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Alexander Rossi: My first carHere's the future of drivingNissan's in-car Faraday Cage could prevent distracted drivingWaymo, Lyft team up on self-driving carsReport: Drugged driving surpasses drunk driving among crash deathsDistracted driving: Urging companies to crack downFrench automaker to test self-driving cars in SingaporeSamsung gets OK to test a self-driving car

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:11:33 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 14:50:33 GMTWed, 03 May 2017 19:01:46 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 07:01:35 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 23:42:02 GMTTue, 04 Apr 2017 13:59:14 GMTWed, 03 May 2017 14:21:08 GMTTue, 02 May 2017 06:36:05 GMT

Alexander Rossi knows a thing or two about going fast.

In 2016, the race car driver became only the ninth man in history to win the Indy 500 as a rookie.

But what was the first car he drove on the road?

"I learned to drive in a Mini Cooper actually," Rossi told CNN. "It was my grandfather's, and it was a manual transmission.

"My dad wanted me to learn how to drive a stick shift, so that was the car."

However, the American found one aspect of driving on the road a bit of a shock.

"I remember the one comment I made -- at the time I'd only been go-karting -- and it was the first time I'd driven on a public road. I was super concerned that cars were coming at me!

"I hadn't experienced that before from a driving perspective, because obviously in go-karts everybody is going in the same direction -- so that was an interesting reminder!"

Everything about cars is changing right now. That means how we power them, how we drive them and even how we own them.

Nissan is using old school technology to try to stop distracted driving.

Two of Silicon Valley's biggest transportation players are partnering to make self-driving cars a reality.

Driving under the influence of drugs was deadlier in 2015 than driving while drunk, a new report found. 

In 2004, David Teater of Spring Lake, Michigan, lost his 12-year-old son, the youngest of three boys, to a distracted driver. Afterward, he knew there were a few different ways he could get involved to raise awareness about this deadly problem.

A French car company and a U.S. startup are traveling halfway around the world to launch a self-driving car.

Samsung has received the green light to start testing a self-driving vehicle in South Korea.




Can Rafael Nadal win a 10th French Open title?Petra Kvitova recovers from stabbing to play at French OpenAndy Murray: 'French Open fans are tough on players'Novak Djokovic: From career grand slam to 'crisis'Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying tournamentRoger Federer to skip 2017 French Open

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:54:51 GMTFri, 26 May 2017 12:58:17 GMTThu, 25 May 2017 15:37:32 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 16:34:36 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 19:35:22 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 19:51:20 GMT

The "King of Clay" is ready to reign again.Rafael Nadal may have won the last of his nine French Open titles in 2014, but after a difficult couple of seasons the Spaniard now looks back to his invincible best so will he finally achieve "La Decima" -- by winning a historic 10th crown at Roland Garros?Defending champion Novak Djokovic believes Nadal is the man to beat at Roland Garros, a tournament which starts on May 28, and not many would argue with the Serb based on the nine-time champion's current form."He's been playing some extraordinary tennis this year," Djokovic tells CNN Sport. "He's definitely going to be the player to beat. He always is and he always was on clay, especially in Roland Garros." Preparations perfect -- Nadal Were Nadal to end the next fortnight triumphant, it would be an unprecedented feat -- no player in the open era has reached double digits in a single grand slam event.Roger Federer and Pete Sampras have seven Wimbledon titles, Martina Navratilova nine. Nadal already stands alone with nine titles on the Parisian red dirt, a tournament in which he has lost only two matches since his debut as a 19-year-old in 2005.With three titles this season and just one defeat on clay, the Spaniard, who turns 31 on June 3, tells CNN his preparations for Roland Garros have been "perfect."Nadal suffered his first clay-court defeat of the season in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters last week, his 17-match winning run ended in a straight-sets defeat by Austrian Dominic Thiem.But other than that blip, Nadal has looked in supreme form, collecting titles on clay, in Barcelona, Madrid and Monte Carlo.While Nadal says winning in Monte Carlo and Barcelona -- where he claimed his 10th titles in both events -- have been "super important," he admits it is difficult to describe his emotions when playing at Roland Garros."Every time that I am able to be back on this court brings me back to the past, back to amazing moments that I had there," he tells CNN."I try to enjoy every moment that I am at Ronald Garros and every year that I'm able to come back and compete again is something unique."How important is achieving La Decima to Nadal?"I'm very happy with nine to be honest," says the Mallorcan, who missed the end of last season with a wrist injury."I am going to try to give myself more opportunities but I achieved much more than I ever dreamed." 'Djokovic and Murray will fight' Nadal's recent form, combined with the current struggles of world No.1 Andy Murray and world No.2 Djokovic, as well as the absence of the resting Roger Federer, make Nadal many people's favorite to lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires on June 11.But the 30-year-old refused to contemplate that the next fortnight will be straightforward."They are so good, no, they're going to be fighting for the most important things and I am sure that they're going to be fighting for Roland Garros," said Nadal of Murray and Djokovic."They're unbelievable players, unbelievable competitors and we'll see what's going on but I am happy what I'm doing but I am sure they're gonna be playing very well."Nadal, who will play France's Benoit Paire in the first round, is in the same half of the draw as Djokovic, who will take on the unseeded Marcel Granollers in the opening round.Djokovic has himself admitted that he has been experiencing "a little bit of a crisis" since winning his first French Open title in 2016 to become the first male player to simultaneously hold all four grand slam titles since Rod Laver in 1969.The Serb, who was knocked out of this year's Australian Open in the second round, has won just one title this year.In a bid to arrest his decline, the 30-year-old recently parted ways with his entire coaching team and has turned to former world number one Andre Agassi. Nadal feats won't be matched -- Murray Another player who has b[...]



Monaco Grand Prix 2017: Nelson Piquet Jr.'s dream weekend in Principality

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:37:53 GMT

Monaco is a home from home for a number of leading motorsport drivers and of course once a year they even get to race around the Principality's racing circuit, either in Formula One or Formula E.

So who better than Formula E driver Nelson Piquet Jr -- the son of triple F1 world champion Nelson -- to provide a lowdown on spending a dream weekend in Monaco.

"A perfect week would be racing in Monaco -- and winning a race," Nelson Piquet Jr. told CNN.

Then, if there's one thing F1 drivers know how to do well, it's celebrate. Piquet's nightclub of choice is Jimmy'z, the self-titled "Monte-Carlo temple of clubbing."

"Celebrating Saturday night? Maybe at Jimmy'z or some fun clubs we have around here," he says.

Famed for its delightful weather and stunning coastline, it would be a shame to not sample Monaco's beaches at least once.

"On Sunday, get the boat go to Anjuna Beach, have an amazing lunch over here, over there by the water and enjoy it with friends," said the 31-year-old Brazilian.

Of course, after a weekend of celebration, a detox on Monday is essential.

"Monday? I have a run -- I can run from my house to Mala Beach," says Piquet. "It's a really cool beach to go running and it has amazing views by the water.

"I can enjoy couple of hours on the beach and run back home -- and that's my Saturday, Sunday, Monday."

As CNN Supercharged presenter Nicki Shields, who interviewed Piquet for the show, quips: "No wonder racing drivers are never ever stressed!"




2017 NBA Finals: Buckle up for Cavs-Warriors 3.0Cavs beat Celtics to earn NBA Finals rematch with WarriorsWarriors beat Spurs to reach 3rd straight NBA finals

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:43:38 GMTFri, 26 May 2017 04:58:05 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 04:45:35 GMT

This NBA Finals rubber match between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers has been building up for a while.In 2016, it looked like everything was going the Warriors' way. The 2015 NBA champions won a record 73 regular-season games, and Stephen Curry was the first player to unanimously win the NBA MVP Award.The Warriors were back in the NBA Finals, and they had a 3-1 lead against the Cavaliers, the same team they defeated for the championship the previous year.But it all evaporated. And in Game 7, with LeBron James scoring a triple double plus a massive block and the dagger three-point shot from Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers won the game and the title, ending a sports championship drought the city of Cleveland had been living under since 1964. James wept on the Warriors home court in Oakland, where he was named unanimous NBA Finals MVP.After this year's lackluster NBA playoffs, buckle up: The Warriors and Cavaliers are back in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. Golden State punched its ticket by sweeping the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, while the Cavaliers finished off the Boston Celtics in five games to win the Eastern Conference.This is the first time the same two teams have faced off in three consecutive NBA Finals, and it's the matchup that most NBA fans -- and Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob -- wanted."Honestly, I don't really care who we play," Lacob said, per The Mercury News, after the Warriors swept the Spurs. But then he added this: "OK, maybe a slight preference for Cleveland. Only because I feel we have some unfinished business from last season." Kevin Durant eyes first NBA title The Warriors are 12-0 in these playoffs, becoming the first NBA team to accomplish the feat after dispatching the Trail Blazers, Jazz and Spurs.And they're doing this without their head coach. Steve Kerr, who is still experiencing complications from back surgery two years ago, hasn't been on the Warriors' sideline for more than a month. Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown has filled in as interim head coach.Kerr is still involved, albeit donning sweatpants. He's been present at practice and recently traveled with the team at the end of the Warriors' sweep against the Spurs. But it's uncertain if Kerr will return to the bench for the NBA Finals. "Just day by day," Kerr said to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears when asked of his plans.There's notably also another superstar on Golden State's already-loaded roster.After the Cavaliers won the title in 2016, the focus turned to a player who wasn't in the NBA Finals: Kevin Durant, who was entering free agency after his team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, had blown a 3-1 lead against the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. It spurred the most intense frenzy surrounding an NBA free agent decision since James announced in 2014 that he would return to the Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat.On July 4, with a 351-word post on The Players' Tribune, Durant announced he was joining the Warriors. Now he's four wins away from winning his first NBA championship."I'm just proud of the work we've put in from the beginning of the season," Durant said following the sweep of the Spurs. "We just kept grinding. We didn't talk about championships or anything. We just wanted to build good habits and have fun playing some basketball, man. Simple as that. It's good that we're here now. Obviously we want to take that to the next series and try to be great and see what happens." Can LeBron and the Cavs do it again? Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have been rolling as well, sweeping the Pacers and Raptors before dominating the Celtics in five games.But for the third year in a row, the Cavs enter the NBA Finals as the underdog. In 2015, James had to carry an injury-depleted roster and came up short in six games. Last year, Cleveland beca[...]



Petra Kvitova recovers from stabbing to play at French OpenAndy Murray: 'French Open fans are tough on players'Djokovic starts French Open defense with Agassi by his sideMaria Sharapova denied wildcard to play at French OpenRoger Federer to skip 2017 French Open

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:58:17 GMTThu, 25 May 2017 15:37:32 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 14:17:43 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 14:34:09 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 19:51:20 GMT

Petra Kvitova will make her long-awaited return to tennis at this year's French Open, just five months after she was stabbed during an attempted burglary at her home in the Czech Republic.

The two-time Wimbledon champion has been out of action since the December knife attack, which severely injured her left, playing hand.

Emergency surgery -- almost four hours long -- helped repair damage to the Czech's tendons and nerves and she has been battling back to fitness ever since.

"I've already won my biggest fight," Kvitova told reporters Friday. "I stayed in life and I have all my fingers."

The left-hander has been drawn against world No. 86 Julia Boserup in the first round of the tournament, which starts on May 28.

'Chances of playing again was low'

Kvitova's surgeon, Doctor Radek Kebrle, said in a press release that the Czech had suffered a "horrific" injury.

The chances of her playing tennis again, he said, were "very low" for a "multiple of reasons."

But Kvitova, who is returning to action a month earlier than expected, said in Paris Friday that she believed she would return.

"I knew this day would come but sometimes when I was watching tennis on TV, I didn't really feel great," said the 15th seed.

"I felt like the tennis was taken away from me, and it wasn't my decision.

"Suddenly, I couldn't do what I love. So I'm happy that I can be here."

'I see different kind of things than before'

Kvitova was at home in the city of Prostejov, about 160 miles east of the Czech capital Prague, when an intruder burst into her apartment at around 8:30am on the morning of December 20.

The 27-year-old was able to fend the attacker off, who then fled, and later said she was "shaken, but fortunate to be alive."

She said her decision to compete in Paris was a "last-minute decision."

"I missed the court, the fight," said Kvitova, whose best showing at Roland Garros came in 2012 when she reached the semi-finals.

"Now I can just enjoy everything -- sometimes I just stand outside and see the sun and say 'oh, it's beautiful.'

"I see different kind of things than before."

The 19-time WTA Tour winner last played competitively In November, for the Czech Republic in a Fed Cup tie against France. She was knocked out of the 2016 French Open in round three by America's Shelby Rogers.

Both her major titles came on grass at Wimbledon, in 2011 and 2014, and she reached a career-high ranking of world number two in October 2011.

Andy Murray is the first to acknowledge he's "just not playing good tennis" right now, but the world No. 1 has more than just clay-court travails to worry about ahead of this month's French Open.

Novak Djokovic will start the defense of his French Open crown with eight-time major winner Andre Agassi by his side.

Maria Sharapova will not play at this year's French Open after organizers decided not to grant the two-time champion a wildcard into the tournament.

The speculation is over: Roger Federer will not play in this year's French Open.




