Associated-Press

  • 1st Test: Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers flatten West Indies on Day 1 18-12-2014 12:03 AM

    Centurion: AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla plundered centuries for South Africa as the West Indies made poor use of favorable bowling conditions on day one of the first cricket Test at Centurion on Wednesday. After winning the toss and electing to bowl on the back of some morning rain,...
  • Hackers threaten 9/11-type attacks; Sony tells theatres they don't have to screen 'The Interview' 17-12-2014 01:37 PM

    Los Angeles: Sony Pictures Entertainment has told theatre owners that they can cancel their plans to show "The Interview," according to multiple reports. The decision to debut the film on December 25 is now with individual theatre chains. This late Tuesday development comes just hours after the hackers issued threats...
  • Step-by-step guide: How to pick the right fitness tracker 17-12-2014 10:53 AM

    New York: The holidays are here, which means feeling guilty about how much you're eating and how little you're exercising. Gadgets are available to help keep that in balance. The best device for you will depend on your current fitness levels and needs. Most devices measure footsteps, distance travelled and...
  • 'He went in the uniform, came back in a coffin,' wails a Pakistan school attack victim's father 17-12-2014 10:51 AM

    Peshawar: In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school on Tuesday and killed 151 people - almost all of them students - before government troops ended the siege. The massacre of innocent children horrified a country already weary of unending terrorist attacks....
  • Ex-employees sue Sony Pictures over hacked personal details 17-12-2014 10:13 AM

    New York: Sony Pictures Entertainment now faces two lawsuits from four former employees who claim the company did not do enough to prevent hackers from stealing nearly 50,000 social security numbers, salary details and other personal information from current and former workers. The lawsuits seek to gain class-action status on...
  • Real Madrid coast into Club World Cup final 17-12-2014 07:54 AM

    Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale scored to help Real Madrid coast past Mexico's Cruz Azul 4-0 on Tuesday for a place in this weekend's Club World Cup final against Argentina's San Lorenzo or New Zealand's Auckland City. Sergio Ramos scored in the 15th minute and Benzema in the 36th. Bale...
  • Chelsea, third-tier Sheffield United in Capital One semi-finals 17-12-2014 07:13 AM

    Chelsea swept into the semi-finals of the English League Cup on Tuesday, joining third-tier Sheffield United in the last four after their shock win over Premier League side Southampton. Eliminated at the quarter-final stage in three of the previous four seasons, Chelsea made no mistake this time as goals by...
  • Barcelona rout Huesca 8-1 in Copa de Rey 17-12-2014 06:02 AM

    Pedro Rodriguez netted a first-half hat trick as Barcelona crushed third-tier Huesca 8-1 in the Copa del Rey, while Valencia joined the Catalans in the round of 16 after an eight-goal thriller with Rayo Vallecano on Tuesday. Celta Vigo and Almeria also advanced from a high-scoring night that saw 24...
  • 7th ODI: Sri Lanka wipe out England, win ODI series 5-2 16-12-2014 11:22 PM

    Sri Lanka thrashed England by 87 runs in the seventh and final one-day international to win the series 5-2 on Tuesday as Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with bat and ball, smashing his 18th hundred and snaring three wickets. Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka posted 302-6 thanks to Dilshan's 101 off...
  • Robin Williams' suicide most searched for on Google in 2014 16-12-2014 02:04 PM

    San Francisco: Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. The reaction to Williams' death in August topped Google's list of 2014's fastest-rising search requests. It beat notable events such as the World Cup,...
  • Andrea Pirlo voted Serie A player of the year 16-12-2014 09:45 AM

    Milan: Juventus and Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo has been voted best player of the 2013-14 season in Serie A. Pirlo was selected by his fellow players as well as coaches and journalists, and the results were revealed at a ceremony in Milan Monday night. The 35-year-old Pirlo was one of...
  • Sydney crisis ends as police storm Lindt cafe; 3 dead including gunman, both Indians safe 15-12-2014 09:59 PM

    Sydney: Sydney police say three people have died, including the gunman, during a hostage crisis that ended when officers stormed a downtown cafe. Police said the gunman was killed in a confrontation with police on Monday night (IST). They said in a statement that a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old...
  • Struggling strikers eclipsed by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo 15-12-2014 08:43 PM

    London: Is it any wonder Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi still set the goal-standard in football? Ascending to their level, or getting anywhere near their scoring rate, seems beyond most contemporaries. Particularly for the strikers whose hype and profiles eclipse their prowess in front of goal. And especially for some...
  • Sydney crisis: Australians offer support to Muslims amid siege 15-12-2014 08:36 PM

    Sydney: Some Australian social-media users are sending a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege stretches on, offering to accompany anyone who feels intimidated. Hostages were still being held early on Tuesday inside Sydney's Lindt Chocolat Cafe by a gunman who had a flag bearing an Islamic...
  • Sydney: Timeline of Australia hostage drama at Lindt cafe 15-12-2014 06:07 PM

