Rugby World Cup: The 20,000km cycle ride to Tokyo

(CNN)Some 20,000 kilometers of roads separate Twickenham Stadium, the site of the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, and Tokyo Stadium, which will host the opening game of this year’s competition. For two fans, the tournaments are just a bike ride apart. “We’re gluttons for punishment,” Rutland tells CNN Sport from Bulgaria, just under four weeks into the journey.

Hospital infection inquiry begins at Holyrood

They want to examine whether infection control is adequate and whether more can be done to improve patient safety. Image copyright Andrew Cowan Image caption Lewis Macdonald wants to understand the scale of the problem The Cryptococcus which was found is believed to be from pigeon droppings located in a plant room on the hospital’s roof. Prosecutors are also investigating the death of a third patient at the QEUH. A 63-year-old woman was one of two patients affected by the fungal infection Mucor in January. Separately, 23 children contracted bloodstream infections in the cancer wards at the Royal Hospital for Children – which shares the Queen Elizabeth campus – between January and September last year. The infections were thought to …

Chinese buyer bids record $1.4 million for racing pigeon

(CNN)A Chinese buyer bid more than $1.4 million for a prized Belgian racing pigeon in an “unprecedented” sale, according to the auctioneer that organized the sale. Jiangming Liu, who works for PIPA in China, said the company was expecting Armando to fetch a high price but “multiple times less” than what he actually got. “We’re all surprised,” Liu said. PIPA said Armando is the most expensive bird ever to be sold at auction by a huge margin. The next most expensive is believed to be a bird called Nadine, which fetched more than $450,000 at auction in 2017. The buyer was a Chinese fancier named Xing Wei, according to media reports at the time. Joel Verschoot, the Belgian breeder who …

Commander in cheat? Donald Trump’s 18 golf tournament wins examined

In an extract from his book on Donald Trump and golf, Rick Reilly explains why the presidents game can tell us more about him than a roomful of psychologists Donalds Trumps boast about winning 18 club championships is a lie thats so over-the-top Crazytown it loses all credibility among golfers the second its out of his mouth. To double check, I called the only guy who could come close: George Buddy Marucci, of Philadelphia. Like Trump, Marucci belongs to more clubs than you can fit in your bag. Like Trump, hes in the right age bracket, at six years younger than Trump. Like Trump, hes got all the money he needs to play as many club championships as he can …

Liverpool get out of jail as Alderweirelds late own goal earns win over Spurs

Toby Alderweirelds 90th-minute own goal got Liverpool out of jail at Anfield as they edged to a crucial 2-1 win over Tottenham The clock was seconds away from the 90-minute mark when the final, decisive blow sparked euphoric scenes at Anfield. Liverpool were a few minutes of stoppage-time away from a result that who knows? could have been a grievous setback. But then the ball was aimed high towards Mohamed Salah at the far post and what happened next, put bluntly, changed everything. Suddenly it did not seem quite so important that Salah had played so far below his point of maximum expression. Hugo Lloris, who can be surprisingly error-prone for a World Cup-winning goalkeeper, had not been able to …

Tottenham and Manchester City prepare to join the All England Club | Paul Wilson

Tottenham and Manchester Citys Champions League quarter-final is the latest in a line of intrigue-filled English derbies in Europes top competition A new chapter in the colourful history of English teams meeting each other in the Champions League is set to open on Tuesday, when the first European game at Tottenhams scored three goals in a stunning 20-minute burst at Anfield. City did not play badly in either leg but ended up losing them both. After The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Terrys miss sent the shootout into sudden death, where Edwin van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka to secure a 6-5 win. Avram Grants Chelsea came second in the league to Manchester United that year, …

Here’s Why Lori Loughlin Is Relying On Her ‘Actress Side’ Now – Perez Hilton

Was it weird for Lori Loughlin to be signing autographs before heading into Boston federal court on Wednesday?? Maybe. And greeting the prosecutors ready to bring her down?? Just a bit. However, that’s apparently because the 54-year-old is struggling with how to deal with the negative attention, AKA “uncharted territory,” as a source put it. An E! News insider opened up about the actress’ seemingly odd behavior as she and husband Mossimo Giannulli surrendered their passports to a judge this week. “She was obviously extremely nervous and the actress side of Lori came out. She doesn’t know how else to be in public.” The Fuller House star is only following her natural instincts, despite facing attention for “something so negative”: …

Aubameyang the hero as Arsenal beat Rennes and reach quarter-finals

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles also on target, as Arsenal beat Rennes 3-0, and 4-3 on aggregate, to reach the Europa League quarter-finals It was a night when Arsenal required superhuman effort and some heroic performances to overturn a two-goal handicap and seize their ticket for the Europa League quarter-finals. An accomplished team performance was crowned by the moment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plundered their third goal and relished the moment with a spot of dressing up. His chosen character, embellished by the mask that had been waiting in the goal, was Black Panther. His teammates huddled round him cherishing another important moment in what has felt like a pivotal week. Aubameyang had spoken of his hunger for this challenge …