America's Cup 2017: On board the most advanced boats in the worldAmerica's Cup: What to know about sailing's showpieceBermudians look forward to 'explosively exciting' America's CupA Bermuda triangle: Where to eat, stay and play

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:41:12 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 12:56:41 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 12:16:59 GMTThu, 25 May 2017 18:09:27 GMT

In Bermuda, the speed limit is 35 kilometers per hour, although taxi drivers on the island estimate they can get up to 50 kph before the blue lights of the police come flashing.Even with the speed increase, in the crystal blue waters that surround the island paradise in the North Atlantic Ocean, America's Cup boats are traveling at twice that speed.On land, pastel blue homes -- the quest among the 65,000-strong population is to come up with a shade no one else has on the island -- are often basic, understated, with bright white limestone roofs with grooves to collect much needed rainwater.While out on the open water at Great Sound, which envelops the capital Hamilton and where the depth of water is no more than 20 meters, the most technologically advanced boats in the sailing of history are battling it out for Cup glory."It's as much a design race as a sailing race," says Sir Ben Ainslie, skipper of Land Rover BAR, bidding for the first British win in the 166-year history of sport's oldest trophy."They're the most technologically advanced boats I've sailed on or anyone has sailed on, and I never imagined a boat like this ... no way."The boats are unimaginably quick. Traveling alongside it at 50 knots (92 kph) in a RIB (effectively an inflatable speedboat), you hold on tight, the base of the boat shuddering vigorously as it speeds along. Fighter pilot In contrast, Ainslie and his five other crew members seemingly effortlessly dance around their boat, which courtesy of its hydrofoils looks like it is literally flying over the water before turning at such an alarmingly sharp rate. Lesser mortals on board would be dumped into the water.It is no surprise that Ainslie compares his role to that of "a fighter pilot or a Formula One driver."Under his grips is a bespoke steering wheel created by Land Rover engineers, molded to the shape of his hands and with paddles to enable him to steer the boat but also control the boat's height in the water through the hydrofoils.The foils work like a wing on an airplane by generating lift force when the boat reaches a speed of about 18 knots.Amanda Hardingham is the head of human factors at Land Rover, with a team of 37 people working on products from concept to production, effectively thinking about the design and engineering of how you might sit in a car.In the case of Ainslie, that is the steering, using technology from the new Discovery and the manner in which it changes gear for this particular sailing innovation."The level of accuracy and speed that Ben needs to respond, make changes rapidly, that's win-lose points," she explains."In the car, it's for the global population from small women to large men, but this is bespoke for Ben, and gives him the precise control he needs."It is an innovation crew member David 'Freddie' Carr says "could truly be a race winner for us."Partnering with the vehicle manufacturer has helped BAR three-fold. An engineer's race That is with aerodynamics and performance predictions (how aero affects the speed of the boat), the control systems on board for Ainslie and his crew, and machine learning, in effect using artificial intelligence to investigate sailing performance data.Ainslie and the crew's every movement is fed back to a following chase boat with engineers poring over the telemetry with more back at their temporary Bermudan base -- in all 60 BAR staff are based here -- as well as staff back in Portsmouth -- another 60.No stone is left unturned. There is a designated full-time meteorologist judging the ideal conditions to take out the boat, the R1, which was preceded by four previous test boats, while for the last six weeks, someone has been working on the boat 24 hours a day inside the team's hangar.David Powys, a veteran of four previous America's Cup campaigns, is the base manager while his son Ed[...]



Penguins beat Senators to reach Stanley Cup FinalKelly Clarkson may not be welcome in Nashville if its hockey team doesn't win

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:39:34 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 18:10:11 GMT

The defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins are returning to the Stanley Cup Final after a 3-2 double overtime Game 7 victory over the Ottawa Senators Thursday night.

The loss dropped the Senators to 0-6 in franchise history in Game 7s.

With the home victory, Pittsburgh won its second straight Eastern Conference championship and will now seek to add another Stanley Cup title after winning the fourth in franchise history last season.

Opposing the Penguins will be the Nashville Predators, who, unlike their opponents, are making their first Stanley Cup Final appearance. Nashville wrapped up the Western Conference championship in six games Monday night by beating the Anaheim Ducks 6-3.

For the second straight year, the Stanley Cup Final will feature a team making their Finals debut. The San Jose Sharks made their debut last year, losing to the Penguins in six games.

Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final will be played at Pittsburgh's PPG Paints Arena on Monday and Wednesday, followed by Games 3 and 4 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on June 3 and 5. If needed, the series would then alternate between Pittsburgh and Nashville for the final three games of the best-of-seven series on June 8, 11 and 14.

Chris Kunitz scored his second goal of the game at 5:09 of the second overtime and Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray, playing on his 23rd birthday, stopped 27 of 29 Senators shots.

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson, who stopped 45 of 46 shots in Game 6, made 39 saves Thursday.

The game was nearly halfway through regulation before the Penguins scored the first goal off a two-on-one against Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson. Kunitz one-timed a pass from Conor Sheary in tight to make it 1-0 at 9:55 of the second period. It was Kunitz's first goal in his past 22 playoff games.

Just 20 seconds, Mark Stone tied it for the Senators, taking a short pass ahead from Karlsson and, from the lower part of the right circle, lifting the puck over Murray's glove.

Justin Schultz scored on a blast from the center point at 11:44 of the third on Pittsburgh's first power play of the game for a short-lived 2-1 Penguins lead.

At 14:41 of the third, Ryan Dzingel lifted the Senators into a 2-2 tie when he scored on a rebound of a Karlsson shot.

Kelly Clarkson may be one of the most popular artists in the country, but she could be persona non grata in Nashville if its hockey team doesn't win.




Cavs beat Celtics to earn NBA Finals rematch with Warriors

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:58:05 GMT

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night to set up a NBA Finals rematch with the Golden State Warriors.

While the Warriors have posted a perfect 12-0 record in the playoffs this season, the Cavs have nearly matched them. LeBron James and company were unbeaten through 10 games before losing to the Celtics on a last-second 3-pointer in Sunday's Game 3.

However, after a 112-99 comeback win in Game 4 and Thursday night's victory over the injury-riddled Celtics, the Cavs now stand at 12-1 this postseason.

The win means James is going to his seventh straight finals and will rematch with the team his Cavs beat to win the NBA championship last year. It's also the third straight year the two teams have clashed in the finals, with Golden State winning the title in 2015.

By going unbeaten in three series to reach the NBA Finals, the Warriors broke the previous record for best start in NBA postseason history, which the Los Angeles Lakers set twice with 11-0 runs in 1989 and 2001.

The NBA Finals get underway with Golden State, which finished with a league-best 67-15 record in the regular season, hosting Games 1 and 2 on June 1 and 4. The series then shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on June 7 and 9. If needed, the series would then alternate between Golden State and Cleveland for the final three games of the best-of-seven series on June 12, 15 and 18.

James scored 35 points and added eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals, and Kyrie Irving posted 24 points.

James, who shot 13 of 18 from the floor and 4 of 7 from 3-point range, hit a 3-pointer with 2:41 left in the third quarter to pass Michael Jordan and become the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer.

For the third time in as many TD Garden games in the series, the Cavaliers never trailed. Cleveland won the three road games in the series by a combined 90 points, the last two by a total of 77.

Kevin Love had 15 points and 11 rebounds and was a plus-43, and Deron Williams added 14 points in 17 minutes off the bench in the win that made Cleveland 12-1 in the postseason.

Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points, and Gerald Green scored 14.

The Celtics made some noise near the end of the first half, but Irving scored Cleveland's first 11 points in the first 3:18 of the second half before two baskets by James ballooned the lead to 25 with 6:39 left in the third quarter. It soon grew to 32 and then to 35 by the end of the quarter. James scored 15 and Irving 13 in the quarter, with James hitting three bombs in the final 2:41. Irving, who shook off a Game 4 twisted ankle, was 9 of 15 from the floor and 4 of 8 from 3-point range. The 109 points through three quarters marked the most the Celtics have allowed in the shot-clock era.

The Cleveland regulars were 16 of 33 from behind the arc through three quarters -- after the Cavs went 19 of 39 on treys in a 44-point win in Game 2. They finished 19 of 41 Thursday.




Magic give up 2018 second-round draft pick to Toronto

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:33:57 GMT

The Orlando Magic gave up the lesser of the team's 2018 second-round draft pick in order to secure the hire of new President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman.

According to News 6 Sports Director David Pingalore's league sources, giving up a draft pick for someone getting a promotion is unprecedented in the NBA.

Toronto signed Weltman last fall to a five-year contract as the second man in charge of the Raptors.

Team management in Toronto thought highly of Weltman, as did the Orlando Magic, as they have been trying to fix their basketball operations since former Magic general manager Rob Hennigan was fired in April.

Pingalore learned through an NBA source that in order for the deal with Weltman to happen the franchise negotiated to give up the lesser of the two 2018 second-round picks to get him out of his contract with Toronto.

The Magic could have stood their ground and still signed Weltman, according to Pingalore's league source, because draft picks in the NBA are more valuable than ever.

Now it appears the Magic may have created their own precedent in making deals for team management members who are getting a promotion.

The franchise gave two picks to Miami Heat in 2007 and 2008 in exchange for hiring Stand van Gundy, who was not the head coach then but in a reassigned position.

That would be a promotion for Van Gundy.

As Pingalore's NBA source said it is not a common practice to give up draft picks in order to hire someone to a promoted position from what they have currently. Like in this example, Weltman was the second man in charge of Toronto and is being promoted to the Magic's president of basketball operations.

"If I am the Raptors, if you don't ask you don't get, so they asked and received," Pingalore said.


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Manchester United win Europa LeagueVictims of Manchester bombing namedMemorials pop up around the world after Manchester bombingManchester soccer giants donate $1.3M to emergency fundLondon tourist attractions closed after U.K. warns another attack likelyBritish soccer teams scrap events amid security threatQueen Elizabeth visits victims of 'very wicked' Manchester attack

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:24:54 GMTThu, 25 May 2017 16:18:22 GMTThu, 25 May 2017 15:18:32 GMTThu, 25 May 2017 15:15:03 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 14:14:33 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 14:18:21 GMTThu, 25 May 2017 16:08:14 GMT

Manchester is a city in mourning and so the meaning of Manchester United's Europa League final against Ajax Wednesday changed significantly in the two days since the suicide bombing which killed 22 people and injured many more.At the Friends Arena in Stockholm, a United fan held aloft a poster which read: "Come on United, do it for Manchester." And they did, beating their Dutch opponents 2-0.Paul Pogba, the world's most expensive footballer and a man who, less than a fortnight ago, lost his father to a long-term illness, gave United the lead with a 25-yard deflected strike.Henrikh Mkhitaryan, another expensive summer purchase, hooked the ball home from six yards to double United's lead and secure the English side a first Europa League title and a place in next season's Champions League.A sixth-place finish in the English Premier League meant United had to win this match if they wanted to secure Champions League qualification.Not only will Jose Mourinho's men be playing among Europe's elite next season, benefiting from the prestige and financial rewards that will bring, but the club has now completed its collection of major trophies.United are now only the fifth club -- alongside Ajax, Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich -- to have won all three European trophies."If we could, we would obviously change the people's lives for this cup, immediately," Mourinho told reporters."We wouldn't think twice. Does this cup make the city of Manchester a little bit happier? Maybe. But we just came to do our job."We came without the happiness we should bring with us, because when you come for these big matches you come happy, you come proud. And we didn't. we just came to do our job." Not a time to critique performance Last week there was talk that this match would determine the success of Mourinho's first season in charge at Old Trafford.The only manager in United's history to win a trophy in his first season -- his team won the League Cup in February and Community Shield in August -- Mourinho concludes the campaign with three trophies.But win or lose, with the identities of those who lost their lives on Monday continuing to be released, now would not have been the time to critique the team's performance.In Stockholm, a city recovering from its own terrorist atrocity after a stolen truck was driven into pedestrians on a busy shopping street, killing five, the consensus was that the pre-match mood was somber.A minute's silence held before the match turned into a minute's applause and United's players wore black armbands in tribute to those who had been killed and injured in Monday's terrorist attack.The squad celebrated their victory joyfully, with cries of "ole! ole!"Cheers echoed around the arena as the club's captain Wayne Rooney, who came on as a second-half substitute, lifted the club's latest trophy aloft."We played for the people who died," Pogba told BT Sport."These things are terrible all over the world, in London and in Paris," added the French international, who was also playing at the Stade de France on the night of the November 2015 Paris terror attacks."We went out focused to win and we won for Manchester and the country. Ajax below par With an average age of 22 years and 282 days, Ajax named the youngest side ever to start in a major European final. In defender Matthijs de Ligt, aged 17 and 285 days, they also had the youngest player to feature in a European final.Peter Bosz's men had sparkled in this competition on their way to the final, playing in a manner the coach describes as the "Ajax way" -- pressing quickly, passing swiftly.Bosz, in his first season, has revived the club -- although they did finish second in the Du[...]



