Video games are now a legitimate high school sport

Atlanta (CNN Business)Competitive video game playing, also known as esports, is now a high school varsity sport in eight states. Two teams of students with six players each faced off in a video game game called “Smite,” one of the three high-school-sanctioned esport games, in which they battle each other as gods and other mythological characters. According to Brian Prokes, the center’s executive director, the facility’s goal is to level the playing field and give anybody an opportunity to compete. “If there are two schools that don’t have the facilities to host a five-on-five tournament, we are here for them,” he said. The regular esports season runs through the end of April, with playoffs and finals starting in May. A …

Julia Roberts calls college admissions scandal ‘so sad’

Julia Roberts opened up about the first time about the ongoing college admissions scandal. (Allen Berezovsky/WireImage) SELMA BLAIR SLAMS LORI LOUGHLIN’S ALLEGED COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCAM WITH PHOTOSHOPPED IMAGE OF HER SON As previously reported, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were among the 50 people swept up in the scandal after it was revealed they paid $500,000 to the scheme’s organizer so that he would make it look like their daughters participated in crew and were recruited to USC despite never rowing for the sport. They were released on $1 million bond each. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Fellow actress Felicity Huffman, an Academy Award nominee, was arrested at her home for her alleged involvement in the …

World Rugby goes to Vegas: Show times of latest episode

(CNN)For the 10th year, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series returns to the city of Las Vegas, as rugby in America continues to defy the odds. 8:30am GMT 4:30pm GMT Saturday 3/23/19 6:30am GMT 9:30pm GMT Sunday 3/24/19 4:30pm GMT Monday 3/25/19 1:30am GMT Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Fans and players celebrate Grand Slam

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWales won an emphatic 25-7 victory over Ireland at the Principality Stadium on Saturday Hundreds of rugby fans joined the Wales national team in Cardiff Bay to celebrate winning the Grand Slam. Celebrations after victory over Ireland to win the Six Nations continued throughout the weekend. They included a special event at the Senedd to mark a fourth Slam in 14 years. Receiving big cheers from the crowd, head coach Warren Gatland said how he has “really loved his time here.” Live updates: Celebrations at Cardiff Bay after Wales’ Grand Slam victory He added that when he joined the team: “There was no way to go but up.” Image caption First Minister …

Dominic Thiem upsets Roger Federer at Indian Wells for first Masters title

Dominic Thiem edged error-prone Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday Dominic Thiem edged error-prone Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert while claiming the biggest title of his career. Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand winner to go up 6-5. Thiem then served out the two-hour match, which ended with another error from Federer a forehand dumped into the net. Federer lost in the final for the second straight year. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro in 2018. Thiem …

Wales clinch Six Nations and Grand Slam clean sweep

(CNN)The rain sluiced down but the Cardiff crowd was unshrinking and the Welsh players irrepressible as they trounced defending champion Ireland to secure the Six Nations title and a Grand Slam season clean sweep of northern hemisphere international rugby. Going into the final weekend, Wales, Ireland and England all still had a chance to win the title, but the Welsh had sealed the championship before England’s remarkable 38-38 draw against Scotland — the highest scoring draw in international rugby — later Saturday, after Eddie Jones’ England side had led 31-0 in the first half. “I’m proud of the players, it’s not about me,” said Gatland, who becomes the first coach in history to win three Grand Slams. “We spoke beforehand …

Football transfer rumours: Man out, Varane in at Liverpool?

Kostas Manolas to Manchester United? | Arsenal eye Gelson Martins? | Bournemouth in for Mason Mount? In a development in no way intended to cram as many big names as possible into a headline, news outlets are reporting that David Beckham would quite like to sign Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo for his new MLS franchise. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are also plotting a revamp that will tick all search engine optimisation boxes. Zinedine Zidane has decided to eschew Neymar and go for at least one of Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and Sadio Man. With Chelsea facing a transfer ban and therefore reluctant to sell even if that means losing Hazard for nothing next year, and Madrid not keen on facing …

USC Students Allegedly Involved With College Bribery Scandal ‘Under Review’ & Can’t Enroll In Classes! – Perez Hilton

Two students who probably aren’t too bummed by this news? The daughters of Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, who allegedly paid $500,000 to make it appear that their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose had been recruits to the USC crew team, despite the fact that they never played the sport. “She can’t handle anything right now. She seems more and more upset every day. She just wants to stay home… She thought she knew what the future had in store for her, and it all just crumbled. It’s a never-ending nightmare for her. She understands the serious consequences her parents are facing and she is very scared.” USC, meanwhile, has already fired two employees connected …

