IS claims deadly attack on FSB office in Russia

The Islamic State jihadist group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack Friday on an office of Russia's main domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, in the country's far east, a US-based monitoring group said.Amaq News Agency, an IS propaganda a...

Sharapova rivals are jealous ‘journeymen’, says agent

Critics of Maria Sharapova possibly receiving a wildcard into the French Open just want to keep another title threat out of Roland Garros, the Russian star's agent said in a report Friday.Ben Rothenberg, a US-based tennis writer and podcaster, tweeted ...

Giants’ Bumgarner hurts shoulder, ribs in dirt bike accident

Three-time World Series champion Madison Bumgarner could be out of the San Francisco Giants lineup for up to eight weeks after injuring his pitching shoulder in a motorcycle accident, the team said Friday.The Giants ace was diagnosed with a shoulder sp...

O’Sullivan halts Murphy revival

Five-time snooker world champion Ronnie 'Rocket' O'Sullivan stemmed a late surge by 2005 champion Shaun Murphy to take a lead of 10-6 to bed with him at the World Championships on Friday.Murphy, whose mutual antipathy with the mercurial O'Sullivan is w...

US indicts Russian suspect in huge botnet takedown

A Russian under arrest in Spain has been slapped with an indictment in the United States, accused of controlling one of the world's top generators of spam and online exortion, officials said Friday.Peter Levashov, from Saint Petersburg, a 36-year-old w...

‘Urgent’ to reach agreement on loan for Greece: IMF

It is "urgent" to reach an agreement on a loan program for Greece but a commitment is still required from Athens on reforms and from Europe on debt relief, a senior IMF official said Friday. "It is urgent that we agree on a program and that we conclude...

Charlo hopes to knock off ring rust by defending boxing title

Undefeated Jermell Charlo and challenger Charles Hatley will each be coming off long layoffs when they square off for Charlo's World Boxing Council junior middleweight title Saturday at Barclays Center.American Charlo has not fought since winning the 1...

Djokovic looking for answers after Monte Carlo disappointment

With his French Open title defence starting in five short weeks, Novak Djokovic is desperately searching for the key to lifting his game on clay.The former world number one, who was replaced at the top of the list last November by Andy Murray, joined h...

Lions scrape win over brave Jaguares

Golden Lions of South Africa encountered unexpectedly tough resistance from Jaguares of Argentina before scraping a 24-21 Super Rugby win in Johannesburg Friday."We were not hungry enough," admitted Lions skipper and No. 8 Warren Whiteley. "The Jaguare...

Fitch downgrades Italian debt rating; ‘stable’ outlook

The ratings agency Fitch on Friday downgraded Italy's long-term debt rating a notch to BBB, one level above the "speculative" grade, citing the country's persistent debt and fiscal problems.However Fitch said Italy's outlook was stable.Italy has been u...

Canada’s Trudeau to meet pope in late May

Pope Francis will grant a private audience to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next month after a G7 summit in Italy, the government in Ottawa said Friday."Prime Minister Trudeau will have an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis for the first ...

Trump takes aim at US financial oversight law

US President Donald Trump signed executive orders Friday aimed at reviewing American financial laws and laying the groundwork for what he called a "great economic revival."Key among them was a six-month review of core parts of the Dodd-Frank law, a mea...

Relay queen Hastings content to strike a pose

Bringing a touch of glamour to the track should never be something to be frowned upon, according to American Natasha Hastings, the undisputed queen of the relays who insists athletics remains an individual sport.Hastings, 30, has long been a pioneer in...