Andy Murray: 'French Open fans are tough on players'Tennis great Court to boycott Qantas over same-sex marriageNovak Djokovic: From career grand slam to 'crisis'Maria Sharapova denied wildcard to play at French OpenRoger Federer to skip 2017 French OpenSanchez-Casal Academy: The making of Andy Murray

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:37:32 GMTThu, 25 May 2017 10:07:36 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 16:34:36 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 14:34:09 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 19:51:20 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:11:23 GMT

Andy Murray is the first to acknowledge he's "just not playing good tennis" right now, but the world No. 1 has more than just clay-court travails to worry about ahead of this month's French Open.Traveling to Roland Garros on the back of consecutive defeats, Murray singled out the discerning Parisian crowds, telling CNN the atmosphere differs drastically to other tournaments."I think the fans are tough on the players," said the Scot. "They love good tennis."They are very knowledgeable and if a player maybe isn't giving his best effort or is behaving badly, the crowd will let you know about that."He's not the first to feel the heat.Before cementing himself as the undisputed king of clay, an 18-year-old Rafa Nadal was critical of the etiquette on Philippe Chatrier Court, telling reporters "the crowd really didn't behave as maybe they should when watching a tennis match."He may have been up against a home favorite in Sébastien Grosjean, but even French players have noted the weight of expectation."They're very demanding if you're not winning," said Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, suggesting "if you lose ... you're going to pay for it." 'Extremely demanding' Murray has labored on the clay in years gone by, admitting he "never felt comfortable moving on it."From turning pro to 2014, he went 63-37 on the surface, holding a win percentage of just 63%, despite nurturing his talent on the red dirt of Barcelona's Sanchez-Casal Academy as a junior."I think it's physically extremely demanding," said Murray. "A lot of the grand slams are but I just think the nature of the surface makes it different."Mentally it becomes difficult too if you're very tired and you play long points, long rallies. There's a lot of ups and downs in the matches because of the clay."Just over two years ago, Murray had never won an ATP clay-court event.He promptly won two in a week -- capturing both Munich's BMW Open and the Mutua Madrid Open.They were titles that gave him confidence on the surface, comprising victories against Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Nadal."I've definitely improved on the clay over the years," said Murray. "It's not my best surface but I've spent a lot of time working on my game and my movement.""I would feel like it had an effect on the rest of my tennis, so I've tried to work a lot on that."Murray is steadfast in his belief that he has "played some of the best clay court tennis of all the players" in this period.And, aided by three-time French Open champion Ivan Lendl, Murray's results at the year's second grand slam have steadily improved, capped by a first final in 2016.An imperious Novak Djokovic may have surged to overcome him last June, but Murray was valiant in defeat, capturing the hearts of the French faithful.The three-time major winner will hope he can please the spectators and go one further in the coming weeks.One of tennis' greatest ever stars says she will no longer fly Qantas because of the airline chief executive's support for same-sex marriage.Novak Djokovic fell to the clay and looked to the sky --- after three hours on court, the elusive French Open title was finally his at the third time of asking.Maria Sharapova will not play at this year's French Open after organizers decided not to grant the two-time champion a wildcard into the tournament.The speculation is over: Roger Federer will not play in this year's French Open.If the pinnacle of Andy Murray's career so far took place on the pristine green courts of Wimbledon, the world No. 1 owes much of his success to the rugged, red clay of Barcelona.[...]



Manchester soccer giants donate $1.3M to emergency fundMemorials pop up around the world after Manchester bombing22 dead after Manchester concert bombingManchester bomber probably had ISIS training, US official saysUS-UK intel sharing back on after Trump vows to plug leaksWho are the victims of the Manchester terror attack?Manchester victim's mother: 'Don't let this beat any of us'British soccer teams scrap events amid security threat

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:15:03 GMTThu, 25 May 2017 15:18:32 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 16:29:48 GMTThu, 25 May 2017 22:14:02 GMTFri, 26 May 2017 01:26:02 GMTFri, 26 May 2017 14:14:03 GMTThu, 25 May 2017 12:37:09 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 14:18:21 GMT

English soccer giants Manchester United and Manchester City have come together to donate £1 million ($1.3 million) to the emergency fund set up following Monday's terror attack in the city.

It's now been confirmed that 22 people -- including children -- were killed in the bomb blast at an Ariana Grande concert and a further 64 have been injured.

The hashtag #ACityUnited was created to show solidarity between Manchester's two rival teams, boosting the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund by £2 million in the past 24 hours. The fund is designed to help victims and families affected by the attack.

"We have all been humbled by the strength and solidarity shown by the people of Manchester in the days since the attack," said Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

"The hope of both our clubs is that our donation will go some small way to alleviate the daunting challenges faced by those directly affected and that our acting together will serve as a symbol to the world of the unbreakable strength of the spirit of Manchester."

Along with the help of local news organization the Manchester Evening News, the emergency fund total now stands at over £3 million.

"The barbarism of Monday evening's attack has shocked everyone," said Manchester United executive chairman Ed Woodward.

"Our clubs are right at the heart of our local communities in Manchester and it is right that we present a unified response to this tragedy.

"The money will help, of course but the work of the two clubs and their respective foundation and community scheme can build on the fantastic spirit that Mancunians have shown in the immediate aftermath."

On Wednesday, United beat Ajax to win the Europa League final, a victory that Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho dedicated to the people of the city.

The Wayne Rooney Foundation has also pledged £100,000, while the Arsenal Foundation has donated £50,000.

You can donate to the fund at www.redcross.org.uk/manchester.

After 22 people were killed and 59 injured in a suicide bombing outside Manchester Arena, people around the world paused to remember the victims.

At least 22 people were killed in a bombing after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday.

Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi likely received some ISIS training in Syria in the months before the attack, according to information gathered in the preliminary investigation, a US official told CNN on Thursday.

Intelligence sharing between the US and the UK resumed Thursday shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May met with her US counterpart President Donald Trump.

They were parents, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends, colleagues and classmates. Some were waiting to collect their children, others were enjoying what should have been a fun night of pop music.

The mother of murdered teenager Olivia Campbell has urged Manchester to come together and remain united in the wake of Monday night's terrorist attack which killed 22 people.

They won the English Premier League, but Chelsea's players will not take to the streets for a victory parade following the Manchester bombing.




Tiger Woods: No twisting for three months, let alone golfReal winner of 2017 Senior PGA Championship? TrumpGolf star Billy Horschel opens up on wife's battle with alcoholismKim Si Woo: Ready to switch clubhouse for military barracks after Sawgrass winRory McIlroy inks $100M TaylorMade dealPGA chief: Trump is good for golf

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:00:00 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 20:19:43 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 14:37:10 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 12:17:49 GMTWed, 10 May 2017 14:24:38 GMTFri, 05 May 2017 16:47:10 GMT

He "unequivocally" wants to play professional golf again but Tiger Woods can't even twist for another three months, let alone play the sport.

The former world No. 1 is recovering from a fourth back operation and has not played since his long-term injury issues forced him to pull out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

Woods, 41, was three events into his much-anticipated comeback following 15 months out after multiple back operations, and was forced to miss the Masters before undergoing fusion surgery in Texas in late April.

"I could no longer live with the pain I had," Woods wrote on his blog. "Even lying down hurt. I had nerve pain with anything I did and was at the end of my rope."

'Short-term goals'

The 14-time major champion has no timescale on his return but says the long-term prognosis is "positive."

"It is hard to express how much better I feel," he wrote. "It was instant nerve relief. I haven't felt this good in years.

"It's just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse. I'm walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There's no hurry.

"But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.

"Presently, I'm not looking ahead. I can't twist for another two-and-a-half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals."

Woods told CNN's Living Golf in Dubai he feared he would never play golf again during "dark times" as he recovered from his multiple back surgeries in late 2015.

The American won the last of his 79 PGA Tour events in 2013 and clinched his last major in 2008.

President Trump's golf club outside Washington will host the Senior PGA Championship this weekend, and the honor doesn't come cheap: The Trump Organization spent millions getting the course ready.

Billy Horschel is proof professional golfers and their families are battling the same human frailties as everyone else, after his wife opened up on her fight with alcoholism.

Kim Si Woo might have become the youngest ever winner of the Players Championship, but the 21-year-old from Seoul won't be receiving too much special treatment back in South Korea.

With a reported new $100 million equipment deal in his pocket, and a gleaming new wedding ring on his finger, life on and off the golf course seems pretty rosy for Rory McIlroy.

President Trump gets a lot of grief for playing so much golf. One person who's definitely not complaining: The head of the PGA of America.




Tennis great Court to boycott Qantas over same-sex marriageQantas CEO: Pie won't stop campaign for same-sex marriage

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:07:36 GMTWed, 10 May 2017 09:56:16 GMT

One of tennis' greatest ever stars says she will no longer fly Qantas because of the airline chief executive's support for same-sex marriage.

"As you will know, I have represented Australia many times and have the proud record of never losing a tennis match while playing for my country. I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage. I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible," Margaret Court, 74, said in an open letter published in The Western Australian

CNN attempted to reach Court's church to confirm the letter's validity.

"Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines where possible for my extensive (sic) traveling," she wrote.

Alan Joyce, the Qantas CEO, recently had a pie smashed in his face during a speaking appearance due to his stance over same-sex marriage.

Joyce later said the incident would not stop him from publicly advocating for same-sex marriage, which is currently illegal in Australia.

A plan to put the issue to a national referendum was blocked last year.

Ordained minister

Tennis Australia, the governing body for the sport in Australia, said it disagreed with Court in a statement.

"As a legend of the sport, we respect Margaret Court's achievements in tennis and her unmatched playing record. Her personal views are her own, and do not align with Tennis Australia's values of equality, inclusion and diversity," Tennis Australia said.

The first grand slam of the season is the Australia Open, which is held at Melbourne Park with one of its show courts named after the 74-year-old tennis great.

Court's career encompassed both amateur and professional eras in tennis and between 1960 and 1975 she won a record 24 major singles titles, the "best in history, regardless of gender," according to the International Hall of Tennis website.

After retiring, she became active in religion and was ordained as a minister.

Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova -- two other former tennis greats -- are openly gay, but in an interview with The New York Times earlier this year, Court said homosexuality was in many cases "a choice."

"You stand with values for family and different things, so you are a voice, and then you get persecuted for that," Court told the Times.

"You are not hating the people. You love the people, but you get taken that way. And I say marriage is between a man and a woman."

The CEO of Australian airline Qantas says he'll continue to publicly support same-sex marriage after he was attacked with a pie over the issue.




Real winner of 2017 Senior PGA Championship? TrumpPGA chief: Trump is good for golfObama joins private golf club in VirginiaActivists spell out message for Trump -- on one of his own golf coursesGolf star Billy Horschel opens up on wife's battle with alcoholismVandals break into Trump's Bronx golf course and hack down trees

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:19:43 GMTFri, 05 May 2017 16:47:10 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 19:29:14 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 13:52:49 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 14:37:10 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 18:36:40 GMT

President Trump's golf club outside Washington will host the Senior PGA Championship this weekend, and the honor doesn't come cheap: The Trump Organization spent millions getting the course ready.But the president could still come out ahead.Hosting a marquee event like the senior championship provides a huge lift in brand exposure. Big names like Rocco Mediate and Bernhard Langer will negotiate Trump bunkers and Trump fairways. The Golf Channel and NBC will broadcast pictures of manicured Trump greens around the world.And it's always possible that the president himself, who returns Saturday from his first overseas trip, will show up. After all, he's visited a Trump-brand property almost every weekend he's been in office. The White House did not return a request for comment.For a private club like Trump National, hosting a major tournament adds prestige, which can be used later to justify raising greens fees and the cost of membership.That is money that ultimately accrues to the president himself, who has turned over management of his business to his sons but refused to sell his holdings while he is in office."Even if he doesn't show up and doesn't tweet about it, you have this problem of the Trump brand being intermixed with him being president," said Larry Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog organization."He's using the White House to promote his own financial interests," Noble said. "Being president is a marketing opportunity for him."The course didn't return requests for comment. The Washington Business Journal reported in 2015 that Trump National charged $100,000 to join, plus a monthly fee of $698.Trump bought the former Lowes Island Club in 2009. The PGA awarded the tournament to Trump National in May 2014.Since Trump took over, workers have cut down hundreds of trees to clear the way for breathtaking views of the Potomac River. (Between the 14th and 15th holes, the course also features a monument to a Civil War battle that historians say simply never happened.)"This is a very special property," Trump said in June 2015, right after he announced for president. "I bought it six years ago, at the height of the bad market, the world was collapsing, and I saw something that was very special."Hosting an event like the Senior PGA Championship is a big honor, but it's a big undertaking.The PGA typically takes care of expenses like the construction of grandstands and hospitality suites for the championship. And most of the workers during the event are volunteers.Each year about 1,700 people sign up with the PGA to help out as course marshals, coordinate transportation and take care of guests.But the course itself must be camera ready, and the Trump Organization spent a reported $25 million on renovations.Golfers will tee off Thursday on the Championship Course, advertised by the club as a Donald J. Trump Signature Course, "built specifically for world-class golf," with rough composed of fescue, ryegrass and bluegrass.Eric Trump, who along with his brother has been placed in charge of their father's business interests while he serves as president, promoted the tournament this week on Twitter. {"url":"https://twitter.com/EricTrump/status/866990966716198913","author_name":"Eric Trump","author_url":"https://twitter.com/EricTrump","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;Join us this week at &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TrumpGolfDC[...]



Jeff Weltman says Orlando Magic front-office post a 'dream job'Orlando Magic hire John Hammond as general managerOrlando Magic hires Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations, sources sayOrlando Magic will have sixth pick in NBA draft

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:24:07 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 15:56:48 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 03:13:44 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 11:31:01 GMT

Jeff Weltman wanted to run his own organization and the Orlando Magic have given him that opportunity.

Weltman was formally introduced Wednesday as the franchise's new president of basketball operations. He said on an emotional level, "This hits home."

The 52-year-old Weltman spent the last four years with the Toronto Raptors.

Weltman said he wasn't looking to leave Toronto, but Orlando is the "kind of the dream job you can have," describing it is a "unique and special situation."

He has hired longtime NBA executive John Hammond as the Magic's general manager to help him turn around the struggling franchise, which hasn't made the playoffs in five years and was 29-53 last season.

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The Orlando Magic introduce the team's new president of basketball operations.

