Six nations: Ireland battles to victory over Scotland

(CNN)After a bruising and unexpected defeat to England in Dublin last week, Ireland belatedly got the defense of its Six Nations title underway with a hard fought 22-13 win over Scotland at Murrayfield. Conor Murray was the beneficiary of confusion in the Scottish defense as he scored the first try of the game, crossing the whitewash after Sean Maitland was unable to get hold of Tommy Seymour’s pass. Read: Porn site to sponsor rugby club Scotland then suffered an injury setback of its own when influential full back Stuart Hogg was forced off the field with what appeared to be a shoulder injury after 16 minutes. Within seconds, Ireland had stretched its advantage as Jacob Stockdale burst through the Scottish …

Marcel Hirscher hits back with dominant Schladming slalom win

(CNN)Marcel Hirscher hates to lose. It’s a trait that’s made him the most dominant skier of his generation. The 29-year-old Hirscher, who was second behind rising French star Clement Noel on the Ganslern slope in Kitzbuhel, put down a storming first run to lead by a second and built on his advantage to beat France’s Alexis Pinturault by 1.21 secs with Swiss Daniel Yule third. “The key to success was definitely today’s first run,” Hirscher told reporters in Schladming. “I knew after three turns the feeling is good, the feeling is perfect, now I can push even harder so I’m super happy. “The team around me are doing an amazing job.” READ: Why Kitzbuhel downhill is skiing’s wildest race READ: …

Marcel Hirscher claims third slalom World Championship title

(CNN)Marcel Hirscher claimed the third slalom World Championship gold of his career, drawing level with the men’s record set by legendary Swede Ingemar Stenmark. READ: Hirscher bags silver as rival Kristoffersen wins world title READ: Is Marcel Hirscher the greatest skier of all time? Alexis Pinturault was proving to be Hirscher’s closest competitor after the first run, but a slip halfway down the course proved costly for the Frenchman who had to settle for fourth. Despite dominating the slalom Sunday, Austrian skiing fans had to wait until the final day of the Are 2019 for Hirscher to secure the country’s first gold medal of these World Championships. Speaking after claiming gold, Hirscher admitted he may not return in two years’ …

Mikaela Shiffrin: Lead singer or backing vocals? High heels or sneakers?

(CNN)Quiet night in or big night out? Heels or sneakers? Olympic gold or an overall World Cup title? Shiffrin’s dominance this season has made waves beyond skiing, and she stands on the brink of a third straight World Cup overall crown. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos The double Olympic champion is already the third most successful women’s ski racer of all-time with 56 wins — trailing only Annemarie Moser-Proll (62) and the now-retired Lindsey Vonn (82). And she is fifth on the list of all-time most successful ski racers, male or female. But what is the secret to her phenomenal success and quite how does prefer to spend her time away from the snow? To discover what …

Shannon Gabriel apologizes for ‘do you like boys’ comment

(CNN)West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has apologized for asking England captain Joe Root if he liked boys during his team’s Test defeat to England in St Lucia. He explained: “The exchange occurred during a tense moment on the field. The pressure was on and England’s captain Joe Root was looking at me intensely as I prepared to bowl, which may have been the usual psychological strategy with which all Test cricketers are familiar. “I recognize now that I was attempting to break through my own tension when I said to Joe Root: ‘Why are you smiling? Do you like boys?’ “His response, which was picked up by the microphone was: ‘Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong …

Caster Semenya needs to be treated fairly, says US Olympic great Ed Moses

(CNN)US athletics great Ed Moses says sport has had its “head in the ground” over the issue of hypoandrogenism and called for South African Caster Semenya to be treated fairly as her appeal against testosterone restrictions in female runners takes place in Switzerland. Follow @cnnsport “The most important thing is fairness to the athletes. “I’ve spoken to a few women who were distance runners and they gave me a point of view that I was surprised at and that was mainly fairness to Caster before everything else and that she not be castigated because of her situation, which she has nothing to do with. They were interested in her as an individual, so that was heartening to me.” The latest …

NFL Honors: 8 elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame; Patrick Mahomes named MVP

Atlanta (CNN)If the knock came on their Atlanta hotel room doors, then they would know: They had been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There were 18 finalists for this year’s class: 15 from the modern era; one senior finalist in Robinson; and two contributor finalists in Bowlen and Brandt. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current bylaws stipulate that between four and eight new members are to be chosen each year. No more than five modern-era finalists can be elected in a given year. To be eligible for enshrinement, modern-era players and coaches must have last played or coached more than five seasons ago. Contributors do not need to be retired to be eligible. Senior finalists are …

Roger Goodell on blown Saints call: ‘Our officials are human’

Atlanta (CNN)While he admitted publicly that NFL game officials — as New Orleans Saints fans would spell it — “bleaux” a major non-call in the NFC championship game, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it was not under consideration by him to overturn the game and have it replayed. Instant replay doesn’t cover judgment calls. The focus then became on the NFL rule book, where Rule 17, section 2, article 3 states: “The Commissioner’s powers under this Section 2 include the imposition of monetary fines and draft-choice forfeitures, suspension of persons involved in unfair acts, and, if appropriate, the reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the …

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 …