• Aussies select full-strength squad for Cup qualifying opener

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Asian Cup champion Australia has selected a full-strength squad including Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak for its opening World Cup qualifier in Kyrgyzstan. Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou on Monday recalled Cahill, Matthew Spiranovic and Eugene Galekovic in the 23-man squad for the June 16 Asian Group B qualifier in Bishkek. The squad contains 19 players who helped Australia win the Asian Cup in January. Postecoglou says he chose a settled squad comprising "the core of players that brought success at the Asian Cup but also the core of players that will take us through to the next World Cup," at Russia in 2018. "This is the start of the next chapter in our journey and we are all excited about

  • Clutch final par gives Kirk win at Colonial, denies Spieth

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Chris Kirk was prepared to need a putt for a playoff at Colonial. No extra holes were necessary Sunday for Kirk to get his fourth PGA Tour victory. Kirk made up for an errant tee shot at No. 18 with a par-saving and winning 7-foot putt after playing partner Brandt Snedeker's birdie try slid by the hole. "My first three wins on tour have all been little tap-ins on the last hole," Kirk said. "So to step up and make a putt that I knew was to win is something I'll never forget." With his closing 4-under 66, Kirk got to 12-under 268, one ahead of Snedeker, local Masters champion Jordan Spieth and Jason Bohn. Bohn had a 63 that included six consecutive birdies on the front nine.

  • Dixon loses speed late and fades to 4th in Indianapolis 500


    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Dixon had his second Indianapolis 500 victory in sight and a powerful Chevrolet that led him to believe he could park it in victory lane. He could almost taste the milk. The speed that put him in front at Indy for more laps than any driver on Sunday failed in the end. Dixon settled for fourth place driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, missing his chance at another Brickyard win to pair with his 2008 title. Starting from the pole, Dixon led a race-high 84 laps, and still had the lead in the No. 9 with 13 laps left in the race. But Will Power passed Dixon and Juan Pablo Montoya eventually blew past both drivers to win a thrilling battle late in the Indianapolis 500. "We didn't have enough spe

  • Ex-Pakistani PM: Son's kidnappers want militants released


    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — The captors of a former Pakistani prime minister's son demanded the release of several al-Qaida prisoners in exchange for his release, the former premier said Sunday. Yusuf Raza Gilani said he spoke by phone for eight minutes to his son Ali Haider, who he believed was being held somewhere in Afghanistan. Gunmen seized Haider in May 2013. In a video, later released purportedly by the Taliban, the militants claimed to be holding him hostage. His son appeared to be in good condition, Gilani said. "They're demanding, they're talking about the release of some al-Qaida men, their children and women," Ginai said. He said he had previously taken up the issue with the Afghan president and planned

  • Thailand beats Vietnam 1-0 in WCup qualifier


    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand finally broke through 10-man Vietnam to win 1-0 in their Group F opener for 2018 World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Sunday. Thailand, coached by Kiatisuk Senamuang, dominated possession and scoring opportunities in the first half at Rajamangala National Stadium but was unable to convert. Vietnam's Minh Chau Nguyen was sent off in the 71st minute for a second yellow card and Thailand finally struck in the 80th when substitute Pokklaw A-Nan shot home off a pass from Teerasil Dangda. The match took place earlier than other qualifiers as several players from both sides are due to play in the SEA Games in Singapore, starting June 5.

  • APEC trade chiefs vow to speed up work in WTO


    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday issued strong support to the World Trade Organization's efforts to boost global trade amid a flurry of regional free trade agreements. The ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation grouping of nations vowed at the end of their two-day meeting on the central Philippine resort island of Boracay to ratify by December a landmark trade facilitation deal and to contribute to a work program to conclude the much-delayed Doha round of trade negotiations. They reaffirmed in a separate document from their annual joint statement "the centrality and primacy of the multilateral trading system under the auspices of the WTO" in promoting trade an

  • AP PHOTOS: Safe on land, migrants eager to phone home


    LANGSA, Indonesia (AP) — The Asian migrants and asylum seekers wanted to go to Malaysia, where family, friends and, in some cases, menial jobs awaited them. But human traffickers commandeering their wooden boats abruptly changed plans following a regional crackdown that led to dozens of arrests, not just of brokers, but also police and politicians. Spooked, captains abandoned their ships and human cargo. After weeks, sometimes months at sea, sitting between tightly packed sweaty strangers, the tropical sun beating down, the hungry, dehydrated Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar landed on unknown shores. They were in Indonesia's Aceh province, they soon learned, close but yet so far from where they wanted to

  • Susan Sarandon urges tourists to visit earthquake-hit Nepal


    KALLABARI, Nepal (AP) — Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to come to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the last month killed thousands of people and raised concerns that the nation's vital tourism industry could be seriously hurt. Sarandon is in Nepal for five days, staying with the famed Kung-fu nuns in a Buddhist monastery and later in an orphanage that was damaged in one of the quakes.

  • Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims


    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held. The finding follows a similar discovery earlier this month by police in Thailand who unearthed dozens of bodies from shallow graves in abandoned camps on the Thai side of the border. The grim discoveries are shedding new light on the hidden network of jungle camps run by traffickers, who have for years held countless desperate people captive while extorting ransoms from their families.

