Associated Press

  • Balotelli in line for Liverpool debut at Spurs 29-08-2014 09:07 PM

    Liverpool: Mario Balotelli is in line to make his Liverpool debut against Tottenham on Sunday after impressing manager Brendan Rodgers in the Italy striker's first practice sessions with his new club. Rodgers says Balotelli "has settled in very well and has looked fantastic in training. . He is engrossing himself...
  • Torres may be ready for new start, says Mourinho 29-08-2014 09:02 PM

    London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has raised the prospect of Fernando Torres leaving the club before the transfer window closes, saying the Spain striker may be ready to "try a new life, a new club, probably a new league." Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool in January 2011 for what was...
  • Tri-series: South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs, earn bonus point 29-08-2014 09:00 PM

    Harare: South Africa's bowlers delivered a 61-run win over Zimbabwe as Dale Steyn and Ryan McLaren took three wickets each to bowl the hosts out for 170 in the triangular one-day series on Friday. South Africa were kept to a mediocre total of 231 at Harare Sports Club but were...
  • Unfit Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Portugal Euro 2016 qualifier 29-08-2014 08:01 PM

    Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo is unfit and will miss Portugal's opening 2016 European Championship qualifier against visiting Albania. Portugal coach Paulo Bento said Friday that the country's star forward, who has been playing for Real Madrid at the start of the Spanish league season, was ruled unfit to play in the...
  • Vicente Del Bosque goes with youth after World Cup fiasco 29-08-2014 05:20 PM

    Madrid: Vicente del Bosque unveiled a rejuvenated Spain squad on Friday after the debacle at this summer's World Cup and the retirement of three key players from the team's most successful era. While stalwarts Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso and David Villa retired from international competition after Spain flopped in their...
  • Marco Reus, Mario Gomez in German squad for Argentina friendly 29-08-2014 03:12 PM

    Frankfurt: Germany have recalled 18 World Cup players for next week's friendly against Argentina, a repeat of the final in Brazil. The friendly in Duesseldorf on September 3 is the first match for both teams since the July 13 final at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, when Mario Goetze scored...
  • Ecuador to launch the world's first government-issued digital currency 29-08-2014 03:02 PM

    Quito: Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the US dollar, which the government cannot control. The virtual currency, which Central Bank officials say they expect will start circulating in December,...
  • Why visual search still doesn't quite work 29-08-2014 02:40 PM

    New York: Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea - but it doesn't quite work. Though many companies...
  • Bayern Munich complete transfer for Xabi Alonso 29-08-2014 02:21 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid says they had completed the sale of midfielder Xabi Alonso to German champion Bayern Munich. Bayern had said on Thursday they were close to inking the deal for the former Spanish international. The 32-year-old Alonso will help fill the void left by the injury to fellow Spaniard...
  • iPhone 6 with bigger screens, iWatch expected at Apple's September 9 event 29-08-2014 01:38 PM

    San Francisco: Apple's latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signalling how big this event is for the company. The September 9 launch, which is expected to feature a larger iPhone and possibly a computerised watch, will be in the same...
  • Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 workers as part of an overhaul after MH370 and MH17 disasters 29-08-2014 01:14 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of an overhaul announced on Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 per cent of its current workforce of 20,000. Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that...
  • What to watch on day five of the 2014 US Open 29-08-2014 12:47 PM

    Venus Williams is trying to get to the fourth round at the US Open for the first time since 2010 - and at any Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2011. To do so, the 19th-seeded Williams will need to beat 13th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy in Arthur...
  • Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved 29-08-2014 11:00 AM

    Death Valley (US): For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks some weighing hundreds of pounds zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth. Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have...
  • Shakira: Yes, we are expecting our second baby 29-08-2014 10:28 AM

    New York: Shakira is pregnant with baby No. 2. The Colombian singer made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter pages on Thursday. Her representative confirmed that the accounts were real. The Grammy winner wrote: "Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!" No...
  • Project Wing: Google tests a fleet of package-delivering drones 29-08-2014 07:36 AM

    San Francisco: Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com, which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player in Europe award 28-08-2014 11:44 PM

    Monaco: Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after scoring a record 17 goals in the Champions League. The Real Madrid and Portgual forward beat Bayern Munich pair Manuel Neuer of Germany and the Netherlands' Arjen Robben. The voting was by journalists from...
  • Ana Ivanovic loses in 2nd round; Sharapova, Venus win at US Open 28-08-2014 11:30 PM