Tiger Roll wins back-to-back Grand Nationals to emulate Red Rum

(CNN)Tiger Roll may have been the pre-race favorite at the Grand National but not since 2005 had the favorite won what is arguably the world’s most famous jump race. Not since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 had the same horse won Grand Nationals in back-to-back years and who is to say Tiger Roll can’t make more history next year? READ: Wimbledon of hunt racing The 4-1 favorite ridden by Irishman Davy Russell chased down 66-1 outsider Magic of Light with less than two of the 30 fences remaining and ultimately cruised home by roughly three lengths to cap the 4.25-mile race in Liverpool. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video The rally was watched by an estimated global …

Son Heung-min christens new stadium with first Spurs goal in win over Palace

Son Heung-min scored the first ever goal at Tottenhams new stadium in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace a victory which helped Spurs regain third place They had come to marvel and to party but what the Tottenham hordes truly wanted from the night when their jawdropping new stadium was unveiled was a win: a tonic to reenergise their faltering push for a top-four finish. The nervous excitement crackled, particularly during a helter-skelter first half, and there were times when Daniel Levy, the big boss as Mauricio Pochettino had called him on Tuesday, might have given his 1bn kingdom for a goal. Further dropped points were not a part of his script. Then it happened. The honour of marking this …

UC Irvine stun Kansas State for first NCAA tournament win in school history

The Anteaters toppled Kansas State in a major shocker as top seed Virginia rallied from a 14-point deficit to survive an upset scare against Gardner-Webb Evan Leonard hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start a run of 12 straight points in the second half that sent No 13 seed UC Irvine to a 70-64 victory over fourth-seeded Kansas State. The Anteaters (31-5) held on after that run and stunned the regular-season co-champions of the Big 12 for the first tournament win in school history. UC Irvine lost 57-55 to Louisville in 2015 in its only previous trip to the tournament. One year after making a run to the Elite Eight, the Wildcats (25-9) had a short stay in the tournament as they …

A gaming paradise: Inside the world’s first professional FIFA house

(CNN)At first glance, nothing seems out of the ordinary about this suburban house. As the name suggests, the team represents Italy’s Serie A team AS Roma, but is in fact largely driven by esports powerhouse Fnatic. In 2018, the lucrative partnership decided to take the next step in professionalizing its approach, by creating the world’s first FIFA house. “When you walk up to the front of the house, it doesn’t look like a team of gamers live here,” team manager Colin Johnson told CNN Sport, who is honest enough to admit that very occasionally the team has disturbed suburbia’s tranquility. “We’ve had a few neighbors yelling at us a few times for being loud when we’re celebrating but for the …

Liverpool retakes Premier League lead thanks to Toby Alderweireld’s own goal

(CNN)“Ugly” was Jurgen Klopp’s assessment of the way his Liverpool team eked out a thrilling last-gasp 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as the Merseyside club returned to the top of the Premier League. But two errors from Spurs players following a corner cost Mauricio Pochettino’s team the chance of a point and also complicate their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Following a corner, first Hugo Lloris couldn’t collect Mo Salah’s header and then the ball ricocheted off Alderweireld and trickled over the line. READ: Manchester City brushes aside woeful Fulham ‘A bit fortunate’ “Massive,” was the assessment of Liverpool defender Andy Robertson, who had set up Firmino’s headed goal, of the importance of his team’s victory. …

Irrepressible Manu Tuilagi inspires England to thumping win over Italy

Manu Tuilagi produced a brilliant individual display to help England steamroller Italy 57-14 at Twickenham in the Six Nations Another match for Italy, another defeat except this was their first in this Six Nations in which they finished a distant second, overwhelmed and overrun by an England side that should have been on the trail of the grand slam next weekend rather than hoping Wales fail to beat Ireland just before Scotland visit here. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. It may all be over when the Scotland match kicks off here with Wales starting a couple of hours before but this has been a season in which the top four in the world rankings …

Chiefs Hill linked to domestic battery case in suburban Kansas City

The Chiefs are investigating an incident in which star receiver Tyreek Hill was involved in a domestic battery episode in suburban Kansas City earlier this week The Chiefs are investigating an incident in which star receiver Tyreek Hill was involved in a domestic battery episode in suburban Kansas City earlier this week. The team said in a statement to the Associated Press that it was aware of a police report filed Thursday by the Overland Park Police Department that lists Hills address and identifies a juvenile as the victim. Hills fiance, Crystal Espinal, is identified among others involved. The couple has a 3-year-old son, Zev. No charges have been filed in the case, but Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews said the …

‘It’s like Uber, but for haircuts’

Darren grew up in Brixton, south London, where his mother worked as a cleaner and his father as a security guard; they had arrived from Ghana in the 1980s and had dreams of him becoming a banker, lawyer or accountant. University was always part of the plan for him, but when the time came, he wasn’t sure which one would feel right. It was a barber shop that helped him decide. “It sounds silly, but the fact that there was an Afro-Caribbean black barber immediately when I got out the railway station at Brighton, to visit the University of Sussex, made me think instantly, ‘I could be OK here, I could feel at home,’” Darren says. Afro-Caribbean hair is different …