Ivan Kuliak: Russian gymnast banned for one year after wearing pro-war symbol on podium

CNN — Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak, who received criticism outside of Russia for wearing a pro-war symbol on a podium next to a Ukrainian athlete, has received a one-year ban for his actions. The 20-year-old wore a ‘Z’ symbol taped to his leotard while standing next to ​Ukrainian gymnast ​Illia Kovtun on a podium in … Read more

The NBA’s international stars are taking over the league and this could be just the beginning

CNN — A seven-foot man pulls up at a Serbian stable in a horse-drawn carriage. Within moments, he’s in tears. Far away from the glitz and glamor where he showcases his many skills, Nikola Jokic is being presented with the trophy given to the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Most Valuable Player (MVP) outside a horse … Read more

3 shot outside Milwaukee Bucks game. Two hours later, 17 others are shot a few blocks away

CNN — Seventeen people were shot Friday night in downtown Milwaukee just two hours after three were shot a few blocks away, near the arena where the Milwaukee Bucks were playing in the NBA Playoffs. Ten people were taken into custody in the shooting downtown, and 10 firearms were recovered, according to Milwaukee police. The … Read more

Erling Haaland: ‘It’s a decision for Erling,’ Borussia Dortmund CEO says of striker’s impending departure transfer

CNN — The race to secure Erling Haaland’s signature has been one of the most hotly-contested transfer sagas in recent memory – and it would seem to still be finally reaching its conclusion. Multiple UK media outlets have reported that Manchester City will likely announce in the coming week that it has agreed to a … Read more

Afghan women footballers who fled Taliban want to be a voice for the voiceless

Editor’s Note: CNN is not using the players’ full names in this story for their safety. CNN — Even though she says the images play out like a movie in her mind, it’s a scene she couldn’t possibly ever have imagined: The end of her world as she knew it, and quite possibly her own … Read more

Tyson Fury vows to retire from professional boxing and calls himself the ‘best’

CNN — Tyson Fury vowed to retire from professional boxing after producing a masterclass to beat Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium Saturday. The 33-year-old knocked out his opponent in the sixth round with a devastating uppercut before reiterating a promise he made to his wife, Paris, to step away from the sport. “I have to … Read more

Novak Djokovic calls Wimbledon ban on Russian and Belarusian players ‘crazy’

London CNN — Twenty-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic has criticized the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing at Wimbledon this year, calling the move “crazy.” Wimbledon organizers announced on Wednesday that Russian and Belarusian players will not be allowed to compete at this year’s edition following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “I … Read more

Kentucky lawmakers override governor’s veto to enact anti-trans sports ban

Washington CNN — Transgender women and girls in Kentucky will no longer be allowed to compete on sports teams consistent with their gender at public and private schools in the state after lawmakers on Wednesday overrode a veto from their Democratic governor to enact the restrictive measure. Gov. Andy Beshear had vetoed Senate Bill 83, … Read more

Cedric McMillan, star bodybuilder, dead at 44

CNN — Bodybuilder Cedric McMillan has died at the age of 44, his sponsor confirmed Tuesday. “We regret to inform you that our friend and brother @cedricmcmillan passed away today. Cedric will be greatly missed as an athlete, comrade, friend, and father,” Black Skull USA, a supplements company, wrote in a post on Instagram. The … Read more

Los Angeles Lakers: Questionable trades, injuries and a falling star … what went wrong with NBA team

CNN — Los Angeles’ nickname is the “City of Angels,” but this past season for the Los Angeles Lakers has been one conjured straight from the center of Dante’s ‘Inferno.’ The team – one so accustomed to success – endured a rough 2021/22, failing to reach the playoffs after a run of eight consecutive defeats … Read more