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 …

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 — …

Stunning shots from horse racing’s photographer of the year

(CNN)His father was a legendary royal correspondent, but when young Edward Whitaker tagged along to watch Prince Charles play polo he was more fascinated by the phalanx of photographers. He recruited the help of trainer Nicky Henderson’s secretary Carolyn Harty to pose on her horse, and they set off before dawn for the Mandown gallops in Lambourne, England on January 31, 2018. “I knew a place where the moon set and where the angle would be right, so I was at the bottom of the hill shooting up to the top,” he told CNN Sport. “It’s about the moon, isn’t it, but the way the horse is arching his neck — there is something very pleasing about it.” The image …

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 …

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 …

S Korean Olympic authorities promise action after sex abuse accusations

Seoul (CNN)South Korea’s Olympic Committee has apologized to athletes who have come forward in recent weeks with abuse claims, rocking the East Asian country’s sporting establishment. Last week, new revelations of bullying and abuse emerged from within South Korea’s incredibly successful speed skating team, which has dominated the Olympic sport for decades, winning six medals at the recent Pyeongchang Winter Games — hosted by South Korea — including three golds. Speed skater Shim Suk-hee came public to accuse a former coach of sexually abusing her from the age of 17. The coach, Cho Jae-beom, had already been found guilty last year of assaulting Shim and three other skaters, and was jailed for 10 months. He has denied the new allegations. …

Tomic takes aim at Hewitt in yet another Australian men’s tennis controversy

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)It’s all kicking off in Australian men’s tennis. Again. “I thought he was retired,” he said at Melbourne Park following his defeat. “I’m going to say it honestly, no one likes him anymore. He’s playing Davis Cup. I thought he was retired. He’s playing all these matches and stuff like this. “He used to hate Tennis Australia,” Tomic added, referring to Australia’s tennis body. “It’s weird. And now he loves them. What’s happened here?” He added that Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis — once a bright prospect derailed by injuries — didn’t want to play under Hewitt in the team competition, which kicks off again when Australia hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina in the revamped men’s team competition next month in Hewitt’s …

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 …

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 …

‘Unbelievable,’ says Marcel Hirscher as he reflects on skiing dominance

(CNN)There’s just no stopping “Champion of Champions” Marcel Hirscher. View this post on Instagram In heavy snow on Sunday, Hirscher repeated the trick in the slalom, edging out Clément Noel and Kristoffersen as the Austrian took his 16th podium in Adelboden, a record for male skiers. “The feeling was really pretty good on the second run,” said Hirscher, who is chasing an unprecedented eighth World Cup overall title, after Saturday’s win. “It’s unbelievable, that’s for sure,” added Hirscher, as he reflected in on his impressively consistent form and dominance of men’s skiing. “It underlines for me personally, this seven years where I’ve been performing at this level, I think this is worth the most.” Hirscher was recently named “Champion of …

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

‘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.

World’s most beautiful race courses: From beaches to frozen lakes

(CNN)If the thunder of hooves and the thrill of the racing doesn’t grab you, the sublime settings surely will. Meydan, Dubai Boasting the world’s first five-star trackside hotel, restaurants and a museum, Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse is a cathedral to 21st-century racing. The grandstand alone is more than a mile long and can host 60,000 spectators. What’s more, there is a rooftop infinity pool. Since it replaced the Nad Al Sheba racecourse in 2010, Meydan has been home to one of the richest horse races in the world — the Grade 1 Dubai World Cup. Recently the prize fund was boosted to $12 million and the 2019 winner will take home an eye-watering $7.2 million. READ: Dubai ruler finally wins Melbourne …

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 …

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 …