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 …

A wrestler forfeited a game so he wouldn’t have to compete against a girl. Now she’s clapping back in the most epic way.

Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images The United States has 16,562 female high school wrestlers, however only 12 states have girls’ wrestling programs with state championships. This year, Colorado piloted a program giving female wrestlers their own bracket. Girls are starting to get more opportunities to wrestle, however many female wrestlers still find themselves fighting against a stigma. When Jaslynn Gallegos and Angel Rios opted to compete with the boys in the state championship, one of the boys declined to compete with them. Now, Gallegos has a to-the-point message for all the boys who are reluctant to get into the ring with her, “Just wrestle me.” High school senior Brendan Johnston forfeited a match during the Colorado state wrestling championships so …

Manchester United have no fear of Barcelona, says Ole Gunnar Solskjr

Ole Gunnar Solskjr said Manchester United hold no fear of Barcelona but would need luck on their side in the Champions League quarter-final Ole Gunnar Solskjr has said Manchester United have no fear of facing Barcelona after drawing them in the Champions League quarter-finals. United host the five-times European champions on 10 April before the return the following week, with the winners facing a semi-final against Liverpool or Porto. The draw also threw up an all-Premier League tie involving Manchester City and Tottenham, whose next opponents will be Ajax or Juventus. Solskjr said United were not scared to face anyone, having The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Liverpool against Porto is a rerun of last seasons …

UFC star Conor McGregor arrested after police say he smashed a fan’s phone

(CNN)A fan just wanted a picture with Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor, but Miami police say McGregor wasn’t having it. CNN has reached out to McGregor’s press team, the victim and the UFC. UFC Star Conor McGregor charged with assault McGregor was previously handed a six-month suspension and fined $50,000 after an October post-fight brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who scaled the octagon to launch an attack on McGregor’s team after defeating the Irishman to maintain his unbeaten 27-0 record last year. Members of Nurmagomedov’s team were also involved in a fracas with the beaten McGregor. Last April, McGregor was charged with assault, attempted assault and criminal mischief after he and others allegedly attacked a bus carrying UFC fighters at …

Zinedine Zidane responds to the call to save Real Madrid from darkness | Sid Lowe

With infighting rife, the man who brought Madrid such riches in Europe has made a remarkable return to the Bernabu Darkness descended on Real Madrid, the metaphor visiting them on a Sunday night in Valladolid, light not let in until the following evening when he returned. The week after they lost it all, the man returned who won it all. Zinedine Zidane is back. Less than a year since he walked out, insisting that this was a see you later not a goodbye, he has walked back in again. Just how different the place is, just how bad it had got in his absence, was shown by seven days in which it all slipped through their fingers. Shown too, by …

What we know so far in the college admissions cheating scandal

(CNN)The massive college admissions scam, thought to be the biggest ever prosecuted in the United States, is a harsh reminder that wealthy families can cheat their way to even greater privilege. And some say this scandal is just the tip of the iceberg. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among the dozens of parents facing federal charges. Others charged include nine coaches at elite schools; two SAT/ACT administrators; an exam proctor; a college administrator; and a CEO who admitted he wanted to help the wealthiest families get their kids into elite colleges. How did this scheme work? It was all orchestrated by William Rick Singer, CEO of a college admissions prep company called The Key. Singer pleaded guilty to …

NFL suspends Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt 8 games

(CNN)The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt on Friday for the first eight regular-season games without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, stemming from physical altercations at his Cleveland residence in February 2018 and at a resort in Ohio in June. “I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner (Roger) Goodell last week. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. “My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this …

Outpouring of support from UK after NZ attack

Image copyright PA Image caption A man hands out flowers to Muslims as they leave Birmingham Central Mosque as Friday prayers finish Report End of Twitter post by @sandwellcouncil People gathered for prayers at mosques across the UK, including at the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, which urged its community to “be more vigilant than ever”. Meanwhile, Finsbury Park Mosque, whose worshippers were targeted in a terror attack in June 2017, shared a picture of flowers and a note of support which it had received from members of the local community. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLondon imam Mohammed Mahmoud calls for a crackdown on far-right extremism Mohammed Mahmoud, who made headlines when he stood …

Ronaldos defining display shows fino alla fine spirit is alive at Juventus | Eni Aluko

Cristiano Ronaldos best performance for Juventus in the Champions League embodied the clubs until the end motto and they can now go on to win the tournament The Juventus motto is fino alla fine in other words, until the end. On Tuesday evening the mens team proved these words are not empty but alive. Juve aspire to be a team who never give up, a team who burn with an indefatigable spirit, and this week it was there for all to see. They showed it against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, when they came back from a 3-0 first-leg deficit to level the tie at the Bernabu, an incredible comeback that ended in disappointment …

Mother of super-middleweight world champion Caleb Plant shot dead by police

Police in Tennessee say the mother of super middleweight world champion Caleb Plant was fatally shot after pulling a knife on an officer Police in Tennessee say the mother of super middleweight world champion Caleb Plant was fatally shot after pulling a knife on an officer. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says in a statement that 51-year-old Beth Plant was pronounced dead on Saturday at a hospital. It says Plant became combative while being transported by ambulance and pulled out a knife. The driver called law enforcement and an arriving deputy shot Plant when she brandished a knife at the officer, according to the report. CalebPlant (@SweetHandsPlant) Love you forever and always momma . You always said work hard bubba …

A gaming paradise: Inside the world’s first professional FIFA house

(CNN)At first glance, nothing seems out of the ordinary about this suburban house. As the name suggests, the team represents Italy’s Serie A team AS Roma, but is in fact largely driven by esports powerhouse Fnatic. In 2018, the lucrative partnership decided to take the next step in professionalizing its approach, by creating the world’s first FIFA house. “When you walk up to the front of the house, it doesn’t look like a team of gamers live here,” team manager Colin Johnson told CNN Sport, who is honest enough to admit that very occasionally the team has disturbed suburbia’s tranquility. “We’ve had a few neighbors yelling at us a few times for being loud when we’re celebrating but for the …

Prisoners in England to be taught code

The hope is that the trials will eventually lead to a network of coding workshops in UK prisons. The programme is modelled on the Last Mile project in the San Quentin prison, in California, which has helped almost 500 offenders find jobs after release, with none of those taking part reoffending. That compares with a national reoffending rate in the US of 55%. Reoffending in the UK is estimated to cost around £15bn, according to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Minster for Digital Margot James said: “The government is committed to stopping the cycle of reoffending and a valuable asset to prevent recidivism is employment. “Equipping offenders with coding skills will help them into life-changing work and …