How the daredevil sport of parkour can help aging adults fall better

(CNN)It looks like something out of a ninja movie. The extreme sport known as parkour involves vaulting high obstacles, leaping from rooftop to rooftop and literally bouncing off the walls. “Older adults who do fall sometimes experience an injury,” said Kathy Cameron, director of the National Fall Prevention Resource Center. “About 20% of those who fall have an injury like traumatic brain injury or a hip fracture or other broken bones.” But it’s not just the bodily injuries that make falling so harmful. The simple fear of falling makes some older people eschew physical activity. And that, ironically, can lead to greater falling risks. “Physical activity is one of the prime ways that we can prevent falls,” Cameron said. “Exercise …

Carolina Hurricanes: NHL side dividing opinion with outlandish celebrations

(CNN)To celebrate or not to celebrate. Or, more pertinently, how best to celebrate? To raise an arm and acknowledge victory or a goal with restraint or to go all-out, become a human skittle perhaps, and cause a commotion? After victory over Edmonton on February 15, one of the players pretended he had hit a game-winning home run with his hockey stick. But for respected commentator Cherry at least, that was the celebration which left him fuming. “That is absolutely ridiculous,” he said on “Hockey Night in Canada.” “I know all the broadcasters are afraid to say something … I know what I’m talking about. You never do anything like that. They’re still a bunch of jerks, as far as I’m …

Leicester fires manager Claude Puel as turbulent season continues

(CNN)Leicester City won the English Premier League three years ago despite odds of 5000-1, getting the better of powerhouses Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video Around four months ago, the club’s beloved owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash near Leicester’s stadium and on Sunday the team fired manager Claude Puel following a 4-1 loss at home to relegation threatened Crystal Palace. Watch Leicester players celebrate Premier League win The last straw, realistically, came against Palace, which closed to within two points of Leicester. The Londoners scored three times in the final 20 minutes to snap a 1-1 tie. READ: Messi nets 50th hat-trick The sacking of Puel — who …

Messi scores 50th hat-trick in Barcelona win at Sevilla, Bayern Munich catches Dortmund

(CNN)Anything is possible with Lionel Messi in your squad. READ: Ronaldo on brink of UCL exit Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video Barcelona’s final goal might have come when the game was already wrapped up deep in injury time but it could be a crucial one for Luis Suarez since the under-fire Uruguayan — set up by Messi — scored his first league goal in four weeks. Messi, Suarez and teammates next play two Clasicos against Real Madrid, one in the Copa del Rey semifinals on Wednesday — they are tied 1-1 after the first leg — and another in La Liga next Saturday. With Barcelona trailing 1-0, Messi sent a thunderous volley into the top corner in …

Six Nations: Wales in pole position after comeback win over England

(CNN)Wales overcame a halftime deficit and scored two late tries to beat England 21-13 in rugby union’s Six Nations in what might turn out to be the competition’s title decider. England — now 2-1 — dropped to second on 10 points. READ: England target Wales READ: England upset Ireland England led 10-3 at the break, only to see Cory Hill score Wales’ first try in the 67th minute after 34 phases — the conversion made it 16-13 — and Josh Adams add a spectacular second in the 78th to put the visitors away. Biggar stars Replacement Dan Biggar was the provider both times, once through a pass and setting up Adams with a lofted kick. Adams then out-jumped Elliot Daly …

Flypast honours bomber-crash crew

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe flypast was watched by Tony Foulds, who tends the memorial to the 10 men who died Thousands of people cheered a flypast honouring 10 airmen who died when their plane crashed in a park 75 years ago. The US bomber came down in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield on 22 February 1944, killing everyone on board. A campaign for a flypast started after a chance meeting between BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker and Tony Foulds, who tends a park memorial. A tearful Mr Foulds was given a rousing round of applause as the planes flew over. He said: “This is unbelievable.” Relatives of the aircrew and thousands of people from across Britain paid …

Global Champions League: Teams announced for 2019 season

(CNN)The line-ups for the 2019 Global Champions League (GCL) have been announced — with a number of high-profile stars making a switch to different teams. Each of the 16 squads will now field a roster of six riders — one more rider than last season — to allow for more flexibility. READ: Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League heads to New York Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video Other notable movements involve star striker Peder Fredricson signing for Shanghai Swans and Harrie Smolders joining Paris Panthers. Elsewhere, Cannes Stars has been busy in acquiring Eric Lamaze and Margie Goldstein-Engle, while Marco Kutscher will ride for Prague Lions and Cian O’Connor joins 2018 runner up Valkenswaard United. …

Juventus beaten at Atletico to leave Ronaldo on brink of Champions League exit

(CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the final piece in the Juventus Champions League winning jigsaw. Follow @cnnsport Only Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23) have conceded more goals to Ronaldo than Atletico Madrid. Yet, on a Wednesday night in Madrid, the city where he enjoyed such success with Real, he was unable to add to his career tally of 22 against the former neighbor. For Atletico Madrid, a team that has felt the full force of Ronaldo’s irrepressible scoring record during his time at Real, this 2-0 victory in the first leg of the last 16 tie was particularly sweet. Two second-half goals from Uruguayan defensive duo Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin secured the advantage for Diego Simeone’s side. READ: …

