UCLA gymnast earns perfect 10 for routine, social media flips out

(CNN)Katelyn Ohashi did three backflips, landed into a split and got back up to end her floor routine as though it was easy. “A 10 isn’t enough for this floor routine by @katelyn_ohashi,” the tweet read. Ohashi, according to UCLA, is the reigning NCAA co-champion in floor exercises. She was also a 2018 NCAA team champion. Before UCLA, Ohashi was competing at the elite level of gymnastics until she injured her back and shoulder, according to The Players’ Tribune. She decided to compete on the college level because of her injuries. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Nishikori wins Australian Open epic, Halep survives again

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)For the second straight day at the Australian Open, a towering player hit 50 more aces than his shorter opponent. “I think he almost had the match, especially in the fifth set, and it was really a tough match,” Nishikori told reporters after winning a second straight tussle himself that went the distance. “Very happy to win today. This means a lot.” It was conversely a tough defeat for the 6-foot-11 Croatian given his efforts to force a fifth — and because the 39-year-old led his 5-foot-10 rival by 7-6 in the final tiebreak. It came after 5-foot-8 Thomas Fabbiano edged 7-foot Reilly Opelka in a fifth-set tiebreak Wednesday, despite striking two aces to the American’s 67. There …

Roger Federer: If I could go back in time I’d play …

(CNN)Ask future tennis pros who they would like to play if they could go back in time and Roger Federer just might be at the top of the list. READ: Federer’s tears for fallen coach READ: Federer reveals first kiss — and the part a wrestler played in it Björn Borg calls Federer ‘best ever’ Federer — now in Melbourne as he prepares to defend his Australian Open title — said that when he dethroned five-time defending champion Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001, Borg “sort of thanked me for protecting his five-year reign.” “And then who knew that years later, I would tie him and lose, like him, in an epic sixth final,” added Federer, referring to the 2008 finale …

‘I knew how to defend myself,’ says UFC star Polyana Viana after subduing wannabe thief

(CNN)Inundated with messages of support after taking on a wannabe thief, UFC fighter Polyana Viana has begun to reflect on an incident that has gone viral. Viana’s assailant had a fake gun but he hadn’t accounted for the Brazilian’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training as she launched a devastating counterattack — aiming two punches and a kick at the man before subduing him with a choke hold from behind.

Australian Open: Nadal, Sharapova hoping for fitness and form

(CNN)The Australian Open hasn’t even started and already Melbourne has produced shock waves with the impending retirement of Andy Murray. Rafael Nadal’s lone Australian Open title exactly a decade ago couldn’t have been more dramatic. For a start, Nadal outlasted fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in a five-hour, 14-minute semifinal. Such was the draining nature of the slugfest that Nadal teared up waiting to receive serve on match point. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos Back then, Nadal was merely 22 and injuries hadn’t taken as much of a toll on his seemingly superhuman body. And sure enough, two days later, he still had enough left to upend Federer in five more sets. READ: Nadal lived tragedy of Mallorca floods …

Tokyo 2020: Japanese Olympic chief investigated for corruption

(CNN)The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda was placed under formal investigation in Paris last month for corruption, a spokeswoman for the Paris Financial Prosecutor told CNN Friday. Takeda acknowledged a sum had been paid to Singapore company Black Tidings for “fair compensation based on a consultant agreement.” But he added: “I have explained there were no improper action that can be recognized as bribing has taken place. “This has caused a great concern to the Japanese people who are supporting us for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. I plan to continue cooperating to the investigation in order to wipe off the concern. “I would like to ask your understanding that detailed explanation would not be …

Serena & Venus through at Australian Open, Djokovic and Halep also win

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)During Serena Williams‘ first-round, straight-sets win over Germany’s Tatjana Maria at the Australian Open, one question kept surfacing: How would you describe her green, one-piece Nike outfit? Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams also progressed, while the ever watchable Nick Kyrgios fell in straight sets at home to 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos Serena’s health concerns Not so much of a light-hearted matter for Williams is why she continues to sport compression stockings. The American revealed she almost died after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017 due to a pulmonary embolism, a condition she had previously suffered from. “Definitely still concerned,” said Williams. “I have had some issues, and …

Aspen: ‘A gem in the mountains, a crystal city in the Rockies’

(CNN)Private jets, $40 million mansions, and streets lined with boutique clothes stores — welcome to Aspen, a ski resort tucked away in the Rocky mountains that’s long been a playground for celebrities. The numerous celebrities past and present who fell in love with the resort — including Denver — are remembered by a shrine tucked away on one of the ski slopes. READ: Dramatic footage of daring helicopter rescue in French Alps Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features and videos Daring helicopter rescue of injured skier in France Today, crowds continue to flock to Aspen for major skiing events. It is thought that 70 private jets arrive at the airport each day during weeks that the town hosts the skiing …

Can Serena Williams bounce back to seal her place in history?

