Jon Jones confirms brilliance with title victory over Anthony Smith at UFC 235

Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on Saturday night Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on Saturday night, overcoming a two-point deduction for an illegal knee to Smiths head in the fourth round. Jones (24-1) had little trouble in an expert display of his all-around brilliance against the overmatched Smith (31-14), who had no answers for the likely pound-for-pound champion of mixed martial arts. Jones dominated on his feet, against the cage and on the ground until he got in trouble in the fourth round when his knee struck Smiths head while the challenger was in …

Epaillard edges champion Maher to clinch Global Champions Tour opener in Doha

(CNN)Julien Epaillard edged out defending champion Ben Maher by a whisker to win the first leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Doha. “It’s crazy for me, today,” Epaillard said in a televised interview, after riding away with prize money of €123,750 ($140,733).

Donald Trump greets college football champions with McDonald’s once again

Donald Trump has once again welcomed college football champions with burgers and fries on Monday Donald Trump has once again welcomed college football champions with burgers and fries. The President greeted the NCAAs Football Championship Subdivision champions, North Dakota State, at the White House on Monday with a lunch that included Big Macs, french fries and Chick-fil-A sandwiches. nearly three-quarters of the teams black players declined to visit the White House. Three African American members of the Tigers said Trumps racism and divisive politics led them to stay away from the ceremony. North Dakota were expected to send a more united team to the White House. The teams coach, Matt Entz, said the Bison had addressed political issues before the …

Girls should not pay the price when boys don’t want to compete against them

A Colorado wrestlers decision to forfeit a state tournament match rather than compete against a girl exposes the need for gender equity in high school sports When Brendan Johnston inspected the draw at last months Colorado state wrestling tournament and saw his forthcoming pairing, the high school student from Colorado Springs made a decision to show respect to his opponent. He forfeited. The reason? His opponent, Angel Rios, was a girl. And Johnson said that going forward with the contest was against his ethos because of the physical contact involved in wrestling. I guess the physical aggression, too, he put it: young men will be competing and working with women the rest of their lives so theyd better get used …

Winx: World record 23rd Group One win for ‘very special’ horse

(CNN)Australian wonder horse Winx set a new world record for Group 1 wins Saturday as she stretched her incredible unbeaten run to 31 races. “I had the horse to get me out of trouble, as she has done time and time again.” Winx was surpassing the previous record she jointly held with the famous Irish horse Hurricane Fly, who raced over fences, twice winning the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. At seven years old the iconic mare is in the autumn of her racing career as trainer Chris Waller admitted after her latest triumph. “I can see the sun going down, hopefully we can get through two more races,” he said. Her final appearance is likely to be at …

Woman cyclist forced to stop race after catching up with men

(CNN)A breakaway female cyclist was forced to stop during a prestigious race in Belgium after she started to catch up with the men’s competition, which had started 10 minutes earlier. Hanselmann was permitted to resume after a five-minute pause, but ended up finishing 74th. She said the interruption had ruined her momentum. “Today was the first spring classic in Belgium,” she wrote in an Instagram post hashtagged “womenpower.” Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for around 30km…but then a awkward moment happend and I almost saw the back of the men's peloton… May the other women and me were to fast or the men to slow🙈 After the …

Solskjrs promotional video hints at permanent Manchester United role

Ole Gunnar Solskjr has revealed he filmed a promotion for Manchester United season tickets and admitted it would be strange not to be made permanent manager having done so Ole Gunnar Solskjr has revealed he filmed a promotion for next seasons Manchester United season tickets and admitted it would be strange not to be made permanent manager having done so. The 46-year-old is in interim charge until the summer and is keen to continue beyond that. He is unbeaten in the Premier League going into Saturdays match at home to Southampton. Asked whether it was strange to do promotional work, Solskjr said: Itll be stranger to see yourself in the video if youre not here but no its not strange …

Is giving 26-year-old Bryce Harper a 13-year, $330m contract a terrible idea?

The Philadelphia Phillies will be paying the slugger $22m when hes 39. But its unlikely he will be the same player he is now in a decades time For some, 13 is an unlucky number. For Bryce Harper, originally from Las Vegas, 13 is anything but unlucky. Thats because the Philadelphia Phillies will be paying the slugger who has been an All-Star in six of his seven seasons in Major League Baseball $330m over the next 13 years, pay him $22m in the final year of his contract, when hes 39 and far from his prime. Its not really surprising that the Phillies were the team to land the 26-year old Harper. In a move surely regretted in later negotiations, …

