Gran Premio Latinoamericano: The Champions League of horse racing

(CNN)Celebrating the very best thoroughbred racehorses in South America, the Gran Premio Latinoamericano is the most prestigious date on the continent’s racing calendar. When the thoroughbreds fly out of the stalls to the cry of an impassioned crowd, it’s not just the $500,000 prize purse up for grabs, though. National pride is also a huge part of South America’s richest horse race. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos

How Borussia Dortmund is leading football’s fight against the far right in Germany

Dortmund, Germany (CNN)As a child, Daniel Lrcher remembers hearing the chanting on the terrace at his beloved Borussia Dortmund. Follow @cnnsport Anti-Semitic songs and monkey chants aimed at black players were not unusual in the late ’80s and ’90s, Lörcher recalls, but it was also the moment he believes football began to wake up to the hatred which had embedded itself within the sport. At clubs like Dortmund, it was the supporters who took control of the fight against racism, working with the club to eradicate the far-right element that had been part of Dortmund’s support throughout the 1980s. “At the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, the hooligan movement was very strong in Germany, ” Lörcher, a former …

In pictures: Life after the Army

Photographer Ed Gold interviewed soldiers who served in Afghanistan and asked them about their experiences of adjusting to civilian life. Soldiers Callum Wright, Scott Meenagh, Geoff Dunn, Dan Eccles and Terry Jones all served in the Parachute Regiment, known as the Paras. Ed worked with the Paras as a photojournalist in the UK and in Afghanistan, taking thousands of images of army life. The photos shown here document the Para soldiers between July 2010 and July 2011 and when he caught up with them again in 2018 after they left the Army. Callum Wright Initially, Callum wanted to be a tank transporter like his two older brothers but then decided he would rather be in the “nitty gritty” of combat …

Ichiro Suzuki retires, capping illustrious MLB career with emotional farewell

(CNN)Ichiro Suzuki has played his final MLB game — and his goodbye came in the country where the Japanese icon’s professional baseball career began. “For me, it doesn’t get better than tonight,” Ichiro said. “Nothing can top what happened tonight for me.” There was still the rest of a game to play, but his career was done. Ichiro has retired after 19 MLB seasons at the age of 45. It’s all but assured he will be honored one day in Cooperstown, New York, the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Despite not getting a hit in the two-game series against Oakland, fans savored his presence. They mobbed him for autographs before the game. During it, they gave him …

Julia Roberts calls college admissions scandal ‘so sad’

Julia Roberts opened up about the first time about the ongoing college admissions scandal. (Allen Berezovsky/WireImage) SELMA BLAIR SLAMS LORI LOUGHLIN’S ALLEGED COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCAM WITH PHOTOSHOPPED IMAGE OF HER SON As previously reported, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were among the 50 people swept up in the scandal after it was revealed they paid $500,000 to the scheme’s organizer so that he would make it look like their daughters participated in crew and were recruited to USC despite never rowing for the sport. They were released on $1 million bond each. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Fellow actress Felicity Huffman, an Academy Award nominee, was arrested at her home for her alleged involvement in the …

Hospital infection inquiry begins at Holyrood

They want to examine whether infection control is adequate and whether more can be done to improve patient safety. Image copyright Andrew Cowan Image caption Lewis Macdonald wants to understand the scale of the problem The Cryptococcus which was found is believed to be from pigeon droppings located in a plant room on the hospital’s roof. Prosecutors are also investigating the death of a third patient at the QEUH. A 63-year-old woman was one of two patients affected by the fungal infection Mucor in January. Separately, 23 children contracted bloodstream infections in the cancer wards at the Royal Hospital for Children – which shares the Queen Elizabeth campus – between January and September last year. The infections were thought to …

Video games are now a legitimate high school sport

Atlanta (CNN Business)Competitive video game playing, also known as esports, is now a high school varsity sport in eight states. Two teams of students with six players each faced off in a video game game called “Smite,” one of the three high-school-sanctioned esport games, in which they battle each other as gods and other mythological characters. According to Brian Prokes, the center’s executive director, the facility’s goal is to level the playing field and give anybody an opportunity to compete. “If there are two schools that don’t have the facilities to host a five-on-five tournament, we are here for them,” he said. The regular esports season runs through the end of April, with playoffs and finals starting in May. A …

Grime music being ‘stifled’, MPs say

They called on the government to come up with new guidelines for police and local authorities, which would “ensure that urban music acts are not unfairly targeted”. As part of its investigation, the committee invited rapper ShaoDow to tell them about his experiences and he explained that he had faced frustrations when attempting to put on shows in London. “I had a venue cancel on me on the day that I was meant to go there,” he said. “I was booked for a performance in a club and called them ahead of time to say, ‘I am on my way’, and they said, ‘Oh, by the way, we were just listening to your music. You make hip-hop’. “I said, ‘Yes’, …

