Associated Press

  • Former Beats Music CEO launches a new music competition app 28-03-2015 08:33 PM

    Los Angeles: For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true. The talent competition app "Chosen" from David Hyman, the former CEO of Beats Music, is launching for invitees on Apple...
  • Barcelona defender Jordi Alba out for 10 days with injury 28-03-2015 07:18 PM

    Madrid: Barcelona say defender Jordi Alba has a right leg muscle injury and will be sidelined for around 10 days. Tests on Saturday morning "confirmed a Grade 1 injury to the abductor muscle in his right leg," the club says in a statement. Alba asked to be substituted in the...
  • Teenager Max Verstappen shows up world's best at Malaysian GP 28-03-2015 06:37 PM

    Sepang: He may not be old enough to drive solo on public roads, but 17-year-old Max Verstappen proved he is a threat to Formula One's best by qualifying a remarkable sixth for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Toro Rosso driver's impressive performance in wet conditions on Saturday represented the best...
  • Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for Malaysian Grand Prix 28-03-2015 03:22 PM

    Sepang: Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel believes he can end Mercedes' dominant run in Formula One by winning Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix after qualifying second on Saturday and ending the Silver Arrows' long run of front-row lockouts. Mercedes had taken the front two grid spots for the past nine races dating...
  • Euro qualifiers: Harry Kane scores on debut as England thrash Lithuania 28-03-2015 02:56 PM

    London: Harry Kane scored 80 seconds into his England debut on Friday, providing another astonishing moment in his breakthrough season in a 4-0 victory over Lithuania in European Championship qualifying. The 21-year-old Kane replaced captain Wayne Rooney amid roars by expectant fans inside Wembley Stadium, and he delivered instantly by...
  • Malaysia poised to sign new F1 hosting deal 28-03-2015 02:41 PM

    Sepang, Malaysia: Malaysian Grand Prix organizers are poised to sign a new three-year contract to host Formula One at the Sepang International Circuit, with a final agreement expected next month. SIC chairman Mokhzani Tun Mahathir told The Associated Press on Saturday that the final details of the contract were being...
  • Australia vs New Zealand World Cup final: who to watch 28-03-2015 12:50 PM

    Melbourne: Expect the World Cup final to have an entirely different complexion to the last encounter between Australia and New Zealand. The group-stage match involving the tournament co-hosts was a low-scoring thriller in Auckland, where New Zealand edged Australia by one wicket and later sealed top spot in Pool A....
  • End of 'Mad Men,' but show's relics find new life at museum 28-03-2015 12:05 PM

    Washington: Don Draper is making his exit with 'Mad Men' this year, but his image as a 1960s advertising man will live on at the Smithsonian Institution. Jon Hamm, who plays Draper on the AMC drama about a New York ad agency, joined cast members and show creator Matthew Weiner...
  • Zayn Malik says he worries he's let fans down by leaving 1D 28-03-2015 11:51 AM

    London: Zayn Malik says he worries that he's let One Direction fans down by leaving the world-conquering boy band, but couldn't carry on in a role that made him unhappy. Malik quit the group this week, saying he wanted "to be a normal 22-year-old." He had earlier pulled out of...
  • Actress Drea de Matteo loses apartment in New York City blast 28-03-2015 11:41 AM

    New York: Among those who lost their homes in the powerful blast and fire in Manhattan's East Village was former 'Sopranos' actress Drea de Matteo. The actress took to Instagram Thursday to share two dramatic photos of firefighters battling smoke and flames. "A hole where my NYC home of the...
  • Taraji P Henson apologizes for racial profiling allegation 28-03-2015 11:31 AM

    Los Angeles: Actress Taraji P. Henson has apologized to police in the Southern California city of Glendale for accusing an officer of racially profiling her son. Henson posted a statement on Instagram Friday afternoon, hours after the Glendale Police Department released video of a traffic stop of the actress' son...
  • Google, Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons 28-03-2015 11:21 AM

    San Francisco: Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room. The alliance announced this week dovetails with two of Google's initiatives beyond its main business of Internet search and advertising. Google has been investing in medical research aimed at...
  • Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission 28-03-2015 11:15 AM

    Baikonur (Kazakhstan): Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them. Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly are to spend 342 days aboard the orbiting laboratory, about twice as long as a standard...
  • Golf: Oliver Farr in 4-way tie for lead at Hassan II after bogey on 18th 28-03-2015 11:06 AM

    Agadir: Welshman Oliver Farr missed the chance to take the outright lead at the Trophee Hassan II on Friday after making a bogey on the last hole, and was in a four-way tie after a 4-under 68. Farr had four birdies on the back nine to share the lead with...
  • Golf: Jimmy Walker takes lead in Texas Open 28-03-2015 10:37 AM

    San Antonio: Jimmy Walker enjoyed a neighborly stroll at TPC San Antonio after a 35-minute drive from his suburban home. Walker shot a 5-under 67 on Friday in the Texas Open to take a one-stroke lead in his hometown event. He won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January after...
  • Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray advance in Miami Open 28-03-2015 10:11 AM

