Day: April 7, 2017

Donald Trump’s missile barrage on Syria — the first major military gambit of his presidency — revealed a leader fueled by instinct and emotion, and one willing to shake up strategy in an instant.Early Tuesday, horrifying details started trickling in…

Mohammad Hafeez accelerated from a pedestrian start to pace Pakistan to a formidable 308 for five batting first against the West Indies in the opening one-day international at the National Stadium in Guyana on Friday.Amid increasing speculation about h…

While Western powers have blamed Syria’s regime for this week’s suspected chemical attack, questions remain over why it would make such a move following a string of victories and a diplomatic comeback.The alleged toxic gas strike in Syria’s northwest p…

A hijacked truck has slammed into a crowd of people outside a busy department store in central Stockholm, causing an unspecified number of “deaths” in what the prime minister described as a “terror attack.”Here is what we know about the truck attack in…

Donald Trump’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base drags Washington deeper into the country’s tragedy but does not yet represent a new strategy to oust Bashar al-Assad.The new US president has been an outspoken opponent of US military interventi…

Lucas Pouille and Jeremy Chardy moved France to the verge of the Davis Cup semi-finals on Friday with straight sets wins against a British team missing injured world number one Andy Murray.Pouille gave hosts France a winning start in the quarter-final …

India took a 2-0 lead against Uzbekistan on the opening day of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie on Friday.India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan and Prajnesh Gunneswaran clinched back-to-back victories for their country against the Uzbeks in the singles rub…

The former senior coach of the Russian national athletics team, Alexei Melnikov, has been handed a lifetime ban for breaching rules on doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on Friday.Melnikov was cited in last year’s McLaren report…

FIFA could seal a major partnership deal with Qatar Airways within weeks, a source said on Friday, the same day football’s corruption-tainted world body announced a $369 million loss.”We hope to confirm it in the next few months, perhaps before the con…

International leaders united in sympathy and condemnation on Friday after a man ploughed a truck through a crowd into the front of a department store in central Stockholm.Police said there were “deaths” and many wounded in the attack, without giving pr…

A train crashed into a lorry at a level crossing in Poland on Friday, injuring 18 passengers, seven seriously.The injured were airlifted to hospitals, Pawel Fratczak, a spokesman for Polish national firefighters, told AFP.”The train was carrying betwee…

Trainer Colin Tizzard saddled three winners on the second day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree on Friday as he completed a spectacular 4,334/1 treble.

Cheltenham Gold-Cup winning jockey Robbie Power was aboard the Tizzard-trained Pingshou as it won the Top Novices Hurdle at odds of 16/1.

The same jockey and trainer combination were involved as Fox Norton, a 4/1 chance, triumphed in the Melling Chase.

Tizzard, who is based in Sherborne, southwest England, had his third winner Friday when teenager Harry Cobden rode 50/1 shot Ultragold to victory in the Topham Chase.

The Topham features some of the extra-large fences used in Saturday’s Grand National — Britain’s best-known steeplechase horse race and a gambling bonanza, with Ladbrokes, one of the UK’s major bookmakers, forecasting £250 million ($310 million, 292 million euros) will be wagered on this year’s edition alone.

Cobden’s victory was a huge boost for the 18-year-old, coming just a day before he rides Just A Par, another 50/1 chance, in the Grand National for leading trainer Paul Nicholls.

“That was my first spin over the (National) fences. Unbelievable,” Cobden told the BBC after riding Ultragold to victory.

“That was his first run over them too and he was back off his winning mark — I actually fancied him.

“He was very clever, dancing over ditches. There was a bit of carnage at Canal Turn but he knew what to do.”

Both Liam Treadwell and Daryl Jacob suffered falls in the Topham and the two jockeys, along with top lady rider Katie Walsh, who was injured on Thursday’s first day of the Aintree meeting, will need to be passed fit by the course doctor on Saturday before they can take up their scheduled Grand National rides.

Treadwell, who won the National on Mon Mome for Venetia Williams in 2009, is due to ride another od the trainer’s horses in Tenor Nivernais.

Jacob is due to be abord Ucello Conti for Gordon Elliott, with Walsh down to ride Wonderful Charm for Nicholls.

Reigning Masters champion Danny Willett scored a quadruple bogey on the treacherous first hole on Friday at the Masters and could be heading home after just two rounds.Willett, who won the 2016 Masters with a bogey-free final round of 67 at Augusta Nat…