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Rugby-Speight adds another big weapon to Australia’s armoury

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, July 23 (Reuters) - Australia, if a little prematurely, added another hefty offensive weapon to their armoury on Wednesday when Fijian winger Henry Speight was named in their squad for the Rugby Championship. Fresh from the best display of tackle-busting in Super Rugby this year against the Waikato Chiefs last weekend, the 26-year-old ACT Brumbies winger was included despite not being eligible to play for the Wallabies until halfway through the competition. The 12 defenders beaten in a rampant display in Canberra last Saturday are one of the main reasons why the Brumbies will take on the New South Wales Waratahs in a Super Rugby semi-final on Saturday. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Thai wants peace with coach she accused of attacking her

(Reuters) - Thai Taekwondo fighter Rungrawee Khurasa wants to hold peace talks with the coach she accused of assaulting her so she can return to the national fold in time for the Asian Games. Rungrawee had said she would quit the national team after accusing Choi Young-seok of hitting her in the stomach several times and also in the face following a first round defeat at the Korea Open in Gyeongju earlier this month. South Korean Choi, credited with helping Thailand win three Olympic medals in the sport during his decade in the country, had also threatened to quit amid the allegations. The Thailand Taekwondo Association opened an investigation into proceedings, but Rungrawee failed to show up for the inquiry over the weekend, sparking online criticism. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Title holders City still looking for reinforcements

(Reuters) - English champions Manchester City are still in the market for new signings to boost their title defence, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Tuesday. Pellegrini has already brought in Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Porto, French fullback Bacary Sagna from Arsenal and goalkeeper Willy Caballero from former club Malaga but isn’t convinced his impressive pool is enough. “I don’t think the squad is complete yet but we have six weeks before the transfer window closes,” the Chilean told reporters in Kansas ahead of their friendly match against Sporting Kansas City. “Perhaps there is the option to bring one or more players in or maybe one or two will leave our squad but there is time for us to consider what is best for our team.” Pellegrini’s purchasing plans may have been changed after striker Alvaro Negredo suffered a broken foot in the friendly win over Scottish side Hearts on Friday. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Taekwondo-Thai wants peace with coach she accused of attacking her

Thai Taekwondo fighter Rungrawee Khurasa wants to hold peace talks with the coach she accused of assaulting her so she can return to the national fold in time for the Asian Games. Rungrawee had said she would quit the national team after accusing Choi Young-seok of hitting her in the stomach several times and also in the face following a first round defeat at the Korea Open in Gyeongju earlier this month. South Korean Choi, credited with helping Thailand win three Olympic medals in the sport during his decade in the country, had also threatened to quit amid the allegations. The Thailand Taekwondo Association opened an investigation into proceedings, but Rungrawee failed to show up for the inquiry over the weekend, sparking online criticism. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Wimbledon doubles champion Sock advances at Atlanta Open

(Reuters) - Rising U.S. talent Jack Sock eased past Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 but Uzbek Denis Istomin put a dent in the large home field in the first round of the Atlanta Open on Tuesday. On a day for the local contenders, 21-year-old Sock, who teamed up with Canadian Vasek Pospisil to win a surprise Wimbledon doubles crown earlier this month, underlined his promise by swatting aside Gonzalez in just over an hour. Ranked fourth in the U.S. men’s pecking order behind world number 12 John Isner, Sam Querrey (61) and Steve Johnson (64), Sock has carried his stellar doubles form into singles in recent weeks, reaching the last four at the Newport International. Americans Robby Ginepri and Tim Smyczek advanced, but sixth seed Istomin was too strong for Rajeev Ram, winning 6-1 6-4. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Athletics-Jamaica sprinter Blake out for season after surgery

Jamaica’s double Olympic sprint silver medallist Yohan Blake has been ruled out for the rest of the 2014 season after undergoing a surgery on an injured hamstring, coach Glen Mills said on Tuesday. The 24-year-old sustained the injury in the 100 metres at the Glasgow Grand Prix on July 11. “The injury was quite severe and the original prognosis was misdiagnosed and he went Germany and when they had a good look, they realised that it was more serious and required surgery, so he’ll be out for quite a long time.” Blake, who could not defend his 100m world title in Moscow last year because of a hamstring injury, had opted against racing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow starting on Wednesday to concentrate on his build-up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Apple hit with class action lawsuit for alleged labor rule violations

Apple faces in a state court in California a class action suit that its employees were not provided timely meal breaks, rest breaks and final paychecks, according to the lawyer for the employees. The Superior Court of California for the County of San Diego certified the case as a class action in a suit filed by Apple’s retail and corporate employees, said Tyler J. Belong, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, on Tuesday. Judge Ronald S. Prager appointed the plaintiffs and their counsel Hogue & Belong as class representatives and counsel on behalf of close to 21,000 employees. Apple now faces claims of meal period, rest period and final pay violations affecting the current and former Apple employees, as a result of the ruling, Belong wrote in an email explaining the court decision. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read more here: PC World Magazine Latest News...

