Mendis, Herath seal Sri Lanka win over Australia
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:01:39 -0400
Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath backed up centurion Kusal Mendis' superlative effort to stun top-ranked Australia by 106 runs in the rain-affected first Test in Pallekele on Saturday. Herath, 38, grabbed 5-54 to help the hosts bundle out Australia for 161 on the fifth and final day after they were set a challenging 268 in the second innings. Australian skipper Steven Smith posted a gritty half-century before Steve O'Keefe and Peter Nevill frustrated Sri Lanka with a 178-ball partnership.
Nico Rosberg tops final practice from Hamilton
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:49:45 -0400
Nico Rosberg topped Saturday morning's third and final free practice ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.057 seconds to complete a clean sweep of all three sessions ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix. The 31-year-old German produced a best lap of one minute and 15.738 seconds on a dry, warm and sunlit morning at Hockenheim where the two Mercedes men continued their domination. Hamilton's session was upset by an investigation into an 'unsafe release' when he came out of the pits ahead of Frenchman Romain Grosjean, who had to stop his Haas to allow the defending champion out.
The Latest: Pope meets girl whose artificial limbs he funded
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:40:28 -0400
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the pope's visit to Poland (all times local):
Police arrest two suspected of plotting attack in Belgium
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:37:49 -0400
Belgian police arrested two men suspected of plotting a terror attack in Belgium as Europe remained on edge Saturday following a rising wave of jihadist bloodshed on the continent. Police arrested two men, identified as Noureddine H. and his brother Hamza H., after house searches late Friday in Belgium's French-speaking areas of Mons and Liege, federal prosecutors said. "Both are suspected of planning a terrorist attack somewhere in Belgium," a spokesman said in an English version of the statement.
Istanbul court releases hundreds of conscripts under arrest
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:37:37 -0400
ISTANBUL (AP) — An Istanbul court has released hundreds of enlisted conscripts under arrest as part of the investigation into the July 15 abortive coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency says.
Property toll grows as firefighters battle California wildfire
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:09:00 -0400
(Reuters) - The property toll claimed by a deadly blaze near California's Big Sur coast has grown as the fire threatened hundreds of more homes and forced several state parks to close at the height of summer tourist season. The blaze, which started last Friday, has roared through nearly 32,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral, grass and timber into the Los Padres National Forest. Fire managers hope steady reinforcements to their ground crews over the past few days will help make a difference, said Robert Fish, a battalion chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
Belgium arrests 2 brothers suspected of plotting attack
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:04:46 -0400
BRUSSELS (AP) — Two brothers have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack, the Federal Prosecutor's Office announced Saturday.
Turkey's anti-Gulen crackdown ripples far and wide
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:48:00 -0400
By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Barely 12 hours after a failed coup in Turkey, Somalia's cabinet met in Mogadishu to consider a request from Ankara to shut down two schools and a hospital linked to Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric Turkey blames for the attempted putsch. Such is Turkey's sway in the Horn of Africa nation, where it has spearheaded international reconstruction efforts after decades of war and instability, it was not a difficult decision. Teachers and pupils - almost all of them Somali - at the two huge boarding schools run by Gulen's Nile Academy educational foundation were given seven days to pack their bags and, if they were foreign, leave the country.
Doubts about informant cause Chandra Levy case to crumble
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:26:58 -0400
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Armando Morales was a gang leader, drug dealer and a jailhouse snitch. But he was also a commanding, dynamic presence on the witness stand when he told jurors that his cellmate, Ingmar Guandique, confessed to the murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy.
Arsenal boss Wenger keen to sign forward before new season
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 04:56:45 -0400
(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he wants to add one more attacking player to bolster his ranks before the new Premier League season. Arsenal's efforts to recruit attacking reinforcements have been thwarted with French club Olympique Lyonnais saying this week that they had rejected a 29 million pound ($38.26 million) bid for striker Alexandre Lacazette. Wenger's hopes of landing Leicester City's Jamie Vardy earlier in the transfer window were also frustrated when the striker decided to extend his stay at the King Power stadium after being pursued by the North London club.