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McIlroy set to miss cut at Honda Classic

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course on February 27, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, FloridaWorld number one Rory McIlroy admitted Friday he needs to sharpen up with the Masters only weeks away, as he looked set to miss the cut at the US PGA Tour's Honda Classic. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland found just one birdie with five bogeys in a four-over-par 74 for a seven-over total of 147 that left him three shots over the projected cut line when darkness halted the second round of the rain-hit $6.1 million event in Florida. "I don't like missing cuts," said McIlroy, who last missed a cut on US soil at the 2012 US Open, but missed the cut at the European Tour's Irish Open last June. "You want to be playing on the weekend and I'm not there," added McIlroy, who was already looking forward to next week's World Golf Championships event at Doral in Miami.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:01:25 -0500

Golf-European Tour Joburg Open scores
Feb 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Joburg Open on Friday in Johannesburg. The cut was set at 139. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:48:10 -0500

Golf-McIlroy caught in the crosswinds at Honda Classic
World number one Rory McIlroy gave himself three tournaments to get in optimum form for the Masters in April but the first one ended in disappointment as he missed the cut at the Honda Classic. McIlroy shot 73 and 74 in his two rounds on the Champion Course leaving him seven over par, well outside the cut-line which will be implemented after rain-delayed second rounds are completed on Saturday. A missed cut for the top player in the world is an embarrassment but given the conditions, particularly the tricky winds, McIlroy did not seem overly concerned with his form.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:40:26 -0500

Maccabi win thriller as Real rout Red Star
By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Euroleague holders Maccabi Tel Aviv and record eight-time winners Real Madrid edged closer to the playoffs of Europe's elite club competition with contrasting wins on Thursday. Maccabi edged Panathinaikos 73-70 while Real recovered from an early 14-6 deficit to blow away Red Star Belgrade 85-61 after the visitors committed a whopping 19 turnovers. Maccabi playmaker Jeremy Pargo produced another inspired performance, leading his team with 16 points as the champions repelled a second-half onslaught by the visitors. Having led by double figures in the first half, Maccabi were pegged back by some fine long-range shooting after the interval and Yogev Ohayon also played a key role in the victory with a pair of crucial three-pointers.
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:42:35 -0500

Fore! In Iran, golf remains a game of the elite

Local golfers compete during Iran's National Golf Tournament, at Engelhab sports club in TehranThe bumpy fairways and patchy putting surfaces -- more burnt-out browns than grassy greens -- are not much to look at. In Iran however, this is golf at its finest. In the same way that the streets of Tehran got new names when the Islamic republic dramatically came into being in 1979, so did the Engelhab ("Revolution" in Farsi) Club. Iran's only recognised golf course has had a fairly rough time since.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:31:58 -0500

Herman says Trump gave him timely push to make the tour
By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - Honda Classic first round leader Jim Herman's dream of making the PGA Tour looked to be fading when he was working as an assistant professional at the Trump National course in New Jersey. Trying and failing to qualify for the highly competitive U.S. circuit at the second stage of qualifying school in Tampa proved to be demoralizing for the Cincinnati-born Herman, who eventually threw in the towel. "You play the (third tier) Golden Bear tour, go to Q?School, it was just the same cycle every year," Herman, 37, said after shooting a five-under-par 65 at PGA National on Thursday. I played in Tampa, seems like every year and driving back to East Coast with, 'What am I going to do now?' "I got in the golf business, started working at the PGA Village, got a phone call and started working up at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey." It was there, in 2006, that the owner of the course, American celebrity entrepreneur Donald Trump, spurred Herman to try again at a professional career.
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:55:31 -0500

American Herman moves one ahead at Honda Classic

PGA: RBC Canadian Open-Second RoundBy Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - American journeyman Jim Herman was the unlikely first round leader at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 as world number one Rory McIlroy struggled at blustery PGA National on Thursday. Northern Irishman McIlroy, looking to make a winning start to his build-up to the April 9-12 Masters, recovered from an erratic first 14 holes as he finished birdie-birdie for a three-over 73. Herman, 37, has never won on the PGA Tour and was not even sure of entry into the tournament on Monday but he handled the tough conditions superbly as he stayed bogey-free while recording five birdies on the Champion Course.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:41:24 -0500

