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

Wrestler Roman Reigns confirms his leukemia is in remission

(CNN)Professional wrestler Leati Joseph Anoai, better known by his stage name Roman Reigns, has confirmed his leukemia is in remission and that he will be returning to the WWE. He thanked fans for their support on Friday, and admitted he struggled with the decision to announce his cancer. “I’m not going to lie — before my announcement in October I was terrified. I was scared. I was insecure. And I didn’t really know if I wanted to share that secret with the world,” he told the cheering crowd. “That overwhelming support that you gave me, it gave me strength, it gave me new life. It gave me a new opportunity and it gave me a new purpose,” he added. “There …

Chelsea defend themselves over Uefa charge of antisemitic chanting

Chelsea have sprung to the defence of their chairman, Bruce Buck, who had been critical of Uefas handling of its charge of alleged antisemitic chanting Chelsea have moved to clarify comments by their chairman, Bruce Buck, in which he suggested Uefas decision to charge the club over alleged antisemitic chanting during a Europa League group game against Vidi had been a waste of time. Uefa confirmed on Thursday that the charges would not be pursued, apparently because of a lack of evidence. That decision was reached despite Chelsea having released a statement immediately after the game in Budapest last December condemning those who had shamed the club and questioning the brainpower of anyone who had engaged in the chants, which …

Mikaela Shiffrin makes history with fourth straight slalom gold

(CNN)Mikaela Shiffrin proved she really is in a league of her own in the slalom, becoming the first skier in history to win four consecutive world titles in the same event. Mikaela Shiffrin: Why I won’t be objectified She admitted that the possibility of making history was the extra motivation she needed to power through. “Today was something else,” she said of the occasion. “There’s been a lot going on these Championships since the Super-G win. I certainly had a lot of doubt today but in the most important moments it was okay. “Like I said, my team was just spectacular this whole time to get me to toughen up and do the job. I’m really, really happy.” The packed …

‘If he slips, he falls. If he falls, he dies’ — Climbing 3,000 feet without ropes

(CNN)Any doubts as to whether Alex Honnold was the greatest rock climber of all time were doused when the American did something that no one thought was humanly possible. “When I know what I’m doing and I’m climbing well, then it feels meditative, kind of relaxing and beautiful,” Honnold told CNN Sport. His achievement has since been immortalized in a breathtaking BAFTA-winning National Geographic documentary “Free Solo,” which has been nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars. READ: Ross Edgley — ‘It was goosebumps upon tears, upon smiles’ Death or perfection Free solo climbing is a high-stakes game. It’s either death or perfection. But in moments of such risk, adrenaline is often the enemy. “The important part of being …

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 …