US star Solo accuses Blatter of sexual assault

10 Nov

US women’s football star Hope Solo accused Sepp Blatter of sexual assault on Friday, claiming the disgraced former FIFA president groped her backside at the 2013 Ballon d’Or ceremony.The 36-year-old Solo, her country’s standout goalkeeper, claimed the …

Hartley accepts England are a team to beat

10 Nov

History means England will always be a prized scalp for their opponents but captain Dylan Hartley accepts their revival under coach Eddie Jones has made the Red Rose an even more inviting target.England have won 19 Tests and lost just one — when denie…

Brazil, France impress, England in Germany stalemate

10 Nov

Neymar starred as Brazil ramped up their World Cup preparations with a 3-1 win over Japan on Friday, while France saw off Wales 2-0 in Paris and a new-look England held Germany 0-0 at Wembley.Elsewhere, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku became hi…

Islamic State thriving in Somalia: UN report

10 Nov

An Islamic State faction in Somalia has grown significantly over the past year, carrying out attacks in Puntland and receiving some funding from Syria and Iraq, a report by UN sanctions monitors said Friday.The faction loyal to Sheikh Abdulqader Mumin …

Italy lose to Sweden in World Cup play-off first leg

10 Nov

Sweden claimed a precious 1-0 first-leg victory over Italy in their World Cup play-off at Stockholm on Friday, leaving the four-time champions in danger of missing the tournament for the first time in 60 years.Substitute Jakob Johansson grabbed the onl…

Algeria convert soft penalty to hold Nigeria

10 Nov

Yacine Brahimi won and converted a harshly-awarded late penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw for Algeria against already-qualified Nigeria Friday in a World Cup Africa zone Group B dead-rubber.The Gabonese referee ruled that Abdullahi Shehu fouled Brahimi as h…

New boys impress as England hold Germany

10 Nov

England debutants Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye as Gareth Southgate’s injured-ravaged side played out a 0-0 draw with world champions Germany in Friday’s Wembley friendly.Everton goalkeeper Pickford, 23, made a number of smart s…

Five things learned from England v Germany

10 Nov

England kicked off their build-up for next year’s World Cup with a 0-0 draw against Germany on Friday.Here AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the Wembley friendly:Southgate’s kids are alrightWith England boss Gareth Southgate giving debuts …

Orbital cargo ship poised for frigid launch

10 Nov

An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship operated by Orbital ATK is poised to blast off toward the International Space Station on a frigid Saturday, carrying supplies to the six astronauts living in orbit.The launch from Wallops Island, Virginia is scheduled for …

Equifax offers apology for hack amid sinking earnings

10 Nov

Scandal-hit credit bureau Equifax on Friday apologized to consumers and investors for its massive security breach, a day after reporting a sharp drop in quarterly earnings.In an investor call, interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros outlined steps he said t…

IMF urges Argentina to step up pace of economic reforms

10 Nov

Warning of remaining risks to Argentina’s economy, the International Monetary Fund on Friday urged the country to accelerate the good work it is doing on reforms.An IMF team in Buenos Aires just concluded its annual review of the nation’s economy, and …