The Orlando Magic has hired a new president of basketball operations, News 6 sports director David Pingalore has learned.

The NBA draft is still a little more than a month away, but this year the Orlando Magic will have to be patient when it comes to making their pick.




Fernando Alonso: 'I have to adapt' to IndyCarIndy 500: Fernando Alonso walking 'tightest of tight ropes'Formula E: Buemi victorious as di Grassi crashesIndianapolis 500 Fast FactsIndianapolis Motor Speedway to ban smoking in grandstandsNIO EP9: Electric supercar smashes Nürburgring lap record

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:01:08 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 12:32:14 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 19:00:29 GMTTue, 31 May 2016 20:53:03 GMTFri, 28 Apr 2017 05:06:53 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 13:49:40 GMT

It's been a busy few weeks for Fernando Alonso.After spending three days in a Formula One car competing at the Spanish Grand Prix, the two-time F1 champion flew to Indianapolis the evening after the race to take on a new challenge.Since then, it's been all hands to the pump as he prepares for this weekend's Indy 500. In choosing the Brickyard over the iconic Monaco GP, Alonso is attempting to be just the ninth rookie to win what's been dubbed "the greatest spectacle in racing."33 cars, 200 laps, 500 miles -- a race steeped in history and folklore -- the Indy 500 poses a daunting test."It's been quite intense," Alonso told CNN. "We've put out a lot of laps on the practice days on the first part of the week, and then we arrived on the weekend, had good preparation and the qualifying was fine."Running in traffic has been the biggest thing that I have to learn. I have to adapt. You know, we are running very, very fast, an average of 370 kmh. And then, you know, you have another 32 cars nearly at the same speed trying to overtake you, and you try to overtake them."You're running very close, not only in the straights but in the corners. That's probably the biggest difference to F1." Predicting the unpredictable Alonso will start from fifth place on the grid after clocking an average speed of 231.3 mph (372.241 kph). Scott Dixon of the Chip Ganassi racing team took pole, while last year's champion Alex Rossi will start third.Alonso says Rossi's recent victory has cranked up the pressure, but admits he has set no firm goals to win the race."That definitely adds a bit of pressure because I know a rookie won last year," said Alonso. "At the end of the day, I came here with the feeling that I had to live the experience, I had to enjoy this experience."Now the second thing is just to enjoy the race, I don't have a clear target. Obviously winning is a dream, but I think the race is so unpredictable that my mind going into the race is just to live and enjoy this unique moment."The race will keep changing ... You need to deal with that. You cannot plan, you have to enjoy, you have to drive fast, especially at the end of the race. Let's see what the outcome is."And as for a future with IndyCar? Alonso isn't so sure -- for now, his sights are set on this weekend, and beyond that it's business as usual with Formula One, this season and next."The priority is for next year and to win the Formula One world championship," he said. "This year we are not in this position so we took this opportunity."I'm missing one race to attempt the Indy 500, but if everything goes well next year we don't need to miss anything and we can go for the Formula One world championship." Alonso's 'amazing' influence on IndyCar For last year's winner Rossi, Alonso's temporary switch to IndyCar has been significant for him personally and for the sport as a whole."It's been amazing. He's one of my heroes growing up watching Formula One and he has always been, in my opinion, one of the best drivers in the world. So to be able to work with him for a couple of weeks has been a huge privilege."Like Alonso, Rossi also came to IndyCar via F1, albeit at an earlier stage of his career. He competed in five grands prix with Manor Marussia in 2015 before swapping to IndyCar last year. He became the 100th person to lift the Borg Warner trophy -- a victory that lead to a long-term contract with Andretti.The American says that he and Alonso have been out fo[...]



Pro Bowl returning to Orlando in 2018

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:51:29 GMT

The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018 for the second straight year.

Orlando will host the Pro Bowl on Jan. 28, 2018, at 3 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN and ABC, the NFL announced Wednesday. Last season, the NFL played its all-star game in Orlando for the first time in front of a near-sellout crowd at Camping World Stadium.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he is “thrilled that (the) NFL Pro Bowl will return to Camping World Stadium in 2018.”

“This solidifies our reputation as one of the nation’s top sports destinations,” Dyer tweeted.

The NFL has a two-year deal with an option for a third year to play the Pro Bowl in Orlando.

The 2018 game will feature the AFC vs. NFC format, which returned last season.

The Pro Bowl is expected to rake in millions of dollars for the local economy.



Novak Djokovic: From career grand slam to 'crisis'Djokovic starts French Open defense with Agassi by his sideSharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying tournamentMaria Sharapova denied wildcard to play at French OpenRoger Federer to skip 2017 French OpenHow much will tennis miss Serena Williams?

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:34:36 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 14:17:43 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 19:35:22 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 14:34:09 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 19:51:20 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 14:20:51 GMT

Novak Djokovic fell to the clay and looked to the sky --- after three hours on court, the elusive French Open title was finally his at the third time of asking.There were no tears like Roger Federer seven years before him, but this was a moment in history and the boy from Belgrade had become the first player to simultaneously hold all four grand slam titles since Rod Laver in 1969. "I remember how difficult it was to arrive at that moment," Djokovic told CNN, reflecting on his 2016 triumph ahead of this year's tournament --- which starts Sunday. "The hours, commitment, and practice. Several years of not managing to make that final step. And then finally being able to make it and sharing that with the closest people in my life. "It was an unforgettable moment."Djokovic had fought back from a set down to beat an ascendant Andy Murray, calling upon all his steel and reserve, arriving at the pinnacle of his sport. But while the outside world looked on and marveled, it would not prove easy to keep on climbing. In the 12 months since, Djokovic has failed to add to that long-awaited 12th grand slam title, surrendering his world No. 1 ranking to Murray in the process.In a bid to arrest his decline, Djokovic recently parted ways with his entire coaching team. He's turned to Andre Agassi, hoping for some form of "shock therapy" as he plots his path back to the top. "I am experiencing a little bit of a crisis, if you want to call it that," he admitted, having confronted what he calls "the other direction" after five years of success.Djokovic, who turned 30 earlier this month, believes that "finally being able to make it" in tennis' only clay-court grand slam may have diminished his motivation going forward. "It was a lot of anticipation, expectations and pressure building up each year that I was coming back," he reflected. "It brought a lot of joy but also a lot of relief."Murray acknowledged the magnitude of Djokovic's four consecutive grand slams at the time, telling the crowd "This has not happened for an extremely long time and will take a long time to happen again." The Scot was resilient in defeat, stressing "This is his day today." Not many would have predicted Murray would end the year world No. 1.Typically, Djokovic would "bounce back" from big finals --- whether victory or gut-wrenching defeat --- "quickly recharging batteries" to return to the court.He is the first to acknowledge how "very fortunate" he's been to have achieved so much, ever since "practically the beginning" of his career.But this time something was different. "There were so many emotions involved and so many things that were on the line," he said. "When I was able to achieve that, I was just so empty."Djokovic needed time to recuperate and take stock of what he had achieved. Instead, he was launched straight into the defense of his 2015 Wimbledon crown, before a trip to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics. And he simply couldn't cope, crashing out to world No. 28 Sam Querrey at the All England Club before falling --- this time in tears --- at the first hurdle to Juan Martin del Potro in the Olympic tennis tournament."Superman never loses," they lamented in his native Serbia, bemused and shaken by their hero's new-found fallibility. But it kept getting worse.And when he was sent packing from this year's Australian Open in the second round by unheralded wildcard Denis Istomin --- departing at the earliest stage of any grand slam since 2009 --- Djokovic was haunted by doubts he would ever be the same again. "It's all part of the sport," he shrugged. "I'm feeling much better now [...]



Golf star Billy Horschel opens up on wife's battle with alcoholismKim Si Woo: Ready to switch clubhouse for military barracks after Sawgrass winRory McIlroy inks $100M TaylorMade dealPGA chief: Trump is good for golfAlcohol tied to higher breast cancer risk, report says

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:37:10 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 12:17:49 GMTWed, 10 May 2017 14:24:38 GMTFri, 05 May 2017 16:47:10 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 08:48:47 GMT

From the outside it looks like a dream life -- making vast amounts of money playing golf for a living.But Billy Horschel is proof golfers and their families are battling the same human frailties as everyone else, after his wife opened up on her fight with alcoholism.The 30-year-old Horschel pocketed $1.35 million for his playoff victory against Jason Day at the AT&T Bryon Nelson in Irving, Texas, over the weekend, a victory he described as the most "emotional" of his four PGA Tour titles.Afterward he alluded to recent struggles, without elaborating, and most assumed he was talking about breaking a three-year win drought -- until wife Brittany took to social media Monday.She confessed in an open message on Twitter she was an alcoholic, saying "last year came with extreme struggles" and described it as a "very sad, scary and trying time." {"url":"https://twitter.com/britt_horschel/status/866739106780520448","author_name":"brittany horschel","author_url":"https://twitter.com/britt_horschel","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;i would like to share why yesterday's win had some extra emotions for my hubby, &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/BillyHo_Golf\"&#gt;@BillyHo_Golf&#lt;/a&#gt; xo &#lt;a href=\"https://t.co/2yDyhm8kRR\"&#gt;pic.twitter.com/2yDyhm8kRR&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/p&#gt;— brittany horschel (@britt_horschel) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/britt_horschel/status/866739106780520448\"&#gt;May 22, 2017&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt;\n&#lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt;","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"} Brittany spent May to July of 2016 in a south Florida treatment center, but says she has now been sober for one year.In that time, Horschel looked after their 18-month-old daughter Skylar, moved the family into a new house in Florida, played on Tour and cared for his wife."He deserves to soak in the glory of his win, throw his feet up and just let out a long deep breath," wrote Brittany."Billy, you are my rock and the living testament of unconditional love." {"url":"https://twitter.com/BillyHo_Golf/status/866742972225912832","author_name":"Billy Horschel","author_url":"https://twitter.com/BillyHo_Golf","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;Proud of the journey that my wife is on! She is an amazing mother and unbelievable wife! &#lt;a href=\"https://t.co/4Q1TVeUCQV\"&#gt;https://t.co/4Q1TVeUCQV&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/p&#gt;— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/BillyHo_Golf/status/866742972225912832\"&#gt;May 22, 2017&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt;\n&#lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt;&qu[...]



Mike Tyson: I didn't think I'd survive my 30sCelebrities who have gone brokeStars who served time behind barsCelebrities' hidden talentsMike Tyson says 'sky is limit' for Anthony Joshua

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:25:53 GMTMon, 13 Jul 2015 17:56:15 GMTTue, 14 Mar 2017 06:00:30 GMTThu, 06 Apr 2017 06:00:19 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 15:25:03 GMT

Mike Tyson's financial collapse was as ferocious as his style of boxing.After earning more than $300 million over his legendary career, the former heavyweight champion filed for bankruptcy in 2003, and later went to jail for cocaine problems. It would take more than a decade, and a trip through rehab, before Iron Mike would escape bankruptcy."I didn't think I'd make it through my thirties," Tyson said last week during the SALT Conference, a Las Vegas event that attracts big names in money, politics and sports."My thirties were scary, weren't they?" the 50-year-old former boxer said to nervous laughter from the audience.The controversial former boxer said he was never "crazy" about money, but admitted he "went crazy with it." Tyson has said he squandered his fortune on jewelry, prostitutes, mansions and cars.He isn't making a fortune like he once did, but he is making money by putting on a show at the MGM in Las Vegas and through a book coming out soon."I plan on keeping it this time," said Tyson.Tyson insists that thanks to his wife Kiki and support from friends, his life is back on track. He sounds determined to stay out of trouble, both financial and criminal."We made it out of our hellhole," Tyson said to applause from the crowd. "I just knew it was time to grow up. It was time to be a man. Time to be present in your children's lives."Tyson explained that it took a "whole deal of rehabs and institutions" before he could turn his life around."I'm one of the lucky ones," he said.Tyson grew up in the ghetto and had a fractured home life. After becoming the youngest heavyweight champion ever at just 20 years old in 1986, Tyson was sent to prison for three years following a 1992 rape conviction.Tyson enjoyed incredible success in the 1990s and his relentless fighting style earned him millions of fans. But Tyson also earned public scorn for, among other things, infamously biting off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear in a 1997 fight.When Tyson filed for bankruptcy in 2003, he reportedly had $23 million in debt. It was a stunning admission given his blockbuster career.Looking back on it, Tyson admits he became accustomed to receiving fat checks and was taken advantage of by those around him."I can't even call them leeches. That's too decent of a word to call them," Tyson said.Tyson's comeback was punctuated in the public eye by his memorable appearance in the blockbuster comedy the Hangover in 2009 and then the sequel two years later.Today, Tyson is spending time with his family, mentoring young boxers and doing a one-man play based on his life at the MGM in Las Vegas called Undisputed Truth. He also has a new book coming out about his time working with legendary trainer Cus D'Amato.Jim Gray, a sportscaster who became close with Tyson and interviewed him at SALT, said Tyson has become "beloved" again and today is one of our "national treasures."Tyson joked that when fans see him they "want to take pictures of me biting their ear." He added, "We charge $200."But Tyson did display some of the discipline that was sorely missing during his downfall.Asked twice who he would have liked to have hit outside the ring, Tyson refused to take the bait."I'll take the fifth on that," he said with a smile.[...]Rapper 50 Cent is only the latest celebrity to go broke following money troubles.Not even fame a[...]



