COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With free agent Sergei Bobrovsky expected to depart, the Columbus Blue Jackets have locked in goaltender Elvis Merzlikins for next season.
KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Morten Poulsen scored a hat trick as Denmark routed newcomer Britain 9-0 at the hockey world championship on Tuesday.
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks say Kristaps Porzingis was involved in an altercation at a nightclub in his native Latvia.
After video showed the 7-foot-3 forward with a bloody forehead,...
KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Anthony Mantha and Kyle Turris both scored twice as Canada bounced back from a defeat to Finland by trashing Britain 8-0 at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday on a...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian soldier has been killed at a military base in Latvia during training exercises for a NATO mission in eastern Europe, the country's military said...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland and other nations marked the 15th anniversary of their membership in the European Union with a leaders' summit in Warsaw, while far-right critics celebrated the...
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Nearly 70 soldiers from Maine National Guard's 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are going to spend the next several months conducting training with strategic...
BRUSSELS (AP) — As if Brexit hadn't spooked Britain and the European Union enough over the past three years, the two sides agreed early Thursday to extend the deadline to Halloween.
Swedish government pledges support for 2026 Olympics
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish government is getting behind the country's bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, aiming to match a rival Italian bid which got a key lawmakers' pledge last...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Fourth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia was among three of the world's top 20 players who lost to unseeded opponents at the Volvo Car Open on...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Ninth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland opened play at the Volvo Car Open with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Australia's Destanee Aiava on Monday at the WTA's first clay-court...
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Dukurs, Hermann win world championships in skeleton
WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Martins Dukurs saved his best race for the last race of the season.
The Latvian veteran won the world championship for the sixth time Friday, his time over...
Indicted Latvian central banker back at work after EU ruling
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A spokesman for Latvia's central bank says the governor, who is also a member of the European Central Bank and is investigated for alleged bribery, has returned to...
Latvia loses case to suspend indicted ECB official
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's top court on Tuesday overturned Latvia's decision to suspend a member of the European Central Bank while he is investigated for alleged bribery in a scandal...
Tretiakov wins World Cup men’s skeleton season title
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Alexander Tretiakov of Russia clinched the World Cup men's skeleton season title on Sunday.
Tretiakov, who also was the season-long champion in 2008-09 and won the...
Rahvela wins skeleton race, Nikitina nears World Cup title
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Canada's Mirela Rahneva won a World Cup women's skeleton race on home ice Friday, posting the fastest time in both heats to prevail by about a half-second over Germany's...
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Kripps wins a World Cup four-man bobsled race in Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Justin Kripps of Canada drove to the win in a four-man bobsled race Saturday, as Germany's Francesco Friedrich missed the podium for the first time all season.
Latvia's Oskars Kibermanis drove to the silver medal, and Russia's Maxim Andrianov was third. Friedrich finished fourth, though remained comfortably in the World Cup four-man overall points lead with one race remaining.
Tretiakov wins World Cup race, takes over points lead
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Russia's Alexander Tretiakov had the fastest time in both heats and won a World Cup men's skeleton race Saturday.
Tretiakov finished in 1 minute, 47.19 seconds. Latvia's Martins Dukurs was second in 1:47.33 and South Korea's Yun Sungbin was third in 1:47.44.
Tretiakov moved into the World Cup overall points lead with one race remaining. Yun is second, 24 points back.
Latvia gets 5-party govt nearly 4 months after election
HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia's parliament on Wednesday approved the Baltic country's new five-party, center-right coalition government, nearly four months after a general election, breaking the deadlock on the formation of a Cabinet in the small nation's highly fragmented political scene.
In a 61-39 vote, the 100-seat Saeima legislature gave the green light to Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins' majority government.
Police seize cocaine worth more than $1 billion in Latvia
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Authorities in Latvia have confiscated two tons of cocaine with a street value of a billion euros ($1.15 billion), the largest seizure ever in the Baltic country.
Criminal Police Chief Andrejs Grisins told the Baltic News Agency that the drug, which originated from Ecuador, was hidden in 42 cardboard boxes in Koknese, a town some 90 kilometers (56 miles) southwest of Riga.
Germany extends bobsled World Cup winning streak
KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Germany is still unbeaten in World Cup bobsled races this season, after Johannes Lochner drove to a victory in a four-man race Sunday.
Lochner led after the first heat and needed to finish his second heat in less than 48.95 seconds to hold on and beat the sled driven by Latvia's Oskars Kibermanis. Lochner crossed the line in 48.77 and posted a two-run time of 1:37.74. Kibermanis was second and the German sled driven by Francesco Friedrich was third.
