Ortiz brothers in arms as Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes

Puerto Rican jockey Jose Ortiz guided Tapwrit to victory in the 149th Belmont Stakes here Saturday — a year after his elder brother triumphed in the prestigious US racing showpiece. Tapwrit, a 5-1 shot for the New York event which is the third leg of …

June 10, 2017

Injured Sharapova out of Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova withdrew from Wimbledon on Saturday after failing to recover from a thigh injury, dealing another blow to the superstar’s bid to rebuild her career following a doping ban.The 30-year-old Russian, who was champion at the All England Club…

June 10, 2017

Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Zambia suffer shock losses

Former African champions Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Zambia all lost at home Saturday on a day of upsets in the first qualifying round for the 2019 Cup of Nations.Three?time champions Nigeria lost a competitive game against South Africa for the first time…

June 10, 2017

Intensity grows as Warriors on the brink, Cavs on edge

Emotions are running high in the NBA Finals, with superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant exchanging heated words while Golden State and Cleveland are locked in a familiar tension-packed position.The Warriors lead defending champion Cleveland 3-1 in t…

June 10, 2017

Last-gasp Solomona try gives England victory

Substitute winger Denny Solomona scored a 79th-minute try on his debut to give England a thrilling 38-34 triumph over Argentina Saturday in the first Test of a two-international series. The New Zealand-born Rugby League convert cut inside from the touc…

June 10, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘father to twins with surrogate mum’

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has become a father to twins with a surrogate mother, Portuguese media reported Saturday.Reports said the babies — a girl and boy named Eva and Mateo — were born on Thursday to a woman living on the US West Coast.Th…

June 10, 2017

Seif al-Islam: rise and fall of Kadhafi’s heir apparent

Seif al-Islam, whose release was reported on Saturday, was the likely successor to his father Moamer Kadhafi and had appeared destined to become the modern face of Libya.But the NATO-backed revolution, inspired by the 2011 Arab Spring, swept through Li…

June 10, 2017

Eight hurt as car hits crowd outside Amsterdam station

A car ploughed into a crowd outside Amsterdam central station late Saturday, injuring eight people — two of them seriously, Dutch police said, adding it appeared to have been an accident.”The suspect has been interviewed, and it appears not to have be…

June 10, 2017

Germany hit seven as Kane saves England’s blushes

Germany ran up an expected goal avalanche in thrashing San Marino 7-0 as Harry Kane celebrated his first start as England captain with a late equaliser to deny Scotland on Saturday.Having already trounced San Marino 8-0 in the reverse fixture, Germany’…

June 10, 2017

Local Authors Discuss the History of Mysteries

Author Jeff Markowitz reveals the secret history of Anna Katherine Green, the nearly forgotten mother of the American mystery, as part of the History of Mystery series.

June 10, 2017

Gas giant Qatar Petroleum says unaffected by Gulf crisis

Energy giant Qatar Petroleum said in a statement on Saturday that it was “business as usual” despite a spiralling diplomatic crisis involving Doha and its Gulf neighbours.In an attempt to reassure customers, the state-run company said it had “mobilised…

June 10, 2017