Chinese buyer bids record $1.4 million for racing pigeon

(CNN)A Chinese buyer bid more than $1.4 million for a prized Belgian racing pigeon in an “unprecedented” sale, according to the auctioneer that organized the sale. Jiangming Liu, who works for PIPA in China, said the company was expecting Armando to fetch a high price but “multiple times less” than what he actually got. “We’re all surprised,” Liu said. PIPA said Armando is the most expensive bird ever to be sold at auction by a huge margin. The next most expensive is believed to be a bird called Nadine, which fetched more than $450,000 at auction in 2017. The buyer was a Chinese fancier named Xing Wei, according to media reports at the time. Joel Verschoot, the Belgian breeder who …

The story behind the Sala transfer flights

From the beginning of December through to a few days before the fatal crash, a succession of journeys were made between the UK and France by the various parties involved in the transfer deal. Football agent Willie McKay, who brokered the deal, has said he and his family arranged and paid for these flights. What do we know about these flights? A BBC Wales investigation has found the flights were conducted by three different companies or individuals. We understand that all were filed on flight plans as “general aviation” – therefore private, rather than commercial flights – and that none flew under an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) An AOC is a licence which charter companies obtain from the CAA – …

Joe Biden readies major endorsements and message of strength ahead of likely 2020 run

(CNN)Joe Biden didn’t clear the field, so he’s poised to join it. His verbal slip — intentional or not — drew laughter in the room and considerable attention outside, but it was the words “new left” that may have offered the best clue about how he plans to run a third bid for the White House. He plans to emphasize the record of the Obama administration over his own long record from the Senate and intends to push back on any notion he’s not progressive enough for today’s Democratic Party. As he prepares for a possible run, Biden has hunkered down for strategy sessions with a tight knit group of advisers and held meetings with top Democrats and elected officials. …

Fans and players celebrate Grand Slam

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWales won an emphatic 25-7 victory over Ireland at the Principality Stadium on Saturday Hundreds of rugby fans joined the Wales national team in Cardiff Bay to celebrate winning the Grand Slam. Celebrations after victory over Ireland to win the Six Nations continued throughout the weekend. They included a special event at the Senedd to mark a fourth Slam in 14 years. Receiving big cheers from the crowd, head coach Warren Gatland said how he has “really loved his time here.” Live updates: Celebrations at Cardiff Bay after Wales’ Grand Slam victory He added that when he joined the team: “There was no way to go but up.” Image caption First Minister …

Women’s football looks to the future

International team manager Alfie Wylie says the traditional stereotypes and prejudices – that football is a game for boys and men – no longer apply. He said the game now has an infrastructure to allow the best players to flourish. “There has been fantastic development in the women’s game over the last 17 years,” he told BBC News NI. “The women’s game is very much accepted now and the IFA has continued to lead and develop the women’s game at all levels,” he said. Image copyright IFA Image caption Developing talent is now a key objective for the sport’s governing body Caoimhe McLaughlin has been with Derry City since she was 13 and is now both player and assistant manager. …

Blind runner, guide dog trio makes history in NYC Half Marathon

(CNN)Thomas Panek and his running guide dogs Westley, Waffle and Gus made history on Sunday in the 2019 New York City Half Marathon. According to the race website, Panek’s team finished the race in just shy of two hours and 21 minutes. An avid runner, Panek had no intention to give up the sport, even after losing his eyesight in his early 20s. Thanks to volunteer human guides, he has since completed 20 marathons. Still, Panek missed the feeling of independence, which ultimately inspired him to start a formal training program for running guide dogs. “It never made sense to me to walk out the door and leave my guide dog behind when I love to run and they love …

NFL suspends Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt 8 games

(CNN)The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt on Friday for the first eight regular-season games without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, stemming from physical altercations at his Cleveland residence in February 2018 and at a resort in Ohio in June. “I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner (Roger) Goodell last week. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. “My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this …

Champions League draw: Manchester United to face Barcelona in last eight

(CNN)Manchester United will face Barcelona in a heavyweight Champions League quarterfinal after the draw was made at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters in Nyon on Friday. READ: UEFA investigates Manchester City The semifinal draw was also made on Friday, with Manchester United or Barca due to face Liverpool or Porto, with the winner of the tie between Manchester City and Tottenham playing either Ajax or Juve. The quarterfinal first legs will be played on April 9/10 with the reverse fixtures scheduled for April 16/17. The semifinals will kick off on April 30 and May 1 — with the second legs set for May 7/8 — ahead of the final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1. English dominance returns? It …