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Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition

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  • Zabaleta: Manchester City have not given up on title
    Zabaleta: Manchester City have not given up on title

    The Blues have a game in hand and boast a superior goal difference to league leaders Liverpool, but need the Merseyside outfit to drop points to stand a chance of finishing first …

  • Podolski open to Koln return
    Podolski open to Koln return

    The striker says a third spell at his boyhood club would be "a matter of the heart" following the German outfit's promotion to the Bundesliga, but insists he is happy at Arsenal …

  • F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges
    F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who received a disputed $44 million payment. …

  • Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes?
    Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes?

    A clean-sweep for Mercedes including a Lewis Hamilton hat-trick has left the rest of Formula One wondering whether they can keep up this year, even after only four races. The opening exchanges have all been won by Mercedes, who have dropped just 18 points so far -- after a broken spark plug forced Hamilton out of the season-opener in Melbourne. Since then, Mercedes have enjoyed three consecutive one-two finishes with 2008 world champion Hamilton leading team-mate Nico Rosberg, the winner in …

  • Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP
    Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix. …

  • Pacers on the ropes after another loss to Hawks
    Pacers on the ropes after another loss to Hawks

    The Indiana Pacers are questioning their toughness and dealing with speculation about a lineup change. On the ropes again at the hands of the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks, the Pacers must figure out a way to recapture the form that carried them to the best record in the Eastern Conference. Led by Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver and taking advantage of a missed call, the Hawks reclaimed the upper hand in the series with a 98-85 victory Thursday night. They're up 2-1 and looking to take a …

  • Clips beat Warriors for 2-1 series lead
    Clips beat Warriors for 2-1 series lead

    Chris Paul pounded his chest and shouted toward the Golden State Warriors' bench. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan high-fived, and the Los Angeles Clippers soaked in the silence of the once-roaring, gold-shirt wearing crowd as they walked off the court together. Griffin scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Jordan had 14 points and 22 rebounds, and the Clippers outlasted the Warriors 98-96 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. ''Winning ugly is beautiful,'' …

  • Grizzlies beat Thunder in OT, go up 2-1
    Grizzlies beat Thunder in OT, go up 2-1

    The Grizzlies know they have to stop blowing fourth-quarter leads. Consecutive overtime wins makes the needed corrections much easier for Memphis. Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in overtime, and the Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series. They have two of the best players in the league.'' Still, the Grizzlies won their second straight overtime game this time after leading by 17 before going cold …

  • Martin's course record gives him Zurich lead
    Martin's course record gives him Zurich lead

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Ben Martin made his way through most of the TPC Louisiana course with the type of sparse gallery one would expect for a player who had missed seven cuts in his previous nine starts on the PGA Tour. …

  • Teen whizz Guan eyes Asian Games, long haul
    Teen whizz Guan eyes Asian Games, long haul

    Masters sensation Guan Tianlang said he hopes to represent China at this year's Asian Games but pledged not to play too many big events this year as he focuses on building a long-term career. Last April at Augusta, Guan earned rave reviews when he became the youngest player to make the cut in a major championship, aged just 14 years and five months. …

  • France's Icher leads suspended Swinging Skirts golf
    France's Icher leads suspended Swinging Skirts golf

    Karine Icher fired a bogey-free six-under 66 to seize the early first-round lead at the inaugural LPGA Tour's Swinging Skirts Classic which was suspended because of darkness. The $1.8 million event debuts at 6,507-yard, par-72 Lake Merced course with 18 of the world's 20 top players in the field of 144 seeking a $255,000 top prize. New Zealand's Lydia Ko, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Lee Il-Hee, Jenny Shin and Maria McBride shot matching four-under 68s to share second place. World number three …

Tennis

  • Sharapova into last eight in Stuttgart WTA
    Sharapova into last eight in Stuttgart WTA

