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Women's national team agrees to 4-year deal with USA HockeyUSA Hockey gave more benefits to men's team than women'sPay fight between USA Hockey and women's players intensifiesUSA Hockey will compete in women's world games -- with or without protesting playersU.S. women's hockey team will sit out world championships in pay protest

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:27:05 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:33:46 GMTSat, 18 Mar 2017 22:03:52 GMTThu, 16 Mar 2017 21:02:03 GMTThu, 16 Mar 2017 02:11:02 GMT

Members of the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team have agreed to a 4-year labor deal with USA Hockey.It signals an end to the team's protest for fair pay, which lasted for over a week.The women's team had vowed to sit out the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship games unless it reached a deal with USA Hockey.The games, which the U.S. is hosting, begin on Friday. The team is the defending champ and was supposed to report to training camp last week, but negotiations with USA Hockey faltered. The women's players were asking for a $68,000 annual salary as well as for benefits like child care, maternity leave and the ability to compete in more games throughout the year.The financial terms of the deal weren't released but one thing the women got was the formation of a group that will oversee the advancement of girls' and women's hockey."We're extremely excited both sides were able to come to an agreement and compromise," national team member Monique Lamoureux told CNNMoney after the deal was struck."I don't think either side had to give up major things to make each other happy," Lamoureux said. "USA Hockey is now the leading federation for women's hockey and hopefully other countries follow suit."Fellow teammate Meghan Duggan told CNNMoney the women were confident about defending their IIHF title because the protest had made them that much stronger. "I feel like it brought a ton of visibility to the sport and woke some people up that women's hockey is the real deal and deserves to be honored," Duggan said."We'll now move forward together knowing we'll look back on this day as one of the most positive in the history of USA Hockey," said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey.The women, who are ranked #1 in the world, also wanted better benefits at IIHF World Championship games. Specifically, they wanted to be able to bring guests to competitions, fly in business class and get disability insurance. These are all benefits that the male players already get, according to former national team player Anders Lee, who plays for the NHL's New York Islanders. Those benefits are also described in player handbooks from 2013 and 2014 that were obtained by CNNMoney. The men are ranked fourth in the world.The deal came a day after members of USA Hockey's Board of Directors met to discuss the protest and decide what to do. The board has 91 voting members, 15 of whom are women.During the protest, the players' associations of MLB, the NBA, the NFL and the NHL all released statements praising the efforts of the women and encouraging them to stand together.According to NHL agent Allan Walsh, male pro players were "seriously considering" whether to sit out their IIHF games as well in solidarity with the women.They also received support from 14 U.S. senators, including Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein, Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, who called on USA Hockey to treat the women's team fairly.USA Hockey said from the beginning of the protest that it would field a team to compete in the games -- with or without the current members. However, filling an alternate squad didn't prove to be easy. Current team members reached out to alternate players to ask them not to play in the games as a show of solidarity. The women's team also reached out individually to NCAA coaches and college players to get them on board. "A lot of people are going to give the 23 people on the roster a lot of credit, but it was really every single person who turned down an invitation and helped spread it on social media," Lamoureux said. As USA Hockey struggled to fill a roster for the games, it had to go further down the list to high school players. On Saturday, two high schoolers, Cayla Barnes and Natalie Snodgrass, tweeted that they'd been approached by USA Hockey and turned down spots on the replacement team.Barnes is a senior at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire and Snodgrass is a senior at Eastview High School in Minnesota. Both have played on the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team.[...]The U.S. Women's National Hockey Team and USA Hockey are lo[...]

TCU advances to NIT title game with 68-53 win over UCFTaylor has 17, Central Florida beats Illinois 68-58 in NITUCF to take on Illinois in NIT quarterfinalsTaylor's FTs lifts UCF over Illinois State 63-62 in NITUCF holds off Colorado's late rally, wins 79-74 in NIT

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:59:14 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 11:22:23 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 11:08:46 GMTTue, 21 Mar 2017 02:48:26 GMTThu, 16 Mar 2017 02:20:42 GMT

Kenrich Williams scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lift Texas Christian to a 68-53 win over Central Florida in a NIT semifinal game on Tuesday night.

Texas Christian will meet Georgia Tech in the championship game Thursday night.

