• Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet

    Associated Press - 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool. More »Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet

  • Phelps beaten in first comeback final

    Reuters - 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    By Julian Linden PHOENIX (Reuters) - Michael Phelps suffered a narrow loss to his old rival Ryan Lochte in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, but still showed enough to suggest he will be a force to be reckoned with. Racing for the first time since he retired in a blaze of glory after the 2012 London Olympics with a staggering career total of 18 gold medals, Phelps easily won his morning heat in the 100 metres butterfly then finished runner-up to Lochte in a close final. More »Phelps beaten in first comeback final

  • Teague leads Atlanta Hawks past Indiana Pacers

    AFP News - 2 hours 35 minutes ago

    Jeff Teague tallied 22 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat top seeded Indiana Pacers 98-85 to grab a 2-1 lead in their opening round playoff series. Kyle Korver finished with 20 points, DeMarre Carroll netted 18 and Paul Millsap recorded a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double in the National Basketball League victory on Thursday. Teague, who also torched the Pacers for 28 points in game one of the best-of-seven series, had a playoff career high 10 assists on Thursday. Game four will be in Atlanta on Saturday. More »Teague leads Atlanta Hawks past Indiana Pacers

  • Michael Phelps beaten in first comeback final

    Reuters - 2 hours 36 minutes ago

    By Julian Linden PHOENIX (Reuters) - Michael Phelps suffered a narrow loss to old rival Ryan Lochte in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, but still showed enough to suggest he will be a force to be reckoned with. Racing for the first time since he retired in a blaze of glory after the 2012 London Olympics with a staggering career total of 18 gold medals, Phelps won his morning heat in the 100 metres butterfly then finished runner-up to Lochte in a close final. Lochte, a five-time Olympic gold medallist who beat Phelps to win the 400m individual medley at London, touched the wall first in 51.93 seconds with Phelps just behind in 52.13. Phelps' time was well outside the world record of 49.82 he set at the 2009 world championships but still safely under the qualifying standard for the U.S. national championships in August, which double as the selection event for next year’s world titles in Russia. More »Michael Phelps beaten in first comeback final

  • NBA: Teague leads Hawks past Pacers

    AFP News - 2 hours 41 minutes ago

    Jeff Teague tallied 22 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat the top seeded Indiana Pacers 98-85 Thursday to grab a 2-1 lead in their opening round playoff series. Kyle Korver finished with 20 points, DeMarre Carroll netted 18 and Paul Millsap recorded a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double in the National Basketball League victory. Teague, who also torched the Pacers for 28 points in game one of the best-of-seven series, had a playoff career high 10 assists on Thursday. Atlanta now owns a 14-2 home record against the Pacers since the start of the 2007-08 season. More »NBA: Teague leads Hawks past Pacers

  • Maracana stadium -- from populist temple to elitist arena

    AFP News - 2 hours 43 minutes ago

    The Maracana stadium, a footballing theatre which every fan dreams of visiting, has morphed into an ultra-modern, sustainable and safe arena, albeit one with elitist traits, compared to the populist temple it once was. Though the stadium has twice been extensively remodeled since, all Brazilians know it as the place where a nation's dreams died on July 16, 1950, when Uruguay wrecked the party, a 2-1 win giving them in that year's World Cup trophy match. Alcides Ghiggia's 79th-minute winner ensured Brazil, the overwhelming favorites, were undone in their own gigantic bowl of a stadium. But Luiz Felipe Scolari's generation now have the chance to wipe away the historic stain -- though they will only get to play at the stadium should they reach this year's final. More »Maracana stadium -- from populist temple to elitist arena

  • Retired justice says marijuana should be legalized

    Associated Press - 2 hours 52 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana. More »Retired justice says marijuana should be legalized

  • Ex-junior Springbok Melck relishing Germany debut

    AFP News - 3 hours ago

    Making an international debut in your 30s is rare, but South African-born Saracens flanker Justin Melck is relishing his chance to help minnows Germany qualify for the Rugby World Cup. When his Saracens team-mates take on Clermont Auvergne in Saturday's European Cup semi-final, Melck has been released to pull on the jersey of his ancestors in a test against Sweden in the unlikely rugby outpost of Stockholm. Cape Town-born Melck, 31, who has a German passport and whose mother hails from Gondelsheim, near Karlsruhe, admits he knows little about his new team-mates and has taken some teasing from within the Saracens squad. "There has been some banter from the Saracens boys, you could hear the German national anthem at a training session for example. More »Ex-junior Springbok Melck relishing Germany debut

  • Mandalay Bay expo center getting $66M expansion

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in the United States. Hotel officials ... More »Mandalay Bay expo center getting $66M expansion

