Bourdais leaves hospital after Indy injuries

French driver Sebastien Bourdais left hospital on Wednesday, days after suffering multiple injuries in a fiery crash during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.Bourdais had surgery to repair multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fractured right hip, w…

May 24, 2017

Tiger says ‘I haven’t felt this good in years’

Former world number one Tiger Woods said Wednesday he is feeling better than he has for years and the 14-time major winner remains committed to playing pro golf again.In a blog posting through his Twitter feed, Woods spoke for the first time about his …

May 24, 2017

‘We played for the people who died’ – Pogba

Paul Pogba dedicated Manchester United’s Europa League title triumph on Wednesday to the 22 people killed in Monday’s terror attack in Manchester, saying: “We played for the people who died.”An emotional evening in Stockholm began with a moment of sile…

May 24, 2017

British PM to cut short G7 trip after Manchester attack

British Prime Minister Theresa May will curtail her trip to the G7 summit in Italy this week following the deadly suicide attack on a Manchester concert, an official said Wednesday.Britain is on its highest terror alert level following Monday’s bombing…

May 24, 2017

23 mn fewer insured under Republican health bill: forecast

The new Republican health care bill approved by the House of Representatives will leave 23 million fewer Americans insured by 2026 if it becomes law, a congressional forecast reported Wednesday.That figure is just one million fewer than the 24 million …

May 24, 2017

Trump’s Russia scandal: where does it stand?

Subpoenas are flying, a special prosecutor is taking the reins, and explosive revelations hit the press almost daily: the investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia is heating up.With Trump reported to ha…

May 24, 2017

Spieth seeks rare back-to-back titles at Colonial

World number seven Jordan Spieth tries to match fellow Texan Ben Hogan as a back-to-back winner of the PGA Dean & DeLuca Invitational when play begins Thursday at Colonial Country Club.

Hogan, a five-time winner of the Fort Worth event, won back-to-back titles twice, the only player to defend a crown since the tournament began in 1946.

Spieth captured the title last year, making six birdies on the back nine on Sunday to win by three shots. It was Spieth’s first victory since a back-nine disaster on Sunday cost him the 2016 Masters title.

Since then, Spieth has added the Pebble Beach trophy to his collection in February for his ninth career PGA title, a haul that includes the 2015 Masters and US Open.

But Spieth has missed the cut in three of his past five starts, including the Players Championship and Byron Nelson tournament in the past two weeks.

Part of the trouble has been with putting, so last week he switched to a mallet putter. After a one-week experiment, his Scotty Cameron putter returns to the back this week.

“I was having a tough time lining the ball up where I wanted it and getting comfortable with my setup and that’s why I made a switch to a putter that lined itself up,” Spieth said Wednesday.

“Just lost a little bit of the feel that I had with the putter I had been using for however many years. But now I feel a lot more comfortable with my alignment. I feel like I’ve got my set up back to where I want it. Now I have that feel.”

Spieth said he simply needed a different look at all aspects of his putting.

“It has all been set-up related,” Spieth said. “I just needed to look at something different. I didn’t know if it would be a week or a month. Ended up being a week and it feels good now.”

Spieth will play the first two rounds alongside fellow Americans Pat Perez and two-time Colonial winner Zach Johnson.

The field also features sixth-ranked Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who won his 2001 Colonial debut and tees off Thursday alongside compatriot Jon Rahm and South Korea’s Kim Si-Woo, coming off his victory two weeks ago at The Players Championship.

Rahm, making his Colonial debut, said he has a simple rule about new courses that he and his caddie follow.

“Don’t tell me where the problems are. Don’t tell me where the bad things are. Just tell me where I have to hit it,” Rahm said. “It simplifies the thought process for me.”

May 24, 2017

Agassi ‘good for Djokovic and tennis’, says Murray

World number one Andy Murray admitted Wednesday he was surprised by Novak Djokovic’s appointment of Andre Agassi as coach at the French Open, but believes it will be “good for Novak and good for tennis”.Djokovic, the defending champion at Roland Garros…

May 24, 2017

Heat’s Big 3 era ends as deal struck for Bosh to go: report

Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat, divided on whether or not the 11-time All-Star forward can keep playing after blood clots, have reached a tentative deal to part ways, ESPN reported Wednesday.Talks that included the NBA players union brought a final end …

