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German hostage abducted in PH appears in video

German hostage abducted in PH appears in video.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJan 12th, 2017

German hostage abducted in PH appears in video

German hostage abducted in PH appears in video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Malaysians stranded in North Korea return home – BBC News

Nine Malaysians who were prevented from leaving North Korea have arrived home, after the two countries struck a deal to end a diplomatic row. The quarrel, over last month's killing of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur, had resulted in both countries banning each other's citizens from leaving. Malaysia has also allowed North Koreans to leave and released Mr Kim's body. There is widespread suspicion that Pyongyang was responsible for orchestrating Mr Kim's murder. Mr Kim was the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The late Kim Jong-il's eldest son is thought to have fled North Korea after being passed over for the leadership. The nine Malaysian nationals were met by their relatives and a large media contingent at Kuala Lumpur airport early on Friday. Those who have returned include the country's counsellor to North Korea, Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain, embassy staff, and their families. The counsellor said that when Pyongyang told them they could not leave North Korea, &'8220;we were very concerned especially since we had committed no wrong&'8221;. But he added they were &'8220;not particularly harassed&'8221; by North Korean authorities. &'8220;We were given the assurance that life could go on as normal,&'8221; he said. They were flown home in a business jet plane piloted by members of the Malaysian air force. Following Mr Kim's killing on 13 February, North Korean officials demanded that the body be handed to them immediately without an autopsy. Pyongyang reacted angrily when Malaysia refused their requests. Malaysian authorities said they had the right to conduct an autopsy as he had been killed on Malaysian soil, and said they would only release the body to Mr Kim's family. This prompted a war of words where North Korea's ambassador Kang Chol accused Malaysia of colluding with &'8220;hostile forces&'8221;, allegations which Kuala Lumpur dubbed as &'8220;delusions, lies and half-truths&'8221;. Kang Chol was expelled and the Malaysian ambassador to North Korea was also recalled. Pyongyang then said it would ban all Malaysians in North Korea from leaving until the &'8220;situation was resolved&'8221;, which Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak called an &'8220;abhorrent act&'8221; that effectively held his citizens hostage. Kuala Lumpur enacted a tit-for-tat exit ban on North Koreans. Malaysian officials have not hesitated in branding the return of their citizens as a triumph of diplomatic deal-making. On Friday morning Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman told reporters: &'8220;There can be no substitute for diplomacy, for level-headedness in dealing with such situations, and this has served Malaysia well in this instance.&'8221; But the exact circumstances of how the deal was struck remain unclear. Correspondents say that Malaysia appears to have acceded to North Korea's wishes to get the Malaysians released. Mr Najib had said earlier that, after challenging negotiations, all North Koreans would be allowed to leave Malaysia &'' which probably includes North Korean suspects in the murder who are wanted by Malaysian police. Japanese news agency Kyodo said two men resembling two of the suspects were seen on a Beijing-bound flight transporting Mr Kim's body on Friday. The suspects are Hyon Kwang Song, the second secretary at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and Kim Uk Il, an employee of North Korea's state airline Air Koryo. The two men were previously reported to have holed up in the embassy and refused to take part in investigations. Mr Kim's body was released to North Korea and flown to Beijing, where North Korean officials are expected to receive it. &'160; Malaysia had previously said they would not release the body until a request came from family members. On Thursday, Mr Najib said a formal request had been received from the family, but did not give further details. It is not known who exactly requested for the body. Mr Kim's own family previously lived in Macau but they are now thought to be in hiding. His son Kim Han-sol appeared in a video earlier this month confirming he was with his mother and sister at an unspecified location. It was with barely disguised relief that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the deal with North Korea to release Kim Jong-nam's body, after what he described as &'8220;sensitive&'8221; negotiations posing many challenges. Dealing with a regime that, in Malaysia's view, was holding its citizens hostage and had carried out a lethal chemical weapons attack inside its main international gateway was a delicate task. Malaysia appears to have given North Korea what it wanted &'' the body and the North Korean suspects sought by the Malaysian police &'' in order to get its nine citizens back safely. To that end, North Korea has refused to recognise that the body was that of its supreme leader's half-brother, or to cooperate in clarifying the role of its agents in the attack. But by permitting a letter from an as-yet unnamed family member in North Korea to be forwarded to Malaysia, authorising the body's release, there is at least tacit acknowledgement from Pyongyang that the body is indeed Kim Jong-nam &'' something the Malaysian authorities say they have already confirmed through DNA samples obtained from his relatives outside North Korea. But with all the North Korean suspects in the attack now apparently out of Malaysia it is not clear how the investigation can move forward. The two women, an Indonesian and a Vietnamese, who smeared the nerve agent on Kim Jong-nam's face are in custody facing murder charges, but we do not know how [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2017