  • At least 10 Afghan police officers killed in Taliban assault


    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints Sunday in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 officers in the ongoing assault, authorities said. Mohammad Ismail Hotaki, the director of Helmand province's Joint Coordination Office, said that Taliban fighters attacked 10 police checkpoints in the province's Sangin district. Hotaki said Taliban fighters captured three checkpoints and continued to surge forward in their assault. Hotaki said the violence killed at least 10 officers and wounded 16. Later, Sangin's deputy police chief, Haji Bari, said authorities recovered the corpses of at least 13 slain police officers, while 15 had been wounded. Such contradictory casualty figures are

  • Thousands evacuated in Nepal after landslide blocks river

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of people fled villages and towns along a mountain river in northwest Nepal on Sunday after it was blocked by a landslide that could burst and cause flash floods, officials said. The landslide created a dam and a lake 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long on the Kaligandaki River, said government administrator Yam Bahadur Chokhal. Residents living on the banks of the river were moved to higher grounds for fear the river could burst and send flash floods through the area north of Beni Bazaar, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of the capital, Kathmandu. Soldiers and police officers were sent to monitor the river and help and warn the villagers.

  • Chris Weidman defends UFC title, stops Belfort in 1st round

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chris Weidman stopped Vitor Belfort in the first round with a relentless series of punches on the ground Saturday night, defending his middleweight title at UFC 187. Weidman (13-0) survived an early scare from Belfort and quickly took control of his third title defense, taking down Belfort and battering his head against the canvas until referee Herb Dean stopped the bout with 2:07 left. Weidman jumped up and walked around the cage with an American flag on his back, celebrating his latest dominant victory. "Stop doubting me. It's enough," Weidman yelled to the crowd. "You'd better join the team now. This is the last invitation.

  • Year-old Thai coup imposes superficial calm but little else

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it." A year later, the military can boast that it has restored stability and kept this Southeast Asian nation calm. But the bitter societal fissures that helped trigger the putsch are still simmering below the surface, unresolved. "Our differences have just been pushed under the rug by a junta that prohibits freedom of expression," said Sunai Phasuk, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch. "Nothing has been done to address the root causes of Thailand's deep divide.

  • Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay policies. Italy took third in Europe's iconic songfest, which this year carried the extra attraction of an entry by Australia. Many were hoping its candidate, Guy Sebastian, would take home the trophy, giving it a place in next year's contest. But Australia, given a wild-card entry this year due to its enthusiastic fan base, came fifth, not enough to secure a spot in 2016.

  • Myanmar president signs off on contested population law

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities. The Population Control Health Care Bill — drafted under pressure from hard-line Buddhist monks with a staunchly anti-Muslim agenda — was passed by parliamentarians last month. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he warned Myanmar leaders during face-to-face talks last week about the dangers of the bill. On Saturday, hours after the diplomat left, state-run media announced President Thein Sein had signed i

  • Defending 100-meter champion Magnusssen out of swim worlds

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Defending 100-meter freestyle champion James Magnussen of Australia will miss the July world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, due to left shoulder surgery. Swimming Australia said in a statement Sunday that doctors discovered significant damage to Magnussen's sub-scapular region in his left shoulder which has caused it to lose 70 percent of its strength. It is likely that Magnussen, the 2012 London Olympic silver medalist and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, will undergo the operation in Melbourne in the first week of June. He was expected to begin recovery and rehabilitation soon after to prepare him for the Rio Olympics in August 2016.

  • England's James DeGale wins IBF super middleweight title

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — James DeGale became the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold medal and a professional world title Saturday, unanimously outpointing Andre Dirrell at Boston University's Agganis Arena to take the vacant International Boxing Federation super middleweight title. The London boxer improved to 21-1, receiving winning scores of 114-112 from judges Dan Fitzgerald and Howard Foster, and 117-105 from Alan Davis. Dirrell from Flint, Michigan, dropped to 24-2. Cut next to his right eye early in the second round, DeGale floored Dirrell twice in the round. The first time, he landed a right hook, putting Dirrell on his seat. After Dirrell got up, DeGale crowded him and forced him to a knee with a left hand to t

  • Kevin Na regains sole lead at Colonial

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The last time Kevin Na took the lead into the final round of a tournament, he faltered badly. For Ian Poulter, though he laughs about it, there is that anonymous survey of PGA Tour players done by Sports Illustrated where he and Rickie Fowler tied as the most overrated player on tour. Na and Poulter both have a chance to change perceptions at Colonial. With a birdie on the 17th hole Saturday, after the pair played from almost the same spot, Na regained the outright lead for a one-stroke advantage over Poulter going into the final round at a very damp Hogan's Alley. "When it comes to crunch time, you've got to trust your stroke and just stay in the moment," Na said when asked about a chan

  • Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Saturday that the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there. General John F. Campbell said the group's sophisticated social media campaign was attracting Taliban fighters based in Afghanistan and Pakistan who are disgruntled with the lack of progress in more than 10 years of fighting to overthrow the Kabul government. As a result, many were pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, which controls about a third of Syria and Iraq, Campbell told reporters. "We don't want it to continue to grow," he said, adding that efforts were being made to ensure its presence did not reach level

  • Roadside bomb kills 2, including Afghan district chief

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb killed two people, including a district administrative chief, in southern Afghanistan early Saturday, an official said. Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman for the provincial governor of Uruzgan province, said that Mohammad Ismail Haqyar, chief of Charcheno district, was killed along with his bodyguard while they were on their way to their office. Nayab said that a friend of Haqyar was wounded in the attack. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Taliban insurgents often use roadside bombs and suicide attacks against Afghan security forces and government officials across the country.