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft accused of soliciting sex, police say

(CNN)New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges of soliciting prostitution as part of a large-scale sex trafficking crackdown that has led to hundreds of arrest warrants in Florida, police said. A spokesperson for Kraft has denied that he committed a crime. “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further,” the spokesperson said. Kristin Rightler, a Jupiter police spokeswoman, said Friday that Kraft has not been arrested. People wearing football jerseys and others were seen taking group photos and selfies outside the door of the Jupiter spa on Friday. Another billionaire also charged John W. Childs — a billionaire and CEO of the private …

‘Art helped lift me out of homelessness’

“Suddenly I found myself surrounded by people who didn’t have much of anything,” he said. “It was a real slap, like a baby being born, but some people need that.” Image copyright Steven Roberts Image caption Pieces of Mr Robert’s art will be shown at YMCA Port Talbot Without the help of the Caer Las advocacy charity, Mr Roberts said it may not have been able to happen. His advice to people who find themselves in a similar situation? He said it is to “find something that gives you purpose and meaning”. For him, this was art and “making something and turning the pain into something that can be regarded as positive”. Mr Roberts was invited back to exhibit his …

5 things to know for February 22: Jussie Smollett, NC election, Vatican, Venezuela

(CNN)Looking for a new way to beat the traffic? If you live in Mumbai, you can use Uber to summon … a speedboat. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) Actor Jussie Smollett was on the set of his Fox show “Empire” last night, hours after he was arrested and accused of filing a false report in the January 29 incident in which he said he was the victim of a hate crime. The 36-year-old actor called a meeting of the cast and crew and apologized for any embarrassment they might have felt during his …

Breaking: Can dance make the Olympics more urban?

Inspired by percussive drum rhythms from rock funk to Latin beats, the dance style features energetic moves such as windmills and handspins. Image caption Rap trio Break Machine appeared on Top of the Pops in 1984 Across the UK, young people clad in brightly coloured tracksuits and skiwear began to perform gravity-defying moves on scraps of lino laid down on shopping centre and nightclub floors. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBreakdancing in the streets of 1980s Nottingham Nottingham became a hub for breaking after US dance troupe, the WFLA crew, performed at the city’s Old Market Square in 1983. Dance collectives formed that gathered in the city centre’s Rock City nightclub to do battle. The dance form …

‘If he slips, he falls. If he falls, he dies’ — Climbing 3,000 feet without ropes

(CNN)Any doubts as to whether Alex Honnold was the greatest rock climber of all time were doused when the American did something that no one thought was humanly possible. “When I know what I’m doing and I’m climbing well, then it feels meditative, kind of relaxing and beautiful,” Honnold told CNN Sport. His achievement has since been immortalized in a breathtaking BAFTA-winning National Geographic documentary “Free Solo,” which has been nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars. READ: Ross Edgley — ‘It was goosebumps upon tears, upon smiles’ Death or perfection Free solo climbing is a high-stakes game. It’s either death or perfection. But in moments of such risk, adrenaline is often the enemy. “The important part of being …

The $300m mega deal: Second-most valuable contract in baseball history agreed, according to reports

(CNN)Manny Machado, who spent the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has agreed a record-breaking $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, according to reports. Machado, who played a key role in the Dodgers’ run to the 2018 World Series after joining the team in July, had previously represented the Baltimore Orioles for six years. As a four-time All-Star and twice winner of the league’s Golden Glove award, Machado has pedigree. He has hit 175 home runs during his MLB career to date, 37 of which came in 66 games during the half-season he spent with the Dodgers. The Padres’ financial commitment to Machado, however, is a major show of faith from a franchise …

The UK would be ‘irresponsible’ to let Huawei into 5G, think tank warns

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Chinese tech giant Huawei is facing a new attack as it tries to persuade the UK government to let it help build super-fast 5G networks in the country. Huawei and the Chinese government have repeatedly denied the US allegations. Huawei did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday. Zeng Rong, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom, said in a statement that “discrediting a company without any concrete evidence misleads the public, violates rules of commerce and damages business confidence.” “The right approach is to be rational towards foreign companies and support fair competition,” she added. The report’s release comes days after the Financial Times reported that the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre …

MAGA-hat wearing teen claims California high school wouldn’t permit her to wear hat

Her request to wear a different hat that bore school colors and supported the president was also reportedly rejected. Mueller claimed that the school’s decision goes against her First Amendment rights, KCBS-TV reported. She questioned how “being a patriot in trying to show pride in your country” could be considered “inappropriate.” VANS EMPLOYEE FIRED FOR ALLEGEDLY CURSING AT MAGA HAT-WEARING TEEN The school’s decision pertained to the fact that the request specifically concerned a hat, a spokesperson for the Clovis Unified School District told Fox News in a statement Thursday. “It’s unfortunate that our dress code is being misrepresented as specifically singling out a MAGA hat as that is not what the policy says,” Chief Communication Officer Kelly Avants said. …