Why I say Andy Murray is GB’s best sportsman

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAndy Murray was in tears as he spoke to journalists ahead of the Australian Open It’s a big call but I’m making it: Sir Andy Murray is the greatest sportsman Britain has ever had. I’ll confess I am a huge tennis fan, so somewhat biased, but that doesn’t make me wrong. On the day he says he’s planning to retire, I’m going to make the case for why he’s the best British man in sport. Let’s take a look at some facts about Murray first of all: Three times a Grand Slam winner, including twice at Wimbledon where he ended a 77-year wait for a men’s champion Beating Novak Djokovic to win …

Renowned sportscaster says NFL teams are racist when it comes to hiring coaches

(CNN)A Dallas sportscaster is causing a stir for a blistering TV commentary in which he acknowledged his own “white privilege” and slammed the “covert racism” of NFL owners who won’t give talented coaches of color a chance. Eight NFL head coaches — five of them black — were fired at the end of the 2018 regular season which wrapped last month. The six coaches hired so far to replace them all are white. In a league where about 70% of the players are black, only two of the 32 NFL teams currently have black head coaches. In 2003, the NFL adopted a policy, called the Rooney Rule, requiring every team with a head coaching vacancy to interview at least one …

Andy Murray to retire at Wimbledon, at the latest

Melbourne (CNN)There will, unfortunately, be no fairytale comeback for Andy Murray. READ: Federer, Serena on same court He left his press conference in tears, a day after the Telegraph reported Murray looked like a shadow of his old self when he was soundly beaten by his childhood pal and the current world No. 1, Novak Djokovic, in a practice session at Melbourne Park. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos “I can play with limitations but having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training,” Murray, down to 230th in the rankings, said. “Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that. “Not …

Driver quizzed as 27 ‘migrants’ found in lorry

The lorry was stopped on the northbound carriageway between junctions 15 and 16 at about 17:45. Among those caught up in huge tailbacks were hundreds of Burton Albion supporters who had been travelling to their team’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City, which they lost 9-0. ‘People escaped’ Driver Danny Ellis said he had seen 30 to 40 police cars pass him on the northbound side of the motorway, and said three or four lorries had been stopped and searched. “We were told for safety to get back in our cars and lock them,” he said. “We were told a lot of people escaped and ran from the back of these lorries.” Image copyright Highways England Image caption Traffic cameras …

2019 Cadillac XT4 Test Drive: A little, late SUV

Unfortunately, while Cadillac was busy doing that, its competitors were outflanking it by creating SUVs in every shape and size imaginable, just as the high-end market was shifting away from sedans and coupes. BMW and Mercedes-Benz now each offer seven. With only two in its arsenal, the XT5 and Escalade, Cadillac got dusted, despite the pair’s strong sales. So it’s out with the not-so-old and in with the new. As it begins clearing three of its four car models from dealer lots, Cadillac has started filling their spaces with the new XT4 compact SUV, becoming one of the last of the luxury marques to enter a segment it should’ve owned years ago. (Cadillac) The XT4 borrows its styling from the rest …

Arthur Leclerc to test drive with Formula E in Marrakesh

(CNN)While his brother has recently landed one of the most coveted seats in Formula One, Arthur Leclerc is busy forging his own racing career. Leclerc will pair with Frenchman Norman Nato for the rookie test following the second race of the all-electric championship in Morocco, his second spin in the Formula E Gen2 race car after getting behind the wheel in Spain last year. Formula E car vs. the fastest animal READ: Why Felipe Massa just couldn’t stay retired Arthur Leclerc competed in the French F4 Championship last year, placing fifth overall in his maiden season. “Arthur has shown promise in Karting and F4 and I’m looking forward to seeing how he gets on in Marrakesh,” said Venturi team principal …

Model defends role at farm trade show

‘Grid kids’ to replace F1 ‘grid girls’ Which sports still use ‘walk-on girls’? During the exhibition Agrifac tweeted pictures of the women posing in front of agricultural machinery and with competition winners. Karen Carter chaired her local Young Farmers club in Devon and is a volunteer for the Farming Community Network. She said she was “disappointed” when she saw the images from the show. “It is 2019 – it is frustrating we are still having these conversations. “I have nothing against the girls. The point is this sort of practice is outdated,” she said. Carol Lishman, director of the agricultural manufacturers Martin Lishman, tweeted: “Embarrassing photo and not great for encouraging women in this industry, disappointing this is still happening.” …

Driver quizzed as ‘migrants’ found in lorry

‘People escaped’ Driver Danny Ellis said he saw 30 to 40 police cars pass him on the northbound side of the motorway, and said three or four lorries were stopped and searched. “We were told for safety to get back in our cars and lock them,” he said. “We were told a lot of people escaped and ran from the back of these lorries.” Image copyright Highways England Image caption Traffic cameras showed long tailbacks forming on the motorway Both carriageways have since re-opened, Highways England said. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service are also at the scene, police added. Motorists have faced huge tailbacks on the road, including hundreds of Burton Albion supporters. They were …

Ford redesigns ‘world’s most popular SUV’