Reunited

President Rodrigo Duterte watches as eight year-old Rexon Romoc is hugged by his mother Nora at the Malacañan Palace on February 28, 2017. Rexon was abducted by members of the Abu Sayyaf on August 5, 2016 and was released on February 27, 2017, a day after the bandit group beheaded German hostage Juergen Gustav Kantner. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

Abu Sayyaf releases video of German s beheading

MANILA — Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage in the first sign the brutal Filipino militants.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

Philippine militants release video of German s beheading

MANILA — Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage in the first sign the brutal Filipino militants.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2017

Abu Sayyaf beheads German hostage, releases video of grisly murder

Abu Sayyaf beheads German hostage, releases video of grisly murder.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2017

AFP to confirm authenticity of German hostage video

AFP to confirm authenticity of German hostage video.....»»

Category: gossipSource:  pepRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2017

Video shows German hostage alive

Video shows German hostage alive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

AFP obtains ‘proof of life’ of German hostage

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – A 70-year-old German that the Abu Sayyaf had snatched appears to be alive after the military got hold of a photograph of him ta.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2016

Certainty amid the commotion for Hamilton: British GP pole

em>By Rob Harris, Associated Press /em> SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Through all of the turbulence in Lewis Hamilton's life, a return to his home circuit provides soothing certainty. For a fifth successive year, the three-time Formula One champion will start the British Grand Prix from pole on Sunday after a record-setting Silverstone lap qualified him ahead of Ferrari rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. Standing on the pit straight after qualifying on Saturday, Hamilton savored the roars of his home fans, and the banners and Union Jack flags pinned to stands. 'I need to make sure I do it for these guys,' Hamilton said. The crowd was repeatedly praised by Hamilton, from the moment he stepped out of his Mercedes after speeding around Silverstone in 1 minute, 26.6 seconds, through the paddock interviews, and the formal news conference. It seemed Hamilton was pressing home just how much he is adored at Silverstone. Unlike in London on Wednesday. When F1's new owners staged a flagship showcase for the series in Trafalgar Square, Hamilton was the only driver to skip the event. Boos greeted mentions of Hamilton's name. Mercedes has been trying to quell the backlash ever since. Perhaps Hamilton's decision to skip London for a two-day jaunt to recuperate in Greece after finishing fourth in the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend appears to have been justified by his showing in Silverstone qualifying. Team boss Toto Wolff was more forceful with his media critics: Questioning 'how he should prepare himself is an insult.' Wolff accused Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner of trying to create a 'bit of mischief out of the situation' by highlighting to the London crowd that only 19 of 20 drivers were there. 'There were three boos out of 10,000 people,' Wolff said, with remarkable precision. 'Treating the local superstar in that way is absolutely against how I see things,' he added. 'I don't see there is a big backlash when the crowds are cheering (at Silverstone). I am hidden in the garage and can hear the crowd applauding and screaming.' Even the stewards were on Hamilton's side at the central England circuit, in forgiving mood when he blocked Romain Grosjean during qualifying. The Haas car was not impeded, the lenient FIA stewards determined. 'I was impeded,' Grosjean said. 'Maybe if it was another driver there would have been a sanction ... it seems there is a big inconsistency.' Mercedes was in no mood for Grosjean's rebuke. 'There are some that moan all the time,' Wolff said. The favorable decision puts Hamilton one pole away from matching Michael Schumacher's all-time record 68. Before then, there's a title challenge to re-ignite after failing to make the podium in the last two races. The way Hamilton navigated the wet track in qualifying bodes well for his bid for a fifth Silverstone win in the 10th round of the 20-race season. 'I quite like the conditions when they're tricky,' Hamilton said. 'These are typical English conditions. This is where I grew up. This is what we grew up racing in, so I felt very comfortable and the team did a fantastic job. And then when it dried up ... the tires were working perfectly.' Hamilton is looking to eradicate Vettel's 20-point lead over him at the top of the drivers' championship. The German, though, is in a fiery mood, expressing his annoyance at finishing third in qualifying over the team radio. 'Not ideal but anyways, it's a decent result,' the four-time world champion said later. Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest, but he has a five-place grid penalty for the race after being forced to change the gearbox in his Mercedes. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2017

