Toto Wolff: No-deal Brexit is a ‘nightmare scenario’ for Formula 1

(CNN)Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has warned a no-deal Brexit could cause the “mother of all messes” for Formula 1. “Brexit is a major concern for us, as it should be a major concern for all of us who live in and operate out of the UK,” Wolff said, speaking on the first day of F1 winter testing in Barcelona, Spain. “Any major disruption with borders or taxes would damage the F1 industry in the UK.” READ: Lucas di Grassi wins Mexico E Prix as race leader’s battery dies on the line With just 38 days left before Britain is due to leave the EU, Wolff warns the uncertainty is threatening to cripple one of its leading industries. “It is the …

Lindsey Vonn wins Spirit of Sport award at the ‘Oscars of Sport’

(CNN)US ski star Lindsey Vonn picked up the Spirit of Sport award at the “Oscars of Sport” Monday — on a night where Novak Djokovic and Simone Biles were also recognized for their achievements. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video

From courtrooms to rugby fields, Wayne Barnes lays down the law

(CNN)Wayne Barnes is well versed in how the two lives of a rugby referee often collide. “He did an early kick-off in Newport,” says Barnes retelling the tale. “He then had to get on his paramedic kit after that and attended to a chap having a heart attack. The guy looked up struggling for breath and was a little shock to recognize ‘Spreaders’ from the game only to have to be resuscitated by him.” Rugby referee reveals personal journey As well as keeping in check 30 players, some of whom weigh in excess of 17 stone, Barnes’ dual life also sees him deal with cases of bribery and corruption, mostly these days outside of the courtroom and instead in the …

UK spies think they can handle Huawei in 5G networks. The US doesn’t agree

Hong Kong (CNN Business)The United Kingdom could undermine an American-led campaign to keep Chinese tech company Huawei out of super-fast 5G mobile networks around the world. The National Cyber Security Centre declined to comment Monday on the specifics of the Financial Times report but said in a statement that it has “a unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber security.” The intelligence agency is playing an important role in a broader UK government review examining the security of technology that operators plan to use in 5G networks in the country. “The review is looking at a range of options and will conclude in the spring. No decisions have been taken and any suggestion to the contrary is inaccurate,” …

Caster Semenya needs to be treated fairly, says US Olympic great Ed Moses

(CNN)US athletics great Ed Moses says sport has had its “head in the ground” over the issue of hypoandrogenism and called for South African Caster Semenya to be treated fairly as her appeal against testosterone restrictions in female runners takes place in Switzerland. Follow @cnnsport “The most important thing is fairness to the athletes. “I’ve spoken to a few women who were distance runners and they gave me a point of view that I was surprised at and that was mainly fairness to Caster before everything else and that she not be castigated because of her situation, which she has nothing to do with. They were interested in her as an individual, so that was heartening to me.” The latest …

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: ‘Now I just go out on the field and dominate’

(CNN)Is it possible that the iconic American school bus ultimately inspired Swedish football icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move to the US? “And when I got the opportunity, I took it immediately, because I saw it as a great chance for me, for my career and for the life outside the field.” Never a truer word spoken, as so often seems to be the case with the enigmatic Swedish star. But while the legendary Zlatan has won almost every honor in the game — it is perhaps easier to list the trophies he did not lift for his clubs, such as the Champions League and English Premier League — he surely will not settle for another season of mediocrity in L.A., where …

Huawei UK cyber-security risk ‘manageable’

Most of the UK’s mobile companies – Vodafone, EE and Three – have been working with Huawei on developing their 5G networks. They are awaiting on a government review, due in March or April, that will decide whether they can use Huawei technology. As first reported by the Financial Times, the conclusion by the National Cyber Security Centre – part of the intelligence agency GCHQ – will feed into the review. The decision has not yet been made public, but the security agency said in a statement it had “a unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber security”. Analysis Rory Cellan-Jones, technology correspondent If anybody knows just how Huawei works and the threat it might pose to the …

Martina Navratilova criticized for comments about trans women in sport

(CNN)Tennis great Martina Navratilova has been criticized after claiming it is a form of “cheating” for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women’s sport. Follow @cnnsport Her comments led to her becoming embroiled in an online argument with cyclist Rachel McKinnon, the first transgender woman to win a world track cycling title in October 2018. Navratilova, a nine-time Wimbledon champion, wrote on Sunday that this debate had led to her going away to do more research on the subject, adding: “Well, I’ve now done that and, if anything, my views have strengthened. “To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win …