    Sydney: An armed gunman entered a Sydney cafe during Monday morning's rush hour and took an unknown number of hostages. Hours after the crisis began, five people escaped but a number of others remained inside. As night fell, there were no reports of injuries and the gunman's motives remained unclear....
  • Paris taxis block highway to urge ban on Uber 15-12-2014 05:27 PM

    Paris: Taxi drivers are blocking some roads around Paris and its airports to urge the French government to ban ride-hailing service Uber. The demonstration on Monday comes as France's Interior Ministry says UberPop, the company's low-cost service, will be outlawed as of January 1, when a new law tightens regulations...
  • Champions League last-16 draw: Real Madrid get Schalke, Manchester City face Barcelona 15-12-2014 05:25 PM

    A Champions League draw heavy with reunions on Monday paired Real Madrid and Barcelona with the same last 16 opponents as last season, and sent Arsene Wenger back to the club where he made his reputation. Defending champion Madrid will play Schalke a year after a 6-1 rout in Germany...
  • 5 people escape from Sydney cafe in hostage crisis 15-12-2014 05:21 PM

    Sydney: Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe earlier held up a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith that has often been used by extremists, raising fears that a terrorist...
  • Belgium: Four armed men enter apartment in Ghent, police cordon off area 15-12-2014 04:13 PM

    Ghent: Four armed men have entered an apartment in the western Belgian city of Ghent, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area. Police said on Monday that two hours in it was still unclear what the intention was, and there was no information available either about...
  • Australia: Three hostages escape from Sydney cafe, police in touch with armed gunman 15-12-2014 10:24 AM

    Sydney: Three people ran out a fire exit of a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of people hostage at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up a flag containing an Islamic declaration of faith. New South Wales...
  • Your personal information has been hacked. Now what do you do? 15-12-2014 10:21 AM

    San Francisco: Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. Whether shopping, banking or going to the hospital, Americans are mostly at the mercy of...
  • La Liga: Villarreal end Atletico's home unbeaten run 15-12-2014 10:01 AM

    Barcelona: Villarreal ended Atletico Madrid's streak of 27 straight home games without a loss in the Spanish league after striker Luciano Vietto scored late to grab a 1-0 win on Sunday. Vietto received a pass and used a quick change of foot to shed Diego Godin before firing the winner...
  • Juventus' lead over Roma in Serie A cut to one point 15-12-2014 09:32 AM

    Rome: Patrice Evra scored his first goal in Serie A but Juventus were held 1-1 at home by Champions League hopeful Sampdoria on Sunday, and had their lead cut to one point. Radja Nainggolan scored as second-place Roma won 1-0 at 10-man Genoa to bounce back from their Champions League...
  • Indian Aces win inaugural edition of International Premier Tennis League 15-12-2014 08:59 AM

    Dubai: Novak Djokovic signed off in style at the International Premier Tennis League by thrashing Gael Monfils 6-0, but it was not enough for his UAE Royals to win the inaugural exhibition event on Saturday. The Indian Aces, who had the likes of Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Ana Ivanovic...
  • Australia: Several held hostage by armed gunman at Sydney cafe, key landmarks evacuated 15-12-2014 07:16 AM

    Sydney: A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a chocolate shop and cafe in Australia's largest city on Monday, with two people inside the cafe seen holding up a flag believed to contain an Islamic declaration of faith. Four hours after the incident first erupted inside the...
  • 3rd ODI: Pakistan crush New Zealand by 147 runs, lead series 2-1 14-12-2014 11:54 PM

    Stand-in captain Shahid Afridi's brilliant all-round performance carried Pakistan to an emphatic 147-run victory over New Zealand in the third one-day international on Sunday for a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. Afridi hit a rampant 55 off 26 balls after Ahmed Shehzad smashed 113 off 120 as Pakistan raised...
  • EPL: Tottenham grab late victory at Swansea 14-12-2014 11:41 PM

    Christian Eriksen scored in the 89th minute as Tottenham went against the run of play to beat Swansea 2-1 on Sunday in the Premier League. Harry Kane grabbed an early goal for the visitors in the fourth before Wilfried Bony equalised three minutes after the interval. Swansea dominated but it...
  • Rooney, Mata, Van Persie score as Manchester United defeat Liverpool 3-0 14-12-2014 10:28 PM

    Manchester United heaped more misery on Liverpool by beating their great rival 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday, earning a sixth straight win to underline the transformation in fortunes of England's two biggest clubs. Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata - from an offside position - scored to give United...
  • Serie A: Lazio move provisionally third with 3-0 win 14-12-2014 09:19 AM

    Rome: Stefano Mauri scored twice as Lazio beat Atalanta 3-0 to move provisionally into a tie for third with Genoa in Serie A on Saturday. After a dull first half, Mauri scored in the 51st and 71st minutes and Senad Lulic added another for the Roman club in the 81st...
  • Phillip Hughes family thanks Australia in newspapers 14-12-2014 08:44 AM

    Sydney: Phillip Hughes' family has bought full pages in Sunday newspapers around Australia to thank the country for their support since the former Test batsman's death more than two weeks ago. The message published in News Corp. Australia papers is topped with "Thank You From The Hughes Family," and a...