Vinales, Rossi braced for new Ducati assault

Yamaha stars Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi will attempt to halt the sudden surge of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso at the Dutch Grand Prix on Sunday and bury the misery of Barcelona.Vinales remains on top of the world championship standings, where he…

June 22, 2017

Corruption scandals muddy Mongolia’s presidential vote

Mongolians pick a new president Monday after a campaign marred by corruption scandals plaguing all three candidates, from jobs for cash to offshore accounts and donations from an alleged cult.The allegations have sapped enthusiasm among voters in a cou…

June 22, 2017

‘El Chapo’ to sue Netflix over series: lawyer

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman plans to sue Netflix and Univision for allegedly defaming him with a TV series about his life, one of his lawyers said Thursday.The series, “El Chapo” — which premiered in April — presents Guzman as a “hear…

June 22, 2017

US condemns Islamic State demolition of Mosul mosque

The United States on Thursday branded the Islamic State group’s demolition of an 800-year-old mosque in Mosul an attack on world heritage and “an edifice of a great religion.”The Al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret were levelled on Wednesday …

June 22, 2017

Tesla looking at entering music streaming

Electric carmaker Tesla said Thursday it was considering ways to enter music streaming amid a report it may launch a unique new service.The high-end carmaker, which already has a tie-up with streaming leader Spotify in some international markets, said …

June 22, 2017

US slams Russian intimidation of OSCE in Ukraine

The United States on Thursday accused pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine of a campaign of “violence and harassment” against unarmed OSCE teams monitoring the conflict.State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Washington is “deeply concerned” …

June 22, 2017

US heavily armed, but many ambivalent about it: survey

A country armed with nearly one pistol, rifle or shotgun for every citizen, the United States has a worldwide reputation for being gun-crazy.But the reality is much more complex, according to a survey released Thursday, which says gun violence is contr…

June 22, 2017

Sanchez blanks Arsenal talk as Chile, Germany set for semis

Alexis Sanchez refused to be drawn on his Arsenal future after becoming Chile’s all-time top-scorer in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup.The Gunners’ star, voted man of the match, became Chile’s all-time top-scorer with his 38t…

June 22, 2017

New back row as Argentina ring the changes

Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has chosen a new back row for a one-off Test against Georgia Saturday in western city San Salvador de Jujuy.

Demoted from the team beaten 35-25 by England in Santa Fe last weekend are No. 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon and flankers Javier Ortega Desio and Pablo Matera.

They are replaced by Leonardo Senatore, Rodrigo Baez and Tomas Lezana as the Pumas seeking a morale-lifting victory after a 2-0 series loss to severely depleted England.

Hourcade has made six changes in personnel and one positional from the team that started the second Test against the English in Santa Fe.

Matias Moroni is recalled to the right wing with Ramiro Moyano switching to the left wing in place of Emiliano Boffelli, who scored a try in each England Test.

Loosehead prop Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro comes in for Lucas Noguera Paz and lock Guido Petti takes the place of Tomas Lavanini.

An omission from the matchday 23 is veteran utility back Juan Martin Hernandez with Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias filling that role.

Although the Pumas have suffered five straight losses since defeating Japan in Tokyo last November, they are expected to beat Georgia, a team ranked three places lower than them.

The last of four previous meetings was at the 2015 World Cup in England with the South Americans winning 54-9.

Argentina are preparing for the annual Rugby Championship with their first match away to South Africa in Port Elizabeth on August 19.

Team (15-1)

Joaquin Tuculet; Matias Moroni, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Ramiro Moyano; Nicolas Sanchez, Martín Landajo; Leonardo Senatore, Rodrigo Baez, Tomas Lezana; Matias Alemanno, Guido Petti; Enrique Pieretto, Agustín Creevy (capt), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Replacements: Julian Montoya, Lucas Noguera Paz, Ramiro Herrera, Pablo Matera, Benjamin Macome, Gonzalo Bertranou, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, German Schulz

Coach: Daniel Hourcade (ARG)

June 22, 2017

North Korea tests suspected ICBM rocket engine – US officials

North Korea has reportedly carried out another test of a space rocket engine, which could be used for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could potentially be capable of reaching the US mainland, American officials have told…

June 22, 2017

Major US banks would withstand recession: US Fed

The largest US banks would withstand a severe recession and still be able to lend to American households and businesses, the Federal Reserve announced Thursday.The results of the central bank’s so-called stress tests showed 34 major lenders were on sol…

June 22, 2017

Spanish lawmakers reject Catalan independence referendum

Spanish lawmakers on Thursday as expected threw out a Catalan bid to hold an independence referendum which a court had already ruled illegal. Pro-separatist regional president Carles Puigdemont presented a bill calling on Madrid to “respect” the wealth…

June 22, 2017

US aluminum makers point finger at China, call for tariffs

Chinese overproduction is sending the US aluminum industry into near collapse, endangering supplies of materials critical to American defense and national security, manufacturers told a public hearing on Thursday.However, several industry representativ…

June 22, 2017

Assange lawyer says UK breaking international law

Julian Assange’s lawyer accused Britain on Thursday of breaking international law by denying the WikiLeaks founder safe passage out of the country if he leaves Ecuador’s embassy in London.”Britain is… violating all the norms of international law, hum…

June 22, 2017

US student jailed by N.Korea laid to rest in Ohio

Mourners turned out in droves to pay their final respects Thursday to Otto Warmbier, the US student imprisoned for more than a year by North Korea and sent back home in a mysterious coma that proved fatal.The 800-capacity auditorium at Warmbier’s high …

June 22, 2017