Footballer Stephen Darby has retired at the age of 29 after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.   “It is with great sadness that I announced my immediate retirement from professional football due to a recent diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease,” Darby said in a statement released by the club.   “I would like to take the opportunity to thank my teammates, Phil Parkinson and all the staff at Bolton Wanderers Football Club for their amazing support at what has been an extremely difficult period for myself and my family. I would like to ask for privacy at this time so I can adjust to...


Former NHL great Wayne Gretzky has said he is "pleasantly surprised" at the level of ice hockey in China, and that the sport has great potential to grow in the country.   "I'm really impressed by how nice and warm the Chinese people are, and I'm also pleasantly surprised by how much hockey there is here," said Gretzky. "They've got girls' teams and youth hockey programs now, and this is the second year that the NHL has played exhibition games here, so there's a sense that hockey is starting to get followed and watched more."   Despite recent high-profile attempts to improve the game's...


While men dominate the sports world by being paid more than women, there's one sport where women are dominating instead - alpine skiing.   A new report from the Internation Ski Federation found that its top-earning athlete is skier Mikaela Shiffrin from Vail, Colorado. The report found that in the 2017-2018 season, all but one of the top 18 female skiers earned more than the male skiers in prize money. The federation also noted that this is the second year women have out-earned men in alpine skiing since the top 13 female skiers made the most in the 2016-2017. When it came to actual...


Kimi Raikkonen was hardly in the mood to talk about why he’s leaving Ferrari next season. Speaking at a news conference ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix, he reverted to his typically monosyllabic and nonchalant style when asked about the reasons for his departure. It was announced this week that Ferrari will not be renewing the Finnish driver’s contract in 2019.   “This is what happened. It’s not up to me and it’s not my decision,” Raikkonen said on Thursday. “This is the outcome. At least we have an outcome.”   His seat is going to Charles Leclerc. The 20-year-old from Monaco is...


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