    Key Biscayne: Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros - Serena Williams. Bellis, a 15-year-old American who made a big splash at last year's US Open, advanced Friday to a potential third-round match against Williams by beating Zarina Diyas 6-2, 6-1. Williams'...
  • Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge review: The best Samsung phones ever made 27-03-2015 04:59 PM

    New York: A better design, sharper camera and easier to use software make the new Galaxy S6 phones the best Samsung has yet to offer. Although Samsung has been praised for its improved hardware, much of what I like is in the software - specifically, what's not in it. After...
  • Renault considering pulling out of Formula One 27-03-2015 03:16 PM

    Sepang: French automaker Renault, which supplies engines to the Red Bull and Torro Rosso teams, says it is considering pulling out of Formula One due to the damage done to its reputation after a very difficult start to the new season. Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport F1, said...
  • Golf: Charley Hoffman takes lead in wind-swept Texas Open 27-03-2015 02:17 PM

    San Antonia: Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a 5-under 67 on Thursday. After wind gusts threatening 40 mph pummeled the morning starters, Hoffman faced steady 15 mph wind in the afternoon at TPC San Antonio. He...
  • NZ ready for one more big push in World Cup final: Tim Southee 27-03-2015 11:04 AM

    Melbourne: Fast bowler Tim Southee says that after reaching the Cricket World Cup final for the first time and with their most well-rounded limited-overs team ever assembled, New Zealand are ready for "one more big push" to beat Australia and to write a new chapter in their history. Southee said...
  • Periscope vs Meerkat: Similar in nature, but still different 27-03-2015 10:44 AM

    New YOrk: Download Periscope, Twitter's just-launched live video-streaming app, and you'll find people broadcasting all sorts of mundane stuff: waiting for AT&T to fix their wiring, getting out of bed in Silicon Valley, looking outside their office window in Chicago. Watch the videos, and you might ask yourself, is this...
  • Rosberg fastest, Hamilton suffers engine issue in first practice at Malaysian GP 27-03-2015 09:56 AM

    Sepang: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton suffered an engine failure in Friday's opening practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix while his teammate Nico Rosberg set the fastest time at Sepang International Circuit. Hamilton pulled off the track around 30 minutes into the 90-minute session, and radioed back to the pit-wall...
  • Neymar, Willian shine as Brazil beat France 3-1 27-03-2015 09:33 AM

    Paris: Striker Neymar scored his 43rd international goal and midfielder Willian set up two as Brazil beat France 3-1 on Thursday in another step in rebuilding their credibility. It was France's first defeat since last year's World Cup, where they lost to Germany in the quarter-finals. Brazil remain unbeaten since...
  • Chelsea captain John Terry signs for another season 26-03-2015 11:02 PM

    London: Chelsea captain John Terry has extended his contract for another season. The 34-year-old defender has been one of the team's key players as Chelsea have established a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says "this new contract is not to say, 'Thank...
  • Lewis Hamilton finds Red Bull complaints about Mercedes 'funny' 26-03-2015 04:28 PM

    Sepang: Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is amused by Red Bull's complaints about Mercedes ongoing dominance, accusing the sport's preceding power of double standards. Mercedes is expected to dominate this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, just as it dominated the season opener in Australia with a one-two finish, and...
  • Fernando Alonso has 'zero concerns' ahead of Malaysian GP return 26-03-2015 03:13 PM

    Sepang: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says he has "zero doubts and zero concerns" about returning to the car at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix after the pre-season testing crash that ruled him out of the Formula One season opener. Alonso was passed fit for Sunday's race after undergoing more medical...
  • Iran calls Saudi airstrikes in Yemen 'dangerous step' 26-03-2015 02:59 PM

    Sanaa: Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said. Some of the strikes hit positions in the country's...
  • Sri Lanka's Sirisena meets China's Xi amid new look at ties 26-03-2015 01:45 PM

    Beijing: Sri Lanka's new president held talks on Thursday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid a push to recalibrate his predecessor's strongly pro-China policies and a review of major Chinese projects in the island nation. Maithripala Sirisena and Xi reaffirmed longstanding ties between their countries at the start of their...
  • English Premier League clubs profitable again after 15 years 26-03-2015 12:40 PM

    London: English Premier League clubs are collectively in profit for the first time in 15 years thanks to surging television cash and a slowing of wage growth. Accountancy firm Deloitte reported that the 20 teams in 2013-14 generated a combined pre-tax profit of 190 million pounds (now $283 million) after...
  • Camp Nou to host Barcelona's Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao 26-03-2015 11:37 AM

    Madrid: Barcelona will have home advantage for its Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao after Spain's football federation voted on Wednesday for the Camp Nou as the venue. Both finalists had originally asked to play the May 30 decider at Real Madrid's 81,000-seater Bernabeu stadium. However, the venue for...