Associated Press

  • Karolina Pliskova beats Varvara Lepchenko to win Korea Open 21-09-2014 03:50 PM

    Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic defeated fifth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko of the United States, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 on Sunday to win the Korea Open. Pliskova stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the third set at Olympic Park Tennis Center and held on for the second WTA title...
  • I'm very satisfied with my tennis career, says Li Na 21-09-2014 02:20 PM

    Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, said Sunday she had "no regrets" about her decision to retire over long time issues with knee injuries. "I'm very satisfied with my tennis career," the 32-year-old Li, a former French and...
  • NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only' 21-09-2014 01:02 PM

    Vilnius: NATO's top general said on Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a "cease-fire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible for outsiders...
  • At Asian Games, rivalries not always about sports 21-09-2014 10:39 AM

    On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good measure, why not throw...
  • David Goffin, Joao Sousa reach Moselle Open final 21-09-2014 10:24 AM

    Sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal rallied to win 7-6 (6), 6-2 against second-seeded Gael Monfils and reach the Moselle Open final, where he faces eighth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium. Goffin, who eliminated top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters, beat Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the other semi-final...
  • Ana Ivanovic beats Caroline Wozniacki to win Pan Pacific Open 21-09-2014 09:31 AM

    Third-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 7-6 (2) on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open. In a match that featured two former World No. 1s, Ivanovic broke Wozniacki three times in the first set at Ariake Coliseum and won the second-set tiebreaker with...
  • Afghan cricketers begin three-week tour of Australia 21-09-2014 09:24 AM

    Afghanistan's fledging cricket team began a three-week tour of Australia on Sunday to help it prepare for its first appearance at next year's 50-over World Cup tournament. Ranked 11th in the one-day international form of the game, the results of matches against teams from Western Australia and Canberra in Australia...
  • Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger 21-09-2014 09:04 AM

    Ankara: Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the well-dressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped...
  • 46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back 21-09-2014 09:04 AM

    Los Angeles: Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love. It was the first (and "prettiest") of many luxury cars he would own, his companion on fast drives - and the only one that...
  • Serie A: Carlos Tevez leads Juventus to 1-0 win at AC Milan 21-09-2014 05:21 AM

    Milan: Carlos Tevez's fourth goal in three matches helped Juventus win 1-0 at AC Milan on Saturday in the first high-profile matchup of the Serie A. In the 71st minute at the San Siro, Paul Pogba set up Tevez with only the goalkeeper to beat, and he expertly chipped it...
  • Ozil, Welbeck seal Arsenal's 3-0 win over Aston Villa 20-09-2014 10:52 PM

    London: Arsenal scored three goals in a four-minute span to beat Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday and halt the host's good start to the Premier League season. Mesut Ozil answered critics by scoring the first goal in the 32nd minute and then setting up Danny Welbeck two minutes later for...
  • Ronaldo nets thrice as Real Madrid thrash Deportivo 8-2 20-09-2014 10:28 PM

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick and Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez added braces as Real Madrid rolled past Deportivo La Coruna 8-2 to emphatically end their two-game losing skid in the Spanish league on Saturday. After Madrid romped, defending champion Atletico Madrid slipped to a 2-2 draw with...
  • Kranjcar's free kick gives QPR draw against Stoke in Premier League 20-09-2014 09:04 PM

    London: Niko Kranjcar curled in a late free kick as Queens Park Rangers twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday. Mame Biram Diouf headed Stoke in front from close range in the 11th minute after Peter Crouch held off defender Rio Ferdinand...
  • Hamilton beats Rosberg to take dramatic Singapore Grand Prix pole 20-09-2014 08:31 PM

    Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix by out-qualifying his Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg by a mere seven thousandths of a second on Saturday. Hamilton claimed his sixth pole of the season with a time of 1 minute 45.681 seconds, and it could prove...
  • New Zealand prime minister wins 3rd term in office 20-09-2014 07:42 PM

    Wellington: Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory on Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term in office, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy. "This is a great night. This is...
  • Ferrari's Alonso fastest in final Singapore Grand Prix practice 20-09-2014 05:14 PM

    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in Saturday's final practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo second. The pace of the Ferraris and Red Bulls suggested they could challenge the Mercedes drivers - who have taken all but one pole position this season...
  • Please welcome 'Kuro', the first burger with completely black buns using squid ink. It tastes tangy. 20-09-2014 04:50 PM