Williams also grabbed 14 rebounds and had seven assists.

Vladimir Brodziansky led the Horned Frogs with 18 points.

Trailing by two at halftime, the Horned Frogs opened the second half with a 16-5 run to take a 45-36 lead. JD Miller sparked the run with three layups and a free throw.

TCU was helped by Central Florida, which missed five of its first seven shots from the field in the second half.

B.J. Taylor scored 17 points, Tacko Fall had a double-double and Central Florida held on to defeat Illinois 68-58 Wednesday night to advance to the final four of the NIT.

The University of Central Florida men's basketball team will tip off in the most anticipated game of the season.

B.J. Taylor scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds left and Central Florida beat Illinois State 63-62 Monday night in the second round of the NIT.

B.J. Taylor scored 26 points, A.J. Davis added 17 and Central Florida held off Colorado's late rally for a 79-74 victory on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

Full guide to WrestleMania 33 events in OrlandoWWE unveils 12-foot tall Wrestlemania championship title belt at Lake EolaNo bond for man accused of killing 2, injuring 4 in Sanford shootingsSR 528 reopens after brush fire smoke clearsBrush fire near Geneva homes fully containedJudge rules against State Attorney Aramis Ayala in Markeith Loyd case

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:41:51 GMTWed, 08 Mar 2017 23:39:02 GMTTue, 28 Mar 2017 23:28:01 GMTTue, 28 Mar 2017 16:47:22 GMTTue, 28 Mar 2017 16:37:58 GMTTue, 28 Mar 2017 21:40:17 GMT

WrestleMania 33 events kickoffs Tuesday in the city of Orlando and continue until April 4. This week has events for everyone who wants to get involved, with volunteer opportunities, a career, and networking panel, a Special Olympics basketball game, reading celebrations and the main event on April 2.News 6 has your full guide to all of the events this week.Tuesday, March 28 Full Sail University, WWE, Central Florida Sports Commission and the City of Orlando will host a Veteran Career Panel and Networking event. The event starts at 11 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m.Wednesday, March 29WWE stars Enzo Amore, Big Cass, Sasha Banks and Sin Cara, as well asNXT Superstars Billie Kay, Liv Morgan and Peyton Royce and WWE ambassador Dana Warrior will stop by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.WWE superstars Bayley, Titus O’Neil, Sami Zayn, Big Show and Nia Jax, as well as NXT superstar Ember Moon, will visit Florida Hospital for children in Orlando. After each hospital visit, the stars will host a pizza party at the Smith Community Center.Two pizza parties will be hosted on Wednesday. WWE stars Titus O’Neil, Sami Zayn, Big Show, Nia Jax, Ember Moon and Dana Warrior will host one party at Englewood Neighborhood Center. The second party will be hosted at Smith Community Center by Mark Henry, Darren Young, Sin Cara, Billie Kay, Liv Morgan and Peyton Royce.In a WWE partnership with Hefty and the City of Orlando’s Keep Orlando Beautiful, WWE superstars Dana Brooke, Goldust and R-Truth will clean up Lake Lorne Doone Park with District 5 City Commissioner Regina Hill on Wednesday.Thursday, March 30WWE will host a Special Olympic basketball game at Poinciana High School in Kissimmee, Fla. Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida: Universal Orlando Foundation Branch will host Be a STAR Anti-Bullying Rally with WWE Superstars, who will speak with members from Boys & Girls Clubs of America about the importance of preventing bullying.WrestleMania Access begins on Thursday and lasts until Sunday, April 2, at the Orange County Convention Center. “Fans will have unprecedented access to meet their favorite WWE superstars and legends through a host of interactive fan experiences, including autograph signings and live matches,” WWE said in a news release.Friday, March 31Prairie Lake Elementary School students won the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, and the school will have special guests at a Reading Celebration. Students will be joined by WWE superstarsDarren Young and Zack Ryder, NXT superstars Ember Moon, Dasha Fuentes and Tye Dillinger, along with WWE ambassador Dana Warrior.WWE superstars and legends will be celebrated and honored at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at the Amway Center. The show will be broadcast live on the WWE Network at 8 p.m. Inductees for this year’s celebration include Kurt Angle, Beth Phoenix, Diamond Dallas Page, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Teddy Long and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. Eric LeGrand will receive the Warrior Award.The red carpet event prior to the show will be hosted by Maria Menounos and will be broadcast live on the WWE Network starting at 7 p.m. EST.Saturday, April 1Full Sail Live and Susan G. Komen will host Project: OM yoga event hosted by Maria Menounos and 2017 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Diamond Dallas Page. WWE ambassadorDana Warrior and WWE superstars Titus O’Neil and Natalya will also make an appearance. WWE superstar John Cena will host a Make-A-Wish luncheon at Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food at Universal City Walk, granting the wish of 39 children whose wish was to come to WrestleMania 33.NXT TakeOver: Orlando NXT comes to Orlando’s Amway Center, where Shinsuke Nakmura tries to reclaim his title from NXT Champion Bobby Roode.In the women’s championship match, Asuka and Ember Moon will face off, and in the tag team championship triple-threat elimination match, The Authors of Pain, #DIY and The Revival will take the mat.Sunday, April 2WrestleMania 33 comes to the[...]

