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India vs Pakistan: More than just cricket at the World Cup

Jun. 15, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It's the contest for continental supremacy played on a global stage. It's the mini-title game of the World Cup group stage for more than 1 billion people in two cricket-crazed countries — the nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan. The sport British colonizers...

Church loses battle in Christian Science trust case

Jun. 14, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Christian Science church in Australia cannot sue trusts created following the 1910 death of Christian Science movement founder Mary Baker Eddy, New Hampshire's highest court ruled Friday. The state Supreme Court ruled that the Second Church of Christ, Scientist in Melbourne lacked...

AP Interview: Cricket's scoring pioneer is no 'Einstein'

Jun. 14, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

His name appears on TV screens and scoreboards as much as cricket's superstar players like Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and Ben Stokes. He decides matches and is the subject of much discussion and debate. Yet he doesn't swing a bat, bowl a ball, or take a catch in the field. Frank Duckworth plays an integral role in...

Australia beats Brazil 3-2 with aid from an own goal

Jun. 13, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — An own goal gave Australia a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Brazil at the Women's World Cup, even after Marta added a record 16th career tournament goal. Marta, who sat out Brazil's opening game with a left thigh injury, became the first player to score in five different World...

Former Australian army lawyer in court over leak to media

Jun. 12, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian army lawyer charged with leaking secret documents to journalists said on Thursday his prosecution was not about protecting national security but concealing "a national shame." David William McBride, 55, made his first appearance in the Australian Capital...

Brazil unsure if Marta will play against Australia

Jun. 12, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Brazil played coy on the status of star player Marta ahead of its Women's World Cup match against Australia, a team reeling from a first-round upset and unsure if it will face the six-time FIFA Player of the Year. Marta did not play in Brazil's opening game against Jamaica because of a left...

Australian opposition calls for review of press freedom

Jun. 12, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's opposition on Wednesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom after police raids on a media organization's Sydney headquarters and a journalist's Canberra home seeking to uncover the source of government leaks. The government, meanwhile, was defending...

Ash Barty was back: tennis balls showed up at front door

Jun. 11, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty's father had a pretty good idea when his daughter had made the decision to return to tennis after nearly two years playing professional cricket. "One day I came home and found about four boxes of new tennis balls at the front door," Rob Barty told Australian...

New Zealand plans to withdraw all Iraq troops by next June

Jun. 10, 2019 3:51 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Monday that it will withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by next June. New Zealand has a small contingent of 95 so-called noncombat personnel deployed at the Taji Military Complex northwest of Baghdad, where they are tasked with training Iraqi security...

Italy beats Australia 2-1 on Bonansea's stoppage time goal

Jun. 9, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

VALENCIENNE, France (AP) — Barbara Bonansea scored twice, including the game-winner in stoppage time, as Italy upset Australia 2-1 in the Women's World Cup on Sunday. Bonansea got past Australian captain Sam Kerr with a header that caught goalkeeper Lydia Williams off guard in the fifth minute of stoppage...