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LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after scoring against the Indiana Pacers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 23

Cavaliers sweep Pacers, Rockets put Thunder on the brink

Los Angeles (AFP) – LeBron James scored 33 points and made key plays to give the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers a 106-102 victory at Indiana and a sweep of their playoff series. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 4-0 in

Investors breathed a huge sigh of relief as moderate candidate Emmanuel Macron looked on course to beat the anti-EU Marine Le Pen to become France's next president

Euro surges as France’s Macron set for presidential win

Hong Kong (AFP) – The euro surged Monday after moderate Emmanuel Macron won the first round in France’s presidential election and looked set to triumph in the run-off against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen next month. Investors globally had been

A man who accidently bumped into a crocodile while snorkeling in northern Australia escaped with minor injuries to his head as wildlife officers worked to track down the reptile

Man lucky to escape croc clutches in Australia

Sydney (AFP) – A man who accidently snorkeled headfirst into a crocodile in northern Australia escaped with minor injuries as wildlife officers Monday worked to track down the reptile. The croc, measuring up to two metres (6.5 feet), “reacted defensively”

'There's no full stop,' says 101-year-old Man Kaur from India after winning the 100m sprint at the World Masters Games in New Zealand

No hurry as India’s inspirational centenarian wins gold

Auckland (AFP) – With a jaunty victory dance, 101-year-old Man Kaur celebrated winning the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland on Monday, the 17th gold medal in the Indian athlete’s remarkable late-blooming career. Kaur clocked one

Andre De Grasse's runs a startling third leg in the 4x200m relay to give Canada gold, the first time a country other than the US or Jamaica had won a sprint relay

Merritt heads US athletics dominance, De Grasse stars

Nassau (Bahamas) (AFP) – American veteran Lashawn Merritt showed all his experience to bag a third successive 4x400m gold at the IAAF World Relays, as Canadian Andre de Grasse underlined his credentials as Usain Bolt’s most likely successor. The all-powerful

Marcus Johansson (C) of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring the overtime and series-winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Six of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals, in Toronto, on April 23, 2017

Senators oust Bruins, Capitals topple Leafs in NHL playoffs

Washington (AFP) – Marcus Johansson scored his second goal of the game at 6:31 of overtime as the Washington Capitals defeated Toronto 2-1 Sunday to win their first round playoff series four games to two. The 26-year-old Swedish forward also

Ivorian jazz drummer Paco Sery, a self-taught virtuoso, started playing with a band at age 10

Ivorian drummer boy turned globetrotting virtuoso

Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) (AFP) – Paco Sery was a kid banging on tin cans before a job at a Club Med in Ivory Coast opened the way to drumming for Congo’s rumba king Papa Wemba as well as Nina Simone

Members of the Between Music band perform with custom-made instruments in  glass water tanks

Musicians in aquariums make sounds in a silent world

Aarhus (Denmark) (AFP) – Talk about fluid tunes: A group of innovative Danish musicians submerged like fish in an aquarium have created an underwater concerto with instruments specially adapted to resonate in a silent world. In the central Danish town

China's boy band sensation TFBoys "The Fighting Boys" are amassing "mother fans" who pretend they stars are their children.

For Chinese fans, popular teen band are mama’s boys

Beijing (AFP) – Liang Shanshan considers herself a mother of two: one child is her biological son, the other is a 16-year-old Chinese teen pop star she has never met.  She is a “mother fan” and part of a group

Thick black smoke forces a five-minute interruption of play during the crunch PSV Eindhoven tie with Ajax at the Philips Stadion

Giant smoke bombs interrupt PSV v Ajax

Eindhoven (Netherlands) (AFP) – Thick black fumes from smoke bombs engulfed stands at PSV Eindhoven’s crunch home game against Ajax, interrupting the match and leaving several fans with breathing and eye problems. Dozens of people scattered to take refuge as

Steve Kerr (R), the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, talks to Stephen Curry, in Oakland, California, in January 2017

Warriors coach Kerr may miss rest of postseason

Oakland (United States) (AFP) – Steve Kerr said he would be unable to coach the Golden State Warriors playoff game on Monday and could be done for the remainder of the postseason. Kerr, who underwent multiple back surgeries two years ago,

Investors breathed a huge sigh of relief as moderate candidate Emmanuel Macron looked on course to beat the anti-EU Marine Le Pen to become France's next president

Euro, markets rally as France’s Macron set for presidential win

Hong Kong (AFP) – The euro surged and stock markets also rallied Monday after moderate Emmanuel Macron won the first round in France’s presidential election and looked set to triumph in the run-off against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen next

Syrian and Iraqi refugee families take selfies in Times Square during a tour of Manhattan in New York

Syrian refugees are New York tourists for the day

New York (AFP) – After fleeing war in Syria and arriving in America with her family four months ago, for one day Mona Hafez is not a refugee. She is a tourist seeing the sights of New York. “Coming to