  • Grimes criticizes McConnell over jobs comment

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A local newspaper story that quoted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell as saying it is "not my job" to bring employment to a struggling Kentucky county has unleashed yet another round of feuding in one of the country's most competitive Senate races. More »Grimes criticizes McConnell over jobs comment

  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left more than 300 dead or missing, with the vast majority of the victims students from a high school near the capital of Seoul. The tragedy has consumed South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the lead-up to Obama's visit and could distract from the security and economic agenda she had been expected to highlight during her meetings with the U.S. president. More »Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

  • Brewer vetoes controversial ride-sharing bill

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday vetoed legislation that would have exempted Uber and other ride-sharing companies from insurance regulations imposed on traditional taxi and livery companies. Saying ... More »Brewer vetoes controversial ride-sharing bill

  • Teague, Korver lead Hawks past Pacers 98-85

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials missed him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver finished off Indiana from beyond the arc to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 98-85 victory Thursday night and another lead in the series with the top-seeded Pacers. More »Teague, Korver lead Hawks past Pacers 98-85

  • Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

    AFP News - 3 hours ago

    Deadly violence in Rio which saw tourist areas turned into battle grounds does not affect Brazil's hosting of the World Cup, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Thursday. Rio, which will stage seven matches including the July 13 final, was the scene Tuesday of angry protests and clashes between residents of a slum district a short walk from the popular Copacabana Beach and police. "I have received several messages asking me if there is a civil war in Brazil and I have replied no," added Valcke, speaking in the northern city of Fortaleza. He winds up his latest check on Brazil's World Cup preparations in Rio on Friday. More »Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

  • Buffalo Bills cheerleaders suspend operations

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Pack up the pom-poms in Buffalo, because the Bills will be playing without the support of their official cheerleaders this year. More »Buffalo Bills cheerleaders suspend operations

  • Attorneys give arguments in Coast Guard killings

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man accused in a double homicide at a Coast Guard communications station in Alaska is the only possible killer in a circumstantial case, federal prosecutors said Thursday, countering defense arguments that the government failed to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a case built on speculation. More »Attorneys give arguments in Coast Guard killings

  • Senna had so much to offer, says sister

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - For Brazilians of a certain generation, the death of Ayrton Senna is not unlike September 11 or the assassination of John F. Kennedy. "It’s funny, it doesn’t seem like it was 20 years ago," hissister Viviane Senna said of the Formula One great's fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Even though two decades have passed, Senna still casts a mighty shadow over both his sport and Brazil. During Senna's peak years between the first title with McLaren in 1988 and his death in a Williams in 1994, Formula One almost rivaled football as Brazil’s most popular sport. More »Senna had so much to offer, says sister

  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season took another hit Friday as more Sherpa mountain guides packed and left the base camp for their village homes a week after the deadliest disaster on the world's highest mountain. More »Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

  • Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left more than 300 dead or missing, with the vast majority of the victims students from a high school near the capital of Seoul. The tragedy has consumed South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the lead-up to Obama's visit and could distract from the security and economic agenda she had been expected to highlight during her meetings with the U.S. president. More »Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT

  • Tesla's Musk paid $70,000 in 2013

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was paid just under $70,000 in 2013. But he could be in line for much, much more. According to a Tesla filing with regulators Thursday, Musk made a base salary of $33,280 in ... More »Tesla's Musk paid $70,000 in 2013

  • Doctor: Slain Minnesota teens shot multiple times

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The two Minnesota cousins killed by a man who claimed he was defending himself after they broke into his home were each shot multiple times, a medical examiner testified Thursday, and while the initial gunshots caused serious injury, they did not immediately incapacitate the teens. More »Doctor: Slain Minnesota teens shot multiple times

  • Protesters rally against FIFA president Blatter

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — A handful of protesters holding banners and placards demonstrated peacefully Thursday at an event with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to highlight the plight of migrant workers building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. More »Protesters rally against FIFA president Blatter

  • NBA: First-round playoff results

    AFP News - 3 hours ago

    Results from Thursday's first-round NBA playoff games (all series best-of-seven): More »NBA: First-round playoff results

  • Martin opens Zurich Classic with a sizzling 62

    AFP News - 3 hours ago

    Ben Martin fired a course-record 10-under 62 to seize a two-shot lead in the opening round of the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic. More »Martin opens Zurich Classic with a sizzling 62

  • United Technologies to get $400 million tax deal

    Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    State lawmakers gave final legislative approval Thursday to a $400 million tax credit deal with United Technologies Corp., but not without some concerns that Connecticut has to "play defense" ... More »United Technologies to get $400 million tax deal

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