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, …

The incredible rise of Atlanta United

(CNN)When some of world football’s biggest stars talk, you pay attention. A playoff appearance in Atlanta United’s first season arguably confounded expectations, but the early exit simply solidified the passion from a fanatical fanbase, who wanted more from a side who would play to more than 70,000 of these soccer savvy supporters, when the magnificent Mercedes-Benz Stadium was open to its fullest capacity. Attendance records have fallen, as have many of the opposing teams. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos The rest is indeed recent history. The Five Stripes, in just their second season, seemingly swept all before them during the 2018 campaign. And while they fell just short of locking up the Supporters’ Shield, they regrouped to romp …

Liverpool fan’s attacker pleads guilty

Two others jailed Mr Cox, a father-of-three, suffered serious catastrophic head injuries in the attack and has been recovering at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire. He spent four-and-a-half weeks at the Walton Centre in Liverpool, a specialist neurological unit for brain injuries, following the attack on 24 April, before being airlifted to another specialist unit at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital. Mastrelli entered a guilty plea to unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox. Liverpool fan ‘can’t talk after attack’ Roma fined by Uefa after Liverpool tie ‘Hope in hearts’ for Liverpool attack fan He pleaded not guilty to a separate count of violent disorder, which he was told will lie on file after the Crown accepted …

World Rugby criticized for ‘out of touch’ calendar shake-up

(CNN)There could be a major spanner in the works of World Rugby’s plans for a major shake-up to the game’s international setup — the players. Teams would play each other once a year with Japan and USA added alongside the southern hemisphere teams to the Rugby Championship. Semifinals and a final would be held in the northern hemisphere in November or December. READ: The rise of the Barrett brothers, the All Blacks’ prolific family affair Talks were initially held by World Rugby in September last year that sought to improve the “long-term quality and integrity of the international game.” While it is yet to comment specifically on the proposed league, the governing body issued a statement responding to criticism of …

Pop Warner football bans traditional three-point stance

(CNN)In a first for any national football organization, the Pop Warner youth league announced Thursday that it will ban the traditional three-point stance. The players will now have to be upright or in a more modified squat position with their hands on their legs. “We believe this change is another step in creating a safer, better football experience for young people,” Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner, said in a statement. “We are changing how players are introduced to the sport and how they learn to play the game. We are also setting the stage for our higher levels of play to adopt the change.” Pop Warner’s plan is to eliminate the stance entirely, but there is no firm …

Labour pledges tougher online bet limits

According to the Gambling Commission, which regulates the industry, Britain has the largest regulated online gambling market in the world, generating £4.7bn for companies per year – and is expected to grow. The commission said there were no restrictions in online stakes, prizes or the speed of play. ‘I’ve gambled my compensation away’ The tricky issue of problem gambling ‘I worry about the next generation’ Ahead of his speech, Mr Watson said problem gambling should be treated “as a public health emergency”. “Whereas gambling in the offline world is highly regulated, the lack of controls on online gambling is leading to vulnerable consumers suffering huge losses,” he said. Online companies, he said, “have a responsibility to protect their customers from …

Kepa Arrizabalaga: Has $92.8 million goalkeeper fatally undermined Maurizio Sarri?

(CNN)Maurizio Sarri tore furiously at his jacket, gesticulating wildly as he stormed down the Wembley tunnel. What followed was an ugly scene which overshadowed what was a markedly improved Chelsea performance and a battle of wills, embarrassingly lost by a manager in the first major cup final of his career. Substitute Caballero, who saved three penalties for Sunday’s opponents Manchester City against Liverpool in the 2016 final, stood confused with his arms outstretched in the direction of his embattled boss. READ: Chelsea manager Sarri rages over sub clash as Manchester City wins League Cup READ: Liverpool draw with Manchester United in Premier League but was it two points dropped? A visibly livid Sarri, who eventually backed down after a conversation …

‘Learning a second language changed my life’

He had not learnt the language at school, but was starting off a career in sports journalism and had the opportunity to go to Germany. Image copyright James Westgarth Image caption James, who works for an airline in Germany, with his two bilingual children The 44-year-old puts his successful career down to his language skills and the cultural awareness they bring. “Speaking a language helps to break the ice,” he said. “Even if it’s not perfect, it’s a good introduction and brings people on-side when you’re negotiating “My own two children, who attend an international school in Toulouse, are of course bilingual in French and English. “Now they have a lot of international friends and they’re discovering the world through …

Sumo wrestlers told beards have to go

(CNN)In a blow for fans of sporting stubble, Japanese sumo officials have shown their razor sharp intent by banning wrestlers from growing beards. But in a sweeping new move that has also outlawed tattoos and long nails, the sport’s authorities have declared that any failure to adhere to the new rules will leave wrestlers a whisker away from trouble.

William and Kate light up Belfast bar

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrince William and Catherine are on a visit to Northern Ireland The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have closed the first day of their visit to Northern Ireland at a party in a Belfast bar. The couple mingled with young people who are making a difference in Northern Ireland at the Empire Music Hall. The focus of this Royal visit is very much on children and young people. Earlier, Prince William and Catherine visited Windsor Park stadium where they showcased their football skills. They also met Northern Ireland football manager Michael O’Neill and former Northern Ireland, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Pat Jennings. Image copyright EPA Image caption The Duke and Duchess …