British soccer teams scrap events amid security threatManchester soccer coach's wife, daughters escape terror attackUEFA plays down security fears ahead of Europa League finalUS officials raise security profiles at arenas

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:18:21 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 15:15:16 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 13:14:32 GMTWed, 24 May 2017 01:30:01 GMT

They won the English Premier League, but Chelsea's players will not take to the streets for a victory parade following the Manchester bombing.

The club says it would be "inappropriate" to celebrate with fans near its Stamford Bridge ground in south London Sunday and is loathe to "divert important resources" given the increased security threat following Monday's tragedy.

"Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday's terror attack in Manchester," said the club in a statement.

"Our thoughts go out to all the victims, and their families and friends."

Black armbands

Arsenal has also canceled a planned screening of Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea at their Emirates Stadium in north London.

The club also says it will not hold a victory parade should it win the FA Cup, given the Government's escalation of the national security threat to "critical."

"We are sorry for any disappointment this causes but it is in everyone's best interests," said Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis in a statement.

The final between the London rivals will still go ahead at Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea announced its players would wear black armbands "as a mark of respect" in the FA Cup final, as well as donating to the fund to supporting the victims of the attack.

The Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax in Stockholm is scheduled to take place Wednesday.

The wife and daughters of Manchester City soccer coach Pep Guardiola daughters escaped Monday's terror attack unhurt after attending the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

The city is reeling from shock and sadness, but Manchester United will still contest Wednesday's Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm after UEFA played down the security threat following Monday's bomb attack in Manchester.

If you are going to a concert or ballgame this week in the United States, you may not notice increased security -- but it will be there.




Super Bowl LV moved to Tampa due to stadium delay in L.A.

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:38:10 GMT

Los Angeles was supposed to host Super Bowl LV, but a year-delay in the stadium construction for the Rams and Chargers gave the city of Tampa a gift, according to NFL officials.

NFL officials announced Tuesday that Tampa will host Super Bowl LV in 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers. L.A. will now host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.

The relocation came after an unanimous vote by league owners on Tuesday afternoon. Unusual wet weather in the Los Angeles area caused the delay in stadium construction. 

This will be Tampa's first Super Bowl since 2009. The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 thanks to a last-minute touchdown. 

Last year, the NFL told L.A. that despite the league requiring a stadium to be open for two seasons before it can host a Super Bowl, they could host if a waiver was obtained. Instead, the game was moved to Tampa.

"Our focus in this process is this building should host multiple Super Bowls over many generations, and we need to make sure we deliver a building that is an exceptional, Super Bowl-quality building," Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said last week. "Our focus is more on the caliber of building than the exact year of the Super Bowl."

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.




Orlando Magic hire John Hammond as general managerOrlando Magic hires Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations, sources sayOrlando Magic will have sixth pick in NBA draftOrlando Magic to buy Orlando Solar BearsOrlando Magic fire GM Rob HenniganSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

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As News 6 sports director David Pingalore reported, the Orlando Magic announced Tuesday that it has hired Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond to the same position.

Hammond has been the GM of the Bucks for the past nine seasons. He replaces Rob Hennigan, who was fired by the Magic in April.

The move comes a day after Pingalore's initial report that Jeff Weltman was hired as president of basketball operations for the Magic.

In Hammond’s 26 years in the NBA, his teams have made 15 postseason appearances. Weltman served as assistant general manager under Hammond for five seasons (2008-13) and also worked with him in Detroit (2007-08).

"John (Hammond) brings tremendous experience and is a great talent evaluator," Weltman said. "He has experience in everything from day-to-day operations to player development. He built a great team in Milwaukee, and won a championship while in Detroit. We are very fortunate to have him as part of the Magic family."

"We are very excited to join Jeff (Weltman) and be a part of the team in Orlando,” Hammond said. “The Magic are a first-class organization all the way around, and we look forward to this tremendous opportunity.  I want to thank the ownership in Milwaukee, Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan for their support, and I certainly wish them well.”
 

The Orlando Magic has hired a new president of basketball operations, News 6 sports director David Pingalore has learned.

The NBA draft is still a little more than a month away, but this year the Orlando Magic will have to be patient when it comes to making their pick.

The Orlando Magic is planning to purchase the Orlando Solar Bears franchise in an effort to keep it from folding, sources told News 6.

The Orlando Magic fire general manager Rob Hennigan after the team failed to make the playoffs during his tenure, the worst five-year stretch in team history.

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Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dies in Orlando

Mon, 15 May 2017 17:48:34 GMT

Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy died in Orlando Tuesday at the age of 48, according to Orlando police.

One of the best defensive lineman of his generation, Kennedy was a star in his 11 seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks. He became the second Seattle player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He was an unmovable wall as a dominant defensive tackle, and a quiet, gentle soul away from the field never interested in finding himself in the spotlight.

Kennedy was an eight-time Pro Bowler and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1992.

Kennedy was drafted third-overall in the 1990 draft out of Miami, according to the NFL.

"First and foremost, I don't know who it is, but it isn't me," McElwain said Tuesday at a Gators club function.

A News 6 viewer contacted Pingalore, who reported on the story and provided information and pictures of the naked man on the shark. 

The viewer, who was visiting the Orlando area from New Jersey, said he is a good friend of  the photographed man, whom he called Sean and identified as a retired law enforcement officer who lives in upstate New York. 

The viewer said the picture was taken two years ago off Long Island, New York.  He said the photo was taken in fun and there was no intent to "degrade the shark."

Pingalore said he arranged a meeting between the photographed man and McElwain, but the man backed out after threats were posted online from people upset that he would take such a photo with a dead shark.

“I was on the phone with Steve McClain (University of Florida’s senior associate athletics director for football),” Pingalore said. “The naked man wanted to meet Coach McElwain, then all of a sudden, an hour later, he flipped and got scared."

The viewer initially said Pingalore could publish the photos but later recanted because his friend is now fearful.

Pingalore joined Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi on 96.9 FM The Game on Friday to discuss the situation. Scroll past the 2:20 mark in the video below to listen.

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Cavs, Goodyear strike deal for jersey patchWarriors rally to win opener after Spurs lose Leonard

Mon, 15 May 2017 19:26:47 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 15:28:01 GMT

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed a multiyear deal to wear Goodyear's Wingfoot patch on their jerseys starting with the 2017-18 season.

The Cavs and the tire company, founded and headquartered in Akron, Ohio, will formally announce the partnership Monday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Cavs star LeBron James is Akron's favorite son and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is the city's cornerstone company, founded in 1898.

The NBA announced a year ago the approval of a three-year pilot program to sell ads on uniforms starting next season. The sponsorship patch will measure approximately 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches and be adjusted to fit the dimensions of each sponsor's logo.

The Wingfoot patch will appear on the front left of the jersey, opposite the Nike logo.

 

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The Golden State Warriors went on an 18-0 run immediately after San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard left the game injured in the third quarter and then had just enough left in the tank at the end to finish off a come-from-behind, 113-111 victory over the Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.




Duke lands top PG Duval

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:51:14 GMT

Should Mike Krzyzewski bring another national championship to Duke, he might look back at the past week on the recruiting trail as the impetus behind the next banner.

Trevon Duval, regarded as the best point guard in the 2017 class, joined Duke's steller 2017 haul days after the Blue Devils brought in Jordan Tucker, who was considering Syracuse until a last-minute visit to Durham.

Krzyzewski already landed two other five-star recruits, Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr., to pair with Duval.

"I'm excited to evolve as a student, as a basketball player and now, and forever, as a Blue Devil," Duval said in a video shared via The Players' Tribune.

Duval averaged 16.1 points and 7.5 assists as a senior at IMG this past season and was chosen as a McDonald's All American.

The roster is dotted with holes after a mass exodus following the 2016-17 season, including Frank Jackson, Luke Kennard, Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles to the NBA draft and seniors Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones.

In addition, the team lost graduate transfer Sean Obi to Maryland and sophomore Chase Jeter also is transferring.

 

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Warriors rally to win opener after Spurs lose LeonardShaq planning to run for sheriff

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:28:01 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 17:10:04 GMT

Composure and firepower were two staples of San Antonio Spurs teams that won five championships in the Tim Duncan era.On Sunday, those qualities belonged to the new Western power, the Golden State Warriors, especially after the Spurs lost their current standout, Kawhi Leonard, to an injury.The Warriors went on an 18-0 run immediately after Leonard left the game in the third quarter and then had just enough left in the tank at the end to finish off a come-from-behind, 113-111 victory over the Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals."When I looked in their eyes, I felt they believed," Warriors coach Mike Brown said after watching his club rally from 25 down in the first half. "With the team that we have, the veteran guys, their composure, and then the firepower, we know that we're always going to have a chance."Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday, also on the Warriors' home court.Whether the Spurs will have Leonard available is unknown. He sustained a recurrence of his left ankle injury after torching Golden State for 26 points in 24 minutes.San Antonio outscored Golden State by 21 points while Leonard was on the floor."It was huge," Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said of the absence of Leonard. "We were doing really well. "When he went down, the Warriors were starting to pick up, to feel good about themselves, to increase the pressure on everybody, and that's when we struggled, because we couldn't have the guy that we run those plays (through) and get them off their pressure."Rallying from a 20-point halftime deficit, the third-biggest comeback in NBA playoff history, the Warriors got a game-high 40 points from Stephen Curry and 34 from Kevin Durant.The Spurs retained a 106-103 lead with under 2:00 to play before a key sequence set up the Warriors' game-winning finish.Curry and Durant both missed 3-pointers, but where a rebound would have given the Spurs the lead and the ball with the clock winding down, the Warriors ran down both rebounds, setting up a Curry trey that tied the game with 1:48 left.The Spurs never led again."I thought the rebounding really hurt us, as evidenced by (that sequence)," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It was kind of indicative of what kind of mistakes we might have made."Great effort, tough loss, great opportunity, and we let it slip away."Golden State outrebounded San Antonio 43-37.The Spurs were still within one before Curry hit a 13-foot floater with nine seconds remaining to give Golden State a 113-110 lead.LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs' leading scorer with 28 points, had a chance to tie the score but misfired on a 3-pointer from the left corner.Patty Mills retrieved the miss and was fouled with five-tenths of a second left. He made the first free throw to get the Spurs within two, then intentionally missed the second, with the Warriors deflecting the ball out of bounds as time expired."It's the playoffs. You've got to expect everything," Curry said. "It was definitely a nice way to win Game 1."Curry shot 7 of 16 on 3-point attempts. The Warriors were 11 of 30 from beyond the arc and outscored the Spurs 33-21 on 3-pointers.Ginobili finished with 17 for the Spurs, connecting on seven of his 10 shots.The game turned on Leonard's[...]



Ducks rally to defeat Predators, even series at 1-1

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:15:31 GMT

In danger of falling into an two-game hole against the Nashville Predators, the Anaheim Ducks used a second-period comeback to even the Western Conference finals.Nick Ritchie scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the Ducks rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Predators on Sunday at Honda Center to level the best-of-seven series at a game apiece."I don't want it to seem we're doing things the hard way," said Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, who tied his playoff career high with three assists. "We're in a conference final here. There's going to be no sweeps, no blowouts, both teams are here for a reason. They're both playing hard. Obviously, we did a good job of bouncing back after last game's performance."Sami Vatanen, Jacob Silfverberg and Ondrej Kase each had a goal for the Ducks, who wiped out a two-goal deficit to prevail. Anaheim's Antoine Vermette added an empty-netter with 43.6 seconds left, and Cam Fowler had two assists.Anaheim goalie John Gibson stopped 30 shots. Gibson and several of his teammates also prevented Nashville from tying the score in the third period with saves on several shots from close range with 5:41 remaining.Ryan Johansen, James Neal and Filip Forsberg scored for the Predators, and Viktor Arvidsson collected two assists. Pekka Rinne recorded 22 saves.Game 3 is Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.Ritchie, with an assist from Getzlaf, lifted the Ducks to a 4-3 lead by scoring with 2:53 remaining in the second. Two of his three goals in the playoffs have been game-winners. The other one occurred in Game 7 during the second round against the Edmonton Oilers."I think I was just trying to get the puck to the net," Ritchie said. "Actually, (Getzlaf) made a little tip pass in the middle that kind of messed their D up a little bit, and I shot the pick to the net and it went in."Johansen gave the Ducks credit for coming back."They have a lot of talent out there," Johansen said. "That's not going to go away. They're a good team. They found a way to claw back."Predators coach Peter Laviolette lamented his team allowing two goals within 1:39 near the end of the first and the start of the second period."I thought they came out and grabbed some momentum right at the end of the first period and they came out and scored another quick goal and I think the momentum shifted a little bit," Laviolette said. "But with that being said, I think we did a pretty good job in the neutral zone."Johansen gave the Predators a 1-0 lead with a breakaway goal at 4:18 of the first period. Arvidsson flipped a pass ahead of the Ducks' defenders to hit a streaking Johansen, who slipped the puck by Gibson for his third goal of the postseason.Neal, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 1, made it 2-0 with a power-play tally at 8:32 of the first. Neal scored from point-blank range on an assist from Johansen for his fifth goal of the postseason.With a minute left in the first, Vatanen fired a rocket past Rinne for a power-play goal to slice the Ducks' deficit to 2-1. For Vatanen, it was his first goal of the playoffs. It also ended an 0-for-20 drought on power plays in the last seven games for Anaheim.Silfverberg knotted the score 39[...]



