Muguruza retires in Dubai 2nd round with Achilles injury

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) " French Open champion Garbine Muguruza retired with a left Achilles injury in her second-round match against Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday. The seventh-ranked Muguruza drew the trainer on court when trailing 3-0, but they spoke only during the medical timeout and she didn't receive any treatment. Muguruza said she started to feel the injury following her second-round loss in Doha last week. Earlier, Ekaterina Makarova advanced to the third round by beating third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. The Russian lost her first three matches against Cibulkova, but Makarova eliminated the Slovak in the third round of the Australian Open.

February 21, 2017 12:11 UTC

Bayern defends Ancelotti for middle-finger gesture to fans

MUNICH (AP) " Bayern Munich has defended coach Carlo Ancelotti for raising his middle finger to Hertha Berlin fans after supposedly being spit at following a dramatic 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga. Bayern says "basically we find the human reaction of Carlo Ancelotti with the gesture to be emotionally understandable after the nasty spitting attack." Robert Lewandowski's injury-time equalizer for Bayern on Saturday prompted altercations between Bayern and Hertha players in a heated atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium. The German soccer federation ended its investigation into the matter after Ancelotti agreed to pay 5,000 euros ($5,300) to its foundation for social work. In 2014, Norbert Duewel, then-coach of second-division club Union Berlin, was fined 3,500 euros for raising his middle finger in a 4-1 loss at home against 1860 Munich.

February 21, 2017 12:07 UTC

'We are the best': Buffon and Casillas to resume rivalry

It will be a meeting of goalkeeping greats when Gianluigi Buffon faces old rival Iker Casillas on Wednesday in the Champions League. The 39-year-old Buffon has won virtually everything except for the Champions League " finishing runner-up twice, in 2003 and 2015, with Juventus. "I haven't been called up to the Spain squad, so I've had more time to focus on my club," Casillas added. Whatever the result in the first leg, Casillas and Buffon will continue to have mutual respect for each other. The pair engaged in an entertaining exchange on Twitter recently, with Casillas asking Buffon, "What do you think?

February 21, 2017 11:37 UTC

Former Chelsea player Smertin lands Russian racism role

MOSCOW (AP) " Former Chelsea midfielder Alexei Smertin has been put in charge of investigating soccer racism in Russia. Smertin says his new role as the Russian Football Union's anti-racism and discrimination inspector means he will "put every effort into keeping racism and discrimination out of the story of football in my country." It's a high-profile role ahead of next year's World Cup, which is under scrutiny over violence involving Russian fans at last year's European Championship and a rise in the number of racist incidents at domestic games. Campaign group FARE reported 92 incidents of discriminatory displays and chants by Russian fans in and around stadiums during the 2014-15 season, the last for which figures are available. FARE says there were 83 incidents in the previous two seasons combined.

February 21, 2017 11:36 UTC

Reserve keeper resigns after eating meat pie at FA Cup game

LONDON (AP) " A backup goalkeeper paid the price for eating a meat pie during his team's landmark game against Arsenal, resigning from Sutton United as authorities launched investigations into the apparent betting stunt. A British newspaper's betting company, which sponsored Sutton United for Monday's FA Cup game, had 8-1 odds that overweight reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw would eat a meat pie. "Wayne has offered his resignation to the chairman this afternoon and that has been accepted," Sutton manager Paul Doswell told Sky News. "I thought I would give them (the betting company) a bit of banter and let's do it," Shaw told British media. It soured the biggest match in non-league Sutton's 118-year history, and the south London club acted quickly against Shaw.

February 21, 2017 11:26 UTC



Suspicious building fire in Warkworth, north of Auckland

There has been a suspicious building fire in Warkworth tonight. Northern FIre Communications' shift manager Megan Ruru said about 20 firefighters were called to a fire in a building on Gumfield Dr about 9.40pm. She did not know if the building was a home or business, but no one was believed to be inside. Warkworth Volunteer Fire Brigade posted on their Facebook page that the fire occurred at a "derelict house". The fire was suspicious and a a fire investigator was on the way to the scene, Ruru said.

February 21, 2017 11:03 UTC

Men in custody after armed police incident in the North Shore suburb of Birkenhead

Two men have been arrested in an incident tonight involving armed police. The New Zealand Herald was sent photos tonight of four to six police officers carrying weapons while in Mahara Ave, in the North Shore suburb of Birkenhead. A police spokesman confirmed police went to the area in response to a vehicle of interest. "Following inquiries, police located and arrested two males on Mahara Ave. The Herald asked why police were armed, but no response was received tonight.

February 21, 2017 10:41 UTC

Dead migrants wash up on Libyan beach from boat with no engine

Dead migrants wash up on Libyan beach from boat with no engineDavid Ramos Migrant deaths have risen to record levels along the Libya-Italy smuggling route across the Mediterranean Sea. The Zawiya coastguard posted a video that showed the migrants' boat, with no engine, as the first bodies were recovered. The Red Crescent published pictures of the bodies laid out in white and black body bags along the beach. This month European leaders offered Libya money and other assistance to try to reduce the numbers departing across the Mediterranean. Aid groups criticised the move, saying such plans exposed migrants to further risks and abuses within Libya.