Lionel Messi: Argentina star banned for four matchesReal Madrid to face Bayern Munich in Champions League quartersMinnesota United has cold open for soccer franchise2018 World Cup: Is Russia ready to host $10B tournament?Sweden's women wear motivational tweets on soccer jerseysFans unconvinced as FIFA seeks to rebuild image

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:51:12 GMTFri, 17 Mar 2017 15:05:11 GMTMon, 13 Mar 2017 07:10:50 GMTThu, 09 Mar 2017 16:11:39 GMTFri, 03 Mar 2017 16:16:04 GMTThu, 02 Mar 2017 17:15:40 GMT

It is proof that even one of the world's best soccer players is not above the law.

Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been hit with a four-game ban by football's governing body FIFA and fined $10,000 after verbally abusing a match official while on international duty.

The 29-year-old learned of his fate just hours before his country's crucial qualifying clash with Bolivia. He will also miss upcoming games against Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela.

Messi became animated at the end of Argentina's 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Chile on March 24 -- a game settled by the forward's first-half penalty.

After being flagged for a foul, he waved his arms and sent a volley of verbal abuse at the referee's assistant.

Argentina could be in 'real trouble'

It is a severe blow to Argentina's hopes of qualifying automatically for Russia 2018, given how poor its record is without Barca's talisman.

The top four teams in South American qualifying advance to next summer's tournament, while the team that finishes fifth goes into a playoff.

Argentina are currently third, but only three points separates sixth-place Chile and Uruguay in second.

Messi won't return to international duty until Argentina's final fixture against Ecuador, by which time the damage could already be done.

Prior to FIFA's announcement, football expert Greg Stobart told CNN's World Sport Show: "Argentina are totally dependent on him (Messi).

"He's missed quite a few qualifying games through injury -- seven matches and they've only won one of them.

"With Messi in the side, they've played six and won five. If he's suspended for two, three, four games they are in real trouble of failing to qualify."

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti will return to former club Real Madrid after the two teams were paired in the Champions League quarterfinal draw.

Minnesota's debut game in Major League Soccer took place Sunday before 35,000 fans in snowy, 20-degree temperatures.

Russia hasn't had it easy since winning the right to stage the 2018 World Cup.

Anyone watching Sweden's national women's team play this week should take a close look at the back of the players' shirts.

One year after his election as FIFA president, how is Gianni��Infantino��doing as he seeks to rebuild trust in FIFA following��Sepp��Blatter's��acrimonious departure?

Trump notches his 13th golf course visitSources: Trump learned a lesson on dealmakingWhat's next for Paul Ryan?Saving Obamacare is now up to TrumpHill GOP moderates buck their leaders and TrumpTrump unhappy Jared Kushner took a powder on the ski slopes as health care bill flounderedThousands of Trump University students want their money backObamacare repeal could cost the poor a third of their income

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:17:50 GMTSun, 26 Mar 2017 13:52:26 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 01:11:23 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 00:23:29 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 17:31:20 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 21:11:05 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 08:11:56 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 20:51:27 GMT

President Donald Trump headed to one of his golf courses again Sunday, marking his 13th visit to one since taking office and the eighth consecutive weekend he has spent at properties bearing his name.

