• Jeff Maggert wins US Senior Open for 2nd senior major title

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Maggert is moving into an elite class on golf's senior circuit. Maggert won the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday for his second major victory on the Champions Tour this year. He closed with a 5-under 65 at sun-drenched Del Paso Country Club, edging defending champion Colin Montgomerie by two strokes. The victory makes Maggert more than just a repeat winner on the 50-and-over tour. Along with Montgomerie (three) and Bernhard Langer (three), the three have combined to win the last eight majors. "It's satisfying just because the guys out here on the Champions Tour are the same guys that I was trying to beat 20 years ago," Maggert said. The 51-year-old American won his first senior major las

  • IndyCar still straddling line between speed, safety

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Organizers in every motorsport try to walk a fine line between creating fast, entertaining racing and keeping drivers and riders safe. Finding that middle ground is particularly vital in IndyCar, where cars occasionally go airborne in accidents. Many drivers at Saturday's 500-mile race at Auto Club Speedway believe IndyCar officials crossed the line by putting too much downforce on the cars, adding speed and risk at the 2-mile oval. Now the series needs to figure out what to do next. "I don't have an answer," said Tony Kanaan, who finished second to Graham Rahal at Fontana.

  • Guam residents: Seal incorrectly depicts traditional canoe

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    AGANA, Guam (AP) — Nearly 100 years after a woman named Helen Paul was inspired by a local artist and designed the flag and seal of Guam, some residents are saying that it incorrectly depicts an important cultural artifact. The Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1Js5TPl ) that a number of people on the island territory say the flying proa -- a cornerstone of Guam's seafaring traditions -- is drawn incorrectly on the seal. One resident calling attention to the problem is Jose Martinez, secretary of Traditions Affirming our Seafaring Ancestry. He wants to see the flag fixed. Martinez says a canoe shown in the seal is drawn incorrectly, with the outrigger on the wrong side. He says if the canoe were built that way

  • Afghan official: IS group present in at least 3 provinces

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Islamic State group now has a presence in three provinces but that the government is determined to drive it out. Zafar Hashimi, the Afghan president's deputy spokesman, said Sunday that the group — which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria — is active in the eastern Nangarhar, western Farah and southern Helmand provinces. Hashimi says security forces have launched successful operations against the IS group but gave no further details. The Taliban, which have been at war with the government for nearly 14 years and are also active in the three provinces, have warned the IS group to stay out of the country. Both groups want Islamic rule but the Taliban do not r

  • Iwabuchi lifts Japan to semis with 1-0 win over Australia

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Japanese coach Norio Sasaki couldn't resist making a joke at Mana Iwabuchi's expense when explaining his decision to substitute the forward in during the second half against Australia on Saturday. Iwabuchi, Sasaki said with a laugh, went from "not yet" to right now. Some 15 minutes after entering the game, Iwabuchi scored during a scramble in front in the 87th minute to secure a 1-0 victory in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals Saturday. "Her first name is Mana. And in Japanese, 'Not yet, not yet,' would be 'mada,' so (the words) are very close," Sasaki said through a translator. "And it didn't take her too long as far as she's concerned.

  • Rahal survives pack racing of Fontana for second career win

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Graham Rahal avoided a penalty despite driving out of pit road with part of his fueling mechanism attached and held on through a wild finish for his second career IndyCar victory. Any other day, that would have been the big news. After a frenetic day of racing that culminated with Ryan Briscoe hurtling through the air at the finish, all the drivers wanted to talk about was surviving. Rahal ended a 125-race winless streak by taking the checkers at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, but there was more criticism of IndyCar than praise for the third-generation driver after a white-knuckle day of pack racing around the 2-mile oval. "We shouldn't be racing like this," reigning Indianapolis 500 cham

