Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates World Cup overall ‘three-peat’ from hotel room

(CNN)Without skiing through a gate in anger, Mikaela Shiffrin was crowned overall World Cup champion for the third straight year as the scheduled weekend events in Sochi fell victim to the weather. Follow @cnnsport The all-conquering Shiffrin had already opted to skip Sochi, but she now has an unassailable 719-point lead over her nearest rival Petra Vlhova of Slovakia with only six races of the season remaining.

World Rugby official could quit if Pacific Islands excluded from new league

(CNN)Radical plans to reshape rugby’s international calendar have caused shockwaves through the sport, but World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot has quelled fears that certain teams — specifically Fiji and Samoa — will be excluded from the new league. But Pichot, a former Argentina captain who retired from rugby a decade ago, has said he is advocating promotion and relegation between two international leagues. Fiji’s spectacular sand dune workout Confusion Last week, the Pacific Rugby Welfare group, which possesses a 600-strong membership including many professional players, said a boycott of this year’s Rugby World Cup could be discussed as a “legitimate player protest” of World Rugby’s alleged plans. Reports said that a 12-team league comprising New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, …

Martina Navratilova apologizes for transgender ‘cheating’ comments

(CNN)Martina Navratilova may have apologized for using the term “cheating” when describing transgender athletes but the issue received further attention over the weekend with former UK Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies saying trans women had unfair physical advantages. “Needless to say, I have always and will always be a champion of democracy, equal rights, human rights and full protection under the law for everyone. When I talk about sports and rules that must be fair, I am not trying to exclude trans people from living a full, healthy life. “And I am certainly not advocating violence against trans people, as has been suggested. All I am trying to do is to make sure girls and women who were born female are …

Winx: World record 23rd Group One win for ‘very special’ horse

(CNN)Australian wonder horse Winx set a new world record for Group 1 wins Saturday as she stretched her incredible unbeaten run to 31 races. “I had the horse to get me out of trouble, as she has done time and time again.” Winx was surpassing the previous record she jointly held with the famous Irish horse Hurricane Fly, who raced over fences, twice winning the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. At seven years old the iconic mare is in the autumn of her racing career as trainer Chris Waller admitted after her latest triumph. “I can see the sun going down, hopefully we can get through two more races,” he said. Her final appearance is likely to be at …

Funeral crowds cheer World Cup winner Banks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGoalkeepers Jack Butland, Joe Anyon, Kasper Schmeichel and Joe Hart acted as pallbearers World Cup final teammates of England goalkeeper Gordon Banks have attended his funeral, including hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst whose eulogy described him as a “superstar”. Hundreds of people lined the streets of Stoke-on-Trent as a cortege made its way around the city. The coffin was also driven to the home of Banks’s former club Stoke City where hundreds more chanted and applauded. Jack and Sir Bobby Charlton were among mourners at a later church service. The brothers – who won the World Cup with Banks in 1966 – attended Stoke Minster where Wembley teammate Hurst paid tribute. Image …

Wayne Rooney hails ‘fantastic’ Solskjaer and says he is surprised by MLS’s ‘quality’

(CNN)With a steely look of determination in his eyes Wayne Rooney takes a moment to compose himself before stating his intentions for the coming campaign with DC United. Follow @cnnsport “The priority is to make the playoffs and then try and win the title,” Rooney, England’s record goalscorer, told CNN. It would be folly to bet against him achieving that aim, considering he carried his team — Rooney joined midway through last season — from rock bottom of the Eastern Conference to a playoff spot. Ironically, he would miss a penalty in a shootout defeat in the playoffs at home to Columbus Crew. Read: Rooney: ‘I can still play in Premier League’ Read: US star Pulisic set for Premier League …

5 things to know for March 1: Jared Kushner, India and Pakistan, Netanyahu, gun reform, pedestrian deaths

(CNN)Say hello to Toni Harris, the female athlete who accepted a scholarship this weekto play men’s college football. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) President Donald Trump overruled objections from White House senior staff and the intelligence community to get Jared Kushner his top-secret security clearance. That’s what is alleged in a report in The New York Times, which said back in May the President ordered then-chief of staff John Kelly to grant Kushner — Trump’s son-in-law and adviser — the clearance the day after the White House Counsel’s Office urged …

Epaillard edges champion Maher to clinch Global Champions Tour opener in Doha

(CNN)Julien Epaillard edged out defending champion Ben Maher by a whisker to win the first leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Doha. “It’s crazy for me, today,” Epaillard said in a televised interview, after riding away with prize money of €123,750 ($140,733).

