Day: May 6, 2017

Always Dreaming won the 143rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, pulling away in the final straight on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs in Louisville to claim the first jewel in US flat racing’s Triple Crown.The triumph gave both jockey John Velazquez and tr…

All Black legend Dan Carter’s late try sealed Racing 92’s unlikely ticket to the French Top 14 play-offs on a gripping end to the regular season on Saturday.Carter’s 71st-minute contribution earned defending champions Racing a come-from-behind 22-20 wi…

Olympic gold medal-winning bobsledder Steven Holcomb was found dead Saturday in his room at the US Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, the US Olympic Committee said.

“The entire Olympic family is shocked and saddened by the incredibly tragic loss today of Steven Holcomb,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said in a statement.

“Steve was a tremendous athlete and even better person, and his perseverance and achievements were an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and the entire bobsledding community.”

The USOC said no further details on the circumstances of Holcomb’s death were immediately available.

Holcomb, who was 37, competed for Team USA in three Olympic Winter Games, making history at Vancouver 2010 when he piloted the “Night Train” US four-man bobsled team to the gold medal.

It marked the first US gold in the event since 1948.

At Sochi in 2014, he went on to win bronze medals in both two-man and four-man bobsled.

Holcomb also counted five golds among his 10 world championship medals. He was a six-time overall World Cup champion and 60-time world cup medalist.

“It would be easy to focus on the loss in terms of his Olympic medals and enormous athletic contributions to the organization, but USA Bobsled & Skeleton is a family and right now we are trying to come to grips with the loss of our teammate, our brother and our friend,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton chief executive Darrin Steele.

West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons led Mumbai Indians to a 146-run win over hosts Delhi Daredevils as the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament witnessed its biggest-ever victory margin on Saturday.Simmons, who was playing his first game of the IPL …

Scores of Nigerian schoolgirls who were among more than 200 kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 have been released, multiple sources told AFP on Saturday, with unconfirmed reports that at least 80 have been freed.”I can confirm they have been released,” sa…

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Saturday said he doubted coal could make a comeback, dismissing a push by US President Donald Trump to revive the declining American industry.”If you are tied to coal, you’ve got problems,” he told the annual shar…

In the first half of the 19th century, Giacomo Meyerbeer was perhaps the world’s most successful opera composer, pioneering on-stage theatrics as he worked comfortably across European cultures.Meyerbeer’s fame faded after his death in 1864. But as part…

Dries Mertens hit a brace on his 30th birthday to maintain his bid for the top goalscorer award as Napoli cruised to a 3-1 win over Cagliari to move up to second in Serie A.Despite the recent return to action, and pleas for more playing time, by Poland…

Spartak Moscow moved to within one point of a record 10th domestic title when they beat bottom club Tomsk 1-0 on Saturday.A goal by Dutchman Quincy Promes set Spartak, who are in the hunt for their first title since 2001, to a hard-fought win.It left t…

The National Coalition, a leading Syrian opposition body, elected prominent dissident Riad Seif as its new head on Saturday, the body’s media office said. Seventy-year-old Seif, who hails from Damascus, won 58 votes from the Istanbul-based National Coa…