Nicolas Chauvin: Club in mourning after death of teenage rugby prospect

(CNN)A 19-year-old rugby player has died after suffering a serious neck injury during a youth match in France. He was rushed to hospital but his death was later confirmed on Wednesday. “It is with great sadness that Stade Français Paris announces the death of Nicolas Chauvin,” the statement from the club read.       “Today, all our thoughts are with the family of Nicolas to whom all the members of the club send their most sincere condolences. Stade Français Paris is in mourning.”   Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos Tributes Tributes to the teenager have poured in on social media, led by the club that Chauvin was playing against. “All members of the club are devastated to …

Sky to end ownership of cycling outfit Team Sky

(CNN)One of the most successful teams in professional cycling history is looking for a new sponsor after Sky announced its ownership and sponsorship of Team Sky will cease at the end of 2019. However, the team has come under criticism for its use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) with an inquiry being launched by Britain’s Parliament to investigate whether the team had been guilty of any doping offenses. “Over the past nine seasons, Sky has backed us all the way, enabling us to achieve some amazing results and inspire millions of people to love our sport,” said the Team Sky statement. “We’d like to thank Sky for all of their support, and in particular the opportunity to help Britain become …

Prague Playoffs: The $14 million ‘Super Bowl of show jumping’

(CNN)After more than 500 hours of competition across three continents, 13 countries and 16 cities, the world’s top show jumpers are getting ready for the “Super Bowl of show jumping.” Held at Prague’s O2 Arena between December 13 and 16, the first indoor event in the 12-year history of the Longines Global Champions Tour will see riders battle it out for $13.7 million in prize money.     Having won his first individual LGCT title this season, all eyes in Prague will be on Britain’s Ben Maher — the dominant rider of 2018.   “It’s become a dream season that wasn’t expected,” Maher told CNNEQ in Doha, where he won the 16th and final leg of the regular LGCT season, …

Champions League: Real Madrid embarrassed by CSKA Moscow in record home loss

(CNN)Real Madrid was already assured of a place in the knockout phase of the Champions League heading into the final match day but for a club of its stature, there is no such thing as a meaningless game. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos It was Los Blancos’ worst ever European defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and the first time they lost a group stage game at home since 2009.       Read: Resurgent Reus Just as surprising was CSKA Moscow doing the double over Real Madrid — winning 1-0 in Russia in October — yet not even finishing in a Europa League position. CSKA was pipped by Plzen, which defeated the other team in the group …

Champions League: Liverpool advance as Alisson, Salah star against Napoli

(CNN)A Liverpool fan favorite who emerged last season combined with a new goalkeeping hero in the Reds’ 1-0 win over Napoli that sent the 2018 finalist into the Champions League knockout phase. Read: Was Ronaldo’s bicycle kick greatest goal ever? Read: Reus back from the brink, again       Summer signing — from Roma — Alisson then bailed out the host in injury time, stopping substitute Arkadiusz Milik in what was easily the visitors’ best opportunity at Anfield. Beating Napoli and also qualifying for the last 16 could be worth as much as $13.8 million to Liverpool.   “What a goal from Mo, and the save Ali made — I have no words for that,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp …

Pro golfer has clubs stolen … shoots 63 with borrowed set, qualifies for Tour

(CNN)It was the most important day of his golf career so far but Cody Blick’s clubs had been stolen and he was desperate. His performance would determine how many — if any — starts he would gain on next season’s Web.com Tour, the developmental circuit for the PGA Tour. In panic at being without his trusty weapons, he took to social media.       “I will give you $5,000 cash no questions asked,” a desperate Blick posted on Instagram.   Visit CNN/com/sport for more news, features and videos     Staying at a rented Airbnb in Arizona, Blick was cooking breakfast Sunday morning when he realized the garage door had been opened and his clubs were gone. Heading into …

Runner face-plants in the mud during finish line fail, becomes glorious meme

Oh dear. Image: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images for European Athletics Not many people can say they’ve had the glory of celebrating a European Cross Country Championship win in front of a crowd of cheering people. Not many people can say they’ve become a meme after face-planting in the mud, either. Well, Jimmy Gressier can say both. Over the weekend, the runner claimed victory in the men’s under-23, rounding off an epic race off with an attempted knee slide through the mud. SEE ALSO: This face-planting high school sprinter is all of us As you can tell from the following video, it didn’t quite go to plan. Nailed it.pic.twitter.com/1haO5uYdsw — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 9, 2018 Let’s get another angle on that: …

Reality Check: Is football racism rising?

