• Nadal beats Sela, advances to 4th round at Australian Open

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal beat Israel's Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 on Friday to advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open, spending two fewer hours on court than he did in his previous match. On Wednesday, Nadal needed five sets and 4 hours, 12 minutes to beat American qualifier Tim Smyczek. Ahead of the tournament, he insisted he was not match fit in the wake of a right wrist injury and appendix surgery that sidelined him for much of the last half of 2014. Nadal looked in strong form Friday, however, breaking Sela's serve in the opening game of the 2 hour, 4-minute match to advance to a fourth-rounder against Kevin Anderson of South Africa on Sunday.

  • Sri Lanka's once-powerful ex-president faces backlash

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Their friends have deserted them. Their houses have been raided. Their power — near-absolute on this island nation just a month ago — has melted away, replaced with talk that some family members could face charges of corruption or murder. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family — brothers, nephews and cousins who have dominated Sri Lanka for nearly a decade — are suddenly portraying themselves as victims. "My family is in politics since 1931 and for the first time they have raided my home," Rajapaksa told reporters after police entered his private home in the southern town of Hambantota just days after the Jan. 8 election upset, in which he lost to former ally Maithripala Sirisena

  • Murray bristles at online criticism over being 'drama queen'

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray usually avoids reading social media during tournaments, but he wasted no time issuing a scathing tweet at the Australian Open this week about those who've called him a "drama queen" in the past. And after beating Joao Sousa on Friday to book a spot in the fourth round against Grigor Dimitrov, Murray didn't temper his anger one bit. Murray said that when he suffered cramps during a match against Robin Haase on a hot, humid day at the U.S. Open last year, he was criticized for being dramatic and in need of a psychologist. When Rafael Nadal was similarly battling cramps against Tim Smyczek at Melbourne Park on Wednesday night, however, Murray said the Spaniard was praised for playi

  • Hazy skies the backdrop for Obama's climate talks in India

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday he will join the Indian capital's masses in breathing some of the world's filthiest air. Hazy skies will serve as the backdrop to meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials who are expected to discuss India's biggest environmental woes: Heavy reliance on fossil fuels that has transformed New Delhi into the planet's most polluted capital and made India the third biggest national emitter of greenhouse gases. With 1.26 billion people and counting, India's energy choices can make or break global efforts to prevent climate change. Experts expect the U.S. will be willing to help India finance ambitious plans to boost production

  • Sharapova easily through to 4th round at Australian Open

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova ensured there were no match-point worries in her third-round match Friday at the Australian Open, dominating Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas 6-1, 6-1. On Wednesday, No. 2-ranked Sharapova faced two match points but escaped with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win over fellow Russian Alexandra Panova, a qualifier ranked No. 150. On Friday, Sharapova had no problems with the No 31-seeded Diyas and won the first set in 26 minutes. Sharapova was broken to open the second set, but won the next six games to clinch the match in 61 minutes. She will face China's Peng Shuai on Sunday.

  • Federer out of Australian Open, beaten by Andreas Seppi

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer is out of the Australian Open in the third round, beaten by Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Friday. Federer was trying to come from two sets down for the 10th time in his career, most recently at last year's U.S. Open against Gael Monfils. The 17-time Grand Slam champion hasn't been beaten this early at the Australian Open since 2000, the second year he played here. It was also the unseeded Seppi's first win against Federer in 11 matches. Federer was up 4-1 in the second-set tiebreaker before he allowed the Italian to win six of the next seven points and the set. He led the fourth-set tiebreaker 3-1 before a double-fault helped allow the Italian to again o

