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Medina Spirit's Kentucky Derby win in doubt after failing postrace drug test

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has tested positive for elevated levels of betamethasone, trainer Bob Baffert revealed, throwing the horse's victory last weekend at Churchill Downs into question.

Eddie Hearn: 'The razzmatazz is important,' says boxing promoter

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn tells CNN that he "can't wait to see" the Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury bout in August and that it's the fight that everyone wants to see.

Eddie Hearn: 'The razzmatazz is important,' says boxing promoter

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn tells CNN that "pound for pound No. 1" Canelo Alvarez is looking to "go in there and dominate" Billy Joe Saunders.

Stiliyan Petrov's dream job was cut short by cancer; now he wants to help soccer stars plan for the future

Many sports stars earn astronomical salaries, but many pros lack financial education. Former soccer star Stiliyan Petrov works with players through his organization Player 4 Player.

How marathon runner Des Linden ventured into the 'unknown' to break the 50km record

Des Linden missed out on Tokyo 2020 but made distance running history instead. She became the first woman to run 50 km (31 miles) in less than three hours in April.

'Some days, it doesn't feel right': As India battles a devastating second wave of Covid-19, the IPL plays on

Renowned Indian cricket journalist Boria Majumdar speaks to CNN Sport about why the Indian Premier League should continue amid the Covid-19 crisis unfolding in India.

Exclusive: 'When we come together it's powerful,' Thierry Henry says of social media blackout

Former Arsenal and France superstar Thierry Henry sits down exclusively with CNN to talk about his social media boycott initiative five weeks on and how momentum has picked up, despite a slow start.

Frisbee and oval ball star Cat Phillips fired up by fight for gender equality

Cat Phillips is a multi-sport athlete who is fighting for change in both the AFLW and in ultimate frisbee. She is a leader for young women in both her sports and is determined to provide more opportunities for them to compete than she had growing up.

Lionel Messi: A pair of Barcelona star's football boots auctioned for $173,000

Leading sports scientist Simon Brundish crunches the numbers on Lionel Messi, explaining why the Barcelona forward is the best player in the world

Terrence Clarke, Kentucky basketball player and NBA prospect, has died following a car accident in LA

Basketball player Terrence Clarke, who last month declared for the 2021 NBA draft after playing his freshman season for the University of Kentucky, died Thursday after sustaining fatal injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles, according to the Kentucky athletics department.

Seán McCabe: World football's first Climate Justice Officer

Seán McCabe holds a unique role in world football -- in January 2021, he was appointed by top flight Irish club Bohemians as its Climate Justice Officer. And he's out to save the planet.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists Super League isn't canceled, only on 'standby'

Liverpool club owner John W. Henry, thought to be one of the principal drivers behind the European Super League, issued an apology after the plan collapsed 48 hours after it was first launched.

How the European Super League united football against the game's wealthy owners

Former Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón tells Richard Quest that the European Super League project "has died today ... and it is on the way to becoming a complete botch."

Breakaway Super League clubs are meeting to discuss abandoning the competition, reports say

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says the "shameless" plans for a new European Super League (ESL) are akin to taking "football hostage."

Barcelona pips fierce rival Real Madrid to be named the world's most valuable club

El Clasico is one of the biggest and most intense games in the world of soccer. It's involved some of the greatest ever players and featured plenty of incredible moments.

What is the new European Super League and how will it work?

Sports journalist and author Mike Calvin tells CNN World Sport that football belongs to the fans and is "not about pounds or dollars" in regards to the formation of a European Super League.

Matthew McConaughey: How actor's wife 'injected' soccer into his blood

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey loves sport and is a minority owner of new MLS franchise Austin FC. Ahead of the team's long-awaited kickoff, McConaughey shares his passion for the city of Austin, how his Brazilian wife Camila helped influence his love of the beautiful game and the intersect of sports and politics.

Martin Braithwaite spent time in a wheelchair as a child; now he's Lionel Messi's wingman at Barcelona

FC Barcelona and Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite tells CNN about his journey from being in a wheelchair for two years as a kid to playing with Leo Messi at FC Barcelona.

'If you have the talent, you will be given the opportunity,' says Grand National winner Rachael Blackmore

Grand National winner Rachael Blackmore tells CNN about her historic achievement as the first female jockey to win at the famous race: "If you have the talent, you will be given the opportunity"

Trekking 4,000km along the Australian coast -- on a skateboard

Traveling over 4,000km is difficult in a car, let alone a skateboard, but Tom Drury decided to do it anyways -- despite the heat, cops and deadly snakes.

North Korea reportedly won't participate in Tokyo Olympic Games

Officials in North Korea announced that the country would not be participating in the Tokyo Olympic Games, according to state media. CNN's Will Ripley reports.

Moe Norman: The 'Rain Man of golf' who amazed even the greats of the sport

Dubbed golf's "Rain Man," Moe Norman didn't fit into the sport's traditional mold. Norman was known for his funky clothing, eccentric personality and highly distinctive swing which even the greats of the game admired.

Australia's first international cricket team found fame in the UK. At home, they were betrayed

At a time when Indigenous people were being persecuted and discriminated against in Australia, a group of Aboriginal men traveled to England to become Australia's first ever international cricket team. They are Australia's First XI.

Premier League: West Bromwich Albion scores five goals against 10-man Chelsea

David Moyes' West Ham are in the running to be the top London club in the Premier League in 2021 and could still finish in a top four spot, which will mean Champions League football coming to East London. At his second stint at the club, Moyes has rehabilitated the Hammers, and his own managerial career in the process.

Utah Jazz 'shaken, but unharmed' after team plane forced into emergency landing after bird strike

Utah Jazz guards Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson spoke about the fears the team had as their plane was forced into an emergency landing after a bird strike.

How Michael Miraglia completed his own Strongman Marathon on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats

Fitness fanatic Michael Miraglia created, and completed, a Strongman Marathon. The feat involved performing an exercise -- including tire flips, handstand walks and burpees -- for a mile in between running a mile in a 20-pound vest.

