Associated Press

  • Andy Murray beats David Ferrer to reach Valencia Open final 25-10-2014 11:55 PM

    Valencia: Andy Murray beat top-seeded David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the final of the Valencia Open. The third-seeded Murray, who won the title in 2009, bettered Ferrer at his own ground game to win most of their long rallies on the indoor hard court. The Briton jumped...
  • Roger Federer beats Ivo Karlovic to reach Swiss Indoors final 25-10-2014 11:54 PM

    Basel: Top-seeded Roger Federer defeated big-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday to reach a ninth consecutive Swiss Indoors final and his 11th overall in his hometown of Basel. Federer, who is looking for his sixth Swiss Indoors title after finishing runner-up in the past two editions, will...
  • El Clasico: Real Madrid come from behind to beat Barcelona 3-1 25-10-2014 11:31 PM

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scored to spark Real Madrid's 3-1 comeback win over Barcelona in a thrilling "clasico" match on Saturday in the Spanish league that handed the visitors their first loss of the season. The result spoiled a strong Barcelona debut by Luis Suarez, who played well in his first...
  • EPL: More frustration for Mario Balotelli as Liverpool draw 25-10-2014 10:41 PM

    Mario Balotelli misfired in front of goal again as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw by Hull in the Premier League on Saturday. The Italy striker has made an underwhelming start to his Liverpool career and was criticised for exchanging shirts at halftime with Real Madrid defender Pepe in...
  • Alexis Sanchez brace powers Arsenal to a 2-0 win over Sunderland 25-10-2014 09:40 PM

    Arsenal won their first Premier League match in over a month on Saturday, beating Sunderland 2-0 with a brace from Alexis Sanchez after a pair of defensive errors. Sanchez scored in the 30th minute after a mistake from Sunderland center back Wes Brown, who scuffed an attempted back pass to...
  • 1st Test: Australia 59/4 on Day 4 chasing 438 set by Pakistan 25-10-2014 07:29 PM

    Dubai: Pakistan's inexperienced spinners left Australia struggling at 59 for 4 on Saturday at stumps on the fourth day of the first Test after Younis Khan smashed a record-breaking century to give his team a formidable lead of 437 runs. Australia still need 379 more runs to win after losing...
  • West Ham stun champion Manchester City 2-1 in Premier League 25-10-2014 07:29 PM

    London: West Ham maintained their strong form and stunned Manchester City with a 2-1 victory on Saturday, inflicting a second loss in the champion's Premier League title defense. Morgan Amalfitano opened the scoring for West Ham with a 22nd minute tap-in following a low pass into the box from Enner...
  • Singer John Denver gets a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame 25-10-2014 02:28 PM

    LOS ANGELES: Things are a little sunnier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the posthumous unveiling of a star for John Denver. The "Sunshine on My Shoulders" singer received the walk's 2,531st star on Friday, 17 years after his death. Denver's son, Zak Deutschendorf, and daughter, Jesse Belle Denver,...
  • Paul Pogba renews deal to stay at Juventus until 2019 25-10-2014 01:20 PM

    Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has signed a new contract with the Italian giant, tying him to the Serie A club until 2019. Juventus confirmed the deal on Friday, saying that chief executive Giuseppe Marotta had announced at a shareholders' meeting that "before coming here we signed Paul Pogba's contract extension...
  • Borna Coric upsets Rafael Nadal to reach Swiss Indoors semis 25-10-2014 01:19 PM

    Teenager Borna Coric upset second-seeded Rafael Nadal in straight sets on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Swiss Indoors and announce himself as one of the rising stars of tennis. There was no such slip-up for Roger Federer as the top-seeded Swiss remained on course for his sixth title...
  • Lionel Messi aims for record vs Cristiano Ronaldo in clasico 25-10-2014 11:08 AM

    Saturday's game between Real Madrid and Barcelona will last 90 minutes like any other, but this clash between the Spanish giants promises to be a classic among clasicos. Barcelona and Madrid almost always offer scintillating contests, and this one is set up to offer so much more. Not only can...
  • Serie A: Juventus and Roma seek confidence boosts 25-10-2014 10:57 AM

    After chastening losses in the Champions League, Juventus and Roma seek morale boosts at the expense of Palermo and Sampdoria in the Serie A this weekend. Roma can move provisionally top if they beat third-place Sampdoria on Saturday, with Juventus hosting Palermo a day later. Also, a resurgent Lazio will...
  • Maestro of clasicos, Lionel Messi leads Barcelona against Real Madrid 25-10-2014 09:51 AM

    Barcelona: Accustomed to thriving against his fierce rival, Lionel Messi will again lead Barcelona at Real Madrid as he aims for another scoring record. The big question is whether Luis Suarez will join him or watch from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium bench. Suarez will finish his four-month ban for biting...
  • Heads or tails? Coin toss to decide the winner of Peru's mayoral election 25-10-2014 09:36 AM

