Rush for tickets as Springsteen hits Broadway

3 Oct

Eager to see her musical hero Bruce Springsteen in the intimate confines of a Broadway theater, Laura Effinger quickly registered online as a verified fan who would supposedly have dibs on seats.When tickets went on sale, the website told her she was o…

Schauffele is PGA Tour Rookie of the Year

3 Oct

Xander Schauffele was named the USPGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year on Tuesday following a breakout season that included two wins and a top-10 finish at the US Open, the tour announced.The 23-year-old from La Jolla, California, enjoyed a dazzling start to …

Mattis backs Iran deal, as US hawks pressure Trump

3 Oct

President Donald Trump’s respected defense secretary Jim Mattis added his heavyweight support to retaining the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, as more hawkish voices pushed for tougher action against Tehran.Under US law, Trump must write to Congress every 9…

Brazil robbers caught trying to tunnel into bank

3 Oct

Brazilian robbers tunneled nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) in a daring attempt to rob a bank in Sao Paulo where they hoped to nab millions of dollars, police said.After a three-month operation, police nabbed 16 suspects late Monday. They swooped just be…

US car sales get boost from hurricane recovery

3 Oct

The US auto industry was boosted in September from shoppers replacing vehicles destroyed in major hurricanes and showed the first reversal of this year’s monthly sales declines, car makers reported Tuesday. The recovery in Texas and Florida from hurric…

Man City’s Stones keen to repay Guardiola faith

3 Oct

Manchester City centre-back John Stones says he is determined to repay manager Pep Guardiola for the faith he showed in him during his difficult first season at the Etihad Stadium.

Stones, 23, produced several error-strewn displays last season after joining City from Everton in a £47.5 million ($62.9 million, 53.6 million euros) move that made him the world’s second most expensive defender.

But Guardiola stuck by the England international and has been rewarded this season as Stones has contributed to six clean sheets in City’s last seven games, helping the club to top spot in the Premier League.

“Really good,” Stones said when asked how Guardiola had helped him last season. “Always positive and wanting me to do better and that’s what I try to repay him on the pitch.

“The games this season speak for themselves: clean sheets both in the Champions League and Premier League. I feel like I’m developing as a player and a person under him.

“That’s all down to the players around me, him and the staff that are there. All I want to do is keep this run going and see where it takes us.”

Stones produced a strong performance in City’s 1-0 win at defending champions Chelsea last Saturday and he agreed it was one of his most impressive displays in City’s colours.

“I think I’ve always been moving in the right direction. Everyone has their ups and downs,” he told journalists ahead of England’s penultimate World Cup qualifier at home to Slovenia on Thursday.

“We’ve started this season well as a team. It was an important match against Chelsea. They won the league last season.

“It was an important game to keep the run going and keep another clean sheet. Defensively, on a personal note, it was maybe one of the best games I’ve played in.”

2013 hack hit all 3 billion Yahoo accounts: company

3 Oct

A 2013 hack affected all three billion accounts at Yahoo, the online giant’s parent company said Tuesday following a new analysis of the incident.The disclosure from Verizon, which acquired Yahoo’s online assets earlier this year, revised sharply upwar…

Totti drops out of coaching course

3 Oct

Roma legend Francesco Totti has dropped out of the coaching course he was due to start, the Italian Coaches Association (AIAC) confirmed on Tuesday.Totti retired after 24 years with Roma at the end of last season, moving into a director’s role with the…

Spain king denounces Catalan independence bid

3 Oct

Spain’s King Felipe intervened dramatically Tuesday in the crisis over Catalan leaders’ bid for independence, accusing them of threatening the country’s stability and urging the state to defend “constitutional order.”The 49-year-old king abandoned his …

West Indies name unchanged squad for Zimbabwe

3 Oct

West Indies named an unchanged squad on Tuesday for their tour to Zimbabwe later this month.The same 15 players that lost a three-match Test series 2-1 and five-match one day international series 4-0 against England, while winning the only Twenty20 gam…

North Korea accuses US of blocking development

3 Oct

North Korea’s UN envoy accused the United States on Tuesday of working to block economic development and denounced sanctions imposed on poor countries as a bid to “destroy modern civilization.”Ambassador Ja Song Nam said North Korea will withstand the …