• Chad Campbell shoots 63 to take Canadian Open lead

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Chad Campbell was perfectly content to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at the Canadian Open after falling a stroke short of the course record. "Never really felt like it was going to be a crazy round," the 41-year-old Texan said after shooting a 9-under 63 on Friday at Glen Abbey. "I'm definitely happy with it. Just solid play." Campbell birdied all four par 5s in his bogey-free round to reach 14-under 130. He won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2007. "It's kind of weird because it happened with the par 5s, knocking them on in two and two-putting," Campbell said. "I made a couple long putts, which always helps." Greg Norman set the course record of 62 in 1986 and John Mer

  • Thompson, Lee, Salas share Meijer LPGA Classic lead

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Lexi Thompson birdied six of the first eight holes and finished with a season-best 7-under 64 on Friday for a share of the Meijer LPGA Classic lead with Alison Lee and Lizette Salas. The 20-year-old Thompson matched Lee and Salas at 9-under 133 at Blythefield Country Club. Lee, the 20-year-old former UCLA player in her first season on the tour, had a 66, and playing partner Salas, a former Southern California star, shot a 69. Kris Tamulis closed with a bogey on the par-4 ninth to drop into a tie for fourth at 8 under with Gerina Piller, Jaye Marie Green, Wei-Ling Hsu and Q Baek and. Tamulis shot 68, Piller 65, Baek 68, and Green and Hsu 69.

  • Ko, Pettersen tied for lead in Ladies Scottish Open

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    TROON, Scotland (AP) — Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen shared the first-round lead at 4-under 68 on Friday in the Ladies Scottish Open. The second-ranked Ko, from New Zealand, had a bogey-free round at Dundonald Links in the final Ladies European Tour before the Women's British Open next week at Turnberry. Pettersen, the Norwegian ranked seventh, had six birdies and two bogeys. France's Celine Herbin shot 69, and Scotland's Kelsey Macdonald and Austria's Christine Wolf followed at 70. England's Laura Davies, recently inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, topped the group at 71.

  • Allenby withdraws from Canadian Open after split with caddie

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Robert Allenby has withdrawn from the Canadian Open after splitting with his caddie in the middle of the first round, with a fan carrying his bag the rest of the way. Allenby shot a 9-over 81 Thursday at Glen Abbey Golf Club and finished his round with the fan on his bag because, according to Canadian golf outlet Score Golf, Allenby and caddie Mick Middlemo had a blow-up over club selection. Score Golf reported that Allenby and Middlemo got into a heated exchange at the 13th hole, the Australian's fourth of the day, and at the 18th the caddie walked off the course. Earlier this year, Allenby was involved in a strange off-course incident in Hawaii.

  • Cambodian Senate OKs restrictions on non-government groups

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's Senate on Friday approved tight restrictions on non-governmental organizations, rejecting appeals from rights groups that say the law could be used for political repression. About 400 protesters gathered peacefully outside Parliament during the vote on the bill, which states that local and foreign non-governmental organizations must register with the government, and that all NGOs must be politically neutral. It also gives the government unchecked power to block registrations and dissolve groups in the name of national security. Senators from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party boycotted the session in protest against the bill, as the party's lawmakers in the lower house did l

  • Maldives prosecutor finds violations in ex-president's case

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives prosecutor general will appeal the former president's 13-year jail sentence after finding irregularities in the terrorism trial against him, the government said Friday. His lawyer said Mohamed Nasheed should be freed. The prosecutor general found "procedural irregularities, including the violation of some fundamental rights," in the case, the statement from the government said. Nasheed's lawyers had previously said that their client was not given a fair hearing, wasn't given enough time to prepare for his defense and his appeal was blocked by a delay in issuing case documents. The trial sparked daily protests at home and drew widespread international condemnation.