How much will tennis miss Serena Williams?Sharapova beaten by vocal critic BouchardNovak Djokovic splits with entire coaching staffWimbledon hikes prize money 10% to offset falling poundSanchez-Casal Academy: The making of Andy Murray

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:20:51 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 14:18:51 GMTFri, 05 May 2017 14:31:28 GMTWed, 03 May 2017 16:15:02 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:11:23 GMT

As Serena Williams chased a historic calendar grand slam in 2015, tickets for the US Open women's finals sold out before the men's for the first time.Although her quest to become the first player in 27 years to win four majors in the same calendar year ended at the semifinals in New York, it proved her status as not just one of the world's greatest tennis players but also one of sport's biggest attractions.But with the world No. 1 now on maternity leave, what impact will her absence have on the sport she has dominated since winning her first major at the 1999 US Open at the age of 17?"Exceptional athletes with rare and unique talent come along once in a decade," said WTA spokeswoman Heather Bowler. "The WTA has had over four decades, each marked by exceptional players, so we know these great and new champions will emerge, some already are, and we look forward to the future." Rising stars and comebacks Williams, whose publicist confirmed last month she was expecting a child with her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, is due to give birth in the fall.Williams' last slam victory was at the Australian Open in January, where she beat her sister Venus in the finals.Although that victory meant she leapfrogged Steffi Graf as the most successful player of the Open era with 23 majors, she remains one shy of tying the all-time record of Australia's Margaret Court and has said she plans to return to tennis in 2018.The WTA pointed to the emergence of young rising stars such as US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova and the returns this season of former grand slam winners Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova.Azarenka of Belarus is due back from maternity leave this summer, while Czech Kvitova is recovering from a hand injury caused by an intruder in her house before Christmas. Sharapova, of Russia, made her comeback after serving a 15-month doping ban for the banned heart drug meldonium last month."These three tennis superstars are coming back into a highly competitive field of talent," Bowler said. 'No one is bigger than the sport' Still, in the US, tennis' biggest market which was valued at $5.94 billion in 2015 by the Tennis Industry Association, no star shines brighter than Serena.The 35-year-old is known by about two-thirds of Americans, according to the The Q Scores Co. in Manhasset, New York, which measures consumer appeal.Five-time major winner Sharapova, a global star in her own right and the world's most marketable female athlete for 11 years running until her doping ban last year, is known by about 40% of the US population."Serena is a really important part of the sport, but I don't think anybody is bigger than the sport," said Tim Crow, chief executive of London-based sponsorship agency Synergy whose clients include Coca-Cola and Mastercard. Fewer Tour events In the past three seasons, Williams has drastically reduced her playing schedule as she chased Graf's record and her absence will be most strongly felt during the four majors -- the Australian, French and US Open and Wimbledon.In recent years, The WTA has focused on local heroes with strong fan followings in their respective countries to grow TV audiences and increase ticket sales[...]



101-year-old 'daredevil' sets new skydiving record

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:56:26 GMT

A 101-year-old man from southwest England has become the world's oldest tandem skydiver.

Bryson William 'Verdun' Hayes, known as Verdun, completed the record-breaking jump Sunday. He skydived for the very first time a year ago to celebrate his 100th birthday.

"Last year's skydive was an amazing experience," he said in a press statement. "I must have got a bit of a taste for it, because it just made me want to do it again."

And he seemed to enjoy this year's dive just as much. Asked how he felt on landing, he said, "Oh, absolutely over the moon."

The previous record was held by Canadian Armand Gendreau, who skydived from 10,000 feet in June 2013 aged 101 and three days.

Hayes, who jumped from 15,000 feet, added 34 days to that record.

Eight members of his family jumped with him, including his son Bryan, grandson Roger and great-grandsons Joe and Stanley.

"He'd wanted to do it for many years and his wife wouldn't let him," Ian Honnor, Hayes' grandson-in-law who also took part in the skydive, told CNN.

"He would class himself as a bit of a daredevil," he said. "He did a gliding session when he was 90, but he's never done anything of this nature."

Hayes was raising money for The Royal British Legion, a UK charity that supports members of the armed forces, veterans and their families. He has raised over £2,400 ($3,100) so far.

It's a cause that has great personal significance for Hayes, who is named after a famous World War I battle. His father, fighting with the British troops in France, wrote home to his pregnant wife asking her to name their child after the Battle of Verdun, if it was a boy.

Hayes later served in World War II as a Lance Corporal and was part of the D-Day campaign, which saw the Allied forces successfully begin the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe.

Honnor is fairly sure that this won't be the last of Hayes' aerial feats.

"It wouldn't surprise me if he does it again in a year's time," he said. "And he's also talking about wing walking. So I'll now be looking into that to see if it's medically possible."




NIO EP9: Electric supercar smashes Nürburgring lap recordWaymo, Lyft team up on self-driving carsTwo more die from injuries sustained in auto auction crash3 killed as driver plows into crowd at auto auctionFrench automaker to test self-driving cars in Singapore

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:49:40 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 07:01:35 GMTSun, 14 May 2017 02:34:41 GMTWed, 03 May 2017 20:11:07 GMTWed, 03 May 2017 14:21:08 GMT

When you're going through "The Green Hell," keep going.

An electric supercar has completed a lap of the legendary Nürburgring in six minutes 45.90 seconds, shaving off 2.1 seconds off the previous best time by a road-legal vehicle -- set by the Radical SR8LM in 2009.

The NIO EP9 is a full half-minute quicker than the nearest EV challenger -- Toyota's TMG EV P002 -- and can now lay claim to being the fastest electric road car on the planet.

"This is a fabulous achievement for NIO," Gerry Hughes, head of performance and Next EV Formula E team principal said in a statement. "I am very proud of the team that has worked tirelessly to achieve this accolade."

The EP9 boasts one megawatt of power, equivalent to 1342 BHP, and a top speed of 194 mph (312 kph).

At full throttle, it can accelerate from standstill to 124 mph (200 kph) in just 7.1 seconds.

The new lap record illustrates the importance of favorable conditions, with driver Peter Dumbreck taking 19.22 seconds off the EP9's previous time, recorded last October in "inclement" weather.

His new lap of the 12.9-mile (20.7-kilometer) German circuit is 35.73 seconds faster than the nearest Ferrari and more than 47 seconds faster than a Koenigsegg CCX.

Powered by four inboard electric motors, the EP9 also tops the four-wheel drive leaderboard, edging out the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

But the absolute lap record holder at the Nurburgring remains the Porsche 956, built in 1980s for the FIA World Sportscar Championship.

During the 1983 "1000 km of Nürburgring" endurance race, Germany's Stefan Bellof recorded a still-unbeaten six minutes 11.13 seconds.

The 73-turn circuit that winds its way through the Eifel mountains was nicknamed "The Green Hell" by triple Formula One world champion Jackie Stewart -- winner of three German Grand Prix when races were staged at the track during the 1960s and 1970s.

Going forward, NIO plans to produce a limited run of ten EP9 supercars, made to order.

The price? $1.48 million.

Two of Silicon Valley's biggest transportation players are partnering to make self-driving cars a reality.

Two more people died this week from injuries sustained when an SUV sped into a crowd of people at an auto auction Wednesday in Billerica, Massachusetts, north of Boston.

Three people were killed and at least nine others injured Wednesday after an SUV suddenly sped forward and ran down customers at an auto auction in Billerica, Massachusetts, north of Boston.

A French car company and a U.S. startup are traveling halfway around the world to launch a self-driving car.




Kim Si Woo: Ready to switch clubhouse for military barracks after Sawgrass winNorth Korea blights China's One Belt, One Road party with missile launchNorth Korea says missile could carry large nuclear warheadNorth Korean missile landed in water off Russian region, US official saysSouth Korea's new president wants to reverse its North Korea policySouth Korea votes to choose replacement for impeached Park

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:17:49 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 05:08:22 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 00:26:03 GMTSun, 14 May 2017 04:47:34 GMTWed, 10 May 2017 03:30:44 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 14:25:26 GMT

Kim Si Woo might have become the youngest ever winner of the Players Championship, but the 21-year-old from Seoul won't be receiving too much special treatment back in South Korea.

That's because all able-bodied South Korean men must complete military service between the ages of 18 and 35 as the country is still technically at war with neighbor North Korea,

While exemptions are offered to athletes who medal at the Olympic Games or win gold at the Asian Games, significant achievements on the PGA Tour do not yet warrant an exception.

"I really wish I could have that benefit," Kim, who is only the second South Korean after K.J. Choi to reign supreme at Sawgrass, told reporters through a translator Sunday.

"However, regardless of me winning this tournament, I really have to go to the military service, and I've already decided I'm going to go, so I'm ready for that."

When asked when he will take time out to complete his service, which will last for at least 21 months, Kim said he still wasn't sure.

Kim's triumph saw him replace Australia's Adam Scott as the youngest ever winner of the Players Championship, which is regarded as golf's unofficial fifth major.

It also marked Kim's second win on the PGA Tour after he was victorious at the Wyndham Championship last year.

Legal battle

Mandatory military service has impacted the careers of a number of South Korean athletes.

Kim's golfing compatriot, Bae Sang-moon, lost a legal battle to defer military service in 2015, Reuters reports.

Other high profile athletes to wrestle with the issue in recent years include Texas Rangers outfielder Choo Shin-soo and former AS Monaco striker Park Chu-young, according to the Korea Herald.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Son Heung-min is also likely to have to complete military service unless South Korea wins gold at the 2018 Asian Games.

North Korea's missile launch Sunday came at a highly embarrassing time for China, its chief ally and economic partner.

North Korea says the missile it tested Sunday is capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead, state media said Monday.

(CNN) -- The US calculates that the missile North Korea fired early Sunday landed in water 60 miles south of Russia's Vladivostok region, a US official tells CNN. The intended trajectory of the projectile is not yet known; the US is continuing to analyze data for further details.

Seoul's policy on North Korea is about to get a major overhaul.

South Koreans head to the polls to choose a new president Tuesday amid concerns about the economy, corruption and their relationship with North Korea.




Orlando Pride knock off unbeaten North Carolina for first win of 2017Orlando Pride pulls to 1-1 draw against FC Kansas CityOrlando Pride lose 3-1 to North Carolina CouragePride secures 1-1 draw against Washington SpiritFIFA Women's Player of the Year Marta joins Orlando Pride

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:20:30 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 15:46:57 GMTSun, 30 Apr 2017 01:23:45 GMTSun, 23 Apr 2017 02:41:09 GMTFri, 07 Apr 2017 19:22:58 GMT

The Orlando Pride (1-2-2, 5 points) entered Sunday’s Mother’s Day match ready to battle for its first win of the season and left victorious, taking all three points against the visiting North Carolina Courage (4-1-0, 12 points).The Pride took a two-goal lead in a span of 70 seconds and never let off, seeing through a 3-1 final at Orlando City Stadium.With the win, the Pride become to the first team to beat the Courage this season and first team to score multiple goals against the relocated side.“[It’s] great to get the first win against, at the moment, the best team in the league and the most difficult team in the league to play against. [I’m] really delighted with the effort of the players and the focus today and the way they defended because playing North Carolina, you need to do a lot of defending from corner kicks, throw-ins and other things coming into the box,” Head Coach Tom Sermanni said.  “We still need to do some things a little bit better, as we always do. But I think the difference today was we got in front and that eases the pressure and allows us to play a little bit. I think getting this first result will give us the confidence to then kick on and hopefully eliminate the stuff that was costing us games previously.”The Pride went into the locker room scoreless at half but came out with a renewed energy, taking a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute after Chioma Ubogagu got on the end of a driven cross from Ali Krieger. It was Ubogagu’s first goal of the season and made the Pride the first team to take a lead on North Carolina this year.Barely over a minute after Ubogagu’s breakthrough, Camila netted her second goal of the season - and second against the Courage - with a transition goal after winning possession in the midfield. The Brazilian won the ball away from North Carolina’s Abby Dahlkemper and played a quick one-two with Jamia Fields, finishing calmly from steps inside the box.The Pride iced the match late in the game on a goal from second-half substitute Jasmyne Spencer. After entering the match in the 62nd minute, Spencer timed a run into the box, collecting a slipped pass from Marta and burying her 11th career goal into the right side of the net.North Carolina’s lone goal game in the 51st minute from the foot of Debinha.Orlando’s offensive pressure put the Courage backline on its heels and forced Courage captain Abby Erceg into two yellow cards in transition, booked both times for impeding attackers’ runs. The second card came in the 57th minute, dropping the visitors to 10 players for the final 33 minutes of play.Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made three saves, including a 53rd-minute stop on Samantha Mewis, diving across the goal mouth to bat the midfielder’s header off of the goal line. Sunday also marked the season debut for forward Christina Burkenroad, who came into the game in the 82nd minute.Orlando next travels across the country, facing Seattle Reign FC on Sunday evening. The match will kickoff at 9:30 p.m. from Memorial Stadium.The Pride return to Orlando City Stadium on June 3, hosting the Boston Breakers at 4 p.m. Ti[...]



Yankees retire Jeter's No. 2

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:31:55 GMT

The New York Yankees retired Derek Jeter’s No. 2 Sunday ahead of a game against the Houston Astros.

The team also unveiled the plaque to be added to Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park, according to ESPN, NBC, Fox Sports and other news outlets.

Joined by his wife, family and several former teammates, Jeter wished “all the mothers out there” a happy Mother’s Day, then thanked the Steinbrenner family and the fans.

Drafted sixth overall out of Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central High in 1992, Jeter retired after the 2014 season.

“You know, you play here in New York for 20 years. I learned that time flies, memories fade, but family is forever — and I’ll be eternally grateful to be a part of the Yankees family, so I can’t thank you guys enough. Thank you very much,” Jeter said.