Hacking shows Mo Farah flagged for suspicious blood data

em>By James Ellingworth, Associated Press /em> MOSCOW (AP) — Data posted by Russian-linked hackers show four-time Olympic gold medalist runner Mo Farah's blood readings were once flagged by track's governing body. The findings were part of his biological passport. Such passports, unlike traditional drug tests, track athletes' blood data for signs of doping over a long period. A single suspicious passport sample on its own isn't considered grounds for a ban and doesn't mean any trace of a banned substance was found. The data posted by the Fancy Bears group include alleged IAAF correspondence from April 2016 that lists Farah among athletes whose blood data was considered suspicious. Farah's profile is flagged as 'likely doping' in one document attached to the April 2016 email, allegedly following analysis by an unidentified expert. Another file attached to the same email says the British runner's profile is 'now flagged as 'normal' with the last sample.' It isn't clear exactly why there was any change or exactly what evidence may have been behind any suspicion. 'Any suggestion of misconduct is entirely false and seriously misleading. Mo Farah has been subject to many blood tests during his career and has never failed a single one,' according to an email from a public relations firm representing Farah. 'We have never been informed of any of Mo's test results being outside of the legal parameters set by the relevant authorities, nor has Mo ever been contacted by the IAAF about any individual result. It is totally incorrect and defamatory to suggest otherwise.' The data appeared to be genuine and hacked from the IAAF in April, according to the track body, which apologized later Thursday to athletes whose confidentiality had been breached. 'The IAAF offers its sincerest apologies to the athletes who believed their personal and medical information was secure with us,' the Monaco-based body said. IAAF President Sebastian Coe acknowledged that security needed to be reviewed, though urged against casting suspicion on athletes named in the hack. 'It would be wrong to make assumptions based upon leaked documents without the full evidence and that evidence being put in context,' Coe said. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is investigating Farah's coach, Alberto Salazar. He has been accused of skirting anti-doping rules while training some of his athletes at the Nike Oregon Project, a high-profile group that promotes distance running. The 2013 world race-walk champion Robert Heffernan of Ireland also appears in the documents with the note: 'Profile Suspicious flagged 'Normal' since the very recent sample.' Heffernan's agent, Denny McVeigh, told The Associated Press that Heffernan had been investigated because of a blood sample he had given shortly after surgery on a hernia. The effects of the operation, and a related dose of an anti-blood clotting agent, caused Heffernan's blood to appear abnormal, McVeigh said. The IAAF said the data — including numerous emails purportedly written by top IAAF managers — was apparently obtained in a hack the organization reported in April. At least four athletes whose biological passports were listed as suspicious have received doping bans for offenses unrelated to the passport data. Some were already banned at the time the email containing the data was apparently sent. Assessing biological passport data is 'a dynamic process in which the status of an athlete's profile can change at any time,' the IAAF said Thursday. Almost all the athletes named in the documents are from endurance events, where biological passports are particularly good at identifying the effects of drugs that boost the blood's ability to transport oxygen. But one prominent athlete from a throwing event also is listed as 'likely doping.' The Associated Press has not been able to verify whether the documents are accurate. Fancy Bears, known under a variety of other names, has been tied to the Kremlin by U.S. and German intelligence, as well as private researchers. The group has previously mixed fake data with genuine records, the World Anti-Doping Agency said after it became the victim of a hack last year. WADA has said the hackers come from Russia, contending the hacks are 'retaliation' for investigations into Russian drug use, which led to sanctions on Russia from WADA and the IAAF. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2017