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova reached the last eight of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Thursday with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow-Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The 27-year-old Sharapova needed just one hour, 32 minutes to see off Pavlyuchenkova to pick up her tenth straight win in Stuttgart, having won the 2012 and 2013 titles, and faces Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in Friday's quarter-finals. Her victory was in stark contrast to her struggles of Tuesday when she …

MotoGP

  • Marquez cruises to 'boring' Texas triumph for second win
    Marquez cruises to 'boring' Texas triumph for second win

    World champion Marc Marquez cruised to victory in the Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday to register his second win in two races this season but he admitted it was a boring triumph. The Spaniard repeated his maiden Texas MotoGP success from 2013 when he also won from pole position. Marquez, who won the season-opener in Qatar last month despite breaking his leg four weeks earlier, finished 4.174sec ahead of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso taking third place, a huge …

  • World champ Marquez takes pole in Texas
    World champ Marquez takes pole in Texas

    World champion Marc Marquez set a new lap record on his way to securing pole position for the second race in succession at the Grand Prix of the Americas. The Spaniard, who took pole in the season-opener in Qatar and then went on to win the race under the desert floodlights, clocked a record 2min 02.886sec on the factory Honda at the circuit where he celebrated his maiden MotoGP win last season. Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second-fastest while Stefan Bradl ensured a Honda …

  • Marquez takes pole in Texas
    Marquez takes pole in Texas

    World champion Marc Marquez set a new lap record on his way to securing pole position for the second race in succession on Saturday at the Grand Prix of the Americas. The Spaniard, who took pole in the season-opener in Qatar and then went on to win the race under the desert floodlights, clocked a record 2min 02.886sec on the factory Honda at the circuit where he celebrated his maiden MotoGP win last season. Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second-fastest while Stefan Bradl ensured a …

  • Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team
    Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team

    PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that set the team apart from many of its rivals — he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel. …

  • Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet
    Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool. …

  • 'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking
    'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking

    The last visible evidence of David Moyes' miserable reign at Manchester United was removed on Thursday as the infamous 'The Chosen One' banner was taken down from the Stretford End at Old Trafford. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after just 10 months in charge of United and the much-maligned Scot is quickly being erased from the club's history. After being hand-picked by his predecessor Alex Ferguson to take over at United, Moyes was hailed by supporters as the chosen one, a reference to Chelsea …

  • Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats
    Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats

    LeBron James scored 32 points and Chris Bosh tallied 20 points as the host Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 to take a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series. The Bobcats cut Miami's lead to 10 points at halftime Wednesday after shooting 50 percent from the field in the second quarter. But the Heat led by seven heading into the fourth and then held on for the victory. Miami now takes a comfortable series lead into game three on Saturday in Charlotte. …

  • Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs
    Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. …

Golf News Headlines

  • Ben Martin surges to Zurich Classic lead Associated Press - 6 hours ago
    Ben Martin smiles after a birdie on the 17th hole during the opening round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Thursday, April 24, 2014. Martin shot a course-record 10-under-par 62. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) — A few weeks ago, Ben Martin had missed seven of eight cuts and figured he'd better make some changes.

  • Henrik Stenson during the first round of the Volvo China Open at the Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen on April 24, 2014

    Flu-stricken Henrik Stenson branded the rough "silly" and the greens "slow" after an inconsistent first round Thursday at the $3.2 million Volvo China Open left him four shots off the pace. The big Swede cut a frustrated figure at the Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen, even throwing his club towards his bag on the eighteenth …

  • Victor Dubuisson of France tees off during the second round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia

    Rising French star Victor Dubuisson got off to a shaky start at the Indonesian Masters Thursday with a two-over-par 74 first round, while Malaysia's Nicholas Fung and American Anthony Kang shared the lead. Expectations are high that Dubuisson, the highest ranked player in the tournament at number 23 in the world, will …

  • Michael Phelps swims during a training session Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz., as he prepares to compete for the first time since retiring after the 2012 London Games. The 22-time Olympic medalist is entered in three events at the Arena Grand Prix starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York)
    Michael Phelps launches comeback in 100 butterfly Associated Press - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events … More »Michael Phelps launches comeback in 100 butterfly

    Michael Phelps swims during a training session Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz., as he prepares to compete for the first time since retiring after the 2012 London Games. The 22-time Olympic medalist is entered in three events at the Arena Grand Prix starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events.

