• 1st of 4 WBC qualifying tournaments set for Sydney

    SYDNEY (AP) — The first of four regional qualifiers for next year’s World Baseball Classic begins Thursday with host team Australia aiming to advance to the final 16 and improve on its poor record in past tournaments.

  • Malaysian officer to serve 9 months for New Zealand assault

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Malaysian military officer whose legal case prompted outrage after he left New Zealand under the protection of diplomatic immunity was sentenced Thursday to nine months of home detention after pleading guilty to indecent assault.