Sierra Leone unearths 476-carat gem in new diamond find

11 Nov

Sierra Leone said Saturday miners had unearthed a huge 476-carat diamond, eight months after an even more valuable find in the country’s diamond-rich east.It appears to be the 29th largest diamond ever found, according to experts, but it is unclear wha…

South Korea’s Chung wins inaugural NextGen ATP finals

11 Nov

South Korea’s Hyeon Chung upset top-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev to claim his first title at the Next Gen ATP finals in Milan on Saturday.The bespectacled 21-year-old rallied from a set down to see off Rublev, the world number 37 who reached the US Ope…

Five-star Spain thrash Costa Rica

11 Nov

Spain’s stunning form under coach Julen Lopetegui continued as David Silva scored twice in a 5-0 friendly thrashing of Costa Rica in Malaga on Saturday.Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Alvaro Morata also netted in a one-sided display from the 2010 world …

Moroccan World Cup celebrations turn violent in Brussels

11 Nov

Celebrations turned violent in central Brussels on Saturday, minutes after the qualification of the Moroccan national football team for the next World Cup in Russia, police told Belga news agency.Riot police were sent out to control a crowd of about 30…

Crotty scores All Blacks’ 2,000th try in France romp

11 Nov

New Zealand wracked up their 2,000th international try and threatened to hand France a sound thrashing before a second half rally limited them to a 38-18 win in Paris on Saturday.Ryan Crotty chalked up the landmark score as four first half tries — the…

Ireland hold Denmark to first-leg stalemate

11 Nov

The Republic of Ireland and Denmark played out a drab 0-0 draw in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Copenhagen on Saturday.The closest either side came to a goal was when Pione Sisto fired wide in the first half for the hosts, while Yussuf P…

Bosnian trailblazer Ibisevic quits national team

11 Nov

Veteran striker Vedad Ibisevic, who scored the goal that took Bosnia to their first World Cup finals and then found the net again when they got there, quit the national team on Saturday.The 33-year-old Ibisevic decided to call time on his 10-year inter…

Spain rescues 250 migrants in Mediterranean

11 Nov

Spanish authorities said they rescued over 250 migrants, including children, on Saturday who were making the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe.”We saved 251 people from five improvised vessels all in the Alboran Sea,” Spain’s maritime safety au…

Morocco, Tunisia take different paths to World Cup

11 Nov

North African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes Saturday as they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Morocco scored twice within five minutes through Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia during the opening half to triumph 2-0 in the I…

Irish post record win over dire Springboks

11 Nov

Ireland recorded their biggest win over South Africa on Saturday with a 38-3 hammering at Lansdowne Road.The Irish ran in four tries — three in the last 10 minutes — to extend the woeful Springboks winless run to five matches.Especially pleasing for …