First-timers to continue streak at US Open?

With the past six major golf championships won by first-timers, could there be a magnificent seventh at the US Open?Ever since Jason Day lifted the PGA Championship in 2015, the majors have been shared by players who had never won a major before.Danny …

June 12, 2017

Garcia triumph inspires Rahm at US Open

Rising Spanish star Jon Rahm says Sergio Garcia’s emotion-fuelled Masters triumph has made him even more determined to land his maiden major as he prepares for this week’s US Open.The big-hitting 22-year-old is one of the brightest talents in golf, hav…

June 12, 2017

Rio mayor considers slashing funds for carnival

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella said Monday that he is considering drastic cuts to city funding for the samba schools at the heart of the annual carnival extravaganza.City hall currently gives some two million reais, or more than $600,000, to eac…

June 12, 2017

Raving Rabbids, Mario join forces in new Switch game

Video game giants Ubisoft and Nintendo have teamed up to put their respective stars, Raving Rabbids and Mario, together in a new role-playing adventure.Japan’s Nintendo has agreed to lend France’s Ubisoft its famous moustachioed plumber Mario for the g…

June 12, 2017

US star Franklin to miss world championships

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, who had surgery on both shoulders this year, will miss the 2017 swimming world championships in Budapest.Franklin who won four golds at the 2012 London Games before coming away with one in a largely disap…

June 12, 2017

Late punk pioneer Alan Vega’s album due next month

The first track from a posthumous album of punk pioneer and Suicide singer Alan Vega was released on Monday, featuring his signature style of abrasive nihilism.Vega’s wife and artistic collaborator Liz Lamere said the album, “IT,” would follow on July …

June 12, 2017

Ridiculed Trump tweet prompts new legislation

A much-lampooned — and now-deleted — tweet by President Donald Trump has spurred a serious legislative effort aimed at stopping him from erasing his many misspelled missives and other online messages.Democratic Congressman Mike Quigley on Monday intr…

June 12, 2017

Dutch coalition talks on the rocks — again

Efforts to revive a bid to forge a four-party Dutch coalition government again ran aground late Monday, almost three months after legislative elections.”Despite our talks I have to conclude that the outcome is negative,” said Herman Tjeenk Willink, who…

June 12, 2017

Late football star Tiote’s body flown back to Ivory Coast

Cheick Tiote’s body will arrive back in the Ivory Coast on Thursday where tributes will be paid to the international by his former teammates, the Ivorian Football Federation (IFF) said on Monday.Tiote — who was a member of the Ivory Coast squad that e…

June 12, 2017

British PM May apologises for election ‘mess’

British Prime Minister Theresa May took the blame for the Conservatives’ disastrous performance in last week’s election as she faced her party’s angry MPs on Monday, seeking to ward off any challenge to her leadership.

June 12, 2017

Tanzania says 19 years of mining fraud cost 75 billion euros

Fraud in the mining sector since 1998 has cost Tanzania 75 billion euros ($84 billion), an investigating commission said Monday, blaming foreign companies failing to declare revenues.The conclusions of the study, conducted by Tanzanian economists and l…

June 12, 2017

US orders GE to offload unit to win approval for oil deal

US antitrust regulators on Monday ordered General Electric to divest one of its units in order to win approval for the merger of its oil services business with Baker Hughes.Without the sale, the proposed merger would threaten competition in the petrole…

June 12, 2017

New Zealand book America’s Cup rematch with USA

Emirates Team New Zealand booked an America’s Cup rematch with Oracle Team USA on Monday, beating Sweden’s Artemis Racing in the lone race of the day to win the challenger final 5-2.The Kiwis came into the day with a 4-2 lead in the best-of-nine series…

June 12, 2017

Griezmann extends Atletico deal until 2022: reports

Atletico Madrid’s French star Antoine Griezmann has extended his contract with the Spanish club by a year, according to press reports in Spain on Monday.”Antoine Griezmann signed a contract with Atletico until 2022,” Madrid sports daily Marca reported….

June 12, 2017