Cilic into Acapulco tennis semis without lifting racquet

Third-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic reached the semi-finals of the ATP Mexico Open without hitting a ball Thursday as American Steve Johnson withdrew.World number eight Cilic next faces either second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal, the world number six, or...

McIlroy returns from injury with solid WGC golf round

Rory McIlroy showed no ill effects from his recent rib injury Thursday as he launched his WGC-Mexico Championship campaign with a three-under par 68.The Northern Ireland star, competing for the first time in seven weeks after recovering from a stress f...

Track and Field world champions pace field for US Indoors

Reigning world indoor champions Michelle Carter, Jenn Suhr and Vashti Cunningham are among 39 Olympians in the field for the US Indoor Track and Field Championships that start Friday.The three-day meet at Albuquerque, New Mexico, also boasts 2012 Olymp...

Spotify extends streaming lead with 50 million subscribers

Spotify has extended its lead as the world's largest streaming company as it announced Thursday that it had 50 million paying subscribers.The Swedish company posted the figure on Twitter. Apple Music, its closest competitor, said in December that it ha...

Sevilla maintain chase of Barcelona, Real Madrid

Sevilla moved to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona as Vicente Iborra's first-half winner earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.In a battle between the two principal candidates to take over at Barca next season after Luis Enriqu...

Dutchman finishes Vendee Globe yachting race — 42 days after winner

Dutch sailor Pieter Heerema finished the gruelling Vendee Globe round the world race on Thursday, 42 days after the winner crossed the line.

Heerema, on No Way Back, was the 17th and penultimate finisher after 116 days at sea.

French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h, on board Banque Populaire VIII, claimed victory on January 19 in a time of 74 days 3 hours 35.46 minutes.

Only Sebastien Destremau of France remains at sea and he is expected to reach dry land between March 6 and March 8.

Nigeria charges oil majors Shell, Eni with corruption

Nigeria's anti-graft agency on Thursday filed corruption charges against oil majors Shell and Eni over a $1.3 billion offshore block deal. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused 11 defendants of "official corruption", according to ...

Atletico Madrid’s Torres suffers ‘traumatic brain injury’

Concern for Fernando Torres overshadowed Atletico Madrid's 1-1 draw at Deportivo la Coruna on Thursday as the former Liverpool suffered a "traumatic brain injury" after being knocked unconscious.Torres was hit from behind by Deportivo's Alex Bergantino...

In age of Trump, an indie rocker explains Islam

Distraught by the treatment of Muslims in Donald Trump's America, indie rocker Ben Lee felt he could seize on his own skills to encourage understanding.The former frontman of the group Noise Addict has recorded an album of songs about Islam and, hoping...

Ending epic wait, Lorde returns with dance track

In one of the most anticipated returns in pop music, Lorde unveiled a new song Thursday in which the onetime teenage star takes a new dance sound and adult look.The now 20-year-old New Zealander announced a second album called "Melodrama," her follow-u...

Nintendo launches new Switch game console

Nintendo's Switch console goes on sale Friday in a global launch seen as key for the Japanese videogame giant to reverse flagging sales and compete with Sony's top-selling PlayStation 4.The $299 unit, which works both at home and on-the-go, blends the ...

Nearly 1,000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italy

Some 970 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Thursday, Italy's coastguard said, as the numbers attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe continue to rise.Even before Thursday's arrivals, more than 13,400 people had arrived on Italy's ...

Aussie big man Bogut signs deal with NBA Cavaliers

Australian center Andrew Bogut signed a free agent contract Thursday with the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, who he opposed in the past two NBA Finals while playing for Golden State.The 32-year-old 7-footer (2.13m) is in his 12th NBA campaign ...

How a computer finally beat pro poker players

A computer has defeated professional poker players for the first time by refining its intuition of the game called heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em poker, marking a step forward for artificial intelligence, scientists said Thursday.The computer program,...