Golfer Joaquin Niemann helps raise $2.1 million to save his infant cousin's life

Joaquin Niemann is a star on the rise, at 22-years-old the Chilean has already won on the PGA Tour and sits inside the world's top-30. We sat down with Niemann ahead of The Players Championship to discuss his upbringing in Chile, his love of football, and the story of his young cousin Rafita who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in November 2020.

Conversation around taking a knee means people are 'forgetting' the true cause, says Thierry Henry

French football legend Thierry Henry says the discussion around whether or not footballers should take the knee before games has become a distraction from the real "cause."

Slum golf: A whole new ball game on Mumbai's streets

Suresh Mehboobani is a caddy at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club in Mumbai and one of the originators of Slum Golf, a version of the sport using home-made clubs and balls, played on a course that has been designed around his neighborhood.

'It's not a safe place': Thierry Henry quits social media, hoping to inspire others to stand up to online abuse

In a CNN exclusive, Thierry Henry speaks to Darren Lewis on his decision to leave social media until the platforms act on racism and bullying. Henry elaborated on a strongly worded statement on Twitter earlier in the day, telling CNN: "It is not a safe place and it's not a safe environment.

Boycotting the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar would be a 'big mistake,' says Belgium manager Roberto Martínez

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez tells CNN that it would be "a big mistake" to boycott the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, saying it would be an "easy escape" as opposed to really impacting change.

The Olympic flame starts its final leg to Tokyo. Some suggest this day should never have come

The summer Olympic games in Tokyo have been billed as the 'recovery games,' but 10 years after the Fukushima disaster, many residents living near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, tell a very different story. CNN's Blake Essig reports.

Colin Allred: Ex-NFL star Congressman bewildered by Jan 6 insurrection's 'rage and mob mentality'

Colin Allred, a former NFL linebacker for the Tennessee Titans and now a Democratic Congressman, recalls the deadly insurrection that took place at the US Capitol.

Steve Kerr calls for tougher gun control measures following Boulder shooting

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has called for stronger gun control measures in the United States following this week's mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

Does the 'definitive' Pelé documentary cement or damage the football great's legacy?

Pelé's upcoming documentary on Netflix charts the rise and career highs of "O Rei" both on the club-level and internationally with Brazil, but does the film enhance or tarnish the legend's legacy?

UEFA Women's Champions League: European powerhouse Lyon's grip on title is facing its biggest challenge

The UEFA Women's Champions League quarterfinals kick off on Wednesday as holders Olympique Lyonnais visit Paris Saint-Germain. Aston Villa player, and pundit, Anita Asante has been telling CNN that reigning champions Lyon remain the team to beat.

Olympic surfing hopeful Katherine Diaz, 22, killed by lightning while training

Katherine Diaz, a 22-year-old surfer, was killed after being struck by lightning while training in El Tunco beach in south-west El Salvador.

NCAA is called out over the poor amenities for women players vs the men at tournament sites

Sedona Prince, a basketball player for The University of Oregon, talks with CNN's Fredricka Whitfield about her video of the lack of women's equipment for the NCAA tournament going viral.

'It was super cool just having that much melanin in Montana': The climbers aiming to boost diversity

A team in Memphis, US, has come together to encourage the Black community to get into climbing. Their non-profit organization 'Memphis Rox' gives people in the inner-city community access to climbing walls.

Olympic triple jumper and rapper Will Claye on why his music career is more than a hobby

When the Olympics were postponed in 2020, triple jumper Will Claye chose to channel his emotions into music. A three-time Olympic medalist from the US, Claye is also a recording artist with his own record label.

Violence towards Asian Americans is 'hitting differently' amid the pandemic, says former NBA star Jeremy Lin

Former NBA star Jeremy Lin says he's seen a rise in racism across the United States, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that the type of attacks against Asian Americans is intensifying.

Mick Schumacher: A 'big privilege' to carry legendary surname into Formula One again

Team Haas driver Mick Schumacher arrives into Formula One bearing a lot of pressure and expectation on his shoulders due to his legendary surname, but he only feels pride.

Rugby in Colombia: an escape from a violent past

Colombia is about to have its first professional rugby outfit: Cafeteros Pro. The team provides prospective rugby players an alternative route out of a life of crime that once only football had provided in the country.

What Usain Bolt did next: Olympic legend on his greatest achievement and life after athletics

Eight-time gold medalist Usain Bolt tells CNN that he's not worried about shoe technology helping to beat his world records and that he's looking forward to Tokyo 2020 as a fan.

Drew Brees set to join NBC as a football analyst

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees got help from his four children to make his retirement announcement in an adorable video posted to social media.

Caris LeVert admits 'gratefulness' following NBA return 46 days after surgery to remove cancerous mass

Don Riddell speaks to Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, about the NBA's push back against moves to suppress voting rights in the United States.

'They are like a family': How esports has helped its fans get through lockdown

With so many stuck indoors over the last year, esports has been a perfect distraction for fans worldwide. For teams and fans, that connection and bond has been more important than ever.

MLB's Texas Rangers could be the first team with a full house since the pandemic stopped sports

The Texas Rangers hosted the Colorado Rockies for the first official game in the new $1.2 billion ballpark, Globe Life Field. It was a welcome moment of normalcy in a state devastated by high rates of deaths and hospitalizations from Covid-19 in recent weeks. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

Novak Djokovic surpasses Roger Federer's all-time record of weeks spent as world No.1

18-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic had a tough path to becoming a champion - from the streets of Serbia during the Kosovo War of the 90s to the biggest stages of tennis.

'I still can't put it into words': Stephanie Travers on the 'surreal' moment she became the first Black woman on an F1 podium

From Zimbabwe to the podium, Mercedes AMG Petronas engineer Stephanie Travers tells Amanda Davies about the emotional feeling she felt standing on the podium, spraying Lewis Hamilton with champagne after his win at the Styrian Grand Prix last year.