Jeter is the Yankees’s all-time leader in hits, singles, doubles, stolen bases, hit-by-pitches, at-bats and games played. He holds the MLB record for postseason games played, hits, runs and doubles. Jeter was a 14-time all-star and helped the Yankees win five World Series titles and 511 more games than they lost during his career.

Jeter’s No. 2 is the last of the single digit uniform numbers to be retired by the Yankees.

The Yankees appropriately played two – a double-header -- on Derek Jeter Night against Houston, which had the first pick in the 1992 draft, opting for Phil Nevins over Jeter, who dropped to the sixth pick. The Yankees won the opener 11-6 but lost the nightcap 10-7.

Former teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Paul O'Neill, Tino Martinez, David Cone and Hideki Matsui were on hand. Alex Rodriguez was not — spokesman Ron Berkowitz said A-Rod was in Miami, spending time with his mother and daughters.

Jeter sidestepped a pair of questions about his role in a group headed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that is trying to buy the Miami Marlins.

According to MLB.com, these are the numbers the Yankees have retired:

1: Billy Martin

2: Derek Jeter

3. Babe Ruth

4: Lou Gehrig

5: Joe DiMaggio

6: Joe Torre

7: Mickey Mantle

8: Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey

9: Roger Maris

10: Phil Rizzuto

15: Thurman Munson

16: Whitey Ford

20: Jorge Posada

23: Don Mattingly

32: Elston Howard

37: Casey Stengel

42: Jackie Robinson and Mariano Rivera

44: Reggie Jackson

46: Andy Pettitte

49: Ron Guidry

51: Bernie Williams




Blessing scores twice to help Orlando City tie Sporting KC

Sun, 14 May 2017 04:42:51 GMT

Latif Blessing scored his first two MLS goals and Sporting Kansas City tied Orlando City 2-2 on Saturday night, the first time the Florida club has failed to win at its new stadium.

Orlando City won its first five games in the stadium.

Blessing, who had played only 36 minutes this season, scored in the ninth minute for Kansas City (6-2-3), cleaning up a loose ball, and tied the match at 2 in the 74th on a rebound off goalie Joe Bendik. Blessing left in the 82nd with an injury.

Orlando tied it in the 16th when Carlos Rivas curled a left-footed pass from outside the box into Cyle Larin, who punched the ball in on the fly for his seventh goal this season. Kaka gave Orlando the lead in the 26th with his third goal, scoring off a deep cross from Scott Sutter.

Orlando's Jose Aja had a goal waved off in the 76th minute after a foul was called in front of a crowded goal.

Orlando (6-4-0) has lost three straight.




Doctor's accuser: 'I froze, because I knew it was sexual abuse'Boston doctors, engaged to each other, slain in luxury apartmentMore questions than answers in slayings of Boston doctors

Sat, 13 May 2017 18:48:06 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 20:38:02 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 21:59:03 GMT

To 15-year-old Rachael Denhollander, Dr. Larry Nassar was a household name, a man who famously treated members of a gold-medal-winning Olympic team.For a mid-level gymnast from Kalamazoo, Michigan, who had back and wrist injuries, it was a special opportunity for her to see someone who was held in high regard by athletes in the sport.That was in 2000. Nearly two decades later, Denhollander -- now an attorney, wife, and mother of three children -- was in court, telling a judge the doctor sexually abused her on five visits, right in front of her mother.Nassar, who is accused of almost two dozen counts of criminal sexual conduct and has pleaded not guilty, sat in a black and white jail uniform Friday. During the preliminary hearing, he listened to his accuser and two other women who alleged years of repeated abuse.CNN does not typically name people who are allegedly the victims of abuse, but Denhollander has publicly identified herself.Denhollander recalled her first visit with the doctor, who was then also a professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing.She said they agreed to do a massage technique called myofascial release therapy. She said she trusted him."He was the (1996) Olympic team physician. That's why I was there, because he could do things other doctors couldn't," the now-32-year-old said during more than two hours on the stand. Nassar was 'revered," accuser says The alleged sexual abuse, she testified, began in the first visit. Nassar put two fingers in her vagina, though she said she thought during the visit that it was intervaginal muscular work, a treatment she heard about from a friend.Surely a national team doctor and an esteemed teacher couldn't be doing anything wrong, she recalled thinking at the time."He couldn't be a revered physician if he wasn't doing legitimate medicine," she said.She left the appointment thinking that he had found things her previous doctors didn't. Feeling hopeful for the first time in a while, she thought Nassar was "very caring, very gregarious. He made you feel like he was going to take care of you."She said she didn't tell her mother, who couldn't see the alleged abuse from where she was sitting, because "the idea that someone would sexually assault a child while (her) mother was in the room wasn't a classification that I had."It was during her last follow-up treatment that Denhollander said Nassar unhooked her bra and rolled her on her side on the massage table. His hand went to her left breast."I froze, because I knew that was sexual assault," she said.Nassar didn't speak in court Friday, the first day of the preliminary hearing. His lawyer, bound by a gag order, didn't speak to reporters afterward.The hearing, which will continue May 26, will determine whether there is probable cause for a trial. No discussion of doctor's techniques Shannon Smith, Nassar's attorney, in cross-examining Denhollander, asked the former gymnast whether she agreed that the doctor had techniques different from[...]



Tennis player with autism slices up competitionHow old is too old to climb Everest?Cyclist turns a death sentence into a race against diabetesSanchez-Casal Academy: The making of Andy Murray

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:05:08 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 13:50:47 GMTFri, 28 Apr 2017 10:47:37 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:11:23 GMT

Brittany Tagliareni is not your typical tennis player. Before a match, she needs help tying her shoes and putting her hair in a ponytail.But none of that matters once she steps on the court.The sport has opened up a whole new world for the 26-year-old athlete with autism."People accept me for who I am, and what I can do," she told CNN.Her favorite part?"I like ... beating the men," she said with a laugh. An uphill battle When Brittany was a baby, her mom noticed that she wasn't reaching the developmental markers like other kids her age."Every time I went to the pediatrician, they said, 'Don't worry, don't worry. Some babies are later,'" said her mom, Catherine Tagliareni.Brittany never learned to babble or crawl. At 2, she was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder."I just expected her to do the same things as any other baby. It was just going to take her a little bit longer," her mom said.Brittany also was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder and motor-control issues caused by apraxia and dyspraxia.She didn't say her first word until she was 6.But it took three more years for her parents to get a more definitive diagnosis."It wasn't until she was 9 that we heard the word 'autism,'" her mom recalled. "It was one of those things, 'Well, now what do I do?'... But it was the same girl, the same therapies." Getting on the court Growing up in Orlando, Florida, Brittany looked up to her brother."I always liked to do the same things my brother did," she said."When A.J. started tennis, Brittany wanted to start tennis," her mom said. "But I said, 'You have to let me help you first. And then if we can get you hitting some balls across the net then I'll put you in lessons.'"Brittany was 18 when she first picked up a racquet. With patient coaching and a lot of repetition, she started improving. Her confidence grew both on and off the court."Before tennis, she would go to a home school class one day a week, and she would not talk to anyone," her mom said. "She really didn't have a social life at all. She didn't have any friends."She would also go into what her mom called "autistic land.""It takes so much for her to go somewhere and carry on a conversation," her mom said. "It's much easier for her to go in her room and 'talk to the air,' listen to music or go on the computer and not have to deal with any of those issues."But tennis gave her the motivation to improve her social skills."Girls were coming up and saying, 'I want to be like you,'" her mom said. "And then she was like, 'Wow, this is really cool.'"When she plays in Special Olympics competitions, she gets paired up with men because she's usually in the top division."She loves to beat the guys," her mom said.Brittany also competes in international tournaments through Athletes Without Limits. In 2014, s[...]



UFC boss confident on Mayweather-McGregor boutMike Tyson says 'sky is limit' for Anthony JoshuaAnthony Joshua: Briton stops Wladimir Klitschko to win epic world heavweight fight

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:33:33 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 15:25:03 GMTSat, 29 Apr 2017 23:09:23 GMT

The president of UFC is "pretty confident" the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will become a reality.Dana White has told CNN he'll strive to make the crossover bout happen, and delight mixed martial arts and boxing fans alike, even though it would make "zero cents" for his business.Even for an industry which prides itself on selling its own wares expertly, the speculation machine has gone into overdrive regarding the prospect of UFC's biggest draw, McGregor, switching codes in an attempt to inflict the first ever professional defeat of Mayweather's storied boxing career.For his own part, Mayweather, who proudly boasts a 49-0 record, has supposedly retired. But the lure of a rumored payday in excess of $100 million -- with McGregor reportedly in line for approximately $75 million -- is making the bout likelier to happen, rather than wither on the boxing vine like so many prospective fights.And from White's perspective, despite UFC isn't set to benefit financially from the contest, the fact the Irishman has "done a lot of big things for this company" is another reason "I will do the Mayweather-McGregor fight, because I think he deserves it."But the feeling persists that if the UFC megastar is embarrassed by Mayweather inside the boxing ring, it could do real damage to White's product -- not to mention the literal and metaphorical pain inflicted on McGregor's body and ego."If you look at this thing, McGregor will walk into boxing, a completely different sport than what we do here," White explained in an interview with CNN at his company's new headquarters in Las Vegas."If this was a mixed martial art fight against Floyd Mayweather it would last 15 seconds. Floyd wouldn't last 15 seconds with Conor McGregor."Conor McGregor will last more than 15 seconds with Floyd Mayweather. Conor McGregor will make a fight of it. He's going into a completely different sport and he's willing to do it and people want to see it so we'll give it a shot."There remains much work to be done on the negotiating front before Mayweather vs. McGregor becomes a reality, just this weekend a supposed date for the bout was taken for the Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fight.But in White's own words: "I'm pretty confident that we could probably get it done."The always ebullient White revealed that when it comes to communicating with his sport's superstar, their method of discourse might not be the most obvious: direct messages on Twitter."Conor and I have always dealt very well with each other," White noted. "We DM each other through Twitter, that's how we communicate. I call him the unicorn. He's a very unique individual. There will never be another Conor McGregor. There will be another star but there will never be another Conor McGregor."Yet even White's patience has been tried by his most challenging of athletes when it comes to the area of [...]



College lacrosse team enters field to Trump speechMike Tyson says 'sky is limit' for Anthony JoshuaTexas is proposing a bill that could keep transgender students out of high school sportsFIFA fires investigators who brought down Sepp BlatterAaron Hernandez's murder conviction cleared after suicideTour de France winner's bike 'totaled' in hit-and-run

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:25:45 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 15:25:03 GMTWed, 10 May 2017 17:11:40 GMTWed, 10 May 2017 15:03:14 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 17:59:03 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 13:03:37 GMT

It's not unusual for sports teams to enter an arena to pumped-up music that gets the players and the crowd going.You know, like "Eye of the Tiger." Or "Get Ready For This." Or pretty much anything by AC/DC.But a political speech?The Adelphi University men's lacrosse team raised eyebrows -- and won new fans -- when they took the field for a recent game accompanied by a remixed speech by Donald Trump.A video of their entrance was posted by Barstool Sports to Instagram, where it has been viewed more than 900,000 times. It shows the Panthers of Adelphi, a private university in suburban New York, running onto the field waving American flags as the Trump speech is broadcast over the speakers. {"url":"https://twitter.com/barstoolsports/status/862315288032837633","author_name":"Barstool Sports","author_url":"https://twitter.com/barstoolsports","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;Adelphi Lax bros come out the tunnel to a Trump speech. Somewhere &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/OldRowOfficial\"&#gt;@OldRowOfficial&#lt;/a&#gt; is ready to run through a wall &#lt;a href=\"https://t.co/rPI8DyfbIJ\"&#gt;pic.twitter.com/rPI8DyfbIJ&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/p&#gt;— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/barstoolsports/status/862315288032837633\"&#gt;May 10, 2017&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt;\n&#lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt;","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"} "In all of our cities and in all of our towns, I make this promise: We will make America strong again," says Trump in the speech, which is set to electronic music. "We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again! God bless you and good night. I love you!"The Trump speech choice has received mixed reactions on social media. Some felt it was inappropriate, while others praised it as patriotic.An Adelphi sports administrator said the remixed speech does not violate any campus policies regarding warm-up music."The men's lacrosse team's regular-season pregame warm-up music is selected as a team and approved for use so long as they do not contain vulgarity or inappropriate subject matter," said Danny McCabe, Adelphi's Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation, in a statement."The songs they proposed and used this season meet those guidelines," McCabe added. "As such, we are ob[...]



Vandals break into Trump's Bronx golf course and hack down treesTrump: I was going to fire Comey regardless of DOJ recommendationDeputy AG Rod Rosenstein says he's 'not quitting'Reporter arrested after questioning Price says he'll fight chargesEurope is bracing for a laptop ban on flights to AmericaNew acting FBI director contradicts White House on Comey

Thu, 11 May 2017 18:36:40 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 18:26:03 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 17:47:02 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 18:09:02 GMTFri, 12 May 2017 01:57:10 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 17:22:54 GMT

Vandals broke into a Trump-run golf course in New York and cut down four trees.

Surveillance cameras caught three people on video and a chainsaw was left at the scene, police said.

The incident happened at the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx sometime Tuesday morning.

A golf course employee found the four fallen trees toward the back of the golf course.

The golf course opened in 2015, and is technically public and owned by New York City, but operated by Trump.

If the suspects are found and arrested, they could be charged with felony criminal mischief, said New York Police Detective Martin Speechley.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he had already decided to fire ousted FBI Director James Comey before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote up a formal recommendation to do so.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denies he threatened to quit his post amid the firing of FBI Director James Comey and does not plan to resign.

