American gold medalist kneels during national anthem at the Pan Am Games

(CNN)American gold medalist fencer Race Imboden knelt as the national anthem played Friday at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, to protest racism, gun control, mistreatment of immigrants and President Donald Trump. As Imboden knelt, his teammates Gerek Meinhardt and Nick Itkin stood tall. Several members of the silver medalist Brazilian team saluted and Canada’s bronze-winning team stood quietly. Taking a knee during the national anthem became a form of civil protest after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee throughout the 2016 football season in protest of police brutality and injustice against people of color. Since then, many athletes, from NFL players, to soccer star Megan Rapinoe to amateur high schoolers have knelt as a form of …

Jeremy Lin is the first Asian-American player to win an NBA ring. Now he says the league has given up on him

(CNN)Jeremy Lin, who became the first Asian-American player to win an NBA title while playing for the Toronto Raptors last season, says he is struggling as a free agent. View this post on Instagram But Lin’s career has been sidelined by injuries and inconsistency since his breakout. The player just wrapped his ninth season in the NBA, with the Raptors after he was traded from the Atlanta Hawks. The Harvard grad has jumped from team to team throughout his pro basketball career, playing for eight franchises so far. Lin averaged about 3.4 minutes in the 2018-19 playoffs and only played one minute during the NBA Finals. While some criticized Lin for receiving a ring without playing much, others defended him …

This OTHER dominant US Women’s National Team just made history

(CNN)The US women’s national soccer team is still riding the wave of their powerful World Cup victory this month, and for good reason. Their championship ways have inspired a new generation of female athletes and given a boost to women’s soccer attendance numbers across the country. Watch the Nike ad starring the US women’s soccer team Oh, they’ve also won three straight World Cups. After the women’s historic win, coach Adam Krikorian said the players hear people mention them in the same vein as the women’s national soccer team and the women’s national basketball team, both dominant in their respective sports. And they take that comparison very seriously. “We take great pride; we want to show people what we can …

Tom Brady roasts random Tweeter — and himself — over Madden stats

(CNN)Tom Brady knows when it comes to quarterbacks, he’s not that fast. But he’s definitely faster than you, a regular person without six Super Bowl rings and a Hall of Fame football career. Yahoo Sports tried to warn him, but it escalated to him making the ultimate Some Guy Named Matt move: Asserting that he, a random Twitter user, was faster than Tom freaking Brady. “I 100% could run faster and further than Tom. So could 50% of high schoolers, 80% of college players, and 99% of pros. Learn how to unbiasedly access the totality of a player, then adjust these numbers and I could possibly take you seriously,” the Matt wrote. Tom Brady quickly shut him down in seven …

Watch the moment Coco Gauff clinched a comeback victory in the third round of Wimbledon

(CNN)Cori “Coco” Gauff became an international tennis sensation just days ago, after she defeated five-time champion Venus Williams, and Wimbledon’s wild about its youngest qualifier. But Gauff evened up the score in the second set, benefiting off Hercog’s errors to earn the win, 7-6 (7). Her Slovenian opponent struggled to keep up with Gauff, now set in her stride, in the third set, losing 7-5. Gauff shot into the air in jubilation, arms stretched toward the sky. And so did the patrons watching from the bar that her father owns in Delray Beach, Florida. South Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist David Hyde captured the ecstasy as supporters from her hometown went “loco for Coco” during the thrilling match. Her parents, Corey and …

Here’s why California can’t just close the Santa Anita race track

(CNN)Two more horses died over the weekend at Santa Anita Park in California, bringing the total number of horses to be euthanized there since the start of the racing season in late December to 29. But the board doesn’t have the authority under California law to shut down a racetrack without the approval of the track’s operator. CNN has reached out to the racing board for comment but hasn’t yet heard back. The Stronach Group, the entertainment and real estate company that owns Santa Anita Park, said despite the racing board’s request, the park in Arcadia, California, will finish its season. “We are collectively working on behalf of everyone in the sport … to reform and improve racing every day,” …

Santa Anita track owners and trainers under investigation after horse deaths

Arcadia, California (CNN)Trainers are being investigated to see if they played any role in the string of horse deaths at Santa Anita racetrack this year. “We’ve just gotten some information about what he’s done and his violations,” Dr. Dionne Benson, chief veterinary officer for The Stronach Group, told CNN. “And so, we’re considering whether he will be, every trainer, we’re considering whether they will be welcome back to Santa Anita.” ‘Catastrophic breakdowns’ Scott Herbertson, a racehorse owner and professional gambler, believes some trainers are going too far. “You got guys pushing these horses beyond their limits and causing these catastrophic breakdowns,” he told CNN at his home in San Francisco’s Bay Area. And he points a finger at Hollendorfer, who …