Ivanova wins World Cup luge race, Britcher medals again
SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Russia's Tatyana Ivanova had the fastest time in both heats Saturday to win a women's World Cup luge race, upsetting German star and Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger.
Summer Britcher of the U.S. was third, her fifth medal of the season and marking the fifth consecutive racing weekend that USA Luge has left a World Cup with at least one medal.
Sweden makes bid for 2026 Olympics _ with events in Latvia
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's Olympic Committee says it has filed a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics with the luge competitions to be held in Latvia across the Baltic Sea.
Richard Brisius, spokesman for the Swedish bid, says the Alpine disciplines will be in Are, the ski jump in Falun, the luge competitions in the Latvian town of Sigulda, and the remaining events in Stockholm.
Friedrich wins 4-man race, Germany remains perfect on season
ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) — Germany's unbeaten season in World Cup bobsled races continued Sunday, with Francesco Friedrich driving to a four-man victory.
It was Friedrich's fifth win in six races this season, and Germany has now won all nine World Cup bobsled events through the season's first three tour stops. Oskars Kibermanis was second for Latvia, and Nico Walther took third for Germany.
Niculescu upsets Ostapenko in 1st round of Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Qualifier Monica Niculescu upset fourth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of the Shenzhen Open on Tuesday.
The 99th-ranked Niculescu swept past the 2017 French Open champion in 51 minutes with Ostapenko winning only four points in the first set.
"I came here early, and actually I didn't spend Christmas at home, I spent it on the plane," Niculescu said.
"But that suits (me) well ... I thought I really played well on Center Court."
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Nikitina wins World Cup women’s skeleton season-opener
SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Elena Nikitina of Russia built a sizable lead after the first run and went on to win the season's first World Cup women's skeleton race on Sunday.
Nikitina finished her two trips down the ice in 1 minute, 45.12 seconds. Canada's Elisabeth Maier was second in 1:45.42, and Germany's Tina Hermann was third in 1:45.60.
Friedrich goes 2-for-2 in World Cup weekend bobsled races
SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Germany's Francesco Friedrich won his second World Cup two-man bobsled gold medal in as many days Sunday, narrowly holding off Latvia's Oskars Kibermanis.
Friedrich and brakeman Martin Grothkopp were two-hundredths of a second faster than Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis in the first run, and four-hundredths faster in the second run. Friedrich's winning time was 1 minute, 40.25 seconds, just nipping Kibermanis and the 1:40.31 that he posted on his home track.
Russian wins World Cup skeleton opener in Latvia
SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Olympic silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of Russia won the opening World Cup men's skeleton race of the season Saturday, denying veteran Martins Dukurs of Latvia a win on his home track.
Tregubov overcame slower starts than Dukurs to finish two runs in 1 minute, 41.87 seconds. Dukurs was 0.37 seconds back and Olympic champion Yun Sungbin of South Korea was third, another 0.16 seconds behind Dukurs.
Latvia intelligence suspect 3 of spying for foreign country
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Latvia's authorities say three people have been detained suspected of activities that could help a foreign country, which it didn't identify.
The Latvian Security Police say three were detained Nov. 23, following a probe that started last month.
The Baltic News Service said Wednesday one of them was Jurijs Aleksejevs, a pro-Kremlin activist and a former city council member in Riga, the Latvian capital.
Report: Retired Latvian official held as suspected spy
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The main Baltic news agency says a retired Latvian official has been arrested on suspicion of spying "probably for Russia."
The Baltic News Service says 62-year-old Oleg Buraks has been in pre-trial detention since his Oct. 16 arrest.
The news service said Buraks headed the firearms registration department at Latvia's Interior Ministry for years and retired in 2006. Latvia's security police haven't commented on the case.
Russian minority party wins Latvian vote; populists surge
HELSINKI (AP) — An opposition party favored by Latvia's large ethnic Russian minority has won the Baltic nation's parliamentary election, but it's expected to face difficulties forming a ruling coalition after a vote that saw new populist parties surge and government parties falter.
Voters in Latvia, a member of the European Union and NATO, chose Saturday from more than 1,400 candidates and 16 parties to fill the country's 100-seat parliament.
Facebook search connects man with sisters he never knew
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Adopted as a toddler from a children's home in Latvia, Baton Rouge's Brandon Gautreau always wondered about his birth family. But, separated by an ocean and language, he didn't hold out much hope of ever finding out about them.
Then, his mother, Trisha Gautreau, started typing names into Facebook's search bar. Now, Brandon, 25, has not only learned about his relatives, but he has traveled across the world to meet them.