  • Gay activists in Asia upbeat about impact of US court ruling

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Gay rights activists in Asia, where no country allows same-sex couples to legally marry, are upbeat about prospects for a change following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing such marriages in every state of the nation. A look at some of the reactions and background on gay rights: ___ SOUTH KOREA South Koreans' attitudes toward sexual minorities have been shaped by a patriarchal culture that emphasizes traditional values and the experience of military dictatorships that condemned homosexuality. Conservative Christianity, which was mainly imported from the U.S., is strong in the country and a powerful political lobby. "Following the legalization of same-sex marriages in European countries, the d

  • Na Yeon Choi shoots 63 to take NW Arkansas Championship lead

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Na Ye Choi matched her LPGA Tour career low with an 8-under 63 on Saturday to surge to the top of the leaderboard at 13 under in the NW Arkansas Championship. Choi, the South Korean player who won the season-opening Coates Golf Championship for her eighth LPGA Tour title, made a 45-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a back-nine 29. She finished her rain-delayed first round with a 66 early Saturday morning, and took the lead with her final putt of the second round. Mi Jung Hur and Anna Nordqvist were tied for second at 11 under. Hur completed a first-round 63 and shot a 68 in the second. Nordqvist birdied the final hole for a second-round 66. The Swede won the ShopRite LPGA Classic last month in N

  • US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause. In the Philippines, in India, in Australia and elsewhere, gay rights advocates think the U.S. ruling may help change attitudes, just as American activists — and judges, educators and legislators — had earlier been influenced by the easy acceptance of same-sex marriage in some European countries, where the laws were changed smoothly without much fuss.

  • Brian Harman takes Travelers Championship lead

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brian Harman birdied the 18th hole for a 5-under 65 on Saturday and a one-stroke lead over fellow Georgia left-hander Bubba Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet in the Travelers Championship. Looking for his second PGA Tour victory, Harman had a bogey-free round to take a 14-under 196 total into the final round at TPC River Highlands. Harman hit a 149-yard wedge to 4 feet on the par-4 18th. He sank the putt after Watson, who led by two strokes after the each of the first two rounds, missed a 17-footer. "Bubba's a lot of fun to play golf with," Harman said. "He was a little before me at Georgia, so I always looked up to him, was always really proud of the way he was doing and we were always rooting

  • Tropical disturbance could threaten Guam typhoon or storm

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    AGANA, Guam (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tropical disturbance could threaten the Mariana Islands, including Guam. The Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1RFWR0i ) that a developing tropical disturbance to the south of the Federated States of Micronesia is expected to move slowly north this weekend before turning in the direction of the Mariana Islands. The weather service says the disturbance could threaten the Marianas as a typhoon or tropical storm during the second half of the week. A weather advisory states that it isn't possible to give detailed information on its track because the disturbance is still developing.

  • Weeklong heat wave in southern Pakistan kills 1,233 people

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A devastating weeklong heat wave in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 people, an official said. Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, operations director at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said about 65,000 heatstroke patients were treated by doctors at all of Karachi's hospitals since June 20 when the heat wave struck Sindh province, where Karachi is the provincial capital. He told The Associated Press that 1,923 patients with heat-related ailments were still being treated. "The government quickly responded by making arrangements for the treatment of heatstroke patients and the situation has improved now," he said.

  • Filipino LGBT people celebrate Gay Pride, US court decision

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Several hundred gays, lesbians and transgender people held a Gay Pride rally Saturday in the Philippine capital to push for LGBT rights and to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriages in all U.S. states as a victory for their cause. About 500 people marched around Manila's Rizal Park, many carrying placards and streamers saying "Fight for Love" and waving rainbow banners. Some came with pets dressed in rainbow costumes. Jonas Bagas, executive director of the pro-LGBT rights group TLF Share, said the U.S. court ruling "will reverberate in other corners of the world." The rally was scheduled to commemorate the 1969 demonstrations in New York City that started the gay