(CNN)Ford has unveiled a completely new version of the Explorer SUV, a model that helped fuel the SUV craze when it was first introduced in the 1990s. It’s still one of the company’s most popular products and will be even more important to Ford now that the automaker has announced it is dropping nearly all car models from its North American lineup in favor of SUVs, crossovers and trucks. “The Explorer has been really successful for us and so we didn’t want to change the experience dramatically, but we did want to update it, we wanted to modernize it, we wanted to change the presence,” said Cristina Aquino, Ford’s large utility marketing manager. The Explorer you can buy today is …

Weekend in sport: FA Cup throws up surprises; NFL playoffs kick off; Champion Socceroos slump to shock defeat in Asian Cup

(CNN)Lower league sides indulge in some FA Cup giant killing… NFL postseason opens with wildcard weekend… Socceroo shock in the UAE… Warriors and Kings put on three-point show… Swiss duo tighten grip on Hopman Cup ahead of Australian Open. This is your weekend sporting roundup. For Oldham’s caretaker manager, Pete Wild, it was a day to savor as his unfancied side rose to the occasion to put away Premier League Fulham 2-1, with the London side currently 59 places above the Latics in the league structure. “It means a lot to me and my family. We’re all Oldham people,” he said after securing the win. “We’re from a small town overshadowed by big neighbors and I’m so proud to give …

Rape trial cricketer ‘ashamed’ by sex chat

“No thought went into it,” he said, fighting back tears as he told the court his family has had to see embarrassing comments he made. ‘Taking advantage’ The court heard Worcestershire all-rounder Mr Hepburn and fellow cricketer Joe Clarke – who had consensual sex with the woman before the alleged rape – were both part of the group. Latest news and updates West Midlands Cross-examing Mr Hepburn, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said: “This is a case about you, fired up by this ‘game’ you were so keen to play with your mates, taking advantage of a girl that you knew was asleep in Joe’s bed.” Mr Hepburn answered: “Not true.” Ms Moore continued: “The reason you are crying now is …

Babalwa Latsha: From South African township to Springboks

Cape Town (CNN)When South African women’s sevens player Babalwa Latsha took up rugby a few years ago it wasn’t just a new sport she had to master. “It was the best thing to happen, actually, for my academics and also for my rugby,” says Latsha, who was part of the inaugural South African Rugby Legends Association’s (SARLA) development program in 2014. She did not, however, abandon her roots, and still lives in the township of Khayelitsha. “I’d say it is a tough place to live, but I don’t think that I would want to change it for anything,” she says. “Khayelitsha has its own flavor, if you like. “It requires a specific way of life, if you know what I …

World’s most beautiful race courses: From beaches to frozen lakes

(CNN)If the thunder of hooves and the thrill of the racing doesn’t grab you, the sublime settings surely will. Meydan, Dubai Boasting the world’s first five-star trackside hotel, restaurants and a museum, Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse is a cathedral to 21st-century racing. The grandstand alone is more than a mile long and can host 60,000 spectators. What’s more, there is a rooftop infinity pool. Since it replaced the Nad Al Sheba racecourse in 2010, Meydan has been home to one of the richest horse races in the world — the Grade 1 Dubai World Cup. Recently the prize fund was boosted to $12 million and the 2019 winner will take home an eye-watering $7.2 million. READ: Dubai ruler finally wins Melbourne …

Roger Federer’s tears for former coach: ‘Never broke down like this’

Dubai (CNN)As Roger Federer prepares to defend his Australian Open title, an emotional interview with CNN Sport reveals just how much the Swiss continues to mourn the loss of Australian Peter Carter. READ: Meet tennis’ record unluckiest loser Federer turned 37 last August 8, a day before what would have been Carter’s 53rd birthday. When asked what Carter would think about his record men’s haul of 20 grand slams, Federer teared up. “Sorry,” said Federer. “Oh, man, I still miss him so much. I hope he would be proud. “Geez, never broke down like this,” he said later. Federer learned of Carter’s death while competing at the Canadian Masters in Toronto and according to ‘The Roger Federer Story: Quest for …

Man faces charge in drive-by killing of Jazmine Barnes

(CNN)A man faces a charge of capital murder in the shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was killed as she rode in a car with her family in Texas. Jazmine was fatally shot in the head. Washington, 30, was shot in the arm, while Jazmine’s 6-year-old sister was hit by shattered glass. Jazmine’s two teenage sisters were not harmed. Before the arrest, police had released a sketch of the suspect Thursday compiled from descriptions from Jazmine’s mother and three sisters. At the time, authorities had said it showed a white man in his 40s. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Saturday night that their homicide investigation had taken a “new direction,” without providing specifics. “Detectives are in the process of …

Boy ‘traumatised’ by football filming row

Report End of Twitter post by @MaxdHayes Skip Twitter post by @ben_hayes65 I’ve just reviewed the only footage filmed at Chelsea today, and this is the terrible crime and the offender, who deserved to be dragged by his neck! #NFFC @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/SarkRSmnNO — Ben Hayes (@ben_hayes65) January 5, 2019 Max said a security officer confiscated his bag and recording equipment before letting the three fans into the match. When they tried to report it to police an officer told them there was “no point” as they would miss the game. The Hayes family said they were considering making a formal complaint to the Metropolitan Police over the incident. Report End of Twitter post by @ColinMurray Skip Twitter post by @nottmtails …