February 21, 2017 09:56 UTC

Married At First Sight: Husband dumps bride with letter

By James WeirVideo will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playWhile one wife gets dumped by her husband via a handwritten letter on Married At First Sight, another wife witnesses her husband taking a dump when all she's trying to do is blow-dry her hair. Related Content Married At First Sight: Cheaters named and shamed Married at First Sight a labour of love Video Married at First Sight: Michelle breaks downThis is totally not appropriate. Michelle realises she just might not be attracted to Jesse and she's kind of jealous of her twin sister Sharon's relationship with her husband Nick. Not willing to face any more questions about why he isn't Polynesian, John breaks up with his wife via a letter. Married At First Sight Australia is on Monday-Wednesday nights on Three.

February 21, 2017 09:15 UTC

'It brought tears to my eyes': Quake memorial opened to emotional families

'It brought tears to my eyes': Quake memorial opened to emotional familiesGEORGE HEARD/FAIRFAX NZ Oi Manawa, the official memorial for the 185 people who died in the 2011 earthquake. The official memorial was shown to the friends and family of those who died on February 22, 2011. * Six years on: Christchurch from the air* Christchurch earthquake memorial: How it works and what to look for* Christchurch quake memorial plans revealedThe memorial, designed by Slovenian architect Grega Vezjak, is 40 metres long and made of concrete, clad in Italian marble. The patient she was examining, Heather Meadows, also died; their names will forever be together on the wall. "It's very emotional for me to see her name engraved on a wall in Christchurch, probably forever," Alkaisi said.

February 21, 2017 09:08 UTC

Jackson Garden-Bachop to start at first five in Super Rugby debut for Rebels

Jackson Garden-Bachop to start at first five in Super Rugby debut for RebelsBRADLEY KANARIS/GETTY IMAGES Jackson Garden-Bachop played for the New Zealand Under 20s in 2014. Wellington's Jackson Garden-Bachop will make his Super Rugby debut at first five-eighth for the Rebels in their opening match against the Blues in Melbourne on Thursday. But it was not enough to pick up a Kiwi Super Rugby deal so he looked across the ditch. Japanese international Amanaki Mafi will make his Super Rugby debut in the No 8 jersey and will be joined in the loose forwards buy Jordy Reid and Colby Fainga'a. Captain Nic Stirzaker will bring up his 50th Super Rugby match after being named to start at halfback.

February 21, 2017 09:00 UTC

Married At First Sight: Will Simon finally cut his hair?

Married At First Sight: Will Simon finally cut his hair? It is a new day and that means brand new drama is on the Sydney horizon for the Married at First Sight couples. READ MORE:* Married At First Sight: Commitment Chaos* Married At First Sight: Double Trouble* Married At First Sight: Runaway Bride* Married At First Sight contestant in scathing attack on show* Married at First Sight's Christie on what the cameras didn't show* Jilted Married at First Sight groom already moved on? Back across town Nadia and Anthony get a couples' hair cut which I have never heard of a couple actually doing. As the yoga teacher and Nadia say "Namaste", Anthony does not waste the opportunity to be a joker ending with "Nama-go".

February 21, 2017 09:00 UTC

Japan wins 4 gold in speed skating at Asian Winter Games

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) " Japan claimed four gold medals in speed skating and China won two on the short track at the Asian Winter Games on Tuesday. Nao Kodaira of Japan earned her second gold of the Sapporo Games by beating two-time Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea in the women's 500 on the long track. Zang Yize of China won the women's 500. Lee Chae-won of South Korea was second, 24.4 seconds back, and Yelena Kolomina of Kazakhstan was third. Rinat Mukhim won Kazakhstan's first gold of the games by winning the men's 15-kilometer free, 4.5 seconds ahead of Naoto Baba of Japan.

February 21, 2017 08:48 UTC

Guard left double-murderer Jason Reihana unattended in Waikato Hospital ward three times, claims fellow patient

Double-murderer Jason Reihana was left unattended at least three times while he was being treated in Waikato Hospital this month, says a man who shared a ward with the convicted killer. The man, whom the Herald agreed not to name, was in hospital for an undiagnosed abdominal complaint when Reihana walked in. He was accompanied by a guard wearing Waikeria prison identification, but was not handcuffed or restrained in any way. But he was still so rattled he turned down the option of staying an extra night in hospital, the man said. The patient was particularly upset Reihana was left alone when the guard went for coffee or bathroom breaks.

February 21, 2017 08:15 UTC

China clampdown hits Comvita net profit

Manuka honey company Comvita went into the red in the first half of its financial year, almost entirely due to a decline in sales through the informal or "grey" market trading channels into China. "The poor interim result is almost entirely a result of the drop in sales in these two markets," said Comvita chairman Neil Craig. Unfavourable weather means Comvita now expects its net profit to be just $5m to $7m for the year, compared with $18.5m in the 18 months to June 2016. Comvita's joint venture with China Resources, which has a 9 per cent stake in the company, kicks off on July 1. Comvita said it would pay a 2c per share interim dividend, compared to 6c in the previous interim period.

February 21, 2017 08:15 UTC



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