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

Lawyers for Patriots owner Kraft want to block release of massage parlor recordings

The attorneys representing Robert Kraft and others are asking a judge to block the release of video police say show the men engaging in sexual acts The attorneys representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation are asking a judge to block the release of video recordings police say show the men engaging in sexual acts. They also say the prosecutors conditions for the men entering a diversion program in exchange for dropping misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution are too harsh. Attorneys for Kraft and 14 of the other 24 men charged said in court documents filed this week that releasing the video taken secretly by police inside the Orchids …

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 …

My critics need to look in the mirror Bottas hits out after Australian GP win

Finlands Valtteri Bottas said he has entered the Formula One season with a fresh approach after his victory in Melbourne Valtteri Bottas hit out at his detractors and claimed he has entered the new season with a fresh approach after an emphatic win at the Australian Grand Prix. The Finn won the opening race of the 2019 campaign ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who acknowledged he had been outraced by Bottas but, in finishing second, said he had been struggling with the balance of his car due to damage. Ferrari finished with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc in fourth and fifth, with the Scuderia using team orders, instructing Leclerc not to attack Vettel in the closing stages. They …

Women’s NCAA Tournament: 11-time champs UConn miss out on No1 seed

Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the No1 seeds, leading a March Madness field that was revealed early thanks to a production error Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the No1 seeds in the womens NCAA Tournament, leading a March Madness field that was revealed early thanks to a production error. The bracket was mistakenly put out by ESPN hours before the network had scheduled its selection show. ESPN apologized and scrambled to air an early selection show to release the brackets while screenshots of the field were shared across social networks. In working with the NCAA to prepare for tonights Womens Selection Special we received the bracket, similar to years past. In the midst of …

Rory McIlroy wins prestigious Players Championship in thrilling finish

The Northern Irishman won the fifth major, the Players Championship, at Sawgrass on St Patricks Day, with Jim Furyk second and Eddie Pepperell tied for third This is not the most high-profile victory of Rory McIlroys career but it is without doubt among the most significant. That McIlroy claimed the Players Championship the hard way somehow added an element of prestige. A series of near misses had led to external questions regarding McIlroys ability or hunger, even before he turns 30. The response, pressed home with grit and composure, arrived at the PGA Tours marquee event. McIlroys golfing journey, which has already delivered so much, has another pivotal moment as he makes final preparations for a fresh tilt at a …

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 …

Liverpool go back to the top with Milners late penalty at Fulham

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League after James Milner scored an 81st-minute penalty to give them a 2-1 win at Fulham Liverpool flirted with disaster here, though in the end it was the manner in which they dealt with the prospect of failure that bodes well for the months ahead. Pegged back from nowhere, their dominance undone by sloppiness, they might have frozen and found their title challenge critically undermined. Instead adversity merely re-set the focus and they emerged victorious, restored to the summit and with belief bolstered that the title will be theirs. Jrgen Klopp had surveyed the scene in the period immediately after Fulhams equaliser and, from his vantage point on the sidelines, taken heart …

Wales crush Ireland to win third Six Nations grand slam in 11 years

Wales claimed the Six Nations grand slam and title after a Hadleigh Parkes try and Gareth Anscombe masterclass led to a 25-7 final victory over Ireland On the eve of the day of St Patrick, a hat-trick of grand slams for Warren Gatland. Waless head coach marked his final campaign in the Six Nations, with the men in red at least, in the manner of his first by beating all the rest. Ireland did not consider him to be good enough when they sacked him in 2001 but his record since then has been one of unrivalled success. No coach in the championships history, whether between five nations or six, had masterminded three grand slams and this victory reflected the …

Coney Island, baby: New York wait for pro rugby ends with win over Toronto

MLR came to the Big Apple and it seemed to fit right in: rough, raucous and at the end, to home fans, a genuine nailbiting thrill Out on the turf at MCU Park, by the mock dirt of the baseball diamond and the covered pitchers mound, James Kennedy puffed out his cheeks and smiled. Then he offered a very one local writer, perhaps looking at the football-formatted scoreboard, called a game-winning drive with no time left. In other words, a short-range try with 80 minutes up, the Americans pounding the line, the Canadians tackling like demons. John Quill scored it, an Irish-born flanker writing his name in New York history after another Irishman turned US Eagle, hooker Dylan Fawsitt, scored …

