local writer, perhaps looking at the football-formatted scoreboard, called a game-winning drive with no time left. In other words, a short-range try with 80 minutes up, the Americans pounding the line, the Canadians tackling like demons. John Quill scored it, an Irish-born flanker writing his name in New York history after another Irishman turned US Eagle, hooker Dylan Fawsitt, scored …

World Rugby goes to Vegas: Show times of latest episode

(CNN)For the 10th year, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series returns to the city of Las Vegas, as rugby in America continues to defy the odds. 8:30am GMT 4:30pm GMT Saturday 3/23/19 6:30am GMT 9:30pm GMT Sunday 3/24/19 4:30pm GMT Monday 3/25/19 1:30am GMT Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

New Zealand Prime Minister says, ‘Our gun laws will change’

(CNN)New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday morning that “our gun laws will change” following the mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques that left 49 people dead. Nation’s last mass shooting 3 decades ago Until Friday, the biggest massacre in the country’s history happened 30 years ago, when a man named David Gray went on a shooting rampage, killing 13 people. Following that attack, the nation’s gun laws — which were first passed in 1983 — came under scrutiny. The ensuing debate led to a 1992 amendment on the regulation of military-style semi-automatic firearms. Despite those laws, New Zealand’s weapons legislation is considered more relaxed than most Western countries outside of the USA. Gun owners do need a license …

MotoE: Fire destroys entire fleet of electric bikes ahead of championship

(CNN)A major fire has destroyed the entire roster of electric bikes ahead of the MotoE World Cup — the electric spin off of MotoGP. READ: Charlie Whiting: Formula One race director dies suddenly, aged 66 READ: The ‘new futuristic championship’ likened to Mario Kart READ: From a roar to a whirr — MotoGP goes electric The all-electric series was planned to serve as a supplement to MotoGP and race on the same weekend, with 12 teams signing up for the MotoE World Cup last year. The entire field had attended the test day ahead of the championship’s scheduled start at the Spanish Grand Prix on May 5. MotoE confirmed the championship will still take place in 2019 but a revised …

Felicity Huffman Quits Social Media Amid Nonstop ROASTING Over College Cheating Scandal! – Perez Hilton

Felicity Huffman is no longer on social media. As The thespian and husband William H. Macy (who was not charged for some reason) were accused of making a $15,000 donation to get involved in a college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of their now-18-year-old daughter, Sofia. 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. On Friday, the 56-year-old deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts amid the scandal. On her pages, the acclaimed actress regularly shared inspirational messages such as, “Don’t just go through life, grow through life. What are you creating for yourself …

Real Madrid wins first game of Zinedine Zidane’s second spell

(CNN)Zinedine Zidane began his second spell in charge of Real Madrid with victory after Isco and Gareth Bale scored in a 2-0 win against Celta Vigo Saturday. “The sensations are good,” Zidane was quoted as saying by London’s Evening Standard. “We went in search of the win and we got it. We didn’t start well, but we had to be patient. We improved at the end of the first half and in the second. I’m happy.” Real is third in the La Liga table, two points behind Atletico Madrid and nine behind leader Barcelona. READ: How Euro-kings Real lost crown READ: Amazing Ajax humble Real Madrid Zidane resigned after last year’s Champions League final victory against Liverpool, but was asked …

Robert Kubica: Back on the Formula 1 grid eight years on from near tragedy

(CNN)Eight years on, Robert Kubica remembers every moment of the crash that ended the first chapter of his Formula 1 career. A fight for his life diminished to a fight to keep his right hand and eventually a fight to get back to F1, something he gave up on some time ago only to now find himself back on the grid for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix 139 races after his last.

Wales clinch Six Nations and Grand Slam clean sweep

(CNN)The rain sluiced down but the Cardiff crowd was unshrinking and the Welsh players irrepressible as they trounced defending champion Ireland to secure the Six Nations title and a Grand Slam season clean sweep of northern hemisphere international rugby. Going into the final weekend, Wales, Ireland and England all still had a chance to win the title, but the Welsh had sealed the championship before England’s remarkable 38-38 draw against Scotland — the highest scoring draw in international rugby — later Saturday, after Eddie Jones’ England side had led 31-0 in the first half. “I’m proud of the players, it’s not about me,” said Gatland, who becomes the first coach in history to win three Grand Slams. “We spoke beforehand …

Iditarod 2019: Alaskan Native musher Pete Kaiser wins race in one of closest finishes ever

Pete Kaiser reached the finish line just 12 minutes ahead of second-placed Leifseth Ulsom, 32, in one of the closest finishes in Iditarod history The 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ended in a predawn close finish on the snow-covered streets of Nome on Wednesday, with Alaskan Pete Kaiser and his dogs barely holding off defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway. Kaiser, 31, reached the finish line just 12 minutes ahead of second-placed Leifseth Ulsom, 32, in one of the closest finishes in Iditarod history. It was Kaisers first Iditarod win. Crowds of cheering fans packed the city of Nomes Front Street to watch Kaiser and his team sprint under the wooden arch that marks the end of the …