PARIS: An open-top double-decker tourist bus crashed into a central Paris bridge during an Olympic fun day on Friday, injuring at least four passengers, firefighters said. The Paris fire service said a woman who was among those hurt had serious injuries. However, Big Bus Tours, which offers sightseeing trips around Paris on open-top buses, denied there were any major injuries and promised a thorough probe. A police source said the bus was not travelling along its usual route, having been diverted because of the Olympic event. Paris police said signs warned drivers that oversized vehicles were not allowed under the bridge, and an alternative route was provided.
June 23, 2017 20:37 UTC
HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - Mystery surrounds what next for the America's Cup if New Zealand win sailing's most prestigious prize in Bermuda next week. The New Zealand camp have not said so far what they will do if they win the cup back. Bermuda offered big financial incentives to have the America's Cup held on the small mid-Atlantic island and is keen to make sure that it gets repeat business. Painted on bus shelters along the island's narrow, winding roads is the official slogan "America's Cup, Bermuda's Legacy, Our Moment", with posters depicting a smiling boy from the island saying "America's Cup is Zico's Cup". But not everyone agrees, with "America's Cup is Larry's (Ellison's) Cup" in graffiti on one bus stop.
June 23, 2017 20:15 UTC
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hosts Russia are fully focused on staying in the Confederations Cup as they face elimination in their final group game against Mexico, coach Stanislav Cherchesov said on Friday. Russia, third in Group A behind Mexico and Portugal, need to beat the Mexicans in their final group stage match on Saturday in Kazan to advance to the semi-finals. "About tomorrow's match - we will play how we need to - but the most important thing will be to win," Cherchesov told reporters. A loss for Russia would eliminate them from the tournament that is a warm-up for the World Cup finals it will host next year. Russia made strong start, convincingly beating New Zealand 2-0 in the tournament's opening match in St Petersburg.
June 23, 2017 18:56 UTC
(Reuters) - Second seed Anastasija Sevastova dispatched Croatian Ana Konjuh to reach the semi-finals of the Mallorca Open grasscourt event on Friday as she bids to go one better than last year. The tricky Latvian edged the seventh seed 7-5 1-6 7-6(5) in the holiday island sunshine to set up a clash with Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia who beat her in last year's final. Third seed Garcia had a busy day, finishing off her second- round match against Slovakia's Jana Cepelova before returning later to beat Italy's Roberta Vinci. Vinci had set points in the second set but Garcia avoided the potential for another match interrupted by bad light, as happened the previous night against Cepelova, as she scraped through a tense second-set tiebreak for a 6-2 7-6(8) win. In the other half, Julia Goerges beat fellow German Sabine Lisicki 6-2 6-4 while American Catherine Bellis beat Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-2.
June 23, 2017 18:45 UTC
HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - America's Cup racing is fast, furious and dangerous. The umpires are also using a state-of-the art combination of GPS, electronics and graphics to ensure decisions are accurate. They are smaller and "much more robust", and safety has been a major preoccupation for all the teams and the America's Cup organisers. ASK "UMPAPP"Murray's right-hand man Richard Slater, who is chief umpire at the event, has also had some tough calls to make during the racing leading up to the America's Cup final. "UmpApp is kind of like a game," Murray said, saying it was easy for the younger sailors to get their heads around.
June 23, 2017 18:33 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - When the Wimbledon draw is made next week there will be a few players hoping the name Gilles Muller is nowhere near theirs. Muller, something of a late bloomer has terrific touch, a tidy baseline game and, most impressively, still revels in the dying art of serve and volley tennis. Ranked a career-high 26, and rising, Muller could clearly do some damage at Wimbledon where, surprisingly, has never got past the third round in nine attempts. With those initial questions, Muller has gone from strength to strength, reaching the Estoril final on clay to prove that he really is a man for all surfaces. "I think it's a lot about momentum," Muller, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round, said.
June 23, 2017 18:33 UTC
Bolt is retiring after his final 100 metres at August's world championships in London and Gatlin, who is competing in the U.S. trials this weekend, hopes to be in the race. "It's going to be a changing of an era," Gatlin told Reuters. Although he has beaten Bolt only once, Gatlin said the race would also be fun. "When I came back into the sport, my goal was to be...I said to myself 'I just want to be shoulder to shoulder with him'," Gatlin told reporters at the U.S. nationals/world trials. While London will be the last race for the 30-year-old Bolt, Gatlin, more than four years older, hopes to continue running.
June 23, 2017 18:11 UTC
ASSEN: World championship leader Maverick Vinales rebounded from his struggles in Barcelona with the fastest time across the first two practice sessions on Friday ahead of the Dutch MotoGP. Andrea Dovizioso, who has closed to within seven points of Vinales after back-to-back wins in Italy and Spain, was fourth quickest with veteran Italian Valentino Rossi sixth on the second Yamaha. Nine-time world champion Rossi briefly led this year’s championship after three successive podium finishes in Qatar, Argentina and the United States. But the veteran Italian has slipped worryingly off the pace and is now fifth in the standings, 28 points behind Vinales. Rossi has seven wins in MotoGP at the Assen track which has staged a world championship round every year since 1949.
