• Saudis, UAE, Bahrain now agree to play Qatar-hosted Gulf Cup

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will send their teams to Qatar for the Gulf Cup of Nations, reversing a decision to avoid playing in their neighboring country they have collectively boycotted for 2 ½ years.

  • Much-admired Tour de France cyclist Poulidor dies at age 83

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Raymond Poulidor, known as the “eternal runner-up” behind five-time Tour de France winners Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx, has died. He was 83 years old.

  • Striker Sam Kerr joins Women’s Super League leader Chelsea

    LONDON (AP) — Australia striker Sam Kerr will play for a European club for the first time after Women’s Super League leader Chelsea signed one of the game’s most prolific scorers.

  • Neglected heartland seen as key to Brexit-dominated election

    HARTLEPOOL, England (AP) — In Hartlepool, a tough, proud English port town whipped by bitter North Sea winds, people have long felt ignored by politicians in far-off London. But not anymore.

  • Air pollution in Afghan capital is deadlier than war

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Yousuf fled with his family from his home in eastern Afghanistan eight years ago to escape the war, but he couldn’t escape tragedy. In the capital, Kabul, five of his children died, not from violence or bombings, but from air pollution, worsened by bitter cold and poverty.

  • Spanish striker David Villa set to retire from Japan club

    KOBE, Japan (AP) — Spanish striker David Villa says he will retire from Japanese club Vissel Kobe next year, ending the career of Spain’s top scorer in international play.

  • Bradley scores 23, Cal tops UNLV in OT, 79-75

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Cal eventually found the right defensive formula Tuesday night and it paved the way to a thrilling comeback victory.

  • Kings bench Kovalchuk, team refuses to say for how long

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Left wing Ilya Kovalchuk was a healthy scratch for the Los Angeles Kings in their 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, and the team wouldn’t say how long he will be out of the lineup.

  • Kopitar, Walker lead Kings to 3-1 win over Wild

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anytime the Los Angeles Kings can get an early goal from Anze Kopitar and pair it with key saves from Jonathan Quick, it is usually going to result in a win.

  • Pettersson scores twice, Canucks beat Predators 5-3

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Elias Pettersson put on show to celebrate his 21st birthday with 12 family members and friends watching in the crowd.