Closing birdie keeps Feng atop US Women’s Open

China’s Feng Shanshan birdied the last hole after 17 consecutive pars to seize a one-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the US Women’s Open with US President Donald Trump in attendance.The 27-year-old Rio Olympic bronze medalist missed her onl…

July 15, 2017

Rodgers maintaints two-shot lead at John Deere Classic

Patrick Rodgers fired a three-under par 68 on Saturday to maintain his two-stroke lead heading into the final round of the US PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.Rodgers had five birdies and two bogeys to build a 54-hole total of 16-under…

July 15, 2017

Brazil’s defiant Lula says people will decide his fate

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Saturday that voters would decide his fate, shrugging off his graft conviction and insisting he was still in the presidential race.It was Lula’s second public speech after an anti-corruption judg…

July 15, 2017

Makarova, Vesnina in Wimbledon women’s doubles title rout

Olympic champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia won their first Wimbledon women’s doubles title on Saturday with a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Hao-Ching Chan and Monica Niculescu. In a 55-minute final, which followed a 4 hour 41 minute men’s doub…

July 15, 2017

Trump watches US Women’s Open from enclosed area

US President Donald Trump watched Saturday’s third round of the US Women’s Open tournament from a glass-enclosed viewing area at the 15th hole of his Trump National golf resort.Trump, wearing a white shirt and no tie with a red “Make America Great Agai…

July 15, 2017

Kubot, Melo win marathon men’s doubles final

Fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo clinched the Wimbledon men’s doubles title on Saturday with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 13-11 win over Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic.The final lasted a marathon 4 hours 41 minutes and was only the fourth Wimble…

July 15, 2017

Russian duo deny China gold in 3m synchro

Russia’s Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov denied China gold in the 3 metre synchro springboard for only the second time in history at the world swimming championships in Budapest on Saturday.In 2003, China also lost out to a Russian duo, Aleksandr D…

July 15, 2017

Polish senate passes controversial new court reforms

Poland’s senate on Saturday adopted two controversial judicial bills, which the opposition claims is yet another step by the conservative majority towards undermining the separation of powers. The first bill stipulates that from now on the parliament -…

July 15, 2017

Redemption for Australia’s Keeney as China miss out

Australian diver Maddison Keeney won her first ever world title in Budapest on Saturday, taking women’s 1-metre springboard gold as China suffered a rare podium shutout.The win was a stunning comeback for Keeney, who failed to perform her last dive at …

July 15, 2017

Exclusive: bombs, booby traps hamper Mosul mop-up operations

Iraqi forces clearing up Mosul’s Old City have to deal with explosive devices left behind by the Islamic State (IS) group, as well as jihadists hiding in basements, a FRANCE 24 team embedded with Iraqi counterterror forces discovers.

July 15, 2017

11 sexual assault arrests at Spain’s bull running fiesta

Eleven people were arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at this year’s infamous bull running festival in Pamplona, Spanish authorities said Saturday. The annual San Fermin event, which sees hundreds of thousands of revellers pack into the city and e…

July 15, 2017

Grosjean criticises Hamilton blocking decision

Romain Grosjean risked the wrath of the stewards at the British Grand Prix on Saturday when he hinted that their decision not to penalise Lewis Hamilton for blocking demonstrated double standards.The Frenchman claimed he lost three-tenths of a second i…

July 15, 2017

Hulkenberg fifth signals Renault progress

Nico Hulkenberg produced Renault’s best qualifying result since returning to Formula One as a works team when he qualified sixth to claim fifth on the grid for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.The German driver gained a place thanks to a five-place penalty …

July 15, 2017