  • Bhamara forces basketball to front page of Indian newspapers

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — It is a rare day in India when basketball makes the front page of newspapers, yet Satnam Singh Bhamara achieved that feat when he became the first Indian to be drafted to the NBA this week. The 7'2" (2.15-meter) 19-year-old was selected by the Dallas Mavericks and local media celebrated. "Satnam Takes Giant Leap" read a headline in The Times of India Saturday while the Hindustan Times carried a picture with the headline "Going Big." The Indian Express headline was "Hoop dreams: from Ludhiana to Dallas via NBA" as a correspondent reported from Bhamara's village of Ballo Ke near the northern city of Ludhiana. Television also featured interviews with his coach and family members who celebrated the

  • Wambach says US win caps historic gay marriage day

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — That the United States capped Friday with a victory over China to advance to the semifinals at the Women's World Cup had special meaning for forward Abby Wambach. Earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples across the nation have the right to marry. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion: "No longer may this liberty be denied." U.S. Soccer posted to Twitter: "More than ever, today we are #OneNationOneTeam #LoveWins." Wambach has been married to her partner, Sarah Huffman, since 2013. "Obviously it impacts my life personally, but everybody on our team was super happy and excited about it. And to cap it off with a win, moving on to the semis at the World Cup, f

  • Indonesian army inches back into civilian sphere

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Nearly two decades after the fall of dictator Suharto forced Indonesia's military out of politics, the army is inching back into civilian roles, risking a setback for democracy in this Southeast Asian nation and perhaps even for the turbulent region. The vast Indonesian archipelago is one of the world's most-populous democracies and also among the youngest. Many Indonesians welcomed the army's retreat from politics after Suharto's often brutal 32-year rule was ended by mass protests in 1998. But years later, analysts and former generals say the military's national defense role is still not fully accepted among officers or the rank-and-file.

  • Sri Lankan leader dissolves Parliament, calls August polls

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament loyal to his predecessor and called fresh elections in August in an attempt to consolidate power and carry out his promise of reforms. Sirisena issued the notice midnight Friday announcing the election for the 225-member Parliament for Aug. 17. Sirisena won the January presidential election against Mahinda Rajapaksa on a pledge of full-scale political reforms, but has faced resistance from lawmakers in implementing his program. It includes reducing powers of the presidency and changes to the electoral system. Majority of the lawmakers of the dissolved parliament belonged to the United People's Freedom Alliance, which Rajapaksa le

  • Hur reaches 8 under to lead LPGA's NW Arkansas Championship

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Mi Jung Hur birdied her final five holes to reach 8 under and top leaderboard Friday in the LPGA Tour's rain-hampered NW Arkansas Championship. Hur completed 14 holes before play was suspended because of darkness. Azahara Munoz birdied six of eight holes in a 6-under 65 for a share of the clubhouse lead. The Spaniard was tied with Brittany Lincicome and Anna Nordqvist at Pinnacle Country Club. Na Yeon Choi also was 6 under through 14 holes, while Ryann O'Toole finished with a 66. Top-ranked Inbee Park had a 69, and defending champion Stacy Lewis was 4 under with three holes left.

  • Watson in 3-way tie for US Senior Open lead through 2 rounds

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tom Watson withstood the scorching heat to shoot a 1-under 69 on Friday, finishing in a three-way tie atop the bunched leaderboard after the second round of the U.S. Senior Open. Watson was joined at 5 under for the championship by Jeff Maggert and Peter Fowler. Maggert shot a 65, and Fowler a 66 in their morning rounds. But all the attention turned to the 65-year-old Hall of Famer heating up in the sizzling Sacramento sunshine. Watson made four birdies and three bogeys to provide the drama at sun-drenched Del Paso Country Club, where the temperature soared above 100 degrees again. Watson is trying to become the oldest winner of the event, the oldest to win a senior major and the oldest to wi

  • Philippine officials say China island-building in full swing

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (AP) — China is pressing ahead with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs that are also claimed by the Philippines in an increasingly tense territorial dispute, Filipino officials said, despite Beijing's pronouncement that some work would end soon. Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon of Kalayaan islands, which are under Philippine control, said Friday he saw Chinese construction in full swing with many dredgers and huge cranes visible when he flew last week near Subi Reef. It's one of at least seven reefs and atolls in the South China Sea where the U.S.




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