Robert Lewandowski edges closer to legendary record after netting hat trick against Borussia Dortmund

AC Milan has been rated as the most improved club in European football over the last 12 months. The Euro Club Index compiled by data companies Gracenote and Hypercube say Milan is back among the continent's top 20 teams for its performances throughout 2020.

Philadelphia stars sidelined from NBA All-Star Game due to Covid-19 protocols

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks about the precautions the league is taking for the players and fans during All-Star Weekend when it comes to Covid-19.

Surfer Billy Kemper says he glimpsed at death after a wave broke his pelvis in half

It was supposed to be a guys' surf trip in search of the ultimate wave, but it turned into a nightmare when Big Wave champion Billy Kemper sustained life-threatening injuries.

'Boiling up': Former NBA star Jeremy Lin says Covid-19 has sparked anti-Asian violence in the US

Last week, NBA veteran Jeremy Lin posted on Facebook that he has been called "coronavirus" on the court. Lin, who currently plays for the Santa Cruz Warriors, the G League affiliate for NBA's Golden State Warriors, spoke to CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday.

Mikaela Shiffrin doesn't want to have to choose between 'morality versus being able to do your job' at the 2022 Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics in Beijing are under growing calls for a boycott because of China's policy on the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the western region of Xinjiang, policy that the US government has deemed "genocide." Beijing has vehemently denied such accusations and lashed out at what it calls the politicization of sports. Now one of America's most prominent Olympians, skier Mikaela Shiffrin, tells CNN she should not have to choose between her morals and her job.

Jasmine Harrison delights in Atlantic Ocean world record row

On February 20, Jasmine Harrison became the youngest woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The 21-year-old sailed from the Canary Islands to Antigua in 70 days, three hours and 48 minutes.

Former NBA star Pau Gasol is determined to help others after retiring from the game

Former NBA star and new Barcelona player Pau Gasol is determined to help people through his foundation.

'They get a free shot': England rugby coach Eddie Jones on the pitfalls of social media

England rugby coach Eddie Jones explains how his love for coaching has kept him in the game for so long and identifies coaches from other sports that he admires.

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving calls for the NBA to incorporate Kobe Bryant on its logo

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving tells a press conference that Kobe Bryant should be the new NBA logo, replacing fellow Lakers legend Jerry West. Irving told the assembled media, "He was the standard for our generation."

'Oh my gosh, are you that snowboarder?' Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim goes to Princeton

PyeongChang 2018 gold medal winning snowboarder Chloe Kim speaks to CNN about her father's sacrifices for her success and how she's putting off Princeton to seek double Olympic glory.

No sponsor? No problem. Tennis maverick Hsieh Su-Wei reflects on a memorable Australian Open

After a successful run to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Taiwanese tennis player Hsieh Su-wei found herself with more attention than she was expecting. The funny, quirky, and food loving 35-year-old instantly became the breakout hit of the tournament.

Life after seeing death: How Romain Grosjean's family inspired him as he was engulfed by flames

Three months after a life-threatening crash, Romain Grosjean is returning to racing. Grosjean had to escape his car as it was engulfed by flames at the Bahrain Grand Prix in November 2020.

Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei says he'll never forget kindness of Israeli team ahead of Tel Aviv tournament

Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei, who refused to return home after being ordered to withdraw from the 2019 World Judo Championships to avoid facing an Israeli opponent, is set to compete in the Grand Slam in Tel Aviv.

Sarah Thomas: Kicked out of the men's basketball league, she set her sights on the Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas became the first woman to referee a Super Bowl when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on the Kansas City Chiefs, but that was only the culmination of the journey.

Erling Haaland nets wonderful brace as Borussia Dortmund beats Sevilla in the Champions League

He's just 20, but Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland already appears to have the world at his feet. With Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi nearing the end of their careers, has football found its next superstar?

'Not the best news that you can get: ' Scotland rugby legend Doddie Weir on battling MND with a smile

Scotland rugby legend Doddie Weir found out in late 2016 that he was suffering from motor neuron disease, but that hasn't stopped him from living his best life and campaigning about the disease.

Bubba Wallace: How 2020 helped NASCAR driver find his voice to speak out over injustice

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace talks to Coy Wire about how a difficult 2020 helped him find his voice to speak out over social injustice.

Novak Djokovic defeats Taylor Fritz in five-set epic as fans are told to leave due to Melbourne quarantine

The Australian state of Victoria will lock down for five days in a bid to curb the spread of a more contagious coronavirus variant, meaning the Australian Open will go ahead without fans during what is usually its busiest few days.

Claressa Shields takes jab at boxing over coverage, treatment of female fighters

Three division boxing world champion Claressa Shields now has her sights set on success in another field as well: mixed martial arts. The American is due to make her professional MMA debut later this year, after signing a deal with the Professional Fighters League, or PFL.

NBA team Dallas Mavericks to resume playing the National Anthem

The Dallas Mavericks have stopped playing the National Anthem prior to home games, the team confirmed to CNN on Wednesday. The team has not played the anthem in eleven games at American Airlines Center this season and does not plan to play the anthem in the future, a team spokesperson said.

Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney complete takeover of Wrexham

Welsh football team Wrexham AFC is now owned by two Hollywood A-listers: Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. The "Deadpool" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" actors have officially taken over from the club's supporters group.

Steeplechaser Colleen Quigley discusses mental health, modeling and 'hunger' for Olympic success

US steeplechaser Colleen Quigley is targeting the Tokyo Olympics this year, but it wasn't so long ago that she was walking the modeling stage.

Leon Spinks, former heavyweight champ who beat Muhammad Ali, dead at 67

Former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in 1978, has died at the age 67, according to a statement from his publicist.

