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

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

What we know so far in the college admissions cheating scandal

(CNN)The massive college admissions scam is a harsh reminder that wealthy families can cheat their way to even greater privilege. And some say this scandal is just the tip of the iceberg. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among the dozens of parents facing federal charges. Others charged include nine coaches at elite schools; two SAT/ACT administrators; an exam proctor; a college administrator; and a CEO who admitted he wanted to help the wealthiest families get their kids into elite colleges. How did this scheme work? It was all orchestrated by William Rick Singer, CEO of a college admissions prep company called The Key. Singer pleaded guilty to four charges Tuesday and admitted that everything a prosecutor accused him …

Lori Loughlin appeared arrogant in court while Felicity Huffman looked more genuine, says sketch artist

Actor Lori Loughlin appears in this court sketch at a hearing for a racketeering case involving the allegedly fraudulent admission of children to elite universities, at a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mona Shafer Edwards  But according to Edwards, Loughlin, 54, managed to surprise her. “[They were] very, very different,” Edwards told the news site about the two women during their days in court. “Totally different attitude, expression and the way that the body was held.” Unlike Huffman, Loughlin had the luxury of negotiating her surrender and appeared in court with full hair and makeup done, along with a defiant look. While sitting, the “Fuller House” star had her arms crossed and they stayed that …

Labour pledges tougher online bet limits

According to the Gambling Commission, which regulates the industry, Britain has the largest regulated online gambling market in the world, generating £4.7bn for companies per year – and is expected to grow. The commission said there were no restrictions in online stakes, prizes or the speed of play. ‘I’ve gambled my compensation away’ The tricky issue of problem gambling ‘I worry about the next generation’ Ahead of his speech, Mr Watson said problem gambling should be treated “as a public health emergency”. “Whereas gambling in the offline world is highly regulated, the lack of controls on online gambling is leading to vulnerable consumers suffering huge losses,” he said. Online companies, he said, “have a responsibility to protect their customers from …

Cheat. Bribe. Lie. Here’s how the college admissions scam allegedly worked

(CNN)The college admissions scheme revealed Tuesday is the largest of its kind ever prosecuted, federal prosecutors said, and features 50 defendants across six states, millions of dollars in illegally funneled funds and a handful of the country’s most selective universities. “One was to cheat on the SAT or ACT, and the other was to use his connections with Division I coaches and use bribes to get these parents’ kids into school with fake athletic credentials,” Lelling said at a press conference in Boston. A total of 50 people were charged in the case. Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents, according to Lelling. Here’s how the plan …

Grime music being ‘stifled’, MPs say

They called on the government to come up with new guidelines for police and local authorities, which would “ensure that urban music acts are not unfairly targeted”. As part of its investigation, the committee invited rapper ShaoDow to tell them about his experiences and he explained that he had faced frustrations when attempting to put on shows in London. “I had a venue cancel on me on the day that I was meant to go there,” he said. “I was booked for a performance in a club and called them ahead of time to say, ‘I am on my way’, and they said, ‘Oh, by the way, we were just listening to your music. You make hip-hop’. “I said, ‘Yes’, …

Juventus beaten at Atletico to leave Ronaldo on brink of Champions League exit

(CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the final piece in the Juventus Champions League winning jigsaw. Follow @cnnsport Only Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23) have conceded more goals to Ronaldo than Atletico Madrid. Yet, on a Wednesday night in Madrid, the city where he enjoyed such success with Real, he was unable to add to his career tally of 22 against the former neighbor. For Atletico Madrid, a team that has felt the full force of Ronaldo’s irrepressible scoring record during his time at Real, this 2-0 victory in the first leg of the last 16 tie was particularly sweet. Two second-half goals from Uruguayan defensive duo Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin secured the advantage for Diego Simeone’s side. READ: …

The story behind the Sala transfer flights

From the beginning of December through to a few days before the fatal crash, a succession of journeys were made between the UK and France by the various parties involved in the transfer deal. Football agent Willie McKay, who brokered the deal, has said he and his family arranged and paid for these flights. What do we know about these flights? A BBC Wales investigation has found the flights were conducted by three different companies or individuals. We understand that all were filed on flight plans as “general aviation” – therefore private, rather than commercial flights – and that none flew under an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) An AOC is a licence which charter companies obtain from the CAA – …

Kristina Vogel: Paralyzed cycling star turns to politics

(CNN)One year ago Kristina Vogel graced the famous Berlin Six Day cycling event with the powerful dominance of a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Vogel sustained life threatening injuries in a horrific training accident in Cottbus last June, colliding with a stationary cyclist at over 60kph.

