Fernando Ricksen: Ex-Rangers player dies aged 43 after battle with motor neurone disease

(CNN)Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has passed away at the age of 43 following a battle with motor neurone disease. “It’s very sad news for everyone connected with Rangers and, more importantly, his young family,” Rangers coach Steven Gerrard told a news conference Wednesday. “So on behalf of the club I would like to pay tribute. He was fantastic player and he had a decorated career. “He played with his heart on his sleeve, he was that type, and that was epitomized when he was taken ill in 2013. I think he was given 18 months to live at the time and he has fought ever so hard up to this point. “That sums up the character, the warrior type …

‘I didn’t know it was so boring’: Tedium ends Matosas’s reign as Costa Rica coach

The Costa Rica coach, Gustavo Matosas, has resigned after less than a year in the job, blaming the frequent down times between games The Costa Rica coach, Gustavo Matosas, has resigned after less than a year in the job, blaming the frequent down times between games. I realised that in the national side I feel unproductive even though I kill myself watching videos, Matosas said at a press conference on Wednesday. Its not what I like to be doing. The 52-year-old also admitted that he found the job boring. Its tough not having players in the day-to-day to train them. I only have the players for a week every two months and its killing me. I didnt know it was …

Three-year NFL vet reveals he is bisexual

(CNN)Ryan Russell has played in the NFL for three seasons, but when he suits up and takes the field for his next gameday he will be the first man to play in a regular season game who identifies as bisexual. After sitting out the 2018 season due to an injury, Russell said he wants to live honestly and that means being honest with his teammates. “Today, I have two goals: returning to the NFL, and living my life openly,” he said. “Those two objectives shouldn’t be in conflict. But judging from the fact that there isn’t a single openly LGBTQ player in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball or the NHL, brings me pause. I want to change that.” Other …

The problems that may stop the US retaining the Women’s World Cup

The Americans have arguably the best squad in France this summer. But they are far from a perfect unit as they aim to become world champions again The US womens national team are considered a favorite to win next months World Cup, and theres good reason for it. The team are No1 in the world rankings and have outscored their opponents 85-16 over the past 18 months. The Americans again showed their dominance in a 3-0 win over Mexico on Sunday. But the refrain from coach Jill Ellis afterward was that the USWNT still have plenty to work on if they want to win in France, and US Soccer shouldnt make room in the trophy case just yet. As strong …