BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss champion Young Boys has retained its title with eight matches still to play after second-placed Basel could only draw its game on Saturday.
Champions League debut drives Young Boys profit to $17M
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss champion Young Boys made a profit of 17 million Swiss francs ($17 million) in 2018 after playing in its first Champions League group stage.
Explosion near US Consulate in Geneva; no injuries
GENEVA (AP) — An electrical fault triggered an explosion Wednesday near the U.S. Consulate in Geneva, police and officials said. The U.S. Embassy in the Swiss capital, Bern, issued a security alert over the blast, but no one was injured.
"The explosion was linked to an electrical junction box, cooled by oil. Repairs will take several hours," embassy authorities said in an emailed statement. "The area has been deemed safe by local police."
Juventus loses at Young Boys, wins group after Man U defeat
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Juventus lost 2-1 at Young Boys in the Champions League, joining Real Madrid on Wednesday as a group winner which had already qualified before losing to a last-placed team.
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a post with an 87th-minute header for Juventus, and played the full game despite the plastic playing surface at Stade de Suisse and temperatures below freezing in Bern.
Swiss attorney general defends his FIFA investigation
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's attorney general defended his team's handling of its four-year FIFA investigation on Wednesday, a week after the lead prosecutor was removed from duty.
Federal prosecutors have come "under attack every day by the lawyers" in a case comprising 25 different investigations, Michael Lauber said at a news conference.
"We have to follow the Swiss (penal) code," said Lauber, who confirmed he will seek another four-year term as attorney general in June.
Edmonton Oilers edge Cologne 4-3 in OT in exhibition game
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Ryan Strome scored with 2:53 left in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers beat the German league's Cologne Sharks 4-3 in an exhibition game Wednesday.
Strome redirected a pass from Ethan Bear for the winner. Tobias Rieder, Milan Lucic and Ty Rattie also scored for the Oilers, who outshot the Sharks 37-19. The game was a homecoming for Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, a Cologne native. He had one assist. Jason Akeson, Moritz Muller and Ben Hanowski scored for Cologne.
Hall’s OT winner lead Devils over Swiss club
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Taylor Hall's goal with 1:03 left in overtime lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over SC Bern of the Swiss National League on Monday.
The game was part of the NHL's Global Series Challenge. Edmonton will conclude the exhibition season Wednesday when it meets Kolner Haie in Cologne, Germany.
New Jersey and Edmonton will meet Saturday in Gothenburg, Sweden, in the season opener for both teams.
The United Nations that Kofi Annan served pays tribute
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two secretaries-general and diplomats from the world that Kofi Annan served for nearly 45 years paid tribute to him at the United Nations Friday, but the most moving words were from his wife and son who urged people everywhere to continue his fight for a fairer and peaceful planet.
Mourinho asks players to be like Federer ahead of Swiss game
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Jose Mourinho wants his Manchester United players to think like Roger Federer and adapt to different playing surfaces for their Champions League opener on artificial turf in Switzerland.
Playing against Young Boys on Wednesday in Federer's home country, Mourinho does not want to make excuses for a field he does not like.
The United coach says the "big man (Federer) ... has also to win on the surfaces that he is not in love with, so we have to do it."
Never, ever, underestimate the Germans on the soccer field.
That's a globally accepted truth, one that has its roots in the 1954 World Cup final in Switzerland.
Going into that tournament, Hungary was the overwhelming favorite. After all, Hungary was the Olympic champion, unbeaten in four years, and had arguably the best player in the world in Ferenc Puskas.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt appointed Adi Huetter as coach on Wednesday to replace the Bayern Munich-bound Niko Kovac.
The Bundesliga side, which faces Bayern in the German Cup final for Kovac's last game on Saturday, says the 48-year-old Huetter has signed a deal through June 2021.
The Austrian coach is joining from Young Boys Bern, which he led to a first Swiss league title in 32 years this season, and will be joined in Frankfurt by assistant Christian Peintinger.
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Andy Rihs, a Swiss businessman who owned the BMC Racing cycling team and Young Boys soccer club, has died. He was 75.
Rihs died Wednesday in Zurich after "a patient and valiantly endured illness," the BMC team said Thursday in a statement.
"Our grief is indescribable, but we will carry on his values," the team said, praising Rihs for his "generosity, his sense of humor, and his infectious laugh."
Skier dies in Switzerland after falling 100 feet from ledge
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss authorities say a 19-year-old German skier has died near the resort of Grindelwald after falling some 30 meters (100 feet) off a ledge.
Bern canton (state) police said Monday the skier was with a group Sunday afternoon when she veered off of the marked slope and ended up going over the rocky ledge.