  • Michael Phelps laughs while talking with coaches during a training session Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz., as he prepares to compete for the first time since retiring after the 2012 London Games. The 22-time Olympic medalist is entered in three events at the Arena Grand Prix starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York)
    Phelps having fun in his return to swimming Associated Press - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: He missed the sport that has been his entire … More »Phelps having fun in his return to swimming

    Michael Phelps laughs while talking with coaches during a training session Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz., as he prepares to compete for the first time since retiring after the 2012 London Games. The 22-time Olympic medalist is entered in three events at the Arena Grand Prix starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: He missed the sport that has been his entire life.

  • Ernie Els of South Africa plays a shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2014
    Els seeks spark in 'Big Easy' PGA event AFP News - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Four-time major champion Ernie Els, whose only top-10 placing this year came when he reached the WGC Match Play semi-finals, hopes to get his season going at this week's … More »Els seeks spark in 'Big Easy' PGA event

    Ernie Els of South Africa plays a shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2014

    Four-time major champion Ernie Els, whose only top-10 placing this year came when he reached the WGC Match Play semi-finals, hopes to get his season going at this week's PGA Zurich Classic. "I've been 19-under in 2012 when I lost in a playoff to Jason Dufner and 12-under in 2013. Although this is my fifth straight week …

  • Suzann Pettersen of Norway hits a shot at Mission Hills Hainan in Haikou, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, on March 8, 2014
    Pettersen back to LPGA in pursuit of No. 1 Park AFP News - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    World number two Suzann Pettersen, back after missing three events with a back injury, resumes her chase of top-ranked Park In-Bee when the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic … More »Pettersen back to LPGA in pursuit of No. 1 Park

    Suzann Pettersen of Norway hits a shot at Mission Hills Hainan in Haikou, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, on March 8, 2014

    World number two Suzann Pettersen, back after missing three events with a back injury, resumes her chase of top-ranked Park In-Bee when the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic opens Thursday. South Korean star Park has ruled the rankings for the past 54 weeks but is being chased by Norway's Pettersen and American Stacy Lewis, …

  • This photo taken by OneAsia on April 23, 2014 shows Ian Poulter of England hitting a shot during the Pro Am competition of the China Open at the Genzon Golf Club in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen
    Game entering new era say Stenson, Poulter AFP News - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Golf is entering a new era, according to stars Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter, with one player unlikely to dominate in the way Tiger Woods did during his prime. Only … More »Game entering new era say Stenson, Poulter

    This photo taken by OneAsia on April 23, 2014 shows Ian Poulter of England hitting a shot during the Pro Am competition of the China Open at the Genzon Golf Club in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen

    Golf is entering a new era, according to stars Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter, with one player unlikely to dominate in the way Tiger Woods did during his prime. Only four golfers have won more than one major since the American's triumph at the 2008 US Open -- Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson, …

  • Ian Poulter during the first round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia
    Ryder Cup hero Poulter says big players on form AFP News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter believes Europe's key Ryder Cup players are coming into form just at the right time for September's clash against the United States at Gleneagles … More »Ryder Cup hero Poulter says big players on form

    Ian Poulter during the first round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia

    Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter believes Europe's key Ryder Cup players are coming into form just at the right time for September's clash against the United States at Gleneagles in Scotland. The hero of the "Miracle in Medinah" two years ago and Europe's win in Wales in 2010 told reporters in China Wednesday the continent …