Top Tokyo Olympics organizing official apologizes for sexist remarks that women talk too much in meetings

Athletes and officials will not be required to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in order to take part in the Tokyo Games, organizers announced on February 3. It comes as the IOC published its first version of the Tokyo 2020 "Playbook" which outlines the rules and safety regulations that will be put in place later this year.

'The most special thing I've done': Two world-class climbers scale the tallest chimney in Europe

Slovenian world-class climbers Janja Garnbret and Domen Škofic took the climb of their lives and tackled the longest artificial multi-pitch route in the world on the highest chimney in Europe.

Marseille owner Frank H. McCourt compares attack on club's training ground to US Capitol insurrection

Supporters of the Marseille football club in France marched onto the team's training ground in protest. A fire broke out and forced the club to postpone a match. CNN's Don Riddell has more.

Minna Stess: 14-year-old skateboarding prodigy chases Olympic dream

Even as a toddler, Minna Stess wanted to ride a skateboard. Now, at just 14, she is already ranked as one of the top 20 park skateboarders on the planet and has her eyes set on the Olympics.

NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith dies of Covid-19

Sekou Smith, a NBA reporter and analyst for more than two decades, has died from Covid-19. He was 48. Smith worked for NBA TV and wrote for since 2009.

Rafael Nadal calls for 'wider perspective' from players in quarantine ahead of the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal says he feels "privileged" to be playing in this year's Australian Open as he called on his fellow starts to have a "wider perspective" on the mandatory quarantine period ahead of the tournament.

Japan and IOC determined to hold Tokyo Olympics despite cancellation rumors

The Japanese government is determined that the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead, organizers said January 22nd, following an unconfirmed report that cancellation of the Games might be imminent.

Chelsea sacks manager Frank Lampard

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been sacked by the club as manager after 18 months at the helm of the south London outfit.

'They're not f**king protesters, they're f**king terrorists,' says NBA star Draymond Green on US Capitol insurrection

The NBA world has been quick to respond to the riot at the US Capitol on January 6. Players, coaches and teams have been speaking out and denouncing the harrowing scenes.

'The sky's the limit on where this can go' -- The worlds of Fortnite and football collide

Football is invading the Fortnite world in a big way - with clubs like Man City, Juventus and AC Milan joining the likes of Pelé in entering the digital space.

Australian Open turmoil raises questions for Tokyo Games

Canadian tennis player Vasek Pospisil talks to Patrick Snell about the hard quarantine for players are having to go through due to positive tests being found on their flights over to the Australian Open.

New York Mets fire general manager Jared Porter after he reportedly sent explicit pictures to female reporter

The New York Mets have fired general manager Jared Porter after ESPN reported that he sent unsolicited, explicit texts and photos to a female reporter in 2016 when he worked for the Chicago Cubs as the team's Director of Professional Scouting and Special Assistant.

Australian Open: 47 players In quarantine after positive Covid-19 tests on two charter flights

The 2021 Australian Open is being surrounded by controversy as more and more players are being quarantined ahead of the tournament. Players are complaining of a lack of practice time and provisions while Australians around the world are frustrated at the preference shown to tennis players over citizens.

Premier League: The art of winning a penalty sparks debate ahead of Liverpool vs. Manchester United game

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford talks about how the United team doesn't go looking for penalties, but teams defend goals and "penalties happen."

Legacy of MLK's 'I have a dream' speech becomes a nightmare for Atlanta sports team owner

When WNBA player Elizabeth Williams and her Atlanta Dream teammates decided to support Reverend Raphael Warnock in his race for the U.S. Senate, little did they know that their actions may have altered the entire American political spectrum for generations to come.

Megan Rapinoe condemns US Capitol rioters as 'White supremacy mob'

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has denounced last week's riots in the US Capitol as "a huge stain on the country."

'He's not going to like this sh*t at all': Documentary shines new light on Tiger Woods' life

Golf legend Tiger Woods has had a new HBO two-part documentary released which puts the trajectory of his extraordinary life story under the microscope.

After 'life-changing' major win, Collin Morikawa says fame won't change him

2020 PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa talks to Shane O'Donoghue about his amazing professional start and his desire to not let his "life-changing" major win change the man he is.

Sports world sees two Americas in policing of DC riot and Black Lives Matter protests

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers speaks to the media before the Sixers game on January 6 about the Washington DC riots, asking the question, "Could you imagine today, if those were all Black people storming the Capitol, and what would have happened?"

Some motorsport teams remain addicted to tobacco company sponsorship deals, despite tobacco causing 8 million deaths each year

F1 CEO Chase Carey tells CNN that Formula One is "proud to partner with" Bahrain and insisted his organization helped advance human rights causes around the world.

Two holes-in-one scored during first round of the US Women's Open

2014 US Women's Open champion Michelle Wie West was considering retirement before becoming a mother in June 2020, but having a child changed her perspective and now she's as motivated as ever.

Russia's doping ban reduced to two years, Court of Arbitration for Sport rules

Russia's ban from major international sporting events has been halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but the country will still not be represented at next year's Olympics or the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

'We should be less afraid to be afraid,' says Emily Harrington after historic El Capitan climb

Rock climber Emily Harrington made history in November 2020. The American became the first woman to free climb El Capitan's Golden Gate route in a day.

When check hit her bank account, golfer Sophia Popov first thought 'illegal activity' after $675,000 win

2020 Women's British Open champion Sophia Popov had a long and interesting journey to the top of the golfing world. Shane O'Donoghue and Living Golf find out more.

Alice Dearing's quest to become the first Black female swimmer to represent Britain at the Olympics

Alice Dearing is on a quest to become the first Black female swimmer to represent Great Britain at the Olympics since 1896. The 23-year-old is training nine times a week for the Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in May, where a top finish will secure her the only available spot on the team.

Paolo Rossi, Italian soccer great and World Cup winner, has died at the age of 64

Italy football legend Paolo Rossi has died at the age of 64. Rossi is best known for leading Italy to World Cup glory in 1982, scoring six goals in the tournament.

PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir in powerful show of solidarity as Champions League game concludes

The Champions League football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir was suspended inside the opening 15 minutes following an alleged racist incident involving one of the match officials.

MLS releases list of 25 greatest ever players. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a notable omission

In Major League Soccer's 25th season, December 9 saw the release of "The 25 Greatest," recognizing the best to play in the league, including David Beckham. Former U.S. midfielder Cobi Jones spoke about the list to CNN.

Breakdancing to make its Olympic debut at Paris 2024

Head of the Rock Steady Crew, Richard "Crazy Legs" Colon, talks to Robin Meade about the introduction of breakdancing to the 2024 Summer Olympics and what it means to the sport.

Max Verstappen says it was a 'big relief' to see Romain Grosjean escape from horror crash

Red Bull star Max Verstappen said it was "very scary" watching Romain Grosjean jump from the wreckage of a terrible crash in Bahrain, but he was overjoyed that the Team Haas driver is making a good recovery. Verstappen though started off by talking about this weekend's race where he'll be aiming for back-to-back podium finishes. 

Barcelona's US star Sergiño Dest says it's an 'honor' to play with Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona defender Sergiño Dest speaks about meeting Lionel Messi for the first time and his thoughts on playing alongside Neymar.

One hundred years on: Remembering the forgotten Black heroes of baseball

A century ago, a pioneer sought an opportunity for Black baseball players like himself. In 1920, under the guidance of Andrew "Rube" Foster, the Negro National League was founded and the history of baseball was changed forever.

LeBron James could play with his son in the NBA after extending contract with Los Angeles Lakers

Four-time NBA champion LeBron James has re-signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on a two-year, $85M contract. The contract opens up the possibility of LeBron's son, Bronny, playing in the league at the same time as his father.

'Proud to partner with Bahrainis,' says F1 boss amid human rights criticism

Outgoing F1 CEO Chase Carey spoke to CNN about how the season had been impacted by the coronavirus. Carey also discussed issues surrounding inclusivity and diversity in the sport that world champion Lewis Hamilton has been particularly vocal about.

Bodybuilder Rene Campbell wants to change the view of what women should look like

World champion bodybuilder Rene Campbell has dedicated her life to building the physique of her dreams. She gained over 85 pounds and went from size 8 to 14 and is trying to transform the view of what a woman should look like.

Romain Grosjean hails halo as the 'greatest thing' in F1 after horrific crash at Bahrain GP

Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner says that the halo on Romain Grosjean's car saved his life and "without it it would have gone a completely different way."

Romain Grosjean hails halo as the 'greatest thing' in F1 after horrific crash at Bahrain GP

Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean survived a horrific crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix on November 29 and many, including the driver himself, are saying F1's introduction of the halo is to thank for this.

The Denver Broncos have no quarterbacks for Sunday's Saints game due to NFL Covid-19 protocols

The Denver Broncos have lost all of their quarterbacks for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, after they were declared ineligible for play due to NFL Covid-19 protocols. Carolyn Manno has the latest.

All Blacks great Dan Carter on the 'roller coaster of emotions' of his playing career and the importance of mental health

All-Blacks legend Dan Carter talks to Amanda Davies around his participation in Movember and why awareness around mental health is so important to him.

Lewis Hamilton addresses F1's 'massive problem' with human rights ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix

British racer Nicolas Hamilton, the half brother of seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, talks about the challenges his brother faces as the only Black F1 driver.

Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.: Everything you need to know about the fight

Former multi-weight class world boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. sits down with Don Riddell to discuss his bout with former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson.

Naples mourns Diego Maradona as his former club bids to rename the stadium in his honor

The world weeps following the death of football icon Diego Maradona from heart failure at age 60, but for one city in Italy, his passing takes on another meaning entirely.

Diego Armando Maradona: The tormented genius who became one of football's greatest players

In a new documentary by Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia, soccer star Diego Maradona goes on the record about the highs and lows of his turbulent career.

Diego Maradona lying in honor at Argentina's presidential palace

With the Falklands War still fresh on Argentine minds, Argentina played England in the 1986 World Cup where Diego Maradona stepped into football legend.

Dan Carter pays tribute to French rugby great Christophe Dominici, who has died aged 48

New Zealand rugby legend Dan Carter talks to Amanda Davies about waking up to hear the news about Christophe Dominici's death and speaks about his skill and style at the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

Smack talk set to fuel $2.5 million hole-in-one charity challenge

Fresh off a victory at the inaugural Saudi Ladies International, 2015 Ladies European Tour rookie of the year Emily Kristine Pedersen talks to Living Golf about her career and future in the game.

Haley Moore overcomes bullying to become LPGA professional

Professional golfer Haley Moore was bullied for her weight when she was younger. Despite the bullying, Moore persevered, stuck to golf and made it to the pro level.

Maternity support for female footballers welcomed as 'essential step' for the game

New FIFA proposals supporting female pros who have children during their careers have been welcomed as a "groundbreaking moment" by high-profile former goalkeeper, Karina LeBlanc.

World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas appears as a hologram to judge Freestyle World Championship

World Cup champion Cesc Fabregas was one of the judges at this year's Red Bull Street Style competition. The 2020 World Championship went all-digital for the first time ever with Fabregas appearing live as a hologram.

Pope Francis meets with NBA players to discuss social injustice

Five NBA players met with Pope Francis to discuss social injustice and inequality on November 23, including Marco Belinelli, Kyle Korver and Anthony Tolliver. The meeting comes in a year filled with awareness around social injustice.

Australian Open could be 'really dangerous' for tennis players, says ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev

Russia's Daniil Medvedev overcame the top three players in the world en route to lifting the season-ending ATP Finals trophy in London. Speaking to CNN, the 24-year-old reflects on what he says is the biggest win of his career and explains why he no longer celebrates after victories.

