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Appeals court upholds convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse

Aug. 20, 2019 7:37 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Appeals court upholds convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse.

Jason Day in Australian Open field ahead of Presidents Cup

Aug. 20, 2019 2:02 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Jason Day is hoping a one-week trip Down Under for the Australian Open will turn into two. He and Presidents Cup captain Ernie Els might already be formulating that plan. Australian Open officials on Tuesday said Day will play at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney from Dec. 5-8. Golf...

Cardinal Pell's appeal verdict due but may not be final word

Aug. 20, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn the outcome of his appeal on Wednesday though the verdict still may not be the final word on his convictions for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral more than two decades ago. The...

Pell's appeal pitted word of former choirboy against priest

Aug. 20, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his convictions for child molestation was largely a question of who the jury should have believed, his accuser or a senior priest whose church role was likened to Pell's bodyguard. Pell's accuser was a 13-year-old choirboy when he alleged...

Pell's appeal argued 'solid obstacles' precluded convictions

Aug. 19, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell's lawyers argued in his appeal that there were more than a dozen "solid obstacles" that should have prevented a jury from finding him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of molesting two choirboys. A jury convicted Pell of molesting the 13-year-old friends in a...

Woods wants US Presidents Cup team playing before Australia

Aug. 19, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

Tiger Woods wants the eight players who made his Presidents Cup team and four more under consideration as captain's picks to play tournaments and stay sharp over the next three months leading to the December matches Down Under. Left unclear was whether that applies to the captain if Woods decides to pick himself....

With Villanova and USA Basketball, Jay Wright on double-duty

Aug. 19, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

Jay Wright immediately accepted a chance to be an assistant coach with USA Basketball for this year's World Cup. And then he checked his calendar. Villanova students are headed back to school this week — while the Villanova men's basketball coach will be halfway around the world for the next month or so....

The Latest: HK riot police deployed to chase down protesters

Aug. 17, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Hong Kong riot police have been deployed to chase down a group of pro-democracy protesters they say were assembling illegally after the end of a sanctioned protest march. The protesters had gathered outside a police station...

Hong Kong's divide: Protests for democracy, rally for China

Aug. 17, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters marched on one side of Hong Kong's famous harbor on Saturday to demand the government heed their demands. Across the water, a pro-government rally called for an end to the often violent protests. The dueling demonstrations highlighted the political divide in the...

USA tops Spain in pre-World Cup exhibition, 90-81

Aug. 17, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — This was a week of wake-up calls for USA Basketball, some provided by unheralded G League players in practice and now more offered up by the Spanish national team. The Americans learned from both. Donovan Mitchell scored 13 points, Khris Middleton added 12 and the U.S. topped Spain...