• NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

    The NHL may be nearing a deadline to decide whether to allow the world’s best hockey players to participate in the Winter Olympics next year in South Korea.

    Updated: 5:59 pm

  • Italy goalkeeper Buffon to play his 1,000th match

    PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon will mark his 1,000th appearance as a professional in the World Cup qualifier against Albania on Friday.

  • Megan Rapinoe returns to US roster for April exhibitions

    CHICAGO (AP) — Midfielder Megan Rapinoe is back on the U.S. women’s national team roster for a pair of friendlies in Texas next month.

  • Coal ash: ‘Why in the world would we be importing it?’

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America’s utilities are struggling to dispose of.

  • World Cup qualifying in Europe: State of play in groups

    LONDON (AP) — As World Cup qualifying reaches the midway point in Europe, The Associated Press looks at the state of the groups. The winners qualify automatically while the second-place teams go into playoffs.

  • Cardinal William Keeler dies at 86; led oldest diocese in US

    CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Cardinal William Keeler, who helped ease tensions between Catholics and Jews and headed the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in the U.S. for 18 years, died Thursday. He was 86.

  • Russia’s World Cup CEO mulls FIFA Council spot

    MOSCOW (AP) — The man in charge of organizing the World Cup in Russia is considering running for a spot on the FIFA Council after the country’s deputy prime minister was barred from standing.

  • Croatia PM appeals for no hooliganism at Ukraine game

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s prime minister is appealing on soccer fans to behave during an upcoming World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine.

  • AP Exclusive: US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, The Associated Press has learned.

  • Brazil rebuilds after 7-1 debacle and aims high at World Cup

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The last time Brazil’s national team won six World Cup qualifiers in a row, it went on to lift the trophy in 1970 in Mexico — its second of five titles.