Always Dreaming wins 143rd Kentucky Derby

6 May

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…

Carter magic lifts Racing into Top 14 play-offs

6 May

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…

US Olympic champion bobsledder Holcomb dies

6 May

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.

Mumbai achieve record IPL margin in win over Delhi

6 May

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 …

Colombia government, ELN rebels to resume peace talks

6 May

Colombia’s government and the country’s last active rebel force, the ELN, will resume peace talks in just over a week, the lead state negotiator confirmed Saturday.The return to the table was meant to have happened last Wednesday but was put off becaus…

Scores of Chibok girls released from Boko Haram: sources

6 May

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…

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Youngs out of Lions tour because of sister-in-law’s illness

6 May

Ben Youngs has withdrawn from the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand because of his sister-in-law’s terminal illness, the England scrum-half’s club, Leicester, announced Saturday.The wife of Ben’s older brother Tom, himself a Leiceste…

Warren Buffett says coal won’t make a comeback

6 May

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…

Leading soprano brings new life to lost Meyerbeer

6 May

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…

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Birthday brace for Mertens as Napoli go second

6 May

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 beat Tomsk, on verge of title

6 May

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…

Leading Syria opposition body elects new head

6 May

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…

Barbarians-New Zealand clash confirmed

6 May

World champions New Zealand will play the Barbarians at Twickenham on November 4, both sides confirmed Saturday.The match, which forms part of New Zealand Rugby’s 125th anniversary celebrations, had been thrown into doubt by an attempt by England to pl…

Hur upsets Ko, Ariya advances at LPGA Match Play

6 May

South Korea’s Hur Mi-Jung upset top-ranked Lydia Ko 1-up Saturday to reach the quarter-finals of the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Match Play while third-ranked Thai star Ariya Jutanurgan also advanced.Seoul-born New Zealander Ko, already assured of holding off Ar…

Germany’s Zverev targets first home title in Munich final

6 May

Germany’s rising star Alexander Zverev will face Argentina’s Guido Pella in Sunday’s final of Munich’s ATP clay-court tournament as the 20-year-old bids for his first title on home soil.Hamburg-born Zverev has a shot at his third ATP title after beatin…

Controversial Verratti goal helps PSG keep pressure on Monaco

6 May

A hotly contested goal by Marco Verratti helped Paris Saint-Germain to a comfortable 5-0 win over bottom club Bastia on Saturday as the reigning champions kept the pressure on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.Edinson Cavani scored twice and also had a late penal…

Washington’s Oubre suspended for key playoff game

6 May

Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jnr was suspended by the NBA on Saturday for Sunday’s crucial playoff game against Boston after throwing Celtics center Kelly Olynyk to the court.The violation, which brought Oubre a flagrant foul and ejection, to…

Britain down Australia to win Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

6 May

Great Britain won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for the first time ever on Saturday by defeating defending champions Australia 4-3 in Malaysia.With the victory, Britain became the first European team to win the cup since the Netherlands in 2006.Alan Forsyt…

Saul fires Atletico to top-four finish

6 May

Atletico Madrid secured Champions League football for a fifth straight season as Saul Niguez’s solitary strike earned a 1-0 home win over Eibar on Saturday.Diego Simeone’s men still harbour outside hopes of returning to the Champions League final for t…

German FM rebukes Switzerland over tax scandal

6 May

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday upbraided Switzerland for allegedly monitoring German finance inspectors who hunt cross-border tax cheats.In a further sign of Germany’s anger over the affair, Gabriel said the episode was “incredible”…

Greipel tickled pink with a Giro stage for Mum

6 May

Germany’s Andre Greipel bounced back from an untimely puncture to power his way to a stage two victory on the 100th Giro d’Italia Saturday that gave him possession of the leader’s pink jersey.Greipel, known as the ‘Gorilla’, was unstoppable in a thrill…

Italy’s Molinari grabs lead at weather-hit PGA event

6 May

Italy’s Francesco Molinari completed a second-round level par 72 Saturday morning to grab a one-stroke lead at the weather-hit US PGA Wells Fargo Championship.Molinari was among 68 players still on the course when darkness halted play Friday at Eagle P…

7 held in Russian anti-government rally

6 May

Russian police arrested seven protesters at an opposition demonstration on Saturday held to commemorate violent rallies five years earlier against President Vladimir Putin.The seven were arrested for “public disorder” but four were quickly released wit…

Bernat nets as Bayern relegate Darmstadt

6 May

Spain defender Juan Bernat netted the only goal of the game as champions Bayern Munich beat Darmstadt 1-0 on Saturday, a result that confirmed their opponents’ relegation.Bayern, Bundesliga champions for the fifth year in a row, were made to work for v…

City boost top four bid, Hull remain in trouble

6 May

Manchester City improved their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League with a 5-0 demolition of Crystal Palace, while relegation-threatened Hull suffered a damaging 2-0 defeat against Sunderland on Saturday.Frustrated by damaging draws in thei…

Barcelona give backing to Catalan independence referendum

6 May

Barcelona on Saturday gave their backing to a referendum for Catalan independence, which the region’s president Carles Puigdemont wants to hold later this year.A brief statement released by the reigning Spanish champions said they “agreed with the Nati…

Britain, Germany brace for pre-election cyber attacks

6 May

Britain and Germany were already beefing up cyber security ahead of key elections even before the hacking attack on France’s Emmanuel Macron, months after Hillary Clinton was caught in the online crosshairs.Clinton recently reiterated her view that Rus…

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Italian FM in Libya for talks on peace and migrants

6 May

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano on Saturday held talks in Tripoli with top Libyan officials on peace efforts for the war-wracked country and ways to curb illegal migration to Europe.Alfano met Government of National Accord head Fayez al-Sarraj…

At least 29 schoolchildren killed in Tanzania bus crash

6 May

At least 29 final year primary school pupils were killed in a bus crash in northern Tanzania on Saturday, along with two teachers and the driver, the school’s director said.”We lost 29 students and two of our staff, and the driver died too,” said Innoc…

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