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MOSCOW | Russian parliament runs rap song contest amid crackdown

MOSCOW — The Russian parliament on Thursday announced a rap song competition amid a crackdown on contemporary music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the arts. A dozen rappers have had their shows cancelled recently after warnings from officials who claim that their music promotes the wrong values. At least three musicians have been detained. In … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian parliament runs rap song contest amid crackdown

LONDON | The Latest: Ship rescues British sailor in Southern Ocean

LONDON  — The Latest on the rescue of a British sailor in the Southern Ocean. (all times local): 4 p.m. A cargo ship has rescued a British woman who was dismasted by a violent storm in the Southern Ocean while sailing solo in a round-the-world race. British sailor Susie Goodall tweeted “ON THE SHIP!!!” soon … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Ship rescues British sailor in Southern Ocean

NEW YORK | Correction: Girl Scouts vs Boy Scouts story

NEW YORK  — In some versions of a story Nov. 6 and 7 about a lawsuit brought by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America against the Boy Scouts of America, The Associated Press erroneously reported the day the complaint was filed. It was filed Tuesday, not Monday. A corrected version of the … Continue reading NEW YORK | Correction: Girl Scouts vs Boy Scouts story

LONDON | Sara Cox 1st female to referee top-flight English rugby game

LONDON — Sara Cox has become the first female to referee a top-level English rugby union match. The 28-year-old Cox, who became the world’s first female professional rugby referee in 2016, took charge of Northampton’s 15-14 Premiership Cup victory at Wasps on Sunday. Cox had previously refereed in the second and third tiers of English … Continue reading LONDON | Sara Cox 1st female to referee top-flight English rugby game

AP source: FIFA proposes annual Club World Cup

A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press FIFA President Gianni Infantino is doubling down on his Club World Cup plans with a proposal for an annual tournament despite European soccer’s resistance to any competition that challenges the supremacy of the Champions League. The revised proposal amends an initial plan to play … Continue reading AP source: FIFA proposes annual Club World Cup

NEW YORK | CBS is the week’s top TV network, but faces more competition

NEW YORK— CBS was television’s most popular network last week, but that status is no longer the slam-dunk that it has been for the last decade and a half. It was CBS’ second weekly victory of the young television season, matching NBC’s two victories, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. NBC handily won among viewers aged … Continue reading NEW YORK | CBS is the week’s top TV network, but faces more competition

WARSAW, Poland | Taxi drivers in Warsaw protest unlicensed Uber drivers

WARSAW, Poland  — Hundreds of taxi drivers have driven slowly through Poland’s capital city of Warsaw, causing traffic jams as they protested low wages and competition from unlicensed companies like Uber. Some drivers came from other Polish cities for the protest Thursday in front of the Justice Ministry, where they demanded new regulations that would … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Taxi drivers in Warsaw protest unlicensed Uber drivers

All current US champions to compete at Skate America

For the season following an Olympics, when the world’s best figure skaters tend to take a break, Skate America certainly is packed with top U.S. competitors. The six-event Grand Prix series begins in Everett, Washington, on Friday with all six American champions in action: world gold medalist Nathan Chen, U.S. women’s champ Bradie Tennell, ice … Continue reading All current US champions to compete at Skate America

FRISCO, Texas | US headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica

FRISCO, Texas — Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored twice in the first half and United States earned a spot in the World Cup next summer in France with a 6-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Heath’s first came in the first two minutes of the match and she … Continue reading FRISCO, Texas | US headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica

Czechs beat Slovakia 2-1 in UEFA Nations League

Substitute striker Patrik Schick scored the winning goal for the visiting Czech Republic to beat Slovakia 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League in Trnava on Saturday. All the goals were in the second half. Three minutes after coming off the bench, Schick rose in the area in the 76th minute to head in a cross … Continue reading Czechs beat Slovakia 2-1 in UEFA Nations League

LONDON | Report: Male sports fans have big interest in women’s sports

LONDON — Male sports fans make up more than half of the group of people with an interest in women’s sports, according to a report published Thursday by analysts Nielsen Sports. The report found that 84 percent of general sports fans in eight key markets around the world, including the United States and Britain, have … Continue reading LONDON | Report: Male sports fans have big interest in women’s sports

NYON, Switzerland | Germany beats Turkey to host Euro 2024

NYON, Switzerland— Germany will host soccer’s 2024 European Championship after beating Turkey in a UEFA vote. Germany was the campaign favorite with a proven track record of hosting. Turkey is a four-time losing candidate after failed bids to host Euro 2008, 2012 and 2016. UEFA relies on the competition to help fund 55 member federations. … Continue reading NYON, Switzerland | Germany beats Turkey to host Euro 2024

