• Grichuk could cut into Jay's playing time for Cardinals

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jon Jay was the St. Louis Cardinals' center fielder and primary leadoff man when he went on the 15-day disabled list with a wrist injury. When he returns, likely Friday, it might be more of a job share due to the emergence of Randal Grichuk. The 23-year-old Grichuk,...

  • Bob Baffert grows into racing's grateful elder statesman

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Bob Baffert came blasting into thoroughbred racing in Southern California talking smack. Wearing a cowboy hat and boots, he had already conquered the quarter horse world and was ready to take aim at the bigger money and prestige offered by training regally-bred...

  • LEADING OFF: Harvey hopes to bounce back, Shields unbeaten

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today: ___ OFF THE MATT Mets ace Matt Harvey starts vs. Miami at Citi Field, trying to bounce back from the worst start of his young career. He gave up seven runs in four innings last weekend at Pittsburgh, prompting manager...

  • FIFA President Blatter asks to be re-elected despite crisis

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter will seek another term as FIFA president later Friday after asking soccer leaders to entrust him with guiding the governing body's recovery from a corruption crisis — again. "We have been hit and I personally have been slapped," Blatter said at his 2011...

  • THE LATEST: Small straw poll has Blatter ahead pre-vote

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments: 09:10 a.m. (0710 GMT; 3.10 a.m. EDT) FIFA President Sepp Blatter seemed to be ahead in a small straw poll of soccer officials arriving for their election congress on Friday. It's a small sample, but most delegates prepared to give...

  • Paul running hard on civil liberties after his Senate gambit

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is fighting to transform his opposition to government surveillance programs into political momentum as the 2016 presidential campaign gets underway. Last week, the Republican infuriated his party leaders by almost single-handedly delaying the...

  • China destroys more than 660 tons of smuggled ivory

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have destroyed 662 tons of ivory that was seized after being smuggled in the country, as part of a crackdown on the illegal trade. In front of reporters in a suburban section of Beijing, wildlife officials placed raw tusks and ornate carvings onto a...

  • Thailand says agrees to US flights to search for boat people

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai official says that Bangkok has agreed to allow the U.S. military to operate flights out of Thailand to search for migrants stuck on boats. So far the U.S. Navy flights have been operating out of Subang, Malaysia, while the U.S. waited for permission from...

  • Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Regional talks to deal with the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia began Friday with a defensive Myanmar official criticizing those who blame his country for causing the crisis, saying "finger pointing" would not help. Htin Linn, the acting director of...

  • Volcano erupts on southern Japanese island

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing black clouds of ash and rock towering into the sky and prompting authorities to tell residents to evacuate the island. No injuries were reported after Mount Shindake erupted about 10 a.m. (0100 GMT)...

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