While the President hasn't played golf on every visit, sometimes attending to presidential business, the trips underscore a break with his insistence on the campaign trail that he wouldn't spend his time golfing because of how hard he would be working.

White House officials told reporters that Trump held meetings at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, over the weekend, but did not say how many or with whom.

Both Trump and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, have knocked former President Barack Obama for his time playing golf on the job.

Trump's first visit to a golf course since becoming President was on February 4 at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida. His visits to that golf course as well as the Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida, have come during his trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort.

He's also made several trips to the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, just outside of Washington.

Trump owns several golf courses around the world and has worked out of some since the inauguration. He held a meeting with members of his Cabinet and senior staff at his Virginia golf course earlier this month and hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago during his February visit to the US.

Spicer has defended Trump's golfing habit by citing the time he hosted the Japanese leader, arguing Trump utilized golf to "foster deeper relations."

"How you use the game of golf is something that he has talked about," Spicer said.

Trump's staffers have been reluctant to discuss his golf course trips, and many details of his games have instead come from posts on social media.

Republican sources close to the White House, aides inside the Trump administration, and GOP congressional staff involved in the health care process appear to agree on one thing: President Donald Trump has received a stinging lesson on dealmaking in Washington.

House Speaker Paul Ryan conceded the biggest defeat of his political career Friday: Republicans have failed to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Next move on Obamacare? It's up to President Trump.

The Republican Party's reputation was on the line, but a group of moderates were prepared to defy not only House Speaker Paul Ryan but President Donald Trump on the GOP's first major legislative priority to repeal Obamacare.

While the rest of his senior staff scrambled to squeeze votes for President Trump's flailing health care package, one person remained notably absent for most of the week: Jared Kushner.

Thousands of former enrollees at Trump University are one step closer to getting back at least some of their money.

The poorest American families could lose federal benefits worth a third of their income, on average, if the House Republican health care bill becomes law, according to a new report.

Women's Final Four set with UConn, Stanford, Miss. State, SCLionel Messi: Argentina star banned for four matchesNFL owners OK Raiders' move to Las VegasDustin Johnson enhances status as Masters favoriteShould a slave-era song be used as a sports chant?NFL seeking Thursday Night Football livestream partner

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:50:00 GMTTue, 28 Mar 2017 15:51:12 GMTMon, 27 Mar 2017 20:58:59 GMTMon, 27 Mar 2017 14:32:25 GMTMon, 27 Mar 2017 13:08:32 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 19:31:30 GMT

The women's Final Four has been set, with UConn making its 10th straight appearance and being joined by South Carolina, Mississippi State and Stanford.

Besides their 10 straight Final Four appearances and current 111-game winning streak, the UConn Huskies are also the four-time defending champions. The last year they failed to win the entire tournament came in 2012 and their record 11 total national championships includes winning 10 of the last 17.

No. 1 seed UConn will play second-seeded Mississippi State on Friday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas to open the Final Four. The other national semifinal game will pair No. 1 South Carolina and No. 2 Stanford. The winners of those games will play Sunday for the national championship.

UConn beat Oregon 90-51 in Monday night's quarterfinals to advance while South Carolina beat No. 3 Florida State 71-64 to also advance Monday. On Sunday, Stanford won 76-75 over No. 1 seed Notre Dame, while Mississippi State achieved the same in beating No. 1 seed Baylor 94-85 in overtime.

Stanford is returning to the Final Four for the first time since 2014, which marked the end of a run that saw them reach the national semifinals six out of seven seasons. The Cardinal won national titles in 1990 and 1992 and were runners-up in 2008 and 2010, losing to UConn in the latter year.

South Carolina is playing in its second Final Four after losing to Notre Dame in the national semifinals in 2015. Mississippi State, which reached the Sweet 16 in 2016, is playing in its first Final Four.

With both Mississippi State and South Carolina making the national semifinals, it marks the first time the Southeastern Conference has landed two teams in the Final Four since 2008.

South Carolina's presence also means that both the school's women's and men's basketball teams will be playing for a national title this weekend. The men's team will play Gonzaga on Saturday night to open up the men's Final Four.

The school is just the 13th to have both teams reach the Final Four in the same season. Only UConn has won both titles in the same season, doing so in 2004 and again in 2014.

It is proof that even one of the world's best soccer players is not above the law.