Camera-shy Coetsee leads, Clarke misses cut

Northern-Irish golfer Darren Clarke, pictured here during the second round of the PGA Championship in Surrey, England on May 24, 2013, failed to make the cut at the Joburg Open in JohannesburgWallie Coetsee took a one-stroke Joburg Open halfway lead Friday as overnight pacesetter Nic Henning imploded and new Europe Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke failed to make the cut. Camera-shy Coetsee fired a second-round 65 on the west course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club for a 131 two-round total in the two-course tournament.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:32:10 -0500

\'King\' James and Cavs rule Warriors

Kyrie Irving (L) and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate during the first half against the Golden State Warriors, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 26, 2015LeBron James posted a season-high 42 points with 11 rebounds and five assists to lead Cleveland to a 110-99 NBA victory over league-leading Golden State. In Thursday's game, touted as a possible NBA finals preview, James insisted the Cavaliers weren't out to make a statement against the Warriors, but they did so nevertheless. Cleveland avenged a 112-94 loss to the Warriors in January as they notched their fourth straight victory and an 18th win in their last 20 games.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:42:47 -0500

Golf-McIlroy faces battle to avoid missing cut at wet Honda
World number one Rory McIlroy faced a battle to make the cut at the Honda Classic at PGA National on Friday, reaching the turn at five over-par for the tournament. Heavy rain leading to standing water on the greens caused delays of over two hours on Friday morning but when play did resume, McIlroy found it hard going. McIlroy has not missed a cut since the Irish Open in 2014.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:50:45 -0500

Golf-Clarke misses cut as Coetsee grabs Jo\'burg Open lead
Just a week after the euphoria of being named Europe's 2016 Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke missed the cut at the European Tour's Jo'burg Open following a sloppy round of 72 on Friday. The Northern Irishman played on the supposedly easier West Course at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club, but three bogeys on his back nine meant the former British Open champion missed out on the weekend action by four strokes. Overnight leader Nic Henning, who possesses the worst possible world ranking of joint 1,555th, also dropped out of the competition after a disastrous 78, including four bogeys in consecutive holes, followed his opening 62. At the top of the leaderboard, South African Wallie Coetsee carded a 65 for a total of 12 under par and a one-shot advantage over Briton Simon Dyson (67) and the home pair Garth Mulroy (68) and Tjaart van der Walt (69).
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:22:31 -0500

NBA\'s Derrick Rose set for knee operation

Derrick Rose will have surgery on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Chicago Bulls sayFormer NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose will have surgery on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Chicago Bulls said. Rose will undergo a meniscectomy, which is removal of part or all of the meniscus, and Bulls general manager Gar Forman will discuss the 26-year-old's prognosis after the procedure. If the tear is small, it's possible Rose could return within six weeks. It's the second straight season that Rose has needed surgery for a similar injury in the same knee.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:47:58 -0500

Indiana\'s George has first full workout since injury

Indiana Pacers star Paul George underwent his first full practice session since breaking his right leg last August and said he hopes to return for NBA games in MarchIndiana Pacers star Paul George underwent Thursday his first full practice session since breaking his right leg last August and said he hopes to return for NBA games in March. Most expected that George would miss the entire 2014-15 NBA campaign but he vowed to return for at least a portion of the season and took a major step toward that goal Thursday. "It felt really good," George said.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:01:13 -0500

McIlroy struggles in wind at Honda but lives to fight on

PGA: The Honda Classic-First RoundBy Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has had his share of ups and downs at the Honda Classic and Thursday's opening round, where he shot a three-over-par 73, was no different. The Northern Irishman won at PGA National in 2012 with a victory that sent him to the world number one spot for the first time in his career and signaled his arrival as one of the sport's true stars. McIlroy walked off the course just a year later during his first round, talking about being in a "bad place" but later saying a painful toothache had been behind his withdrawal. Twelve months ago, he played some outstanding golf but surrendered a three-stroke lead with an error-strewn 74 in the final round before losing out to American Russell Henley in a four-way playoff.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:30:14 -0500

McIlroy struggles in wind, unheralded Herman leads Honda Classic

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his tee shot during the first round of The Honda Classic on February 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, FloridaWorld number one Rory McIlroy battled to a three-over-par 73 at a windswept Honda Classic in his first US PGA Tour start of 2015. Given Thursday's daunting conditions, which saw only 19 players break par, the Northern Irishman wasn't too disappointed with an effort that left him eight shots off the pace set by Web.com Tour graduate Jim Herman.



Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:44:38 -0500

Masters countdown ticks fast for Tiger

PGA: Farmers Insurance Open-First RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the clock counts down for the April 9-12 Masters, fans, players and medical experts continue to speculate on whether a shockingly out-of-sorts Tiger Woods will be able to compete at the year's opening major. Woods missed the Masters last year for the first time in his career after being advised by doctors to have back surgery and his participation in the 2015 edition is in serious doubt given his struggle for form and fitness this season.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:53:30 -0500

Golf-American Herman moves one ahead at Honda Classic
* Flawless 65 earns Herman outright lead * McIlroy opens with a 73 on blustery day (Updates at close of play) By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, Feb 26 (Reuters) - American journeyman Jim Herman was the unlikely first round leader at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 as world number one Rory McIlroy struggled at blustery PGA National on Thursday. Herman, 37, has never won on the PGA Tour and was not even sure of entry into the tournament on Monday but he handled the tough conditions superbly as he stayed bogey-free while recording five birdies on the Champion Course.
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:31:51 -0500

Going to the game? Pack earplugs and lose the vuvuzela, WHO says

A young Japan soccer supporter plays the vuvuzela before the international friendly soccer match between Japan and Ivory Coast in SionSports fans risk having their hearing ruined by vuvuzela trumpets and deliberate attempts to increase stadium noise and they need to start seeing earplugs as something cool, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Shelly Chadha, a WHO expert on preventing deafness, said some U.S. sporting crowds consider breaking noise levels as an achievement, and cited a 136.6 decibel world record claimed by Seattle Seahawks fans in 2013. Asked if they should be banned, Chadha said: "Yes, well, vuvuzelas are certainly something we can live without." Around 1.1 billion young people are at risk from hearing loss, the WHO said, in addition to about 180 million who have already suffered preventable damage to their hearing. As well as sporting events, there are risks to hearing at nightclubs and from listening to smartphones, and the solutions include volume limits, noise-cancelling headphones and earplugs, which can reduce noise levels by 30 decibels, turning the roar of a fighter jet into little more than a hair dryer.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:29:49 -0500

Reports on late stages of close games going public

NBA referees Eric Dalen, Ken Mauer and Leroy Richardson (L-R) talk during the Phoenix and Denver game on February 25, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The NBA will start making public play-by-play reports on all calls in the key minutes of tight gamesTrying to boost transparency regarding officiating, the NBA announced Friday it will start making public play-by-play reports on all calls and non-calls in the key minutes of tight games. The move will begin Monday and continue throughout the NBA playoffs and cover the final two minutes of close games and entire over-time periods, creating a standard protocol for comments on the most scrutinized calls in games. The move followed this season's launch of the NBA replay center and internet postings of replays used by officials to determine calls during reviews. "Our fans are passionate and have an intense interest in understanding how the rules are applied," NBA executive vice president Mike Bantom said.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:49:53 -0500

Earl Lloyd, first African-American in NBA, dead at 86
(Reuters) - Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association, died on Thursday at the age of 86, the league said on its website. The cause of death was not disclosed. Lloyd paved the way for black players when he made his NBA debut with the Washington Capitols in 1950. He missed the 1951-52 season due to military service but later won a championship with the Syracuse Nationals and also played for the Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960. According to basketball-reference.com, Lloyd, a small forward, scored 4,682 points in 560 games. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:19:38 -0500

Trail Blazers spoil Westbrook\'s triple double

Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City dunks the ball in the second half during the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2015 in New York CityPortland (AFP) - Russell Westbrook recorded his third straight triple double but it wasn't enough to beat Portland as the Trail Blazers defeated Oklahoma City 115-112 Friday night.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:55:39 -0500

Rose undergoes knee surgery, out four to six weeks

Former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose underwent successful right knee surgery and should return to the Chicago Bulls in four to six weeks, general manager Gar Forman saysFormer NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose underwent successful right knee surgery Friday and should return to the Chicago Bulls in four to six weeks, general manager Gar Forman said. The operation to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee found only a small tear, a break considering the 26-year-old playmaker's history of major knee injuries. It's the second season in a row Rose has suffered a torn right meniscus.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:43:21 -0500

Sky News shows student picture of \'Jihadi John\' in baseball cap
Sky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi is Jihadi John, the black-clad militant seen brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent in videos released by Islamic State (IS). The document obtained by Sky News also showed that Emwazi had completed a degree in Information Systems with Business Management.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:21:04 -0500

Clarke misses cut as Coetsee grabs Jo?burg Open lead

Clarke of Northern Ireland chips onto the 17th green during the third day of practice for the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in LouisvilleJust a week after the euphoria of being named Europe?s 2016 Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke missed the cut at the European Tour?s Jo?burg Open following a sloppy round of 72 on Friday. The Northern Irishman played on the supposedly easier West Course at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club, but three bogeys on his back nine meant the former British Open champion missed out on the weekend action by four strokes. Overnight leader Nic Henning, who possesses the worst possible world ranking of joint 1,555th, also dropped out of the competition after a disastrous 78, including four bogeys in consecutive holes, followed his opening 62. At the top of the leaderboard, South African Wallie Coetsee carded a 65 for a total of 12 under par and a one-shot advantage over Briton Simon Dyson (67) and the home pair Garth Mulroy (68) and Tjaart van der Walt (69).



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:27:53 -0500

Seven-over McIlroy set to miss cut at Honda Classic

PGA: The Honda Classic-Second RoundWorld number one Rory McIlroy was set to miss the cut after shooting a four-over par 74 in his second round of the Honda Classic on Friday to go seven-over for the tournament. Heavy rain wiped out most of the morning and at the close, Californian Brendan Steele led by two strokes over Texan Patrick Reed after shooting birdies on each of his first four holes before darkness fell. Overnight leader Jim Herman, the journeyman American who shot a 65 on Thursday, managed just three holes, making par on all to stand five-under. England's Luke Donald shot a 67 to move four shots off the lead alongside compatriot Ian Poulter and Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who had not finished their rounds.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:21:51 -0500

British TV shows student picture of \'Jihadi John\' in baseball cap

A masked, black-clad militant brandishes a knife in this still image from videoSky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi is Jihadi John, the black-clad militant seen brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent in videos released by Islamic State (IS). The document obtained by Sky News also showed that Emwazi had completed a degree in Information Systems with Business Management.



Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:12:46 -0500

Paul makes amends as Clippers avenge loss to Grizzlies

Chris Paul (R) of the Los Angeles Clippers tries to get past Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets on February 11, 2015 at Staples CenterThe Los Angeles Clippers avenged a loss to Memphis earlier in the week with a 97-79 victory Friday behind a stellar 19-point performance from Chris Paul. Paul, who botched the closing seconds of Memphis' win on Monday, carried the Clippers Friday by scoring 11 of his points in the fourth quarter. Paul got all his final quarter points in a three-minute span and his three-pointer pushed the Clippers' lead to 86-70 with just over four minutes left. His costly turnover helped Memphis to a 90-87 victory at Staples Center arena four days earlier.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:33:43 -0500

Egypt court lists Hamas as terrorist organization - state TV
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization, Egyptian state television said on Saturday. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. (Reporting By Ahmed Tolba; Writing By Shadi Bushra; Editing by Pravin Char)
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:01:08 -0500

India pledges infrastructure spending to help economy \'fly\'

India's finance minister pledged major investment in infrastructure on Saturday, saying it was time for the economy to "fly" as he unveiled the new right-wing government's first full budget. Arun Jaitley said his government had inherited an economy dominated by "doom and gloom" when it took power last year, trumpeting its achievements in conquering inflation and kickstarting growth. The world is predicting this is India's chance to fly," he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power last year on a pledge to revive India's flagging economic fortunes and provide jobs for its rapidly growing population of over 1.2 billion.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:42:33 -0500

New Zealand edge past Australia, India thrash UAE at World Cup

New Zealand's Brendon McCullum plays a shot during against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland on February 28, 2015New Zealand reached the World Cup quarter-finals with a nail-biting one-wicket win over Australia in Auckland on Saturday, while 5,500km away in Perth India destroyed the amateurs of the UAE by nine wickets. New Zealand carved out a fourth win in four games in Pool A but, in pursuit of just 152 and sitting comfortably at 78 for one, the Black Caps were crippled by sudden stage-fright as their next eight wickets fell for just 68 runs with 40,000 fans at Eden Park on the edge of their seats.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:37:06 -0500

Prince William dons samurai gear on Japan tour

Britain's Prince William wears a samurai outfit as Japanese actress Mao Inoue looks on during a visit to Japan's national broadcaster NHK on February 28, 2015Britain's Prince William donned the trappings of feudal nobility in Japan Saturday, wearing the helmet and clothes of an ancient samurai during a tour of a TV studio. The dressing up session took place at the main studios of Japan's national broadcaster NHK, on the set of one of its popular long-running period dramas.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:40:51 -0500

Egypt court sentences 4 Muslim Brotherhood members to death
CAIRO (AP) ? An Egyptian court has sentenced four members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization to death and 14 to life in prison.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:23:10 -0500

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead, police hunt killers

Medics carry the body of Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead, in central MoscowBy Alexander Winning and Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis, was shot dead steps from the Kremlin in a murder that underscored the risks taken by the Russian opposition. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across a bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, just before midnight on Friday, police said. A former deputy prime minister who had feared he would be murdered, Nemtsov was the most prominent opposition figure killed in Putin's 15-year-rule.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:07:40 -0500

Di Maria vows to fire United to top four finish

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria (R), pictured at Old Trafford against Leicester City on January 31, 2015, has promised to make up for a spluttering start by firing his side into the Champions LeagueAngel di Maria has promised to make up for his spluttering start at Manchester United by firing his side into the Champions League. Fourth placed United are one point ahead of Southampton in fifth place and hope to return to winning ways after seeing a seven-game unbeaten run ended by a 2-1 loss at Swansea in their last outing. The Argentina international has only offered occasional glimpses of his vast talent since a British record 59.7 million ($92 million) move from Real Madrid last year and he told MUTV: "I've had a couple of games where things haven't gone as well as they could have. Scarred by mid-week Champions League disappointment, Manchester City have a golden opportunity to enhance their title defence when they visit Liverpool on Sunday.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:22:38 -0500

AP PHOTOS: Germany Young Ensemble

In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, a mother helps her daughter to dress up for the first round of a casting for the the Young Ensemble of the Friedrichstadt-Palast Theatre in Berlin, Germany. Hundreds of children apply every year for only 20-30 spots in the theater?s renowned Young Ensemble. Overall, some 250 children, ages seven through 16, attend the school at any one time. The ensemble provides year-round theatre training for children. All children receive two years of basic training in classic dance, drama and jazz. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BERLIN (AP) ? Hoping to demonstrate their posture, agility and strength, a handful of boys and more than 120 girls between ages 7 and 9 tried out for the Young Ensemble of Berlin's Friedrichstadt-Palast theatre in February.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:59:31 -0500

Russian investigators: Nemtsov killing may be provocation

In this file photo taken on Thursday, May 30, 2013, Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and opposition leader, presents a report claiming widespread corruption during preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, at a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russian police say opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed in Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)MOSCOW (AP) ? Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, officials said. Nemtsov was killed just a day before a protest planned against Putin's rule.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:50:56 -0500

Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin

People lays flowers at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was attacked, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Nemtsov was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)BERLIN (AP) ? Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly. Here is a selection of comments.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:30:34 -0500

Masters countdown ticks fast for Tiger

PGA: Farmers Insurance Open-First RoundBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the clock counts down for the April 9-12 Masters, fans, players and medical experts continue to speculate on whether a shockingly out-of-sorts Tiger Woods will be able to compete at the year's opening major. Woods missed the Masters last year for the first time in his career after being advised by doctors to have back surgery and his participation in the 2015 edition is in serious doubt given his struggle for form and fitness this season.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:53:45 -0500

Wisconsin\'s Walker adjusts to rigor of presidential politics

In this Feb. 26, 2015, photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gestures while speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. Wisconsin?s governor recently leapt into the top-tier of the Republican Party?s 2016 presidential class. In the weeks since, Walker has stumbled under the bright lights of his newfound status. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) ? Scott Walker may have won three elections in the past four years, but he's still finding his way in presidential politics.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:18:43 -0500

Rwandan singer jailed for plot to kill president

Kagame addresses a high-level summit during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkA popular singer in Rwanda known for his renditions of the national anthem was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of plotting to kill Rwandan President Paul Kagame and other senior officials. The prosecution said the accused had worked with the South Africa-based opposition group, the Rwanda National Congress. Singer Kizito Mihigo was ordered jailed for 10 years, while Cassien Ntamuhanga, a journalist for Rwanda's Amazing Christian Radio in Kigali, was sentenced to 25 years, and Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi, a former soldier, was sentenced to 30 years. Mihigo, a Tutsi survivor of Rwanda's 1994 genocide, was well-known for singing the national anthem at official ceremonies, including some attended by the president.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:00:16 -0500

Daytona winner Logano takes Atlanta pole; 13 cars shut out

NASCAR driver Joey Lagano smiles after winning the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) ? Joey Logano is on quite a roll, following up his victory in the Daytona 500 by taking the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:05:56 -0500

Ukraine\'s military reports significant fall in fighting

An armed man with the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army salutes from the top of a mobile artillery cannon as his convoy starts pulling back from DonetskUkraine's military said on Saturday there had been a significant decrease in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, but said rebels had fired GRAD missiles at the town of Avdiivka despite a two-week-old ceasefire deal. On Friday, Ukraine reported the first deaths among its servicemen in three days, underscoring the fragility of the truce meant to have taken effect on Feb. 15, as government troops and rebels pulled back heavy weapons from the frontline. The Ukrainian military reported isolated attacks by rebels on government positions, including strikes from GRAD missiles around government-held Avdiivka, north of rebel-held Donetsk and home to one of Europe's largest coke plants. Fighting in Ukraine's industrialized east has devastated the steel sector, which before the conflict erupted last April accounted for 15 percent of the economy.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:38:22 -0500

Spock\'s ears: A pointy trademark for Leonard Nimoy

FILE- This undated file photo shows actors in the TV series "Star Trek," from left, Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy and James Doohan as Commander Scott. Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr. Spock in ?Star Trek? died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. (AP Photo/Paramount Television ,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, likely had the most famous lobes in Hollywood. As the logical half-human, half-alien Mr. Spock in "Star Trek," his pointy Vulcan appendages became a signature ? and a nuisance ? for the actor. Here's a few facts about those iconic ears:



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:21:14 -0500

Egypt court lists Hamas as terrorist organisation - state TV
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, Egyptian state television said on Saturday. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:12:43 -0500

Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speech

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran _ a less provocative, closed-door session. Netanyahu turned them down, frustrating members of President Barack Obama's party caught between the White House and the Israeli leader. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran ? a less provocative, closed-door session.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:10:04 -0500

Libyan PM says Turkey supplying weapons to rival Tripoli group

Libya's PM Abdullah al-Thinni speaks to reporters in Abu DhabiBy Ahmed Tolba and Ayman al-Warfalli CAIRO/BENGHAZI (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government would stop dealing with Turkey because it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so that "the Libyan people kill each other". Two administrations, one in the capital and Thinni's in the east, have been battling for power since the armed group Libya Dawn seized Tripoli in July and reinstated lawmakers from a previous assembly, four years after Muammar Gaddafi was ousted. "Turkey is a state that is not dealing honestly with us. A spokesman for Turkey's Foreign Ministry strongly denied Thinni's allegations.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:07:38 -0500

McIlroy lasts only 2 days in American return

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, smiles as he prepares to hit out of the sand trap on the third hole during the second round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) ? As far as star power goes, the PGA Tour is like a fireworks show in the rain.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:14:13 -0500

Tributes pour in for \'Star Trek\' legend Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, who played the role of 'Spock' in the Star Trek TV and film franchise, gives the famous 'Vulcan' greeting next to his wife at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness" in Hollywood, California on May 14, 2013President Barack Obama joined Leonard Nimoy's co-stars from "Star Trek" to bid adieu to the actor who delighted sci-fi fans worldwide with his iconic turn as the pointy-eared half-human, half-Vulcan Mr Spock in the "Star Trek" television series and films. "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy," said Obama, who recalled meeting the Boston-born Nimoy with the Vulcan salute in 2007. Nimoy, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, died Friday at the age of 83 at his home in Los Angeles, his family and agent said.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:03:00 -0500

China questions U.S. threat of UN sanctions on South Sudan

China's Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi speaks during a meeting of the Security Council at the United Nations in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China on Friday questioned the logic behind a U.S. push to create a United Nations sanctions regime for South Sudan while warring parties there negotiate a power-sharing deal to end the conflict in the country, the world's newest state. The United States circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on the measure to the 15-member body on Tuesday but stopped short of proposing an arms embargo or placing specific individuals on a blacklist. "To apply a punitive measure now would send out what kind of a message ? a right message or wrong message?" China is a Security Council veto-wielding member, along with Russia, the United States, France and Britain. Thousands of people have been killed and more than a million have fled their homes since fighting erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 between soldiers allied to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to his former deputy Riek Machar.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:11:22 -0500

Congo army drives rebels from eastern hills in fierce fighting
By Kenny Katombe KIRUMBA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese government forces ousted rebels from hills in heavy fighting in North Kivu province on Friday, an army spokesman said, cranking up a campaign to crush an insurgency at the heart of two decades of conflict. The rebel ranks contain remnants of fighters involved in neighbouring Rwanda's genocide in 1994. By 1400 GMT, the army had secured most of the hills and rebels retreated deeper into the forest near Kirumba in Virunga National Park, an army spokesman said. The park abuts the border of Congo and Rwanda and is famous for its mountain gorillas.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:02:22 -0500

5 things to know about Estonia\'s parliamentary election

CAPTION CORRECTION, CORRECTS CITY IN CAPTION AND IPTC FIELD - Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves greets people in Narva, Estonia, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2014. Troops and vehicles from U.S. and NATO regiments took part in the military parade to mark Estonia?s Independence Day near the Russian border, in the first known official appearance of the forces so close to the former Cold War enemy. (AP Photo/Liis Treimann)TALLINN, Estonia (AP) ? Estonia's center-right government is being challenged by a party that draws its support from the Baltic country's Russian minority. Here are five things to know about Estonia's parliamentary vote on Sunday:



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:01:45 -0500

Obama mourns passing of Nimoy: \'I loved Spock\'
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama said Friday that Leonard Nimoy, who made the sign for "Live long and prosper" famous around the world, achieved that goal during his 83 years on planet Earth.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:09:25 -0500

UAE win toss, opt to bat against India in Perth
United Arab Emirates captain Mohammad Tauqir won the toss and opted to bat first in their World Cup Pool B match against defending champions India at the WACA in Perth on Saturday. "We think these are good conditions and a good wicket to bat on first and we would like to put up a total and then defend it," Tauqir said at the toss. India, who lifted the trophy on home soil in 2011, have won both their prior meetings against UAE and will go in as firm favourites in their third pool match at the tournament. Medium pace bowler Bhuvneswar Kumar replaced Mohammed Shami, ruled out with a mild left-knee problem, from the Indian team that beat South Africa by 130 runs in Melbourne last weekend.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:33:43 -0500

Jailed Kurdish leader calls on PKK to lay down arms
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end a 30-year insurgency, Turkey's main Kurdish party said Saturday.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:04:47 -0500

Police in German city warn of potential extremist threat
BERLIN (AP) ? Police in the German city of Bremen are warning of a potential danger from Islamic extremists there and say they are stepping up security measures.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:13:10 -0500

Nadal crushes Delbonis to reach Argentine Open semi-final

Nadal plays a shot during his tennis match against Delbonis at the ATP Argentina Open in Buenos AiresNadal, who went down to a first defeat in 53 consecutive semi-finals on clay at the Rio Open last weekend, pumped his fist after winning a superb rally in the fifth game of the second set and again when the Argentine hit the ball wide on second match point. "It was very important for me to reach the semi-finals here in Argentina," said Nadal, who overwhelmed Delbonis in an impressive battering lasting one hour and four minutes. "Now the next step is to reach the final to improve on ... Rio de Janeiro last week and I hope to do it," he added in a courtside interview after the quarter-final at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. The Spaniard, who dropped to world number four with his loss to Italian Fabio Fognini in Rio de Janeiro, meets Argentine Carlos Berlocq in Saturday's second semi-final with a 65th title and Guillermo Vilas's record of 46 claycourt crowns in his sights.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:52:51 -0500

Homeland Security funding fight shows limits on GOP power
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they're really in charge.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:07:14 -0500

