Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid settle grievances with NFL

(CNN)Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid — who drew controversy for kneeling during the National Anthem when the two were San Francisco 49ers teammates — have settled their collusion grievance cases against the NFL. Both alleged that teams were keeping them from playing. Kaepernick became a lightning rod in 2016 while with the 49ers when the quarterback refused to stand during the National Anthem, protesting what he believes are racial injustices and ongoing police brutality in the US. He drew fierce criticism from some by kneeling but also inspired other athletes — from elementary schools to professional leagues — to join his movement. Reid, a safety, began kneeling alongside his teammate that season. When he was still playing for San Francisco, …

Patriots-Chiefs AFC championship game will have an arctic feel

(CNN)For the first time in franchise history, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the AFC title game at Arrowhead Stadium, facing the New England Patriots, with a spot in Super Bowl LIII on the line. The Chiefs announced Thursday that fans can bring in blankets through stadium gates by carrying them over their shoulders and that warming stations will be located throughout the stadium for fans. Still, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Wednesday he doesn’t think the weather will chill fans’ enthusiasm. “I know the stadium is going to be rocking, and I know these fans are going to enjoy this as much as we are, trying to go out and win the AFC and bring that Lamar Hunt Trophy …

Ester Ledecka: The snowboarder who stunned the ski world

(CNN)Life as a double Olympic champion comes with its perks. If her victory in the super-G alpine skiing event was somewhat unexpected — she was ranked 49th in the world prior to the Games, the reaction to her unprecedented achievement came as an even greater shock to the Czech star.

Aksel Lund Svindal: 0.02 seconds from glory — Norwegian second in his final downhill race

Are, Sweden (CNN)In the final race of his career, Aksel Lund Svindal made sure his last downhill was a knee-knocking thriller. There was a moment during his run, with the snow falling and fog reducing visibility, that Svindal nipped ahead of race leader Jansrud and looked on course for a third world downhill title, but a wobble in the middle section set him back and the 36-year-old had to settle for silver, just as Jansrud did when Svindal took Olympic gold last year. View this post on Instagram

Frank Robinson, Hall of Fame baseball player who was first black manager in MLB, dies at 83

(CNN)Frank Robinson, the feared slugger who became the first black manager in major league baseball, died Thursday at 83, according to Major League Baseball. In 1975, he became player-manager of the Cleveland Indians. He managed until 2006, when he finished his career with the Washington Nationals. “Frank Robinson’s résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations,” Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career.” Robinson was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. This is a developing story and will be updated Original Article : HERE …

Kickers sometimes are an afterthought, but they are key to Super Bowl success

Atlanta (CNN)Football fans see it almost every year: A team’s season coming to an end because of a missed field goal by its kicker. But a kicker has also been the source of other fans’ euphoria, like when Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein made a 57-yarder in overtime against the New Orleans Saints to reach Super Bowl LIII. It was the longest game-winning field goal in postseason history. Zuerlein also converted a game-tying 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said. Inside the mind of a kicker Both kickers in this Sunday’s Super Bowl agree that kicking is more cerebral than anything. “Probably 90-10 I …

South Korea launches major investigation into abuse in sport after skating scandal

Seoul (CNN)Officials in South Korea will interview thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of alleged abuse in sports, following a series of dramatic revelations from female skaters. “The seriousness of assaults including sexual assaults in the industry has reached a situation that can no longer be overlooked,” commission chairwoman Choi Young-ae told reporters. “It’s a crucial time to establish a fundamental and comprehensive improvement plan, rather than a temporary one.” Whistle blowers have long pointed to the culture of South Korean sports — particularly elite Olympic sports — as cultivating abuse. Yeo Jun-hyung, a former skater and coach, set up a support group for young skaters because he said accusations were repeatedly swept under the rug by …