  • FILE - This is a Wednesday July 17, 2013 file photo of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club's Chief Executive Peter Dawson las he istens during a press conference ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland. Peter Dawson is to retire from his position as chief executive of Royal & Ancient after 16 years with the governing body in charge of the Rules of Golf and organizing the British Open. The R&A said Tuesday April 22, 2014 that Dawson will step down in September next year and will be also leaving his role as secretary of Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the 2,400-member club whose headquarters overlook the Old Course at St. Andrews. (AP Photo/File)
    Dawson to retire as chief executive of R&A Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    ST ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Peter Dawson is to retire next year as chief executive of The R&A after 16 years with the governing body in charge of the Rules of Golf and … More »Dawson to retire as chief executive of R&A

    FILE - This is a Wednesday July 17, 2013 file photo of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club's Chief Executive Peter Dawson las he istens during a press conference ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland. Peter Dawson is to retire from his position as chief executive of Royal & Ancient after 16 years with the governing body in charge of the Rules of Golf and organizing the British Open. The R&A said Tuesday April 22, 2014 that Dawson will step down in September next year and will be also leaving his role as secretary of Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the 2,400-member club whose headquarters overlook the Old Course at St. Andrews. (AP Photo/File)

    ST ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Peter Dawson is to retire next year as chief executive of The R&A after 16 years with the governing body in charge of the Rules of Golf and organizing the British Open.

  • Mike Davis, right, Executive Director of the United States Golf Association, speaks as USGA President Thomas J. O'Toole, left, listens at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club during media day for the upcoming back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open golf championships to be held this June in Pinehurst, N.C., Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
    Pinehurst No. 2 ready for double dip of US opens Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Pinehurst No. 2 is ready for its double dip of U.S. opens. More »Pinehurst No. 2 ready for double dip of US opens

    Mike Davis, right, Executive Director of the United States Golf Association, speaks as USGA President Thomas J. O'Toole, left, listens at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club during media day for the upcoming back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open golf championships to be held this June in Pinehurst, N.C., Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Pinehurst No. 2 is ready for its double dip of U.S. opens.

  • Matt Kuchar watches his drive off the third tee during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
    Kuchar rallies from 4 back to win RBC Heritage Associated Press - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Matt Kuchar knew his next victory was coming, he just wasn't sure when. More »Kuchar rallies from 4 back to win RBC Heritage

    Matt Kuchar watches his drive off the third tee during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Matt Kuchar knew his next victory was coming, he just wasn't sure when.

  • Miguel A. Jimenez kites a cigar after wining the Greater Gwinnett Championship golf tournament of the Champions Tour, Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
    Jimenez closes with 67 to win Greater Gwinnett Associated Press - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez quickly shifted his focus back to the Ryder Cup after winning his first Champions Tour event. More »Jimenez closes with 67 to win Greater Gwinnett

    Miguel A. Jimenez kites a cigar after wining the Greater Gwinnett Championship golf tournament of the Champions Tour, Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez quickly shifted his focus back to the Ryder Cup after winning his first Champions Tour event.

  • Matt Kuchar watches his drive off the third tee during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
    Kuchar rallies, chips in for RBC Heritage win Associated Press - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bun … More »Kuchar rallies, chips in for RBC Heritage win

    Matt Kuchar watches his drive off the third tee during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bunker.

  • Donna Vekic of Croatia holds her trophy during the prize presentation as she celebrates her victory against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia at the BMW Malaysian Open tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur on April 20, 2014
    Vekic upsets Cibulkova for maiden WTA title AFP News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Croatia's Donna Vekic became the first player under 18 to win a WTA title for eight years on Sunday when she stunned top seed Dominika Cibulkova 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) in … More »Vekic upsets Cibulkova for maiden WTA title

    Donna Vekic of Croatia holds her trophy during the prize presentation as she celebrates her victory against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia at the BMW Malaysian Open tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur on April 20, 2014

    Croatia's Donna Vekic became the first player under 18 to win a WTA title for eight years on Sunday when she stunned top seed Dominika Cibulkova 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) in the Malaysian Open final. However, Australian Open runner-up Cibulkova clawed her way back into the match to 5-5 in an absorbing final at the Royal Selangor …

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