NFL owners voted Monday to approve the Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas, the league announced.

Can anyone beat Dustin Johnson? With the Masters a little over a week away, the world No. 1 enhanced his status as favorite for the Green Jacket with a third successive tournament victory.

"I looked over Jordan, what do I see, Coming for to carry me home. A band of angels coming after me, Coming for to carry me home."

The live streaming rights to Thursday Night Football games are up for grabs.

NFL owners OK Raiders' move to Las VegasNFL seeking Thursday Night Football livestream partnerNFL pledges to cut down on commercial breaks to speed up gamesKaepernick donates $50K to Meals on Wheels

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:58:59 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 19:31:30 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 23:58:21 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 20:43:42 GMT

The NFL is coming to Las Vegas.

NFL owners voted Monday to approve the Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas, the league announced.

The move had been anticipated for months. The Raiders received about $750 million from Nevada taxpayers last year to build a stadium in Las Vegas, and team owner Mark Davis is putting up $500 million. Bank of America has committed to financing the rest.

The stadium, expected to cost $1.9 billion, is planned for 2020. The Raiders are expected to stay in Oakland in the meantime.

It's the third NFL franchise to move in recent years. The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, and the former San Diego Chargers will move to Los Angeles for the 2017 season.

The city of Oakland presented a last-minute proposal on Friday for a $1.3 billion stadium in hopes of keeping the team. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was not impressed. He wrote back that the plan wasn't "clear and specific" or "actionable in a reasonable timeframe."

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf sent another letter Sunday to make the case.

"The NFL is more than a business," the mayor wrote. "You have an obligation to recognize that professional football teams are the lifeblood, culture and identity of the places where they play."

The Raiders needed to get 24 votes from league owners, a three-quarters majority, to move. ESPN reported the actual vote was 31-1, with only the Miami Dolphins voting against relocation.

It originally looked like a long shot. The NFL is known for being conservative, especially on gambling, which is legal in Las Vegas. The league has refused to run Super Bowl ads from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

But with Oakland unable to secure taxpayer financing, relocation to Vegas has began to look more likely.

The move bolsters efforts by Las Vegas to become a destination for professional sports. An NHL expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, will begin play next season. And Vegas has long been a host of big-name boxing bouts and UFC matches.

-- CNNMoney's Ahiza Garcia contributed to this story.

The live streaming rights to Thursday Night Football games are up for grabs.

The NFL made headlines last year for poor ratings during the regular season.

While he waits for an offer in NFL free agency, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels.

DeRozan scores 36 as hot-streaking Raptors top Magic

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:37:13 GMT

DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points and Cory Joseph had 15 points and 13 assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 131-112 on Monday night for their sixth straight victory.

DeRozan, selected the Eastern Conference player of the week earlier in the day, set the pace early by scoring 18 in the first quarter. Joseph added six rebounds and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors (45-29).

Elfrid Payton had 22 points and nine assists for Orlando (27-47). Evan Fournier added 20 points, and Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 15 assists.

It was the first game between the teams since the Raptors traded Terrence Ross to the Magic for Serge Ibaka in February.

Ross finished with 17 points and two rebounds, while Ibaka had 16 points and seven rebounds.

World champion cyclist forced to dodge dog walkerFederer, Nadal to renew rivalry at Indian Wells70-year-old runs 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 daysSharapova targeting 2020 Tokyo Olympics, agent saysMuirfield golf club votes to allow women members2 plead guilty in Penn State Sandusky cover-upNCAA ticket prices jump 29 percent

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:48:29 GMTWed, 15 Mar 2017 16:51:57 GMTWed, 15 Mar 2017 12:19:54 GMTWed, 15 Mar 2017 09:28:41 GMTTue, 14 Mar 2017 15:07:56 GMTTue, 14 Mar 2017 00:18:24 GMTMon, 13 Mar 2017 16:35:59 GMT

