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September 6, 2018 5:40 PM Palatial Starbucks opens in Italy, home of espresso

MILAN—Starbucks is opening its first store in Italy on Friday, betting that premium brews and novelties like a heated marble-topped coffee bar will win customers in a country fond of its daily espresso rituals. Decades ago, Milan’s coffee bars inspired the chain’s vision. Now Starbucks is hoping clients will visit its new store, the Reserve Roastery 19

September 5, 2018 8:33 PM Jordan Spieth looking to avoid an extra week off

Woods has finished out of the top 20 in both playoff events and has dropped five spots to No. 25, needing to play well to avoid missing the Tour Championship for the first time when playing a full schedule. Fowler missed the first two events with an injury and is No. 26. U.S. captain Jim Furyk announced three of his four picks for the Ryder Cup on Tuesday 16

September 2, 2018 1:07 AM Webb Simpson holds lead at Dell Technologies Championship

He is more interested in doing well enough, often enough, to be consistently among the elite. “I don’t want to just have a couple of good years and have it go away for two years,” Simpson said. “There are a few guys that are always top 10 in the world. I want to do that.” Jordan Spieth showed signs of getting on track, despite opening with two straight 11

August 30, 2018 5:29 AM Toronto FC felled in Portland despite Jozy Altidore’s return

PORTLAND, ORE.—Diego Chara scored his first goal of the season in the 64th minute and the Portland Timbers went on to snap a four-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC on Wednesday night. Portland’s skid, which followed a 15-game unbeaten streak, was the Timbers’ longest since they lost five straight in July 2012. Chara scored his last goal in March 9

August 28, 2018 12:32 AM Venezuela up next for Canada at women’s baseball World Cup

Canada will play Venezuela on Tuesday to open the second round at the women’s baseball World Cup in Viera, Fla. The Canadians will start the super round in third place in the standings at 1-1 following a first-round loss to No. 1 Japan and a win against the Dominican Republic. Teams carry their records against other second-round squads into the crossover 29

August 23, 2018 11:35 PM Canadian star Shapovalov heading into second U.S. Open calm, cool and collected

While the 2017 Rogers Cup endeared Shapovalov to Canadian tennis fans, he feels the U.S. Open helped put him on the map in a more global sense. It also proved he could continue the success he’d enjoyed in Montreal. “It was one thing to play well one week at the Rogers Cup and make the semifinals but the U.S. Open was really a chance to back it up and show it wasn’t 14

August 23, 2018 6:02 PM Migrant tailors stitch together new lives in Italy

Doumbia said he fled ethnic tensions in Ivory Coast only to realize that the countries to which he had fled — Mali, Algeria and then Libya — were also dangerous. He undertook the risky sea crossing in a rubber dinghy, arriving in Italy in 2016. He received papers allowing him to work while he awaits a response on his asylum request. Bakary Bamba was also born and raised 12

August 18, 2018 11:39 PM Toronto Wolfpack edged by Hull Kingston Rovers in Super 8s Qualifiers play

Former Wolfpack captain Craig Hall gave HKR a 12-6 lead after intercepting a Gareth O’Brien pass near the visitors’ try-line and racing 90 yards for the 25th-minute score. A late penalty made it 14-6 at the break. The Wolfpack turned up the pressure in the second half and the visitors began to make mistakes. Toronto led 16-14 — on an Andrew Dixon converted 13

August 18, 2018 6:33 PM Ronaldo scoreless but Juventus wins Serie A opener

VERONA, ITALY—Juventus fans witnessed an unusual sight on Saturday as Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score for their team. The Portugal forward made his Serie A soccer debut and Juventus fought back to win 3-2 at Chievo Verona in the opening match of its title defence. Ronaldo had scored in both pre-season friendlies he played for Juventus, but could not find the back of the net in his competitive 11

August 13, 2018 4:45 PM Ontario pauses opening three overdose-prevention sites as it conducts review

Ontario’s health minister says the province will hold off on opening three new overdose-prevention sites intended to help fight the opioid crisis. Christine Elliott says the sites in Thunder Bay, St. Catharines and Toronto will be frozen as the province conducts a review of harm-reduction practices and determines if the sites “have merit.” Overdose prevention 11