Can Serena Williams bounce back to seal her place in history?

(CNN)After a remarkable comeback that featured two major finals and one epic controversy, can Serena Williams seal her place in the tennis history books once and for all in Australia? “A lot of girls on Tour will be happy to make two finals in a year,” said the 19th-ranked Frenchwoman, who has lost all three matches she played against Williams. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos ‘Everyone is hungry for slams’ The Australian Open, the season’s first tennis major, starts on January 14 in Melbourne. Roger Federer of Switzerland and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki are the defending champions. “She will probably be disappointed, but I think she can still do it,” Garcia said about Williams, the 4-1 favorite for the …

Mikaela Shiffrin misses historic win with defeat by Petra Vlhova

(CNN)She was targeting an historic eighth straight slalom victory, but Mikaela Shiffrin’s winning streak came to an end with defeat by Petra Vlhova in Austria Tuesday. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos Vlhova also beat Shiffrin in the final of the Oslo parallel slalom — in which racers compete head-to-head on neighboring courses — on January 1. Shiffrin has won nine times in 16 starts across four of the six World Cup disciplines this season to take her career tally to 52 World Cup wins, three shy of Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider in third on the women’s all-time list. Lindsey Vonn leads with 82 World Cup victories and will begin her farewell season in St. Anton this weekend after …

Egypt beats South Africa to earn right to host 2019 African Cup of Nations

(CNN)Seven-time champions Egypt will host this year’s African Cup of Nations. isit cnn.com/sport for more news, features and videos Cameroon has been offered the chance to stage the finals in two years’ time, meaning the original hosts for 2021 and 2023 have been asked to delay their tournaments. While Guinea has agreed to move its staging of the event from 2023 to 2025, Ivory Coast — which was set to host in 2021 — has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. There could be double the celebrations for Egypt as forward Mo Salah is favorite to retain his CAF Player of the Year Award at the CAF Awards, which will take place Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal. Original Article …

5 things to know for January 14: Trump, TSA, Obamacare, LA teacher’s strike, DC snow

(CNN) 1. President Trump Is the President of the United States a Russian asset? That question, which sounds like the plot for some second-rate geopolitical thriller, was on everybody’s lips this past weekend after a pair of bombshell stories from The New York Times and The Washington Post. The Times reported that law enforcement officials became so concerned about President Trump’s behavior after he fired ex-FBI Director James Comey that the FBI started an investigation into whether Trump was secretly working on Russia’s behalf. Then the Washington Post reported that the President had gone to great lengths to conceal details of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including taking the notes from his interpreter and not allowing him to discuss the details …

Royal Mint marks 50 years of the 50p

Sportsman and neurologist Bannister ran the first sub four-minute mile at the Iffley Road sports ground in Oxford on 6 May 1954. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionArchive: Bannister reflects on his famous achievement The 50p marks the 50th anniversary of that feat, when he recorded a time of three minutes and 59.4 seconds in front of 1,500 spectators. He only held the world record for 46 days, when his time was beaten by Australian rival John Landy. The coin celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of Kew depicts the gardens’ Great Pagoda, which was completed in 1762 as a gift to Princess Augusta. With only 210,000 coins produced, it is the rarest 50p coin in …

NASCAR lets go of 50 employees in round of layoffs

NASCAR TRUCK SERIES CHAMPION BRETT MOFFITT FINDS NEW TEAM FOR 2019 “A little less than 5 percent of our total workforce was laid off today across our entire company,” a NASCAR official told the publication. “We’re looking to take our remaining resources and focusing them on initiatives we already have in place that require dollars and that will help us grow.” The Daytona Beach, Fla.-based auto racing organization has offices in Charlotte, N.C., where it employs 300 workers, as well as Los Angeles and New York City, the Charlotte Observer reported. DALE EARNHARDT JR. ONCE GOT JEFF GORDON OUT OF A TICKET

Simona Halep: Bittersweet off-season for popular world No. 1

(CNN)For someone who says she is usually asleep by 10 p.m., Simona Halep pushed past her bedtime during tennis’ off-season. “I spent a lot of time in the city, which I don’t do very often,” Halep said. “I lived a normal life, which I enjoyed a lot. I met new people, stayed with friends.” The most successful family affair in tennis There were “many” who expressed an interest in succeeding Cahill, according to Halep. The Constanta native denied reports, though, that one of them was Novak Djokovic’s former coach, Boris Becker. “He came for a different reason in Bucharest and I was happy to see him, but we never talked about being together as a coach and player,” said Halep. …

Mo Salah soothes Liverpool nerves in Premier League title race

(CNN)January has tended to be a tricky month for Liverpool under manager Jurgen Klopp. It was Salah who won the penalty after he was fouled by Pascal Gross. “For Klopp’ system to work, Liverpool has pretty much got the fastest team in the league, lead by the insane speed of Mo Salah,” sports scientist Simon Brundish and Anfield Index contributor told CNN Sport on Friday as he analyzed the league leader’s title bid. Klopp described Liverpool’s performance as “very mature.” “In the second half, we won the ball back, nice little counterattack — Mo, Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] I think and then Mo again in the box, clear penalty,” Klopp told the Liverpool website. “We finished it off, which is good.” …

Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA sought by Las Vegas police investigating rape case

(CNN)Las Vegas police investigating a rape allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo have sent a warrant to authorities in Italy requesting a sample of the Portuguese football superstar’s DNA, a police spokeswoman said Thursday. Mayorga has said in a lawsuit that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 while she repeatedly screamed no. After Mayorga filed suit, police reopened a criminal investigation into the case, which includes results of a medical exam. “Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation,” …

Roger Federer on future retirement: ‘It should be a happy, celebration day’

(CNN)When will Roger Federer retire? It is a question that tennis’ all-time great has been asked in recent years, especially after he suffered a freak knee injury in 2016 and moved into his mid and now late 30s. Follow @cnnsport Far from being weighed down by two decades on tour, the 20-time grand slam winner continues to love the game and traveling the world with wife Mirka and their two sets of twins. READ: Ailing Andy Murray to retire at Wimbledon if not before Federer hoping to claim his 100th career title ‘Wimbledon stands out’ When he does eventually call time on his career, though, Federer unsurprisingly said that Wimbledon might be the ideal place for a farewell tournament. After …

BBC presenter and Radio 1 star dies

Former presenter Gordon Burns, who worked with Oxberry on NWT after leaving The Krypton Factor, posted a tribute on Twitter. Skip Twitter post by @mrgordonburns Totally, utterly, completely devastated. Just can’t believe we have lost the lovely hugely talented Dianne Oxberry. @BBCNWT will never be the same again. She was an outstanding broadcaster, brilliant colleague for so many years and a very good friend. Heartbroken. — Gordon Burns (@mrgordonburns) January 11, 2019 After her time at Radio 1 in London, Sunderland-born Oxberry returned north to Greater Manchester in 1993 with her husband, cameraman Ian Hindle. The couple, who have two young children, met in Manchester while she was co-presenting the Saturday morning children’s television show, The 8:15 From Manchester. Your …

Enes Kanter: ‘Besides America, I don’t feel safe anywhere in the world’

(CNN)NBA star Enes Kanter has said he has received “hundreds and hundreds of death threats” almost every day since he announced on Friday that he would not travel to London with the New York Knicks for fear of assassination. READ: Kanter to miss London trip for fears of assassination READ: Turkey canceled passport over political views — Kanter ‘Sad to see my people threaten me’ According to ESPN, following the Knicks’ win against the Los Angeles Lakers the 26-year-old called Erdogan a lunatic, a maniac and a dictator and said he would not be playing the Washington Wizards in London on January 17. The basketball player, who has previously referred to Erdogan as “the Hitler of our century,” has said …

Andy Murray praised for ‘casual feminism’

Report End of Twitter post by @BillieJeanKing Labour MP Jess Phillips summed it up in her tweet: “Great player, normal bloke, and best of all casual feminist.” ‘Australian Open may be my last event’ Oh-so-nears, tears & triumphs – Murray’s legacy Why I say Andy Murray is GB’s best sportsman What made him speak out? The Scot raised eyebrows when he appointed a woman, Amelie Mauresmo, as his coach in 2014. Image copyright Getty Images Murray said he had never set out to be a spokesperson for women’s equality. But he felt Mauresmo faced unfair criticism for his losses – something that his previous male coaches hadn’t experienced. In a column for French newspaper L’Equipe, he wrote: “Have I become …

Poker player stays in isolation inside pitch-black bathroom after $100G bet: report

Alati and Young agreed on the following terms: Alati would be delivered food from a local restaurant at irregular intervals to prevent him from keeping track of time. There would be no television, radio or phone; he would be able to have a yoga mat and massage ball. Alati’s father would also monitor him via video feed and could pull his son out at any time. Psychologists told the Guardian that living in solitary confinement for a prolonged period of time would be “extremely taxing” on Alati’s mental health. But Alati wasn’t worried—he had been a practitioner of meditation and yoga, a skill he believed would help him remain calm throughout the experience. At the 10 day mark, Young began to …

Franck Ribery: Gold-coated steak backlash earns ‘heavy fine’

(CNN)His meal of gold-coated steak drew ire on social media for being ostentatious, but Franck Ribery’s foul-mouthed response earned him a “heavy fine” from his club Bayern Munich. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos Bayern Munich imposed the undisclosed fine for unacceptable language from a supposed role model. “I had a long talk with Franck and I let him know that we would impose a heavy fine on him and he accepted it,” said the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic in a statement on the club’s website. “He used words that we, FC Bayern, cannot accept and that Franck does not have the right to use, as a role-model and player of FC Bayern.” The statement added Ribery …

Marcel Hirscher back to winning ways in Zagreb

(CNN)While Mikaela Shiffrin is dominating women’s ski racing, Marcel Hirscher continues to cement his legacy as the greatest male racer of his generation — if not all time. “The last two races not scoring any points it’s making me nervous after all these years so I’m super happy I made it to the finish line today,” he told reporters. READ: Is Mikaela Shiffrin the most dominant athlete on the planet? Hirscher has won the last seven overall crowns — awarded to the skier with the most points across all six disciplines — to pass the record of five set by Luxembourg’s Marc Girardelli in 1993. He sits second on the men’s all-time list of wins behind Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, whose …