The rise of the Barrett brothers, the All Blacks’ prolific family affair

(CNN)When asked what he planned to do after retiring from rugby, Kevin Barrett — or “Smiley,” as he was nicknamed — announced he was “going to breed some All Blacks.” Beauden — a World Cup winner and two-time player of the year — Jordie, and Scott made history when they linked arms to sing the national anthem before taking on France in 2018. The story of the ‘greatest rugby player on earth’ READ: England rugby star on family fighting, injuries, and his World Cup ‘dream’ Engrained in the team’s identity is the haka. Performed before each game, it was originally a Maori ritual undertaken by the country’s indigenous people ahead of battle. Today, it unites the All Blacks — many …

Brexit timeline told through Britney, Ariana and Pokemon

Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister David Cameron announces that the UK will get a “very simple in or out choice” on EU membership – if the Conservatives win the next election. Image copyright Getty Images Fast forward two years, and the Conservatives win the election outright and Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader. Meanwhile, emoji becomes the fastest growing language in the UK, according to a university professor. 20 February 2016: David Cameron sets referendum date Image copyright Allsport/Getty Images The fact that Leicester City are Premier League champions is still sinking in. The referendum is held, and the UK votes to leave the EU. David Cameron announces his resignation as prime minister. A few days later, England lose …

Champions League draw: Manchester United to face Barcelona in last eight

(CNN)Manchester United will face Barcelona in a heavyweight Champions League quarterfinal after the draw was made at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters in Nyon on Friday. READ: UEFA investigates Manchester City The semifinal draw was also made on Friday, with Manchester United or Barca due to face Liverpool or Porto, with the winner of the tie between Manchester City and Tottenham playing either Ajax or Juve. The quarterfinal first legs will be played on April 9/10 with the reverse fixtures scheduled for April 16/17. The semifinals will kick off on April 30 and May 1 — with the second legs set for May 7/8 — ahead of the final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1. English dominance returns? It …

Outpouring of support from UK after NZ attack

Image copyright PA Image caption A man hands out flowers to Muslims as they leave Birmingham Central Mosque as Friday prayers finish Report End of Twitter post by @sandwellcouncil People gathered for prayers at mosques across the UK, including at the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, which urged its community to “be more vigilant than ever”. Meanwhile, Finsbury Park Mosque, whose worshippers were targeted in a terror attack in June 2017, shared a picture of flowers and a note of support which it had received from members of the local community. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLondon imam Mohammed Mahmoud calls for a crackdown on far-right extremism Mohammed Mahmoud, who made headlines when he stood …

Julia Roberts calls college admissions scandal ‘so sad’

Julia Roberts opened up about the first time about the ongoing college admissions scandal. (Allen Berezovsky/WireImage) SELMA BLAIR SLAMS LORI LOUGHLIN’S ALLEGED COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCAM WITH PHOTOSHOPPED IMAGE OF HER SON As previously reported, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were among the 50 people swept up in the scandal after it was revealed they paid $500,000 to the scheme’s organizer so that he would make it look like their daughters participated in crew and were recruited to USC despite never rowing for the sport. They were released on $1 million bond each. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Fellow actress Felicity Huffman, an Academy Award nominee, was arrested at her home for her alleged involvement in the …

NFL suspends Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt 8 games

(CNN)The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt on Friday for the first eight regular-season games without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, stemming from physical altercations at his Cleveland residence in February 2018 and at a resort in Ohio in June. “I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner (Roger) Goodell last week. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. “My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this …

Sala pilot ‘dropped out of training’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“You wished you never went and watched the guy play,” agent Mark McKay tells BBC sports editor Dan Roan The report added further investigation is needed to discover his background and experience as a pilot. The light aircraft disappeared on 21 January and Sala had completed his transfer to Premier League side Cardiff from French club Nantes just two days earlier – for a club record fee of £15m. He had returned to France to say goodbye to his former teammates. Sala pilot search finds ‘no trace’ Fifa investigates Sala transfer payment Image caption The plane carrying Sala disappeared on 21 January Dr Stuart E Smith, head of training for the school, …