Hamilton says Leclerc’s talent being ‘dimmed’ at Ferrari

Sports 04/25/19, 09:44

Lewis Hamilton says Formula One rival Charles Leclerc's talent is being "dimmed" after Ferrari asked him to move over for teammate Sebastian Vettel.Hamilton compared Leclerc's situation to his own debut season at McLaren in 2007, when he was alongside then-reigning champion Fernando Alonso. That year ended with Hamilton and Alonso ...

IOC disqualifies a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist for doping

Sports 03/29/19, 06:22

The IOC disqualified three athletes, including a bronze medalist weightlifter from Azerbaijan, on Friday for doping at the 2012 London Olympics.Valentin Hristov was stripped of his third-place finish in the 56-kilogram class. His positive test for oral turinabol, the anabolic steroid linked to East Germany's doping program in the 1970s ...

Croatia beaten by Hungary in European qualifying, Wales wins

Soccer 03/24/19, 14:20

World Cup finalist Croatia slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Hungary on Sunday, continuing its shaky start to European Championship qualifying. In a group which looks up for grabs with four teams level on points, Wales began its campaign with a 1-0 win over Slovakia.Fresh off a narrow 2-1 win ...

Belgium, Croatia battle to wins as 2020 qualifying begins

Europe 03/21/19, 17:23

The stars of last year's World Cup had to dig deep as European Championship qualifying began Thursday.World Cup finalist Croatia nearly dropped points against Azerbaijan, only to be saved by a fine curling shot from Andrej Kramaric for a 2-1 win. Belgium needed two goals from Eden Hazard to defeat ...

Ancelotti’s Napoli faces Arsenal in Europa League

Sports 03/15/19, 07:26

Napoli will play Arsenal in the Europa League quarterfinals, bringing coach Carlo Ancelotti back to London where he won an English Premier League title with Chelsea.Chelsea was paired with Slavia Prague, which shocked five-time champion Sevilla with a comeback late in extra time in the round of 16 on Thursday.An ...

Top tickets for Women’s Champions League final cost $3.50

Soccer 03/08/19, 11:49

The most expensive tickets for the Women's Champions League final in Budapest cost only 3.10 euros ($3.50).UEFA opened ticket sales on Friday with adult prices starting at 2.20 euros ($2.50) for the match on May 18 at the 22,000-capacity Ferencvaros Stadium.The women's match will be played on a Saturday and ...

Rabbi leads US evangelicals in visit to Muslim Azerbaijan

Europe 03/07/19, 11:58

A group of evangelical pastors from the U.S. visited the predominantly Muslim Shiite nation of Azerbaijan to promote interfaith dialogue and highlight cooperation with Israel, with pastors saying Thursday the visit has already challenged their views about the potential for coexistence in America's polarized landscape. New York-based Rabbi Marc Schneier, who ...

UEFA cuts ticket costs for Europa League final in Azerbaijan

Soccer 02/28/19, 07:31

UEFA has cut ticket prices by one-third for the Europa League final in Azerbaijan.UEFA says the cheapest tickets will be 30 euros ($34) for the May 29 game in Baku — 15 euros ($17) less than category 4 prices at the past two finals, played in France and Sweden.The next ...

5-time champion Sevilla to play Lazio in Europa League

Soccer 12/17/18, 07:57

Five-time champion Sevilla has been drawn to face Lazio in the last 32 of the Europa League.Sevilla, which has won all five of its titles since 2006, is in second place in Spain and Lazio is fifth in Serie A.Arsenal landed another long trip and will play BATE Borisov in ...

Armenians set to cast ballots in snap parliamentary vote

Europe 12/07/18, 09:16

Armenians are set to vote in a snap parliamentary election this Sunday that is expected to cement the rule of the new prime minister who spearheaded the massive protests earlier this year that forced the resignation of his predecessor.The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian, who took office in May, pushed for ...

Update: Japan’s Osaka to host 2025 World Expo

Europe 11/23/18, 11:11

The Latest on the choice of host city for the 2025 World Expo (all times local):5 p.m.Japan's Osaka has won the right to host the 2025 World Expo, beating out cities in Russia and Azerbaijan for an event expected to draw millions of visitors.The winner was chosen by the 170 ...

Russia, Japan, Azerbaijan battle to host 2025 World Expo

World 11/23/18, 08:40

Cities in Russia, Japan and Azerbaijan are about to find out which one of them gets to host the 2025 World Expo, an event expected to draw millions of visitors and showcase the local economy and culture.The 170 member states of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions are voting Friday ...

How to qualify for soccer’s 2020 European Championship

Soccer 11/20/18, 19:02

With the inaugural Nations League program ending Tuesday, the 2020 European Championship is up next for the continent's national teams.All 24 places at Euro 2020 are up for grabs when qualifying starts in March, although the Nations League helped shape the draw that will be held on Dec. 2 in ...

Newcomer Kosovo secures playoff spot in Euro 2020 qualifying

Europe 11/20/18, 17:02

Two years after being recognized by UEFA, Kosovo has given itself a chance to make it to the 2020 European Championship.The small Balkan republic routed Azerbaijan 4-0 in Pristina on Tuesday to cap an impressive campaign in the inaugural UEFA Nations League and secure at least a playoff spot in ...

Azeri opposition leader faces charges after illegal rally

Europe 11/18/18, 07:42

The head of Azeri opposition party Popular Front faces legal action after authorities arrested him in Baku for attempting to lead an unsanctioned demonstration.Ali Karimli was detained Saturday while leading a procession through Baku's Alley of Martyrs, a national cemetery, to honor Azerbaijan's fallen on a holiday marking independence from ...

Former investigator calls WADA’s Russia decision ‘cowardly’

Sports 11/17/18, 03:06

At the same time the World Anti-Doping Agency announced changes to its governance structure, the agency's former lead investigator wrote an op-ed piece arguing its leaders should be replaced, and said the decision to reinstate Russia's suspended anti-doping agency came via a "cowardly" process that betrayed clean athletes.Jack Robertson, who ...

Moscow doping lab to be opened for WADA visit

Sports 11/15/18, 04:49

Russia will allow an international delegation to inspect its shuttered drug-testing lab this month, the World Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday.The visit is part of a deal between WADA and the Russian government which allowed the country's anti-doping agency to be reinstated in September, following a suspension of almost three years ...

APNewsBreak: Moses asks for thorough review of WADA culture

Sports 11/13/18, 23:59

Olympic champion Edwin Moses sent a tersely worded letter to leaders of the World Anti-Doping Agency, asking for an investigation into the culture at WADA that would expand beyond athletes' representative Beckie Scott's claim that she was bullied at a recent meeting.The Associated Press obtained the letter that Moses, who ...

Woman who spent $21M at Harrods bailed, fights extradition

Europe 11/08/18, 10:22

Like many people, Zamira Hajiyeva often dropped by a neighborhood shop, just down the street from her London home, to pick up a few things — including gem-encrusted jewelry and a cellar-full of fine wines. Hajiyeva's local shop was posh department store Harrods, where British investigators say she spent 16 million ...

First flight departs from Istanbul’s new airport

Europe 10/31/18, 04:45

The first flight from Istanbul's newly inaugurated airport has taken off bound for the capital, Ankara.Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen on screens as he inaugurates the new airport in Istanbul, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, a project that he has pushed to fulfill his dream of making Turkey a ...

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