Surging Celtics notch 50th NBA win

2 Apr

The Boston Celtics hit the 50-win mark for the first time in six NBA seasons on Sunday with a wire-to-wire 110-94 victory over the New York Knicks.”A couple of years ago I would have thought that would be something we would have to build for a while fo…

UN dinner fails to set date for Cyprus talks

2 Apr

Rival Cypriot leaders on Sunday failed to set a date to restart stalled peace talks on reunifying the island after meeting for dinner in the UN-controlled buffer zone, the United Nations said.The dinner was hosted by UN envoy Espen Barth Eide for Greek…

Trump hails EU for ‘good job’ uniting in Brexit era

2 Apr

US President Donald Trump praised the EU for doing “a very good job” in uniting after Britain’s decision to quit the bloc, in a Financial Times interview published on Sunday.”I would have thought when it happened that more (countries) would follow, but…

Federer to skip clay season ahead of French Open

2 Apr

Roger Federer, fresh from winning his third title of the year in Miami, said Sunday he will take a nearly two-month break from the sport before returning for the French Open in late May.Federer has won the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami since …

Colombia seizes 6.1 tonne cocaine haul

2 Apr

Colombian authorities seized 6.1 tonnes of cocaine in the northern port city of Barranquilla as it was about to be shipped to Spain in a cargo of scrap metal, the government said Sunday.The seizure Friday night was the third largest in Colombian histor…

Henley rolls to Houston Open win, Masters berth

2 Apr

Russell Henley powered to victory in the US PGA Tour Houston Open on Sunday to secure the last invitation to the Masters.Henley lit up the Golf Club of Houston course, firing 10 birdies in a seven-under-par 65.His 20-under-par total of 268 gave him a t…

Prince Charles embraces Italy quake survivors

2 Apr

Britain’s Prince Charles hugged tearful survivors in the quake-hit Italian town of Amatrice on Sunday after seeing the “terrifying devastation” inflicted by last year’s deadly disaster.The Prince of Wales walked alone in silent contemplation through pa…

Federer downs Nadal to win Miami Open

2 Apr

Roger Federer defeated old rival Rafael Nadal in straight sets here Sunday to win the Miami Open title.Former world number one Federer overwhelmed Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in just under two hours to claim an impressive win.

Knicks star Rose out for rest of NBA season after knee injury

2 Apr

New York Knicks star Derrick Rose will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a fresh knee injury, the NBA team confirmed Sunday.The Knicks said on Twitter that a scan of Rose’s left knee had revealed a “torn meniscus that will require an art…

Solidarity march for threatened Soros university

2 Apr

Thousands of demonstrators marched in Budapest on Sunday in support of a university founded by Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros that says Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government wants to push it out of Hungary.The US-registered Central European…

Gomez hits rapid treble for Wolfsburg in six-goal thriller

2 Apr

Mario Gomez netted a hat-trick inside seven minutes as Wolfsburg fought back from two goals down to take the lead before Bayer Leverkusen salvaged a point in Sunday’s 3-3 draw.Germany striker Gomez has now scored six goals in his last four games in the…

‘Baby’ beats ‘Beauty’ in box-office battle

2 Apr

“The Boss Baby,” Fox’s animated yarn about babies and pets vying over which is cuter, edged out blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” to take the lead in its opening weekend on North American screens, according to an industry estimate.”Baby” earned a cool…

Ken Burns tackles Vietnam War in ‘visceral’ 18-hour TV history

2 Apr

Legendary US documentary maker Ken Burns’s new 18-hour television history of the Vietnam war is a “visceral” experience which will make viewers feel like they had lived through it, his co-director said Sunday.His longtime creative partner Lynn Novick s…

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Oxford see off Cambridge to regain Boat Race crown

2 Apr

Oxford won the men’s Boat Race for the fourth time in five years as they defeated Cambridge to regain the title on London’s River Thames on Sunday.Having lost last year, Oxford were determined to reestablish their recent dominance in the 163rd edition …

Respite for Wenger as Arsenal hold Manchester City

2 Apr

Arsenal earned beleaguered manager Arsene Wenger a measure of respite by twice hitting back to hold Manchester City to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Pep Guardiola twice saw his City side go ahead, through Leroy Sane and then Sergio Aguer…

Pope Francis calls for peace in DR Congo

2 Apr

Pope Francis on Sunday called for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, urging an end to the bloodshed in the troubled Kasai region. “News continues to arrive of bloody clashes in Kasai in the Democratic Republic of Congo — fighting which drags i…

Antonio Banderas says no more cigarettes after heart attack

2 Apr

Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has quit smoking since suffering a heart attack in January and will work at a slower pace from now on.”If there is something good that came from all of this, it is that I suddenly stopped smoking, without need…

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Doha meeting pledges more than $260 mln in Syrian aid

2 Apr

More than $260 million has been pledged in humanitarian aid for Syria following a meeting in Doha on Sunday involving the UN and 25 non-governmental organisations from across the region.Qatari state media said the total number of pledges stood at $262 …

US urges China to take ‘action’ against North Korea

2 Apr

The United States will “put pressure” on China to take action against North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the US ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday, days before a high profile visit by China’s president.”The only country that can stop Nort…

Pakistan win toss, elect to field against Windies

2 Apr

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and put the West Indies in to bat in the closing fourth T20 International at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Sunday.Having completed a convincing seven-wicket win in the third match on Saturday to keep t…

Madrid open up five-point lead over Barcelona

2 Apr

Real Madrid moved five points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga despite a lacklustre performance as goals from Karim Benzema, Isco and Nacho secured a 3-0 win over Alaves on Sunday.Benzema volleyed home Dani Carvajal’s cutback for the opening go…

Ten-man Rennes frustrate misfiring Lyon

2 Apr

Firmin Mubele struck a fine late equaliser as Rennes held Lyon to a 1-1 draw in Ligue 1 on Sunday despite playing 85 minutes with 10 men.Ramy Bensebaini was sent off with just five minutes played at Roazhon Park after handling Sergi Darder’s goal-bound…

Stuttering Milan suffer European setback

2 Apr

AC Milan’s hopes of a return to European football next season suffered a setback Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Serie A’s bottom side Pescara.The dropped points left Vincenzo Montella’s squad in seventh place in the table, two places and f…

Policeman killed in Kashmir hours after Modi visit

2 Apr

A grenade explosion killed a police officer and injured 10 other security personnel in Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday, police said, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the tense region.Suspected rebels lobbed a grenade at a group of…