State & National News

July 24, 2014 - 6:32am
11 min 53 sec ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's sports minister has criticized the 'no-headgear' rule of basketball's world body FIBA after two Sikh players on the national team were told to remove their turbans during the recent Asia Cup in China.

Sarbananda Sonowal said in a statement Thursday he was "shocked and outraged" and was seeking a report from the Basketball Federation of India as well as urging the International Olympic Committee to instruct sporting federations to alter rules so...

July 24, 2014 - 5:19am
11 min 53 sec ago

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games because he has not recovered fully from a recent illness.

Team England said Thursday on the opening day of the games that Farah, who had planned to run the 5,000 and 10,000 meters — the same distances he won gold at during the London Games in 2012 — would remain at his training base in France.

The team said Farah had made good progress on his...

July 24, 2014 - 5:10am
11 min 53 sec ago

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has met with the Emir of Qatar to discuss improving migrant workers' rights in the 2022 World Cup host nation.

In a statement published late Wednesday, FIFA says they discussed "ongoing reforms of labor rights" at a one-hour meeting.

Unions and rights groups have campaigned to highlight unsafe conditions in Qatar, unpaid salaries and contracts tying workers to employers.


July 24, 2014 - 4:03am
11 min 53 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — University of Illinois trustees are expected to agree to increase the budget for renovating the State Farm Center in Champaign by $4.5 million.

Trustees are also expected to agree to a raise for head basketball coach John Groce (GROHS) when they meet Thursday in Chicago.

The basketball arena's renovation budget would increase from $165 million to $169.5 million if the trustees agree. The extra money would cover additional costs related...

July 24, 2014 - 4:02am
11 min 53 sec ago
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July 24, 2014 - 1:43am
11 min 52 sec ago

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night.

The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion hit a three-run drive in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth off Brad Peacock (3-7) for his 15th and 16th homers this season. Cespedes snapped a 25-game skid — matching his career high — since...

July 24, 2014 - 1:15am
11 min 52 sec ago

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun drew a bases-loaded walk from reliever Brian Matusz in the eighth inning after a tying RBI double by Erick Aybar, and the Los Angeles Angels pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

Jered Weaver (11-6) allowed two runs and six hits through eight innings, striking out six and walking none before the Angels recorded their major league-best 31st come-from-behind win. The right-hander won his fourth straight...

July 24, 2014 - 1:10am
11 min 53 sec ago

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Although Louis van Gaal intends to restore Manchester United to its former international glory, even the veteran coach was impressed when his new club scored a virtual touchdown at the Rose Bowl.

United made an impressive debut under Van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late in the first half of a 7-0 victory over the LA Galaxy.

Ashley Young and Reece James scored two second-half goals apiece as United...

July 24, 2014 - 1:08am
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July 24, 2014 - 1:07am
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Yannick Djalo scored a goal and added three assists to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.

San Jose (5-8-5) ended a five-game winless streak in which it scored two goals. Chicago (3-5-11) had allowed just three goals in four games.

The Earthquakes took a 1-0 lead just before the break. Shea Salinas ran down a long ball from Djalo along the left sideline, worked his way into...

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