Dubbed the rock star of world cycling, Peter Sagan is a showman who likes to pull wheelies mid-race and celebrate victories with a swagger.But his adroit swerve to avoid crashing into a dog walker during a race in Italy on March 14 is now perhaps one of his most memorable and entertaining maneuvers.A few minutes into his individual time trial during the Tirreno-Adriatico race through the city streets of San Bedendetto del Tronto, the 27-year-old had to stray onto the pavement as a woman ambled across a designated crossing point with a dog.In later admitting he saw the funny side, the Bora-Hansgrohe team rider also said he and the pedestrian were "lucky" to escape without major incident."I didn't brake because I was in my time trial position. I saw her really late, so the only way to avoid her was to go off road," the Slovakian posted on social media."Maybe the woman with the dog was right after all," he joked in a later Instagram post. "I was riding the wrong way and she was on the pedestrian crossing. I was also speeding and probably got caught by the radar." {"media_id":"1470516793395063640_187958199","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version=\"7\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\"&#gt;&#lt;div style=\"padding:8px;\"&#gt; &#lt;div style=\" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:28.10185185185185% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;\"&#gt; &#lt;div style=\" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;\"&#gt;&#lt;/div&#gt;&#lt;/div&#gt; &#lt;p style=\" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;\"&#gt; &#lt;a href=\"\" style=\" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;\" target=\"_blank\"&#gt;I was lucky there wasn’t an incident with the lady who crossed the road with her dog – it was funny really. I didn’t brake because I was in my time trial position. I saw her really late, so the only way to avoid her was to go off road. Today I was relaxed – it was a rest day for me and I just wanted to get to the finish safe. I’m happy nothing happened and I’m looking forward to Saturday now. Mal som šťastie, že sa nič nestalo, keď som na trati "stretol" pani so psíkom, bolo to celkom vtipné. Nemohol som poriadne brzdiť, pretože som bol v pozícii, a tak jediná možnosť ako sa jej vyhnúť, bolo zísť mimo cestu. Dnes som sa cítil v pohode, bol to pre mňa oddychový deň a chcel som prísť do cieľa bez úrazu. Som rád, že som v poriadku a už sa teším na sobotu.&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/p&#gt; &#lt;p style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; lin[...]

F1: Resurgent Ferrari finally takes fight to MercedesNFL owners OK Raiders' move to Las VegasDustin Johnson enhances status as Masters favoriteShould a slave-era song be used as a sports chant?NFL seeking Thursday Night Football livestream partnerFormer Penn State President Spanier convicted in Sandusky caseUSA Hockey gave more benefits to men's team than women's

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:43:40 GMTMon, 27 Mar 2017 20:58:59 GMTMon, 27 Mar 2017 14:32:25 GMTMon, 27 Mar 2017 13:08:32 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 19:31:30 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 01:54:26 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:33:46 GMT

The champagne flowed, cheers rang out and "il Tricolore" flags were enthusiastically waved. But behind the scenes there was probably a huge collective sigh of relief.Sebastian Vettel's win at Sunday's Australian Grand Prix has been a long time coming for Ferrari -- Formula One's most successful team.The 16-time world champion hadn't won in Melbourne since 2007 and its last victory of any description came back in 2015, when Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix."It was about time," Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne said after the Melbourne race -- his words echoing the thoughts of the legions of Tifosi fans around the world.Vettel's triumph at Albert Park could be the tonic Ferrari, and F1, needed following Mercedes' clean sweep of drivers' and constructors' titles over the past three seasons."Ferrari look like they are back in business," Reuters' F1 correspondent Alan Baldwin told CNN's World Sport show Monday."Vettel has got the best possible start to a season he could have and Ferrari have got the pressure off their backs."The stakes could not have been higher for Ferrari after the Italian marque's impressive showing at winter testing testing in Barcelona, where Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were comfortably quickest in F1's new-look 2017 cars."It could have gone terribly wrong after building up such high expectations in preseason testing (where they had) the fastest car, the fastest lap times," Baldwin says."In Australia, there is a lot of Italian support and to have the team not challenging, let alone winning, would have been a huge disappointment for Ferrari and Ferrari fans around the world, so it's the best possible start for them really."Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff admitted to being "surprised" by Ferrari's pace, as Lewis Hamilton finished second and Valtteri Bottas was third in his debut for the German manufacturer."The way Sebastian held on to Lewis was simply surprising," Wolff said. "We were pushing flat out but were not able to pull away."But Mercedes supporters should not despair -- on the contrary, Ferrari's new competitiveness should be a blessing."I don't think Mercedes fans should be too worried -- they are going to have some great racing hopefully." Baldwin says."Don't forget Mercedes have won 51 out of 60 races in the last three and a bit years and there is every sign that Lewis and Valtteri Bottas will be very competitive."Four-time world champion Vettel and Hamilton -- who has three titles -- appear to be relishing the track battles ahead."It's been a privilege to be racing in an era with (Vettel) and we're now finally at a period of time when we can actually have a real race," Hamilton said.Vettel, who now has 43 race wins compared to Hamilton's 53, agrees."Right now it looks like we have equal machinery. I hope it stays that way and then we will see how it turns out," Vettel, who won the last of his championships at Red Bull in 2013, told reporters in Melbourne."It's obviously a lot of fun to race for victories and a lot of fun to race against the best."Rivalries recommence at the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 9.NFL owners voted Monday to approve the Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas, the league announced.Can anyone beat Dustin Johnson? With the Masters a little over a week away, the world No. 1 enhanced his status as favorite for the Green Jacket with a third successive tournament victory."I looked over Jordan, what do I see, Coming for to carry me home. A band of angels coming after me, Coming for to carry me home."[...]The live streaming rights to Thursday Night Football games are up for grabs.[...]T[...]

