• Sri Lankan president's youngest brother dies after ax attack

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    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's youngest brother has died two days after he was attacked with an ax in what authorities said was a personal dispute. Priyantha Sirisena, 42, died in a private hospital in Colombo on Saturday after he was airlifted from his hometown of Polonnaruwa in North-Central province following the attack on Thursday, a government statement said. The attacker has surrendered to police. The statement did not say what the dispute was about. Priyantha Sirisena was the youngest of the president's 11 siblings. He was involved in sand mining and owned a rice milling business.

  • Brownlee, Jorgensen win Auckland triathlon for 1st time

    Yesterday

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Jonathan Brownlee ended Javier Gomez's three-year reign in the Auckland world series triathlon, and Gwen Jorgensen kept up her perfect start to the season on Sunday. Gomez won the last three Auckland triathlons, but Brownlee, chastened by a fifth-place effort in the season-opener in Abu Dhabi three weeks ago, was extra motivated. Brownlee made his move on the run leg, adding 10 seconds to his lead after each of the four laps. The Briton eventually beat second-place Gomez by 15 seconds. The Spaniard broke from third-place Pierre Le Corre of France on the final lap, and was happy with silver, after a bout of sickness made him doubt his chances.

  • Sydney FC beats 1st-place Wellington in A-League

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    SYDNEY (AP) — Sydney FC beat the first-place Wellington Phoenix 3-0 on Sunday to tighten up an already close race for the top positions in Australia's A-League. Sydney maintained its unbeaten away record this season. Striker Shane Smeltz's goal to give Sydney a 3-0 lead ensured the result was secure before halftime in the New Zealand capital. Both sides finished the game with 10 men after Albert Riera and Smeltz were shown red cards. With the win, Sydney FC joined Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory on 41 points, just one behind Wellington. Fifth-place Adelaide moved to 40 points with a 1-0 win Sunday over the Newcastle Jets on Marcelo Carrusca's 28th-minute goal.

  • Mirim Lee leads LPGA Tour's Kia Classic

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Mirim Lee took the Kia Classic lead Saturday, while top-ranked Lydia Ko easily increased her LPGA Tour under-par streak to 27 rounds but dropped two late strokes and ended up four shots behind. Lee shot a 6-under 66 to reach 16-under 200 at Aviara, leaving her a stroke ahead of former UCLA player Alison Lee in the final event before the first major of the season next week at Rancho Mirage. "I think comfortable," Mirim Lee said about the final round. "I just think patience, patience, patience." The 17-year-old Ko shot a 67 to move within two rounds of matching Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour record for consecutive rounds under par of 29 set in 2004. Ko pushed her worldwide streak to 30.

  • Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced on Sunday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that has emerged as a potential challenge to United States influence in a part of the world where the Obama administration has tried to forge stronger ties. The U.S. has expressed concern the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or AIIB, will allow looser lending standards for financial transparency, the environment and labor rights. The U.S. also worries the new bank will undercut the World Bank, where the U.S. has the most clout, and the Asian Development Bank, where it is the second-largest shareholder after Japan.

  • Penske expects Ambrose back in V8 Supercar this season

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Marcos Ambrose has a long-term contract with Roger Penske and is expected to be driving again in Australia's V8 Supercars Series this season. Ambrose earlier this month asked to be temporarily replaced as driver for DJR Team Penske. Scott Pye will replace him for this weekend's race in Ambrose's home state of Tasmania. Ambrose won the Supercars championship in 2003 and 2004, then spent six years in NASCAR before returning home to drive for Penske in the team owner's latest venture. His best finish in two races back in Supercars was 12th. Penske says Ambrose will still compete in endurances races this season. But, the team owner ruled out bringing Ambrose back to NASCAR to run in road course

  • Afghan court sentences AP journalist's killer to 20 years

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP correspondent Kathy Gannon almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison, according to documents sent to the country's attorney general on Saturday. The final sentence for former Afghan police unit commander Naqibullah was reduced from the death penalty recommended by a primary court last year. Twenty years in prison is the maximum jail sentence in Afghanistan, said Zahid Safi, a lawyer for The Associated Press who had been briefed on the decision by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruling upholds an intermediate court's decision, which was opposed

  • Inside Floyd Mayweather's camp, where the cars are clean

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The best evidence the boss was around was the white Ferrari 458 Spider parked in front between two equally white Rolls Royces, top off and gleaming in the late afternoon sun. While Floyd Mayweather Jr. worked inside, a man with a spray bottle and cloth worked to make sure there wasn't an offending particle of dust on the ride the fighter would pilot home. This was a relatively light day of work at the gym Mayweather owns in this city's faux Chinatown just west of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Light, that is, unless you consider that Mayweather would spar four six-minute rounds with a tough young lefty, barely stopping for a few breaths between rounds.