  • Pacquiao joins bid to help Philippines land FIBA World Cup

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao will travel to Japan next month to lend a hand as the Philippines bids against China to host the 2019 basketball World Cup. Manuel V. Pangilinan, the president of the Basketball Federation of the Philippines, said Friday that Pacquiao will be among Filipino government officials and business executives who will try to persuade FIBA to award the hosting of the tournament to the Philippines. "He is not only a boxing world champion but an avid and passionate basketball fan," Pangilinan said in a statement. "We are delighted that he will join us as we showcase the Philippines' plans to help FIBA take basketball to new heights and for the World Cup to transcend the s

  • Ronaldo shines, Delph injured as Madrid beats Man City 4-1

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored one goal and was unlucky not to have another as Real Madrid beat Manchester City 4-1 in front of almost 100,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in a friendly on Friday. Madrid broke through in the 21st minute when Karim Benzema volleyed in a close-range scissor kick off a long Gareth Bale pass from the right. Ronaldo doubled the lead two minutes later to a deafening roar from the crowd when he collected a deft Toni Kroos chip from midfield and poked in a shot just beyond City goalkeeper Joe Hart. Pepe made it 3-0 nodding in an Isco corner just before halftime. City answered in first-half stoppage time with a Yaya Toure penalty, after Sergio Ramos was call

  • More than 100 suspects face Thai human trafficking charges

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's state prosecutors recommended charges against more than 100 people, including a Thai army general, in a multinational human trafficking scandal that came to light after dozens of bodies were discovered in the country's south earlier this year, a spokesman said Friday. Ninety-one Thais, nine Myanmar nationals and four Bangladeshis face 16 charges, including human trafficking, partaking in a transnational crime network, and assisting or bringing in aliens into the kingdom illegally, Office of the Attorney General spokesman Wanchai Roujanavong told reporters. "The investigation showed it is a big syndicate. There were networks that brought them (the migrants) from overseas into the country systematica

  • IOC chief Bach arrives in KL ahead of 2022 Olympics vote

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach arrived in Malaysia on Friday ahead of executive board meetings and a general session which will determine the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics — either Beijing or Almaty, Kazakhstan. The vote for the 2022 host city will be held July 31. Bach says, "We are looking forward to an important executive board meeting and IOC session ... one year to go for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the elections of the host for the Winter Games in 2022 and the Youth Games in '20. So it will be a good agenda." Beijing is attempting to become the first city to host both a Winter and Summer Olympics. It hosted the Summer Games in 2008.

  • India's 'Medicine Baba' gets drugs from rich, gives to poor

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Omkarnath spends his days searching New Delhi for drugs. A call to the phone number printed boldly on his saffron-colored tunic reveals his alternate identity: "Hello, I am Medicine Baba." The chatty, 79-year-old retired blood-bank technician has been collecting unused prescription drugs from the affluent for the past eight years, and distributing whatever hasn't expired to patients who need medicines they cannot afford. Omkarnath, who like many Indians uses only one name, is not a trained pharmacist, and must see a doctor's prescription before he'll help supply any drug. He doesn't charge, though he says the value of what he gives away each month is more than $9,000.

  • Myanmar ethnic peace talks recess without peace agreement

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A three-day round of talks between the government and leaders of ethnic rebel groups concluded Friday without a sought-after ceasefire draft agreement to end decades of fighting. Hla Maung Shwe, the special adviser to the government peace negotiating team, told reporters that both sides agreed to resume talks in the first week of August after further discussions among leaders of the various armed ethnic minority groups. The two sides have been negotiating for more than 18 months. More than a dozen ethnic minority groups, mostly in Myanmar's border areas, have been struggling for greater autonomy since the country attained independence from Britain 67 years ago.

  • Next round of Afghan-Taliban talks set for July 30 in China

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The second round of official talks between representatives of the Kabul government and the Taliban, aimed at ending the 14-year war, will take place on July 30 in China, an Afghan official said Friday. The two sides are still working out the details such as the list of attendants, which should be finalized in the coming days, said Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar of the High Peace Council, the body charged with negotiating a settlement with the insurgents. Qasimyar told The Associated Press that Kabul would request a temporary cease-fire in the fighting, which has intensified following the April launch of the Taliban's warm-weather offensive.

