Wallabies coach to take charge of Jaguares

10 Oct

Wallabies assistant coach Mario Ledesma is set to return home to lead Argentina’s Jaguares in next season’s Super Rugby, the Australian national team said Wednesday.Ledesma, who joined Australia as forwards coach ahead of the 2015 World Cup, said he wa…

Key points of Catalan leader’s speech

10 Oct

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont stepped back on Tuesday from making an immediate declaration of independence after a banned referendum, calling for more time for talks with Madrid to resolve Spain’s worst political crisis in a generation.Here are the …

Child obesity grows tenfold since 1975: study

10 Oct

The world had 10 times as many obese children and teenagers last year than in 1975, but underweight kids still outnumbered them, a study said Wednesday.Warning of a “double burden” of malnutrition, researchers said the rate of increase in obesity far o…

NFL wants players to stand for US anthem

10 Oct

The National Football League said Tuesday it wanted players to stand during the US anthem as it attempts to quell the controversy which has dogged the sport since the opening weeks of the season.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams reite…

Robben retires from Netherlands duty

10 Oct

Netherlands captain Arjen Robben signalled the end of his international career on Tuesday after his country failed to reach the 2018 World Cup finals despite a 2-0 win over Sweden.The Bayern Munich star signed off by scoring both goals in Amsterdam as …

Portugal and France clinch World Cup spots

10 Oct

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Antoine Griezmann’s France booked spots at the 2018 World Cup finals on Tuesday while the Netherlands crashed out.Portugal beat Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon thanks to a Johan Djourou own goal and an Andre Silva strike.Fran…

Epidural pain meds do not slow labor: study

10 Oct

Contrary to popular belief, epidural painkilling medication does not slow down labor for pregnant women, according to a US study published Tuesday.The findings suggest that the long-held practice of reducing or stopping an epidural in the later stages …

Ronaldo, Portugal lock down World Cup spot

10 Oct

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal defeated Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon on Tuesday to earn a place at the 2018 World Cup and consign their opponents to next month’s play-offs.An own goal from Johan Djourou handed Portugal the lead on 41 minutes and Andre Silva…

France pass test to clinch World Cup spot

10 Oct

France clinched qualification for the World Cup thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday.Didier Deschamps’s side successfully completed their tricky challenge of beating Bulgaria and Bel…

Talks underway on letting civilians leave Raqa: coalition

10 Oct

Local officials and Syrian tribal leaders are leading “discussions” to secure safe passage for civilians from parts of Raqa still held by the Islamic State group, the US-led coalition said Tuesday. The coalition is backing an offensive by the Syrian De…