World Rugby goes to Vegas: Show times of latest episode

(CNN)For the 10th year, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series returns to the city of Las Vegas, as rugby in America continues to defy the odds. 8:30am GMT 4:30pm GMT Saturday 3/23/19 6:30am GMT 9:30pm GMT Sunday 3/24/19 4:30pm GMT Monday 3/25/19 1:30am GMT Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

MotoE: Fire destroys entire fleet of electric bikes ahead of championship

(CNN)A major fire has destroyed the entire roster of electric bikes ahead of the MotoE World Cup — the electric spin off of MotoGP. READ: Charlie Whiting: Formula One race director dies suddenly, aged 66 READ: The ‘new futuristic championship’ likened to Mario Kart READ: From a roar to a whirr — MotoGP goes electric The all-electric series was planned to serve as a supplement to MotoGP and race on the same weekend, with 12 teams signing up for the MotoE World Cup last year. The entire field had attended the test day ahead of the championship’s scheduled start at the Spanish Grand Prix on May 5. MotoE confirmed the championship will still take place in 2019 but a revised …

Wales clinch Six Nations and Grand Slam clean sweep

(CNN)The rain sluiced down but the Cardiff crowd was unshrinking and the Welsh players irrepressible as they trounced defending champion Ireland to secure the Six Nations title and a Grand Slam season clean sweep of northern hemisphere international rugby. Going into the final weekend, Wales, Ireland and England all still had a chance to win the title, but the Welsh had sealed the championship before England’s remarkable 38-38 draw against Scotland — the highest scoring draw in international rugby — later Saturday, after Eddie Jones’ England side had led 31-0 in the first half. “I’m proud of the players, it’s not about me,” said Gatland, who becomes the first coach in history to win three Grand Slams. “We spoke beforehand …

Iditarod 2019: Alaskan Native musher Pete Kaiser wins race in one of closest finishes ever

Pete Kaiser reached the finish line just 12 minutes ahead of second-placed Leifseth Ulsom, 32, in one of the closest finishes in Iditarod history The 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ended in a predawn close finish on the snow-covered streets of Nome on Wednesday, with Alaskan Pete Kaiser and his dogs barely holding off defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway. Kaiser, 31, reached the finish line just 12 minutes ahead of second-placed Leifseth Ulsom, 32, in one of the closest finishes in Iditarod history. It was Kaisers first Iditarod win. Crowds of cheering fans packed the city of Nomes Front Street to watch Kaiser and his team sprint under the wooden arch that marks the end of the …

How do I feel seeing my records get broken? Inspired | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

As the NBAs all-time leading scorer, I want to see my records broken as doing so is one more benchmark of human progress Every time Im introduced in a public setting, my list of NBA records is announced. There arent as many now as there were when I retired, so at least my introduction takes less time. But whenever someone closes in on one of my remaining records, especially the Moby-Dick as the all-time leading scorer, Im asked by dozens of media people whether I think they can do it and how Ill feel if they do. Its as if people think Im sitting home watching the games chanting: Miss! Miss! Miss! Actually, when I see these talented veteran players …

Lionel Messis masterclass gives Barcelona resounding win over Lyon

Lionel Messi scored two and set up two in a convincing 5-1 win for Barcelona over Lyon to put them into the Champions League quarter-finals Paris Saint-Germain fell, Real Madrid fell, Atltico Madrid fell, but Barcelona didnt. This time there was no surprise, not even really for Lyon who saw Lionel Messi coming again and again, just as they knew they would, but couldnt prevent him from putting them to the sword. Bruno Gnsio had talked before the game about limiting Messis influence and talked after it about a player who, in his words, is almost impossible to stop at this level of performance and motivation. By then, the Lyon coach had watched the Argentinian score two and make two, …