UCF basketball heads to NYC for NIT Final Four

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:40:32 GMT

The University of Central Florida's men's basketball team is in the Big Apple preparing for the NIT Final Four.

NCAA tournament bracket revealed on Selection Sunday Miami will be in the Midwest Regional. The Hurricanes (21-11) face Michigan State (19-14) at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday at 8:20 p.m., with the winner possibly playing Kansas (28-4) in the next game.

UCF will also play in Orlando at the NIT tournament. The first round will be played Wednesday at 7 p.m. at CFE Arena. 

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Minnesota United has cold open for soccer franchise

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:10:50 GMT

Minnesota’s debut game in Major League Soccer took place Sunday before 35,000 fans in snowy, 20-degree temperatures.

Minnesota United FC lost 6-1 against Atlanta United FC, at the outdoor TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus, according to the StarTribune of Minneapolis.

The 20-degree temperature at kickoff tied the record for the coldest game in MLS history, the Associated Press reported. This was the ninth game in league history played in snow but only the second time a special orange ball was used for better visibility.

Atlanta joins the MLS this season with Minnesota for the league's 21st and 22 teams. Josef Martinez had three goals, Miguel Almiron scored twice and Jacob Peterson subbed in the 84th minute and scored the last goal in injury time for Atlanta, which is coming off a 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls in its opener last week, the AP reported.

The Loons, as Minnesota United FC is known, will play at the University of Minnesota football stadium until their stadium is finished in nearby St. Paul.

Kevin Molino scored for the Loons, who lost 5-1 at Portland last week in their opener and became the first MLS team to allow five-plus goals in consecutive games.

''The only positive that we can take from today is the people who braved the elements to come out,'' Minnesota coach Adrian Health told the AP. ''I thought their support was incredible, and it's just a pity that we couldn't give them any type of performance that warrantied the support that we got.''

Rockies' Desmond breaks hand in spring training game

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:14:28 GMT

Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Sunday, the Associated Press reports.

Desmond was facing Rookie Davis with the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth inning when he was hit by a 93-mph fastball.

The Rockies say Desmond’s hand is fractured. He will see a specialist Monday, the AP reports.

Desmond, 31, was a key off-season pickup for the Rockies, signing a $70 million, five-year contract after hitting .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs with the Texas Rangers last year. He is a career .267 hitter with 132 homers and 518 RBIs in eight seasons.

Jaguars, going younger and cheaper, release Roy Miller

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:44:25 GMT

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran defensive tackle Roy Miller, choosing to go younger and cheaper at the position.

The 29-year-old Miller was due a $400,000 roster bonus Monday and would have counted more than $4 million against the salary cap in 2017. Former undrafted rookie Abry Jones is expected to take over the starting spot. Jones signed a four-year, $16 million contract last month that will pay him $3.5 million this season.

The decision was more likely made because Jones played as well as Miller did last season after Miller tore his right Achilles tendon in October.

Miller started 49 games in four years with the Jaguars, totaling 105 tackles and five sacks. He was drafted in the third round by Tampa Bay in 2009.