Why Georgia has rugby on its mind ahead this year’s World Cup

(CNN)Gnarled and swollen from his days as a forward, Graham Rowntree’s ears are the giveaway of how the game of rugby has weathered him. His 17-year playing career saw him win 54 caps for England and play 398 times for Leicester Tigers — quite a feat in the modern era. “I learnt a lot [in 2015]. You learn a lot about yourself and team dynamics under pressure like that … I’m hardened from it. I’ll be passing on every ounce of my knowledge, learnings and energy to the Georgians. I want us to be spoken about at this World Cup. I want to scare people.” READ: How a two-sport star endured South African apartheid While The Lelos have always brought …

Lindsey Vonn considers immediate retirement as injuries take their toll

(CNN)A golden career may have finished sooner than expected. At the conclusion of the weekend’s racing, Vonn said retirement was a “possibility” before quickly adding: “But I’m emotional right now.” “I have to really think clearly about that. It’s not a decision I make lightly or quickly,” Vonn was quoted in a number of media outlets as saying, citing Associated Press. “I really don’t know what to think at this point. Definitely isn’t the way I had hoped that things would go. I’ve been able to fight through a lot of injuries in my career but I think my injuries might get the best of me at this point. “I’m going to give it a couple of days and make …

Online abuse laws ‘fail disabled people’

“The law on online abuse is not fit for purpose and it is truly shameful that disabled people have been forced off social media while their abusers face no consequences.” C4 adverts to feature online abuse Javid threatens tech giants over child abuse Internet laws pledged as firms snub talks The committee launched an inquiry in response to the petition, which was closed early due to the 2017 general election. Reality TV star Ms Price, a mother-of-five, told the MPs in evidence that “the most horrific things” had been said about 16-year-old Harvey, who is partially blind, autistic and has the genetic disorder Prader-Willi syndrome. “They know he hasn’t got a voice back and they mock him more… they find …

The Patriots head to the Super Bowl — As a fan, all I can say is they hate us ’cause they ain’t us

Fans cheer and hold a sign referring to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) The five (soon to be six) Super Bowl victories are amazing enough. But here’s a record that will never be broken (until next season, by the Pats themselves): eight straight conference championship games. That’s a demonstration of consistency unparalleled in any sport, let alone one with a salary cap and an overwhelming desire for parity (which is really just another word for mediocrity). Oh, the haters love to talk about the weakness of the AFC East. You can’t blame us if the other three teams have second-rate organizations and third-rate cultures. Not our fault. And where exactly in the NFL do you find a division with four …

Chelsea faces disciplinary proceedings following racist chants in Europa League

(CNN)Chelsea will face disciplinary proceedings following an investigation into racist chanting during a Europa League game, UEFA announced Tuesday. Owner Bruce Buck penned an open letter criticizing the “deeply unpleasant but vocal minority which refuses to join us in the 21st century.” The incident in Hungary came just five days after alleged racist abuse from Chelsea fans towards Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, which led to four supporters being suspended by the club. A group of men in the front row at Stamford Bridge were seen leaning over the advertizing hoardings at the Premier League game, directing abuse at the 24-year-old. READ: Man Utd’s renaissance continues with win over Spurs Sterling later responded in a lengthy Instagram post, accusing British newspapers …

Mick Schumacher: Ferrari signs Michael Schumacher’s son

(CNN)Ferrari has signed Mick Schumacher, the 19-year-old son of legendary Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, to its driver academy. Michael Schumacher, who turned 50 earlier this month but has not been seen in public since suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013, won five of his record seven world titles with Ferrari. Reigning Formula 3 champion Mick will race in Formula 2, the final feeder category before F1, with the Prema team in 2019, and as part of his Ferrari deal will drive in two tests with the Italian team this season. He said: “I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me and my next future in motorsport will be in red, being part …

Teenager, 15, triumphs in Moroccan desert challenge — on an e-bike

(CNN)Biking on the sand is hard enough but imagine doing it for five days across the desert. So take a bow Robert Adams, who at the age of just 15 was recently crowned champion of the E-Bike 25 class, which permits 250W bikes that can reach 25 km/h. “The navigation is a skill in itself, I think that’s what makes this event so unique,” Briton Adams told CNN Sport as he reflected on his win. “You could be the fastest rider there but if your navigation isn’t up to scratch you’re not going to do well.” READ: Felipe Massa races the fastest animal on earth ahead of Formula E debut Adams’ passion for cycling started in a conventional manner — …

Mo Salah scores his 50th English Premier League goal to help league leaders Liverpool to victory

