• Today in History

    Associated Press - 5 hours ago

    Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year. More »Today in History

  • DeRozan scores 30 as Raptors beat Nets 100-95

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    TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan put his playoff jitters aside and turned in an All-Star performance for the Toronto Raptors. More »DeRozan scores 30 as Raptors beat Nets 100-95

  • Youth served as DeRozan leads 'Northern Uprising'

    Reuters - 6 hours ago

    By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Raptors have promoted their return to the NBA postseason after a six-year absence as a 'Northern Uprising' and on Tuesday they backed up the marketing campaign with a 100-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The victory was the Raptors' first in the post-season since 2008 and sends the best-of-seven Eastern conference first round series back to Brooklyn for Game Three on Friday level at 1-1. "We're going to be the underdog again and we have to do the same thing there." The series is clearly defined, a classic matchup pitting Brooklyn's veteran savvy against the young Raptors enthusiasm. The Nets won Game One when future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett stepped up late in the match but on Tuesday the Raptors' young guard DeMar DeRozan showed the way with 30 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter. More »Youth served as DeRozan leads 'Northern Uprising'

  • Pujols' 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Heading toward the plate after the 500th homer of this career, Albert Pujols glanced ahead and saw a throng of Los Angeles Angels teammates waiting right there to greet him. More »Pujols' 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2

  • Pujols hits milestone with career homer 500

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    Dominican slugger Albert Pujols smacked two home runs off Washington pitcher Taylor Jordan to reach the 500-homer career milestone in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 victory. Pujols became the first player in Major League Baseball history to smash his 499th and 500th homers in the same game. The 14-season veteran blasted a three-run homer off Jordan in the first inning and belted a two-run homer off him in the sixth to reach the landmark on Tuesday. Only Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx were younger when they hit their 500th homer, both of them at age 32. More »Pujols hits milestone with career homer 500

  • Pujols blasts two homers to join 500 club

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    (Reuters) - Albert Pujols belted two homers to reach the 500 home run milestone as he powered the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-2 win over Washington at Nationals Park on Tuesday. Pujols drilled a three-run shot over the fence in the first inning for his 499th then added the landmark blast on a two-run drive in the fifth. He became the 26th player in Major League history to reach the milestone and the Washington crowd saluted the 34-year-old with a standing ovation. After the game, Pujols took to Twitter to thank his fans and followers. More »Pujols blasts two homers to join 500 club

  • Bills coach Marrone had cancerous mole removed

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    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday night he had a cancerous mole removed, and added it will not have any effect on him doing his job. More »Bills coach Marrone had cancerous mole removed

  • Jet stowaway undetected for hours before departure

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    A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet's wheel well spent seven hours undetected in what is supposed to be a highly secure area of San Jose International Airport before ... More »Jet stowaway undetected for hours before departure

  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

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    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

  • China's Huawei says investment in information technology to rise 14 pct in 2014

    Reuters - 6 hours ago

    SHENZHEN China (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, expects investment in information technology to rise 14 percent in 2014, a senior executive said on Wednesday. "Our investment focus will be in LTE (Long-Term Evolution), 5G and cloud computing," Fan Chen, vice president of accounting, told an analyst conference on Wednesday in Shenzhen, China, where the company is headquartered. ... More »China's Huawei says investment in information technology to rise 14 pct in 2014

  • China Mobile profit down 9.4 percent

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    BEIJING (AP) — China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone carrier by number of subscribers, said Wednesday its quarterly profit declined 9.4 percent from a year earlier despite a rise in customer numbers as spending per account declined. More »China Mobile profit down 9.4 percent

  • Tanaka triumphant in Yankees-Red Sox debut

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    New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was a winner in his first Major League Baseball game against the archrival Boston Red Sox, striking out seven in 9-3 victory. Tanaka surrendered his only runs on back-to-back home runs by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the fourth inning Tuesday and improved to 3-0 in the young season with his first triumph at historic Fenway Park. Jacoby Ellsbury, who helped the Red Sox win two World Series titles in seven years with Boston, went 2-for-5 with a triple and a double and drove in two runs in his first Fenway appearance for the Yankees, who signed the star outfielder to a seven-year deal for $153 million. Tanaka's triumph was his 31st in a row in regular-season games, a run that includes the last four games of his 2012 season in Japan, his 24-0 run last year for the Japan series champion Rakuten Eagles and his first three decisions for the Yankees. More »Tanaka triumphant in Yankees-Red Sox debut

  • Survey: China manufacturing shrinks for 4th month

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    Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, though the decline was slightly slower, a survey on Wednesday said, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy ... More »Survey: China manufacturing shrinks for 4th month

  • Moyes axed by Man Utd after season of failure

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    By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United's succession planning for life after Alex Ferguson was left in tatters on Tuesday when manager David Moyes was sacked after 10 troubled months of failure and frustration at a club used to seamless success. Moyes, appointed with a six-year contract on the direction of retiring fellow-Scot Ferguson last July after 11 years at Everton, did not even get to complete his first season as the club's American owners, the Glazer family, ran out of patience. Announcing his departure in a terse, two-line statement, United thanked Moyes for "the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role" at Old Trafford but his spell in charge will be remembered more for dire performances, humiliating defeats and a failure to qualify for the all-important Champions League for the first time since 1995/96. United have lost six home league games, won only one match in 12 against the Premier League's top six and will finish outside the top four for the first time since 1991. More »Moyes axed by Man Utd after season of failure