Victory over the All Blacks was an 'emotional' moment for Argentina, says Hugo Porta

Argentina rugby legend Hugo Porta says there is no reason why the Pumas can't make it two wins in a row in The Rugby Championship when they face Australia on Saturday. The South Americans are on a roll after beating New Zealand's mighty All Blacks for the first time in their history.

Hit Netflix show 'The Queen's Gambit' will speed up chess 'boom,' say grandmasters

Netflix hit "The Queen's Gambit" is raising chess' profile in a big way. Chess grandmasters Garry Kasparov and Judit Polgar speak to Christiane Amanpour about the popularity of the show.

Lewis Hamilton set to meet an old rival in the future of motorsport

Extreme E is the new, all-electric, off-road racing competition set to bring attention to some of the world's most dramatic locations and seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has just joined with a new team.

Emily Kristine Pedersen wins inaugural Saudi Ladies International after thrilling finish

Denmark's Emily Kristine Pedersen wins the inaugural Saudi Ladies International after a play-off with England's Georgia Hall.

Gigantic alligator spotted roaming Florida golf course

A golf pro working at a course in Naples, Florida captured this video of a huge alligator on a stroll through the green.

Defender scores 'miraculous' scissor kick after his bicycle kick rebounds off crossbar

Danish defender Nicolai Geertsen scored an unbelievable double-volley in the space of two seconds. Geertsen scissor-kicks the ball into the cross-bar, then volleys the rebound into the back of the net.

2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia withdraws from 2020 edition after testing positive for Covid-19

Amateur Open champion James Sugrue is quickly impressing on the senior scene. He has played in three professional majors beginning with the 2019 Open Championship and is Ireland's next great golf hope.

'I've never been so happy to see a piece of bacon.' Surviving two weeks of isolation to play video games

The 2020 League of Legends World Championships are in Shanghai, but with Covid measures in place to ensure player and staff safety, people had to quarantine for two weeks in order to play the biggest esport tournament in the world for over 100M people online.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he's '100% sure' he will never box professionally again

Legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather tells CNN en Español that he isn't going to fight boxers anymore in the ring, but he is open to other combat sportsmen boxing against him.

Andy Murray hails Rafael Nadal's French Open record as 'one of the best in sport'

20-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal comes from a sporting family and it's shaped his life and how he plays the game.

Jack Nicklaus endorses Donald Trump ahead of US presidential election

Jack Nicklaus became the oldest player to ever win in Augusta at the age of 46. With Nicklaus' son as his caddy, it was a moment the two will never forget.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner pulled mid-game during World Series win after positive Covid-19 test

LA Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Game 6 of the 2020 World Series as he had tested positive for Covid-19 before LA won the Fall Classic, but he later returned to the field to celebrate with teammates, even lowering his mask at times.

US Women's National Team stars on equal pay: To win that fight is bigger than World Cup victory

Tobin Heath and Christen Press are mainstays in the US Women's National Team and integral parts to their World Cup title last summer in France. The pair have recently made their debut with the Manchester United Women's team.

Trailblazing climber Sasha DiGiulian was told 'little girls don't belong.' She didn't listen.

US climber Sasha DiGiulian was told "little girls don't belong" in rock climbing but has since taken the sport by storm. She has faced discrimination for most of her career and now she's trying to change the narrative.

Sprint star Christian Coleman banned for 2 years over missed drug test

USA Track and Field star Christian Coleman talks to Amanda Davies about his doping test controversy back in 2019.

Innovator FC Midtjylland shakes up status quo with revolutionary approach

FC Midtjylland entered this season's Champions League in the second qualifying round, needing to beat three 3 other teams to make it to the group stage, and have used innovative techniques throughout the process to get there.

Footballer recommended to rest after suffering horror testicle injury

Supporting a football team is hard. It's full of heartbreak and stressful moments. But for this group of Brazilian fans, it's a way to connect back to home - 5,700 miles away.

Olympic fencer Ysaora Thibus: 'I'm an athlete, but first I'm a woman, I'm a Black woman'

Olympian Ysaora Thibus has represented France in fencing for over a decade, but with global events highlighting continued inequality for people of color and women, Thibus is now making an impact both on and off the piste.

Sports stars take to social media to condemn police brutality in Nigeria

Nigerian activist Aisha Yesufu tells CNN's Becky Anderson she's horrified by Nigerian forces opening fire on peaceful protesters in Lagos.

Hollywood stuntwoman Sarah Lezito is 'bored' of competing against men

Sarah Lezito, dubbed "the best stuntwoman in the world," was Scarlett Johansson's stunt double for her role in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." The Frenchwoman has been riding for 15 years now and wants to see more women on bikes.

Manchester City star Sergio Aguero widely criticized for putting his hand on the shoulder of a female official

Ebru Koksal is the Chair of "Women in Football." She's a former general secretary of Galatasaray, who was appointed the first general secretary of the Turkish FA in 2011 and is very open about the discrimination she faced first hand.

WNBA superstar Sue Bird: 'Women's soccer players generally are cute little White girls'

WNBA superstar Sue Bird tells Don Riddell that the difference in perception and treatment between the US Soccer women's team and WNBA players is only one of the ways inequality exists in women's sport.

Moving the goalposts: Ryan Babel's property portfolio dabble

Dutch football star Ryan Babel has ditched the stereotype of pro footballers splashing cash on flash cars with a global property portfolio, record label and financial advice for his peers.

'Unbelievable': Justin Thomas praises Bryson DeChambeau's remarkable transformation and success

Former world No. 1 Justin Thomas says that, although competitive golf has resumed following the hiatus because of the pandemic, golfers are "very lucky" to continue playing while others are having a hard time.

'Big pieces' of Kilimanjaro 'missing' due to climate crisis, says ice climber Will Gadd

World champion ice climber Will Gadd says he is one of the last people to climb an iconic route to the Kilimanjaro summit before it melted away for good. He's been named "Mountain Hero" for his work exploring the impact of climate change on mountains.

