Bastia punished over violence

French Ligue 1 side Bastia were punished on Thursday for crowd violence which forced last month's home match with Lyon to be abandoned at half time.The league's disciplinary commission awarded Lyon a win and ordered Bastia's Furiani stadium to be close...

Two former executives of Brazil’s Petrobras arrested

Two former high-level executives of the Brazilian state oil company Petrobras were arrested in connection with a sweeping corruption investigation dubbed "Operation Car Wash," prosecutors said Thursday.Marcio de Almeida Ferreira and Mauricio de Oliveir...

Harry Potter play to open in New York in spring 2018

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," the smash-hit, award-winning London play about the fictional boy wizard as a grown father of three, will open in New York in spring 2018.The show will make its official Broadway debut on April 22 at the Lyric Theatr...

Rashford edges Manchester United towards Europa League final

Marcus Rashford's stunning free-kick 23 minutes from time put Manchester United on the brink of reaching the Europa League final with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on Thursday.Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez kept the Spaniards in the tie before h...

Venezuela president headed for fall, top opponent tells AFP

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles insisted President Nicolas Maduro's government will fall if it rams through contested constitutional reforms, in an interview with AFP after weeks of deadly unrest.Tired and hoarse after more than a month ...

Star Crosby back on ice following concussion

Superstar forward Sidney Crosby skated on Thursday with his Pittsburgh Penguin teammates for the first time since suffering a concussion from an illegal cross-check to the head."He's in the process of rehabbing," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said of Cr...

Giro riders thrown out after positive tests

Italians Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni were thrown out of the 100th Giro d'Italia on Thursday after the International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed both had tested positive for a derivative of banned growth hormones.Pirazzi and Ruffoni both ride f...

Chung too good for me says beaten Monfils

French top seed Gael Monfils admitted he had simply been outclassed after crashing 6-2, 6-4 to South Korea's Hyeon Chung in the second round of the Munich ATP tournament on Thursday."I didn't play my best tennis," said the dread-locked French star who ...