Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago.
After a year of problems off the field — and humiliation on it — the new Germany is finally...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World Cup finalist Croatia slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Hungary on Sunday, continuing its shaky start to European Championship qualifying. In a group which looks up for...
Slovak president race: upstart vs. EU official in runoff
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The two leading contenders in Slovakia's presidential election will meet in a runoff vote that could give the central European country its first woman...
The Latest: 2 favorites make Slovak presidential runoff
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The Latest on Slovakia's presidential election: (All times local).
Almost complete results in Slovakia's presidential election show that the two...
Slovakia could get its first woman president in ballot
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia could get its first woman president as voters elect a new head of state on Saturday.
The leading contenders are Zuzana Caputova, an environmental...
Suspect charged with ordering killing of Slovak reporter
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A suspect has been charged in Slovakia with ordering the slaying last year of an investigative reporter and his fiancee, a case that brought down the Slovak government,...
A glance at the 35 home countries of some of the 157 people who died in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet over the weekend:
LONDON (AP) — Gregory McDonald strides across the spotless factory floor at his company, Goodfish, glowing with pride. He plowed his life savings into the injection-molding equipment that churns...
Drones launched to help preserve Europe’s Jewish cemeteries
RECA, Slovakia (AP) — A private organization that wants to preserve thousands of old Jewish cemeteries in Europe is using aerial drones to map burial sites in countries where the Holocaust...
Slovaks mark anniversary of slayings of journalist, fiancee
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Tens of thousands of people are rallying across Slovakia to mark the anniversary of the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee.
John Isner advances in Delray Beach Open
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Second-seeded John Isner advanced to the third round of the Delray Beach Open on Wednesday night, beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-4, 6-3.
Shiffrin wins city event, locks up World Cup slalom title
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin wrapped up the season-long slalom World Cup title Tuesday, three days after winning her record fourth straight world title in the discipline. And she matched yet...
Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted his Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian counterparts Tuesday in a series of sit-downs that replaced a high-profile summit in Jerusalem...
‘A lot of things have changed’ for Shiffrin’s rival
ARE, Sweden (AP) — All of a sudden, Mikaela Shiffrin has a rival who believes she can compete with the American on the same level.
Having already claimed a silver medal in Alpine combined, Petra Vlhova won the giant slalom ahead of Shiffrin at the world championships and will be looking for another gold in the concluding slalom on Saturday.
"In one day, a lot of things have changed," Livio Magoni, Vlhova's coach, told The Associated Press on Friday.
Shiffrin 1, Vlhova 1: Slalom to decide queen of ski worlds
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin 1, Petra Vlhova 1: Over to the slalom to determine who is the queen of the skiing world championships.
Vlhova won the latest episode of what is rapidly emerging as the biggest female rivalry in the sport by capturing gold in the giant slalom on Thursday to become Slovakia's first world champion.
The Latest: Shiffrin says ‘awesome’ to win bronze
ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest from the skiing world championships (all times local):
Mikaela Shiffrin says it is "awesome" to win bronze in the giant slalom for her sixth medal at a world championships.
After winning the super-G on the opening day of competition, the 23-year-old American skier skipped the Alpine combined to target the giant slalom and slalom — her strongest two disciplines.
Petra Vlhova is ‘a very strong rival’ for Mikaela Shiffrin
ARE, Sweden (AP) — If Mikaela Shiffrin can be likened to a sleek, technically perfect Formula One car, the Slovakian skier who is developing into her biggest rival is like a rally vehicle — bigger, more physical and rougher around the edges.
Yet when it comes to racing, Petra Vlhova is nearly as fast as Shiffrin.
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Lorenzi beats Sandgren in 1st round of New York Open
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Paolo Lorenzi of Italy outlasted eighth-seeded American Tennys Sandgren 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-4 on Monday in the first round of the New York Open.
Sandgren was playing for the first time since the Australian Open. He has lost both matches since winning the ASB Classic in January for his first ATP title.
Also, Australian Bernard Tomic beat Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, 6-4, 6-2. He will next face top-seeded John Isner of the U.S.
China, Russia concerns top Pompeo agenda in Central Europe
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. fears about China and Russia's growing influence in Central Europe will top Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's agenda as he heads to the region this week, Trump administration officials say.
