Parties supporting a bailout saving Greece from bankruptcy won a slim parliamentary majority on Sunday, beating radical leftists who rejected austerity and bringing relief to the euro zone which was braced for fresh financial turmoil.The election result looked likely to yield a coalition government led by conservative New Democracy but leaves an emboldened SYRIZA bloc to rally angry opposition in the streets to the punishing terms of the bailout. Read More
Low scoring was again difficult at the U.S. Open on Sunday as the early starters in the final round battled to cope with the tight, slanting fairways, thick rough and slick greens at the Olympic Club.While overnight leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell prepared for a mid-afternoon teeoff, only two players out on the course were under par for the day as fog and light breezes swept across the hilly Lake Course. Read More
The euro briefly rose after Greek election results showed parties committed to its debt bailout plan were on course to secure a slim parliamentary majority, keeping the debt-indebted country in the euro zone.The euro rose to around $1.2730, according to Reuters data in early Australasian trading on Monday, its highest since May 22.But it pulled back to around $1.2690 by 1948 GMT, as investors were uncertain about what shape a coalition government may take. Read More
Rodney King, whose 1991 beating at the hands of police led to deadly riots in Los Angeles the following year, was found dead in a swimming pool on Sunday in Rialto, California, police said.King, 47, whose beating was captured on video by a bystander, was discovered by his fiancée, Rialto police Captain Randy De Anda said.King’s death was reported to police Sunday morning in Rialto, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. Police pulled his body from the swimming pool but were unable to resuscitate him, De Anda said. Read More
Undocumented Mexican youths who came to the United States as children reacted with joy to an Obama administration rule change on Friday that could spare them deportation, although opponents slammed it as amnesty and ridiculous."It hasn't really sunk in entirely, but I feel a sense of joy and happiness because I know this is really going to change my life," said Justino Mora, 22, an undocumented computer science student at UCLA in Los Angeles. Read More
California’s legislature on Friday approved the main bill in a state budget plan advanced by its Democratic leaders to close a $15.7 billion shortfall despite opposition from Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
The votes by the Assembly and state Senate on the $92 billion budget plan followed vows by Democratic leaders of the bodies that they would meet the legislature’s midnight deadline for a budget plan.
The bill now goes to Brown, who is at odds with top Democratic lawmakers over spending cuts aimed at programs providing services to the state’s neediest. Read More
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade proved they were not yet ready to pass the torch to the next generation by leading the Miami Heat to a 100-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
James scored 32 points and Wade added 24 as the veteran-laden Heat rebounded from Tuesday night’s lacklustre 105-94 setback to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
Oklahoma City fought back from a 13-point deficit in the last nine minutes and trailed 98-96 when Kevin Durant missed a five-footer with 10 seconds left. Read More
SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain threw the second perfect game of the season Tuesday, striking out a career-high 14 batters as the San Francisco Giants blanked the Houston Astros 10-0.
Cain's gem was challenged twice. In the top of the sixth, catcher Chris Snyder hit a flyball to deep left center that was caught by Melky Cabrera making a mini leap to prevent Snyder from getting an extra-base hit. Read More
Brandon Inge had three RBIs, including a two-run double to cap a three-run ninth as the visiting A’s sent reeling Colorado to its seventh consecutive defeat.
Seth Smith and Brandon Moss belted two-run homers and Jonny Gomes had a solo shot for the A’s, which rallied from deficits of 6-2 and 8-5.
Todd Helton belted a grand slam and Michael Cuddyer had four hits with a pair of homers for the Rockies, who tumbled to 0-8 in interleague play. Read More
The father of a key prosecution witness in the sexual abuse trial of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on Wednesday told jurors his son was “distraught” when he called to report he had seen Sandusky molesting a boy.John McQueary, the father of former graduate assistant coach Mike McQueary, said his son called him directly after witnessing the incident in a locker room shower, which Mike McQueary also described in testimony on Tuesday. Read More
Henry Hill, the mobster turned government informant portrayed in the book “Wiseguy” and later the movie “Goodfellas,” has died after a long illness, his fiancé’s son said. He was 69.Hill died at a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday, Nate Caserta, son of Lisa Schinelli Caserta, told ABC News.“Henry was one of the most laid back chill guys ever,” Caserta wrote on his Facebook page. “It breaks my heart knowing I will never get to talk to him again.” Read More
Madison Bumgarner worked into the eighth inning and hit his first career homer as the host Giants won the opener of the three-game series.
Bumgarner (8-4) improved to 13-2 in his last 16 starts at AT&T Park after giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits with no walks and a season-high 12 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings.
The Giants snapped their 16-game homerless drought at home when Bumgarner led off the third inning with a solo shot off Bud Norris (5-4). Read More
Brandon Moss homered twice as the offensively challenged A’s handed host Colorado and its major league-worst pitching staff a sixth straight loss, beating them 8-6 on Tuesday.
Seth Smith doubled twice and drove in two runs in his return to Coors Field as the A’s, who entered with a .220 batting average — lowest in baseball — erased a 4-0 lead with five runs in the third inning en route to snapping athree-game losing streak.
Brandon Inge and Cliff Pennington added solo shots, and Inge had an RBI double as Oakland tied a season high with four home runs. Read More
Tiger Woods has not won a major title in four long years but the former world number one oozed a steely confidence at the Olympic Club on Tuesday while preparing for this week’s U.S. Open.
Boosted by his 73rd PGA Tour victory at the Memorial tournament two weeks ago in Dublin, Ohio, Woods is happy with his game and returns to a course he knows very well from his student days at Stanford University. Read More
Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis scored first-period goals — all on the same five-minute power play — and host Los Angeles cruised from there to claim its first Stanley Cup championship by a score of 6-1. Jonathan Quick preserved the win with 17 saves as the eighth-seeded Kings ended an incredible playoff run in style, winning the championship in their second Stanley Cup finals appearance while ending a 45-year drought. Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Read More