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Bernard, Stephens win stage two of virtual Tour de France

- Julien Bernard of Trek Segafredo may have never won a stage on the Tour de France but the French rider came out on top in stage two of the men's Virtual Tour de France on Sunday in a closely-contested finish. The riders tackled the 29.5 km Watopia Mountain Route from the comfort of...


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French economy probably bouncing back faster than expected - central bank

PARIS - The French economy is pulling out of the slump induced by the coronavirus outbreak at least as fast as expected a month ago, and maybe even a little faster, Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Sunday. "It's going at least as well as we expected in earl...


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UK COVID-19 confirmed death toll rises by 22 to 44,220

LONDON - Britain's death toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen by 22 to 44,220, the department of health said on Sunday. The number of deaths registered at the weekend is often lower than during the week. Including deaths from suspected cases, the toll is over 54,000, accordin...


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Ecuador indigenous group frees hostages after return of corpse amid pandemic

QUITO - An indigenous group in the Ecuadorean Amazon has released six hostages after authorities returned the body of a leader who according to the government died of COVID-19, police said late on Saturday. Members of the Shuar Kumay community last week took two police officers, two...


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Too soon to say if safe to hold Republican convention in Florida: U.S. official

WASHINGTON - A top Trump administration health official said on Sunday it was not clear whether it will be safe to hold the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month, as Florida sees record numbers of coronavirus cases. The Republican Party moved most of the conventio...


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Newcastle bounce back to draw 2-2 with West Ham

NEWCASTLE, England - Newcastle United twice came back from a goal down as they grabbed a 2-2 Premier League draw with West Ham United on Sunday, robbing the visitors of the chance to put some more daylight between themselves and the relegation zone. Having lost their previous seven...


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Bottas wins dramatic Austrian opener

- Finland's Valtteri Bottas won a dramatic first race of the delayed Formula One season for champions Mercedes in Austria on Sunday, with the safety car driver kept busy and only 11 of the 20 cars finishing. Charles Leclerc finished a surprise second for Ferrari with McLaren's Lando...


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Season could be over for key Burnley pair Mee and Cork

By Simon Evans BURNLEY, England - Burnley could be without their influential pair Ben Mee and Jack Cork for the remainder of the season, manager Sean Dyche said after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Sheffield United in the Premier League. Skipper and central defender Mee missed...


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Argentines get soccer kicks at social distance with 'human foosball'

By Miguel Lo Bianco PERGAMINO, Argentina - Soccer-mad Argentines in the country's farm belt city of Pergamino have devised a clever way to keep playing while avoiding risk of spreading COVID-19: a human foosball pitch with zones for each player to avoid physical contact....


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Ramos penalty again proves the difference as Real win in Bilbao

BILBAO - Sergio Ramos was once again Real Madrid's hero from the penalty spot as his side beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 away from home on Sunday for a seventh consecutive victory which saw them wrap their tentacles ever tighter around the La Liga title. The hard-fought win took Zinedine Z...