Mediapro reassures Serie A clubs over TV rights amid legal standoff

Juventus’ shock draw against Crotone opens up the door for Napoli in the Serie A title race. Gab Marcotti and the FC boys recap it all. Mediapro has reassured Serie A clubs that there is nothing to fear about its acquisition of the 2018-21 TV rights after Sky Italia obtained…

Rangers can prevent Celtic achieving 10 titles in succession – director

Celtic brushed Rangers aside in the Scottish Cup semifinal. Rangers director Alastair Johnston has said it is not a foregone conclusion that Celtic will notch up 10 Scottish titles in a row. Celtic are one win away from a seventh successive Premiership title, 13 points clear of their Glasgow rivals,…

Chelsea, Southampton learn true value of a No. 9 in calamitous campaigns

The ESPN FC guys debate whether Alvaro Morata is overrated or just a bad fit for Chelsea. It could be their last meeting for years. Southampton and Chelsea are separated by 13 places now and could be divided by a division next season. Southampton have gone 42 years without a…

The best and the worst of OPS+

Welcome to a new weekly feature in which we use new-age baseball stats to take a look at baseball, either currently or historically. This week, we look at OPS+, which is a stat that measures a player’s contribution on offense and compares him to an average player that season. An…

Federal judge delays ruling in Stormy Daniels lawsuit against Trump and his personal lawyer

A federal judge postponed a ruling on a request by President Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a 90-day delay of a lawsuit filed against them by porn star Stormy Daniels, noting that Cohen is now the subject of a federal investigation. U.S. District Court Judge S. James…

UCLA spring showcase might provide glimpses of new coach Chip Kelly’s plans

It could be more of a jam session than a full-on rehearsal. Significant band members will be missing. The lyrics are still being mastered. The date and location won’t be printed on the back of any T-shirts. “UCLA spring football showcase 2018, Drake Stadium” probably won’t closely approximate what…

Avicii had a reason for good feelings when he dominated the dance tent at Coachella 2012

Swedish-born producer and DJ Avicii was found dead at age 28 in Oman Friday. Among the many massive music festivals he played in his brief career, Avicii brought his signature song “Le7els” to the 2012 Coachella fest, where he sat down with LA Times reporter August Brown to discuss the…

Paula Patton stars in the surprisingly effective thriller ‘Traffik’

Once again, a distributor chose to hold back a film from reviewers that turns out to be better than its peek-a-boo marketing strategy implied. That movie, “Traffik,” is an effective weekend-from-hell thriller with a vital message, a terrific lead performance by Paula Patton and some unexpectedly…

As he closes in on 3,000 hits, Albert Pujols is a Hall of Famer on and off the field

The career is legendary, so the origin story might as well be too. Albert Pujols lets his bat speak for him. That Pujols could not secure his first major league roster spot until Mark McGwire spoke up for him must be myth. True story, McGwire says. Pujols was 21, and…

In ‘The Invisible Hand,’ a kidnapped American banker strikes a deal for survival

The color of money runs blood red in the Southern California premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s riveting hostage thriller, “The Invisible Hand.” A superbly cast staging by Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theatre Company further validates Akhtar’s reputation for storytelling that both engages and informs as it…

NAB approves probe into Musharraf’s disproportionate assets, misuse of authority

The National Accountability Bureau today approved a probe into former president Pervez Musharraf’s disproportionate assets and misuse of authority. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau today approved a probe into…

Students to walk out across the United States in call for gun reforms

LITTLETON, Colorado: Thousands of students across the United States will mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School by walking out of classes on Friday, in a show of unity intended to put pressure on politicians to enact…

MPA refuses to leave Sindh Assembly premises in protest of water deficit

 MPA Saifuddin Khalid on Friday announced that he would not leave the premises of the Sindh Assembly until Orangi Town is supplied with water. Photo: Geo News  KARACHI: MPA Saifuddin Khalid on Friday announced that he would not leave the…

Kulsoom’s chemotherapy treatment has ended: Nawaz Sharif

LONDON: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that the chemotherapy treatment of his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz has ended.The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz former president was speaking to media in London, where he informed them…

Factbox: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to leave at the end of the season after almost 22 years at the Premier League club.Here are some key facts about Wenger:Early life*Born on Oct. 22, 1949 in Strasbourg, Alsace, France to Alphonse and Louise…

