CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A floodlight failure ended the final one-day international early and doomed Sri Lanka to a 5-0 series loss in South Africa on Saturday.
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police say they have broken up an international ring smuggling migrants from southeast Asia to western Europe.
They say 12 members of the group, nationals of unspecified...
De Kock century as South Africa wins series vs Sri Lanka
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Quinton de Kock's blistering 121 from 108 balls set up South Africa's series-clinching 71-run victory in a rain-affected third one-day international against Sri Lanka...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in California determined Thursday that a Sri Lankan man who is a member of the Tamil ethnic minority has the right to go before a judge after failing an...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump on Thursday honored women from 10 countries for their courage, saying the trait "is one of the qualities we need most in society."
When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, business interests often supersede those of the endangered marine mammals.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Captain Faf du Plessis' unbeaten century took South Africa to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the opening one-day international on Sunday.
Sri Lanka court frees Indian cleared in assassination plot
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A magistrate on Wednesday acquitted an Indian man who was detained for five months over an alleged plot to kill Sri Lanka's president after police cleared the man of...
Ex-SLanka captain Jayasuriya banned from cricket for 2 years
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya was banned from cricket for two years on Tuesday for refusing to cooperate in an investigation of corruption in his country's...
Sri Lanka clinches historic 2-0 series win in South Africa
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — Given no chance at the start, a patched-up and out-of-form Sri Lanka team stunned everyone to clinch its first series win in South Africa on Saturday — and the...
Sri Lanka chasing 197 for unexpected series win in SAfrica
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — Completely written off at the start, Sri Lanka needs 137 more runs for a startling series victory in South Africa and the first sweep over the Proteas at home...
Sri Lanka eyes series after SAfrica out for 222 in 2nd test
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — Sri Lanka improved its chances of a series victory no one expected after bowling South Africa out for 222 on the opening day of the second and final test on...
Perera ‘a bit tired’ after leading Sri Lanka to stunning win
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Sri Lanka pulled off an astounding against-the-odds run chase with 153 not out by Kusal Perera and a record last-wicket partnership of 78 to beat South Africa by one wicket in the first cricket test on Saturday.
Sri Lanka 83-3 chasing 304 to win 1st test in South Africa
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Sri Lanka was 83-3 chasing 304 to win the first test after racing through South Africa to take five wickets for just eight runs on Friday.
That whirlwind period, when South Africa crashed from 251-5 to 259 all out in its second innings, gave an inexperienced Sri Lanka team a sight at a surprise victory when the Proteas appeared on course to set a far more daunting target.
SAfrica hits back vs. Sri Lanka, Steyn climbs all-time list
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Dale Steyn picked up 4-48 to move joint-seventh on the list of all-time wicket-takers as South Africa led Sri Lanka by 170 runs in the first test on Thursday.
Steyn was the spearhead of South Africa's attack again — as he was so often before a serious shoulder injury in 2016 sidelined him for the best part of two years — and overtook Indian great Kapil Dev in career test wickets.
Sri Lanka belies inexperience to bowl SAfrica out for 235
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Sri Lanka's inexperienced bowlers made use of a helpful pitch to bowl South Africa out for 235 on the opening day of the first test on Wednesday, taking the early ascendancy in a series few people give the tourists a chance of winning.
Seam bowlers Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha, with only seven tests of experience between them, shared seven wickets to put South Africa on the ropes at the start of the two-test series.
Guptill’s 117 helps New Zealand to 8-wicket win in 1st ODI
NAPIER, New Zealand (AP) — Martin Guptill carried his bat for 117 as New Zealand eased to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on Wednesday in the first of three one-day internationals.
Bangladesh was bowled out for 232 in 48.5 overs after batting first on winning the toss. New Zealand surpassed that total at 233-2 with 33 balls to spare.
Sri Lanka recruiting 2 hangmen before resuming death penalty
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan prison authorities are recruiting two hangmen after the president pledged to end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and execute condemned drug traffickers amid alarm over drug-related crime in this Indian Ocean island nation.
Interviews of the candidates will be conducted next month and two will be hired, prison department spokesman Thushara Upuldeniya said Wednesday.
PSL: A pathway to revive international cricket in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistan Super League is not like any other Twenty20 cricket competition. It can't compete financially with the lucrative Indian Premier League in terms of player payments, yet it's a dream for some cricketers just to be playing in it.
For the Pakistan Cricket Board, it's considered a pathway to resuming fully-fledged international cricket on home soil.
Cricket Australia says bowling coach David Saker resigns
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia says bowling coach David Saker has announced his immediate resignation.
The cricket body confirmed in a statement on Thursday that Saker would leave the post after a home season in which Australia's fast bowlers were criticized for going six test matches without an lbw decision against India and Sri Lanka.
Head coach Justin Langer said he reached a mutual agreement with Saker, a former England bowling coach, that it was time for the pair to part ways.
