• Badminton: BWF lifts doping ban on Korean players

    AFP News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 1:52 PM PHT

    The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said Tuesday it had lifted a one-year ban imposed on South Korean star Lee Yong-Dae for missing doping tests, after "new evidence" came to light. The Kuala Lumpur-based federation did not disclose the nature of the evidence but said the ban on the 2008 Olympic gold medallist and another South Korean player, Kim Ki-Jung, "has been reversed and they are eligible to resume playing immediately". The BWF said evidence presented on the players' behalf at an initial hearing on the case in January was "insufficient and ambiguous", but the new information changed the picture. The Badminton Korea Association (BKA) said its administrative errors were to blame and the BWF last month fined the association $40,000 for failing to provide the two players with necessary information about the testing rules. More »Badminton: BWF lifts doping ban on Korean players

  • US anti-Semitic attacks down before Kan. shooting

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 1:39 PM PHT

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. More »US anti-Semitic attacks down before Kan. shooting

  • Grizzlies power into playoffs, eliminate Phoenix

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 1:38 PM PHT

    (Reuters) - The Memphis Grizzlies powered their way into the NBA playoffs and eliminated Phoenix from contention with a 97-91 road victory over the Suns on Monday. With both teams vying for the final spot in the Western Conference, Mike Conley delivered the go-ahead three-pointer with about a minute left to put Memphis ahead 93-91. Zach Randolph had 32 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies (49-32), who won their fourth straight to reach the postseason for a fourth consecutive season. Phoenix (47-34) were fighting to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2010. More »Grizzlies power into playoffs, eliminate Phoenix

  • UN Security Council to view photos of Syrian dead

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 1:00 PM PHT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will meet privately to view projected slides of Syrians tortured and killed in the country's civil war. More »UN Security Council to view photos of Syrian dead

  • South Korean Lee's doping ban reversed

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 12:53 PM PHT

    By Peter Rutherford SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Olympic badminton gold medallist Lee Yong-dae has had his one-year ban for missing dope tests reversed, the Badminton World Federation announced on Tuesday, leaving him free to compete at this year's Asian Games. The 25-year-old won mixed doubles gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing and a bronze medal in the men's doubles in London four years later. Another Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, was also banned for one year but is now also free to compete. ... More »South Korean Lee's doping ban reversed

  • Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 12:36 PM PHT

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies. More »Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

  • Rio workers vote to remain on strike indefinitely

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 12:00 PM PHT

    RIO DE JANEIRO - RIO DE JANEIRO, April 14 (Reuters) – Workers at the main venue of the 2016 Olympic Games voted on Monday to continue their strike indefinitely, just days before officials from the International Olympic Committee are due to visit Rio de Janeiro and encourage the city to speed up preparations. "We don't know how long we'll be on strike," Antonio Figueiredo Souza, president of the construction workers union Sintraconst-Rio, told Reuters. So farthat hasn't happened and so it looks like this will end up in the Labour Courts." The strike began on April 3 and is the latest in a series ofproblems affecting the preparations for the 2016 games, the first ever to be held in South America. Brazil’s preparations are way behind schedule, and work at some venues has not even started. More »Rio workers vote to remain on strike indefinitely

  • Doping ban reversed for Olympic champion Lee

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 12:00 PM PHT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Badminton World Federation has reversed a one-year ban handed to Olympic gold medalist Lee Yon-dae for failing to comply with doping requirements. More »Doping ban reversed for Olympic champion Lee

  • Pirates, Reds hit 10 HRs before game is suspended

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:59 AM PHT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Maybe it's good this one got suspended. Gave everybody a chance to dry off a bit, catch their breath and let those unbelievable numbers start to sink in. More »Pirates, Reds hit 10 HRs before game is suspended

  • Pistorius "using emotions as an escape", prosecutor says

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:54 AM PHT

    By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura PRETORIA (Reuters) - The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Monday accused the track star of using emotional breakdowns under cross-examination to evade answering questions about the night he killed his girlfriend. The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, who faces life in prison if convicted of murdering Reeva Steenkamp, says he shot the 29-year-old model in a tragic accident, firing at what he thought was an intruder hiding behind a locked toilet door. "Get the fuck out of my house! Get the fuck out of my house!" a trembling Pistorius said when asked to state precisely what he screamed at the perceived intruder. State prosecutor Gerrie Nel, whose reputation as one of South Africa's toughest attorneys has earned him the nickname 'The Pitbull', said the athlete was just putting on an act to avoid having to answer his questions. More »Pistorius "using emotions as an escape", prosecutor says

  • New Zealand's Weepu wept after stroke diagnosis

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:51 AM PHT

    (Reuters) - All Blacks scrumhalf Piri Weepu was reduced to tears after discovering he had suffered a minor stroke while playing for the Auckland Blues earlier this year. The 30-year-old had surgery to repair a small hole in his heart after scans in late March revealed he had been playing through the symptoms of a stroke for three weeks. Back in training for his Super Rugby side this week, the 71-cap halfback said the shock of realising what was behind his health problems had produced the emotional outpouring. More »New Zealand's Weepu wept after stroke diagnosis

  • Warriors suffer Bogut injury blow ahead of playoffs

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:49 AM PHT

    (Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors received some bad news ahead of the NBA playoffs on Monday with the team announcing that starting centre Andrew Bogut has suffered a fractured rib and is out indefinitely. The 7ft (2.13m) Australian sustained the injury during Sunday's 119-117 overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and X-rays taken of the injury a day later confirmed the fracture. Golden State has not given a timeline on Bogut's healing process but the setback comes at an inopportune time, with the post-season set to begin this weekend. The Warriors are currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference but face competition from Dallas and Memphis for that spot with two games of the regular season remaining. More »Warriors suffer Bogut injury blow ahead of playoffs

  • Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:39 AM PHT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for the first time in more than two weeks but showed little sign of agreement Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that Moscow was interfering in the region. More »Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

  • Heat loss allows Pacers to grab NBA Eastern Conference top seed

    AFP News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:35 AM PHT

    Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting as the Washington Wizards cruised past the defending champion Miami Heat 114-93 at Verizon Center. Miami on Monday suffered its fourth loss in the last five contests which means they surrendered the Eastern Conference's top seed to the Indiana Pacers. The Heat, who rested both reigning NBA MVP LeBron James and centre Chris Bosh in their second to last game of the regular season, will be the number two seed when the postseason starts this weekend. The Heat allowed the Wizards to shoot an impressive 59 percent from the field and go 14-of-29 from three-point range. More »Heat loss allows Pacers to grab NBA Eastern Conference top seed

  • NBA: Heat loss allows Pacers to grab top seed

    AFP News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:18 AM PHT

    Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting as the Washington Wizards cruised past the defending champion Miami Heat 114-93 at Verizon Center on Monday. Miami suffered its fourth loss in the last five contests which means they surrendered the Eastern Conference's top seed to the Indiana Pacers. The Heat, who rested both reigning NBA MVP LeBron James and centre Chris Bosh in their second to last game of the regular season, will be the number two seed when the postseason starts this weekend. The Heat allowed the Wizards to shoot an impressive 59 percent from the field and go 14-of-29 from three-point range. More »NBA: Heat loss allows Pacers to grab top seed

  • Swimming legend Phelps to return to pool

    AFP News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:10 AM PHT

    Olympic swimming superstar Michael Phelps, who retired from the sport after taking six medals at the 2012 London Olympics, will make his competitive comeback next week at a US Grand Prix series event in Mesa, Arizona, USA Swimming announced. The American returned to the anti-doping test programme last year and his long-time coach, Bob Bowman, had indicated earlier that there would be a comeback, which could see the record 22-time Olympic medalist continue his career all the way to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Phelps, who turns 29 in June, and fellow Olympic champions and world record holders Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky were announced as swimming in the Arizona event April 24-26. More »Swimming legend Phelps to return to pool

  • High jumper Robinson latest Jamaican hit with ban

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:08 AM PHT

    By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Jamaican high jumper Damar Robinson has been handed a one-year ban for doping in the latest blow to the country's athletics program. The sanction was handed down by the chairman of the Jamaica Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel Kent Pantry following an in-camera hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre. Robinson's suspension comes days after three Jamaican Olympians, sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson and discus thrower Allison Randall, received lengthy doping bans. More »High jumper Robinson latest Jamaican hit with ban

  • Heat lose 114-93 to Wizards; Pacers get top seed

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:02 AM PHT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — LeBron James' only visible significant role was that of postgame heckler, interrupting Michael Beasley's interview amid a loose, upbeat locker room that normally wouldn't jibe with a 21-point loss — or throwing in a towel in the race for a No. 1 seed. More »Heat lose 114-93 to Wizards; Pacers get top seed

  • CenturyLink: 4,500 calls failed during 911 outage

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:00 AM PHT

    About 4,500 calls failed to get through during a six-hour Washington state 911 outage last week, CenturyLink said Monday. Elaborating on an explanation it offered Friday, the telecommunications company ... More »CenturyLink: 4,500 calls failed during 911 outage

  • Liverpool will win title, say Goal Singapore readers

    GOAL.com - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:49 AM PHT

    The Reds edged Manchester City in a pivotal clash and now have their fate in their own hands, although Chelsea can say the same as well More »Liverpool will win title, say Goal Singapore readers

  • Warriors' Bogut out indefinitely with rib fracture

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:47 AM PHT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The playoffs have not even begun and the Golden State Warriors are already dealing with a big blow to their postseason chances. More »Warriors' Bogut out indefinitely with rib fracture

  • Padres, Gyorko reach deal adding $35M for 5 years

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:43 AM PHT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres think so much of second baseman Jedd Gyorko that they gave him a hefty raise and he's only 13 games into his second full big league season. More »Padres, Gyorko reach deal adding $35M for 5 years

  • Mexico pledges own anti-money laundering list

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:26 AM PHT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has announced plans to fight money laundering by using "kingpin" lists like those issued by the United States, although unlike the public U.S. list, Mexico will make its registry confidential, a Mexican official said Monday. More »Mexico pledges own anti-money laundering list

  • Relativity's last-minute bid for Maker rebuffed

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:19 AM PHT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relativity Media, a film financier and movie distributor, was rebuffed in a last-minute bid for Maker Studios, the YouTube video creator that agreed to be bought by The Walt Disney Co. last month. More »Relativity's last-minute bid for Maker rebuffed

  • Vermaelen expects Arsenal to show true grit in Premier League

    AFP News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:18 AM PHT

    Thomas Vermaelen insists Arsenal will shake off the draining effects of their marathon FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan in time to revive their bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger's team were pushed to the limits by holders Wigan and needed a late equaliser from Per Mertesacker to force the penalty shoot-out which finally enabled them to see off their stubborn Championship opponents after a 1-1 draw at Wembley on Saturday. Several of Wenger's players were struggling with cramp in extra-time, while left back Nacho Monreal limped off in the second half, but there is no recovery period for the Gunners, who must beat London rivals West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday to stay in the hunt for a Champions League place. A victory over the Hammers would temporarily lift Arsenal back into fourth before Everton host Crystal Palace on Wednesday, and Belgian defender Vermaelen believes the morale boost from reaching their first FA Cup final since 2005 -- they will face Hull at Wembley on May 17 -- can help his team-mates ignore their aching limbs in another crucial clash. More »Vermaelen expects Arsenal to show true grit in Premier League

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