    New York: Eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic is out of the US Open. Ivanovic, who had been having her best season since winning the French Open in 2008, lost to Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-4 in the second round on Thursday. Ivanovic had 47 match wins coming into Flushing Meadows, the most of...
  • Don't expect miracles from Di Maria, says Van Gaal 28-08-2014 11:20 PM

    Manchester: Angel Di Maria will provide an ailing Manchester United with plenty of missing qualities following his big-money move from Real Madrid - pace, energy, incisiveness and goals. Just don't expect instant miracles from the Argentina midfielder. "I hope he shall give us good results," Manchester United manager Louis van...
  • Champions League draw: Real Madrid get Liverpool; Bayern, City in same group 28-08-2014 10:36 PM

    Monaco: Real Madrid will start their Champions League campaign against five-time winner Liverpool, FC Basel and Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad. The 10-time champions, aiming to become the first team to defend the title in 25 years, were drawn into Group B on Thursday. Barcelona and Ajax, both former clubs of...
  • Andrea Pirlo out a month with bruised hip 28-08-2014 08:35 PM

    Turin: Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo will miss the first month of the Serie A season because of a bruised right hip. Pirlo was injured in a preseason match and Juventus says a medical exam revealed a pulled tendon that requires 30 days to heal. Three-time defending champion Juventus opens the...
  • Finally, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get married in France; spokesperson confirms the wedding 28-08-2014 06:50 PM

    New York: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Correns, France, a spokesman for the couple says. Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained...
  • Wayne Rooney to captain England team 28-08-2014 04:46 PM

    Wayne Rooney has been named England captain, taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worst-ever World Cup. England coach Roy Hodgson confirmed the Manchester United player's appointment - from a small pool of potential captains - while naming the squad for England's...
  • Conte departure from Juventus could alter Serie A 28-08-2014 04:14 PM

    Rome: The Italian league opens this weekend with a full slate of matches, a couple key coaching changes and some notable absences. Three-time defending champion Juventus kick things off at Chievo Verona on Saturday, followed by an enticing matchup of runner-up Roma hosting Fiorentina, who are coming off a fourth-place...
  • Vermont restaurant being criticised for removing a bacon advertisement that was insensitive to vegans and Muslims 28-08-2014 03:33 PM

    Winooski, Vt.: A Vermont restaurant that removed a bacon advertisement called insensitive to vegans and Muslims is being criticized for doing so. Sneakers Bistro and Cafe in Winooski last week took down a sign saying "Yield for Sneakers Bacon" after comments were posted in an online community forum by "a...
  • Bayern Munich set to sign Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid 28-08-2014 03:03 PM

    Munich: A Bayern Munich official says the Bundesliga champions are set to sign midfielder Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid. Bayern financial director Jan-Christian Dreesen says Alonso was expected in Munich on Thursday for his medical. Alonso and Bayern have "in principle" agreed on a transfer and the two clubs are...
  • Mario Balotelli warned by Italy coach Antonio Conte 28-08-2014 02:40 PM

    Milan: Mario Balotelli has some work to do to earn the respect of Italy coach Antonio Conte. Conte tells the Gazzetta dello Sport that he's not sure Balotelli's decision to move back to England is positive or not, "but I do know that whoever joins the national team must then...
  • What to watch on day four at US Open 2014 28-08-2014 01:20 PM

    New York: American teen Catherine Bellis returns to action at the US Open on Thursday, two days after becoming the youngest player to win a match in the tournament since 1996. The 15-year-old Californian, ranked 1,208th and playing not only in her first Grand Slam main draw but also her...
  • Oldest US gay bookstore to reopen in Philadelphia 28-08-2014 01:02 PM

    Philadelphia: The nation's oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems. Philly AIDS Thrift says it's taking over the shop called Giovanni's Room. It had closed in May after 41 years, citing competition from online outlets. Philly AIDS Thrift already...
  • Venus Williams in US Open 3rd round 28-08-2014 09:55 AM

    New York: Two-time champion Venus Williams is back in the third round of the US Open for the first time since 2010, a year before she announced she had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. The 19th-seeded Williams, at 34 the oldest woman left in the draw, did not need...
  • Two Chicago men sue a taxi company after cab driver tries to kick them out for kissing 28-08-2014 09:49 AM

    Chicago: Two Chicago men sued a taxi company this week, alleging a driver tried to kick them out of his cab because they shared a short kiss. Matthew McCrea and Steven White filed the lawsuit against Sun Taxi. They claim the driver violated the Illinois Human Rights Act and are...