A plane crashed while on a skydiving excursion in Hawaii. All 11 people aboard died

(CNN)Professional parachute demonstrator Larry Lemaster, an Army veteran with more than 3,000 jumps, died doing what he loved, his wife, Anna Elkins, wrote on Facebook Saturday. The Beechcraft BE65twin-engine plane crashed during taking off Friday eveningat Dillingham Airfield on Oahu’s North Shore, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The names of the passengers have not been formally released by authorities. Elkins said her “heart also goes out to” the Oahu Parachute Center and the loved ones of friends who perished in the crash. “Today is the worst day of my life. My son has lost his father… He wants you to celebrate his life and your own. Love who you love with great intensity. Do what makes you happy. Be the …

NBA Finals Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s some background information about the NBA Finals. The NBA Finals follow the league’s regular season. May 27, 2018 – Eastern Conference Finals – The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics with a series win, 4-3. Other Facts:The Finals champion is the first of two competing teams to win the best of seven games. Of the 30 NBA teams that compete during the regular season, 16 teams, eight in the Eastern Conference and eight in the Western Conference, participate in the post-season playoffs leading up to the Finals. All playoff series are also the best of seven games. The Finals championship is between one Eastern and one Western Conference team. The winner receives the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, which was …

29 horses have died at Santa Anita this season. It’s nowhere near the track’s deadliest year — not by a long shot

(CNN)Horses die. It’s part of racing. But a rash of deaths this year at Santa Anita Park has activists demanding the track be shut down. California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for the track to have horses examined by independent veterinarians before they can race again. “I continue to be troubled by the horse deaths at Santa Anita Park. Enough is enough,” Newsom said in a statement on Tuesday. “As Santa Anita prepares to host the 2019 Breeders’ Cup in November, we must show the horse racing world that California puts safety first.”

Suspected gunman in David Ortiz’s shooting wanted for armed robberies in New Jersey

(CNN)The alleged gunman in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic is wanted by New Jersey authorities for two armed robberies in 2017. Ortiz, 43, who is also known as Big Papi, was at a Santo Domingo nightclub Sunday night with television host Jhoel Lopez when they were both injured by gunfire. A bullet struck Ortiz in the back and went through his stomach, police said. Both victims are recovering. Authorities said a total of seven people were linked to the shooting. Six people were custody, and one remained at large Thursday, police said. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte has said investigators don’t know a motive for the shooting but …

Parent who paid $400,000 to get his child into Georgetown expected to plead guilty

(CNN)A parent who paid $400,000 to get his child into Georgetown under the guise that he was a recruit for the university tennis team is expected to appear in federal court in Boston on Tuesday to plead guilty, court records show. According to the criminal complaint, in August of 2015 Singer emailed Semprevivo, his wife and their son, instructions on what to email Gordon Ernst, the head coach of the Georgetown University Tennis team, such as claiming he was a tennis star even though he hadn’t played competitively. The next day, Semprevivo’s son also emailed Ernst a copy of his transcript and SAT scores. Then in October, Semprevivo’s son sent in his college application, where he said he played tennis …

Family of Chinese student admitted to Stanford paid $6.5 million to Rick Singer, source says

(CNN)The family of a Chinese student admitted to Stanford University paid $6.5 million to the central figure in the US college admissions scandal, a source with knowledge of the investigation says. Morgan Stanley adviser Michael Wu referred the parents to Singer, the source said. A spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley told CNN that the company is cooperating with investigators.

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi performs her final collegiate routine

(CNN)Katelyn Ohashi finished her final collegiate gymnastics routine appropriately, by dropping a pretend mic. “It wasn’t your last beam routine, I should be crying,” Ohashi said, smiling, in the video. Before UCLA, Ohashi was competing at the elite level of gymnastics until she injured her back and shoulder, according to The Players’ Tribune. She decided to compete on the college level because of her injuries. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Hearing will determine whether spa video should be used as evidence in Robert Kraft’s case

(CNN) A hearing will be held Friday on whether a surveillance video allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft during a prostitution sting should be allowed as evidence in his case. The hearing follows a judge’s ruling Tuesday that the video will not be released to the public until after the trial is underway or the case is otherwise adjudicated.

Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr., dies of cancer

(CNN)Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller, has died of cancer at 65, JR Motorsports announced on Monday. “I am a very, very lucky woman, as I get to interact with my kids almost every day,” she said last year. “I’ve got two bright, beautiful kids that I am very proud of.” “Kelley’s standards are very high. She conducts herself that way and she expects that of everyone else. Dale Jr. just gets bigger and bigger. I am very proud of his accomplishments, but as a mother I am proudest of the way he handles himself with honesty and the way he cares about his family and his friends.” Jackson’s journey into the racing world started …