LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — Wimbledon junior champion Iga Swiatek advanced to her first WTA tour final by beating Kristyna Pliskova 6-0, 6-1 in the Samsung Open semifinals on Saturday.
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are the Euro stars of the future for the Dallas Mavericks now that Dirk Nowitzki has retired after a record 21 seasons with the same...
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's Foreign Ministry on Friday dismissed a Hungarian embassy protest over a magazine cover cartoon that showed Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban giving a Nazi...
Man dies after hijacking bus in Slovenia capital
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian police say a man has died upon being arrested after he hijacked a public bus in the capital Ljubljana.
Senior police official Stojan Belsak said Friday...
Self-styled Slovenian militia leader sentenced to prison
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — A court in Slovenia has sentenced a right-wing politician to eight months in prison for organizing a self-style militia that was filmed posing with weapons like axes and...
Goran Dragic, Luka Doncic put on a show for Slovenia
MIAMI (AP) — The game had been over for at least half an hour and 2,000 people remained in the stands at AmericanAirlines Arena, all of them standing.
Dragic’s triple-double lifts Heat past Mavs, 105-99
MIAMI (AP) — The subplots were obvious: Goran Dragic vs. Luka Doncic for the first time, Dwyane Wade vs. Dirk Nowitzki for the last time.
Roglic wins Tirreno-Adriatico by 1 second from Yates
SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) — Primoz Roglic of Slovenia won the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race by one second when he beat British rider Adam Yates in the final-stage time trial on...
Slovenian woman cuts hand to claim insurance
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Authorities say a Slovenian woman who deliberately cut off her hand with a circular saw to collect insurance money faces up to eight years in jail.
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — After wrapping up his eighth consecutive men's World Cup overall title on Sunday, Marcel Hirscher hinted that there might not be a ninth.
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Marcel Hirscher has secured his eighth consecutive men's World Cup overall title on Sunday after placing third in the penultimate slalom of the season.
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Norwegian skiers Henrik Kristoffersen and Rasmus Windingstad shared the same school as kids, and traveled together to races all over Europe.
Mavericks’ Doncic turning 20 after sensational run as teen
DALLAS (AP) — At some point, Luka Doncic will be measured by wins and playoff success rather than how many triple-doubles he had as a teenager, or so Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle hopes...
Croatian police discover dozens of migrants in truck
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police have discovered several dozen migrants hidden in a truck and detained two suspected people smugglers.
Police say a patrol stopped the truck with Slovenian license plates early on Tuesday near Gracac, in southern Croatia close to the Adriatic Sea coast.
Authorities are working to establish the identity of the migrants who can now seek asylum in Croatia, a European Union member country. Croatia's state TV says they are mostly from Bangladesh, Pakistan or India.
Clubs, FIFA to test UEFA leader Ceferin in new 4-year term
GENEVA (AP) — The easy part of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin's next four-year term as the leader of European soccer's governing body is winning re-election Thursday as the only candidate.
After the ballot formality in Rome, challenges stack up for the lawyer from Slovenia — elite clubs demanding more Champions League money and FIFA wanting new competitions that could threaten UEFA's prized assets.
Shiffrin says ‘every race a fight’ after 13th win of season
MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) — After celebrating her personal-best 13th World Cup victory of the season and 56th overall, Mikaela Shiffrin spoke out Saturday against critics suggesting her wins and records are turning women's ski racing into a "boring" sport.
Tomljanovic in Thailand Open final for 4th try at 1st title
HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) — Sixth-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic beat Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 6-4, 6-1 at the Thailand Open to reach her fourth WTA final on Saturday.
Chasing her first title, Tomljanovic next faces 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine, who beat Magda Linette of Poland 6-4, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
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Stuhec flies to Shiffrin’s rescue with lift offer to Sweden
MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) — World Cup slalom in Slovenia on Saturday. World championship downhill training in Sweden on Monday.
Facing the challenge of traveling 1,900 kilometers (1,180 miles) from Maribor to Are as quickly as possible, Mikaela Shiffrin has gladly accepted a helping hand from Slovenian skier Ilka Stuhec.
Shiffrin, Vlhova share victory in last GS before worlds
MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin didn't celebrate her shared victory with Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova in the final World Cup race before the world championships on Friday.
Shiffrin didn't look at ease right after finishing, bending forward for a while, though in a first reaction on Slovenian TV she said, "It's all good," when asked about it.
Report: Hospital fire in Slovenia kills 2, injures 1
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian media say a hospital fire in a northern town has killed two people and injured at least one.
Public broadcaster RTV Slovenia says the fire erupted around 3 p.m. (1400 GMT; 9 a.m. EST) on Tuesday in one of the rooms of the general hospital in Jesenice, near the border with Austria.