'Little is being done': One year on from Bulgaria, football's fight against racism and discrimination is only just beginning

Queens Park Rangers' Director of Football Les Ferdinand has criticized FIFA and UEFA for the lack of punishments handed out for incidents of racist abuse.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffers devastating injury

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was carted off the field in the Cowboys' 37-34 victory over the NY Giants and LA Lakers fans chant Kobe Bryant's name after the Lakers won the NBA championship.

This surfer had no idea how close he came to a shark -- until he saw the drone footage

Matt Wilkinson was surfing at Sharpes Beach at Ballina when drone operators from Surf Life Saving NSW spotted a five-foot shark just behind him.

Caught in grief and in pandemic: Mikaela Shiffrin says Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis is a wake-up call for all

Double Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin chats to CNN about Covid-19 and the unexpected and tragic loss of her father earlier this year.

Olympic high jumper pressured to 'perform better' and lose a few pounds

Priscilla Frederick-Loomis wants to make it to Hollywood and play a Marvel superhero. And the Olympic high jumper is going to do everything it takes, even if that involves defying body ideals and racial barriers.

Aaron Donald: How 'lazy, chunky kid' became NFL superstar

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald tells CNN Sport's Coy Wire about his pride in forging a career against the odds in the NFL and how his parents helped turn a "lazy, chunky kid" into an NFL star.

WNBA star Ariel Atkins has no regrets over T-shirts printed with seven bullet holes protest

Washington Mystics star Ariel Atkins tells CNN Sport's Don Riddell of her passionate belief in speaking out "on the things that I feel are wrong in this world."

Landon Donovan says he has 'immense pride' in Collin Martin for coming out in a 'very macho sport'

San Diego Loyal manager Landon Donovan speaks to CNN about Wednesday night's incident and what went into the decision to leave the field.

'One in a million' golfer Brendan Lawlor blazing a trail for others to follow

On August 27, Brendan Lawlor became the first disabled golfer to compete on the European Tour. Since turning pro in 2019, the 22-year-old has risen to fourth in the disabled golf rankings. Now, the Irishman wants to see disability golf make it into the Paralympic Games.

Arnaud Jerald: Record-breaking free diver explains the thrill of exploring ocean depths

Arnaud Jerald broke the world record for the deepest sea dive in bi-fins at a depth of 354 feet. Now, in a dive lasting three minutes and 24 seconds, he's surpassed his own record, descending to almost 367.5 feet.

'German Scouser' Jurgen Klopp deserves to be on the same 'pedestal' as Bill Shankly, says Jamie Carragher

With a rip-roaring start to their title defense, Liverpool seem early favorites to win the Premier League in 2020/21. Their guiding light and influence is German manager Jurgen Klopp.

Rafael Nadal targets 13th French Open title as Novak Djokovic says his rival is 'beatable' on clay

Twelve-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal is the clear favorite for a "bubble" French Open, but who is the favorite for the women? And who can knock off the top contenders?

Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan lead "American invasion" of English football

Manchester City FC's newest signing Rose Lavelle speaks to CNN's Amanda Davies about her move to the FA's WSL alongside four of her US Women's National team teammates

Bayern Munich powers its way to Super Cup glory in front of 15,000 fans

Bayern edged Sevilla 2-1 in extra time of the UEFA Super Cup, but it was over 15,000 fans in attendance that stole the headlines.

From world titles to the cover of Vogue Arabia, meet world champion BMX rider Matthias Dandois

Matthias Dandois had always dreamed of becoming a pro soccer player, but fate had other plans. After realizing that he "sucked at it," Dandois turned to flatland biking instead and found his true calling.

Notorious for the anti-Arab racism of some of its fans, Israeli soccer club explores Emirati investment

Beitar Jerusalem is notorious across Israel for the anti-Arab racism of some of its fans. When Moshe Hogeg bought the club, he sought to change that. His latest move is to explore Emirati investment in the club, following the normalization agreement between Israel and the UAE.

Remembering the Original 9, the pioneers of women's tennis who allowed future generations to live their dream

The Original 9 were a group of nine women who risked their careers to fight for equal rights in tennis. Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals were joined by seven others in a bold move for equality.

Triathlete Diego Méntrida praised for act of sportsmanship after allowing rival to finish third

Spanish triathlete Diego Mentrida showed the ultimate sportsmanship over the weekend when he gave up a podium finish to his competitor, who went the wrong way on the course mistakenly.

Bryson DeChambeau wins the US Open

27-year-old American Bryson DeChambeau overpowers the infamous Winged Foot course en route to his first major title: the US Open.

WNBA star Maya Moore marries Jonathan Irons after helping overturn his prison sentence

WNBA star Maya Moore announced her marriage to Jonathan Irons, who she helped exonerate after he served 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

WNBA players react to Breonna Taylor settlement

Tanika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, spoke after the city of Louisville, Kentucky, agreed to pay $12 million to Taylor's family and institute a series of police reforms to settle the family's wrongful death lawsuit.

Naomi Osaka, of Japanese and Haitian descent, thanks her ancestors after US Open tennis triumph

2020 US Open champion Naomi Osaka talks about her push for further awareness of the names of victims she wore on her masks, the journey to the title and using her voice moving forward.

Novak Djokovic doesn't think he'll 'ever forget' disqualification from US Open

2020 US Open Champion Dominic Thiem sits down with CNN to talk about his epic comeback, the feeling of winning his first major, and playing against his friend Alexander Zverev.

These were the Black victims Naomi Osaka honored on face masks at the US Open

Two-time grand slam winner Naomi Osaka tells Christina Macfarlane that she is using lockdown to draw more and to learn how to come out of her shell and stop being shy.

