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US open Rio tune-up with 111-74 win over Argentina

Kevin Durant (R) of the US drives past Facundo Campazzo of Argentina during a USA Basketball showcase exhibition game in Las Vegas, NevadaKevin 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

An aerial view shows the 2016 Rio Olympics golf venue in Rio de JaneiroBy 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

"I enjoy playing against the Americans. Even on paper, we were obviously not as strong as the Americans," said Charley Hull of EnglandCharley 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

PGA: RBC Canadian Open - Third RoundBy 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

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors(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

File photo of Eastern Conference Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers brings the ball up court during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New OrleansThe 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

PGA: RBC Canadian Open - First Round(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

World number two Dustin Johnson, who won his first major at last month's US Open, has 13 top-10 finishes in 30 major starts, including a share of ninth at Royal TroonReigning 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

Australia's world number one Jason Day, who will defend his first major title this week at Baltusrol, shared 22nd at the British OpenMoving 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

Dennis Green, pictured on December 3, 2006 in St. Louis, made eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons with the Vikings and reached the NFC Championship Game in 1998 and 2000Former 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

The European 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 2018A 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

Basketball: USA Basketball Exhibition Game-Argentina at USADespite 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

Jason Day of Australia watches his drive on the 16th hole during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club on July 21, 2016 in Oakville, CanadaWorld 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

Golf - USA, Australia, bounce back in International CrownThe 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

Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns stands on the sideliens in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 23, 2014 in Atlanta, GeorgiaSuspended 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

Koji Uehara of the Boston Red Sox pitches at Fenway Park on July 19, 2016 in Boston, MassachusettsBoston 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

Charley Hull (L) and Melissa Reid of England celebrate after winning a hole during the four-ball session of the 2016 UL International Crown, at the Merit Club in Chicago, Illinois, on July 23With 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 of the US plays his shot from the 11th tee during the third round of the Canadian Open on July 23, 2016 in Oakville, CanadaBrandt 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

American Football/NFL - Cowboys rookie Elliott denies domestic violence accusationDallas 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

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media before Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 2, 2016 in Oakland, CaliforniaA 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

An Air Max shoe made by Nike Inc is shown in this illustration photograph taken in Encinitas, CaliforniaBy 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

Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies (right) will miss the Olympics with a foot injurySpanish 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

Dustin Johnson of the US walks over a bridge on his way to 12th tee during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open, at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, on July 22, 2016US 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

Park In-bee completed the Career Grand Slam with her victory at Trump Turnberry in 2015 and is now concentrating on getting healthy to represent South Korea at the Olympic Games in Rio in AugustSouth 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

PGA: RBC Canadian Open - Second Round(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

North Carolina's House Bill 2 mandates that transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificatesCharlotte 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

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans(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

NFL: NFC Championship-Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks(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

Draymond Green stands on the court during a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on July 18, 2016 in Las Vegas, NevadaGolden 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 Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond walks to a meeting during the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors conference held in Chengdu in Southwestern China's Sichuan provinceBritain'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

Nicola Adams (R) of Britain lands a punch to the head of Sandra Drabik of Poland on her way to gold in the women's flyweight event at the 2015 European Games in BakuBritish 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

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 plantArmed 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

In this Saturday, July 23, 2016 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Amphibious aircraft AG600 rolls off a production line in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province. The Xinhua News Agency China said China unveiled the world's largest amphibious aircraft that Beijing plans to use for marine missions and fighting forest fires on Saturday. It measures 37 meters (121 feet) in length with a wingspan of 39 meters (128 feet). (Xinhua/Liang Xu/Xinhua via AP) NO SALESBEIJING (AP) ? An official news agency says China has unveiled the world's largest amphibious aircraft that Beijing plans to use for marine missions and fighting forest fires.



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

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as she speaks at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? Sen. Tim Kaine received a hero's welcome outside his Richmond home, capping off his debut as Hillary Clinton's running mate.



Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:12:46 -0400

Williamson, Giants beat Yanks 2-1 in 12 innings, stop skid

San Francisco Giants' Mac Williamson connects for an RBI-base hit against the New York Yankees during the twelfth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 23, 2016, in New York. Giants' Trevor Brown scored on the play. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) ? Mac Williamson had crossed paths with Ivan Nova before.



Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:54:26 -0400

The Latest: Cheers greet Tim Kaine on return to Richmond

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., arrive at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT):



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

Afghans help a man who was injured in a deadly explosion that struck a protest march by ethnic Hazaras, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Afghan Health Ministry officials say tens of people have been killed and over 200 wounded in the bombing Saturday, that was claimed by the Islamic State group according to a statement posted on the IS-linked Aamaq online news agency. The protesters Saturday were demanding that a major regional electric power line be routed through their impoverished home province. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)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

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 23, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) ? Johnny Cueto feels slighted the Kansas City Royals didn't invite him to come along when they were honored at the White House.



Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:25:46 -0400

Crawford beats Postol in title unification fight

Viktor Postol, left, hits Terence Crawford during their WBC-WBO junior welterweight unification title boxing bout in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)LAS VEGAS (AP) ? Terence Crawford was so sure of his victory Saturday night that he spent part of the final round with his hands at his side, taunting Viktor Postol.



Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:43:44 -0400

A title and ship for new \'Star Trek\' series: \'Discovery\'

William Shatner, from left, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, and Jeri Ryan attend the "Star Trek" panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 23, 2016, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) ? The next chapter of the "Star Trek" franchise will be called "Star Trek: Discovery."



Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:18:07 -0400

80 dead as IS claims twin blasts during Kabul protest

An Afghan protester scream near the scene of a suicide attack that targeted crowds of minority Shiite Hazaras in Kabul on July 23, 2016Islamic 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

File- Thgis July 20, 2016, file photo shows Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, right, and his son Donald Trump, Jr., watching as Eric Trump addresses the delegates during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. 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. When asked if his proposal might lead to a point when not a lot of people from overseas are allowed into the U.S., Trump said, ?Maybe we get to that point? and added: ?We have to be smart and we have to be vigilant and we have to be strong.? (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)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

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux, III kneels and places his hand on the casket of deputy Brad Garafola, after it was transferred from carriage to hearse, at the scene where Garafola and two Baton Rouge police were killed, in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, July 23, 2016. Several other officers and deputies were injured in the attack. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)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

Chris Pratt gestures to the audience at the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 23, 2016, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) ? Next summer the "Guardians of the Galaxy" are taking over theaters and Disneyland.



Publ.Date : Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:46:01 -0400

Exclusive: Tesla, SolarCity close to merger agreement

File photo of Elon Musk, chairman of SolarCity and CEO of Tesla Motors, speaks at SolarCity?s Inside Energy Summit in Midtown, New YorkThe 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

Turkish Supporters are silhouetted against a screen showing President Tayyip Erdogan during a pro-government demonstration in AnkaraBy 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

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors pose for a group photo during a conference held in Chengdu in Southwestern China's Sichuan provinceLeaders 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

Gael Monfils of France stares down a shot during his 6-4, 6-0 win against Alexander Zverev of Germany in the semifinals of the ATP and WTA Washington OpenThe 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

Brie Larson gestures as Chris Hardwick takes a selfie with actors from Marvel Studios movies following the Marvel Studios panels on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 23, 2016, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)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

Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, sixth from left, and Laotian Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith, sixth from right, stand with with Southeast Asian foreign ministers, from left, an unidentified delegate from Malaysia, Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, Vivian Balakrishnan of Singapore, Don Pramudwinai of Thailand, Pham Binh Minh of Vietnam, Thongloun Sisoulith, Saleumxay Kommasith, Perfecto Yasay Jr. of the Philippines, Brunei's Trade Minister Jock Seng Pehin Lim, Sakhonn Prak of Cambodia, Retno Marsudi of Indonesia and ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh, as they pose for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the 49th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)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

FILE - In this Monday, July 18, 2016, file photo, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during a baseball game in Seattle. Sale has been scratched from his start against the Detroit Tigers after he was involved in what the team says was a "non-physical clubhouse incident." The White Sox declined to describe the incident, but said it's "currently under further investigation by the club" and that Sale was sent home from the park. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)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

In this Thursday, July 7, 2016 photo, Miriam Nagl, of Brazil, looks over the 10th green during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. Several athletes with limited connections to Brazil will be fulfilling their Olympic dream thanks to Brazil?s shortage of athletes in many of the sports in which it automatically qualified for the Rio Games as host despite a lack of Olympic tradition. Some have lived away for most of their lives but were born in Brazil. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAO PAULO (AP) ? Rugby player Isadora Cerullo never lived in Brazil. Fencer Ghislain Perrier speaks very little Portuguese. Golfer Miriam Nagl played abroad most of her life.



Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:02:11 -0400

Priced out by tourists: Airbnb effect in Lisbon\'s historic centre

Kids play in the streets of Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon, which is seeing residents pushed out to make way for short-term tourist leasesAlfama, 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

Brandt Snedeker, of the United States, tees off on the 11th hole at the Canadian Open golf tournament in Oakville, Ontario, on Saturday, July 23, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) ? Jared du Toit was in position to become the first Canadian to win the Canadian Open in 62 years ? and the first amateur to break through on the PGA Tour in 25 seasons.



Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:54:56 -0400

The Latest: Burned body found at California fire scene

Smoke from a nearby wildfire looms over Los Angeles on Friday, July 22, 2016. Smoke drifted over the city's downtown, about 30 miles from the fire's location in Santa Clarita. It's one of several blazes burning in Southern California as the region swelters under triple-digit heat. (AP Photo/Amanda Myers)SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) ? The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):



Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:21:40 -0400

Tourism blow for Greek island that sheltered refugees

Praise from global luminaries for their compassionate response to the influx of migrants has not helped restore tourism on the island of LesbosWhen 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 struck first for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the Timbers netting his seventh goal in 10 matches this seasonRobbie 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

The morning sun over Pasadena, Calif., is reduced to an orange disk by smoke from a wildfire burning north of Los Angeles on Saturday, July 23, 2016. The fire erupted Friday afternoon amid a withering heat wave and spread over thousands of acres while sending up a plume of smoke that spread widely and dropped ash across the region. (AP Photo/John Antczak)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

Holly Holm, left, fights Valentina Shevchenko during women's bantamweight mixed martial arts bout in Chicago, Saturday, July 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO (AP) ? A traumatic start at Valentina Shevchenko's training camp didn't deter her from pulling off another shocking upset in the UFC women's bantamweight division.



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

Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said in Vientiane on July 23Southeast 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

Detroit Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, left, and relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez celebrate the Tigers' 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game Friday, July 22, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)A look at what's happening all around the majors today:



Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:12:31 -0400

 

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