  • Benfica and Juventus meet after 21-year wait

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    (Reuters) - Benfica and Juventus, two great clubs hoping to end long waits for a European trophy, meet for the first time in more than 20 years in their Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday. Hosts Benfica, who have just won their domestic league, have not lifted a continental trophy since winning the old European Cup in 1962. Juventus, on course for a third successive Serie A title, have not added any major European silverware to their trophy cabinet since the Champions League in 1996. Despite their long traditions in European football, the teams have met only twice before, in the 1968 European Cup semi-finals and the 1992/93 UEFA Cup quarter-finals, when the current Juventus coach Antonio Conte played in both legs of a 4-2 aggregate win for the Italians. More »Benfica and Juventus meet after 21-year wait

  • Bruins beat Red Wings 3-0 in Game 3, take 2-1 lead

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    DETROIT (AP) — The Boston Bruins took full advantage of Detroit's mistakes, and their stellar goaltender's flawless performance. More »Bruins beat Red Wings 3-0 in Game 3, take 2-1 lead

  • NBA: Pacers, Raptors win to level playoff matchups

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    The Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers captured key NBA playoff triumphs Tuesday to equalize their Eastern Conference playoff matchups after each team lost best-of-seven series openers on their home court. Toronto's DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and took charge in the final minutes as the Raptors defeated Brooklyn 100-95. Paul George scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, passed out six assists and made four steals Tuesday to lead East top seed Indiana over Atlanta 101-85, like the Raptors pulling level at 1-1 in their first-round series. More »NBA: Pacers, Raptors win to level playoff matchups

  • SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

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    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. More »SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

  • 'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

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    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn't safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen came and opened fire on everyone, young and old. More »'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

  • World Cup test event to go ahead with reduced crowd

    Reuters - 6 hours ago

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Delays to construction work at the Sao Paulo stadium hosting the opening match of the 2014 World Cup means the main test event there will not be played before a full house, organisers said on Tuesday. The Arena Corinthians was built to hold 48,000 and another 20,000 temporary seats are being added for the World Cup but, with work in and around the ground still going on, 18,000 seats will be left empty for the test event featuring Corinthians and Figueirense on either May 17 or 18. “The crowd (for the test match), under an agreement between Corinthians and LOC (Local Organising Committee) and FIFA, will be 50,000 people,” Sao Paulo’s deputy mayor Nadia Campeao told reporters. There were contradictory statements from FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke about the issue on Tuesday. More »World Cup test event to go ahead with reduced crowd

  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

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    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from the South Korean ferry disaster rose to 135 Wednesday, but there were many more bodies left to be retrieved as divers swam through tight, dark rooms and passageways to search for nearly 170 people still missing. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

  • Cech, Terry to miss rest of Premier League season

    Reuters - 7 hours ago

    By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the rest of the season after landing heavily and injuring his right elbow in Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first leg. Captain John Terry will also be sidelined for the last three Premier League games of the campaign after twisting his ankle in the second half but he could be fit for next month's Champions League final in Lisbon if Chelsea get through. Czech Republic international Cech was replaced by 41-year-old Mark Schwarzer in the 18th minute at the Vicente Calderon after Atletico midfielder Raul Garcia took a tumble and felled the keeper at a corner. More »Cech, Terry to miss rest of Premier League season

  • Violence erupts in Rio slum near Olympic venues

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    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone. More »Violence erupts in Rio slum near Olympic venues

  • Chelsea have Champions League advantage, Simeone concedes

    Reuters - 7 hours ago

    Chelsea have the upper hand ahead of next week's Champions League semi-final, second leg after holding Atletico Madrid to a frustrating 0-0 draw in Tuesday's first leg, Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. Through to the last four of Europe's elite club competition for the first time in 40 years, La Liga leaders Atletico dominated the ultra-defensive Premier League club at the Vicente Calderon but failed to find a goal and face a stiff task in the return in London next Wednesday. In the end, he (Mourinho) got a good result. The Portuguese is in the Champions League semi-finals for the fifth year in a row after appearances with Inter Milan in 2010, when they won the title, and Real in 2011, 2012 and 2013. More »Chelsea have Champions League advantage, Simeone concedes

  • Champions League the priority for Mourinho

    AFP News - 7 hours ago

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hinted he will rest a number of key players for his side's crucial Premier League game away to Liverpool on Sunday to concentrate his squad's efforts on the Champions League. Mourinho's men hung on for a 0-0 draw away to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday night to make them favourites to reach a third final in six years. However, a clean sheet came at a cost as Mourinho confirmed goalkeeper Petr Cech and captain John Terry will miss the second leg due to injuries that forced them to be replaced at the Vicente Calderon. Chelsea trail leaders Liverpool by five points with three games to go in the Premier League and Mourinho said he would name a weakened side should he be given permission by his superiors at the club. More »Champions League the priority for Mourinho

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