May 24, 2017

Cannabis extract cuts seizures for epilepsy patients: study

The first large-scale clinical trial of a cannabis derivative known as cannabidiol shows it was able to cut the frequency of severe epileptic seizures by 39 percent, researchers said Wednesday.Cannabidiol, or CBD, is derived from cannabis plants, but d…

May 24, 2017

Football: Briton pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

A 60-year-old British citizen pleaded guilty in New York on Wednesday to money laundering conspiracy in connection with the sweeping corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer.Costas Takkas, the former Cayman Islands Football Federation general se…

May 24, 2017

Pogba sends grieving Man Utd to emotional Europa triumph

Paul Pogba propelled Manchester United towards a 2-0 victory over Ajax on Wednesday in a Europa League final rendered heavy with emotion by this week’s terror attack in Manchester.

A night that began with a moment of silence, then applause, in memory of the 22 people who died at Manchester Arena on Monday ended with United completing their trophy collection through goals from Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Reminders of the attack were everywhere at Stockholm’s Friends Arena, from United’s black armbands to the chants of “Manchester!” from their fans, while Pogba, too, was grieving, following the recent death of his father.

Victory enabled United manager Jose Mourinho, who said prior to the game that he and his players were struggling not to think about the tragedy, to bring his maiden Old Trafford season to a successful conclusion.

He had already guided United to glory in the League Cup and despite a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, success in the Europa League means his side will return to the Champions League next season.

United became only the fifth club — after Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea — to have won the Champions League, the Europa League and the now defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Mourinho, a UEFA Cup winner with Porto in 2003 and two-time European champion, has now won all four of the major European finals he has contested.

Ajax were appearing in their first continental showpiece match since the 1996 Champions League decider and fielded a team with an average age of 22 years and 282 days — the youngest to have ever started a major European final.

Peter Bosz’s effervescent team caused United some uncomfortable moments, but without ever threatening to pull off an upset.

– Defiant chants –

Denied a glorious homecoming by a serious knee injury, United’s Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was present instead as a spectator to see his current side take on the team where he made his name.

Pogba put a volley fractionally wide in the first minute and in the 18th minute he found the target, albeit with a helping hand.

From Marouane Fellaini’s lay-off, the French midfielder let fly with a left-foot shot that flicked off Davinson Sanchez’s left foot and looped past Ajax’s helplessly wrong-footed goalkeeper Andre Onana.

It was the biggest return yet on United’s world-record £89.3 million ($115.8 million, 103.2 million euros) investment in Pogba, who celebrated by pointing to the sky.

Moments later, Antonio Valencia stung Onana’s palms after a raid down the United right.

The English side then took their foot off the pedal, enabling Ajax to start finding space in dangerous areas, but within three minutes of kick-off in the second half they had tightened their grip on the game.

Juan Mata’s corner from the right was headed down by Chris Smalling and with his back to goal, Mkhitaryan held off Joel Veltman to flick the bouncing ball past Onana and claim his sixth goal in the competition.

Onana was called upon to field a header from Fellaini and United goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved from substitute Donny van de Beek.

But there was little to worry United’s fans, who continued to defiantly chant the name of their grief-stricken city as the final whistle neared.

May 24, 2017

Playboy model gets probation in body-shaming case

A Playboy model who secretly took a picture of a naked 70-year-old woman at a gym and posted it on social media with a snide remark was placed on three years’ probation on Wednesday.Dani Mathers, the magazine’s 2015 Playmate of the Year, was also order…

May 24, 2017

Ariya, Ryu charge after top spot with Ko off

Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and South Korea’s Ryu So-Yeon take aim at the world number one ranking as well as victory at this week’s LPGA Volvik Championship.Both players could overtake top-ranked Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who is tak…

May 24, 2017

Xbox adds Netflix-style video game subscriptions

Microsoft on Wednesday launched a subscription service for Xbox, letting players pay a monthly fee for access to a library of videogames for its console.People who already subscribe to an Xbox Gold service can pay an extra $10 monthly for the new “Game…

May 24, 2017

Venezuela attorney general blames police for injuries

Venezuela’s attorney general Wednesday accused the country’s military police of being responsible for hundreds of injuries and the death of at least one young man during recent political unrest.Attorney general Luisa Ortega said in a public speech that…

May 24, 2017

Fear stalks bomber’s mosque as Manchester unites

Worshippers at the mosque that the Manchester suicide bomber is believed to have frequented said they feared a backlash Wednesday, as the city’s mayor warned any attacks on Muslims would please terrorists.Elders at the Didsbury mosque, a Victorian form…

May 24, 2017