Pope Francis’s Christmas message calls for an end to Syrian war

Media captionPope Francis said “far too much blood has been spilled” in Syria Pope Francis called for an end to the fighting in Syria in his Christmas address at the Vatican on Sunday, saying “far too much blood has been spilled” in the conflict. He also urged Palestinians and Israelis to abandon hate and revenge. […]

Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea, ‘killing 92’

Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea, ‘killing 92’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Debris from the plane is returned via a quay in Sochi All 92 people on board a Russian military aircraft are feared dead after it crashed into the Black Sea. The plane disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi at 05:25 (02:25 GMT), heading for Latakia in […]

Powerful typhoon Nock-Ten makes landfall in Philippines

Media captionThousands of people are being urged to leave their homes A typhoon packing gusts of wind up to 255km/h (158mph) has made landfall in the eastern Philippines. Nock-Ten hit the coast near Catanduanes island at 18:30 local time (10:30GMT) but there are no reports yet of damage or casualties. However, some 100,000 people have […]

Christian leaders urge calm and faith in time of ‘fear’

Media captionJustin Welby said the world was less predictable and more uncertain than it was at the start of 2016 God can chase away “the fear of terror” and “the economies of injustice”, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said in his Christmas sermon. The Most Reverend Justin Welby spoke about finding God in a world […]

Week 16 fantasy football winners and losers – ESPN

11:22 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Happy holidays to all! Football arrived a day earlier this week, as fantasy championships began (and/or concluded) during the holidays. As we do each week, we recap the week’s winners and losers from a fantasy perspective — the players who helped win and lose […]

The LA Times 2016 All-Star football team – Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times’ All-Star football team for 2016: Offense Running back: Jaylon Redd, Rancho Cucamonga, 5-9, 180, Sr.: One of the best big-play athletes in SoCal, Redd rushed for 1,801 yards and scored 27 touchdowns. He also was a top defensive back for a 12-1 team. Running back: Eric Melesio, Norte Vista, 5-9, 165, […]

Daily Fantasy Football Week 16 Picks: DraftKings tournament lineup, strategy, advice for Sunday-Monday – Sporting News

Your season-long season might effectively be over, but the DFS gods have given us a three-game slate starting on Christmas and lasting through Monday night in Week 16. That means more chances to come up with a winning strategy and daily fantasy football picks for DraftKings tournaments. Our lineup for Sunday-Monday GPPs might be a […]

The Times’ final prep football rankings – Los Angeles Times

A look at the top 25 high school football teams in the Southland: Rk. SCHOOL (Record) Comment (last rank) 1. ST. JOHN BOSCO (13-2) SS Division 1 champion; Open Division bowl champion (3) 2. MATER DEI (13-1) SS Division 1 runner-up (1) 3. CORONA CENTENNIAL (11-2) SS Division 1 semifinalist (2) 4. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (12-1) SS Division 1 […]

Holiday Travel Likely to Be Troublesome Because of Weather – ABC News

It’ll be a white Christmas for the northern Plains and some Western states, but it’s likely to cause troublesome travel. Forecasters cautioned drivers to keep alternate routes in mind and prepare for possible delays. Southern California even got a dose of snow, with about 2 inches falling in a mountainous region about 75 miles north […]