Maria Sharapova (L) shakes hands with Caroline Wozniacki after their Madrid Open match in 2015

Sharapova’s return divides rivals

Stuttgart (Germany) (AFP) – Maria Sharapova returns to tennis this week following her 15-month ban having tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. The organisers of Stuttgart’s WTA tournament sparked controversy by giving her a wildcard to play

Maria Sharapova returns at Stuttgart after a 15-month doping ban

Sharapova back in business, like it or not

Stuttgart (Germany) (AFP) – Maria Sharapova returns after a 15-month doping ban Wednesday, desperate to rediscover the glory which brought her five Grand Slams, the world’s top ranking and a spectacular multi-million dollar lifestyle. The poster girl of women’s tennis

Chelsea's Eden Hazard (L) fights for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker during their FA Cup semi-final match, at Wembley stadium in London, on April 22, 2017

Chelsea face Saints challenge as Spurs eye Palace date

London (AFP) – Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard believes to win the Premier League title his side need to win five of their remaining six games beginning with Southampton on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Belgian and his teammates will have to refocus

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle to improving ties with Moscow

US: Russia’s actions in Ukraine ‘obstacle’ to improved relations

Washington (AFP) – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone conversation Sunday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Moscow’s actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle to improved US-Russian ties, the State Department said. “Secretary Tillerson phoned Ukrainian

US President Donald Trump pays tribute to Israel and Jewish perseverance in a message to mark the country's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

Trump denounces anti-Semitism on Israel Holocaust day

New York (AFP) – President Donald Trump vowed to wipe out anti-Semitism in a message to mark Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day after his administration was criticized for past statements about the genocide. In a four-minute taped video played to

Austrian Federal Chancellor Christian Kern faces backlash over pizza delivery video

Austria’s Kern gets burned with pizza stunt

Vienna (AFP) – The Austrian chancellor’s efforts to boost his popularity by posing as a pizza delivery man were starting to look half-baked Thursday after claims that the stunt was staged. A slick video shows Christian Kern ringing on doorbells

Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho said, "No player deserves to be injured but I think in this case it's even more sad because Zlatan, in this stage of his career it's really, really hard"

Ibrahimovic recovery will be hard, says Mourinho

Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho admitted it will be “really hard” for veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to recover from his season-ending knee ligament injury. The Manchester United manager was talking after his side had recorded an impressive 2-0

Dortmund's head coach Thomas Tuchel quipped that he wanted to "spoil Bayern's season a little bit more"

Dortmund hope to shatter Bayern’s double dream

Berlin (AFP) – Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund hope to add to Bayern Munich’s recent woes in Wednesday’s crunch German Cup semi-final to end Carlo Ancelotti’s bid for the domestic double. Both Bayern and Dortmund had their Champions League campaigns ended

Lionel Messi scored his 500th goal for Barcelona in El Clasico against Real Madrid, taking his team to the top of La Liga

Football: ‘Best ever’ Messi turns tables on Madrid

Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique revelled in turning the tables on bitter rivals Real Madrid as Lionel Messi struck deep into stoppage time to edge a thrilling El Clasico 3-2 on Sunday. Messi’s second goal of the night

Manchester United's striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets treatment after injuring his knee on April 20, 2017

‘I’ll be back’: Ibrahimovic vows to return

London (AFP) – Veteran Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said talk of his career being over was far from the truth, declaring on his Instagram account on Sunday he had already played on one leg before. The 35-year-old — whose 28

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger celebrates victory after the FA Cup semi-final football match against Manchester City on April 23, 2017

Wenger relief as spirited Arsenal keep critics at bay

London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal’s spirited FA Cup semi-final victory against Manchester City was a huge relief because it proved his players can thrive under intense pressure. Wenger’s side were on the brink of yet another painful defeat

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a basket and foul against the Indiana Pacers on April 23, 2017

LeBron sparks NBA Cavaliers to playoff sweep of Pacers

Los Angeles (AFP) – LeBron James scored 33 points and made key plays late to give the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers a 106-102 victory at Indiana and a sweep of their playoff series. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 4-0

Monaco's forward Kylian Mbappe Lottin (L) clashes with Lyon's defender Mouctar Diakhaby on April 23, 2017

Brilliant Mbappe leads Monaco back to French summit

Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe produced another stylish winning goal as Monaco climbed back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory at Lyon on Sunday. A seventh straight league win leaves Monaco level with Paris

Members of the Ottawa Senators celebrate with Clarke MacArthur after he scored the game winning overtime goal to defeat the Boston Bruins on April 23, 2017

NHL Senators oust Bruins with overtime triumph

Washington (AFP) – Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal 6:30 into overtime to give Ottawa a 3-2 victory Sunday at Boston that advanced the Senators into the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs. Ottawa won the first-round Eastern