Ex-Argentina coach Sampaoli makes winning start with Santos

Soccer 01/19/19, 18:39

Seven months ago, coach Jorge Sampaoli was endlessly running up and down the touchline giving instructions to Lionel Messi and his Argentina World Cup teammates.On Saturday, the 58-year-old marked his first official match in charge of Brazilian club Santos with a 1-0 victory. It was also his first game since ...

Update: Germany denies report Merkel offered May help

Europe 01/15/19, 05:56

The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):10:55 a.m.The German government is denying a British tabloid report claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered to help U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May get a better Brexit deal.Merkel's office said The Sun had wrongly reported on the contents ...

Update: EU sends UK warm words but no new Brexit offer

World 01/14/19, 06:24

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):11:20 a.m.The British government has published a letter from European Union leaders that it hopes will ease U.K. lawmakers' worries over the Brexit agreement between Britain and the bloc.The letter to Prime Minister Theresa May from European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission ...

Longtime USTA CEO Gordon Smith to retire at end of year

Sports 01/11/19, 16:40

Gordon Smith, longtime CEO and executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, will retire at the end of 2019 after 12 years on the job.USTA chairman Patrick Galbraith said Friday that Smith "brought our sport to new levels" and "represented American tennis with class and dignity around the world."Under Smith, ...

Juncker says political feuding may mar Romania EU presidency

Europe 01/11/19, 08:00

A top European Union official has warned Romania that rancorous political feuding could overshadow its presidency of the EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that domestically Romania needs "an atmosphere and spirit of consensus," because "pointless polemics could cause multiple problems internally and externally." Later, Juncker said he was reassured ...

Juncker calls for extra push ahead of UK Brexit vote

Europe 01/11/19, 04:44

The European Union and Britain's prime minister are seeking new ways to avoid a no-deal departure of the U.K. from the bloc but the EU Commission president insists there cannot be a renegotiation of the draft Brexit deal.Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that despite the difficulties of British Prime Minister Theresa ...

Romania official at odds with EU, won’t attend key EU event

Europe 01/10/19, 06:41

The chairman of Romania's ruling party, who has clashed with the European Union over the government's approach to fighting high-level corruption, is expected to miss events Thursday marking Romania's six-month presidency of the bloc.Liviu Dragnea, Romania's most powerful politician, won't be attending as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European ...

Hurricanes top Senators for 4th straight win

Hockey 01/06/19, 16:13

Justin Faulk and Brock McGinn each had a goal and an assist and the Carolina Hurricanes won their fourth straight game, topping the Ottawa Senators 5-4 on Sunday.Justin Williams broke a 4-4 tie with a power-play goal at 7:34 of the third period for Carolina.One minute later, Williams nearly scored ...

Romania slams EU for treating it as ‘second-rate’ country

Europe 12/31/18, 04:10

Romanian officials have slammed European Union officials for treating it as "a second-rate" country as it prepares to take over the EU's rotating presidency on Tuesday.Signaling the fractious mood, a senior official of Romania's governing Social Democratic Party, blasted top EU officials including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker."Romania is under ...

EU leader concerned about Romania holding bloc presidency

Europe 12/29/18, 10:37

The head of the European Union's executive branch has questioned whether Romania is ready for the political give-and-take of holding the EU presidency, though he says the country is "technically well-prepared" for the role.EU countries take turns occupying the presidency for six-month terms. The position involves setting the bloc's agenda ...

Frenchman trying to cross Atlantic in barrel capsule

Europe 12/27/18, 15:00

A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially designed barrel capsule, which will use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea.Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his 4,500-kilometre (2,800-mile) journey ...

Sister Jean and other heartwarming sports stories from 2018

Sports 12/26/18, 11:22

A 99-year-old nun at the center of the feel-good sports story of 2018 relives the drama of the Loyola Ramblers improbable run to the Final Four on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now .Sister Jean Delores Schmidt recounts her roles as player and coach at several girls' schools before ...

Congo opposition candidate accepts election delay, for now

Africa 12/21/18, 09:19

A leading opposition candidate in Congo announced on Friday his coalition accepts a week-long delay in the presidential election until Dec. 30 but not one day more.Felix Tshisekedi spoke to supporters a day after Congo's electoral commission announced the latest delay in a vote that was meant to take place ...

Duesseldorf stuns Dortmund 2-1 as leaders fall to 1st defeat

Soccer 12/18/18, 16:47

Promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf stunned Borussia Dortmund with a 2-1 win on Tuesday, dealing the leader its first Bundesliga loss of the season.Goals from Dodi Lukebakio and Jean Zimmer in either half cut Dortmund's lead to six points over Borussia Moenchengladbach, which earlier defeated Nuremberg 2-0.Bayern Munich is three points further ...

PHOTOS: 2018 a year of discord in Europe

World 12/17/18, 08:12

As 2018 draws to a close, Europe is no closer to knowing the final outcome of Brexit, while Russia's ties with the West show no sign of improving. FILE - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the end of a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, on Feb. 21, 2018. ...

One ‘nebulous’ word sends sparks flying over Brexit talks

Europe 12/14/18, 13:48

As if the Brexit negotiations aren't tense enough, a "nebulous" linguistic fog briefly spread across the European Union summit on Friday.One word sent sparks flying between two of the biggest protagonists, British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.EU leaders have rebuffed May's request to sweeten the ...

Italy lowers deficit in revised budget to avoid EU sanctions

Europe 12/12/18, 15:56

Italy lowered its proposed deficit to just over 2 percent of GDP in a revised budget submitted Wednesday to the EU Commission in a bid to avoid costly sanctions.Premier Giuseppe Conte told reporters in Brussels after meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker the new draft lowers the budget deficit ...

If Brexit changes are off the table, time for ‘reassurances’

Europe 12/11/18, 09:18

Britain's prime minister concedes Parliament won't approve her Brexit plan without changes. The European Union says no changes are possible.So what's a politician to do? Play with words.A day after Prime Minister Theresa May canceled a Brexit vote she was sure to lose, leaders on both sides of the Channel ...

Update: EU chief says no room to renegotiate Brexit

Europe 12/11/18, 03:32

The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local):9:30 a.m.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is ruling out any renegotiation of the divorce agreement with Britain but says elements of the Brexit deal could still be clarified.Briefing EU lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, on this week's leader's summit, Juncker said Tuesday that ...

Penalty, red card and VAR as Mainz draws with Hannover

Soccer 12/09/18, 12:20

Mainz scored a late penalty and had an injury-time goal ruled out through VAR in a 1-1 draw with struggling Hannover in the Bundesliga on Sunday.Hannover finished with 10 men as Oliver Sorg was shown a second yellow card in the seventh minute of injury time.Hannover striker Hendrik Weydandt gave ...

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