Sock sails past Nishikori into Indian Wells semis

American Jack Sock ousted fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 on Friday to book an Indian Wells Masters semi-final showdown with 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.Sock, at a career-high ranking of 18th in the world after titles in Aucklan...

Half of Washington’s cherry blossoms dead after cold snap

This week's bitter cold snap killed about half of Washington's beloved cherry blossoms, and the survivors are now expected to peak at the end of next week, the National Parks Service said Friday.Freezing temperatures that had abruptly followed unseason...

Chelsea Clinton joins expanded Expedia board

Travel service Expedia added to its board the daughter of former US president Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to a public filing posted Friday.Expedia expanded its board from 13 to 14 members and ele...

Youngs determined to avoid another Dublin debacle

Ben Youngs hopes the bitter experience he gained from England's last attempt to win a Grand Slam in Ireland will help prevent another Dublin debacle this weekend.Victory for England, who've already retained their Six Nations title, over Ireland on Satu...

Federer still having fun with ‘boy band’ buddies

Indian Wells tennis fans denied a chance to see Roger Federer in action on Friday were treated instead to the Swiss great's dubious talents in the music department.After Australian Nick Kyrgios pulled out of his scheduled quarter-final against Federer ...

Pentagon options for military action on N. Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomacy has failed and military action against nuclear-armed North Korea is an "option on the table," and President Donald Trump insists a long-range nuke from Pyongyang "won't happen."While war with North Korea ...

Aubameyang nets winner as Dortmund labour

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's top-scorer, claimed his 23rd goal in as many league games as Borussia Dortmund laboured to a 1-0 home win over strugglers Ingolstadt on Friday.Aubameyang's first-half winner was his 30th goal in all competiti...

Giants sign pass-rusher Pierre-Paul to four-year deal

Jason Pierre-Paul, the defensive end who lost a finger and damaged his right hand in a 2015 fireworks accident, signed a four-year NFL contract Friday with the New York Giants.The deal for the star pass rusher is reportedly worth $62 million with $40 m...

Macedonia opposition urges peaceful transfer of power

Macedonia's opposition called on conservatives Friday to accept a peaceful transfer of power, as a refusal to allow them to form a government has plunged the Balkan nation deeper into political crisis.Though opposition leader Zoran Zaev of the Social D...

Japan’s Tanaka helps Yankees no-hit Tigers

Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw 4 1/3 hitless innings and combined with two New York Yankees' relievers Friday for a 3-0 no-hit victory over Detroit in a Major League Baseball pre-season game.Tanaka, a 28-year-old right-hander who joined the Yan...

What is the Five Eyes intelligence alliance?

The diplomatic spat between Britain and the United States, after the White House claimed that London's spies had snooped on Donald Trump, is just the latest incident to put focus on Five Eyes, an international intelligence alliance.The White House insi...

Netanyahu: Syria raids targeted ‘advanced’ Hezbollah arms

Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria early Friday, prompting retaliatory missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said...