(CNN)During the course of this English Premier League campaign there are those who have claimed that Mo Salah has failed to hit the glorious heights of last season, but even if the Liverpool forward hasn’t set off the pyrotechnics as frequently as he did last year he has at least not forgotten how to score for his title-chasing side. READ: Crystal Palace opens doors to homeless Solskjaer sets Man Utd record The Liverpool forward was not the only one to record a EPL milestone on Saturday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first Manchester United manager to win his first six league games in charge after his team beat Brighton 2-1 on a day that marked the 25th anniversary of …

John Coughlin, two-time US pairs skating champion, dies by suicide day after being suspended

“My wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today. I have no words. I love you John. Always Always Brother Bear,” she wrote. U.S. Figure Skating released a statement on Twitter regarding Coughlin’s death. “We are stunned at the news of the death of two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin. Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are with his father Mike, sister Angela and the rest of his family. Out of respect to the family, we will have no further comment until a later time,” U.S. Figure Skating tweeted. MIRAI NAGASU MAKES OLYMPIC HISTORY WITH FIGURE SKATING TRIPLE AXEL Coughlin’s death comes before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships are slated to take place in Detroit. Kathleen …

Winter storm threatens millions with snow and ice in the Midwest and Northeast

(CNN)A fast-moving winter storm will unload a messy mix of heavy snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures across parts of the Midwest and Northeast over the weekend. Just a little cold 🥶 just a little wet. A post shared by Katie Dolittle (@cattywild) on Jan 19, 2019 at 9:24am PST Indianapolis was to get a messy mix of rain, snow and freezing rain Saturday morning, but it was expected to turn into snow by afternoon. Cities on the storm’s southern edge such as Houston, Memphis, Tennessee, and Jackson, Mississippi, woke up to thunder and lightning Saturday. As the storm quickly pushes east, forecasters expect a substantial amount of precipitation Saturday evening through Sunday up and down the East Coast. How …

Homeless sheltered by Premier League club

Image copyright Crystal Palace FC Image caption The rough sleepers will also be given a hot meal, breakfast and washing facilities Councillor Alison Butler said Crystal Palace was “setting a standard for other clubs to follow”. “Freezing temperatures are a particular safety risk for rough sleepers and this is a wonderful gesture by Crystal Palace for helping us reduce that risk.” Last year, the council approved plans to increase Selhurst Park’s capacity from 25,456 to more than 34,000. Palace, who are 14th in the table, travel to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Premier League later.

Is age a factor behind the wheel?

“Older drivers often self-restrict their driving by not driving at night and only driving on familiar roads.” Car accidents: Younger v older drivers What does the law say? Once you reach 70, your driving licence automatically expires. To renew it, you must fill in a self-assessment declaring you are medically fit to continue driving – but you do not actually have to pass a test. You have to reapply every three years. To drive legally, you must also be able to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away. The Association of Optometrists has previously called for those behind the wheel to have compulsory eye tests every 10 years. You also need to tell the DVLA if you develop any …

Winter storm expected to bring snow and ice to millions in Midwest and Northeast

(CNN)The second of a series of storms moving across the country will bring significant snow and ice to the North and heavy rains and severe weather to the South into the weekend. Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, closed for several hours after a Southwest Airlines flight went off a runway while taxiing. The airliner slid onto a runway overrun area, Southwest Airlines said. None of the 150 passengers and six crew members was injured, the airline said. The storm system is associated with the same upper-level energy as one on the West Coast that dumped rain in Los Angeles and elsewhere as well as caused blizzard conditions in the Sierra Nevada. Snow is likely in Kansas City, St. Louis and …

Champion U.S. Figure Skater Found Dead At 33, 1 Day After Suspension

John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. champion figure skater, was found dead in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday, one day after he was suspended from the sport. Angela Laune, Coughlin’s sister, shared the news of his death in a Facebook post Friday night. “My wonderful strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today,” Laune wrote on Facebook reported. Police told the news site that Coughlin died by suicide. The 33-year-old figure skater twice won the U.S. pairs championship, in 2011 with Caitlin Yankowskas and in 2012 with Caydee Denney. He started figure skating with the Kansas City Figure Skating Club and played a major role in making Kansas City the host of the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating …

Manchester United’s renaissance continues apace under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

(CNN)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faced his first real test as Manchester United’s caretaker manager against a top four English Premier League side on Sunday and passed it with flying colors after coming away from Wembley Stadium with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. “He’s brought happiness,” De Gea told Sky Sports as he reflected on the impact Solskjaer has had. “This is the real Manchester United.