Magic Johnson leaves Lakers front office job

(CNN)Magic Johnson, the beloved former point guard behind five world titles for the Los Angeles Lakers, announced Tuesday night he was quitting as the team’s president of basketball operations. The Lakers released a statement following Johnson’s announcement. The team said it was “deeply grateful to Magic” for all he has done as “a player, an ambassador and an executive.” The Lakers will work “in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization,” the statement said. “We thank (Johnson) for his work these past two years as our President of Basketball Operations and wish him, Cookie, Andre, EJ and Elisa all the best with their next steps,” the statement said. “He will always …

Rome E-Prix: Mitch Evans and Jaguar ‘rocket-ship’ take victory

(CNN)Mitch Evans negotiated a chaotic opening lap that saw bumps, crashes and a multi-car pile up before pulling off a dramatic overtaking maneuver to secure victory at the Rome E-Prix Saturday. “Everyone has worked their hearts out. This feels really special. “The car was an absolute rocket-ship today.” READ: How to drive a 140 mph electric car The race was halted early when Jose Maria Lopez in the Geox Dragon brushed a curb and collided with a wall on the final corner of the first lap. A pile up ensued, drawing a red flag that saw all cars hauled into the pits as some semblance of order was restored. The race restarted after a lengthy delay with Andre Lotterer, who …

London Marathon investigates reports runners were called ‘fat’ and ‘slow’

London (CNN)The organizers of the London Marathon said Thursday they would investigate reports from a pacer that runners at the tail end of the 26.2-mile course were sprayed with cleaning fluid and hassled to speed up by event officials and clean-up workers. As a pacer, Ayres said she was asked to run the race within seven and a half hours, motivate participants and provide support to them. She said that she had encountered a number of issues, such as no water stations being available after the third mile, clean-up operations starting while she was still running and officials insulting competitors. Ayres told the BBC she heard insults from event workers including: “If you weren’t so fat you could run faster,” …

‘Karate helped me care, now I help others’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBethan Owen earned her black belt by the time she was 12 When young carer Bethan Owen took up karate it was merely as a means of “distraction” from looking after her mother who has epilepsy. By the age of 12 she had already earned a black belt and was coaching others. Now a sixth form student, she runs her own not-for-profit club helping fellow young carers gain confidence. “I don’t know what I would have done without karate – but now it’s just me being me, I love helping people,” she said. Little wonder then that she was presented with a St David Award by First Minister Mark Drakeford, last month, …

Extinction Rebellion: What happened?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most members of Extinction Rebellion are volunteers, according to the group, who say it is mostly financed through crowdfunding The group describes itself as an “international movement” that uses “non-violent civil disobedience” to bring issues such as climate change to the fore. Organisers say they want to see “radical change” to “minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse”. The movement started in the UK in 2018 after the release of a report on global warming by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – part of the United Nations. Image copyright AFP Image caption The Met Police requested about 200 extra officers from neighbouring forces in Essex, Kent, Hampshire and Sussex The government …

Global Champions Tour Miami: The secrets behind show jumping’s gem

(CNN)Miami Beach is known for lots of things — its turquoise ocean, its sun-soaked climate, its spectacular, beckoning sand. The unique stadium features 2,000 tons of bespoke sand, which is mixed with special fibers and laid about 12 centimeters (five inches) deep on a hard base to provide optimum conditions for the athletes to excel. “It’s one of the most difficult competitions in terms of organization and logistics because we have to build everything on top of the existing sand on the beach,” said LGCT sports director Marco Danese. READ: Devos triumphs in eight-rider jump-off in Miami Joy for Miami Celtics and Devos at Miami Beach (8 Videos) Joy for Miami Celtics and Devos at Miami Beach LGCT: Jerome Guery …

UK to introduce porn age-checks in July

Likewise, any platform that hosts pornography but does not do so on a commercial basis – meaning it does not charge a fee or make money from adverts or other activity – will not be affected. Government in email privacy blunder Furthermore, it will remain legal to use virtual private networks (VPNs), which can make it seem like a UK-based computer is located elsewhere, to evade the age checks. The authorities have, however, acknowledged that age-verification is “not a silver bullet” solution, but rather a means to make it less likely that children stumble across unsuitable material online. “The introduction of mandatory age-verification is a world-first, and we’ve taken the time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect …

Sala’s dad dies three months after son

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHoracio Sala said he wanted justice over his son’s death The father of Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this year, has died three months after his son. Horacio Sala, 58, suffered a heart attack on Friday, his friend and president of his local club confirmed. Daniel Ribero, from San Martin de Progreso, told C5N TV channel that Mr Sala had passed away before doctors arrived at his home in Progreso. Emiliano Sala’s plane crashed en route to Cardiff after leaving from France. The story of Emiliano Sala Who owned the plane Sala died in? The story behind the Sala transfer flights The Argentine footballer …

Stanley Kebenei came close to setting a new 10-mile American record two years ago. On Sunday, he got it

