Czechs, Sweden edge towards world ice hockey quarter-finals

12 May

The Czech Republic and Sweden edged closer to the quarter-finals at the world ice hockey championships on Friday with crushing wins over Slovenia and Italy respectively.

The Czechs gave Slovenia no chance scoring three times in the first period before sealing a 5-1 victory to sit second in Group B two points behind two-time defending champions Canada.

France assured their place among the elite by beating Belarus 4-3 in a penalty shootout thanks largely to stalwarts Stéphane Da Costa and goaltender Cristobal Huet.

The hosts had lead 2-0 in Paris before Belarus scored three unanswered goals but the French levelled with seven minutes to go. Belarus now face a play-off Saturday against Slovenia.

In Cologne, Sweden crushed Italy 8-1 with a late surge despite leading by just 3-1 after the first two periods. The Scandinavians now sit one point behind Russia who have played a game less.

Denmark, meanwhile, served a blow to German hopes or reaching the quarter-finals, beating the tournament co-hosts 3-2 after extra time.

‘No risk’ if LA gets Olympics – IOC official

12 May

An International Olympic Committee delegation on Friday lavished praise on Los Angeles’s bid for the 2024 Games, stating that there would be “no major risk” if the city was awarded the sporting extravaganza.Patrick Baumann, the chairman of the IOC’s Ev…

Fast-moving cyberattacks wreak havoc worldwide

12 May

A fast-moving wave of cyberattacks swept the globe Friday, apparently exploiting a flaw exposed in documents leaked from the US National Security Agency.The attacks — which experts said affected dozens of countries — used a technique known as ransomw…

Author Ian McEwan urges second referendum on Brexit

12 May

The award-winning author of “Atonement”, Ian McEwan, said Friday there should be a referendum on Britain’s final Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing it was still possible to stay in.McEwan, who campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU before…

At the end of the world in Chile, a culture on the brink

12 May

Just outside the southernmost settlement in the world, an 89-year-old woman is the last native speaker of her people’s ancient language and struggling to ensure she does not take it to her grave.Cristina Calderon, known locally as “Grandma Cristina,” l…

Fiat Chrysler recalls more than 1 mn pickups in US

12 May

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than one million US pickup trucks due to a software defect that disables side air bags, according to documents released by US auto safety regulators.Fiat Chrysler said it was aware of two injuries and one fatality potent…

Protesting pensioners scuffle with police in Venezuela

12 May

Elderly protesters braved pepper spray in scuffles with riot police on Friday as they marched in the latest anti-government protests in Venezuela.With wheelchairs and walking sticks or on their feet shouting and waving their fists, some 2,000 demonstra…

Fifth time lucky for Stade as they win Challenge Cup

12 May

Stade Francais finally got their hands on a European trophy as they beat Gloucester 25-17 to win the Challenge Cup at a rainswept Murrayfield on Friday.It meant the French side had finally won a continental showpiece match after previously losing two E…

No US involvement in deal with IS fighters: Pentagon

12 May

The Pentagon said Friday it played no part in an unusual deal in which Islamic State jihadists were allowed to leave a key town in Syria — only for some of them to be killed anyway.The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had independently cut a deal wi…

Sanchez, US riders top Tour of California contenders

12 May

Spain’s Samuel Sanchez and American riders Andrew Talansky and Brent Bookwalter are expected to be among the title contenders when the 12th Tour of California cycling stage race begins Sunday.The race makes its debut on the International Cycling Union’…

Courageous, compassionate Conte heals Chelsea rifts

12 May

Just 10 months after arriving at a club ripped apart by feuds and rampant egos, Antonio Conte has healed the rifts so masterfully that Chelsea are the Premier League champions.Conte and his players were wreathed in smiles and soaked in champagne after …

The players in Trump’s Russia scandal

12 May

The shock dismissal of the FBI chief James Comey has triggered days of turmoil in Washington and thrust the spotlight back onto allegations that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with a Russian bid to sway last year’s presidential election.Here are the …

Batshuayi delivers Chelsea Premier League title

12 May

Chelsea secured the Premier League title on Friday after substitute Michy Batshuayi’s 82nd-minute goal earned Antonio Conte’s side a hard-earned 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.The Belgian striker’s late goal at The Hawthorns took Chelsea 10 points…

Barkley winner shows what Everton could be missing

12 May

Ross Barkley reminded Everton what they’ll be missing if he is allowed to leave as the England midfielder’s cool finish clinched a 1-0 win over Watford on Friday.Barkley’s future with Everton is in doubt following his refusal to commit to the club by s…

Koons unveils giant inflatable ballerina in New York

12 May

Artist Jeff Koons on Friday unveiled an enormous inflatable blonde, silver-limbed ballerina in one of the busiest plazas in New York.Seated on a stool and attending to a blue pointe shoe, the nylon figure in a light blue tutu towers a whopping 45 feet …