Al-Qaida-linked Mali extremists release hostage video

DAKAR — An al-Qaida-linked group in Mali has released a proof-of-life video showing six foreign hostages, a group that monitors jihadist communications says,.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2017

Kobe Paras is destined to be the face of the Gilas Pilipinas program

With the announcement of the Gilas Pilipinas team that will compete in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, the Philippine basketball youth movement is in full effect. And national team head coach Chot Reyes wants the supremely-athletic Kobe Paras to be the face of the Gilas program now and in the foreseeable future. Reyes included the 19-year-old Paras to the SEA Games team on Tuesday. The son of former PBA MVP Benjie Paras will join a star-studded team that only has four members aged 25 or older. Almond Vosotros and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger are the oldest players in the national team for the biennial meet and both are still only 27 years old. 'One thing we want from Kobe is his age. We wanted him to get used to the way men are playing, to get exposed to the elite basketball at this point,' Reyes said of Paras who participated in his first practice with the team Tuesday at the Meralco Gym. 'We're building a program and part of that are the youth. Kobe I think, is going to be the face or the forerunner, the symbol of the youth brigade,' he added. With Paras more comfortable playing as a guard despite him being 6'6', Reyes does not expect Kobe to drastically change his style of play just to fit in with Gilas Pilipinas. In fact, Kobe's skill set is perfect to the kind of game Reyes likes to run which is basically position-less basketball. 'We want him to play his game. The more important thing is he understands the system and his teammates,' Reyes said on Kobe's adjustments, if there are any. 'We are not a position-oriented system. We have several bigs and everybody else is guard or forward. Everyone can make plays [and] that's why we feel Kobe's skill set is perfect for him,' the national team coach added. While there's no actual lineup yet for the Jones Cup, Paras appears to be set for that team as well on top of his inclusion for the SEA Games delegation. Gilas exposing Paras to these kinds of tournaments is all part of Reyes' long-term program to develop the countries young assets and secure the country's future when it comes to basketball. Young Kobe seems destined to be the face of that long-term program. 'We want a 19-year-old, at the very least, in the SEA Games. In the Jones Cup he's gonna face the killers in his spot, the tough Asian big men and wingmen. That's gonna be part of the education of Kobe,' Reyes said.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2017

UAE president appears in video over 3 years after stroke

DUBAI — The president of the United Arab Emirates has made a rare public appearance on state media to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan......»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2017