The official STA news agency says two people have died and at least one person with severe burns has been transferred to a hospital in the capital, Ljubljana.
Slovenia says remains found of missing Wisconsin man
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian police say human remains that were found near a popular hiking place have been confirmed as those of a missing American man.
Police in the capital of Ljubljana said Saturday that identification tests established the death of 25-year-old Jonathan Luskin of Wisconsin. They said the remains discovered Dec. 23 at Iski Vintgar gorge displayed no signs of foul play.
Slovenia’s Kosi airlifted off downhill course after crash
BORMIO, Italy (AP) — Slovenian skier Klemen Kosi has been airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital with suspected facial trauma after crashing in a World Cup downhill.
Kosi lost control toward the end of the physically demanding Stelvio course Friday and tumbled through two layers of safety netting before coming to a stop.
His skis dislodged from his bindings and flew into the air as he hit the nets.
Slovenia appoints first-ever female police chief
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia has appointed its first-ever female police chief after a woman also took command over the army in the European Union nation last month.
The government named Tatjana Bobnar to the position on Tuesday. She will formally take over duty at a ceremony Wednesday.
The 49-year-old Bobnar has served as the deputy police chief and in the criminal department in the capital Ljubljana.
Slovenia prosecutors charge right-wing militia leader
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Prosecutors in Slovenia have filed charges against a right-wing politician who was shown leading a paramilitary group in a video circulating on social media.
The video from September of several dozen men in military-style outfits triggered widespread condemnation in the predominantly moderate European Union nation.
Slovenia appoints a woman as chief of military for 1st time
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's government on Tuesday appointed a female officer as the head of the armed forces, a first for the small country which is a member of NATO and the European Union.
Maj. Gen. Alenka Ermenc, 55, will formally take up her post as the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces at a ceremony on Wednesday, when she will also become the only woman to currently hold the top armed forces post among the NATO countries.
Slovenia right-wing politician gets 3-month suspended jail
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — A court in Slovenia has slapped a three-month suspended jail sentence on the country's main right-wing politician for insulting two female journalists.
The court in the central town of Celje said Friday that the leader of the Slovenian Democratic Party, Janez Jansa, also must pay the costs of the proceedings stemming from the 2016 incident.
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Aleksander Ceferin set for re-election as UEFA president
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Aleksander Ceferin is set to be re-elected unopposed as UEFA president.
The Slovenian was elected in September 2016 to complete the four-year term of Michel Platini, who was banned by world soccer's ruling body FIFA for financial misconduct.
European soccer's governing body UEFA says the deadline for candidates ahead of the election in February passed on Wednesday and no challengers entered the contest.
3 ACL tears won’t keep Creighton’s Martin Krampelj off court
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — No one would have blamed Creighton's Martin Krampelj if he had decided basketball wasn't for him anymore after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Malta academic in Trump probe has history of vanishing acts
SWIEQI, Malta (AP) — It was her last day of class and Leida Ruvina was getting suspicious.
The Albanian student had just finished the first module in what was purported to be a doctoral program co-administered by Slovenia's Euro-Mediterranean University, but the place didn't look like much of a university.
Luka Doncic gives Mavs hope of transition to next Euro star
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic is getting help from a variety of angles as the teenager makes the transition from European basketball to the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks.
The Slovenian rookie has mom to keep things settled at home, 40-year-old fellow Euro transplant Dirk Nowitzki to teach what it takes to become an NBA MVP and young point guard Dennis Smith Jr. to share the burden of expectations for lifting a fading franchise.
Imported brown bear released in Pyrenees as farmers protest
PARIS (AP) — French authorities have released a female bear from Slovenia in the Pyrenees in an effort to preserve the population of brown bears, despite protests from farmers worried about their sheep.
The Environment Ministry says the bear was set free to roam in the mountain range on Thursday. Brown bears were thought to be at risk of disappearing from the area during the 1980s, but their numbers rose to 43 last year.
Heat camp arrives, and Dragic says he’s more than ready
MIAMI (AP) — This time last year, Miami's Goran Dragic was already tired and the season was just getting started.
No joke as ex-comic becomes Slovenia’s new prime minister
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's new prime minister used to make people laugh. Handling the disparate demands of his five-party coalition government is unlikely to leave much time for jokes.
Once a satirist who impersonated prominent politicians, Marjan Sarec has taken the helm of a largely centrist government — a rare phenomenon, at least recently, in Central Europe where populists have been on the march from Italy to Poland.
Slovenian lawmakers approve moderate government
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian lawmakers on Thursday endorsed a center-left government in a tight vote that still keeps the power away from anti-immigrant populists who topped the polls in June's election.
The government of Prime Minister Marjan Sarec — a former comedian — bucks the trend in Central Europe, where populists have swept to power in elections from Italy to Poland.
