N. Korea confirms ‘successful’ launch of ballistic missile

North Korea on Monday confirmed the “successful” launch of a medium-range ballistic missile, Pyongyang’s state media reported, adding the weapon was now ready to be deployed for military action.State-run Korean Central News Agency said the North’s lead…

May 21, 2017

Defending NHL champion Penguins move one win from finals

Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray made 25 saves and the defending champion Penguins moved within one victory of the Stanley Cup Finals by routing Ottawa 7-0 in an NHL playoff game Sunday.The Penguins seized a 3-2 lead over the visiting Senators in the …

May 21, 2017

Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s redeemed Socialist chief

Pedro Sanchez, re-elected Sunday as leader of Spain’s Socialists just seven months after he was ousted, has vowed to step up opposition to the country’s minority conservative government.His detractors labelled him “stubborn” after he repeatedly refused…

May 21, 2017

US exhibit highlights cherubs and other French delights

When Napoleon’s elder brother Joseph Bonaparte was forced into exile, he brought to the United States a collection of lavish rococo and neoclassical paintings that earned enduring American fascination.Among the works Bonaparte left behind when he retur…

May 21, 2017

Dixon takes Indy 500 pole, Alonso starts fifth

New Zealand’s Scott Dixon captured pole position for the 101st Indianapolis 500 with a dramatic four-lap qualifying run Sunday while Formula One racer Fernando Alonso booked a second-row start.Dixon, who won his only Indy 500 crown in 2008 from pole, d…

May 21, 2017

Sweden win ice hockey world title after penalty shoot-out

Sweden won the ice hockey world championships for the 10th time with a 2-1 victory over 2016 champions Canada after the final was settled by a penalty shoot-out.Nicklas Backstorm hit the winning shot after it finished 1-1 over the three periods when Ry…

May 21, 2017

Billy Vunipola out of Lions tour of New Zealand

Billy Vunipola dealt the British and Irish Lions a huge blow after it was announced Sunday that the powerhouse England back-row was pulling out of the upcoming tour of New Zealand due to a shoulder injury.The No 8 has been a mainstay for both England i…

May 21, 2017

Gay Lebanese scrap pride event because of threats

Gay Lebanese celebrated privately Sunday the closing ceremony of the first gay pride rally in their country and the Arab world, fearing reprisals from police or Islamists.It was part of Lebanon and the Arab world’s first week-long festival to denounce …

May 21, 2017

Sevens gives Scotland first rugby win over New Zealand

Scotland’s sevens side became the first team from the country in more than a hundred years of trying to beat rugby union giants New Zealand in any form of the game with an astonishing win on the way to retaining their London Sevens title at Twickenham …

May 21, 2017

Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to 33rd La Liga title

Real Madrid won their 33rd La Liga title and first for five years as Cristiano Ronaldo’s 40th goal of the season helped seal a 2-0 win at Malaga on Sunday.Ronaldo got Madrid off to the perfect start after just two minutes before Karim Benzema’s close r…

May 21, 2017

Netanyahu says Jerusalem ‘always Israel’s capital’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Jerusalem will always be the capital of the Jewish state, speaking ahead of a visit by US President Donald Trump.”Tonight, I say to the whole world and in the clearest way possible, Jerusale…

May 21, 2017

Jones offers Saracens star Wigglesworth glimmer of England hope

Eddie Jones has given Richard Wigglesworth the chance to revive his England career after selecting the Saracens scrum-half for the first time by including him in the squad to face the Barbarians.The May 28 clash at Twickenham is a non-cap international…

May 21, 2017

Southern Yemenis stage independence rally

Thousands of Yemenis who back southern secession demonstrated in second city Aden on Sunday as a self-proclaimed autonomous body said it would press for the south’s “liberation” from the north.The protest was the second since May 4 when thousands of so…

May 21, 2017

Wolfsburg go from beating Real to brink of relegation

Wolfsburg have one final chance to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga after the 2009 champions went from stunning Real Madrid to the brink of Germany’s second division inside 13 months.In April 2016, Wolfsburg produced a superb display to shock Crist…

May 21, 2017

Mumbai beat Pune in tense IPL final

Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by a single run in a gripping Indian Premier League final on Sunday to claim their third title.Pune captain Steve Smith hit a crucial 51 that seemed to put Pune on course for victory in the chase for Mumbai’s …

May 21, 2017