Tennis-Wimbledon doubles champion Sock advances at Atlanta Open

Rising U.S. talent Jack Sock eased past Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 but Uzbek Denis Istomin put a dent in the large home field in the first round of the Atlanta Open on Tuesday. On a day for the local contenders, 21-year-old Sock, who teamed up with Canadian Vasek Pospisil to win a surprise Wimbledon doubles crown earlier this month, underlined his promise by swatting aside Gonzalez in just over an hour. Ranked fourth in the U.S. men’s pecking order behind world number 12 John Isner, Sam Querrey (61) and Steve Johnson (64), Sock has carried his stellar doubles form into singles in recent weeks, reaching the last four at the Newport International. Americans Robby Ginepri and Tim Smyczek advanced, but sixth seed Istomin was too strong for Rajeev Ram, winning 6-1 6-4. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Baseball-Highlights of Tuesday’s Major League Baseball games

July 22 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday’s Major League baseball games. - - - Rays 7, Cardinals 2 The Tampa Bay Rays knocked out St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright after just 4 2/3 innings, as the Rays extended their season-high winning streak to six games. In his first start since the All-Star break and looking for his Major League-best 13th win, Wainwright (12-5) gave up six hits and six runs. He walked four, including three in the fifth, struck out four and hit a man in his second-shortest outing of the year. … Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Mercury win 13th straight, clinch playoff berth

SEATTLE (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 22 and Candice Dupree added 19 to help the Phoenix Mercury win their 13th straight game and clinch a playoff berth with an 89-71 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

ATLANTA (AP) — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

CEO: Clippers coach to quit if Sterling stays

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

BOJ Deputy Governor Nakaso says end of deflation in sight

By Leika Kihara SHIZUOKA Japan (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso said the country was eyeing an end to deflation as rising wages and inflation expectations allow companies to increase prices of their goods, signalling confidence over a sustained economic recovery. “Japan’s economy is likely to achieve an inflation rate of around 2 percent in or around fiscal 2015,” Nakaso said in a speech to business leaders in Shizuoka, eastern Japan, on Wednesday. “Therefore, the conquest of deflation in Japan is now in sight. We are, however, only halfway toward achieving the price stability target of 2 percent,” he said, reiterating the BOJ’s stance that it will not hesitate to ease policy further if risks threaten its economic and price projections. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Scotland will continue to host major sporting events – Salmond

By Michael Hann GLASGOW (Reuters) - The Commonwealth Games will be the first of many successful major sporting events to be held in Scotland regardless of the country’s referendum on independence, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said on Tuesday. Scotland votes on Sept. 18 to decide whether it will end its 307-year union with England and leave the United Kingdom. “What Glasgow 2014 will do is show that Scotland can successfully hold major international sporting events,” the Scottish National Party leader told a news conference. The commitment we have shown sport and the Games, not just here in Glasgow but across the country, will continue to flourish with independence.” Scotland won the right to host the Commonwealth Games in 2007 and the country will also stage this year’s Ryder Cup golf match at Gleneagles in September. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Speight in Australia squad for Rugby Championship

* Fijian Speight named in Wallabies squad * Squad otherwise little changed from France series (Adds detail, quotes) By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, July 23 (Reuters) - Australia coach Ewen McKenzie included Henry Speight in his squad for the Rugby Championship on Wednesday even though the ACT Brumbies winger will be ineligible for selection for half of the campaign. The in-form Fijian will miss back-to-back tests against New Zealand and the clash with South Africa in Perth at the start of Australia’s campaign before he qualifies for the Wallabies on residential grounds on Sept. 11. The tackle-busting winger was the only uncapped player included in the 32-man squad, which featured few changes from that for the June test series against France which Australia swept 3-0. “There’s no reason why he can’t be involved in the preparations and learn a bit more about what we’re about.” Speight, unmistakeable for his huge Afro, comes into the reckoning soon after incumbent winger Nick Cummins, equally noticeable for his curly blonde mop, effectively brought an end to his test career by electing to move abroad to play in Japan. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Seafaring robot shrugs off monster Typhoon Rammasun

It was a storm that would terrify the bravest of mariners, but a California robot swam through it without blinking. The Wave Glider robot has weathered a direct onslaught by Typhoon Rammasun, battling 9-meter waves and gusts up to 216 kilometers per hour while gathering data on sea surface conditions, maker Liquid Robotics said Tuesday. The surface robot, which slowly bobs through ocean waves at about walking speed, was remotely piloted through the storm on the South China Sea. The robot has a propulsion system that uses the motion of waves to move it forward. Rammasun, the strongest typhoon to batter the region in decades, has left over 150 people dead in the Philippines, Vietnam and China, as well as hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars in damage. Typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones refer to the same kind of ocean storm depending on its location in the Pacific, Atlantic or Indian oceans. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read more here: PC World Magazine Latest News...

