Girls should not pay the price when boys don’t want to compete against them

A Colorado wrestlers decision to forfeit a state tournament match rather than compete against a girl exposes the need for gender equity in high school sports When Brendan Johnston inspected the draw at last months Colorado state wrestling tournament and saw his forthcoming pairing, the high school student from Colorado Springs made a decision to show respect to his opponent. He forfeited. The reason? His opponent, Angel Rios, was a girl. And Johnson said that going forward with the contest was against his ethos because of the physical contact involved in wrestling. I guess the physical aggression, too, he put it: young men will be competing and working with women the rest of their lives so theyd better get used …

Winx: World record 23rd Group One win for ‘very special’ horse

(CNN)Australian wonder horse Winx set a new world record for Group 1 wins Saturday as she stretched her incredible unbeaten run to 31 races. “I had the horse to get me out of trouble, as she has done time and time again.” Winx was surpassing the previous record she jointly held with the famous Irish horse Hurricane Fly, who raced over fences, twice winning the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. At seven years old the iconic mare is in the autumn of her racing career as trainer Chris Waller admitted after her latest triumph. “I can see the sun going down, hopefully we can get through two more races,” he said. Her final appearance is likely to be at …

Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner Have Some Dangerous Wedding Plans! – Perez Hilton

Winter is coming… in April… but after that, you can expect an actual happy ending for Sansa Stark — as Sophie Turner is set to wed Joe Jonas! And oh man that wedding is going to be lit! Game Of Thrones on one side of the aisle, Disney child stars on the other… LOLz! Arya Stark vs Demi Lovato for the bouquet? That would be amazing to watch! Video: Game Of Thrones Season 8 Trailer During Monday night’s all Jonas Brothers, all the time episode of Late Late Show with James Corden, Joe finally revealed he and Sophie have picked a date and everything! He began by revealing: “We’re getting married this year.” Yay! So exciting! He continued: “We’re going to have a summer wedding. I’m looking forward to …

Woman cyclist forced to stop race after catching up with men

(CNN)A breakaway female cyclist was forced to stop during a prestigious race in Belgium after she started to catch up with the men’s competition, which had started 10 minutes earlier. Hanselmann was permitted to resume after a five-minute pause, but ended up finishing 74th. She said the interruption had ruined her momentum. “Today was the first spring classic in Belgium,” she wrote in an Instagram post hashtagged “womenpower.” Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for around 30km…but then a awkward moment happend and I almost saw the back of the men's peloton… May the other women and me were to fast or the men to slow🙈 After the …

US briefing: Trump documents, Clinton nepotism and HIV patient cured

Tuesdays top story: House panel sends request for documents to 81 Trump-related individuals and organisations. Plus, why Luke Perry will forever be a teen pinup Good morning, Im Tim Walker with todays essential stories. Trump sons and Kushner among judiciary committee targets The House judiciary committee on Monday end preferential US trade treatment for India. Clintons accused of nepotism over Ireland scholarship The Clintons on a visit to Ireland in 1998. Photograph: Martin McCullough/REX/Shutterstock Bill and Hillary Clinton tried to get their daughter Chelseas boyfriend a scholarship to Ireland, Hillary has ruled out running for president again in 2020, but insisted shes not going anywhere. Amazon charity arm facilitates funding for anti-vax groups A major new study has once again …

‘The most I played was 32 hours straight’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJames Good: “I didn’t leave my room” A former gaming addict has told MPs he once played for 32 hours “without eating, sleeping or leaving his room”. James Good told a parliamentary committee his obsession with gaming led to him dropping out of university and suffering from depression. Mr Good, who now works with the Game Quitters support organisation, said it had affected every aspect of his life. Vlogger Jack Edwards said the “endless possibilities” of gaming left people prey to “falling down rabbit holes”. They have been sharing their experiences of gaming, how excessive exposure can harm young peoples’ studies and socialising, and how best to curb it. Image copyright HoC …

‘I’m a teenage taxidermist’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSydney Langton said she would never condone killing animals for taxidermy In her spare time, 16-year-old Sydney Langton has a singular passion: stuffing birds and foxes and any other roadkill that comes her way. Here she explains why she loves being a teenage taxidermist. Look into a freezer belonging to any of my friends and you will most likely find chips, fish-fingers and ice cream. That’s not the case with me. My own personal freezer, stored out in the family shed, is filled with roadkill. The vegan taxidermist Taxidermist sold monkey heads on eBay The man who was stuffed like an animal The fake taxidermist In it are badgers and foxes, a …

Solskjrs promotional video hints at permanent Manchester United role

Ole Gunnar Solskjr has revealed he filmed a promotion for Manchester United season tickets and admitted it would be strange not to be made permanent manager having done so Ole Gunnar Solskjr has revealed he filmed a promotion for next seasons Manchester United season tickets and admitted it would be strange not to be made permanent manager having done so. The 46-year-old is in interim charge until the summer and is keen to continue beyond that. He is unbeaten in the Premier League going into Saturdays match at home to Southampton. Asked whether it was strange to do promotional work, Solskjr said: Itll be stranger to see yourself in the video if youre not here but no its not strange …

Killing it with crutches, athlete with spina bifida takes on extreme racing

(CNN)Misty Diaz showed no fear as she lined up for the Red Bull 400, a brutal foot race straight up the Olympic ski jump in Park City, Utah. “We can stay in the position that we’re in and hope for better results, or we can be uncomfortable and make strides and changes.” Diaz decided to make strides, literally. “I started doing something that I’ve never thought I would do before, and that was simply just walking.” Pushing the limit She started with small goals: walking to the mailbox. Then walking around the block. “I just kept going and going,” Diaz said. In early 2012, she ran her first race, a Ronald McDonald House Charities 5K. “Crossing that finish line, I …

Is giving 26-year-old Bryce Harper a 13-year, $330m contract a terrible idea?