June 23, 2017 18:11 UTC
BAKU (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton has acknowledged that Mercedes still have significant room for improvement after a troubled practice day on Friday ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. "This circuit is a tough one and we had a few challenges that we tried to work through today. "Now it's just a case of getting our heads together tonight to work out exactly how to extract that pace across the entire weekend." It was a "scrappy day punctuated every few seconds by dozens and dozens of off-track frolics", according to Mercedes technical director James Allison. We'll work hard and if we can find those gains we'll be right up there fighting for pole position."
June 23, 2017 18:00 UTC
(Reuters) - Czech Petra Kvitova moved into the Aegon Classic semi-finals with a 6-4 7-6(5) win over France's Kristina Mladenovic on Friday. It took a second-set tiebreak and one hour 43 minutes for Kvitova to secure the win which sets up a semi-final clash with compatriot Lucie Safarova. Safarova saved three match-points in the deciding set and rallied to win the last four points of the third set tiebreak to end the three-hour contest on top. "It was such an amazing fight between the both of us and I am so happy that I won," Safarova said. Later on Friday, Spain's Garbine Muguruza takes on American Coco Vandeweghe and Australian Ashleigh Barty faces Camila Giorgi of Italy.
June 23, 2017 17:15 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - British player Dan Evans has been provisionally suspended after admitting on Friday that he had failed a doping test for cocaine at the Barcelona Open in April. "Mr Evans was charged on 16 June with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation," the International Tennis Federation's Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) said in a statement. "As positive tests for Non-Specified Substances carry a mandatory Provisional Suspension, Mr Evans will be provisionally suspended with effect from 26 June...pending determination of the case." Evans is not the first tennis player to fall foul of cocaine. In 2007, former world number one Martina Hingis said she had tested positive for cocaine during Wimbledon that year and promptly announced her retirement from professional tennis.
June 23, 2017 17:03 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino was named as manager of Premier League Southampton on Friday, the week after the club sacked Claude Puel. Pellegrino, who won La Liga as a defender with Valencia, began his coaching career as an assistant at Liverpool before spells with Valencia, Estudiantes, Independiente and Alaves. "I am delighted that after a diligent selection process we have recruited Mauricio Pellegrino as our new first team manager," Southampton vice chairman Les Reed said in a club statement. Frenchman Puel was fired after less than a year in charge despite taking Southampton to the League Cup final and eighth place in the Premier League table. Southampton won only one of their final eight league games, scoring just one goal in their last five home matches, and ended with their lowest points tally in four years.
June 23, 2017 16:18 UTC
HALLE, Germany (Reuters) - Top seed Roger Federer reached the Halle Open semi-finals on Friday, beating defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4 and edging closer to a ninth title at the Wimbledon tune-up event. He will now face rapidly rising talent Karen Khachanov, who won his all-Russian quarter-final against Andrey Rublev 7-6(8) 4-6 6-3 to reach his first tour semi-final of the year. The 33-year-old Mayer squandered two break points at 1-0 in the second set and paid the price as Federer broke again and never relinquished his advantage to win in just over an hour. Frenchman Richard Gasquet also reached the last four, edging past Dutchman Robin Haase, who had eliminated second seed Dominic Thiem in the previous round, 6-1 3-6 6-1 and looked to be hitting top grasscourt form at just the right time. Gasquet will now play the winner of the last quarter-final between local favourite Alexander Zverev and Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut later on Friday.
June 23, 2017 15:56 UTC
NEW YORK: An unguarded moment in an interview has renewed speculation over one of contemporary art's great mysteries -- could elusive graffiti activist Banksy be Robert Del Naja of band Massive Attack? Del Naja has often been speculated to be Banksy, who as an artist makes only shadowy appearances with his face and voice concealed. Banksy has cited Del Naja as an influence and writer Craig Williams in an article last year noted that several Banksy pieces emerged in locations shortly after Massive Attack concerts. In 2015, the artist painted a mural in the Calais "jungle" of migrants seeking to leave France for Britain. Massive Attack, led by Del Naja with Daddy G, helped create Bristol's trip-hop sound which brought dark electronic layers to hip-hop.
June 23, 2017 15:45 UTC
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Multiple blasts killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens in two Pakistani cities on the last Friday of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, as officials warned the toll could rise. Parachinar was the location of the first major militant attack in Pakistan in 2017, a bomb in a market which killed 24 people in January and was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban. In March a second Taliban attack killed a further 22 people. The twin blasts in Parachinar followed a bombing earlier in the day in southwestern Quetta, capital of the insurgency-wracked Balochistan province, that killed at least 13 people. Officials at the city’s Civil Hospital said at least 13 people were killed and around 20 injured, mostly by shrapnel.
June 23, 2017 15:11 UTC