Polish envoy to Slovakia summoned over tainted meat scandal
BRATSLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's agriculture minister summoned the Polish ambassador to Bratislava on Friday over a scandal in which meat from sick Polish cows that were slaughtered illegally was exported to 11 other European Union countries.
Polish authorities have previously acknowledged the meat was exported to Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Sweden, France, Spain, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia.
Poland exported 5,500 pounds of meat from sick cows to EU
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of pounds of meat from sick cows who were slaughtered illegally in Poland were exported to 10 other European Union countries, the country's top veterinary official said on Thursday.
Pawel Niemczuk said about 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of the meat was exported to Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Sweden, France, Spain, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia..
Meat from sick cows also went to 20 sales locations in Poland but has since been recalled, he said.
The Latest: Czech, Libyan leaders pledge cooperation
ROME (AP) — The Latest on migration in Europe (all times local):
The Czech Republic's prime minister has pledged his country's full support for Fayez Serraj, the prime minister of the U.N.-backed Libyan government in the capital, Tripoli.
Andrej Babis said Wednesday the Czech Republic has paid 8.75 million euros ($10 million), its share of the 35 million euros ($40 million) it pledged together with Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to help stop illegal migration from Libya.
EU’s commission vice-president to run for Slovak president
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic says he is ready to run for the post of Slovakia's president in the forthcoming presidential election.
The 52-year-old Sefcovic is considered one of the favorites in the March 16 vote for the largely ceremonial post.
Sefcovic announced his candidacy on Friday after accepting an offer to run from the senior ruling leftist party of former Prime Minister Robert Fico.
Rory Sabbatini now playing for Slovakia
HONOLULU (AP) — Rory Sabbatini has been playing the Sony Open the last 20 years, and this one was different before he hit a shot.
Start with the flag stitched onto his golf bag.
And when he stepped to the first tee Thursday, he heard words never uttered on the PGA Tour.
Vlhova wins slalom to deny Shiffrin 8th straight victory
FLACHAU, Austria (AP) — Petra Vlhova of Slovakia won a women's World Cup night slalom Tuesday, denying Mikaela Shiffrin a record-equaling eighth consecutive win in the discipline.
Racing in dense snowfall, Vlhova was third after the opening run but posted the fastest second-run time.
Vlhova fell on her knees and buried her face in the snow after Shiffrin, the American two-time overall champion, finished her run 0.15 seconds behind the Slovakian winner.
American Shiffrin gets personal best 7th straight slalom win
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — In the rhythmic style of a dancer, Mikaela Shiffrin approached yet another record on Saturday.
The American skier dominated the first women's World Cup slalom of 2019 to match her personal best winning streak in the discipline with seven straight victories.
Rivals were awed by her opening run, a flawless attack that gave her a lead of more than a second for the final run, while Shiffrin felt a familiar groove.
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Canada, Sweden fall in world junior quarterfinals
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canada and Sweden tumbled out of the world junior hockey title chase in stunning quarterfinal collapses, while the United States and Russia advanced to the semifinals Wednesday night.
Canada fell 2-1 to Finland in overtime after giving up the tying goal in the final minute of regulation and missing a penalty shot early in the extra period. Earlier, Sweden dropped a 2-0 decision to Switzerland in Victoria.
Vlhova’s height helps her beat Shiffrin in parallel slalom
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Petra Vlhova of Slovakia took advantage of her height to beat overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin in both runs of the final and win a parallel slalom city event Tuesday.
The 5-foot-11 (1.80 meters) Vlhova was able to cross check gates out of her way with both fists while the more compact Shiffrin, at 5-foot-7 (1.70 meters), had to maneuver further around the gates.
US beats Finland 4-1 in world junior hockey
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Northeastern's Tyler Madden scored twice and Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist as the United States closed out the preliminary round of the world junior hockey championship Monday night with a 4-1 win over Finland.
The Americans finished second in Group B behind unbeaten Sweden.
The U.S. will face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round. Russia plays Slovakia, Canada takes on Finland, and Sweden opposes Switzerland. Games resume Wednesday.
