Football-mad girl ‘struggled’ to find team

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Girls are better at football than boys” When football-mad Ayah Abduldaim moved to Cardiff from Libya aged 11, she spoke little English and struggled to find a team to play with. But that love of the game helped her to settle in her new home and is still a major part of her life. Now 19, she coaches girls in Grangetown in a similar position for the Football Association of Wales (FAW) Trust. Wales has 370 girls’ teams but 3,438 for boys – the FAW Trust wants 20,000 registered girls playing by 2024. When Ayah arrived at Fitzalan High School, her educational background meant she had to study at a primary school-level …

YouTube star KSI defeats Logan Paul in a controversial boxing rematch

(CNN)It’s a bit of a deja-vu moment. In the fourth round of the game, “Paul landed a big uppercut, sending KSI crashing down to the canvas,” subscription-based sports service DAZN said. “However the ref ruled that it was a punch behind the head and a push that made KSI taste the mat. It was ruled a knockdown and a two-point penalty for Paul.” “I think if you do the math, the two points that I got taken away from me was the reason I lost tonight,” Paul said. So, will there be a third fight? Paul says he’d love another round. As for KSI, he says: “It’s done fam.” OK but why are they fighting? Excellent question. The two controversial …

Australia’s women footballers get equal pay in landmark deal

(CNN)Australia’s top women soccer players will now earn the same as their male counterparts after a landmark deal Wednesday that aimed to close the gender pay gap between the country’s national teams. “Football is the game for everyone, and this new CBA is another huge step toward ensuring that we live the values of equality, inclusivity and opportunity,” said FFA Chairman Chris Nikou in a statement. “This is truly a unique agreement. Every national team, from the Socceroos and Matildas, down to the Youth National Teams as well as the Cerebral Palsy National Teams have been contemplated in this new CBA.” Gender pay gap in soccer Equality in sport has been in the spotlight in recent years with many cases …

Snow causes ‘hazardous’ road conditions

Two football matches in the Cymru Premier have been called off due to the weather – Cefn Druids v Cardiff Met and The New Saints v Carmarthen Town. Image Copyright @Steffan_W_1991 @Steffan_W_1991 A mountain bike centre at Llandegla, Denbighshire, has been forced to close due to deteriorating conditions on nearby roads, according to One Planet Adventure which runs the facilities. Other roads affected by the snow include: A470 Dolgellau to Mallwyd A458 Llanfair Caereinion to Welshpool A483 Newtown to Berriew BBC Wales forecaster Derek Brockway said rain was spreading across Wales with snow in other areas. Report End of Twitter post by @BreconMRT Image copyright BBC Weather Watchers/Jak Image caption Snow in Pen-y-bont-fawr, Powys Report End of Twitter post by …

Chinese team FunPlus Phoenix wins League of Legends World Championship

New York (CNN)Chinese team FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) defeated European rivals G2 Esports to win the World Championship finals of esports phenomenon League of Legends. FPX, a relatively newer group that formed in 2018, represented China, which had a team win the crown last year. After the game FPX member Doinb, said, “Before this, a lot of people said that a mid laner that played my playstyle doesn’t deserve to win the championship, but I think I finally proved that I deserved it.” Every year League of Legends, puts on a show at its World Championship esports finals. In 2017, it flew a giant dragon into a bird’s nest during during the Beijing finals using augmented reality. Last year, it had …

Toxic soccer matches: Stabbings, fascist salutes and banners mocking Mussolini

(CNN)Stabbings, fans appearing to make Nazi salutes as well as supporters mocking former Italian leader Benito Mussolini combined to produce a toxic atmosphere in a leading European football game Thursday. The Rome club has found it difficult to shake off historical associations with fascism. Mussolini was a reported fan of the club and in the past, Lazio has had players who have openly displayed fascist beliefs, such as Paolo Di Canio. Former Lazio player Di Canio, who also used to play for Celtic, said in 2005 that he was “a fascist, not a racist.” READ: Italian youth soccer team scales back plans to play in blackface after criticism During the Glasgow game, the Celtic fans unfurled a banner with an …

Ford reveals electric Mustang with ‘stunning’ acceleration

(CNN)Ford unveiled a fully electric 900-horsepower Mustang at a car show in Las Vegas Wednesday. It’s not for sale, but the customized Mustang is intended to gauge interest in a high-performance electric car, Ford said. The Mustang Lithium is powered by an 800-volt battery system, more than double the power of most electric cars on the road today, according to Ford. The driver can select from four driving modes, including Sport, Track and Beast. The fourth is a Valet mode for when you have to hand someone else the key. The Mustang Lithium was also created as a way to test heat management systems in an electric car, according to Ford. Electric car batteries and motors tend to heat up …

Prestigious Breeders’ Cup Marred By Yet Another Horse Death At Santa Anita

Cup officials said in a statement about two hours after the race that Mongolian Groom had been euthanized after sustaining a serious fracture to his left hind leg. Mongolian Groom was part of the early pace in the 1 1/4-mile race. But jockey Abel Cedillo sharply pulled up the 4-year-old gelding near the eighth pole as the rest of the field charged toward the finish line. It almost worked, too, with the only injury coming in the last of the 14 Cup races over the two days of racing. A green screen was rushed onto the track to block Mongolian Groom from the view of 67,811 fans and a prime-time television audience. He was loaded onto an equine ambulance and …

Goalscoring etiquette: Aaron Ramsey nabs goal from Cristiano Ronaldo

(CNN)Juventus reached the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare thanks to Douglas Costa’s superb goal, but as so often is the case, all the talk centered on Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance. “Following a Ronaldo freekick that was hopelessly spilled by the Lokomotiv keeper, Aaron Ramsey tapped it in as it was just going over the line,” tweeted former England international Gary Lineker. “Ronaldo may not be happy with Mr Ramsey … or will the great man get it overturned?”

Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson just announced the birth of her first baby

(CNN)First, let’s take a moment to marvel over the tiny, wide-eyed wonder that former US Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and her husband, Andrew East, just brought into the world. View this post on Instagram Awww! “She’s the best thing ever,” Johnson said in an Instagram video. The gymnast said she was excited “to be home and to have the greatest little daughter ever.” Johnson won four Olympic medals and also came out a winner in a season of “Dancing with the Stars.” In 2012, she said she would be retiring because of recurring knee problems. The past few days of enjoying their daughter have been “heaven,” East said. “We’ve just been cuddling and talking and having family time.” The couple …

Record breaking Nike sneaker sparks competitive advantage debate ahead of New York City Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge runs on his way to break the historic two-hour barrier for a marathon in Vienna, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Eliud Kipchoge has become the first athlete to run a marathon in less than two hours while wearing the Nike Vaporfly shoes. (Jed Leicester/The INEOS 1:59 Challenge via AP) OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST KIKKAN RANDALL OPENS UP ABOUT HER CANCER BATTLE, RUNNING NYC MARATHON In 2016, the top three contenders in the men’s marathon at the Rio Olympics were all wearing a prototype version of the Nike Vaporfly that’s made with a unique fusion of Pebax foam with a curved carbon fiber plate, according to Outside. Shalane Flanagan won the New York Marathon in 2017 and told Reuters that runners …

Lewis Hamilton clinches sixth F1 world title with second place in US Grand Prix

(CNN)Lewis Hamilton clinched his sixth world title with second place behind Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the US Grand Prix Sunday to become the second most successful driver in Formula One history. READ: Vettel defends Hamilton over environmental social media posts “What an incredible weekend, I can’t believe it, I really can’t believe it,” said Hamilton over race radio at the finish of a punishing race. Only Michael Schumacher with seven world titles stands ahead of Hamilton, who has surpassed the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio in the all-time list. Bottas, who started from pole, with Hamilton only fifth on the grid, was winning for the fourth time this season, hitting the front for the final time with three laps to …

South Africa stuns England to win Rugby World Cup and inspire a nation

(CNN)Twelve years ago, Siya Kolisi sat in a township tavern and dreamed. READ: Rugby World Cup final — as it happened The picture of Kolisi holding the glistening gold Webb Ellis trophy high above the Yokohama sky after South Africa’s 32-12 win over England will adorn the front and back pages of newspapers across the world. It is a picture that will become part of history, but also perhaps, a glimpse of the future. “It is really special and it was more than just a game for us,” Kolisi told ITV after the game. “We are really grateful to have our families here and all I want to do is to inspire my kids and every other kid in South …

How Murdoch’s many Suns play to both sides of Brexit

London (CNN)On September 5, as the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn brawled in Parliament over Brexit and when to hold a general election, The Sun newspaper took a predictable stance, attacking Corbyn. Alongside an image of Corbyn’s face superimposed on the body of a chicken, the headline said “Corbyn clucks up Brexit! Is THIS the most dangerous chicken in Britain?” One of the peculiarities of media in the British isles is the many faces of The Sun, the best-selling newspaper in the country, owned by one of the most powerful media moguls in the English-speaking world, Rupert Murdoch.

John Schneider doesn’t think Bubba Watson took the Confederate flag off of his General Lee

John Schneider and Bubba Watson “I’ve heard that he took the flag off, but, honestly, I have no reason to believe that that’s true,” Schneider said. The actor was promoting his new independent film “Christmas Cars,” in which he defends the General Lee against claims that it is an inherently racist symbol. A longtime fan of the show, Watson called it his “dream car” and often drove it in public, but the Confederate flag painted on the roof soon became an issue when NASCAR decided to cancel a scheduled parade lap by him and the car before the Phoenix race that year. “The image of the Confederate flag is not something that should play an official role in our sport as we …

Wind and rain dislodge boat trapped on rocks above Niagara Falls for 101 years

(CNN)A boat stuck on rocks above Niagara Falls for more than a century has been unmoored by high wind and heavy rains. The story of how the barge came to rest just above the falls is part of local lore. It involves the rescue of two men from nearby Buffalo, according to Hill, who is the senior manager of heritage with the Parks Commission. In 1918, a vessel known as a dumping scow became disconnected from its tug boat — with two men aboard — during a dredging operation, according to the Commission, an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The scow got stranded in the Niagara River, some 650 yards shy of Horseshoe Falls, one …