SINGAPORE | Singapore fines Uber, Grab for ‘anti-competitive’ merger

SINGAPORE— Singapore’s competition watchdog has fined ride-hailing giant Uber and its regional rival Grab 13 million Singapore dollars ($9.5 million) for a merger in Southeast Asia that the agency says has driven up fares and reduced competition in the market. The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore said Monday that Uber’s sale of its regional … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Singapore fines Uber, Grab for ‘anti-competitive’ merger

LOS ANGELES | UFC’s Jones suspended 15 months by USADA; can return in fall

LOS ANGELES — Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is eligible to return to competition by late October after completing a 15-month suspension for a doping violation. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday announced the length of Jones’ ban for his second violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy. He has been suspended since testing … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | UFC’s Jones suspended 15 months by USADA; can return in fall

MADISON, Ill. | IndyCar’s Frye: Wickens’ car performed as it was designed

MADISON, Ill. — The head of competition for IndyCar said Friday that Robert Wickens’ car performed exactly as it was designed when it tore to pieces during a frightening wreck at Pocono, leaving the Canadian driver hospitalized with serious injuries to his spinal cord and extremities. Jay Frye also acknowledged that a host of improvements … Continue reading MADISON, Ill. | IndyCar’s Frye: Wickens’ car performed as it was designed

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dutch premier distances govt from anti-Islam cartoon contest

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch prime minister on Friday distanced his government from a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest being organized later this year by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders. Wilders “is not a member of the government. The competition is not a government initiative,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at his weekly press conference. Rutte’s … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dutch premier distances govt from anti-Islam cartoon contest

BOSTON | Biles dresses “for the survivors” while winning 5th US title

BOSTON — The color choice wasn’t a coincidence. It was a statement. One Simone Biles felt compelled to make even as the organization she competes for struggles to find a compassionate and compelling message to sexual abuse survivors. The Olympic champion designed the leotard she wore while winning her fifth US women’s gymnastics title Sunday, … Continue reading BOSTON | Biles dresses “for the survivors” while winning 5th US title

BEIJING | Starbucks, Alibaba announce China delivery venture

BEIJING — Starbucks and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group have announced a coffee delivery venture that adds to growing competition in China’s premium coffee market. Starbucks Coffee Co. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said Thursday the venture will start deliveries next month in Beijing and Shanghai. It will expand to 30 cities by the end … Continue reading BEIJING | Starbucks, Alibaba announce China delivery venture

US downhiller Steven Nyman to miss Olympics with knee injury

January 29, 2018(AP)(STL.News)-Three-time U.S. Olympic ski racer Steven Nyman will miss the Pyeonchang Games after tearing a ligament in his right knee during downhill training almost a year to the day after injuring his left knee on the same mountain. He sustained the season-ending injury to his right ACL during preparation in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, before … Continue reading US downhiller Steven Nyman to miss Olympics with knee injury

Chenault dealt with crises, competition as head of AmEx

NEW YORK/January 29, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Kenneth Chenault, wearing no sport coat and no tie, with a large cup of tea in front of him, fits an image of a man ready for retirement. Chenault is days away from stepping down as the chief executive officer and chairman of American Express, the credit card giant and one … Continue reading Chenault dealt with crises, competition as head of AmEx

Alex Ovechkin has hardest shot at skills competition

TAMPA,Fla./January 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Alex Ovechkin won the hardest shot title at the NHL All-Star game skills competition Saturday night with a drive of 101.3 mph. The Washington star was the only player the break the century mark, coming on his second and final try. Ovechkin’s first attempt went 98.8 mph. Others in the … Continue reading Alex Ovechkin has hardest shot at skills competition

Toys R Us, hobbled by competition, will shutter some stores

NEW YORK/January 24, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Toys R Us, squeezed Amazon.com and huge chains like Walmart, will begin closing a number of its stores starting in February. Hobbled by $5 billion in debt, the company that once dominated toy sales in the U.S. filed for bankruptcy protection in September. Chairman and CEO Dave Brandon said in a … Continue reading Toys R Us, hobbled by competition, will shutter some stores

Q in the Lou Bringing Legendary Pitmasters to St. Louis

St. Louis’ World-Class BBQ Festival at Kiener Plaza St. Louis, MO/September 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — Some of the best pitmasters in the country are packing up their grilling gear and heading to St. Louis for the third annual Q in the Lou St. Louis BBQ Festival.  The event at the newly refurbished Kiener Plaza (Broadway … Continue reading Q in the Lou Bringing Legendary Pitmasters to St. Louis