Nike to slash 1,400 jobs, cut sneaker styles in shakeup

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike wants to be more nimble on its feet. The sneaker maker said Thursday (Friday, PHL time) that it plans to focus on the hottest-selling sneakers, slash the number of styles it offers and sell more shoes directly to customers online as part of a restructuring in which it also will cut about 1,400 jobs. Nike said the moves will help it offer products to customers faster as it is facing increasing competition from smaller brands and premium labels. Another problem: The running and basketball shoes Nike is famous for may be outdated. More people are choosing fashion over function, with sales of classic sneakers industry-wide climbing 26 percent last year, according to research from The NPD Group. Meanwhile, sales of running performance sneakers were flat and sales of basketball performance sneakers dropped, according to the same report. 'Nike missed the fashion shift away from performance basketball to retro,' said Matt Powell, the sports industry analyst at NPD. 'They still have not caught up.' Adidas, whose casual Stan Smith shoes have become popular again, has made a push to increase sales in the U.S. The German company said last month that first-quarter revenue in North America jumped 31 percent from a year before. And on the high end, Neiman Marcus noted to investors last week that sneakers, with an average retail price of $360 per pair, have become a significant business as shoppers focus on a more casual lifestyle. 'The increase in speed of innovation and delivery is a direct response to the expectations of today's consumers,' analysts at Susquehana Financial Group said in a note about Nike's moves. Nike, known for its swoosh logo, will also make its sneaker-selling apps available in more countries at a time when online sales mean many big retailers and department stores are closing stores. 'We're getting even more aggressive in the digital marketplace,' said CEO Mark Parker. Nike said a main focus will be the 12 key cities in 10 countries that it expects to represent more than 80 percent of its projected growth through 2020. Those cities are New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan, Mexico City, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai and Beijing. 'It appears to us that everything Nike is working on is a brand-first story. If the initiatives don't help the Nike brand, they do not happen,' the Susquehana analysts said. They said customers will barely notice the decrease in styles given the breadth of options Nike offers. But the shake-up, announced two weeks before Nike releases its financial results for the most recent quarter, seemed to make investors nervous. Its stock fell 3 percent to $52.90 on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Christopher Svezia, a footwear and apparel analyst at Wedbush, said that when companies announce jobs cuts and restructuring ahead of earnings reports, it doesn't typically bode well for how business is going. 'We'll learn more in two weeks,' he said. Nike Inc., which is based in Beaverton, Oregon, said the layoffs represent about 2 percent of its 70,000 employees around the world. It declined to provide additional details about the cuts. The Susquehana analysts said they believed the jobs cuts are likely eliminating redundant back-office positions as a result of a consolidation of reporting segments. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2017

In new video, abducted Marawi priest asks to stop military offensives - ABS-CBN News

In new video, abducted Marawi priest asks to stop military offensives - ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 30th, 2017

Bishop: Maute burned Marawi cathedral, abducted priest

MANILA, Philippines — A group inspired by the so-called Islamic State took hostage of a priest, church staff and churchgoers after burning the cathedral in M.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 24th, 2017