Romelu Lukaku strikes twice as Manchester United beat Southampton

Romelu Lukakus late winner secured a thrilling 3-2 victory for Manchester United over Southampton at Old Trafford Ole Gunnar Solskjrs 10th win in 12 Premier League games did not come without a scare Manchester United trailed at the interval to Yan Valerys stunning strike and had to overcome spirited resistance when Southampton fought back to 2-2 late in the second half but two goals from a rejuvenated Romelu Lukaku kept their revival on the road. Paul Pogba missed the chance to give the scoreline a flattering gloss when he saw a stoppage-time penalty saved, though going down to four goals would have been very hard on a spirited Southampton. Romelu is a quality striker with a goalscorers instincts, Solskjr said. …

Global Champions League: Teams announced for 2019 season

(CNN)The line-ups for the 2019 Global Champions League (GCL) have been announced — with a number of high-profile stars making a switch to different teams. Each of the 16 squads will now field a roster of six riders — one more rider than last season — to allow for more flexibility. READ: Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League heads to New York Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video Other notable movements involve star striker Peder Fredricson signing for Shanghai Swans and Harrie Smolders joining Paris Panthers. Elsewhere, Cannes Stars has been busy in acquiring Eric Lamaze and Margie Goldstein-Engle, while Marco Kutscher will ride for Prague Lions and Cian O’Connor joins 2018 runner up Valkenswaard United. …

Manny Machado: Record $300m deal agreed, according to reports

(CNN)Manny Machado, who spent the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has agreed a record-breaking $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, according to reports. Machado, who played a key role in the Dodgers’ run to the 2018 World Series after joining the team in July, had previously represented the Baltimore Orioles for six years. As a four-time All-Star and twice winner of the league’s Golden Glove award, Machado has pedigree. Machado has hit 175 career home runs. Of those, 37 came last season, when he played for the Orioles and the Dodgers. The Padres’ financial commitment to Machado, however, is a major show of faith from a franchise whose previous record contract — …

World Rugby criticized for ‘out of touch’ calendar shake-up

(CNN)There could be a major spanner in the works of World Rugby’s plans for a major shake-up to the game’s international setup — the players. Teams would play each other once a year with Japan and USA added alongside the southern hemisphere teams to the Rugby Championship. Semifinals and a final would be held in the northern hemisphere in November or December. READ: The rise of the Barrett brothers, the All Blacks’ prolific family affair Talks were initially held by World Rugby in September last year that sought to improve the “long-term quality and integrity of the international game.” While it is yet to comment specifically on the proposed league, the governing body issued a statement responding to criticism of …

Struggling football fans everywhere can take heart from Oystons ousting | Daniel Taylor

Blackpool supporters can finally talk of Owen Oyston in the past tense, which may just offer hope to those at Charlton, Coventry and elsewhere with inadequate or reviled owners That was a belter of a line from Lieven De Turck, representing the always bewildering Roland Duchtelet at a forum of Charlton Athletic supporters a few nights ago, when the man reputedly in charge of trying to sell the club floated what viewers of Blackadder might recognise as the cunning plan option. He didnt put it in those terms, of course, but equally Im not even sure Baldrick would have come up with something quite so brilliantly harebrained as standing up in front of a room of already exasperated football fans …

Six Nations: Wales in pole position after comeback win over England

(CNN)Wales overcame a halftime deficit and scored two late tries to beat England 21-13 in rugby union’s Six Nations in what might turn out to be the competition’s title decider. England — now 2-1 — dropped to second on 10 points. READ: England target Wales READ: England upset Ireland England led 10-3 at the break, only to see Cory Hill score Wales’ first try in the 67th minute after 34 phases — the conversion made it 16-13 — and Josh Adams add a spectacular second in the 78th to put the visitors away. Biggar stars Replacement Dan Biggar was the provider both times, once through a pass and setting up Adams with a lofted kick. Adams then out-jumped Elliot Daly …

Dwyane Wade turns back years to down Warriors with three-point buzzer beater

Dwyane Wade, in his final NBA season, banked in a straightaway three-pointer as time expired as the Miami Heat beat the Golden State Warriors 126-125 Dwyane Wade, in his final NBA season, banked in a straightaway three-pointer as time expired and the Miami Heat wasted a 24-point lead before rallying to beat the Golden State Warriors 126-125 on Wednesday night. Wade scored 25 points to help Miami snap a six-game home losing streak. Wade took a victory lap, waving a towel as the fans roared. Some of the Warriors watched the replay on the overhead screens with a look of disbelief, and after a moment Stephen Curry came over to offer congratulations after presumably their last head-to-head meeting before Wade …

Lindsey Vonn wins Spirit of Sport award at the ‘Oscars of Sport’

(CNN)US ski star Lindsey Vonn picked up the Spirit of Sport award at the “Oscars of Sport” Monday — on a night where Novak Djokovic and Simone Biles were also recognized for their achievements. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video