Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup over doping scandal

(CNN)The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has unanimously agreed to ban Russia from major international sporting competitions — notably the Olympics and the World Cup — for four years over doping non-compliance. “Finally, Russia’s many doping and obstruction sins will now get some of the punishment they richly deserve. For far too long, Russia has weaponized doping fraud and state-sponsored criminal activity as a tool of foreign policy,” said Rodchenkov via his lawyer Jim Walden, in a statement sent to CNN. “Let every corrupt nation that tries to play from Russia’s illicit playbook take heed of today’s monumental decision. When doping conspiracies become a crime under the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, cheaters will be in U.S. prisons and clean athletes will be …

The Betches 2019 Gift Guide: Under $50 | Betches

$50-150, and $25 & Under: Scrunchies, like everything else that was popular in the 90s, are back in style. But since spending more than, like, $10 on a single scrunchie just feels wrong, you can get this entire set of eight for that much money. There’s a velvet one, a sequined one, a silky looking one… basically, a scrunchie for every outfit. This $22 value is only $12, which is basically free. Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture cream is what all our crusty winter skin needs, and the bright shiny ornament-like packaging is so festive. I’ve used these wipes while traveling and after workout classes, and they are an actual life-saver. The travel kit gives you either full or mini sizes …

Nadal, Barty, Djokovic and Gauff: Tennis’ 2019 wrap

(CNN)The year in tennis came and went with familiar faces such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic adding to their grand slam hauls and newcomers such as Ashleigh Barty and Bianca Andreescu breaking through. Follow @cnnsport He has often lamented how much time he has missed over the years but always seems to rally, and impressively. Indeed, “I’ll be back” seems like a line tailor made for Nadal, not just for Arnold Schwarzenegger in the “Terminator.” For the first time since 2008, the now 33-year-old reached at least the semifinals at all four grand slams, winning the French Open for a mind boggling 12th time and US Open for a fourth time. Simona Halep on winning her first Wimbledon title …

Welsh-speaking dementia patient faces England move

However, his granddaughter Louise Renshaw has called for a different solution. “We were shocked and couldn’t believe they were going to move him to England, away from the family,” she said. “We were worried about the impact as we are so close as a family and the impact it would have on his dementia.” Image copyright Family photo Image caption Mr Jones mainly speaks and understands Welsh A spokesman for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said patients who have been assessed at its units are either discharged back home with a suitable care package or transferred to an appropriately staffed and skilled nursing home. “It is sometimes necessary to commission external providers to meet the complex needs of people who …

Sport prosthetics fund will make ‘huge difference’

Prosthetics available on the NHS are designed for daily use, but not specifically for running and sports. Image caption Elizabeth finds it frustrating her two-year-old brother is moving faster than she is Three centres – in Swansea, Cardiff and Wrexham – provide prosthetics to NHS patients. The Artificial Limb and Appliance Centre at Wrexham Maelor Hospital has 59 child patients with single or multiple limb absence. Katie Davis, prosthetics team leader at the centre, said school sports days could be difficult. “They’re struggling, they’re finding it hard to keep up with their friends and they’re feeling a little despondent. “So to turn to a [sports prosthetic] that’s got the action of a proper running device, when it comes to the …

Footballer ‘feels done’ over mental health taunts

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFans have said to me ‘go and hang yourself’ A footballer who previously urged clubs to crack down on mental health abuse says the taunts he receives are driving him out of the game. David Cox, who plays for Scottish League Two side Cowdenbeath, has taken several weeks off while he considers his future. Cox was targeted after speaking about mental health issues and revealing he tried to take his life five years ago. The club has promised to walk off the pitch if he suffers further abuse. Cox said the abuse he receives was having an impact not just on himself but was also affecting his family. Related Topics Cowdenbeath Original …

Huge leaks are exposing Xinjiang’s re-education camps. But don’t expect Beijing to back down

(CNN)The Chinese government’s carefully constructed narrative around its Xinjiang detention centers appears to have been shattered by hundreds of pages of leaked documents published by Western media over the last two weeks. There has been nothing yet to indicate the documents are fake — both the New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists have published theoriginal versions or verbatim copies on their websites. Even China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not directly disputed their authenticity. “For all its efforts at secrecy, the Chinese government can no longer hide the extent, and the reach, of its campaign of repression in Xinjiang,” regional expert Adrian Zenz wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times this week. The …

Conservative: She was not a faceless liberal

(CNN)I am a political activist by nature. In my home country of Brazil, I helped organize peaceful protests against government corruption and abuses of power. At the time — way back in 2013 — Brazil was plagued by scandal, with much of the population living in poverty. And yet the country’s politicians, the source of so much of the scandal, continued to push agendas that benefited themselves and few others. Shortly after the protests, I moved to the United States on a family visa, where I was granted temporary residency, allowing me the right to work. I then began a four-year-long process to gain full citizenship, navigating the complexities and the financial costs of the American immigration bureaucracy. Arriving to …

