Toyota on course for victory at Le Mans

Toyota were on course for a maiden Le Mans 24 Hour Race win as night fell Saturday with Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin holding a comfortable lead.They led by 42.807 seconds after eight hours of the iconic endurance race with the Por…

June 17, 2017

Spanish bullfighter dies after being gored

Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino died in hospital on Saturday after being gored by a bull during a fight in south-western France, a medical service source said.The 36-year-old stumbled in the bullring after catching his feet in his cloak and was gored …

June 17, 2017

Ford spurs England to Test series triumph over Pumas

Fly-half George Ford starred as England defeated Argentina 35-25 in a Santa Fe thriller Saturday to clinch a 2-0 victory in the two-Test series.The tourists, level at 25-25 with 16 minutes left, finished stronger as substitute prop Will Collier barged …

June 17, 2017

Jailed Saudi blogger’s children appeal for his release

Jailed Saudi blogger Raef Badawi’s three children appealed Saturday for his release on the fifth anniversary of his arrest on allegations that he insulted Islam in the conservative kingdom.Badawi, now 33, co-founded a discussion group called the Saudi …

June 17, 2017

Thousands march for refugees in Madrid

Several thousand people marched in Madrid on Saturday to ask the Spanish government to honour its commitment to take in more than 17,000 refugees as part of Europe’s relocation plan.”No human being is illegal,” the crowds chanted as they walked under s…

June 17, 2017

Tehran says Saudi coastguard killed Iranian fisherman

An Iranian fisherman was shot and killed Saturday by the Saudi coastguard which accused him of entering Saudi waters, Iran’s interior ministry said, fuelling tensions between the regional rivals.”Two fishing boats were in the Persian Gulf and strayed d…

June 17, 2017

French mayor arrested for clash with right-winger

A 55-year-old village mayor was arrested on Saturday for allegedly attacking a prominent French right-wing parliamentary candidate while she was out campaigning.Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a flamboyant 44-year-old candidate for the Republicans party, w…

June 17, 2017

Konta eases into maiden home tennis final

Top seed Johanna Konta cruised past Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets on Saturday to set up a final in Nottingham against Croatia’s Donna Vekic.The Briton reached her maiden WTA Tour final at home, and first on grass, with a comfortable 6-2, 7-5 wi…

June 17, 2017

Karlovic, Muller set-up oldest final in 41 years

Ivo Karlovic outserved his fellow Croatian Marin Cilic on Saturday to book a spot in his first ATP Tour final of the year against Gilles Muller at the grass-court event in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.The 38-year-old, whose best surface has always been grass due t…

June 17, 2017

Syria army declares 48-hour truce in southern city

Syria’s army on Saturday declared a 48-hour ceasefire in the southern city of Daraa, bringing a cautious calm after days of heavy fighting.In a statement, the army’s general command said the truce went into effect at noon local time “in support of loca…

June 17, 2017

Kiwis beat USA in yacht race 1 of America’s Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand drew first blood in the 35th America’s Cup on Saturday, pouncing on a startline mistake from Oracle Team USA to seize a victory over the defenders.Skipper Jimmy Spithill, trying to pilot the USA to a third straight America’s C…

June 17, 2017

Clinical Springboks continue recovery from horror season

South Africa defeated France 37-15 at Kings Park stadium in Durban Saturday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in a three-Test series and continue their recovery after a horror season.After conceding an early try, the clinical Springboks built a 23-7 hal…

June 17, 2017

Youngsters Kontaveit, Vikhlyantseva into final

Estonian Anett Kontaveit beat Lesia Tsurenko on Saturday to reach her second WTA Tour final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, where she will play Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva.The 21-year-old Kontaveit, at a career-high ranking of 49th, overcame a second-set blip …

June 17, 2017

Russia get off to winning start in Confederations Cup

Hosts Russia got off to a winning start at the Confederations Cup on Saturday, Fedor Smolov’s second-half goal sealing a 2-0 win over New Zealand in Saint Petersburg in the tournament opener.Russia went ahead in the first half of the Group A encounter …

June 17, 2017