Russian court convicts five men of murdering Putin critic Nemtsov

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A court on Thursday convicted five men of murdering Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, more than two years after he was shot dead near the Kremlin.


British PM faces vote test in parliament over government plan

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a test of her authority on Thursday when parliament votes on her policy program, watered down after an election setback and growing pressure over her Brexit and austerity plans.


Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweets porn in apparent case of hacking

  • NFL team owner sends out nude image of model early Thursday morning
  • Irsay had said in previous days that his account had been compromised

Indianapolis Colts fans had their Twitter timeline spiced up early on Thursday morning after their owner’s account tweeted out a picture of a nude woman.

Whether Jim Irsay was frantically scouring the internet for porn is doubtful: on 16 June he warned he had been hacked, and a later tweet was blank and addressed to members of the media and the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.

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Steph Curry’s vanity project is a kick in the teeth to journeymen golf pros

Golden State Warriors basketball star’s appearance in the Ellie Mae Classic is borderline offensive to those battling in the tough world below the main tours

Imagine the scenario. Golden State Warriors are locked in a fierce play-off battle when Jordan Spieth – inspired by his brother’s basketball success and a capable player in his own right – decides he wants to feature in match five. Spieth’s overtures are accepted, thereby handing the golfer a key spot in another sport’s top domain.

Ludicrous, right? It certainly should be but while the circumstances are not identical there is cause to wonder about the legitimacy of the Tour’s dispensation as given to Steph Curry. The Ellie Mae Classic in California will feature Curry – a basketball superstar and Under Armour icon who plays off two – after the Warriors player was handed a sponsor’s invitation. If it sounds like a vanity project and looks like a vanity project, it tends to be a vanity project.

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Trump’s Russia lawyer faces conflict-of-interest questions over $296m Kushner deal

  • Revealed: Marc Kasowitz’s firm involved in real-estate sale to Trump son-in-law
  • Loan relating to building’s purchase could fall under Mueller’s Russia inquiry
  • Questions already raised about Kasowitz’s potential conflict of interest issues

The lawyer privately advising Donald Trump on the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is head of a law firm that was involved in the sale of a prestigious piece of New York real estate to Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law, in a deal that could fall under the spotlight of the same inquiry.

Marc Kasowitz, a member of the New York bar who has represented Trump in his business dealings for 15 years, was brought on board by the president last month to provide personal legal advice relating to the Russian inquiry now being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. The appointment has placed Kasowitz at the center of the legal maelstrom over the investigation into potential collusion between Russia and elements of Trump’s presidential campaign.

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Britain seeking Northern Ireland political deal ‘as soon as possible’

BELFAST (Reuters) – A number of issues remain outstanding between Northern Irish politicians ahead of a deadline to restore a power-sharing executive, Britain’s Northern Ireland minister said on Thursday, calling for a solution “as soon as possible”.


Schweinsteiger falls and Nesta shines on night of shocks in US Open Cup

  • Crowd of 32,287 sees FC Cincinnati beat MLS’s Chicago Fire on penalties
  • Miami FC, coached by Italian World Cup winner, beat top-flight Atlanta United

It was a night of shocks in the US Open Cup on Wednesday as two MLS teams fell to lower division opposition in the last 16.

FC Cincinnati, who knocked out top-flight Columbus Crew, in the previous round beat another MLS team, Chicago Fire, on penalties in front of a raucous crowd of 32,287 in Ohio. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Fire could not break down Cincinnati over 120 minutes and for once a German was on the wrong end of a penalty shoot-out. Cincinnati hopes to have an MLS team when the league expands and Wednesday’s atmosphere showed the passion for soccer in the city.

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