(CNN)After a remarkable comeback that featured two major finals and one epic controversy, can Serena Williams seal her place in the tennis history books once and for all in Australia? “A lot of girls on Tour will be happy to make two finals in a year,” said the 19th-ranked Frenchwoman, who has lost all three matches she played against Williams. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos ‘Everyone is hungry for slams’ The Australian Open, the season’s first tennis major, starts on January 14 in Melbourne. Roger Federer of Switzerland and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki are the defending champions. “She will probably be disappointed, but I think she can still do it,” Garcia said about Williams, the 4-1 favorite for the …

Mikaela Shiffrin misses historic win with defeat by Petra Vlhova

(CNN)She was targeting an historic eighth straight slalom victory, but Mikaela Shiffrin’s winning streak came to an end with defeat by Petra Vlhova in Austria Tuesday. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos Vlhova also beat Shiffrin in the final of the Oslo parallel slalom — in which racers compete head-to-head on neighboring courses — on January 1. Shiffrin has won nine times in 16 starts across four of the six World Cup disciplines this season to take her career tally to 52 World Cup wins, three shy of Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider in third on the women’s all-time list. Lindsey Vonn leads with 82 World Cup victories and will begin her farewell season in St. Anton this weekend after …

Enes Kanter: ‘Besides America, I don’t feel safe anywhere in the world’

(CNN)NBA star Enes Kanter has said he has received “hundreds and hundreds of death threats” almost every day since he announced on Friday that he would not travel to London with the New York Knicks for fear of assassination. READ: Kanter to miss London trip for fears of assassination READ: Turkey canceled passport over political views — Kanter ‘Sad to see my people threaten me’ According to ESPN, following the Knicks’ win against the Los Angeles Lakers the 26-year-old called Erdogan a lunatic, a maniac and a dictator and said he would not be playing the Washington Wizards in London on January 17. The basketball player, who has previously referred to Erdogan as “the Hitler of our century,” has said …

Franck Ribery: Gold-coated steak backlash earns ‘heavy fine’

(CNN)His meal of gold-coated steak drew ire on social media for being ostentatious, but Franck Ribery’s foul-mouthed response earned him a “heavy fine” from his club Bayern Munich. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos Bayern Munich imposed the undisclosed fine for unacceptable language from a supposed role model. “I had a long talk with Franck and I let him know that we would impose a heavy fine on him and he accepted it,” said the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic in a statement on the club’s website. “He used words that we, FC Bayern, cannot accept and that Franck does not have the right to use, as a role-model and player of FC Bayern.” The statement added Ribery …

Marcel Hirscher back to winning ways in Zagreb

(CNN)While Mikaela Shiffrin is dominating women’s ski racing, Marcel Hirscher continues to cement his legacy as the greatest male racer of his generation — if not all time. “The last two races not scoring any points it’s making me nervous after all these years so I’m super happy I made it to the finish line today,” he told reporters. READ: Is Mikaela Shiffrin the most dominant athlete on the planet? Hirscher has won the last seven overall crowns — awarded to the skier with the most points across all six disciplines — to pass the record of five set by Luxembourg’s Marc Girardelli in 1993. He sits second on the men’s all-time list of wins behind Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, whose …

Renowned sportscaster says NFL teams are racist when it comes to hiring coaches

(CNN)A Dallas sportscaster is causing a stir for a blistering TV commentary in which he acknowledged his own “white privilege” and slammed the “covert racism” of NFL owners who won’t give talented coaches of color a chance. Eight NFL head coaches — five of them black — were fired at the end of the 2018 regular season which wrapped last month. The six coaches hired so far to replace them all are white. In a league where about 70% of the players are black, only two of the 32 NFL teams currently have black head coaches. In 2003, the NFL adopted a policy, called the Rooney Rule, requiring every team with a head coaching vacancy to interview at least one …

Andy Murray to retire at Wimbledon, at the latest

Melbourne (CNN)There will, unfortunately, be no fairytale comeback for Andy Murray. READ: Federer, Serena on same court He left his press conference in tears, a day after the Telegraph reported Murray looked like a shadow of his old self when he was soundly beaten by his childhood pal and the current world No. 1, Novak Djokovic, in a practice session at Melbourne Park. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos “I can play with limitations but having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training,” Murray, down to 230th in the rankings, said. “Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that. “Not …

Weekend in sport: FA Cup throws up surprises; NFL playoffs kick off; Champion Socceroos slump to shock defeat in Asian Cup

(CNN)Lower league sides indulge in some FA Cup giant killing… NFL postseason opens with wildcard weekend… Socceroo shock in the UAE… Warriors and Kings put on three-point show… Swiss duo tighten grip on Hopman Cup ahead of Australian Open. This is your weekend sporting roundup. For Oldham’s caretaker manager, Pete Wild, it was a day to savor as his unfancied side rose to the occasion to put away Premier League Fulham 2-1, with the London side currently 59 places above the Latics in the league structure. “It means a lot to me and my family. We’re all Oldham people,” he said after securing the win. “We’re from a small town overshadowed by big neighbors and I’m so proud to give …