A West Virginia reporter was arrested after shouting questions at Health Secretary Tom Price. Dan Heyward says he was just doing his job. 

Europe is bracing for major turbulence: An electronics ban on flights to America.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Thursday rejected assertions by the White House that FBI employees had lost faith in James Comey and that the bureau's probe into Russian election meddling was one of its most minor concerns.




Mike Tyson says 'sky is limit' for Anthony JoshuaAnthony Joshua: Briton stops Wladimir Klitschko to win epic world heavweight fightFIFA fires investigators who brought down Sepp BlatterRory McIlroy inks $100M TaylorMade dealSharapova beaten by vocal critic Bouchard

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:25:03 GMTSat, 29 Apr 2017 23:09:23 GMTWed, 10 May 2017 15:03:14 GMTWed, 10 May 2017 14:24:38 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 14:18:51 GMT

He was boxing's youngest world heavyweight champion, but Mike Tyson believes the "sky is the limit" for British fighter Anthony Joshua.

Former Olympic champion Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round of a brutal bout in London on April 29, and the 50-year-old Tyson was deeply impressed.

Joshua, 27, put the 41-year-old Ukrainian on the canvas in round five but was floored himself in the following round before digging deep and stopping Klitschko with a technical knockout.

"The test that he overcame in his last fight with Klitschko, the sky is the limit for him," Tyson told CNN Sport.

"When you have a great heavyweight fighter ...you got to punch like that and make people happy and hurt people. [For] all those other little guys it's over, especially for a heavyweight he appears to be, he's going to suck all the air out of the room.

Composure

Tyson was particularly impressed by the way Joshua recovered after Klitschko had put him down.

"He could have stayed down from that punch. Most new guys that get hit with a punch like that they normally stay down, also they lose their confidence once they get up.

"He stayed composed -- he was a little dizzy at first -- but for a young fighter with 18, 19 fights he did awesome."

Joshua, who won Olympic heavyweight gold at London 2012, took his unbeaten professional record to 19 wins with 19 knockouts.

Tyson, nicknamed "Iron Mike," won his first world title at the age of 20 in 1986 and went on to dominate the division in a savage and often controversial career until his 1996 defeat by Evander Holyfield signaled the end of the New Yorker's boxing domination.

Anthony Joshua cemented his status as the world's premier heavyweight with a 11th-round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium Saturday.

One of the men who played a leading role in bringing down former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says reform of world football's governing body is "dead."

With a reported new $100 million equipment deal in his pocket, and a gleaming new wedding ring on his finger, life on and off the golf course seems pretty rosy for Rory McIlroy.

Billed as the grudge match of the year, Eugenie Bouchard overcame Maria Sharapova Monday after calling her former idol "a cheater" who should not be allowed to come back on the women's Tour.




Broncos' DeMarcus Walker makes emotional return to Jacksonville schools

Wed, 10 May 2017 20:51:06 GMT

A former student who's made it big received a warm welcome back at his former Jacksonville schools Tuesday. 

Students at Rufus E. Payne Elementary School in Northwest Jacksonville were treated to a visit by DeMarcus Walker. 

The former Sandalwood High School and Florida State Seminole football player was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft. But he hasn't forgotten where he came from.

Walker told News4Jax that he figured the kids would be excited to see him, but he had no idea just how big their reactions would be. It was a happy homecoming they left many in tears, and Walker was happy to be back. 

"I believe in y'all," he told the students. 

Just 10 years ago, the Broncos defensive end was in their shoes.

"Trust me, I went through the same struggles that some of y'all are going through -- wearing the same pair of shoes the whole year," Walker said. 

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The 22-year-old now has a national championship from FSU and a multimillion dollar deal to pay for the Broncos. 

"People, they count us out just because of the neighborhood we live in, the houses we live in, the school that we went to. And that doesn't mean anything. It's about what you do with your opportunity," Walker said. 

His message struck home for so many of the students, not to mention himself. Walker said he couldn't have done it without his teachers, many of whom were there to surprise him. 

On the field, Walker is a star. But for the children at Rufus E. Payne Elementary, he's a real-life super hero.

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"The kids were emotional. You were emotional. Everybody was emotion," News4Jax told Walker.

He said, "That's a good thing, you know? It's tears of joy just showing that my hard work really offs and the influence that I put on these kids. and I'm not done. I'm not done."

Walker also visited Sandalwood High School Tuesday morning. He told News4Jax that no matter how big and famous he gets, he'll never be too big to come back to his roots and encourage others to follow their dreams. 




Texas is proposing a bill that could keep transgender students out of high school sportsACLU issues 'travel alert' after Texas sanctuary cities law signedTexas to vote on religion-based adoptionTexas governor signs bill banning sanctuary cities

Wed, 10 May 2017 17:11:40 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 19:29:44 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 05:18:44 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 04:23:03 GMT

Texas is proposing a bill that could keep transgender students out of high school sports. The stated focus of the bill, SB 2095, is steroid use. But because gender confirmation often includes the use of steroids, critics say the true intention of the bill is to discriminate. "The real intent of the bill is to keep young transgender athletes from participating in sports," Sylvia Garcia of Houston, a Democrat, told CNN. "We need to make sure they're free to participate just like everybody else."The state Senate passed the bill Tuesday, and it could go before the House as soon as Wednesday.It is the latest in a string of controversial measures that opponents say unfairly target LGBT people, immigrants and religious minorities.Senator says issue is fairnessThis year, a Texas teenage transgender boy, Mack Beggs, was allowed to wrestle only girls since his birth certificate says he was female at birth. Some complained that the boy's prescribed testosterone treatment gave an unfair advantage over girls.Sen. Bob Hall, a Republican from Edgewood, Texas, who wrote the bill, said he intends to keep students safe and competitions fair.CNN reached out to Hall on Wednesday but has not heard back from him.The Texas Tribune quoted him as saying, "This bill is not addressing who plays on what sports. This bill is addressing individuals who ... are taking steroids, then make sure, as a result of that, the events remain safe and fair."Steroids already banned, with 'safe harbor' exceptionState law already bans steroid use, but it allows a "safe harbor" exception for students using steroids prescribed by a doctor, Garcia, the Democratic senator, said.The bill would give authorities the power to block kids from playing. The board could find that an individual's steroid treatment affects safety or fair play.Not all transgender people necessarily take steroids. "All young people should have the opportunity to play interscholastic sports and have their personal dignity respected," advocacy group Equality Texas said in a statement. "Transgender people are no different."The group said the state of Texas discriminates by letting kids play only according to the gender on their birth certificates. It said six other states have similar policies.The bill "does not eliminate the birth certificate problem, and creates the potential for student athletes like Mack Beggs to be prohibited from competing in sports altogether," Equality Texas said.'Bathroom bill' and more Here is the status of some of the other controversial measures in the Texas legislature this year: • Religious adoption: The House passed a bill to let adoption agencies reject potential parents on religious objections, including gays, single people and anyone of a religion objectionable to the agency. The Senate will consider the bill. • Public restrooms: The so-called bathroom bill missed a key deadline in the House after passing the [...]



FIFA fires investigators who brought down Sepp BlatterSulley Muntari: Ghanaian would support player boycott in protest over racist abuseRonaldo's record-setting hat-trick lifts Real Madrid

Wed, 10 May 2017 15:03:14 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 14:43:45 GMTWed, 03 May 2017 15:48:00 GMT

One of the men who played a leading role in bringing down former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says reform of world football's governing body is "dead."Hans-Joachim Eckert, the ethics judge of FIFA's adjudicatory chamber, told CNN that the decision to remove him and investigator Cornel Borbely from their roles was a "political decision."FIFA has recommended that neither man should be re-elected when the organization's congress takes place in Bahrain Thursday.Both men played an integral role in the banning of Blatter, who resigned from his position in October 2015 after 17 years in charge in the midst of corruption allegations."In my opinion the reform process is -- well it's a strong word -- but it's dead," Eckert told CNN Sport's Christina Macfarlane."The independence of ethics is very, very, very important for FIFA for the view outside, for the people who are playing football and even for the media."All these people are looking to FIFA. What are they doing? Is there coming a new FIFA? Or is the old FIFA coming back again?"Pressed on why the decision had been made to bring his tenure to an end, Eckert said: "This is a very, very good question and I think the right man would be the President [Gianni Infantino] or the people of the council to ask them why they did the decision like that."We definitely don't know. I'm sorry I can't tell you anymore".According to a statement issued by the ethics committee, the investigatory chamber has carried out 194 investigations since 2015 while the adjudicatory wing has sentenced more than 70 officials during the same time frame.But FIFA has moved to recommend that the two men be replaced -- a decision which the pair say will "lead to a renewed loss of trust and further hurt the already tarnished image of FIFA."Football's world governing body did not immediately respond to CNN's questions as to why FIFA had decided to replace Borbely and Eckert, especially as dozens of investigations are still under way.Borbely and Eckert issued a statement Tuesday saying FIFA's decision was "clearly politically motivated" and "puts de facto an end to the reform efforts."The statement added: "Consequently, the non-reappointment will have a negative impact on FIFA in the medium and long term."FIFA is recommending that Borbely be replaced by Colombian prosecutor Maria Claudia Rojas, while Greek judge Vassilios Skouris, a former head of the European Court of Justice, is set to take over from Eckert. Blatter The move appears to have come as a surprise and at at a time, according to Borbely, where the ethics committee is still looking into "several hundred" cases of possible corruption."We worked well on a very high level with a huge volume of cases," Borbely told[...]



Rory McIlroy inks $100M TaylorMade dealPGA chief: Trump is good for golfLPGA commissioner: 'I feel horrible for Lexi Thompson'

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:24:38 GMTFri, 05 May 2017 16:47:10 GMTTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:40:30 GMT

With a reported new $100 million equipment deal in his pocket, and a gleaming new wedding ring on his finger, life on and off the golf course seems pretty rosy for Rory McIlroy.The Northern Irishman, who turned 28 on May 4, has committed to use TaylorMade clubs and balls for the next decade -- $10 million a year -- as he targets a return to world No. 1 and looks to add to his four major titles.The huge check is on top of the reported $200 million he will receive from renewing his Nike apparel deal earlier this year.Ranked second behind Dustin Johnson, McIlroy has been without a club sponsor since Nike pulled out of the equipment market last year."I tested different combinations, a lot of different stuff, and I came to the conclusion that that was the best way forward for me to try and improve, try and win more, try to get back to world No. 1, try to win more majors," McIlroy told reporters ahead of this week's Players Championship at Sawgrass, Florida. 'Next level' McIlroy, who recently married finance Erica Stoll in a lavish but private affair at Ashford Castle in the north west of Ireland, joins Johnson, former world No. 1 Jason Day and Masters champion Sergio Garcia as TaylorMade players.He also trialed Callaway clubs and Titleist balls but settled on the all-in TaylorMade deal after extensive testing following a tied seventh finish as he gunned for golf's grand slam of all four majors at the Masters in April."I've been on Tour 10 years ... it's very rare that you get really excited about your equipment, but I feel like it's a new chapter in my life with a lot of stuff going on, but I really feel with the new equipment, as well, it's hopefully going to take me to that next level," said McIlroy, who will use TaylorMade M2 woods, prototype blade irons and the TP5x ball.The Players Championship will be McIlroy's first start since becoming a married man late last month.The recently engaged Garcia proved the worth of a settled family life when he won his maiden major at Augusta last month."It was obviously the best weekend of my life and hopefully the best weekend of Erica's, as well," said McIlroy, the 2016 FedEx Cup winner who clinched the last of his four majors in 2014."We tried to keep it as private as possible. It was between our friends and families and we didn't really want anything else. It was a weekend of celebrations." 'Tiger-esque' The Players tournament is unofficially known as golf's fifth major because of its storied history, strong field, celebrated course and bumper prize fund.The purse is $10.5 million with the winner receiving $ 1.89 million, the biggest prize on Tour outside the majors.The TPC Sawgrass Stadium course is famous for its par-three island-green 17th, which has wrecked the chances of num[...]



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The wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman died in a car accident Tuesday in Connecticut, according to ESPN and The Associated Press.

Kathy Berman, 67, was one of two victims in the two-vehicle crash around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in Woodbury, Connecticut, according to state police. The other victim was Edward Bertulis, 87, of Waterbury, Connecticut.

Kathy Berman's car hit the rear of Bertulis' SUV and both vehicles left the road, according to police. Berman's car overturned in a body of water and Bertulis' vehicle hit a utility pole and landed on its roof.

"This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend," ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement. "Chris is beloved by all his ESPN colleagues and for good reason: He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years. We know how much his family means to him and all we can do at a moment like this is give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family."

According to ESPN, Chris Berman joined the network in 1979 and married his wife four years later.

Aaron Hernandez died a convicted murderer, but in the eyes of the law, his conviction has been erased.

Billed as the grudge match of the year, Eugenie Bouchard overcame Maria Sharapova Monday after calling her former idol "a cheater" who should not be allowed to come back on the women's Tour.

Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has been knocked off his bike in a hit-and-run incident while training near Monaco.

Steven Holcomb, who piloted the U.S. No. 1 four-man bobsled to Olympic gold in 2010, was found dead Saturday morning in his room at the U.S. training center in Lake Placid, New York, the U.S. Olympic Committee said.

Adolf Kiefer, a 1936 Olympic swimming gold medalist who was America's oldest living Olympic champion has died, the US Olympic committee said.