6 clubs in danger as Bundesliga enters penultimate round

CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press   BERLIN (AP) — Six clubs, including some big names, are locked in a fight for Bundesliga survival with only two matches remaining. Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Hamburger SV all need points to be sure of avoiding relegation, while Mainz, Augsburg and Ingolstadt hope to beat them to it. One of the six will go down automatically - Darmstadt is already relegated - while a relegation playoff offers a second chance for another against the side that finishes third in the second division. All their games take place at the same time. Ingolstadt, which plays at Freiburg on Saturday, is the worst placed side, four points from safety and ruing Kai Havertz's late equalizer for Leverkusen in their 1-1 draw last weekend. But Ingolstadt coach Maik Walpurgis isn't giving up. 'The Bundesliga has already written so many crazy stories. Why not this year, too?' Walpurgis said. Hamburg, currently with 34 points in the playoff place, plays at Schalke before its potential all-or-nothing meeting against Wolfsburg at home on the final weekend. Hamburg, the only founding member of the league to have played every season, is facing the prospect of its third playoff in four seasons. Schalke, with 41 points, has only theoretical chances of salvaging a European place but will be compelled to put on a good performance in front of its own frustrated fans. Mainz, level with Hamburg, hosts local rival Eintracht Frankfurt for a derby between the two worst sides in the second half of the season. Frankfurt's best chance of European qualification is by winning the German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund. Wolfsburg, the 2009 champion, hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach, which is led by former coach Dieter Hecking. Hecking was fired after a poor start by Wolfsburg in October. Andries Jonker is the Volkswagen-backed club's third coach of the season, its worst ever in the Bundesliga. 'We've given away the season,' Wolfsburg striker Mario Gomez said. Augsburg was the prime candidate for the drop but carved some breathing space with wins over Cologne and Hamburg, though former player Andre Hahn's late equalizer for 'Gladbach in last weekend's draw may yet prove decisive. Augsburg hosts Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, when the visitors will be hoping to consolidate third place for automatic Champions League qualification at Hoffenheim's expense. Dortmund is two points ahead of Hoffenheim, which visits Werder Bremen. Bremen is pushing for a European place after a remarkable recovery in the second half of the season. Leverkusen, which was playing Champions League soccer this season, appears to be in the worst shape of all the relegation rivals after six games without a win under new coach Tayfun Korkut. The decision to fire predecessor Roger Schmidt appears to have backfired in what sporting director Rudi Voeller has called a 'cursed season.' Korkut has only one win in nine games and his side is only three points above the relegation playoff place. It could get worse for Leverkusen with defeat at home to Cologne in the Rhine derby on Saturday. Cologne fans are taking particular 'schadenfreude' in seeing their old rivals struggle, particularly as Leverkusen was widely seen as a title-contender before the season began. Cologne is also bidding for a Europa League place. The team is only one point behind sixth-place Hertha Berlin and two behind fifth-place Freiburg. Hertha, which was previously third, is in danger of ending the season with nothing after nine straight losses away from home. The team has a chance to end that run at already-relegated Darmstadt, which will be looking for a good send off in front of its own fans. Bayern Munich, which wrapped up its fifth straight title with three games to spare, hosts promoted Leipzig, which is already assured of direct qualification for the Champions League. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2017

Mariners beat Phillies 11-6, Rockies defeat Cubs 3-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carlos Ruiz hit a three-run double against his old team while Robinson Cano and Danny Valencia homered as the Seattle Mariners beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-6 Wednesday. Ruiz earned another standing ovation a day after he returned and was honored with a video tribute that highlighted his career with the Phillies. The former All-Star catcher was 3 for 30 this season before clearing the bases with a liner off the left-field wall in the seventh against Joaquin Benoit (0-2). Seattle swept the two-game interleague series. The Phillies have lost 10 of 12. Tony Zych (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning. ROCKIES 3, CUBS 0 DENVER (AP) — German Marquez (1-2) allowed three hits over eight innings, struck out eight and got his first major league hit with a two-run single in the seventh off Kyle Hendricks (2-2) . Marquez had a no-hit bid until Kris Bryant's double leading off the seventh inning. Greg Holland threw a perfect ninth for his 14th save in as many chances to help the Rockies take two of three from Chicago. Ian Desmond hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth that was set up by shortstop Javier Baez's error. GIANTS 6, METS 5 NEW YORK (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a tying single and Christian Arroyo had a three-run double against Jeurys Familia (1-1) in a four-run ninth as San Francisco, a major league-worst 12-23, took advantage of third baseman Wilmer Flores' error to stop a five-game losing streak. Flores nearly tied the score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, hitting a two-run double off the top of the left-center fence for his third hit. Derek Law, subbing for injured closer Mark Melancon, retired Kevin Plawecki on a dribbler in front of home plate for his second save. Bryan Morris (1-0) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Buster Posey homered in every game of the series, connecting in three straight for the third time in his career and first since June 2013. ASTROS 4, BRAVES 2 HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa had two doubles and two RBIs for Houston, off to its best 34-game start at 23-11. Correa's fifth-inning double off Jaime Garcia (1-2) drove in two runs for a 3-2 lead. Joe Musgrove (2-3) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, and Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances. Atlanta tied a season high with its sixth straight loss. ATHLETICS 3, ANGELS 1 OAKLAND, California (AP) — Andrew Triggs (5-2) walked his first three batters on 14 pitches and allowed Jefry Marte to hit into an RBI forceout but lasted six innings and didn't allow another run. Liam Hendriks, Ryan Madson and Santiago Casilla finished the four-hitter, with Casilla striking out his first two batters in a one-hit ninth for his sixth save. Jesse Chavez (2-5) allowed two runs and three hits over 5 2/3 innings in the first start against his former club. Chad Pinder homered for Oakland. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2017