Ethnic Russians have big influence in Latvian election
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvians voted in a parliamentary election Saturday in which a party catering to the Baltic nation's large ethnic Russian minority is expected to win the most support but have trouble forming a coalition government.
Voters in Latvia, which is a member of the European Union and NATO, chose from more than 1,400 candidates and 16 parties to fill the country's 100-seat parliament, or Saeima.
Latvian vote could see ethnic Russian party at the front
HELSINKI (AP) — A political party catering to the ethnic Russian minority is expected to win the most votes in Saturday's parliamentary election in Latvia — a Baltic member of the European Union and NATO — but it remains unclear if it can forge a coalition to take power.
Griner’s return sparks US to 102-76 rout of Latvia
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — Brittney Griner felt like a kid in timeout having to sit out the past two games because of a mild ankle injury.
She made an impressive debut in this year's FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup, scoring 15 points to lead the U.S. to a 102-76 victory over Latvia on Tuesday night.
College players get education on court at women’s World Cup
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — Kitija Laksa and Digna Strautmane, along with about a half dozen other college players, are getting quite the education on the court playing against the best players at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.
All of them hope to bring their experiences back to school next week when they return to campuses across the U.S.
Canada-France highlights Women’s World Cup Day 3
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — In a matchup of unbeaten teams, Canada and France will cap the third day of preliminary round play at the FIBA Women's World Cup on Tuesday.
The winner of that game will secure first place in Group A and potentially avoid playing the U.S. until the gold medal game if both teams advance that far.
Canada was ousted from the Olympics in the quarterfinals by France in 2016.
Pope praises Latvians for keeping faith during occupation
AGLONA, Latvia (AP) — Pope Francis praised Latvians on Monday for persevering through the horrors of Soviet and Nazi occupation, persecution and exile, and urged them to keep their Christian faith alive as subsequent generations confront new oppressions today.
Senegal, Nigeria end Africa’s drought at Women’s World Cup
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — It was a historic day for African teams in the Women's Basketball World Cup.
Senegal became the first African country to win a pool game, beating Latvia 70-69 on Sunday. Hours later, Nigeria followed suit, getting its first win ever in the tournament.
"It's a historic win and we've broken the curse," Senegal coach Cheikh Sarr said. "I'm very proud because we did it. We wanted it and the girls did everything."
Second day of FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup set to begin
SANTA DE LA CRUZ TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — The second day of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup gets going on Sunday with eight games. Australia and Argentina tip off to get the day started.
Women’s World Cup gets underway in Spain
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup gets underway on Saturday with eight games. The U.S. will tip off against Senegal in its quest for a third consecutive championship, something the Americans have never done in their storied history.
Fun facts and tidbits from the Women’s Basketball World Cup
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — Welcome to the first FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.
Well it's really been around since 1953, but the first 17 tournaments were called the World Championship. The International Basketball Federation decided to change the name of the men's tournament after the 2014 championship and used the same name for the women.
The U.S. is looking for its 10th title — the most of any nation. The Americans are trying for a third straight, something the country has never accomplished.
Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades.
Francis' 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet Union and cheered as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia emerged from five decades of Soviet-imposed religious repression and state-sponsored atheism.
Danish bank CEO quits amid money laundering scandal
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The chief executive of Denmark's largest bank resigned Wednesday after an internal report into allegations of massive money laundering via an Estonian subsidiary showed that "the vast majority" of transactions were deemed to be "suspicious."
Danske Bank commissioned the probe last year following reports that dirty money was flowing through the Baltic subsidiary including from family members of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Lithuania: Walmart to remove Soviet-themed shirts
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Walmart has agreed to remove shirts with Soviet emblems from its online shop after three Baltic countries complained about the clothing, Lithuanian authorities said Tuesday.
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were forcibly annexed by Moscow in 1940 and remained part of the Soviet Union until its collapse in 1991, except for a brief occupation by Nazi Germany 1941-1944.
Latvian man sentenced in US in hacking scheme
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Latvian man has been sentenced in Minneapolis to nearly three years in federal prison for his involvement in a hacking scheme that cost internet users millions of dollars.
Twenty-nine-year-old Peteris Sahurovs was sentenced Wednesday for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. After serving his prison term, a judge ruled that Sahurovs will be returned to Latvia.
Correction: Ukraine-Holocaust Remembrance story
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a Sept. 2 story that referenced the 1941 attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union, The Associated Press called the two former allies. In 1939, despite sharp ideological differences, the two powers entered into a non-aggression pact that paved the way for them to carve up Poland and for the Soviet Union to take the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. That pact was never formally recognized as an alliance, and in 1941 Germany attacked the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union, in coalition with allies including Britain, the United States and other nations, fought for four years to defeat the Nazis.