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Hurricane flattens Mexico homes, but major disaster averted

Patricia flattened dozens of homes on Mexico’s Pacific coast, but authorities said on Saturday that the record-breaking hurricane largely spared the country as it weakened to a tropical depression.

Dozens of modest homes in the village of Chemula were blown away by Patricia’s powerful winds after it made landfall in Jalisco state late Friday.

The villagers survived the hurricane because they evacuated before landfall, which occurred just 20km to the south.


Three dead after car smashes into US parade crowd

A speeding car crashed into a crowd watching a parade in the US state of Oklahoma on Saturday, killing three people and injuring 22 others, police said.

The driver of the vehicle is in custody following the incident at an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, according to police in the town of Stillwater.

Police told AFP that the driver, a 25-year-old woman, was arrested for driving under the influence.


Rugby: All Blacks win World Cup battle of the Titans

Dan Carter anchored New Zealand to a 20-18 victory over South Africa to reach the World Cup final at the end of a bruising clash at Twickenham on Saturday.

With the All Blacks down 12-7 at half-time, and Jerome Kaino in the sin-bin, Carter snapped a neat field goal to start an All Blacks revival.

The defending champions followed with a try to Beauden Barrett to continue their domination of South Africa. With one key rival out of the way, New Zealand now play the winner of Sunday's clash between Australia and Argentina in the final.


Formula One: Rain forces US Grand Prix qualifying to Sunday

Qualifying for the United States Grand Prix was finally postponed after three hours of rain-hit delays on Saturday and re-scheduled for 9am local time on Sunday (10pm Singapore time).

The race organisers confirmed the postponement at 4pm on Saturday after a day of frustration in severe wet, windy and miserable conditions for spectators at the Circuit of the Americas.

Defending two-time world champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was fastest in the earlier practice session ahead of nearest title rival, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.


Football: Mourinho off as Chelsea lose to West Ham, Villa slump goes on

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as the Premier League champions' crisis deepened with a stormy 2-1 defeat at West Ham United on Saturday.

He was banished from the touchline by referee Jon Moss at half-time at Upton Park after seeing Mauro Zarate put West Ham ahead before Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic was sent off for two bookable offences.

Mourinho's assistant Silvino Louro was also sent off for protesting against Matic's dismissal and although Gary Cahill equalised early in the second half, West Ham substitute Andy Carroll headed in a 79th-minute winner.