  • Murray eases into Aussie Open 4th round with win over Sousa

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray beat Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-1, 7-5 at the Australian Open on Friday to set up a 4th round clash with Grigor Dimitrov. The sixth-seeded Murray is attempting to become the first man to win the Australian Open after losing three times in the final. He lost to Novak Djokovic in 2013 and 2011 and Roger Federer in 2010. His next match against the 10th-seeded Dimitrov will be a reprise of their Wimbledon quarterfinal last year, won by the Bulgarian. With coach Amelie Mauresmo watching from the stands, Murray has yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park. He said, "I've played three quite quick matches, which helps. You expect with every round they're going to get a little longer,

  • Key moments in ex-Thai premier's career

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — A military-appointed legislature in Thailand voted to impeach former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday, a move that could further polarize a divided nation that's been beset by political upheaval for a decade. Some key dates in the crisis: — Sept. 19, 2006: The army topples Yingluck's brother, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in a bloodless coup following months of protests alleging corruption, abuse of power and disrespect for the monarchy. — July 3, 2011: Yingluck leads the Pheu Thai party to victory in general elections, and is named the country's first female prime minister. Her swift rise is largely due to the popularity of Thaksin, who critics say directed the party and later Yingluck's

  • Simona Halep advances to 4th round at Australian Open

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Third-seeded Simona Halep advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 7-5 win Friday over Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Halep twice served for the match at 5-2 and 5-4 but Mattek-Sands broke back each time. But Halep broke the American in the next game, then finally clinched the match with her third attempt on serve. Halep, the 2014 French Open finalist, opened the season by winning the Shenzhen Open in China. She was a quarterfinalist at last year's Australian Open. She will next play Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, who beat No. 14-seeded Sara Errani of Italy earlier Friday.

  • Eugenie Bouchard through to 4th round of Australian Open

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard recovered her rhythm late in the first set to beat Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-0 in a third-round match featuring 10 breaks of serve at the Australian Open on Friday. Six of the first eight games featured service breaks and there were seven overall in the first set. Seventh-seeded Bouchard says "I don't think it was the prettiest tennis out there today." Garcia only managed to hold serve twice in the match on Rod Laver Arena. The 20-year-old Bouchard reached the semifinals or better at three of the Grand Slam tournaments in 2014, including her first trip to the Australian Open.

  • Thai attorney general's office to indict ex-PM Yingluck

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — The office of Thailand's attorney general on Friday announced plans to indict former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her role in overseeing a government rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars and temporarily cost Thailand its place as the world's leading exporter. The announcement comes the same day as Thailand's junta-appointed legislature is due to vote on whether to impeach Yingluck for the subsidy program, a move which would ban her from politics for five years. Yingluck and her supporters see the charges as part of an effort to deal a final blow to her party's political power after protests crippled her government last year, leading to a military coup in May.

  • South Korea reaches Asian Cup semifinals

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — South Korea reached the Asian Cup semifinals after Son Heung-min scored two goals in extra time in a tough 2-0 win over Uzbekistan. Kim Jin-su's long centering pass from just outside the area was deflected by the Uzbekistan defense and into the path of Son, who headed the ball past diving goalkeeper Ignatiy Nesterov 16 minutes into extra time. After more than 120 minutes of an intense match, substitute defender Cha Du-ri beat two Uzbek defenders as he dribbled the ball toward the area before passing to Son, who calmly drove it into the net. South Korea, which reached the quarterfinals after topping its group, will next face the winner of the Iran vs. Iraq quarterfinal played Friday in Canbe

  • Swedish official says he smuggled condemned man from Kabul

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's former foreign minister says he helped an Afghan student and journalist secretly flee the country in 2009, which saved the man from a death penalty. Carl Bildt says Sayed Pervez Kambaksh was convicted for publishing critical texts about Islam. He was smuggled into a Swedish government plane at Kabul airport while Bildt waited on board. In an interview with Swedish daily Expressen, Bildt said the operation was coordinated with Kai Eide, the U.N.'s envoy to Afghanistan at the time. Bildt said Kambaksh was pardoned after his escape and is now likely in the U.S. He described the experience as "nerve-racking" for fear that Afghan security personnel would discover the plan.