Dustin Johnson wins Tour Championship to clinch FedEx Cup and pocket $15 million prize

36-year old American wins $15M prize and talks with Patrick Snell about unprecedented PGA Tour season

Andri Ragettli: Pro ski champion lives double life as social media star

Andri Ragettli is taking social media by storm. The 22-year-old Swiss has over 7 million views on his YouTube videos, catching the attention of many including football giants Real Madrid.

Former soccer star Gary Lineker will welcome a refugee into his own home

Jawahir Roble fled from Somalia to England with her parents after her country's civil war when she was a girl. Ten years later, she became the UK's first female Muslim referee.

Golf's new star Sophia Popov is living proof you should never give up on your dreams

German golfer Sophia Popov talks to Patrick Snell about her win at the 2020 Women's British Open, saying: "it's changed my life in many ways, but it hasn't changed me."

Angel City: Disruptors plan Hollywood ending for LA women's soccer club

Hollywood actress Natalie Portman is helping bring a new era of women's soccer to Los Angeles. New soccer club Angel City will start playing in the National Women's Soccer League in 2022.

John Thompson Jr., the first Black coach to win the NCAA championship, dies age 78

John Thompson Jr, the first Black basketball head coach to win the NCAA National Championship, died at his Arlington, Virginia home August 30, a family source tells CNN. He was 78.

John Thompson Jr., the first Black coach to win the NCAA championship, dies age 78

John Thompson Jr., the first Black basketball head coach to win the NCAA National Championship, died at his home according to his family. He was 78.

Amid allegations of racism, Real Salt Lake owner says he's selling soccer teams

Women's National Basketball Players Association president Nneka Ogwumike talks to CNN's Dana Bash about the unprecedented protests against police violence by professional basketball players.

Nuggets star says shoes with images of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd 'give me life' after scoring 50 points

CNN's John King speaks with former NBA player Chris Webber about the significance of basketball players boycotting games following the shooting of a black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Why Serena Williams may still have the edge at the US Open

The 2020 US Open in New York will be unlike you've ever seen before and it's all because of the coronavirus. Big names missing, no fans, a bubble for the tournament - it's all uncharted territory for tennis.

Returning healthy is all family cares about as Alexander Zverev strives for US Open glory

Tennis star Alexander Zverev gives CNN's Patrick Snell an insight into the US Open tennis "bubble."

'This is war!' How the relationship between Lionel Messi and Barcelona turned sour

After 10 La Liga titles, four Champions League trophies and six Ballon d'Or awards, Lionel Messi seems ready to say adios to Barcelona. CNN takes a look at the football star's remarkable career.

How Brendon Todd came in from the cold to grab himself a slice of the action on PGA Tour

CNN Sport's Patrick Snell caught up with Brendon Todd, who explained why he had contemplated a complete change in career, something far from the golf course.

Tennis players face death threats and online abuse as soon as they step off the court. Tech companies are trying to stop it

As tennis returns to Flushing Meadows, New York, for both the Western & Southern Open and next week's US Open, CNN takes a look at the abuse tennis players receive on social media. Taylor Townsend and Benjamin Hassan talk to CNN World Sport's Christina Macfarlane about the online abuse they receive following tennis matches, which they perceive to be related to online gambling.

Maverick Viñales dodges disaster after jumping off bike at 228 kph in Styrian MotoGP

A week after miraculously avoiding a flying motorcycle that almost hit him at close to 200kph, Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Viñales was again counting his lucky stars after a terrifying incident during Sunday's MotoGP of Styria, in Austria.

Pole vault world record holder Armand Duplantis won't put a 'cap' on how high he can jump

Armand Duplantis isn't an average 20-year-old -- he likes the high life. The Swedish pole vaulter broke the world record after jumping 20.27 feet in February.

Watch biker Adrian Guggemos turn an automobile museum into a stunt park

Adrian Guggemos has a "Ride at the Museum" with an insane 10 meter back flip on the supersonic Tupolev Tu-144. The German, 26, is also seen performing jaw-dropping wheelies, front flips and a wide jump over a McDonnell-Douglas F15 Eagle.

Toronto Raptors president says he was shoved by police officer because he is Black

Newly released body cam footage is being used against Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Alan Strickland in a civil case by Toronto Raptors' president, Masai Ujiri. Strickland first sued Ujiri in February.

Brad Binder: Cheating death and creating MotoGP history

South Africa's star Brad Binder had a front row seat for one of the most terrifying crashes motorsport has ever seen at this weekend's Austrian MotoGP, which he discusses with Don Riddell.

Daniel Cormier set to end career but first he must overcome Stipe Miocic at UFC 252 ... in front of nobody

A former two-division world champion, Daniel Cormier looks ahead to his final fight, and to life outside of the Octagon, with CNN World Sport's Don Riddell.

How 11-year-old Gui Khury made skateboarding history with first 1080 on a vertical ramp

He's a skateboarding prodigy ... and Gui Khury made history in May. The 11-year-old became the first person to land a 1080-degree turn on a vertical ramp earlier this year.

Glenn Robinson III on life inside the NBA 'bubble' and fighting for social justice

Robinson III, is currently with the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Bubble in Orlando spoke to CNN's Amanda Davies passionately about raising his two-year-old daughter to understand living as a Black person.

PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa 'wants more' glory after debut major victory

Just 15 months after leaving university, American golfer Collin Morikawa is on top of the world having won the PGA Championship.

US golf star Collin Morikawa, 23, wins maiden major at the PGA Championship

The 23-year-old is the third youngest to win the PGA Championship

More than 60 players withdraw from 2020 NFL season over coronavirus concerns

Coy Wire reports more than 60 players are withdrawing from the 2020 NFL season over coronavirus concerns, Clemson is college football's number one team and NBA legend Shaq was having fun as a virtual fan in the NBA bubble.

LeBron James laughs off Trump's criticism of NBA players taking a knee

NBA star LeBron James says the league won't miss Donald Trump's viewership after the US President criticized players for kneeling during the national anthem.

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