(CNN)After Stanley Kebenei set a new 10-mile American record on Sunday, he dropped to the ground, stretched his arms out wide and flashed a smile. Kebenei, who hails from Nakuru, Kenya, and now lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, averaged 4:36 a mile. In 2017, he fell short of Meyer’s record when he won the same Cherry Blossom race in 46:36, averaging 4:40 a mile, according to race results. It was a record-setting day all around. Rosemary Wanjiru of Kenya won the women’s race in 50:42. She set a new course record and a US women’s 10-mile race record. More than 17,000 runners took part in the 10-mile run. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using …

More action urged on election interference

“It’s surprising to me and concerning that the government hasn’t done a comprehensive examination of political advertising and the oversight that’s needed in this space.” The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-Committee on Disinformation was set up after the main committee completed its investigation into fake news online and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. MPs felt the issues raised needed further investigation. The original committee laid out a series of recommendations for the government, which included the need for urgent legislative reform around the issues of online political advertising. The report concluded that misinformation from a range of sources threatened the UK’s democracy. MPs on the sub-committee expressed concern that nothing had been done on the issue, especially in the light …

Climate protesters stage museum ‘die-in’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProtesters lay down underneath the giant whale skeleton in the museum’s main hall Extinction Rebellion activists took over part of the Natural History Museum as the climate change protest entered its second week. About 100 people lay down under the blue whale skeleton at about 14:15 BST. It comes as more than 1,000 people have been arrested since the protests began in central London a week ago. The climate change group are now based in Marble Arch, after police moved protesters from Oxford Street, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square. Extinction Rebellion said it hoped the protest at the museum, which it called a “die-in”, would raise awareness of what they call the …

123rd Boston Marathon stacked with talent

(CNN)The 123rd Boston Marathon is underway on a wet Monday, and results are starting to come in. Linden has the chance to become the first American woman to win back-to-back Boston Marathon titles since Sara Mae Berman won three in a row from 1969-1971. A year ago, Linden, a two-time Olympian, battled the rain, cold and wind to become the first American woman to win the race since 1985. It was also the first marathon win of her career. Also returning is American Sarah Sellers, last year’s surprise runner-up. Back then, she was a virtual unknown. Now, she’s part of this year’s field of elite runners. Jordan Hasay of the US, who missed last year’s race because of a foot …

Racism in football: ‘Worst thing you can do is leave the pitch,’ says Mido

(CNN)Former Egypt international Mido says players leaving the field of play even if they’ve suffered racist abuse from fans is “the worst thing you can do.” “I still think that a player should never leave the pitch if racist chants happen,” Mido, 36, told CNN Sport, when asked what he deemed to be the correct course of action for player to take. “Score goals, try to stop them by playing well and win.” READ: Mohamed Salah: UK police investigate ‘dangerous and disturbing’ fan chants ‘You need punishment’ The striker, who made 94 appearances in the English Premier League, revealed he experienced racism “many times” during his playing career at Middlesbrough, England, and believes nothing much has changed since he left …

Girls’ football lawsuit to gauge interest in school teams

The districts, though, argue it’s tough to gauge whether there’s enough interest around the state to create a roster of competing teams for something completely new. “There are no other high-school girls’ tackle football teams,” said Rachel Terry, an assistant Utah attorney general. U.S. Magistrate Judge Dustin Pead ordered the two sides to negotiate the language of a survey to measure interest. That’s a key question under Title IX, the federal law that bars sex discrimination in education programs that receive federal funds. Football is particularly important because it’s such a beloved American sport, said father Brent Gordon, an attorney. “If they had the ability to play football at the high school on Friday nights, with the band there and …

Wimbledon’s ‘most sought-after tickets’ go on sale for $105,000

(CNN)There are few tickets in sport more coveted than Wimbledon’s Centre Court debenture offerings. But they don’t come cheap. Some ticketholders sell their passes for certain days of the annual championship, while others have been known to resell the pass in its entirety for a bumper price. “If you like tennis, a visit to Wimbledon is like mecca,” said Claire-Estelle Bertrand, marketing and communications manager at Wimbledon Debenture Holders, one of a number of official debenture ticket resale agents. “It’s prestigious, it’s rarefied class but most importantly its quintessentially British. “They really are the most sought-after tickets in the world. Not only do they give you the best seats to see the world’s best tennis, but they really do grant …

Liverpool FC or Manchester City: Which team is most likely to win the Premier League title?

(CNN)It’s a race that looks set to go down to the wire — but both Liverpool and Manchester City will be hoping it’s the other that trips up in the final straight. Just two points separate the two at the top of the table but which club are you tipping to triumph? Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield tour for MLB player City, which has played a game less, will also be wary of tripping up in the final straight. Guardiola’s side hosts Tottenham in the league on April 20 before making the short journey across Manchester to face United four days later. READ: CNN’s Premier League predictor: Can you call the title race? There are also potential banana skins with away games …