  • Guam National Guard adjutant general appointed

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A new Guam National Guard adjutant general has been named. Pacific Daily News (http://is.gd/SFYDlF) reports Col. Roderick R. Leon Guerrero will assume the top leadership position following the retirement of Maj. Gen. Benny Paulino. Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo announced the appointment Thursday. The Guam Legislature must still approve Guerrero's appointment. Guerrero's military career began as an enlisted soldier in 1985.

  • Venus Williams on an upswing at 34-years-old

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — There is a big difference between the Venus Williams of, say, the year 2000 and the Venus of 2015. The Venus of today says she might not be at the top of her game but she is more strategic, she understands the game better and she has learned to not be afraid. "That's one of the beauties of continuing to play as you get a lot of the years under your belt," said Venus, who at the age of 34 is one of the oldest players in the draw but enjoying what some have called a career renaissance. Williams prefers not to see it that way. "I'm just doing the best I can," she said with a laugh. "I think as long as I'm doing my best something good will come out of it.

  • Can tennis keep its Chinese fans after Li Na?

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With Li Na in retirement and not defending her title at the Australian Open, there are far fewer Chinese flags and fans with red-and-yellow-streaked faces in the stands at Melbourne Park. So much so that when Peng Shuai, now China's top-ranked tennis player, was beating Magdalena Rybarikova in a second-round match, there was just one fan shouting encouragement in Mandarin with a solitary Chinese flag. Contrast that scene with a stadium in the Australian capital on Sunday where thousands of red-shirt wearing Chinese supporters cheered on China's soccer team as it defeated North Korea in a group match at the Asian Cup.

  • After cancer scare, Brengle into Aussie Open 3rd round

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Most tennis players, though not all, remember to apply the sunscreen when playing under the often scorching rays at the Australian Open. Madison Brengle is fanatic about it. She's so pale, she says, "I have a tendency to glow in the dark." "I like, bathed, in sunblock before I went out there," she added Thursday after her 6-1, 6-3 win over fellow American Irina Falconi in the second round at Melbourne Park. The 24-year-old Brengle has more reason than most to be careful. Two days before last year's U.S. Open, she noticed a strange spot on her leg and went to the dermatologist to have it tested. A few weeks later, while at a tournament in Quebec City, she received the diagnosis it was

  • Opposition in Nepal steps up protests to block constitution

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's opposition parties protested both inside parliament and on the streets Thursday against governing coalition plans to push through a draft of a new constitution, the latest upheaval to roil the Himalayan nation which has been without a charter for the last six years. The ruling coalition, which makes up more than two-thirds of the 605-member Constituent Assembly, said it is determined to begin voting on the new constitution, citing Thursday's deadline. "We have tried many times to reach a consensus, but have not been able to do so. In democracy we have to vote," said Jhalnath Khanal of Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist Leninist, a coalition member.

  • Azarenka beats Wozniacki, joins Williams in 3rd round

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Unseeded and floating dangerously in the draw, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka took out No. 8-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the third round at the first major of 2015. Azarenka's ranking slipped into the 40s due to a series of injuries that restricted her to nine tournaments in 2014, meaning she didn't have a seeding at the Australian Open despite winning the title here in 2012 and 2013. Former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki, who had never previously failed to make the third round in seven trips to Melbourne Park, reached the U.S. Open final last year before losing to Serena Williams.

  • Pakistan police arrest 38 Indian fishermen

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani police officer says the country's Maritime Security Agency has arrested 38 Indian fishermen for violating its waters in the Arabian Sea. Mohammad Anwar says the agency held the fishermen Thursday and handed them over to the police in the southern port city of Karachi. Archrival neighbors Pakistan and India have fought three wars since the end of British rule in 1947. Pakistani and Indian fishermen who ply the waters off the two countries' coasts are often arrested for allegedly violating territorial waters. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in early January that 476 Indian fishermen were being held in Pakistani prisons.




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