The Philadelphia Phillies will be paying the slugger $22m when hes 39. But its unlikely he will be the same player he is now in a decades time For some, 13 is an unlucky number. For Bryce Harper, originally from Las Vegas, 13 is anything but unlucky. Thats because the Philadelphia Phillies will be paying the slugger who has been an All-Star in six of his seven seasons in Major League Baseball $330m over the next 13 years, pay him $22m in the final year of his contract, when hes 39 and far from his prime. Its not really surprising that the Phillies were the team to land the 26-year old Harper. In a move surely regretted in later negotiations, …

Joey Logano wins ‘intense’ NASCAR Cup Las Vegas race

“That was more intense than I wanted it to be,” Logano said. NASCAR CUP FORD MUSTANG READY TO RACE Logano held off Keselowski on Sunday for his first Cup victory in Vegas, driving his Team Penske Ford to his 22nd career win. “There’s been plenty of times here when we’ve led a lot of laps here, but we’ve never won, and that’s the most important stat to have,” Logano said. “Something happens at the end, and Brad becomes the fastest car and he wins. I looked in the mirror, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is happening again.’” But after narrowly answering Keselowski’s last-lap passing attempt, Logano celebrated his victory in NASCAR’s first race under its full new …

Equine flu outbreak stops British horse racing

(CNN)An outbreak of equine flu has led to the cancellation of all horse racing meetings in Britain Thursday. All British race horses have been vaccinated against the disease, which means the outbreak poses a worrying threat. “The fact that the cases have been identified in vaccinated horses presents a cause for significant concern over welfare and the potential spread of the disease and the action to cancel racing has been viewed as necessary,” read a statement from the BHA Wednesday. READ: ‘You go into your own soul’ — Frankie Dettori on riding world’s top horses What is equine flu? Equine influenza is a highly infectious disease that can affect horses, mules and donkeys across the world. The disease — which …

Romelu Lukaku strikes twice as Manchester United beat Southampton

Romelu Lukakus late winner secured a thrilling 3-2 victory for Manchester United over Southampton at Old Trafford Ole Gunnar Solskjrs 10th win in 12 Premier League games did not come without a scare Manchester United trailed at the interval to Yan Valerys stunning strike and had to overcome spirited resistance when Southampton fought back to 2-2 late in the second half but two goals from a rejuvenated Romelu Lukaku kept their revival on the road. Paul Pogba missed the chance to give the scoreline a flattering gloss when he saw a stoppage-time penalty saved, though going down to four goals would have been very hard on a spirited Southampton. Romelu is a quality striker with a goalscorers instincts, Solskjr said. …

Global Champions League: Teams announced for 2019 season

(CNN)The line-ups for the 2019 Global Champions League (GCL) have been announced — with a number of high-profile stars making a switch to different teams. Each of the 16 squads will now field a roster of six riders — one more rider than last season — to allow for more flexibility. READ: Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League heads to New York Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video Other notable movements involve star striker Peder Fredricson signing for Shanghai Swans and Harrie Smolders joining Paris Panthers. Elsewhere, Cannes Stars has been busy in acquiring Eric Lamaze and Margie Goldstein-Engle, while Marco Kutscher will ride for Prague Lions and Cian O’Connor joins 2018 runner up Valkenswaard United. …

Manny Machado: Record $300m deal agreed, according to reports

(CNN)Manny Machado, who spent the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has agreed a record-breaking $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, according to reports. Machado, who played a key role in the Dodgers’ run to the 2018 World Series after joining the team in July, had previously represented the Baltimore Orioles for six years. As a four-time All-Star and twice winner of the league’s Golden Glove award, Machado has pedigree. Machado has hit 175 career home runs. Of those, 37 came last season, when he played for the Orioles and the Dodgers. The Padres’ financial commitment to Machado, however, is a major show of faith from a franchise whose previous record contract — …

Underwater Photographer Takes Incredible Images Of Hawaii’s Ocean Life At Night

Ever wondered what creatures lurk in the dark waters of Hawaii at night? Well, you’re in for a treat. Underwater photographer Jeff Milisen has produced an incredible assortment of images taken during night dives with Kona Honu Divers off the coast of Oahu. Compiling his images in a collection called Blackwater, Milisen groups his favorite nocturnal ocean dwellers into three categories: larval fishes, cephalopods, and miscellaneous critters. The “alien life forms”, as Milisen describes them, glow bright against a black background, often using bioluminescence to make themselves visible in an otherwise pitch-black world. Bioluminescence – the ability to produce one’s own light – is a superpower used by various creatures, from teeny glow worms to the colossal squid. It’s particularly …