Birmingham City fan who assaulted Jack Grealish is jailed for 14 weeks

Birmingham City fan Paul Mitchell, who assaulted Aston Villas Jack Grealish during Sundays derby match, has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison Birmingham City fan Paul Mitchell, who and Manchester Uniteds Chris Smalling on Sunday the latest in a long line of incidents this season, including racist abuse and anti-semitic chants as well as fighting among rival fans. Taylor said the attack on Grealish was disgraceful and cowardly and called on the FA to work with the government, police and stewards to help stamp out such incidents. We have seen an increase in such behaviour at clubs this season, he added. Its been racist abuse, its been anti-semitism and now its real fear for the safety of players. Jack …

F1 2019: who and what to look out for in the new season

Charles Leclercs battle with Sebastian Vettel, rookie drivers, a fastest lap bonus and easier overtaking are a recipe for drama in the new Formula One season Fireworks at Ferrari Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc impressive in his rookie season for Sauber last year is cleared to Ferrari had the edge over Mercedes in testing, while Red Bull look stronger with a quick and reliable Honda engine and though F1s big three remain alone up front the gap to the midfield has narrowed. That fight will be tighter than ever. Renault and Haas are strong again but Toro Rosso have made a definitive forward move and Alfa Romeo (ne Sauber) and McLaren are in the mix as well with Racing Point (rebranded …

Will the US women’s soccer team win their battle for equal pay?

The world champions want to be paid the same salary as their male counterparts. Public pressure could help them achieve their aim In an escalation of ongoing disputes over gender discrimination between the US womens national team and US Soccer, the players have now sued their employer. Any hopes that these issues were close to resolution have now been dashed. Who on the USWNT is suing US Soccer and why? A group of 28 players on the US womens national team, essentially the players that constitute the entire current pool, have signed on to a lawsuit accusing their boss, the US Soccer Federation, of gender discrimination. The lawsuit deals with accusations of wage discrimination and the notion that US Soccer …

Fifa facing urgent calls to investigate Qatar World Cup bid claims

The MP Damian Collins says an investigation should be launched into claims that Qatar offered Fifa $400m (307m) three weeks before Fifa awarded the desert state the 2022 World Cup Fifa is facing calls to launch an urgent investigation into a secret $100m TV deal offered by Qatars state-run broadcaster al-Jazeera three weeks before the Sunday Times said it had also seen documents showing executives from al-Jazeera had signed a TV contract that included an unprecedented success fee of $100m which would be paid to Fifa only if Qatar won the World Cup ballot in 2010. The documents allegedly state : In the event that the 2022 competition is awarded to the state of Qatar, al-Jazeera shall, in addition to …

Steelers end messy divorce with Antonio Brown and trade receiver to Raiders

The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal on Saturday night to acquire the prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steeler The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal on Saturday night to acquire Antonio Brown (@AB84) Love at first Sight…… pic.twitter.com/YiuCLq3G9z Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Tennis the loser in feud between Novak Djokovic and Chris Kermode | Kevin Mitchell

The ousting of the ATP chairman, Chris Kermode, will leave a vacuum at the top of tennis at a time when strong leadership is required This is the story of a pointless coup. Engineered by Novak Djokovic and facilitated by a small group in the ATP players council, it has delivered up the head of the association, Chris Kermode, one of the most innovative administrators in sport, leaving tennis in a perilous limbo at the very time it needs strong leadership. There has been animus between the world No 1 and the executive chairman for years, which soured their working relationship to the point of collapse in Indian Wells, California, on Thursday, when three representatives each of the players and …

The ‘new futuristic championship’ aiming to connect with fans

(CNN)With quirky features such as attack mode and fan boost, it’s a racing series that has been likened to Mario Kart. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos READ: ‘Just crazy’ — How it felt to win the Mexico ePrix on the line “It’s the new futuristic championship, you know,” HWA driver Stoffel Vandoorne tells CNN. “Coming close to the fans [by] coming into the cities. “We’ve got attack mode and fan boost as well, not the usual things you expect in racing, let’s say, but this is what makes it popular, why it makes the racing entertaining. “I think the attack mode has been something we’ve been experimenting with at the start of the season. So on some tracks …

Mikaela Shiffrin breaks World Cup record with slalom victory

(CNN)US ski star Mikaela Shiffrin became the first person to claim 15 World Cup wins in a single season with a slalom victory on Saturday. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos READ: Shiffrin celebrates overall ‘three-peat’ from hotel room The 23-year-old was initially frustrated in her attempt to break the record during the giant slalom Friday, finishing third behind Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, but her disappointment was short lived. “Yesterday in the second run I was pushing really hard,” Shiffrin said after claiming the win. “It was enough to get on the podium and I was really happy about that, but felt disappointment from the first. “So today I wanted to not protect something, ski with risks, ski to fight, …

