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Former Czech foreign minister to become new culture minister

Aug. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president has agreed to appoint a newly proposed candidate for a Cabinet minister, defusing a dispute that could have caused the government to fall. President Milos Zeman is ready to appoint former Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek as the country's new culture minister, his...

Pieters becomes 1st golfer to win Czech Masters twice

Aug. 18, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Thomas Pieters shot a 3-under 69 Sunday to become the first golfer to win the Czech Masters for the second time, beating Adri Arnaus of Spain by one stroke. Pieters took a three-shot lead after a birdie on the 7th only to bogey the 8th. The overnight leader added a...

Pieters posts 6-under to take one-shot lead at Czech Masters

Aug. 17, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Thomas Pieters birdied the final hole to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Czech Masters on Saturday. Two shots off the lead after the second round, the Belgian golfer had a strong start on the front nine. He recovered from a bogey on the third hole with...

Molinari cards 6 under for two-shot lead of Czech Masters

Aug. 16, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Edoardo Molinari shot his second straight 6-under 66 and earned a two-shot lead after two rounds of the Czech Masters on Friday. Tied for fourth and two strokes off the lead overnight, the Italian surged with six birdies for his second bogey-free round and a 12-under 132...

Green shoots 8-under 64 for one-shot lead of Czech Masters

Aug. 15, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Gavin Green of Malaysia shot an 8-under 64 for a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Czech Masters on Thursday. Hoping to become the first Malaysian to win a European Tour trophy, Green birdied eight of the first 12 holes to top the leaderboard. He bogeyed the...

Tightrope walker's dance over river launches Prague festival

Aug. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A French tightrope walker has kicked off a contemporary circus festival in Prague with a high-wire trip across the Vltava River. Thousands of people on the river's banks and a nearby bridge in the Czech capital applauded as Tatiana-Mosio Bongoga inched along a rope strung 35 meters (115 feet)...

Czech president nixes Cabinet nominee; move could fold govt

Aug. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president refused to appoint a candidate for a Cabinet post Wednesday, deepening a political crisis that could cause the country's coalition government to fall. Prime Minister Andrej Babis nominated the candidate to replace the culture minister he asked to have removed in May at the...

Czechs blame foreign state for Foreign Ministry cyberattack

Aug. 13, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A parliamentary committee in the Czech Republic says a national security agency told its members that a foreign country state is believed to be behind a cyberattack on the Czech Foreign Ministry. The committee of the upper house of parliament said it received the findings of the National...

Serena Williams tops Naomi Osaka in rematch at Rogers Cup

Aug. 10, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup semifinals, beating soon-to-be-top-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-4 Friday night in a rematch of their U.S. Open final. Williams faced Osaka for the first time since losing to her in a contentious 2018 U.S. Open final. The 37-year-old Williams...

Serena Williams reaches Rogers Cup quarters in Toronto

Aug. 8, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Serena Williams won for the second straight night at the Rogers Cup, beating Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals. Playing her first event since losing the Wimbledon final, Williams opened with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Elise Mertens of Belgium on...