Pyeongchang’s 2018 Olympic committee faced audit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has been under investigation over its preparations for the games, South Korean officials said. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

NFL TV analyst Tony Dungy backs off comment about gay player

NFL television analyst and former coach Tony Dungy backed off on Tuesday from comments he “wouldn’t want to deal with” the diversions arising from drafting the league’s first openly gay player, saying he was referring to media attention surrounding such a move. Dungy, who was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts when they won the Super Bowl in 2007 and also coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had aroused criticism over the remark about defensive end Michael Sam, which was published in the Tampa Bay Tribune on Sunday. “I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy told the paper. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Microsoft CEO sees ‘bold’ plan as 4Q tops Street

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search — would become profitable in 2016. Read more here: Yahoo Tech News...

NHL-National Hockey League roundup

The Dallas Stars reached agreement Tuesday on a four-year contract with forward Antoine Roussel, avoiding a scheduled salary arbitration hearing later in the day. In 81 regular-season games last season, Roussel had 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists) and 209 penalty minutes. He was the only player in the NHL last season with more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes. His penalty minutes were the third highest in the NHL. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

NFL-National Football League roundup

A day after Tony Dungy was largely skewered for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, the former NFL coach clarified his comments and provided context. “I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. “I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process. I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

As hardware kills Microsoft profits, CEO Nadella seeks comfort in software

Microsoft’s quarterly financials are out, and they paint a startlingly clear picture of why new CEO Satya Nadella is in such a hurry to scuttle away from the “devices and services” mantra rolled out by former honcho Steve Ballmer just last year: Microsoft’s hardware efforts just aren’t making much money. In fact, they’re actually losing money hand over fist. The company whose very name includes a nod to its software roots became one of the largest hardware empires in the world virtually overnight earlier this year, with its acquisition of Nokia’s vast phones business. That acquisition paid immediate dividends for Microsoft: Last quarter, Microkia actually sold more phones than Apple, at 36.1 million units to Apple’s 35.2. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read more here: PC World Magazine Latest News...

More mobile gadgets than people? Seven countries now qualify

Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to snap up smartphones and tablets, according to a new report. Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea and the U.S. had wireless broadband penetration of more than 100 percent as of December 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday. That means there was more than one wireless broadband subscription per person, usually because consumers have more than one mobile device that can go online. The U.S. just barely crossed the bar, while Finland led the group with more than 123 percent penetration. Across all 37 OECD countries, wireless broadband penetration rose to 72.4 percent as total subscriptions grew 14.6 percent. The group spans North America, Australia, New Zealand, and much of Europe, as well as Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Israel, Mexico and Chile. It’s sometimes treated as a barometer of the developed world. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read more here: PC World Magazine Latest News...

Apple reports a huge profit but sales disappoint

Apple has racked up another hugely profitable quarter on sales of iPhones and Macintosh computers, though its revenue growth was slower than expected. Apple on Tuesday reported a profit of $7.7 billion for the April to June quarter, up 12 percent up on the same period last year and ahead of analyst estimates of $7.5 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. Revenue was $37.4 billion, 5 percent higher than last year but slightly below analyst expectations of $38 billion. Apple had told investors to expect revenue of between $36 billion and $38 billion for the quarter. Apple CEO Tim Cook attributed the growth to “strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem.” To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read more here: PC World Magazine Latest News...

Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja -medical official

By Kamal Namaa FALLUJA Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said. The Iraqi army has been shelling Falluja, 70 km (44 miles) west of Baghdad, for months, trying to drive out the Sunni militants from the group now known as Islamic State. Ahmed al-Shami, a spokesman for the Falluja health office - the local arm of the health ministry - said the 19 dead included women and children and that Falluja hospital had also received 38 wounded people since Monday evening. Residents of Falluja and the nearby town of Garma said helicopters fired artillery and dropped three barrel bombs on Falluja and two on Garma. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Qatar emir meets Saudi king in Jeddah to discuss Gaza fighting

RIYADH/DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived in Jeddah on Tuesday to meet Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah for talks that focused on the situation in Gaza, according to SPA, the Saudi press agency. A Doha-based source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the primary purpose of the emir’s visit is to find a way to reach a ceasefire agreement in Gaza. “Qatar is committed to the Palestinian people and wants to do everything to stop the killing,” said the source. “The emir’s visit to Saudi comes as part of that.” The meeting is the first for the two monarchs since a major rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia earlier this year. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure

Following through on promises from new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft continues to add support for non-Microsoft technologies, allowing them to run well on the company’s Azure cloud hosting platform. “There are a wide variety of platforms and technologies that developers and IT managers like to use. We’re just trying to assure that regardless of your choice, it will work well on Azure “ said Doug Mahugh, a technology evangelist for Microsoft Open Technologies, a subsidiary that develops software and tools for non-Microsoft platforms. “Our decisions about where to invest are very much driven by what is popular with developers,” he said. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read more here: PC World Magazine Latest News...
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