    Lima, Peru: A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box. Wilber Medina was chosen mayor of Pillpinto near the tourist center of Cusco Wednesday after he and his rival each garnered 236 votes in...
  • Watch: A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests goes viral as singing nun releases first album 25-10-2014 09:31 AM

    Rome: A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and...
  • Dallas man crosses doors and windows with white tape marked 'quarantine' for Halloween decor inspired from the fear of Ebola 25-10-2014 09:15 AM

    University Park, Texas: Taking inspiration from the fear of Ebola, a Dallas-area man has stacked up barrels marked "biohazard," surrounded his yard with yellow caution tape and crossed his door and windows with white tape marked "quarantine." "There's negative people everywhere and they are going to give me grief about...
  • Dallas nurse cleared of Ebola virus, receives hug, thanks from Barack Obama 25-10-2014 09:12 AM

    Bethesda: A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free and into open arms. Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House on Friday. And outside the...
  • Queen Elizabeth II sends her first tweet, triggers controversy 25-10-2014 08:38 AM

    London: Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet - though she kept things traditional, signing off with "Elizabeth R." The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery Friday in central London's Science Museum, taking off a glove to press a tablet screen as...
  • Procter & Gamble to remove its batteries, make Duracell a stand-alone company 25-10-2014 08:20 AM

    New York: Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company. The world's largest consumer products maker, which acquired Duracell in 2005, has been trimming its product lineup to focus on its top performers. After it finishes jettisoning more than half its brands around the...
  • Ebola: Newly released Dallas nurse to meet with Obama 24-10-2014 11:40 PM

    Bethesda: A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital on Friday, free of the virus, and was to meet later in the day with President Barack Obama at the White House. Nurse Nina Pham said that she felt "fortunate and...
  • David Ferrer gets 600th win to reach Valencia Open semis 24-10-2014 11:40 PM

    Top-seeded David Ferrer earned his 600th career win by beating Thomaz Bellucci 6-1, 6-2 Friday to set up a semi-final against Andy Murray at the Valencia Open. Ferrer, a three-time champion in Valencia, became the fourth active player to reach the milestone, joining Roger Federer (986 wins), Rafael Nadal (706)...
  • Rio Ferdinand plans to retire at end of season 24-10-2014 11:24 PM

    London: Former England captain Rio Ferdinand plans to retire from football at the end of the season. After being released by Manchester United at the end of last season, the 35-year-old defender has struggled to make an impact at Queens Park Rangers. He was an unused substitute in Sunday's loss...
  • El Clasico: Luis Suarez to make Barcelona debut after biting ban 24-10-2014 08:44 PM

    Luis Suarez's long wait is almost over. The much-maligned forward will play his first minutes on Saturday against Real Madrid after completing his ban for biting an opponent four months ago at the World Cup. "(Suarez) will have some minutes for sure, how many is the million-dollar question," Barcelona manager...
  • Bangladesh, Zimbabwe begin Test series to avoid last rank 24-10-2014 08:21 PM

    Mirpur: Nobody likes to be last. That adds extra spice to the three-Test cricket series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe beginning at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday. In the 10-team Test rankings, Zimbabwe are ninth, and Bangladesh 10th. Whoever loses the series will be 10th. "The ranking issue is there but...
  • 1st Test: Spinners shine as Pakistan take 189-run lead against Australia on Day 3 24-10-2014 07:30 PM

    Dubai: Pakistan stretched their lead to a commanding 189 runs after inexperienced spinners Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar dismissed Australia for 303 on the third day of the first Test on Friday. Opening batsmen Ahmed Shehzad, 22 not out, and Azhar Ali, 16 not out, guided the home team to...
  • Nominees for Grammy Awards to be announced on December 5 24-10-2014 05:36 PM

    New York: The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards the morning of Dec. 5, except for one category: the coveted album of the year. The nominees for the top prize will come later that day when the academy debuts the new TV special, "A Very...
  • Rafael Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters 24-10-2014 05:14 PM

    Paris Masters organizers say third-ranked Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the tournament next week for "personal reasons." The organizers did not elaborate. Nadal was playing in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Friday, his third tournament since Wimbledon, when a wrist injury curtailed his schedule. The...
  • Erik Lamela's outrageous goal illuminates Europa League 24-10-2014 03:13 PM

    Erik Lamela's outrageous goal in a big win for Tottenham illuminated the third round of Europa League group-stage matches, in which Fiorentina and Dynamo Moscow maintained their perfect starts to the competition. In what will rank as one of the best goals seen in Europe this season, Lamela wrapped his...
  • Milos Raonic beats Donald Young to reach Swiss Indoors quarters 24-10-2014 02:31 PM

    Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada hit 22 aces, including on match point, to beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors. Raonic earned the only break of the match to take the opening set and then...
  • Roger Federer beats Denis Istomin in Swiss Indoors second round 24-10-2014 02:25 PM

    Top-seeded Roger Federer again had to fight back from a set down before beating Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors on Thursday. Federer struggled in the opening set, and even walked toward his chair early in the first game before realizing there was...