  • Hamilton on pole, Vettel 2nd in qualifying at Malaysian GP

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel believes he can end Mercedes' dominant run in Formula One by winning Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix after qualifying second on Saturday and ending the Silver Arrows' long run of front-row lockouts. Mercedes had taken the front two grid spots for the past nine races dating back to last season, but that ended on a rain-swept qualifying session at Sepang International Circuit as Vettel split the Mercedes cars and came within seven hundredths of a second of beating Hamilton to pole. While Mercedes took pole for the 13th successive race, Vettel showed it might be possible to change the script on race day. Asked if he believes he can win, Vettel replied: "I think yes we

  • 2 Czechs kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) — Two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were traveling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released, the Czech government said on Saturday. "I am really glad to confirm that Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka ... returned back to the Czech Republic today in the morning," Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said in a statement. Sobotka said their release was negotiated by Turkish non-governmental humanitarian organization IHH. "I am very tired but I don't want to sleep. I am afraid this may be a dream," Chrastecka told Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency before flying home. "When we came out, we were happy to see the sun after two years, to see happy, smiling p

  • Uzbekistan to vote to extend veteran leader's rule

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan is going through the motions of a presidential election this weekend, with a crushing win for its longtime leader a foregone conclusion, but the long-term future of the Central Asian nation is still far from certain. Islam Karimov, 77, has led the double-landlocked former Soviet republic of 30 million people uninterruptedly since the late 1980s, and ruthlessly quashed all opposition to his rule. While Uzbekistan is untroubled by any immediate signs of unrest, its future is colored with uncertainty amid a troubled security situation in neighboring Afghanistan and the lack of a clear succession plan should Karimov suddenly leave the scene.

  • Hamilton takes pole position for Malaysian Grand Prix

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday, while Mercedes' run of nine straight front-row lockouts in Formula One came to an end as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel qualified second. A drenching thunderstorm delayed the final part of qualifying but even a wet track could not prevent Hamilton topping the grid with a time of 1 minute, 49.834 seconds at Sepang International Circuit. Vettel was second, only seven hundredths of a second off Hamilton's time as Ferrari showed it could challenge Mercedes in Sunday's race. Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes while Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo qualified fourth.

  • In Thailand, a mercurial junta leader known for sharp tongue

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched — or even executed. Such is life for the press corps covering Thailand's notoriously testy military ruler. Since leading a putsch that ousted Thailand's elected government last May, general-turned-prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has been thrust from the relative privacy of army life into the public arena of the politician. He has pounded on the podium during news conferences, lambasted his questioners, and simply stomped away. In one case, he summoned two journalists for asking "inappropriate" questions about when and whether elections would be held. His government, meanwhile, has engaged in censorship and leaned on media outlets

  • What to Watch in the Cricket World Cup final

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Cricket World Cup final on Sunday will feature the tournament co-hosts and traditional sports rivals Australia and New Zealand. The Australians have won four World Cup titles from six previous finals. New Zealand lost the first six World Cup semifinals it played before finally beating South Africa in Auckland to reach the championship match for the first time, taking an unbeaten eight-game winning streak on the road to Australia. Here are some things to watch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday: ___ LEADING FROM THE FRONT: One is on the verge of retirement, the other possibly on the brink of history. They're both 33, they've both played about the same number of one-day inte

  • Malaysia poised to sign new F1 hosting deal

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Grand Prix organizers are poised to sign a new three-year contract to host Formula One at the Sepang International Circuit, with a final agreement expected next month. SIC chairman Mokhzani Tun Mahathir told The Associated Press on Saturday that the final details of the contract were being formalized with Formula One's commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone but there was will on both sides to extend its place on the calendar through 2018. "Between Bernie and us we have an understanding of what the contract entails, but when it turns into legal language, there's a couple of things we want to make sure the understanding is correct," Mokhzani said.

  • Pakistan says soldiers kill 15 militants near Afghan border

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says its soldiers have killed at least 15 militants in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan. An army statement says three soldiers were wounded in Saturday's battle in the Tirrah valley of the Khyber region. It says ground forces launched the attack after spotting a group of militants there. The information could not be immediately corroborated. Pakistan bars journalists from working in its tribal regions. Pakistan is trying to clear its tribal regions of militants, who use the mountainous area to launch attacks on security forces in both countries.

  • At its finale, the Cricket World Cup delivers a local derby

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — After 48 matches involving teams from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe cricket's global showcase has distilled itself into a local derby. Australia and New Zealand welcomed 12 other nations to the Cricket World Cup but saved the final for themselves, ensuring Sunday's championship match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will feature the tournament's two best teams and will be permeated by one of world sport's most heart-felt rivalries. In trying to characterize that rivalry, commentators have evoked a game of backyard cricket between siblings: the older brother (Australia) accustomed to dominating the younger; the younger brother (New Zealand) eager for a win to further establish its own identity and to win

  • Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them. Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly are to spend 342 days aboard the orbiting laboratory, about twice as long as a standard mission on the station. Russia's Gennady Padalka is beginning a six-month stay. The three astronauts entered the station about eight hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan. They were embraced by American Terry Virts and Russia's Anton Shkaplerov who along with Italian Samantha Cristoforetti have been aboard since late November.

  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago, according to the International Organization for Migration, which released the figure Friday. However, others have been trapped on the islands for years, after being dumped by fishing boats or escaping into the jungle. "This is the worst moment in our life right now," one former slave told the AP, which is not releasing the names of the men for their safety. "It is even worse

  • Morgan Pressel, Mirim Lee top Kia Classic leaderboard

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Morgan Pressel matched the course record with an 8-under 64 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead in the Kia Classic with Mirim Lee. Pressel had eight birdies in her bogey-free morning round at Aviara to match Lee at 10-under 134. The American won the last of her two LPGA Tour titles in 2008. Lee, the first-round leader after a 65, had a 69. The 24-year-old South Korean player won LPGA Tour events last year in Michigan and China. Top-ranked Lydia Ko was tied for ninth at 7 under after a 70, her 26th straight LPGA Tour round under par — three short of Annika Sorenstam's record set in 2004 — and 29th worldwide. Pressel matched the course record set last year by Dori Carter.




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