Russia beats Switzerland 7-4 in world junior hockey
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Kirill Slepets broke a tie short-handed early in the third period and Russia added three more goals to beat Switzerland 7-4 on Sunday night in the world junior hockey championship.
Russia kept pace with Canada at 3-0 in round-robin play, setting up a showdown Monday night against the defending champion Canadians for the Group A title.
Vlhova wins 1st World Cup GS, 1st-run leader Shiffrin 5th
SEMMERING, Austria (AP) — Petra Vlhova became the first Slovakian winner of a women's World Cup giant slalom on Friday, benefiting from first-run leader Mikaela Shiffrin's uncharacteristic second run which saw the Olympic champion drop to fifth.
Vlhova buried her face in her hands after completing her final run and taking the lead in the race, before witnessing the top three racers from the first run fail to match her pace.
US rallies to beat Slovakia in world junior opener
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Mikey Anderson and Evan Barratt scored early in the third period and the United States rallied to beat Slovakia 2-1 on Wednesday night to open the World Junior Championship.
Kyle Keyser made 13 saves for the Americans, allowing only Marek Korencik's goal late in the second period at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Keyser stopped Andrej Kukuca on a penalty shot with 6:45 left to preserve the lead.
1962 World Cup final striker Jozef Adamec dies, aged 76
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Former Czechoslovakia striker Jozef Adamec, the youngest member of the team beaten 3-1 by Brazil in the final of the 1962 World Cup in Chile, has died. He was 76.
The Slovak football association says Adamec died on Monday in hospital in Trnava. The cause of death was not disclosed.
He scored 14 goals in 44 international matches, including a hat trick against Brazil in a friendly in 1968.
Russia expels Slovak diplomat over spying spat
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it has ordered the expulsion of a Slovak diplomat, responding in kind to a move by Slovakia over allegations a Russian diplomat was working as a spy under diplomatic cover.
Slovakia's Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said last week his country has expelled the Russian diplomat, saying his activities were against the interests of Slovakia and NATO.
Slovakia inks deal to buy 14 F-16s from US Lockheed Martin
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia is to buy 14 F-16 military jets from Lockheed Martin as it seeks to replace Soviet-era jets.
Slovak Defense Minister Peter Gajdos signed the contract on Wednesday with Lockheed Martin vice president of international business development Ana Wugofski.
The F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jets are meant to replace the obsolete Soviet-made MiG-29 jets that Slovakia's air force has used.
Slovak hospitals hold new Roma mothers against their will
KEZMAROK, Slovakia (AP) — Monika Krcova did not want to follow the official guidelines and remain in the hospital in Slovakia for four days after her third baby's birth. And so she escaped.
Slovakia says it expels Russian spy working as diplomat
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister says his country has expelled a Russian diplomat after discovering he was a spy working under diplomatic cover.
Peter Pellegrini said Wednesday the diplomat's activities were aimed against the interests of Slovakia and NATO.
The prime minister says the person was officially working at the military envoy's section at the Russian embassy.
Slovakia house fire kills 4 children, 1 adult
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovak firefighters say five people, including four children, have been killed in a house fire in eastern Slovakia.
They say in a statement the blaze broke out around 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Friday in a four-room house in the town of Richnava.
Officials say the children ranged in age from 5 to 9, and one 28-year-old died as well.
The Latest: Slovak minister quits over UN migration pact
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on migration in Europe (all times local):
Slovakia's foreign minister has resigned from his post over his disagreement with his country's negative stance on a United Nations pact seeking to promote an international approach to safe and orderly migration.
Miroslav Lajcak announced his decision after the country's lawmakers rejected the U.N. pact Thursday in a 90-15 vote, saying it's not in line with the country's policies on migration and security.
Slovak president condemns questioning of protest organizers
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's president has condemned a move by the country's police, which started questioning the organizers of recent massive anti-government protests over allegations of staging a coup and corruption.
Senior ruling party suffers losses in Slovak local elections
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Independent candidates won the most seats in Slovakia's local elections, while the senior ruling party of former populist Prime Minister Robert Fico suffered losses.
It was the first election since massive anti-government protests triggered by the slaying of an investigative journalist forced the collapse of Fico's government. The same three coalition parties created a new government.