Gran Premio Latinoamericano: The Champions League of horse racing

(CNN)Celebrating the very best thoroughbred racehorses in South America, the Gran Premio Latinoamericano is the most prestigious date on the continent’s racing calendar. When the thoroughbreds fly out of the stalls to the cry of an impassioned crowd, it’s not just the $500,000 prize purse up for grabs, though. National pride is also a huge part of South America’s richest horse race. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos

Tokyo 2020: Chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee set to quit

(CNN)With less than 500 days until the Tokyo Olympics gets underway, Tsunekazu Takeda — president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) — has announced he will step down from his position in June amid allegations of corruption over Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Games. Follow @cnnsport In a statement to CNN, the IOC said it respected Takeda’s decision, adding: “Our respect of this decision is even greater because he took this step to protect the Olympic Movement while the presumption of innocence, on which the IOC insists, continues to prevail.” French prosecutors are investigating two payments made to a Singapore-based company called “Black Tidings” in July and October 2013. READ: Japanese Olympic chief investigated for corruption READ: ‘Corruption …

Rory McIlroy fancies his chances at Masters after ending drought

Northern Irishmans victory at Players provided timely confidence boost ahead of Augusta challenge Should Rory McIlroy dance to the tune of golf, his inconsistency would be worthy of ridicule. Instead, a victim of criticism for failure to complete tournament wins from promising positions is now at the forefront of the betting for the first major of the year. McIlroy, as of Sunday @guardian_sport Facebook: like our sport pages Instagram: our favourite football and Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Its a lot of things, said McIlroy in explanation. Its maturity. Its been having a focus over the last six or seven months on my attitude, especially my attitude to golf, and not letting golf …

Cristiano Ronaldo fined for celebration in Juventus Champions League win

Cristiano Ronaldo will be free to play against Ajax after he was fined 17,700 for his obscene celebration CristianoRonaldo has been fined 20,000 (17,700) by Uefa after his goal celebration in Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Mikaela Shiffrin seals stellar season with final win

(CNN)It summed up her stellar season. Another race. Another win. The American cemented her status as ski racing’s preeminent athlete with victory in Sunday’s giant slalom in Soldeu to edge to 60 World Cup wins and seal the giant slalom season crown. Mikaela Shiffrin: Lead singer? Big night out? Shiffrin has blasted into the void left by Lindsey Vonn in her injury-hit final season and has made significant waves outside the sport of skiing. She ends the season fifth on the all-time list of World Cup winners, 22 victories behind Vonn and 26 short of the record held by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, who retired in 1989 after 16 seasons on the elite circuit. By comparison, Shiffrin made her World …

Adrien Rabiot: the golden boy who became PSGs French football outcast | Ed Aarons

Midfielder should be a force at his club but a contract stand-off and off-pitch behaviour have led to him being frozen out Its not that Im hiding away, insisted Adrien Rabiot the defeat a tweet from Patrice Evra which celebrated the clubs surprise exit. In this era of social media obsession, what greater crime could there be? Yet, as he has consistently proved since bursting on to the scene under Carlo Ancelotti at Parc des Princes, there is more to Rabiot than meets the eye. His issues at PSG date back to 2014 and Laurent Blancs spell in charge, when the young midfielder who spent a few months at Manchester Citys academy as a teenager was on the brink of …

Rory McIlroy joins Tommy Fleetwood at top of Players leaderboard

Rory McIlroy joined Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Players Championship leaderboard after an inspired second-round back nine The only disappointment is that the blue-chip Sawgrass scenario arrives a day early. Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy will take to the third round of the Players Championship tied for the lead at 12 under par in the kind of scene the PGA Tour would be delighted to see rumble into Sunday. Golf needs marquee match-ups such as this. An inspired back nine of 31 by McIlroy, which included an eagle three at the 16th and a birdie putt from 29ft a hole later, saw him claw back Fleetwood from a seemingly untouchable position. The Northern Irishmans Friday 65 meant he …

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …