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US open Rio tune-up with 111-74 win over Argentina
Kevin Durant scored 23 points and DeMarcus Cousins pulled down 15 rebounds as the United States cruised past Argentina 111-74 in their first tune-up for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States will be favored to win a third straight Olympic gold medal under coach Mike Krzyzewski, despite the absence of such NBA stars as LeBron James and Stephen Curry.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 02:43:38 -0400
Golf\'s Rio return jars environmentalists, players stay away
By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Golf's return to the Olympic Games next month for the first time in 112 years has been marred by the absence of the sport's leading players and a court battle over potential environmental damage resulting from a new course in Brazil. Players, including the world's top four, are turning up their noses at the Olympics, citing concerns over the mosquito-borne Zika virus even though scientists have said there is little risk visitors will be infected during the Games, which start on Aug. 5. The golfers' lack of enthusiasm comes after the host city of Rio de Janeiro built a 18-hole course on 58,000 square meters of natural park in the Barra de Tijuca neighborhood.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:39:01 -0400
England, Taiwan off to perfect starts at LPGA Crown
Charley Hull finished eagle-birdie and Holly Clyburn closed with a match-winning birdie as England stunned the United States with two four-ball triumphs to open the LPGA International Crown. The eight-nation team event saw seedings turned upside down at the Merit Club in suburban Chicago as the top four of South Korea, Japan, Australia and the US managed only one win among them. "Well, I just love playing in this kind of environment, especially when you are a bit of an underdog," Hull said.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:50:11 -0400
Snedeker leads Johnson, du Toit by one stroke at Canadian Open golf
By Tim Wharnsby OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - American Brandt Snedeker made an easy-looking eagle at the par-five 18th at the Canadian Open on Saturday to put himself in position for his second win of the season. Snedeker, the 2013 champion, also moved within sight of a second win at Glen Abbey with his third-round 66 in hot and dry conditions. At nine-total of 207, he has a one-stroke lead over U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson (71) and 21-year-old Canadian amateur Jared du Toit (70) heading into the final round.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:53:20 -0400
NBA MVP Curry regrets missing Rio Games
(Reuters) - Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry said the injuries he suffered during the playoffs forced him to pull out of the Rio Olympics, a decision that still does not sit well with him. "I wasn't too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the games," Curry told the Mercury News on Thursday during a Facebook Live news conference. The Golden State shooting artist was uncharacteristically inconsistent for the remainder of the post-season, which concluded with the Warriors losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Game Seven finale of the NBA Finals.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:35:10 -0400
Shot clock and music set to feature in six-hole Euro event
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley wants to introduce a six-hole event incorporating a shot clock, music, different clothes and fewer clubs in an effort to attract more golf followers. "Yes, there would be a shot clock," Pelley told BBC radio. "Yes, there would be music.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:46:14 -0400
Golf-Shot clock and music set to feature in six-hole Euro event
By Tony Jimenez LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) - European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley wants to introduce a six-hole event incorporating a shot clock, music, different clothes and fewer clubs in an effort to attract more golf followers. "Yes, there would be a shot clock," Pelley told BBC radio. "Yes, there would be music.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:39:14 -0400
NBA pulls All-Star Game from Charlotte over transgender law
The NBA is moving its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, given its objections to a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the league on Thursday. The NBA has been opposed to House Bill 2, or HB2, since it was passed in March and tried to work with local governments to change the law before ultimately making a decision of relocating its mid-February exhibition. "While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2," the league said in a statement.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:23:25 -0400
Johnson in share of Canadian Open lead; Day three back
(Reuters) - World number two Dustin Johnson eagled the final hole to earn a share of the lead with fellow American Luke List after the first round at the RBC Canadian Open on Thursday. Johnson sank a 12-foot putt at the par-five 18th to cap a roller-coaster afternoon round that also included seven birdies, a bogey and double-bogey at sun-baked Glen Abbey Golf Club outside Toronto. Other than that I thought I played really nicely all day long." Defending champion Jason Day was also rewarded for his aggressive approach with a 69.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:50:08 -0400
Johnson tied for early lead at Canadian Open
Reigning US Open champion Dustin Johnson fired a six-under par 66 to seize a share of the lead at the PGA Tour's Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club. The 11-time PGA winner made seven birdies, an eagle, a bogey and a double bogey to move into a tie atop the leaderboard with Luke List at the Toronto-area course. Johnson, who won the US Open last month at Oakmont, is making his fourth start in the Canadian Open.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:36:32 -0400
Day defends PGA crown as Mickelson seeks more magic
Moving the 98th PGA Championship two weeks after the British Open to accomodate golf's Rio Olympic return has allowed several favorites to quickly try and move on from disappointments at Royal Troon. Australia's world number one Jason Day, who will defend his first major title this week at Baltusrol, shared 22nd at the British Open. Third-ranked Jordan Spieth shared 30th at Royal Troon and 37th at the US Open.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 03:06:55 -0400
Former Vikings and Cardinals coach Green dies at 67
Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green died Friday after suffering a heart attack, the NFL teams said. "All of us at the Cardinals are incredibly saddened by the news of Dennis Green's passing," Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. "Coach Green will right be remembered as a true innovator, leader and pioneer among football coaches.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:24:20 -0400
Working on its short game -- European Tour to trial six-hole format
A new six-hole team format featuring shot clocks, music and fewer clubs is set to be trialled next season by the European Tour. The tour's chief executive Keith Pelley is hoping to make golf more appealing to youngsters by bringing the new format to the schedule as early as 2018. Shortening the game has been discussed many times before by pundits and players, and the European Tour brought in stricter rules on slow play earlier this season.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:52:40 -0400
More \'B Team\' than \'Dream Team\' as U.S. eye Rio basketball gold
Despite missing the game's two best players the U.S. men's basketball team are still the slam dunk favorite to return home from the Rio Olympics with the gold medal. With many top players turning down a chance to throw on the Stars and Stripes, the U.S. squad are more "B Team" than "Dream Team" but are nonetheless a frightening collection of talent capable of providing Olympic-size nightmares for opponents. Among other Americans choosing to skip the Aug. 5-21 Rio Games are National Basketball Association All-Stars Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:18:47 -0400
Day joined by McIlroy, Mickelson to start PGA Championship
World number one Jason Day will have Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson alongside him for the first two rounds of the 98th PGA Championship as he begins defending his title. Groupings and tee times released Friday by the PGA of America for the year's final major tournament at Baltusrol also featured the traditional grouping of the year's prior major winners -- Sweden's Henrik Stenson from the British Open, American Dustin Johnson from the US Open and England's Danny Willett from the Masters. Australian star Day, who won his first major crown last year at Whistling Straits and has seven titles in the past 12 months, will tee off at 8:30 a.m. (12:30 GMT) Thursday at the 10th hole and 1:45 p.m. Friday off the first tee with fourth-ranked McIlroy, the 2014 PGA winner at Valhalla, and 13trh-ranked Mickelson, who captured the title in 2005, the last time the PGA was played at Baltusrol.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:26:21 -0400
USA, Australia, bounce back in International Crown
The United States and Australia bounced back from opening day shutouts but Taiwan and England still topped the pools after Friday's second day of the LPGA International Crown team event. Hall of Famer Karrie Webb and Rebecca Artis of Australia never trailed as they earned two points in a 2 and 1 triumph over Chian's Yan Jing and Feng Simin. Yan birdied the fourth to square the match early but Artis responded with a birdie on the fifth to give Australia a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:30:12 -0400
Golf-Johnson answers wake-up call to share Canadian Open lead
U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson sleep-walked through his first four holes before snapping to attention to fashion a one-under-par 71 and remain tied for the lead after the second round at the RBC Canadian Open on Friday. Johnson, who shared the overnight lead with fellow American Luke List after an opening 66, had an early tee time. "I just got in some tough spots," said Johnson, who finished the day on seven-under 137 to share the halfway lead with List at Glen Abbey outside of Toronto.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:47:09 -0400
Browns\' Gordon meets with Goodell about drug ban
Suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon has met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this week seeking reinstatement from his indefinite drug ban, according to a report on the league website. A decision on Gordon's status is unlikely to come before the season starts in September, according to the report. Gordon applied for reinstatement last April but was denied for allegedly failing an NFL-administered drug test.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:41:38 -0400
Red Sox lose pitcher Uehara to pectoral strain
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara of Japan was placed on Major League Baseball's 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a right pectoral muscle strain. The 41-year-old right-hander suffered the injury after throwing only seven pitches, grabbing his right arm in pain in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 4-0 Boston victory over San Francisco. Uehara, 2-3 with a 4.50 earned-run average so far this season, exited to the clubhouse after being examined.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:06:25 -0400
England, USA, Taiwan advance in LPGA International Crown
With Charley Hull back in action, England cruised into the final singles matches along with the United States and Taiwan at the LPGA's International Crown team event. Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Holly Clyburn routed Pornanong Phatlum and Pornani Chutichai of Thailand 7 and 5. Hull, sidelined by illness on Friday, returned and teamed with Melissa Reid a day later to beat sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn 3 and 1 as England won Pool B with nine points.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:33:31 -0400
Golf-Snedeker leads Johnson, du Toit by one stroke at Canadian Open
* Snedeker makes hot start en route to 66 * Seeking second win at Glen Abbey * Ten others within three strokes (Adds details, quotes) By Tim Wharnsby OAKVILLE, Ontario, July 23 (Reuters) - American Brandt Snedeker made an easy-looking eagle at the par-five 18th at the Canadian Open on Saturday to put himself in position for his second win of the season. Snedeker, the 2013 champion, also moved within sight of a second win at Glen Abbey with his third-round 66 in hot and dry conditions. At nine-total of 207, he has a one-stroke lead over U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson (71) and 21-year-old Canadian amateur Jared du Toit (70) heading into the final round.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:35:31 -0400
Snedeker takes one-stroke lead in PGA Tour\'s Canadian Open
Brandt Snedeker drained a seven-foot eagle putt on the final hole Saturday to cap a six-under par 66 that gave him a one-stroke lead in the US PGA Tour's Canadian Open. Snedeker's three-round total of nine-under par 207 put him one shot ahead of US Open champion Dustin Johnson and Canadian amateur Jarde du Toit. "It was a great way to finish, but I didn't expect to be ahead at the end of the day," Snedeker said after his effort at Glen Abbey outside of Toronto.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:39:52 -0400
Former Baylor football player charged with sexual assault
A former Baylor University football player was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday for sexually assaulting a fellow student at the school, which has been embroiled in accusations of trying to sweep sexual assaults by its athletes under the rug. Shawn Oakman, an All-American defensive end, is free on bond. Oakman graduated in December from Baylor, the world's largest Baptist university.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:50:49 -0400
Hornets co-owner hits out at All Star Game move
(Reuters) - Hornets co-owner Felix Sabates has blasted the NBA?s decision to move the 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina due to its objections to a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The NBA has been opposed to House Bill 2, or HB2, since it was passed in March and tried to work with local governments to change the law before ultimately making a decision of relocating its mid-February exhibition. The law made North Carolina the first U.S. state to require transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings and schools that match the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:16:56 -0400
Olympics: Funky or classic? Medal ceremony gets musical makeover
Olympic organizers will bring typical Brazilian informality to the medal ceremonies at Rio2016 with three different kinds of podium music depending on whether the sports are considered classical, pop or cool, officials said. Winners in sports such as fencing and equestrian will hear a more traditional sound, while funkier tunes will play for those triumphing in newer and younger sports such as BMX biking and beach volleyball, said Christy Nicolay, executive producer of sport presentations. A more pop sound would be played for sports such as basketball, Nicolay added.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:59:48 -0400
Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott denies domestic violence accusation
Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott has denied an accusation of domestic violence by a former girlfriend in Ohio. A woman who said she used to live with Elliott filed a report with the Columbus police department on Friday, accusing the former Ohio State University star of assaulting her. Elliott's father, Stacy Elliott, released a statement on Friday.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:11:09 -0400
League to move All-Star Game from Charlotte over LGBT law
A North Carolina law limiting the state's anti-discrimination protections has prompted the NBA to move next year's NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte, league commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday. Silver had warned last month at the NBA Finals and again earlier this month that the law, which has caused an uproar in the gay and transgender community, could prompt such a move. Among the problems the NBA and other critics have with House Bill 2 (HB2) is that it mandates transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates and omits gay and transgender people from discrimination protection.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:04:30 -0400
Nike optimistic for sales rebound in North America
By Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) - Nike Inc expects sales growth to recover in North America after a weak March-May quarter, helped by the upcoming Olympics, an expansion of its basketball business and clearing excess stock, brand chief Trevor Edwards told Reuters. The world's biggest sportswear maker last month reported flat sales in its home region for its fiscal fourth quarter, its worst performance for over six years amid strong competition from Adidas and Under Armour . "We did face supply chain challenges last year, but the full-price channels in North America are now clean," Edwards said in emailed answers to questions from Reuters, referring to new stock that would not have to be discounted.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:31:58 -0400
Injured Spain basketball star Marc Gasol to miss Olympics
Spanish basketball star Marc Gasol will miss the Olympics in Rio next month because his injured right foot has not healed in time, the Spanish Basketball Federation said Thursday. The 31-year-old Memphis Grizzlies centre broke his right foot in February and underwent surgery to repair it. Despite the injury, Spain's basketball coach Sergio Scariolo had included Gasol on his preliminary Olympic roster along with his older brother Pau.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:58:28 -0400
Johnson, List still neck and neck in PGA Canadian Open lead
US Open champion Dustin Johnson shook off a double-bogey to maintain a share of the lead alongside Luke List after two rounds of the PGA Tour Canadian Open. Johnson, who started Friday tied with List for the lead, fell back early as he dropped four shots in his first four holes at Glen Abbey near Toronto. With four more birdies coming in and one bogey at his penultimate hole Johnson signed for a one-under 71 that left him tied with List on seven-under 137.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:22:23 -0400
Park In-Bee to miss Women\'s British Open defence
South Korean Park In-Bee announced that she won't defend her Women's British Open title next week because of a nagging left thumb injury. "With extreme disappointment I must announce that I will be withdrawing from this year's Ricoh Women's British Open at Woburn," she said in a statement released by the LPGA on Friday. Park completed the Career Grand Slam with her victory at Trump Turnberry last year and said she is now concentrating on getting healthy to represent South Korea at the Olympic Games in Rio in August.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:44:45 -0400
Johnson answers wake-up call to share Canadian Open lead
(Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson sleep-walked through his first four holes before snapping to attention to fashion a one-under-par 71 and remain tied for the lead after the second round at the RBC Canadian Open on Friday. Johnson, who shared the overnight lead with fellow American Luke List after an opening 66, had an early tee time. "I just got in some tough spots," said Johnson, who finished the day on seven-under 137 to share the halfway lead with List at Glen Abbey outside of Toronto.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:49:24 -0400
Golf: Amateur du Toit has fans singing \'Oh Canada\' at national open
By Tim Wharnsby OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - Moments after 21-year-old amateur Jared du Toit drained a dramatic 40-foot eagle putt to close out his third round at the Canadian Open at Saturday, the giant gallery around the 18th green serenaded their countryman with the national anthem. Du Toit carries the hopes of a nation on his young shoulders, after a two-under 70 to trail American leader Brandt Snedeker by one shot heading into the final round at Glen Abbey. ?That was very cool,? said du Toit, when asked about the support from fans.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:56:18 -0400
Hornets co-owner irked at move of NBA All-Star game over LGBT law
Charlotte Hornets co-owner Felix Sabates is irked that the NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game from the North Carolina city over a state law that has caused an uproar in the gay and transgender community. The NBA announced on Thursday it was pulling the game from Charlotte over objections to North Carolina House Bill 2, a law mandating that transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates. An e-mail Sabates sent to the team's ownership group surfaced on Friday and was obtained by the Charlotte Observer.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:42:56 -0400
Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Canadian Open scores
July 23 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Canadian Open at the par-72 course on Saturday in Oakville, ON -9 Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 68 73 66 -8 Jared Du Toit (Canada) 67 71 70 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 66 71 71 -7 Steve Wheatcroft (U.S.) 68 77 64 Alex Cejka (Germany) 71 69 69 -6 Chad Campbell (U.S.) 73 67 70 Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 71 68 71 Martin Laird (Britain) 73 69 68 Jon Rahm (Spain) 67 71 72 Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 68 73 69 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 69 71 70 -5 Derek Fathauer (U.S.) 74 72 65 Brendon De Jonge (Zimbabwe) 68 71 72 Hudson Swafford (U.S.) 72 72 67 -4 Tyler Aldridge (U.S. ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:13:37 -0400
Australian Lee matches sister Minjee with U.S. junior title
(Reuters) - Min Woo Lee, younger brother of women's world number 14 Minjee, became the first Australian to win the prestigious U.S. junior golf title on Saturday, matching his sister's feat in the girl's championship in 2012. The 17-year-old beat Texan Noah Goodwin 2&1 over 36 holes at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. It feels great to win and be on the trophy with names such as Tiger." The Lees are the first siblings to have won their respective titles, something which delighted Rio Olympics-bound Minjee.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:31:51 -0400
Better late than never, pullout hands Australian Hearn Rio berth
Sixteen years after being an unused reserve at her home Sydney Olympics, Australian rider Sue Hearn will finally make her Games debut at the age of 60 in Rio. Hearn got her ticket to join the 410-strong Australia team heading for Brazil when Kelly Layne withdrew from the team over the weekend because her horse was suffering from an injury. "LLOYDY and I are off to Rio! Thank you everyone for your support!" Hearn posted on her Facebook page after getting the news that she had been named to the dressage team with her warmblood gelding (Lloyd) Remmington.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:50:48 -0400
Watt undergoes back surgery
(Reuters) - Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt has undergone a back surgery and could be in doubt for the Houston Texans? season opener, the NFL reported Thursday on its website. Watt will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list and the timeline for his recovery is unclear, making him doubtful for Houston?s Week One tilt against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 11. Watt, 27, is widely considered the top defensive player in the NFL and has never missed a game during his stellar five-year career at defensive end.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:37:32 -0400
National Football League demands interviews with four players named in PED report
(Reuters) - The National Football League has rejected written statements from four players named in a report alleging use of performance-enhancing drugs as sufficient cooperation and will need to interview them, the league said on its website on Friday. Pittsburgh's James Harrison and Green Bay players Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal have given written statements regarding a December report by Al Jazeera America that they received the illegal drugs from an anti-aging clinic. The NFL Players Association has argued that there should be no need to interview someone based on an allegation that has no proven merit.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:54:40 -0400
Warriors star Green reaches plea deal in assault case
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has reached a plea agreement that keeps him out of jail and reduced the assault charge he faced after he allegedly striking a university football player in Michigan this month. Officials in East Lansing, Michigan, announced the agreement on Friday. Green, slated to play for the USA at the Rio Olympics, will be fined $500 and pay $60 in restitution to Jermaine Edmondson, who police said was slapped by Green at a restaurant on July 10.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:19:33 -0400
As Democratic convention nears, excessive heat settles in
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? As thousands of delegates arrive in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, it's not just politics they have to contend with ? it's also the hot and sticky weather.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:46:39 -0400
Hammond - Brexit path might be clearer later this year
Britain's new finance minister Philip Hammond sought to address concerns among global finance chiefs about the uncertain path ahead for the country's exit from the European Union, saying there could be more clarity later this year. "We have to be ready as government, the Bank of England has to be ready as monetary authority, throughout that period to respond to any instability created by that uncertainty and to ensure that the economy continues to operate smoothly," he said. Hammond, speaking after his first meeting with his fellow global finance chiefs from the Group of 20 economies, said concern about the shock result of Britain's EU membership referendum had increased uncertainty about the global economy.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:29:32 -0400
G20 prepared for Brexit impact: China statement
CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - Members of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies have prepared actively to cope with the potential economic and financial impact of the Brexit decision but hope Britain and the European Union can actively form a close partnership, according to a statement from China. China, meanwhile, pledged to further improve its exchange rate regime and increase policy transparency and communication with the markets, said the statement issued at the end of a two-day meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:27:13 -0400
Determination propels Adams to legend status
British women's boxing great Nicola Adams goes to Rio to defend her historic 2012 Olympic title after at last filling the one vacant hook in her medals cabinet -- the world flyweight title. The engaging 33-year-old -- who almost always wears a broad smile outside the ring -- goes to Rio with the distinct chance of becoming only the second British pugilist after Harry Mallin in 1920-1924, to defend their title successfully. Adams, who once had to supplement her meagre boxing earnings by acting as an extra in British soap operas such as Coronation Street, says she always misses Dexter and her other dog Bailey, a Pomeranian, who usually travels everywhere with her.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:59:22 -0400
Ghost orchid scientists aim to restore rare Florida flowers
Armed with an orange staple gun and dozens of burlap squares entwined with ratty green roots, Mike Kane wades hip-deep into the swamp to restore what generations of thieves have stolen. Once abundant in the Florida Everglades, experts say fewer than 2,000 ghost orchids (Dendrophylax lindenii) are left in the state, where it is considered an endangered plant. Poaching, urbanization and pesticide pollution -- which cuts down on insect pollinators -- are among the ghost orchid's top threats, according to Kane, a professor of environmental horticulture at the University of Florida.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:26:43 -0400
Saudi official makes rare Jerusalem visit, meets Israelis
JERUSALEM (AP) ? Israel's Foreign Ministry says a senior official has met with a visiting former military general from Saudi Arabia. The meeting marks a rare public engagement between countries that have no official relations.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:53:38 -0400
China rolls out world\'s largest amphibious aircraft
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:16:35 -0400
Prosecutor: Venezuela first lady\'s nephews confess drug deal
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ? Two nephews of Venezuela's powerful first lady confessed to trying to smuggle 800 kilograms (1,763 pounds) of cocaine into the U.S., according to prosecutors in the politically-charged case.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:05:18 -0400
Tim Kaine gets a warm homecoming in Richmond
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:12:46 -0400
Williamson, Giants beat Yanks 2-1 in 12 innings, stop skid
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:54:26 -0400
The Latest: Cheers greet Tim Kaine on return to Richmond
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:27:30 -0400
Mountain guide falls to his death while leading group
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) ? A guide who was leading tourists down Grand Teton mountain has died.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:02:47 -0400
Afghanistan marks day of national mourning after huge attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? Afghanistan marked a national day of mourning on Sunday, a day after at least 80 people were killed by a suicide bomber attack on a peaceful demonstration. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:20:50 -0400
Cueto feels slighted Royals didn\'t invite him to White House
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:25:46 -0400
Crawford beats Postol in title unification fight
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:43:44 -0400
A title and ship for new \'Star Trek\' series: \'Discovery\'
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:18:07 -0400
80 dead as IS claims twin blasts during Kabul protest
Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001. The bombings during a huge protest over a power line mark the first major IS assault on Kabul, apparently aimed at sowing sectarian discord in a country well known for Shia-Sunni harmony. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned the attacks.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:04:43 -0400
Trump: France, others hit by terror may face more screening
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is asserting that countries like France that he says are compromised by terrorism may be subjected to the "extreme vetting" he proposes as a deterrent to attacks in the U.S.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:08:48 -0400
Baton Rouge to continue to mourn officers slain in ambush
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) ? The city of Baton Rouge will continue to memorialize officers slain in a shoot-out outside a convenience store just a week ago with funeral services planned Monday for police officer Montrell Jackson.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:10:37 -0400
\'Guardians of the Galaxy\' tease sequel, Disneyland ride
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:46:01 -0400
Exclusive: Tesla, SolarCity close to merger agreement
The two companies, which count billionaire Elon Musk as a major shareholder, are in the final stages of carrying out due diligence on each other, and could agree on the terms of a deal in the coming days, though it is still possible that their negotiations end unsuccessfully, the people said on Saturday. It could not be learned whether SolarCity would be successful in including a go-shop provision in a merger agreement with Tesla that would allow it to continue to solicit bids from other potential buyers for a short period of time. Representatives for SolarCity and Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:46:28 -0400
Turkish president gains upper hand in power struggle
By Samia Nakhoul and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - At the crossroads between a divided Europe and a convulsed Middle East, Turkey is caught in a power struggle between former Islamist allies which is shaking democratic institutions and raises questions about its future path. Since a failed coup on July 15, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) founded by President Tayyip Erdogan has gained the upper hand in its battle with clandestine networks in the military, judiciary and bureaucracy loyal to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan accuses Gulen of masterminding the attempted coup by a faction within the military and has rounded up more than 60,000 people in an operation which he hopes will cleanse Turkey of what he calls the Gulenist "virus".
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:04:14 -0400
G20 will use \'all policy tools\' to protect growth as Brexit looms
Leaders from the world's biggest economies are poised on Sunday to renew their commitments to support global growth and better coordinate actions in the face of uncertainty over Britain's decision to leave the European Union and growing protectionism. The meeting of finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 major economies in China's southwestern city of Chengdu is the first of its kind since last month's Brexit vote and a debut for Britain's new finance minister. Philip Hammond faced questions about how quickly the UK planned to move ahead with formal negotiations to leave the EU.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:54:29 -0400
Monfils to face Karlovic in Washington final
The 29-year-old Frenchman, whose most recent of five career titles came in 2014 at Montpellier, ripped ill German teen Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-0 in one hour. "It was difficult conditions," Monfils said. Croatia's 35th-ranked Karlovic fired 14 aces to defeat US fifth seed Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4 in a match where temperatures on the court reached 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 Celsius).
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:44:57 -0400
Marvel marks Comic-Con homecoming with a showstopper
SAN DIEGO (AP) ? Marvel Studios took a year off from Comic-Con, but it came back with a pow on Saturday with a spectacle and star-filled presentation offering exclusive looks at "Spider-Man: Homecoming," ''Doctor Strange" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:31:50 -0400
No ASEAN consensus on South China Sea row _ for now
VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) ? Southeast Asia's main grouping failed to reach a consensus on how to deal with China's territorial expansion in the South China Sea, intensifying a diplomatic stalemate that officials said they hope to resolve in further closed-door parleys on Sunday.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:14:23 -0400
White Sox ace Chris Sale scratched after destroying jerseys
CHICAGO (AP) ? Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from his start against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night and sent home after he destroyed collared throwback uniforms that the team was scheduled to wear.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:26:07 -0400
Foreign athletes use Brazilian connections to make it to Rio
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:02:11 -0400
Priced out by tourists: Airbnb effect in Lisbon\'s historic centre
Alfama, one of the oldest and most picturesque areas of Lisbon, is becoming a victim of its own charm. Short-term lets to tourists are driving up rents and driving out old residents. "They want to throw me out to rent my home to tourists," complained retired salesman Antonio Melo, 70.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:14:57 -0400
Snedeker leads amateur du Toit, Johnson in Canadian Open
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:54:56 -0400
The Latest: Burned body found at California fire scene
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:21:40 -0400
Tourism blow for Greek island that sheltered refugees
When a sea of humanity landed on their island's rocky shores last year, the people of Lesbos turned out with blankets and hot food to help thousands of refugees emerging from the cold waters of the Aegean. In the months that followed, Lesbos' citizens were hailed for their compassionate response by everyone from Pope Francis to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Queen Rania of Jordan and Angelina Jolie. "We were bracing for a difficult season after the migrant crisis but it's even worse than we could imagine," said Marilena Gourgoutzi, staring at the empty tables in her restaurant in the normally bustling port village of Molyvos.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:28:05 -0400
Galaxy end Timbers\' MLS unbeaten run
Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes scored early goals and the Los Angeles Galaxy ended the Timbers' nine-match unbeaten streak with a 2-1 Major League Soccer victory in Portland. Zarek Valentin scored for reigning MLS Cup champions Portland, who lost veteran defender Nat Borchers to what looked like a left ankle injury in the first half.
Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:43:22 -0400
Iraq: Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 11 people
BAGHDAD (AP) ? A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 11 people, Iraqi officials said.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:17:18 -0400
Burned body found as wildfire burns near Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Thousands of homes remained evacuated Sunday as two massive wildfires raged in tinder-dry California hills and canyons, and authorities said a burned body was found in one neighborhood swept by the flames.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:01:20 -0400
Residents flee as wildfire threatens homes in foothills near Los Angeles
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A fast-moving wildfire that has forced hundreds of people to flee from their homes in the drought-parched foothills northwest of Los Angeles had blackened some 20,000 acres by Saturday night and was threatening homes and commercial structures, fire officials said. By late Saturday night the Southern California blaze was 10 percent contained, and was casting a pall of thick black smoke over much of Los Angeles and threatening about 100 commercial structures. Los Angeles County Sheriff?s homicide detectives were investigating circumstances surrounding a man found dead in an evacuation area.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:33:47 -0400
Valentina Shevchenko stuns Holly Holm at UFC Chicago
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:08:52 -0400
China cannot easily solve debt problem, but no systemic risks: finance minister
CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - China's finance minister Lou Jiwei warned on Sunday that the government cannot easily step in to solve debt problems, but that China does not have systemic regional debt risks despite a few corporate defaults.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:02:56 -0400
South-east Asia deadlocked as S. China Sea split deepens
Southeast Asian nations were deadlocked Sunday over how to confront sabre-rattling in the South China Sea as pressure from Beijing again drove a wedge between countries on the region's most contentious security issue. The gathering in Vientiane is the first time regional players -- including China and the United States -- have met en masse since a UN-backed tribunal delivered a hammer blow to Beijing's claim to vast swathes of the strategic sea. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) boasts four countries who have competing claims with Beijing over parts of the strategic sea and is fiercely divided on the issue.
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:46:00 -0400
LEADING OFF: Kluber vs O\'s, Cards pitch rookie in primetime
Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:12:31 -0400