Roger Federer claims 100th title with revenge victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas

(CNN)Roger Federer claimed the 100th title of his remarkable career with a straight sets victory over Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Dubai Open Saturday for the eighth time. “It’s an absolute dream come true right now,” Federer said after wrapping up his latest triumph 6-4 6-4 in just 69 minutes.

Sala pilot ‘dropped out of training’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“You wished you never went and watched the guy play,” agent Mark McKay tells BBC sports editor Dan Roan The report added further investigation is needed to discover his background and experience as a pilot. The light aircraft disappeared on 21 January and Sala had completed his transfer to Premier League side Cardiff from French club Nantes just two days earlier – for a club record fee of £15m. He had returned to France to say goodbye to his former teammates. Sala pilot search finds ‘no trace’ Fifa investigates Sala transfer payment Image caption The plane carrying Sala disappeared on 21 January Dr Stuart E Smith, head of training for the school, …

France 2019: What you need to know about the Women’s World Cup

(CNN)Twenty-four teams will compete at next year’s tournament in France, which will be held from 7 June to 7 July. Across nine host cities, 52 matches will be played to determine the winner. As defending champions and world No.1 in FIFA’s rankings, USA is favorite to retain the crown it won in Canada four years ago. Victory would secure a fourth title in eight tournaments and cement the country’s status as the most successful in the competition’s history. The road to France was a straightforward one for USA, beating Mexico 6-0, Panama 5-0, Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 before thumping Jamaica 6-0 in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship to secure qualification. A 2-0 win over Canada in the final …

Friend’s hope for missing climber

In the same year his mother became the first woman to conquer Everest unaided but later died on K2 in the Himalayas. Image copyright Pakistan Embassy Image caption A tent “invaded by snow” was spotted during a search involving a Pakistani army helicopter Related Topics Fort William Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Woman gets a college football scholarship to play defense on men’s team

(CNN)Toni Harris is an undersized defensive back with huge dreams. The free safety wants to be the first woman to play in the NFL. “I always try to push myself every single day and keep my faith in God to let me go as far as I want to go,” she said earlier this month before Toyota aired an advertisement about her during the Super Bowl. The ad focused on how people underestimate her as a player. “I’ve never been a big fan of assumptions,” Harris, who told CNN she is 5-foot-7 and 166 pounds, says in the spot. Harris was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 18. “I had a tumor inside of my stomach,” she told CNN …

How a painting helped Gianluigi Buffon cope with depression

(CNN)One of the perks of being a news anchor is the unexpected conversations you have with fascinating people in unique circumstances. But every now and then, you find yourself in a situation that’s truly unforgettable. Buffon and his love for Borussia Mönchengladbach Ever the gentleman, Buffon is more than happy to oblige the barrage of selfie requests. From the corner of my eye, I can see a pair of young girls standing in the corner debating whether or not they should approach as Buffon wraps up his assessment of Gustav Courbet’s “The Painter’s Studio.” I signal to them to head over and they shyly approach. “Where are you from?” Buffon asks as he bends down to fit into the Instagram …

Dooley hits back at Comic Relief criticism

Skip Instagram post by sjdooley View this post on Instagram Report End of Instagram post by sjdooley Image Copyright sjdooley sjdooley The Labour MP for Tottenham added: “My problem with British celebrities being flown out by Comic Relief to make these films is that it sends a distorted image of Africa which perpetuates an old idea from the colonial era.” Image caption Ed Sheeran visited Liberia as part of Comic Relief 2017 He said Dooley has “done some fantastic journalism”, but that “the image she wants to promote is her as heroine and black child as victim”. Mr Lammy added that he thought Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis should “use the platform responsibly”. Comic Relief said in a statement: “We …

Julie Ertz: Winning the World Cup and being part of sport’s ‘power couple’

(CNN)Aged 26, Julie Ertz already knows what it is like to win a World Cup. The defensive midfielder, the second-youngest member of the US squad in 2015, can talk about the joy of winning the biggest prize in women’s soccer, of how onerous a month-long tournament can be and how becoming a world champion “makes you hungry for more.” READ: US Soccer hero’s mission to empower women The summer’s World Cup, which begins June 7, is the biggest major all-female sporting event to be held since the Me Too movement swept across the globe. The goalposts have already moved, Ertz says. In her seven years in the international set-up, much has change in the women’s game. It is respected more, …