Germany: Suspect bet against Dortmund then bombed its bus

FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press br /> BERLIN (AP) — A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen took out a five-figure loan to bet that Borussia Dortmund shares would drop, then bombed the soccer team's bus in an attack he tried to disguise as Islamic terrorism in a scheme to net millions, German officials said Friday. The suspect, identified only as Sergej W. in line with German privacy laws, was arrested by a police tactical team early Friday near the southwestern city of Tuebingen, federal prosecutors said. 'We are working on the assumption that the suspect is responsible for the attack against the team bus of Borussia Dortmund,' prosecutors' spokeswoman Frauke Koehler told a news conference Friday. She said the man came to the attention of investigators because he had made 'suspicious options purchases' for shares in Borussia Dortmund, the only top-league German club listed on the stock exchange, on the same day as the April 11 attack. W. had taken out a loan of 'several tens of thousands of euros' days before the attack and bought a large number of so-called put options, betting on a drop in Dortmund's share price, she said. 'A significant share price drop could have been expected if a player had been seriously injured or even killed as a result of the attack,' according to prosecutors, though Koehler said the precise profit W. might have expected was still being calculated. Ralf Jaeger, the top security official in North Rhine-Westphalia state, said the suspect had hoped to earn millions. 'The man appears to have wanted to commit murder out of greed,' Jaeger said. Investigators found notes at the scene claiming responsibility on behalf of Islamic extremists, which Germany's top security official, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, said was a 'particularly perfidious way to toy with people's fears.' He said the suspect had been under close surveillance for about a week and that the evidence against him was significant. 'The fact that someone wanted to enrich himself by killing people to influence the stock market is particularly reprehensible,' he said. The suspect faces charges of attempted murder, causing an explosion and serious bodily harm. He was brought before a judge, who ordered him held in custody after evaluating the evidence against him. She said investigators believe W. acted alone — there are 'no indications of possible helpers' — but would continue to probe the possibility he had accomplices. Dortmund defender Marc Bartra and a police officer were injured in the triple blasts as the bus was heading to the team's stadium for a Champions League game. Bartra had to have surgery on his wrist and arm and is out of action for several weeks. The team's shares did slide slightly after the attack, but quickly recovered. Dortmund's first-leg match against Monaco was postponed and the team lost 3-2 to Monaco the next day. Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel criticized UEFA and top soccer officials for forcing the team to play such a top-level match so quickly after an attack on their team. Prosecutors said they traced the computer used to purchase the put options to the luxury hotel in Dortmund where the team had been staying. They said W. had also booked a room there and placed three explosives, packed with shrapnel, along the route the bus would take to reach the stadium for their match against Monaco. 'The explosive devices were detonated at the optimum time,' prosecutors said, noting that the team bus was equipped only with security glass and not reinforced glass. The bomb shattered several windows on the bus, wounding Bartra. A police officer accompanying the bus also suffered trauma. The club thanked authorities in a statement. 'The fact that no further people were injured or killed was, as we now know, purely a matter of luck,' it said on Facebook. Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer said the team needed to learn all it could about the attack. 'This information is important to everyone who sat in the bus because it would make it significantly easier to process (what happened),' he was quoted as saying. After the three identical notes claiming responsibility for the attack were found at the scene, investigators initially considered the possibility that it might have been the work of Islamic extremists. The notes demanded that Germany withdraw reconnaissance jets assisting the fight against Islamic State group and close the U.S. Ramstein Air Base in Germany. But experts said the letter's mix of correct, complicated German and obvious mistakes suggested it was a red herring — as were two subsequent claims pointing to left-wing and right-wing extremists. ___ David Rising contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2017