TV This Week, April 22-28: ‘Westworld,’ ‘Archer’ and more

SUNDAY It’s all Monica Lewinsky this and Al Qaeda that in the conclusion of the two-part special “The Untold Story of the 90s.” 8 p.m. History Channel Do unto others before they do unto you, as in the new made-for-cable thriller “I Killed My BFF: The Preacher’s Daughter.” With Carly…

As Prince’s health waned, his inner circle had grown increasingly alarmed

Some of Prince’s closest confidants had grown increasingly alarmed about his health in the days before he died and tried to get him help as they realized he had an opioid addiction — yet none was able to give investigators the insight they needed to determine where the musician got…

LAPD officer arrested on 3 counts of murder in suspected DUI crash in Whittier

A Los Angeles police officer was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of murder in connection with a suspected DUI crash in Whittier last fall, authorities said. Edgar Verduzco, 26, was taken into custody at a friend’s home about 7:30 a.m. Friday and will be booked on suspicion of…

Raza Rabbani urges PM Abbasi to name new Islamabad airport after Benazir Bhutto

New Islamabad airport. Photo: APPISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Raza Rabbani on Friday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi urging him to name the new Islamabad airport after former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.Adviser…

Lucrecia Martel fuses the mystical and the historical with bold adventure in ‘Zama’

“Zama,” the story of a man waiting to return, has become the vehicle for the long-awaited return of Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel. The film is a bold, heady work made up of sly humor and revelatory vision. It also marks the first new movie since 2009’s “The Headless Woman” from…

Life returns to Quetta’s Hanna Lake with recent spell of rain

Water in Hanna Lake, which is situated at a distance of 18km from Quetta city. Photo: Rashid Saeed/Geo NewsQUETTA: The recent spell of rain across Balochistan has returned life to the dry Hanna Lake, with water filling the parched patch creating a…

Giving the Jews of Port Said a name that will endure forever

At its peak during the 1920s, the Jewish community in this Suez Canal city numbered almost 1,000 people. Efforts are being made to preserve their legacy before it’s too late

If unable to manage, Federal govt should hand over KE to Sindh govt: Shah

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. Photo: Geo NewsKARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said on Friday that the recent tussle between K-Electric (KE) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has only resulted in Karachi’s citizens receiving the…

Time has come for judiciary to deliver, CJP tells Charsadda bar members

CJP addressing bar members in Charsadda today. Photo: Geo NewsCHARSADDA: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar said on Friday that the time has come for the judiciary to deliver, adding that otherwise, “we will not be able to achieve our…

‘Scandal’ finale by the tweets

“Scandal” said goodbye Thursday by doing what it does best: blowing up Twitter. In between a live table read of the finale for charity and a group appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” series creator Shonda Rhimes and the cast gathered to live-tweet one last time (or actually two last times:…

South Sudan says head of army has died

 South Sudanese newly appointed army chief General James Ajongo speaks to the media after his swearing in at the Presidential Palace in South Sudan’s capital of Juba, May 10, 2017. Photo: Reuters  JUBA: South Sudan’s army chief General James…

Indian YouTube singer has tearful reunion after 40 years

Khomdram Gambhir Singh was welcomed home to remote Manipur 40 years after he left, reunited with family when someone saw a YouTube video of him singing. Photo: AFP An Indian man missing for 40 years has had an emotional reunion with his family…

Mahira Khan emerges as voice of wisdom in Meesha-Ali harassment issue

Mahira Khan. Photo: FilePakistani superstar Mahira Khan emerged as a voice of wisdom and sense as she spoke against those “desensitising the issue” of Meesha Shafi’s allegations of sexual harassment against Ali Zafar.“The sick mentality of…

Martha and Bela Karolyi say they had no idea Larry Nassar was sexually abusing gymnasts

Former USA Gymnastics women’s national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and husband Bela told NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison. Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics….

4 men lured teenage girl on social media and committed sexual misconduct, police say

Four men are facing felony charges on allegations of sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old girl from Huntington Beach, authorities said Thursday. Huntington Beach police and prosecutors allege that Dwight Castaldi, 42, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Christian Palmer, 27, of Sacramento; Sohrab Anaraki,…