• No immediate return for Russia to athletics events

    In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 file photo, Sergey Kirdyapkin, of Russia, wins the gold medal in the men's 50-kilometer race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Russian walker, Sergei Kirdyapkin, is obliged to pay back a total of at least $90,000 for numerous wins at major competitions after he was banned in 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

    MONACO (AP) — Russia will stay stuck in track and field’s doghouse, its athletes banned from competing under their own flag, until February at the earliest.

  • Arsenal playmaker Cazorla out for 3 months with ankle injury

    FILE- In this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 file photo, Arsenal's Santi Cazorla during their English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park, Newcastle, England. Cazorla will be out for around three months because of a right ankle injury, robbing the team of its creative influence in central midfield.  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

    LONDON (AP) — Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla will have surgery on his right ankle and be out for about three months, robbing the team of its creative influence in central midfield.

  • Senegal mourns world-renowned sculptor Ousmane Sow

    In this Dec.11, 2013 file photo, Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow gestures while being enthroned at France's Academy of Fine Arts, in Paris. Sow, whose work celebrated African tribes along with historical icons such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr., has died at 81, the culture minister said Thursday, Dec 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Ousmane Sow, a Senegalese sculptor whose work celebrated African tribes along with historical icons such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr., has died at 81, the culture minister said Thursday.

  • Backstage UK politics makes thrilling drama in ‘This House’

    LONDON (AP) — A government riven by feuding faces a shaky global economy and a referendum on Britain’s role in Europe.

  • Iniesta key for Barcelona in ‘clasico’ against Madrid

    MADRID (AP) — Barcelona’s chances of winning the Spanish league this season could be determined by whether Andres Iniesta is fit to play in Saturday’s “clasico” against Real Madrid.

  • Roma’s standout attack could be the difference in derby

    Roma's Edin Dzeko, center,  scores during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Roma and Pescara at Rome's Olympic stadium  Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.  (Angelo Carconi /ANSA via AP)

    MILAN (AP) — First there was BBC, then there was MSN, and now there’s … PDS?

  • Kane signs 2-year contract extension at Tottenham

    LONDON (AP) — Tottenham striker Harry Kane has signed a two-year extension to his contract, tying him to the Premier League club until 2022.

  • 34 Spaniards detained in tennis match-fixing investigation

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities have detained 34 people, including six tennis players, involved in a tennis match-fixing network that made more than half-a-million dollars from lower-tier tournaments in Spain and Portugal.

  • Turkey and Russia want cease-fire in Syria: Turkish official

    This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Civil Defense workers carrying a victim on a stretcher after artillery fire struck the Jub al-Quba district in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Syrian activists say at least 21 people have been killed in an artillery barrage on a housing area for those displaced in rebel-held eastern Aleppo. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday his country and Russia want a cease-fire in Syria, where the two nations support opposing camps in the conflict.

  • Lithuanian civilians fearing Russian attack train for worst

    Young Lithuanian civilians in military fatigues practice insurgency tactics that they fear could be needed given Russia's resurgence, in the village of Pomarazai, some 25 km (15 miles) from the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Many Lithuanians are increasingly fearful that Russia, after military interventions over the past years in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria, could turn to them next. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Rasa Miskinyte spent last Saturday in a freezing forest near Lithuania’s capital learning to gather water from a pond with a condom, to filter it through sand, charcoal and cloth, and to make her own stove from a beer can. She thought some basic survival skills would be helpful if Russian troops ever entered Vilnius and her family escaped into the woods.