Rescue teams and a helicopter were sent to the scene but the skier died of her injuries on the way to the hospital.
Swiss prosecutors won’t pursue Polanski rape case
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss prosecutors say they won't pursue an investigation of Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski over allegations by a German woman that he raped her when she was a teenager 45 years ago.
Prosecutors in the Swiss capital, Bern, said Wednesday that the statute of limitations for the alleged crime of sexual actions with children had long since expired.
German museum shows art from vast trove hidden for decades
BONN, Germany (AP) — Some 250 art works that a reclusive collector hid from the world for decades, including pieces likely looted from Jewish owners under Nazi rule, are going on show at a German museum.
Art from Third Reich dealer’s trove on show for 1st time
GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss art museum on Wednesday showcased a new exhibit of artwork deemed "degenerate art" by the Nazis, drawn from a collection of some 1,500 works found hidden in the homes of German collector Cornelius Gurlitt five years ago.
Qatari exec quizzed by investigators in FIFA bribery case
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Emerging from a seven-hour interrogation by Swiss investigators, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insisted he had "nothing to hide" despite allegations he bribed a FIFA official in a World Cup broadcasting rights deal.
Al-Khelaifi, a Qatari soccer and television executive with close ties to the gas-rich emirate's ruler, met with Switzerland's federal prosecutors two weeks after they revealed criminal proceedings against him.
GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss museum says it is expecting to receive within weeks about 200 artworks from a vast trove that a German collector had hidden for decades.
Kunstmuseum Bern spokeswoman Maria-Teresa Cano says the museum expects deliveries in June from among over 1,000 works by greats including Monet, Picasso and Renoir that German authorities found in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt months before he died in 2014.
Police detain 86-year-old spray-painter at Swiss bank
GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss pacifist group says an 86-year old woman was briefly detained Tuesday after she spray-painted "Money for Weapons Kills" in German on a wall at Switzerland's national bank, as part of a campaign to strip state financing for arms vendors.
Youniss Mussa, political secretary of "The Group for an Army-free Switzerland," said Louise Schneider was released unharmed after the incident in Bern during a demonstration to launch a petition against state involvement in arms dealings.
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss and Turkish prosecutors announced separate investigations Monday after protesters hoisted a banner in Switzerland's capital showing a gun pointed at an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next to the words, "Kill Erdogan."
Prosecutors question Beckenbauer in World Cup fraud case
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Germany soccer great Franz Beckenbauer has been questioned in a Swiss federal investigation of suspected corruption linked to the 2006 World Cup.
Criminal proceedings against Beckenbauer and three other German members of the 2006 tournament organizing committee were opened in 2015. The four are suspected of fraud, money laundering, criminal mismanagement, and misappropriation relating to a payment of 6.7 million euros ($7 million) to FIFA in 2005.
Collector’s hidden art to be shown in Switzerland, Germany
BERLIN (AP) — A vast trove of art which a German collector kept hidden from the world for decades will be shown simultaneously at museums in Switzerland and Germany later this year, Switzerland's Kunstmuseum Bern announced Wednesday.
The Swiss museum, which Gurlitt designated as his sole heir, announced it would co-host the "Dossier Gurlitt" shows together with the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn.
Swiss investigates possible crimes by Gambian ex-minister
GENEVA (AP) — Gambia's former interior minister who applied for asylum in Switzerland is being investigated for possible crimes against humanity committed in his homeland, Swiss federal prosecutors said Monday.
Pro-Tibet protesters detained as China’s Xi arrives in Bern
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Police in the Swiss capital of Bern prevented a pro-Tibet protester from setting himself on fire Sunday on the sidelines of a demonstration against the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, officials said.
German court rules Gurlitt’s art collection can go to Bern
BERLIN (AP) — A German court ruled Thursday that a priceless trove of art kept hidden from the world for decades by reclusive German collector Cornelius Gurlitt can go to a Swiss museum, as requested in his will.
The Munich state court rejected a case brought by his cousin, Uta Werner, who claimed the 81-year-old wasn't mentally fit when he wrote his will shortly before his death in May 2014.
Missing US speed flyer’s body found in Switzerland
GENEVA (AP) — Authorities in Switzerland say they have found the remains of an American extreme sports enthusiast who went missing in the Alps five months ago.
Bern cantonal (state) police said Wednesday the 28-year-old's body was spotted by a helicopter crew Aug. 25.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds that a commonly used insecticide kills much of the sperm created by male drone honey bees, one reason why the bees are dwindling.
The class of insecticide called neonicotinoids didn't kill the drones. But bees that ate treated pollen produced 39 percent less live sperm than those that didn't, according to a controlled experiment by Swiss researchers published Wednesday in the journal