• World ski body unable to stop Russians racing in WCup opener

    GENEVA (AP) — Russian cross-country skiers found guilty of doping at the Sochi Olympics can compete in World Cup races this weekend because the International Ski Federation has been unable to prosecute its own cases in time.

  • Jones not starting England captain Hartley for first time

    LONDON (AP) — England will play Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday without captain Dylan Hartley starting for the first time in a rugby test under Eddie Jones.

  • George Avakian, jazz producer and scholar, dies at 98

    NEW YORK (AP) — George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98.

  • The Latest: Kosovo welcomes verdict for Serb military leader

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the judgment on former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic (all times local):

  • Chelsea beats Qarabag 4-0, reaches Champions League last 16

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Willian helped to sweep Chelsea into the knockout stage of the Champions League with a game to spare Wednesday, winning a game-changing penalty and also scoring twice in a 4-0 victory over 10-man Qarabag.

  • Syria talks in Russia, Saudi Arabia aim to unify rival sides

    MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Wednesday discussed ways to promote a peaceful settlement in Syria, including the return of refugees, humanitarian aid and prisoners’ exchange, while fractured Syrian opposition groups were meeting in Saudi Arabia in a bid to overcome their divisions and form a united front for Syrian peace talks in Geneva.

  • Sochi gold medalist among 4 Russians banned for doping

    MOSCOW (AP) — Two more Russian athletes were stripped of their Olympic medals from the 2014 Sochi Games on Wednesday, leaving the United States as the country with the most medals.

  • Russian skeleton gold medalist Aleksandr Tretiakov among 4 banned by IOC for doping at Sochi Olympics

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian skeleton gold medalist Aleksandr Tretiakov among 4 banned by IOC for doping at Sochi Olympics.

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  • AP Balkans correspondent recalls encounters with Mladic

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When he was finally arrested after 16 years on the run, the balding old man hobbling with pain bore little resemblance to the robust, ruthless Bosnian Serb army commander whom I twice met during the bloody breakup of the former Yugoslavia.