Image copyright Getty Images England international and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling said he suffered racial abuse from Chelsea fans during his side’s 2-0 defeat on Saturday. Police and Chelsea say they are investigating the alleged racist abuse and the club has suspended four fans. The Premier League says anyone found to have been racially abusive deserves to be punished. But is the alleged abuse of Mr Sterling symptomatic of football-related racism getting worse? Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to measure the scale of the problem with statistics alone. Kick It Out, a football equality charity, publishes annual statistics based on reports of discrimination it has received over the previous 12 months. Reports can come from all levels of the game, …

USA pulls off miracle comeback against Europe in 1999 Ryder Cup

(CNN)The USA was heavy favorite and supposed to win comfortably on home soil, but Europe led 10-6 going into Sunday’s singles at Brookline Country Club in 1999. His side began strongly Sunday, capturing the first six matches on the course and then added a seventh win to make it 13-10. The tension mounted for the groups lower down the order as USA edged to 14-12, needing just half a point to secure an historic win.       Justin Leonard had fought back from four holes down and was level with Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabal playing the 17th.   When the American drained a 40-foot birdie putt, his teammates invaded the green in celebration with Olazabal still waiting to putt. …

Anna Gasser: ‘As I took off I knew there was no way back,’ says snowboarder

(CNN)She had pictured the trick plenty of times in her mind’s eye and even tried it once onto an airbag but no woman had ever pulled it off on snow. Now, high on Austria’s Stubai Glacier, snowboarder Anna Gasser gazed down at the huge white ramp that could propel her into history. Quiet in her helmet and dark goggles, Gasser contemplated her leap into the unknown. “I’m thinking triple,” she whispered. READ: ‘Spiritual’ end to 157-day swim around Great Britain For sure it was one of the craziest tricks I’ve ever done. “I had some butterflies in my stomach for sure before I dropped in,” said Gasser, who won gold in the big air contest at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics …

Felipe Massa races the fastest animal on earth ahead of Formula E debut

(CNN)Veteran driver Felipe Massa has been getting fans in a flap ahead of his Formula E debut. Ahead of his first appearance in the all-electric race series, the 37-year-old was tested against the fastest animal on the planet — a peregrine falcon. The bird can reach speeds in excess of 217 mph when diving on its prey, a touch faster than a Formula E car.       But could Massa hold it off to secure his first win in an electric vehicle? Visit CNN/com/sport for more news, features and videos   The winner? Chasing a lure attached to the back of the new-look Gen2 car, the falcon almost kept up with the Brazilian but Massa did enough to fly …

Mikaela Shiffrin sparkles with St. Moritz clean sweep

(CNN)She’s already stamping her authority on the season and it’s only December as Mikaela Shiffrin clinched a clean sweep in St.Moritz last weekend. Visit CNN/com/Sport for more news, features and videos The 23-year-old has now won 48 World Cup races on skiing’s elite circuit to move into fourth place on the all-time list behind Lindsey Vonn (82), Annemarie Moser-Proell (62) and Vreni Schneider (55).       The Olympic giant slalom champion has clinched three wins in eight days following last Sunday’s super-G success in Lake Louise, Canada.   The American skier now has more than twice as many points in the World Cup overall standings as second-place Michelle Gisin of Switzerland as she chases a third straight season overall …

Raheem Sterling: What you may not know

Image copyright Getty Images Chelsea have now suspended four people from matches after allegations of racial abuse towards Raheem Sterling on Saturday. If you look closely at the incident at Stamford Bridge, the 24-year-old Man City player appears to chuckle as the crowd shout in his direction. His first football coach Paul Lawrence isn’t surprised. “From a young age he’s always had to put up with a lot of that anyway,” he told Radio 1 Newsbeat. “It’s due to the area he’s from and due to the background he’s from. “He would get a lot of people fouling him, all the time, in every single match we played. That alone lets you be able to deal with other things in …

Cape Town Sevens: Fiji wins as USA tops standings for first time

(CNN)Fiji won its first World Rugby Sevens Series title of the season in Cape Town with a 29-15 victory over USA Sunday. It was Fiji’s first victory on South African soil since 2005 and comfortably the nation’s best showing in Cape Town having finished fifth in the two previous editions of the tournament. The USA was appearing in back-to-back finals for the first time ever having lost out to New Zealand in Dubai. But despite the defeat, the Eagles climbed to the top of the overall standings for the first time, two weeks into the season.       Visit CNN/com/sport for more news, features and videos Tries from captain Kalione Nasoko, Vilimoni Botitu and Sevuloni Mocenacagi gave Fiji a …

SNL’s Vanessa Bayer Opens Up About Battling Blood Cancer

Vanessa Bayer is eternally cheerful even when she’s talking about her battle with blood cancer.  The “Saturday Night Live” star, who left the show in 2017 after seven seasons of Rachel Green impressions and Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy sketches, recently spoke with HuffPost about having leukemia as a teenager and her new partnership with Gift of Life a bone marrow registry dedicated to fighting blood cancer. Somehow Bayer known for her megawatt smile manages to make talking about her battle with blood cancer like just another thing that happens to anyone — like something as simple as getting stitches or a cast for a broken bone. Aside from opening up about defeating cancer, the 37-year-old comedian also spoke about her …

Weekend in sport: Liverpool goes top; United ends Atlanta’s trophy drought; Army extends dominance over Navy

(CNN)City drop points for the first time this season… United end Georgia’s trophy drought with MLS Cup victory… Army continue winning ways over arch-rival Navy… Bulls struggle under new head coach… Copa final match finally gets played… this is your weekend of sport. It’s too early to say if it’s a power shift or a blip, but for now at least, the Premier League table has a new leader. Chelsea became the first team this season to down champion Manchester City, inflicting a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge and allowing Liverpool to claim the top spot, thanks to its outsized victory over Bournemouth. Going into the weekend, City has looked irresistible, while Chelsea has struggled to maintain consistency. Amid the …