HBO tech executives leave ahead of Internet launch as networks strategy changesBy Liana B. Baker NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner's HBO is preparing to sell a standalone service over the Internet for the first time, in one of the most closely watched moves in pay TV history. Otto Berkes, who was previously a Microsoft executive, resigned from the CTO position in December, only a matter of months before HBO is expected to start selling the new product, and two senior vice presidents on the technology team, Mark Thomas and Drew Angeloff, are also leaving, sources familiar with the situation said. The original plan discussed by the network's top executives was to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a sophisticated streaming platform that would make HBO, one of the best-known premium channels in the United States, capable of challenging streaming video services from Netflix and Amazon head on.
FA Charges Costa Over Alleged Stamp On CanChelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct over his clash with Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday night. A statement from the Football Association confirmed Costa's alleged stamp was missed by all four officials on duty for the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge. Referee Michael Oliver has since watched replays and told the FA the offence warranted a red card, and Costa now faces a three-match ban if the charge is proven. That would sideline Chelsea's top scorer for the huge Saturday Night Football game against champions Manchester City, and subsequent matches against Aston Villa and Everton.
Asia stocks sunk by oil plunge, Fed rate hike plan reminderTOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets sank Thursday after plunging oil prices and the Federal Reserves reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year led to a dismal day on Wall Street. The release of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures in Japan was another reason for gloom.
Serena to face Sharapova in Australian Open finalMELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Serena Williams beat fellow American Madison Keys 7-6(5) 6-2 to reach the Australian Open final on Thursday. Williams will now face Maria Sharapova for the title after the Russian second seed beat compatriot Ekaterina Makarova earlier on Rod Laver Arena. (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Ian Ransom)
Tennis-Serena to face Sharapova in Australian Open finalMELBOURNE, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Top seed Serena Williams beat fellow American Madison Keys 7-6(5) 6-2 to reach the Australian Open final on Thursday. Williams will now face Maria Sharapova for the title after the Russian second seed beat compatriot Ekaterina Makarova earlier on Rod Laver Arena. (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Ian Ransom)
Tottenham Reach Wembley After Sheffield DrawTwo Christian Eriksen goals booked Tottenham's place in the Capital One Cup final as they overcame a spirited Sheffield United comeback to draw 2-2 at Bramall Lane. Leading 1-0 from the first leg, Spurs took another step towards a final with Chelsea after Eriksen's stunning free-kick on 28 minutes appeared to have put the tie beyond the reach of Nigel Clough's League One side. The Blades struggled to create any real chances of note, but with 15 minutes to play, two goals in two minutes from substitute Che Adams turned the tie on its head and looked to have sent the game into extra-time. Fellow substitute Louis Reed had a glorious chance to send the Blades through, but it was to be Eriksen who would have the last word as he guided Spurs' second of the evening past Mark Howard with two minutes remaining.