Tiger Woods says his kids don’t talk about his Masters win

(CNN)His performances are forever being scrutinized by the public eye, but Tiger Woods’ toughest critics could be in his own household. Tiger Woods: An international career of success READ: Tiger Woods — a tumultuous 10 years from scandal to redemption Woods’ victory at the Masters is remembered as one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history, signaling an end to more than a decade of scandal, strife and injury. So bad was his back that even getting out of bed and performing day-to-day tasks was impossible. “I saw a guy that couldn’t move very well, hunched over and (who) need(ed) help to get around the house, go the bathroom, and just anything,” said the 43-year-old. “And that was a long …

Hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen is buying the Mets

New York (CNN Business)The New York Mets have agreed to be sold to hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen, in a deal that will take five years to complete, the team announced Wednesday evening. The Mets had 2018 revenue of $340 million and a valuation of $2.3 billion, according to Forbes, a leading source of information on team finances. The Yankees had revenue of $668 million and a valuation of $4.6 billion, making them by far the most valuable team in the sport according to Forbes. Cohen, 63, is CEO and President of Point72 Asset Management, and he will continue in those roles. “It has always been a dream of mine to be a majority owner of a Major League Baseball …

Roger Federer gets own Swiss coin…and you can buy it

(CNN)Looking for a Christmas gift for a Roger Federer fan? Your search might have come to an end. Follow @cnnsport “There is no other Swiss person in the world as well known as Roger Federer,” it added. “One could almost lose count of his tennis records.” Swissmint cited his 237 straight weeks at world No. 1 and his grand slam haul before mentioning his off-court charitable work, including his foundation. “He is just as active off the court,” the release said. The pre-sale of the coin began Monday and ends December 19 — or earlier if the first run of 55,000 units sell out. Official dispatch then starts January 23 before a gold Federer 50 franc coin with a different …

Future iPhones could drop charging ports altogether

Here’s a little early Christmas present for you. Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo is out with his latest Apple opus. Per usual, it’s got a lot of fascinating nuggets, this time projecting as far as 2021 in its look at iPhones to come. Let’s skip right to that bit, shall we? It seems that 2021 may be the year Apple finally drops the Lightning cable. That would, of course, be good news, given that the port is…how to put this nicely…pretty objectively terrible. Apple, of course, already swapped it out on the iPad Pro for the far-more-ubiquitous-and-generally-better-in-every-way USB C. What’s even more interesting here, however, is the suggestion that it won’t be USB C there to pick up the pace. …

Comic Nish Kumar booed off stage at charity bash

Image Copyright @gregjames @gregjames Report Report The event, at London’s Grosvenor House, was raising money to give vulnerable children a start in life through sport. Speaking to The Guardian on Tuesday, Kumar said: “I made what I considered to be some extremely mild jokes about Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees Mogg, Theresa May and the Brexit process for not going well.” He said the audience was more “easily offended” than he thought they might be. Video footage of the event showed Kumar being interrupted by hecklers, one of whom shouted “don’t do politics”. “It’s an election season and I thought it would be interesting to spark a conversation here,” explained the comedian, “but clearly the conversation I’ve sparked is, ‘this guy …

US Olympian Kenworthy switches to GB

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGus Kenworthy won silver for Team USA in Sochi Winter Olympic silver medallist Gus Kenworthy has switched allegiance from Team USA to Great Britain. The 28-year-old represented the United States at the 2014 and 2018 Games, winning a silver medal in slopestyle in Sochi. Kenworthy holds a British passport and has a British-born mother. “I think for sure 2022 is my final Olympic Games and I decided I wanted to do it for my mum,” he told BBC Newsbeat. Olympians march with pride at opening ceremony Kenworthy says he has not switched allegiances because he would be unlikely to get a spot with the USA at the next Winter Olympics in Beijing. …

Tories pledge to boost Ofsted rather than scrap it

No-notice inspections The Conservatives are setting out a clear dividing line in their policy on schools – calling for a bigger role for Ofsted while opposition parties are moving in the opposite direction and wanting to close it down. Mr Johnson says there will be an extra day added to inspections of secondary and large primary schools to focus on behaviour, bullying and extra-curricular activities, such as sport. He will also announce a pilot of inspections without any notice – an idea previously floated and then rejected because of concerns that inspectors could arrive on days when none of the relevant senior staff was present. Outstanding schools might not be that good Ofsted cuts leave parents guessing, say MPs Labour …