Kosovo official says Serbia deal must include recognition
BLED, Slovenia (AP) — A senior Kosovo official said on Tuesday any agreement on normalizing relations with Serbia must include the country's recognition by Belgrade and its admission to the United Nations.
Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj said during a conference in Slovenia that a "very complex process" lies ahead in the European Union-mediated negotiations that aim to solve a long standing dispute between the former war foes.
EU’s chief Brexit negotiator says deal possible by November
BLED, Slovenia (AP) — The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator was cautiously optimistic Monday about the prospects of a deal with Britain by early November, in comments that triggered a big rally in the value of the pound.
At a conference in the Alpine lake resort of Bled in northwestern Slovenia, Michel Barnier said a Brexit deal was "not far" and that some 80 percent of the withdrawal agreement had been agreed.
Slovenia police arrest 2 after armed group video surfaces
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian police on Thursday arrested two people for paramilitary activity after video footage and photos surfaced on social media of a group of armed, masked men led by a right-wing former presidential candidate.
Police said that around 40 criminal investigators searched five houses in the northeastern area around the town of Maribor in the Stajerska region where the group was filmed.
Slovenian police probe armed group after video appears
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian police said Tuesday they have launched an investigation after video footage and photos appeared on social media of a group of armed, masked men led by a right-wing former presidential candidate.
Interior Minister Vensa Gyorkos Znidar said authorities will not tolerate the existence of any parallel armed groups in Slovenia.
Father of missing Wisconsin man seeks clues on social media
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is working with a lawyer to try to access the social media accounts of his missing son, a teacher in Hong Kong who disappeared in June while vacationing in Slovenia.
Allan Luskin, of Madison, tells The Associated Press there continues to be a "distressing absence of any clues" on the whereabouts of his 25-year-old son, Jonathan.
Moderate parties in Slovenia sign deal to form government
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Five moderate parties have signed an agreement to form a center-left government in Slovenia, sidelining a right-wing group that won most votes during an inconclusive election in June.
The parties formally signed a coalition deal Wednesday to join a minority government led by Prime Minister-designate Marjan Sarec, a former comedian-turned politician.
UEFA president Ceferin formally nominated for re-election
GENEVA (AP) — UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was formally nominated for re-election by his home federation in Slovenia in a coordinated campaign launch Tuesday for his expected win.
The federation said in a statement it sent a formal proposal to UEFA ahead of a Nov. 7 deadline for potential candidates to apply. The election will be on Feb. 7 in Rome.
Eight more of the 55 European federations have also pledged support for the Slovenian lawyer, who could be unopposed to get a second term.
Former comedian appointed Slovenia’s premier designate
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — A former comedian whose party finished second in Slovenia's parliamentary election was appointed prime minister designate on Friday.
The political novice on the national stage, Marjan Sarec, who will propose a minority government consisting of five center-left parties, was backed in a 55-31 vote in Parliament.
US parents of missing man back from Slovenia with no clues
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin father says he cannot give up hope that his missing son will be found alive after disappearing seven weeks ago while vacationing in Slovenia.
But Allan Luskin of Madison says no trace of his 25-year-old son, Jonathan, has been found and the family is "running out of clues."
Meet the newest US citizens: Melania Trump’s parents
NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens on Thursday, completing a legal path to citizenship that their son-in-law has suggested eliminating.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a private ceremony in New York City. The Slovenian immigrants, a former car dealer and textile factory worker, had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents.
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — A former comedian whose party finished second in Slovenia's parliamentary election was proposed on Wednesday as prime minister-designate, more than two months after the inconclusive vote.
The candidacy of 40-year-old Marjan Sarec was formally put forward by five moderate parties — including his own Marjan Sarec list — in a bid to break a political deadlock after weeks of negotiations.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The parents of a Wisconsin man who went missing while vacationing in Slovenia have left for Europe to aid in the search.
Twenty-five-year-old Jonathan Luskin was on a family vacation in Europe when he decided to extend the trip while the rest of his family returned to the U.S.
Italian spelunker rescued after 2 days trapped in cave
ROME (AP) — An Italian spelunker has been rescued after two days trapped in a grotto beneath an Alpine glacier near the northeastern border with Slovenia.
The news agency ANSA says 33-year-old Stefano Guarniero was strapped to a stretcher and pulled from the cave 200 meters (650 feet) below the surface after rescuers drilled a hole into the side of the mountain.
Wisconsin man goes missing while vacationing in Slovenia
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man has gone missing while vacationing in Slovenia.
Jonathan Luskin's parents in Madison fear their 25-year-old son may have been gravely injured while hiking in the Central European country. Allan Luskin and Susan Stone had been traveling with their son and his brother in Austria and Germany in June. Stone says Jonathan decided to extend his trip with a visit to Slovenia while the rest of the family returned to the U.S.