Liverpool fan’s attacker pleads guilty

Two others jailed Mr Cox, a father-of-three, suffered serious catastrophic head injuries in the attack and has been recovering at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire. He spent four-and-a-half weeks at the Walton Centre in Liverpool, a specialist neurological unit for brain injuries, following the attack on 24 April, before being airlifted to another specialist unit at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital. Mastrelli entered a guilty plea to unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox. Liverpool fan ‘can’t talk after attack’ Roma fined by Uefa after Liverpool tie ‘Hope in hearts’ for Liverpool attack fan He pleaded not guilty to a separate count of violent disorder, which he was told will lie on file after the Crown accepted …

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Pop Warner football bans traditional three-point stance

(CNN)In a first for any national football organization, the Pop Warner youth league announced Thursday that it will ban the traditional three-point stance. The players will now have to be upright or in a more modified squat position with their hands on their legs. “We believe this change is another step in creating a safer, better football experience for young people,” Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner, said in a statement. “We are changing how players are introduced to the sport and how they learn to play the game. We are also setting the stage for our higher levels of play to adopt the change.” Pop Warner’s plan is to eliminate the stance entirely, but there is no firm …

5 things to know for February 22: Jussie Smollett, NC election, Vatican, Venezuela

(CNN)Looking for a new way to beat the traffic? If you live in Mumbai, you can use Uber to summon … a speedboat. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) Actor Jussie Smollett was on the set of his Fox show “Empire” last night, hours after he was arrested and accused of filing a false report in the January 29 incident in which he said he was the victim of a hate crime. The 36-year-old actor called a meeting of the cast and crew and apologized for any embarrassment they might have felt during his …

Labour pledges tougher online bet limits

According to the Gambling Commission, which regulates the industry, Britain has the largest regulated online gambling market in the world, generating £4.7bn for companies per year – and is expected to grow. The commission said there were no restrictions in online stakes, prizes or the speed of play. ‘I’ve gambled my compensation away’ The tricky issue of problem gambling ‘I worry about the next generation’ Ahead of his speech, Mr Watson said problem gambling should be treated “as a public health emergency”. “Whereas gambling in the offline world is highly regulated, the lack of controls on online gambling is leading to vulnerable consumers suffering huge losses,” he said. Online companies, he said, “have a responsibility to protect their customers from …

Kristina Vogel: Paralyzed cycling star turns to politics

(CNN)One year ago Kristina Vogel graced the famous Berlin Six Day cycling event with the powerful dominance of a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Vogel sustained life threatening injuries in a horrific training accident in Cottbus last June, colliding with a stationary cyclist at over 60kph.

Zion Williamson: Basketball prodigy injured 33 seconds into star-studded match after Nike shoe bursts

(CNN)A star-studded crowd including former US President Barack Obama had gathered to watch hotly tipped college basketball player Zion Williamson, but the 18-year-old’s night unraveled after just 33 seconds when his Nike shoe fell apart. Tickets for the local derby were reportedly available for over $3,000 and freshman forward Williamson — described by double NBA champion Kevin Durant as a “once-in-a-generation athlete” — was a big reason for the inflated prices.

Chelsea manager Sarri rages over sub clash as Manchester City wins League Cup

(CNN)Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was left apoplectic on the sidelines of the Carabao Cup final after his goalkeeper appeared to refuse orders to be substituted, shortly before his side succumbed to Manchester City in a penalty shootout. Raheem Sterling’s emphatic finish into the top corner past Arrizabalaga gave City a 4-3 win in the shootout at Wembley on Sunday after the teams played to a 0-0 draw through 120 minutes. The win leaves it one trophy down, three to go for quadruple-chasing City. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video A ‘misunderstanding’ Arrizabalaga’s refusal to leave the pitch — despite appearing to suffer from noticeable cramps — drew fire from his under-fire boss, who ripped his sweatshirt open in …

Carolina Hurricanes: NHL side dividing opinion with outlandish celebrations

(CNN)To celebrate or not to celebrate. Or, more pertinently, how best to celebrate? To raise an arm and acknowledge victory or a goal with restraint or to go all-out, become a human skittle perhaps, and cause a commotion? After victory over Edmonton on February 15, one of the players pretended he had hit a game-winning home run with his hockey stick. But for respected commentator Cherry at least, that was the celebration which left him fuming. “That is absolutely ridiculous,” he said on “Hockey Night in Canada.” “I know all the broadcasters are afraid to say something … I know what I’m talking about. You never do anything like that. They’re still a bunch of jerks, as far as I’m …

