State & National News

May 25, 2015 - 9:51am
18 min 42 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are keen to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup.

The Russian prison service is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken to work at factories, with a focus on driving down the costs of building materials for World Cup projects.

Khinshtein tells the Associated Press that the convicts would provide cheap labor...

May 25, 2015 - 9:18am
18 min 42 sec ago
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BASEBALL

Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Houston at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m.

Colorado at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Boston at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Washington at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

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May 25, 2015 - 7:40am
18 min 42 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — Fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych eased into the second round of the French Open on Monday with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-3 win over Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka.

Taking on a player looking for a first ever win on clay at a big tournament, Berdych used his powerful groundstrokes to overwhelm Nishioka from the start.

The hard-hitting Czech broke for a 2-0 lead and sealed the first set in 27 minutes.

The Japanese teenager...

May 25, 2015 - 7:22am
28 min 40 sec ago

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The head of the Palestine Football Association says he is pressing forth with his bid to oust Israel from FIFA despite efforts from its president to diffuse the crisis.

Jibril Rajoub says Monday that he "will not withdraw the motion and will not accept any compromise and any side deals."

FIFA President Sepp Blatter was recently in the region on a self-described "mission of peace" to resolve tensions between the two sides....

May 25, 2015 - 5:08am
2 hours 18 min ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Badminton World Federation has joined a long list of Olympic sports suspending its membership of SportAccord.

The BWF says in a statement Monday that its president, Poul-Erik Hoyer, had written to SportAccord president Marius Vizer to convey the decision which was based on the federation's disagreement with Vizer's comments about the International Olympic Committee and President Thomas Bach in Sochi, Russia last month....

May 25, 2015 - 5:02am
18 min 42 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — 4:03 p.m.

They made me do it!

Fabio Fognini says his colorful, flowery headband and all-black French Open outfit were not by choice.

The 28th-seeded Italian says his clothing sponsor made him wear the ensemble for his first-round match Monday.

"But they told me that if I won, I could (switch), because we also have a white outfit."

Mission accomplished: Fognini beat Tatsuma...

May 25, 2015 - 3:10am
2 hours 48 min ago

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA Vice President Michel Platini says soccer's world governing body will lack credibility for as long as Sepp Blatter is president.

Blatter is clinging to power "at all costs" and fears an "emptiness" in life without FIFA, Platini says in an interview with French sports daily L'Equipe.

While Platini says he likes Blatter "as a person" and respects him, the comments ahead of FIFA's presidential election Friday point to a deep rift...

May 25, 2015 - 3:01am
2 hours 58 min ago

SUNDAY'S RESULTS

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Minnesota 8, Chicago White Sox 1

St. Louis 6, Kansas City 1

Arizona 4, Chicago Cubs 3

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Peoria at Quad Cities, ppd., rain

Kane County 2, Wisconsin 0

MONDAY'S SCHEDULE

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Chicago at Anaheim, 8 p.m....

May 24, 2015 - 11:43pm
1 hour 58 min ago
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DIVISIONAL SEMIFINALS
BEST OF 7
EASTERN CONFERENCE
South Carolina 4, Reading 3

Friday, April 17: South Carolina 2, Reading 1, 2OT

Saturday, April 18: Reading 4, South Carolina 2

Thursday, April 23: South Carolina 5, Reading 2

Saturday, April 25: Reading 4...

May 24, 2015 - 11:41pm
3 hours 38 min ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James shook off an atrocious shooting start and withstood Atlanta's gritty comeback to record a triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of the NBA Finals by beating the Hawks 114-111 in overtime on Sunday night to take a 3-0 series lead.

James missed his first 10 shots, but finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists. The Cavs needed every single one of them to hold off the top-seeded Hawks, who fought Cleveland...

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