Jaguar Land Rover recalls 44,000 cars

The affected models are: Some two-litre 2016 to 2018 Land Rover Discovery and Discovery Sport cars Certain two litre Range Rover Evoque, Sport, and Velar cars Jaguar E-Pace, F-Pace, F-Type, XE and XF cars. Most models are petrol, while some are diesel. Some of the models will need physical repairs in a dealership, while some will need software updates, the spokeswoman said. “The modifications made to affected vehicles will be made free of charge and every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience to the customer during the short time required for the work to be carried out,” the firm added. In January the firm confirmed it is cutting 4,500 jobs, with the substantial majority coming from its 40,000 strong …

Champions League draw: Manchester United to face Barcelona in last eight

(CNN)Manchester United will face Barcelona in a heavyweight Champions League quarterfinal after the draw was made at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters in Nyon on Friday. READ: UEFA investigates Manchester City The semifinal draw was also made on Friday, with Manchester United or Barca due to face Liverpool or Porto, with the winner of the tie between Manchester City and Tottenham playing either Ajax or Juve. The quarterfinal first legs will be played on April 9/10 with the reverse fixtures scheduled for April 16/17. The semifinals will kick off on April 30 and May 1 — with the second legs set for May 7/8 — ahead of the final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1. English dominance returns? It …

Felicity Huffman Quits Social Media Amid Nonstop ROASTING Over College Cheating Scandal! – Perez Hilton

Felicity Huffman is no longer on social media. As The thespian and husband William H. Macy (who was not charged for some reason) were accused of making a $15,000 donation to get involved in a college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of their now-18-year-old daughter, Sofia. The teen reportedly took the SATs in December 2017 and received a 1420, which was a 400 point improvement over her PSAT score. At the test taking center, a proctor allegedly corrected her answers after she turned in the test. On Friday, the 56-year-old deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts amid the scandal. On her pages, the acclaimed actress regularly shared inspirational messages such as, “Don’t just go through life, grow through life. What are you creating for yourself …

Joe Biden readies major endorsements and message of strength ahead of likely 2020 run

(CNN)Joe Biden didn’t clear the field, so he’s poised to join it. His verbal slip — intentional or not — drew laughter in the room and considerable attention outside, but it was the words “new left” that may have offered the best clue about how he plans to run a third bid for the White House. He plans to emphasize the record of the Obama administration over his own long record from the Senate and intends to push back on any notion he’s not progressive enough for today’s Democratic Party. As he prepares for a possible run, Biden has hunkered down for strategy sessions with a tight knit group of advisers and held meetings with top Democrats and elected officials. …

Lori Loughlin appeared arrogant in court while Felicity Huffman looked more genuine, says sketch artist

Actor Lori Loughlin appears in this court sketch at a hearing for a racketeering case involving the allegedly fraudulent admission of children to elite universities, at a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mona Shafer Edwards  But according to Edwards, Loughlin, 54, managed to surprise her. “[They were] very, very different,” Edwards told the news site about the two women during their days in court. “Totally different attitude, expression and the way that the body was held.” Unlike Huffman, Loughlin had the luxury of negotiating her surrender and appeared in court with full hair and makeup done, along with a defiant look. While sitting, the “Fuller House” star had her arms crossed and they stayed that …

Everything you need to know for March Madness 2019

(CNN)Get ready for a lot of bracket smack talk. March Madness is finally here. All of the action kicks off Sunday, March 17, with Selection Sunday. That’s when we learn who is invited to compete in the tournament. You can learn all about how the selection process works here. The First Four starts the games on March 19 and 20 in Dayton, Ohio. We’ll have a full game schedule for you later when it’s released. And then we can watch a total of 67 (!!!) games in less than three weeks. Oh wow, that’s a lot of games. How can I watch? There are lots of ways. If you’re a live-TV person: You can watch the games on CBS, TBS …

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona: World record crowd for women’s club match

(CNN)It was a world record for a club match in women’s football as a crowd of 60,739 turned out to watch Atletico Madrid take on Barcelona in the Spanish capital. “They are the ones who have connected with the fans and they are the ones who are going to fill this stadium with Atléticos. “The match will be a party for all of them and for those who don’t know our players, I think they’re going to be hooked.” Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos Atletico captain Amanda Sampedro added: “I was sure that the fans would respond this way, they’re like that, they’ve shown us that for a long time and it’s for those people that we …

Olivier Girouds perfect hat-trick fires Chelsea into Europa League last eight

Chelseas Olivier Giroud scored a perfect hat-trick in a 5-0 romp at Dynamo Kyiv for an 8-0 aggregate win and a place in the Europa League quarter-finals This ended up more like a bye into the Europa League quarter-finals than the perilous encounter Maurizio Sarri had rather warily foreseen. Chelsea barely broke into a sweat in dismissing a desperately naive Dynamo Kyiv, with the uneven playing surface probably representing more of a threat than overawed opponents. The occasion lacked a competitive edge, though given Chelseas toils over recent months Sarri will have welcomed such a stroll. His team feel like contenders in a competition that carries the considerable prize of Champions League qualification. Their younger players are making their mark …