Ayoze Prez and Newcastle stun Everton with three-goal comeback

Two goals from Ayoze Prez and one from Salomn Rondn led Newcastle to a 3-2 victory against Everton, who led via Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin Crash, bang, wallop. This was some afternoon at St James Park. At its end Newcastle had maintained their hopes of Premier League football next season with a comeback from 2-0 down that shredded the nerves of both their fans and Evertons defenders. That Salomn Rondn looked offside as he teed up Ayoze Prez for the 84th-minute winner was one detail of a hundred in a game that crackled with intensity from kick-off. The facts are that Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton an early lead and that Richarlison made it 2-0 to the visitors just past the …

Six Nations: Wales close in on Grand Slam title with win over Scotland

(CNN)Wales survived a second half scare against Scotland to move to within one win away from the Six Nations title and Grand Slam glory. Scotland had started the match on the front foot as the home supporters inside Murrayfield Stadium made their voices heard, with Finn Russell kicking a straightforward penalty to open the scoring. But the dropped points seemed to shock Wales into action. Less than two minutes after the restart the visitors were in front thanks to a wonderful finish from Josh Adams. The winger expertly sidestepped the Scottish defense to continue his impressive form in this year’s championship. Despite Wales’ dominance, it was only able to score one more try before the half time whistle — with …

‘I’ll Kaepernick myself’: Cowboys’ Irving quits NFL after substance-abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving has said he is quitting the NFL after being given an indefinite suspension over the leagues substance abuse policy Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving says he is quitting the NFL after being given an indefinite suspension over the leagues substance abuse policy. Basically, guys, I quit, Irving said in an Instagram Live post on Thursday. I dont want to talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. Im outta there. Im not doing this shit no more. The suspension came after Irvings third violation of the substance abuse policy in three years. Irving appeared to be smoking marijuana during his Instagram post. Its funny, you know, some people: Oh, youre addicted to …

Real Madrids unhappy birthday sees club with nothing left to play for

Defeat to Ajax ended a run of three Champions League wins, days after Copa del Rey and La Liga hopes also evaporated Today is 6 March, Real Madrids birthday but there is nothing to celebrate. This week has been the worst in their 117-year history: three home defeats, eight goals conceded and only one scored, all three competitions gone, one after the other the La Liga title race, have won more clsicos than Real, two victories in four days last week leaving the all-time record at 96-95. For the first time too, a home team holding a 2-1 first-leg lead went out of the Champions League. Real are used to breaking records but not like this. Four home defeats in …

Search called off for missing Himalayan climbers

Briton Tom Ballard and Italian Daniele Nardi disappeared on Nanga Parbat A search for the missing British climber Tom Ballard and his Italian climbing partner, Daniele Nardi, who disappeared on the Himalayan peak Nanga Parbat, has been called off. The decision involved Pakistani and Spanish climbers from nearby K2, a Pakistani mountaineering official told the Associated Press. Karrar Haidri, the secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said the search team halted its efforts after another unsuccessful day on Wednesday. He said it had been a very painful decision. The helicopter and foot search was hampered by dangerous conditions and found no sign of Ballard or Nardi. Ballard is the son of Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to scale Everest …

Stabbed Manchester United fan recovering after surgery in Paris

The Manchester United fan stabbed on Wednesday night in Paris may be able to return home at the start of next week United knocked Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League last 16. United have been in contact with his family and are monitoring the situation. A club spokesperson said: We were shocked to hear about the incident with one of our fans who was stabbed while in Paris for the Champions League game. Everyone at the club wishes him well during his recovery. The supporter is being treated at the Hpital Europen Georges-Pompidou in Paris and the Foreign Office is in contact with the French authorities regarding the incident.

The Lakers are a dumpster fire not even LeBron James can extinguish

The bad chemistry and bad fortune undoing the Lakers have wrought the unthinkable: an NBA playoffs without LeBron Its looking like LeBron James in the NBA playoffs isnt the forgone conclusion weve come to presume. On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Clippers, 113-105, slumping to a ho-hum 30-34 record, six games adrift of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 18 games left in the regular season. Not only will James almost certainly fail to extend his preposterous streak of eight consecutive NBA finals appearances, its looking signed with Los Angeles during the offseason, it was hardly the obvious move from a basketball perspective. There were many other teams he could have joined …

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.