23 Funny Aussie Slang Examples That Need Translation To English

Australia is the same. You haven’t truly experienced Australia until you’ve had a chat with a random bogan in a bluey, durry in hand while smashing down a tinny in his stubbies and thongs. If you’re lucky, he might let you help yourself to the contents of his esky, chuck a snag or two on the barbie and discuss whether he reckons the pies have got a chance of winning the flag this year. (Pro tip: the pies are a bunch of sooks and sheilas, catters all the way mate). #2 Durry: A cigarette, usually of the Winny Gold or PJ 30s variety. But never menthols. That shit’ll give you cancer. Tinny: A can of ice-cold beer, often a VB, …

Wrestler Roman Reigns confirms his leukemia is in remission

(CNN)Professional wrestler Leati Joseph Anoai, better known by his stage name Roman Reigns, has confirmed his leukemia is in remission and that he will be returning to the WWE. He thanked fans for their support on Friday, and admitted he struggled with the decision to announce his cancer. “I’m not going to lie — before my announcement in October I was terrified. I was scared. I was insecure. And I didn’t really know if I wanted to share that secret with the world,” he told the cheering crowd. “That overwhelming support that you gave me, it gave me strength, it gave me new life. It gave me a new opportunity and it gave me a new purpose,” he added. “There …

Juventus beaten at Atletico to leave Ronaldo on brink of Champions League exit

(CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the final piece in the Juventus Champions League winning jigsaw. Follow @cnnsport Only Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23) have conceded more goals to Ronaldo than Atletico Madrid. Yet, on a Wednesday night in Madrid, the city where he enjoyed such success with Real, he was unable to add to his career tally of 22 against the former neighbor. For Atletico Madrid, a team that has felt the full force of Ronaldo’s irrepressible scoring record during his time at Real, this 2-0 victory in the first leg of the last 16 tie was particularly sweet. Two second-half goals from Uruguayan defensive duo Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin secured the advantage for Diego Simeone’s side. READ: …

Nike’s ad turns a sexist trope on its head by celebrating ambitious, ‘crazy’ women.

Nike’s latest ad challenges a common sexist trope in sports—and people are loving it. Women have fought for decades to be seen as legitimate competitors in male-dominated fields, including professional and amateur sports. Until the early 20th century, many believed that women were not biologically designed for strenuous exercise (a myth that was ultimately debunked by a female physician, Dr. Celia Duel Mosher). And it wasn’t that long ago that showing intense emotion and too much ambition could land a woman in an asylum. Throughout history, women who tried to compete at a high level were seen as “crazy.” Sadly, too often, they still are. Nike took on gender bias in sports in its latest ad, and the result is …

Karren Brady: ‘The first lady of football’

She encouraged Mr Sullivan to buy Birmingham City Football Club from administrators, which he did in 1993, along with brothers David and Ralph Gold. At the age of 23 she was made managing director of the club. In an interview with the Financial Times, Lady Brady recalls taking over as managing director at Birmingham. “David [Sullivan] did warn me that I would have to be twice as good as the men to be thought of as even half as good. I said ‘well luckily that’s not difficult’.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Baroness Brady, Lord Sugar and Nick Hewer with a Bafta award for their work on The Apprentice Despite decades of work in the football industry, Lady Brady …

Messi scores 50th hat-trick in Barcelona win at Sevilla, Bayern Munich catches Dortmund

(CNN)Anything is possible with Lionel Messi in your squad. READ: Ronaldo on brink of UCL exit Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video Barcelona’s final goal might have come when the game was already wrapped up deep in injury time but it could be a crucial one for Luis Suarez since the under-fire Uruguayan — set up by Messi — scored his first league goal in four weeks. “Today we were ourselves again and we produced a great performance,” Messi told reporters after some patchy Barcelona play previously in February. “We went through a spell where, to be honest, we did not play our best football so that made it much harder for us to score. “You have different …

Martina Navratilova dropped by LGBT group over trans athletes row

(CNN)An LGBT group has cut ties with tennis great Martina Navratilova after she said it was a form of “cheating” for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women’s sport. “Trans women are women, period. They did not decide their gender identity any more than someone decides to be gay, or to have blue eyes,” the group added. “They are women, and want to compete in the sport they love, just as any other athlete would.” The move follows a flurry of criticism directed at Navratilova, a gay rights campaigner who herself suffered homophobic abuse when she came out in 1981, for her Sunday Times column. Navratilova, who competed for Czechoslovakia and the United States, wrote that “it would …