Russian Football Union names oil executive as new president

The Russian Football Union chose Alexander Dyukov, a senior oil executive, as its new president until 2021, RFU said. Dyukov is the chief executive officer of oil producer Gazprom Neft.

Manchester United no longer ‘underdogs’ against Liverpool: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Liverpool handed United a 3-1 defeat in their last meeting at Anfield in December which led to former manager Jose Mourinho's dismissal and Solskjaer's appointment.

Ninth lawmaker quits Britain’s opposition Labour Party

Austin said he was appalled at the treatment of Jewish lawmakers who had taken a stand against anti-Semitism and that the "the party is tougher on the people complaining about anti-Semitism than it is on the anti-Semites."

Manchester City not expecting to bulldoze Chelsea again: Bernardo Silva

Manchester City must forget their 6-0 drubbing of Chelsea earlier this month and cannot afford to be complacent against the London side when they face off in Sunday's League Cup final, midfielder Bernardo Silva has said.

Juan Martin del Potro cuts Reilly Opelka down to size with Delray Beach win

Reilly Opelka won his first career title at the New York Open on Sunday but was nowhere near his best against Del Potro and looked particularly vulnerable on his second serve.

Alex Iwobi hails Mesut Ozil’s impact but Unai Emery keen on rotation

Arsenal overcame a 1-0 deficit to move into the last-16 with a 3-1 aggregate win during which Mesut Ozil, who missed the first leg, started only his second game in the club's last 11 fixtures in all competitions.

China says humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro denies there is a humanitarian crisis and said on Thursday he was considering closing Venezuela's key border with Colombia and would close the country's other main border with Brazil, effectively shutting off any legal land access.

‘Dream of a safe place’: Saudi sisters on hiding in Hong Kong after fleeing family

The women, who have been in hiding in the former British colony for the last five months, told the lawyer their connecting flight to Australia was cancelled and the officials tried to put them on a flight to the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi woos investors to crisis-hit Rakhine, decries ‘negative’ focus

On a rare visit to Rakhine, Suu Kyi emphasised responsible business practices as she addressed an investment fair sponsored by Japan in the coastal state's tourist hotspot of Ngapali beach.

Kenya High Court delays ruling on law banning gay sex to May 24

Kenya arrested 534 people for same-sex relationships between 2013 and 2017, the government said. Kenya's high court began hearings on the law last year.

ECB confirms playing conditions for The Hundred

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Thursday the playing conditions for its new 100-ball cricket format known as The Hundred, which starts in 2020.

Jurgen Klopp backs Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to manage top club

Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's ability to unlock the potential of his players and believes the Manchester United interim boss has the qualities to manage top teams having made an instant impact at Old Trafford.

Andy Murray could make return after hip surgery, says mother Judy

Andy Murray could return to competitive tennis after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery last month but the former world number one also knows his career might already be over, his mother Judy has said.

England eye one coach for all formats after Trevor Bayliss steps down, says Ashley Giles

England are almost certain to have one coach in charge of their test, one-day international and T20 teams after Trevor Bayliss completes his stint later this year, director of cricket Ashley Giles has said.

UN rights experts urge Indonesia to probe use of snake in Papua interrogation

"We urge the government to take urgent measures to prevent the excessive use of force by police and military officials involved in law enforcement in Papua," the experts said.

EU debates how and when to start trade talks with Donald Trump

The United States and Europe ended a stand-off of several months last July, when Trump agreed to hold off on car tariffs while the two sides looked to improve trade ties.

Unseeded Belinda Bencic upsets Simona Halep to reach Dubai semifinals

Unseeded Swiss youngster Belinda Bencic rallied to beat second-ranked Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Thursday to reach the Dubai Championships semifinals.

Europa League: Arsenal, Eintracht march into last 16

The Gunners enjoyed a huge let-off several minutes later when Stephan Lichsteiner cleared a Stanislav Dragun shot off the line before Shkodran Mustafi made it 2-0 with a thumping header from a Granit Xhaka corner.

Canadian Georges St-Pierre calls time on glittering career

Georges St-Pierre announced his retirement at a news conference in Montreal and leaves the sport with a 26-2-0 mark and on a 13-fight winning streak. He also holds the UFC record for the most 170-pound title defences at nine.

North Korea warns of food crisis, slashes rations before next leaders’ summit

The 15-member UN Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.