‘I’m a teenage taxidermist’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSydney Langton said she would never condone killing animals for taxidermy In her spare time, 16-year-old Sydney Langton has a singular passion: stuffing birds and foxes and any other roadkill that comes her way. Here she explains why she loves being a teenage taxidermist. Look into a freezer belonging to any of my friends and you will most likely find chips, fish-fingers and ice cream. That’s not the case with me. My own personal freezer, stored out in the family shed, is filled with roadkill. The vegan taxidermist Taxidermist sold monkey heads on eBay The man who was stuffed like an animal The fake taxidermist In it are badgers and foxes, a …

UK lawmakers: Facebook ‘intentionally and knowingly’ violated data privacy laws

London (CNN Business)UK lawmakers have accused Facebook of violating data privacy and competition laws in a report on social media disinformation that also says CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed “contempt” toward parliament by not appearing before them. “Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law,” the report said. In response to the report, Facebook said it had not breached data protection or competition laws. Karim Palant, Facebook’s UK public policy manager, said in a statement that the company “supports effective privacy legislation” and is also open to “meaningful regulation.” Facebook said in December that the documents from the Six4Three lawsuit had been “selectively …

Regulate Facebook now, say UK MPs

The inquiry into fake news, which lasted more than a year, was conducted by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, with much of the evidence focusing on the business practices of Facebook before and after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. What will the DCMS report achieve? What is fake news and can you identify it? Facebook employs UK fact-checkers to combat fake news Cambridge Analytica was a political advertising firm that had access to the data of millions of users, some of which was allegedly used to psychologically profile US voters. The data was acquired via a personality quiz. How such data, particularly in terms of political campaigning, was shared by Facebook was at the heart of the inquiry, alongside …

Marcel Hirscher claims third slalom World Championship title

(CNN)Marcel Hirscher claimed the third slalom World Championship gold of his career, drawling level with the men’s record set by legendary Swede Ingemar Stenmark. READ: Hirscher bags silver as rival Kristoffersen wins world title READ: Is Marcel Hirscher the greatest skier of all time? Alexis Pinturault was proving to be Hirscher’s closest competitor after the first run, but a slip halfway down the course proved costly for the Frenchman who had to settle for fourth. Despite dominating the slalom Sunday, Austrian skiing fans had to wait until the final day of the Are 2019 for Hirscher to secure the country’s first gold medal of these World Championships. Speaking after claiming gold, Hirscher admitted he may not return in two years’ …

Sala funeral takes place in Argentina

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCardiff City manager Neil Warnock: “Sala was my player” Sala was killed when a single-engine light aircraft, flown by pilot Mr Ibbotson, crashed near Alderney just two days after he became Cardiff City’s record transfer. His body, which was recovered from the wreckage following a privately-funded search last week, was repatriated to Argentina on Friday. It was then driven from Buenos Aires to the Sante Fe province, where Sala grew up. Emiliano Sala – born in Argentina, made in France Who owned the plane Sala died in? Agent reveals Sala flight text messages Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMourners applauded in tribute as the footballer’s coffin was carried in …

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid settle grievances with NFL

(CNN)Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid — who drew controversy for kneeling during the National Anthem when the two were San Francisco 49ers teammates — have settled their collusion grievance cases against the NFL. Both alleged that teams were keeping them from playing. Kaepernick became a lightning rod in 2016 while with the 49ers when the quarterback refused to stand during the National Anthem, protesting what he believes are racial injustices and ongoing police brutality in the US. He drew fierce criticism from some by kneeling but also inspired other athletes — from elementary schools to professional leagues — to join his movement. Reid, a safety, began kneeling alongside his teammate that season. When he was still playing for San Francisco, …

Mikaela Shiffrin makes history with fourth straight slalom gold

(CNN)Mikaela Shiffrin proved she really is in a league of her own in the slalom, becoming the first skier in history to win four consecutive world titles in the same event. Mikaela Shiffrin: Why I won’t be objectified She admitted that the possibility of making history was the extra motivation she needed to power through. “Today was something else,” she said of the occasion. “There’s been a lot going on these Championships since the Super-G win. I certainly had a lot of doubt today but in the most important moments it was okay. “Like I said, my team was just spectacular this whole time to get me to toughen up and do the job. I’m really, really happy.” The packed …

Marcel Hirscher bags silver as Henrik Kristoffersen wins world title

(CNN)He’s trailed in the wake of Marcel Hirscher for most of his career, but Henrik Kristoffersen got the better of his great rival with victory in the giant slalom at the World Championships in Sweden. “It was about time,” Kristoffersen said after his victory. “Everyone has been working insanely, so it’s amazing. I haven’t won a GS since 2015. “I have worked so hard and been close so many times. I just went for it.” Mikaela Shiffrin: Lead singer? Big night out? France’s Alexis Pinturault added a bronze medal to the combined gold he won earlier in the championships. Kristoffersen is third in the World Cup overall standings behind seven-time champion Hirscher and Pinturault, but he showed far greater consistency …