  • Foods triggered by rains kill 12 more people in Pakistan

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities say flash floods, triggered by monsoon rains, have killed 12 more people across the country, bringing the overall death toll since early last week to 15, as rescuers struggle to move those stranded to safer places. Friday's statement by the National Disaster Management Authority says seven of the deaths were reported in flood-hit areas in the southwestern Baluchistan province while three people died in the eastern Punjab province. Floodwaters also killed two people in the northern Gilgit Baltistan region. It says 194,137 people in the district of Layyah and other regions in the eastern Punjab province have been affected.

  • Ex-UN climate panel head accused of stalking loses India job

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The former chairman of the U.N. climate panel has been removed from his job as head of a top energy institute in India following allegations of sexual harassment. The governing council of The Energy and Resources Institute announced late Thursday that Rajendra Pachauri would be replaced as director-general of the renowned environment think-tank by Arun Mathur, an energy efficiency expert. Although no reasons were given for Pachauri's replacement, the council said the decision was taken keeping in view the interests of the private institute and its 1,200 employees working in different parts of the world. Pachauri, 75, resigned from the U.N.

  • Nepal trekking agencies doubt Annapurna safety report

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal association of trekking agencies is criticizing an assessment report that found trails around Mount Annapurna safe for hikers following April's devastating earthquake. Kit Miyamoto of the California-based engineering firm Miyamoto International said on Thursday that the only hazards were found at three spots and appeared to predate the quake. It said that only about 3 percent of the accommodations on the 200-kilometer (125-mile) route were damaged by the April 25 earthquake. Nepal's government, hoping that visitors will return in September, welcomed the assessment. However, mountaineering and trekking operators say the study was done in haste, covering a huge area and without consulting

  • Cleric suspected of child abuse in US jailed in Australia

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An American clergyman suspected of child sexual abuse at a Pennsylvania school was sentenced on Friday to three years in an Australian prison for molesting three children in Melbourne more than 30 years ago. Brother Bernard Hartman, 75, a member of the Roman Catholic Marianist religious order, had pleaded guilty in the Victoria state County Court in Melbourne to four counts of indecent assault involving two female students at St. Paul's College in the late 1970s. A jury found him guilty of one count of indecent assault and two of common law assault for abusing a male student in 1981-82. Judge James Parrish ordered one year of the sentence to be suspended, but Hartman will be supervised for three

  • Bomb kills 1, wounds 8 others in Philippines

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials say a bomb packed with nails for more lethal effect has exploded in a massage parlor in the country's south, killing one person and leaving at least eight others wounded. Philippine police say two of the victims of late Thursday's blast in the port city of Zamboanga were in critical condition in a hospital. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the night-time attack, which damaged the shop and nearby businesses. Police say investigators are still trying to determine the identity of the attackers. Zamboanga, a bustling city that's a gateway to many urban centers in the south, has come under bomb attacks by Abu Sayyaf militants in the past.

  • Australian IS nurse faces prosecution on return to Sydney

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian nurse who has said he was forced by the Islamic State movement to work as a medic in Syria faces prosecution under counterterrorism laws when he returns to Sydney on Friday, police said. Adam Brookman, 39, could become the first person to be charged under tough new laws which make it a crime to even set foot in the Islamic State stronghold of al-Raqqa province in Syria without good reason. Brookman was voluntarily returning to Australia with a police escort on a flight from Turkey where he had surrendered to authorities, Australian Federal Police said in a statement. He was "subject to ongoing investigations" but has not been charged, police said.

  • Argentina's Emiliano Grillo leads Canadian Open

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Argentina's Emiliano Grillo shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Canadian Open. The 22-year-old Grillo birdied three of the four par 5s at Glen Abbey. He earned a spot in the field Sunday with a top-10 finish in Alabama in the Barbasol Championship, just making it in when he birdied the final hole to tie for 10th. "I played better on the back nine, which is harder, and the greens were drying out," Grillo said. "I kept hitting some solid shots until the end of the round, and I made some good putts on the back nine." He won the Argentine Open last season for his biggest career victory, and lost in a playoff this year in the Puerto Rico Open. Vaughan




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