    The first Kuro, or black, burger had a black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black. The fast-food chain added black cheese and darkened the other ingredients in...
  • Formula One strugglers still targeting 2015 participation 20-09-2014 04:34 PM

    As speculation grows about the imminent exit of three struggling teams from Formula One, two of the under-pressure outfits have said they intend to still be in the sport in 2015. Sauber, Caterham and Marussia are struggling both on and off the track in the vastly expensive sport, with many...
  • Karolina Pliskova beats Maria Kirilenko to reach final in Korea 20-09-2014 04:29 PM

    Seoul: Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic rallied from a set down on Saturday to beat Russia's Maria Kirilenko 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 and reach the final of the Korea Open. Pliskova hit 10 aces at Olympic Park Tennis Center to oust Kirilenko, who needed a wild card to...
  • Monica Niculescu beats Alize Cornet to win Guangzhou Open 20-09-2014 02:51 PM

    Romania's Monica Niculescu took advantage of a dozen double-faults by Alize Cornet to beat the Frenchwoman 6-4, 6-0 to win the Guangzhou Open on Saturday. The No. 60-ranked Niculescu captured the second WTA Tour title of her career, following her win in Florianopolis last year. The Romanian didn't drop a...
  • Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic reach the final at Pan Pacific Open 20-09-2014 02:37 PM

    Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open. The US Open finalist lost the first two games of the third set but took advantage of an increasingly erratic Muguruza and won when her opponent...
  • Dos and don'ts: 5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches 20-09-2014 11:20 AM

    New York: Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information. Home Depot said Thursday that malicious software lurking in its check-out terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit cards that customers...
  • Alibaba Mega IPO Caps founder Jack Ma success tale 20-09-2014 10:18 AM

    Hong Kong: When Jack Ma founded Alibaba 15 years ago he insisted the e-commerce venture should see itself as competing against Silicon Valley, not other Chinese companies. That bold ambition from a time when China was still a corporate backwater has been vindicated this week by Alibaba completing a mammoth...
  • David Goffin beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Moselle quarters 20-09-2014 10:06 AM

    Eighth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium rallied to beat top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 on Friday to reach the Moselle Open semi-finals. Goffin next plays Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff for the first time. Struff advanced after third-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber retired when trailing 5-0 after just 20 minutes. Second-seeded Gael Monfils...
  • Man jumps over fence at White House, sparks evacuation 20-09-2014 08:03 AM

    Washington: Much of the White House was evacuated on Friday after someone jumped over the fence and ran toward the executive mansion, minutes after President Barack Obama had departed. Video from the scene showed a man making it most of the way across the North Lawn and approaching the main...
  • Wozniacki, Kerber reach Pan Pacific semifinals 19-09-2014 06:27 PM

    Tokyo: Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reached the Pan Pacific Open semifinals by beating eighth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-3, 6-3 on Friday. Wozniacki was in control from the start, breaking her opponent three times in the opening set at Ariake Coliseum. "It was a little like playing chess,"...
  • Ferrari's Alonso tops Singapore Grand Prix first practice 19-09-2014 05:16 PM

    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in the opening practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix, upstaging the Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on Friday. Alonso relished the tight confines of the Marina Bay street circuit, setting a time of 1 minute, 49.056 seconds - a...
  • Fake tweets trigger police raid, lawsuit; stir debate about parody 19-09-2014 04:28 PM

    Chicago: Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. Out of boredom, he said, he soon began sending profane messages about sex, drugs and alcohol. Daniel never intended for the fake account to be...
  • The full list of winners of the 2014 Ig Nobel Awards 19-09-2014 04:00 PM

    The 2014 Ig Nobel winners, awarded Thursday at Harvard University by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine: PHYSICS: Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai for studying the slipperiness of banana peels. NEUROSCIENCE: Jiangang Liu, Jun Li, Lu Feng, Ling Li, Jie Tian and Kang Lee, for their...
  • Varvara Lepchenko upsets Agnieszka Radwanska at Korea Open 19-09-2014 03:29 PM

    Fifth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko of the United States upset defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2 in the Korea Open quarter-finals on Friday. Lepchenko converted three of four break points in the third set to oust the top seed. Lepchenko has beaten Radwanska twice this year, after losing five straight....