Muguruza hopes Wimbledon glory won’t backfire

Garbine Muguruza hopes the legacy of her first Wimbledon title will not be a depressing repeat of the torment she suffered after her 2016 French Open breakthrough.The 23-year-old Spaniard stunned sentimental favourite Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 on Saturda…

July 15, 2017

Poulter defies ‘brutal’ weather to share lead in Scotland

Ian Poulter made light of “brutal” conditions to move into a three-way share of the lead after the Scottish Open third round at Dundonald Links on Saturday.The 41-year Florida-based Englishman carded a one-under par 71 to join compatriot Callum Shinkwi…

July 15, 2017

Partner switch gamble pays off for Chinese diving duo

A change of partner just before the world swimming championships paid off for China’s Lian Junjie and Ren Qian, who won mixed 10 metre synchronised diving gold on Saturday.The duo had been working together for only a month before Budapest, but dominate…

July 15, 2017

Brazil court dismisses Lochte lying charges

A Brazilian court dismissed charges of lying filed against Ryan Lochte after the US swimmer claimed that he was robbed at gunpoint during the 2016 Rio Olympics.The six-time Olympic gold medalist made headlines around the world – and deeply embarrassed …

July 15, 2017

I’ll be back, vows Venus after Wimbledon heartache

Venus Williams vowed to make amends for her Wimbledon final heartache by ending a bittersweet year on a high at the US Open.Williams failed in her bid to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in the Open era as the American star was crushed 7-5, 6-0 by…

July 15, 2017

New Zealander Fox heads to Birkdale in fine form

New Zealander Ryan Fox heads into next week’s British Open at Royal Birkdale full of confidence after showing good form on the links in Ireland and Scotland.Fox, 30, will be making his second appearance in golf’s oldest major after qualifying a week ag…

July 15, 2017

Matthews wins Tour 14th stage, Froome retakes yellow

Australian Michael Matthews won the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday as Chris Froome retook the yellow jersey from Fabio Aru.Matthews won comfortably ahead of Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet in the tough uphill sprint finish to the 181.5…

July 15, 2017

Three killed in Rakhine explosion: Myanmar police

Three people, including two teenage boys, were killed by an explosion in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state on Saturday, a police officer said.Police were investigating if the mine had been laid intentionally or if the victims had accidentally struck unex…

July 15, 2017

‘Just incredible’ — Muguruza stunned by Wimbledon victory

Garbine Muguruza said it felt “incredible” to become Wimbledon champion even if it did mean defeating childhood idol Venus Williams.The 23-year-old Spaniard claimed a 7-5, 6-0 win over the 37-year-old five-time champion after saving two set points in t…

July 15, 2017

Five facts on Wimbledon women’s champion Garbine Muguruza

Five facts on Garbine Muguruza who defeated Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final on Saturday:Hey Venezuela– Muguruza was born in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas in October, 1993. Her mother Scarlet Blanco is from the South American country and Mugu…

July 15, 2017

Afghan girls robotics team land in US after visa U-turn

A team of Afghan girls who were earlier denied visas to attend a Washington robotics competition landed in the United States early Saturday following an intervention by US President Donald Trump.The six-member team were greeted at Dulles International …

July 15, 2017

Thousands march in Hong Kong in memory of Liu Xiaobo

Thousands took to the streets of central Hong Kong Saturday night holding candles as they marched in memory of pro-democracy Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.Veteran activists led the solemn gathering which wove its way from the commercial heart of Hong Ko…

July 15, 2017

Rapper Akon to buy 50% of African music download service

Senegalese-American rapper Akon announced Saturday he would purchase 50 percent of African music download service Musik Bi, as the platform struggles to gain a foothold after its launch 18 months ago.Africa’s first home-grown platform for legal music d…

July 15, 2017

Fourteen killed in Ecuador bus accident

Fourteen people were killed and 26 injured when a bus drove off the highway in central Ecuador, flipped and caught fire, local police said Saturday.The accident took place around 10 pm (0300 GMT) Friday on the highway between the capital Quito and Ande…

July 15, 2017

Three soldiers killed in Ivory Coast barrack shooting

Three soldiers died after shooting erupted overnight at a base in Ivory Coast, which has been gripped by tensions within the military, security sources said Saturday.Gunfire was heard coming from the barracks at Korhogo, a city in the north of the the …

July 15, 2017