Britain's Hull grabs LPGA Tour Championship lead

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Miami (AFP) – Britain’s Charley Hull, who has not won in more than two years, fired a six-under-par 66 to grab a one-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the LPGA Tour Championship. The 20-year-old from England birdied the course’s four par-5 holes — the first, sixth, 14th and 17th — and the par-4 10th and 13th as well in ...

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Mexico arrests alleged cartel assassin leader in Acapulco

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican federal forces arrested an alleged leader of a band of assassins in the Pacific coast resort city of Acapulco, while in the state’s mountainous interior 30 armed men kidnapped at least a dozen people, government officials announced. The government identified the arrested man only as “Benito N” and alleged he was responsible for a significant ...

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Obama makes case for democracy, urges patience with Trump

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Lima (AFP) – With Donald Trump’s election sparking questions about the respect for democratic norms at home, US President Barack Obama made a strident case for democracy Saturday and urged world leaders to give his successor a chance. Speaking to young Latin Americans in Lima, Peru, Obama argued that democracy and development go hand-in-hand, and that authoritarian governments ultimately fail. ...

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Investigation into Russian doping still splits sports world

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Anti-doping leaders were challenged to produce more credible evidence of Russian cheating by a leading Olympic executive on Saturday. Leaving a meeting of the World Anti-Doping Agency executive committee, IOC representative Gian Franco Kasper dismissed the credibility of the report that detailed Russian state-sponsored doping. Manipulation of samples at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and cover-ups ...

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Scotland beats Pumas 19-16 on injury-time penalty

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EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Captain Greig Laidlaw kicked over a 30-meter penalty in injury time for Scotland to beat Argentina 19-16 in a rugby test at Murrayfield on Saturday. Laidlaw missed a winning chance in the 78th minute when his penalty shot hit the near right post, his only miss of a tense, feisty match. But Scotland regathered the ball, ...

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Dortmund deals Bayern 1st defeat of Bundesliga season

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an early goal that sent Bayern Munich to its first defeat of the season and forced the four-time defending champion to relinquish the top of the Bundesliga to promoted Leipzig on Saturday. The outcome left Bayern three points behind surging Leipzig, which won its sixth straight on Friday with a ...

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Without Messi, Barcelona held to home draw by Malaga

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MADRID (AP) — Ineffective without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Barcelona was held to 0-0 by Malaga, missing a chance to move to the top of the Spanish league on Saturday. Despite playing at home and with an extra player from the 68th minute, Barcelona was unable to overcome the absence of the unwell Messi and suspended Suarez, with poor ...

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Egypt's press union head receives 2 years in prison

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CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced the head of the journalists’ union and two of its board members to two years in prison and a 10,000 pounds (around $650) fine each for harboring two wanted journalists. The ruling against Yahia Qalash, the head of Egypt’s press union, and board members Khaled el-Balshy and Gamal Abdel-Rahem, comes after ...

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Concerned for security, Poland offers women defense training

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TOMASZOW MAZOWIECKI, Poland (AP) — Poland’s defense minister officially launched self-defense courses for women on Saturday, saying that training by military instructors will increase individual and national security. Antoni Macierewicz has repeatedly stressed that the nation’s security has decreased amid neighboring Russia’s assertiveness. He is strengthening various forms of national defense and recently added a new military force, the Territorial ...

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Italy beat Springboks 20-18 for first time

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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Italy heaped more misery on South Africa by beating the Springboks 20-18 for the first time on Saturday. South Africa led 12-10 at halftime but a mixture of sloppy mistakes and Italian resilience in front of a roused home crowd at Stadio Franchi earned the Azzurri their greatest victory, just a week after they were blown ...

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