U.S., Liberia kick off trial of Ebola drug ZMapp

A health worker disinfects a road in the Paynesville neighborhood of MonroviaBy Reuters Staff CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. and Liberian researchers have started a clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc's Ebola drug ZMapp, an experimental treatment that has already been tried in a handful of Ebola patients, including two U.S. missionaries. The trial, a joint effort by the Liberian government and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will be conducted in Liberia and the United States among adults and children infected with Ebola, NIAID said on Friday.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:01:25 -0500

Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015 file photo, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill. speaks to reporters in Peoria Ill. Schock personally reimbursed $40,000 in congressional office renovations after a news report revealed the lavish-looking decorations, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:06:59 -0500

China\'s central bank cuts rates again to boost economy
BEIJING (AP) ? China on Saturday cut interest rates for the second time in three months, adding to signs that Chinese leaders are worried that the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:04:15 -0500

Lesotho goes to polls in bid for stability 6 months after coup attempt

Locals wait to cast their votes during Lesotho's national elections in Magkhoakhoeng village, outside the capital MaseruBy Tiisetso Motsoeneng and Marafaele Mohloboli MASERU (Reuters) - The people of Lesotho voted on Saturday in a tense election they hope will restore stability six months after an attempted coup in the southern African nation. Lesotho has been on a political knife-edge since August after soldiers occupied the country's police headquarters and encircled prime minister Thomas Thabane's residence. Thabane, who briefly fled to South Africa, accused his deputy Mothetjoa Metsing of working with the army to oust him, an allegation Metsing and the military have denied. "This election will go far in resolving the political crisis facing the country after the coalition collapsed due to poor leadership in August," Fako Likoti, an independent political analyst.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:53:54 -0500

Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself

Sgt. Jeff Kinder of the Missouri State Highway Patrol addresses a news conference at the Texas County Justice Center in Houston, Mo., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Authorities say multiple people were shot to death and one was wounded in attacks in a small southeastern Missouri town, and the suspected gunman was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. (AP Photo/Houston Herald, Jeff McNiell)TYRONE, Mo. (AP) ? Residents in a remote area of southern Missouri are trying to come to grips with what could cause a man to kill seven people, including four of his own relatives, in a nighttime shooting spree that spanned four homes.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:45:15 -0500

Marathon bombing trial stays in Boston, federal panel says

FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case "does not equate to disqualifying prejudice." (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)BOSTON (AP) ? Publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed next week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:34:15 -0500

Libyan aircraft crashes near Tunisian border - state news agency
An aircraft from Libyan forces controlling Tripoli crashed near the Tunisian border and may have been shot down, Tunisia's state news agency TAP reported on Friday. The aircraft went down 5 kilometers from the frontier inside Libya, TAP said, but did not provide any further details.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:13:06 -0500

Bombings kill 19 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) ? A series of car bombs on Saturday ripped through a crowded marketplace and a Shiite militia's checkpoint, killing a total of 19 people in separate attacks north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials said, as the country's prime minister vowed to punish those who smashed ancient artifacts in a northern city.
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:24:16 -0500

Lesotho votes in bid to overcome tension

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 supporters attend a rally of the Democratic Congress rally in Maseru, Lesotho ahead of elections to be held Saturday. The small mountain kingdom goes to the polls in early elections in the hope of restoring order after a coup attempt last year, but there is concern that a rejection of the results by some parties could spark more violence, jeopardizing hopes of improvement for the country's poor majority. (AP Photo)JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:15:05 -0500

Thousands protest Boko Haram, support army in Cameroon

A man wears a sign on his back with his request to be trained and sent to the front line to fight against the Boko Haram attends a march in support of the Cameroonian army in YaoundeThousands of people marched in Cameroon's capital on Saturday to protest against Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgency and support the Central African nation's army, which is fighting alongside regional neighbours to defeat the Islamist group. The march in Yaounde was aimed at informing the public, especially in the southern regions, about the threat posed by Boko Haram, which has carried out regular cross-border raids in the far north, one of the organisers said. "It was important to tell Cameroonians that we are at war and a part of the country is suffering," said Gubai Gatama, a newspaper editor who was among the march's organisers. "About 150,000 people have been displaced by the conflict." In addition to its own citizens forced to flee the violence, thousands of refugees have poured into Cameroon from northeastern Nigeria, where Boko Haram is seeking to carve out an Islamist emirate.



Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:13:54 -0500

 

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