R. Kelly says he’d tour internationally, then deletes post
NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly said Tuesday he is planning an international tour, but an Australian lawmaker wants the country to bar him from performing there if the concert plan goes forward.
The embattled musician announced on social media Tuesday that he'll be going to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, but the tweet was later deleted.
"See y'all soon" the post said, accompanied by a picture of Kelly and the declaration "The King of R&B." No dates or venues were revealed.
Sri Lanka leader asks rights groups not to oppose executions
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president urged human rights groups on Wednesday not to interfere with his plans to end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment.
Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament that executions will resume in the next two months.
He said many larger nations carry out executions but smaller countries like Sri Lanka are hampered by human rights groups in their efforts to control crime.
Customs strike cripples businesses in Sri Lanka’s capital
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Food importers and wholesalers shut their shops in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday to demand the government resolve a "work to rule" action by custom officials at the island nation's main seaport.
The Essential Food Commodities Importers and Traders Association said it is suffering huge losses because of the trade union action by the customs officers, which has slowed the flow of goods through the port.
Sri Lanka drops captain Chandimal for South Africa tests
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka dropped captain Dinesh Chandimal from the test squad on Tuesday for the upcoming tour of South Africa.
Sri Lanka Cricket asked him to play domestic games to regain his form.
Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne is the stand-in captain of a 17-man squad for the two-test series starting on Feb. 13.
Chandimal's omission follows scores of 5, 0, 15, and 4 in the two recent test losses against Australia.
Australia beats Sri Lanka by 366 runs for 2-0 series win
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Mitchell Starc bowled with recharged confidence to take innings figures of 5-46 and match figures of 10-100 as Australia trounced Sri Lanka by 366 runs in the second cricket test to sweep the two-match series.
One of the most intimidating bowlers in the world at his best, Starc appeared low on confidence during Australia's previous series against India, taking 13 wickets at an average of 34.5 across four tests.
Starc has 5 wickets, Khawaja 101 for Australia vs Sri Lanka
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Mitchell Starc took five wickets and Usman Khawaja looks to have retained his Ashes spot with a century as Australia set Sri Lanka a victory target of 516 runs late on the third day of the second test on Sunday.
Sri Lanka was 17 without loss at stumps, still needing 499 runs to win, with Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne both on eight not out.
Sri Lanka seeks $1 billion loan from China amid debt woes
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka is negotiating a $1 billion loan from China to construct a highway linking the capital Colombo to the hilly resort city of Kandy, even as the heavily-indebted South Asian island nation makes arrangements to pay down $5.9 billion in foreign loans this year.
Finance Ministry spokesman M.R. Hasan said Saturday that he's waiting to hear whether terms of the loan for the highway project have been approved.
West Indies women beat Pakistan in Super Over in Twenty20
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The West Indies women's team defeated Pakistan in a Super Over tiebreaker on Friday to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 series.
The Pakistan Cricket Board is staging the series in a bid to showcase its ability to host international matches following a deadly 2009 terrorist attack against the Sri Lanka test team in Lahore.
Aussies in good place vs Sri Lanka after 1st day, 2nd test
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Three wickets down for just 28 runs after 45 minutes into the second test against Sri Lanka, it didn't look good for the home side.
But centuries from opener Joe Burns, his fourth in tests, and No. 5 batsman Travis Head, his first, helped Australia to 384 for four at stumps on Friday after winning the toss and deciding to bat.
Burns finished the day at 172 not out while Head was bowled out for 161 late in the final session Friday.
Citing drug crime, Sri Lanka plans 1st executions since 1976
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president pledged to end the country's 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and execute condemned drug traffickers amid alarm over drug-related crimes.
The statement on the government's website said President Maithripala Sirisena would order the executions soon but did not say how the prisoners would be executed. Sri Lanka last executed a prisoner in 1976. At the time, prisoners were hanged.
West Indies women win 1st match in Pakistan without problems
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The West Indies women's first cricket match in Pakistan was a 71-run victory that passed without incident on Thursday.
Pakistan has staged only short limited-overs series against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, a World XI, and the West Indies since a deadly terrorist attack in March 2009 against the Sri Lanka test team in Lahore. A women's team from Bangladesh also toured Pakistan in October 2015.
West Indies women’s team in Pakistan for cricket series
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The West Indies women's team arrived in Karachi on Wednesday to play three Twenty20 matches as Pakistan once again bids to showcase its ability to host international cricket.
There was a heavy security presence between the airport and the team hotel, and traffic on one of Karachi's busiest roads was halted while the visiting squad travelled through on bullet-proof buses.
Big win has Australia captain optimistic over Ashes defense
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia's innings and 40-run win over Sri Lanka in the first test has convinced captain Tim Paine that depth is building for a successful Ashes defense.
But Paine said Australia still had a long way to go after its day-night win inside three days over Sri Lanka at the Gabba, where Australia has not lost a test match since 1988.
Cummins leads Australia to win over Sri Lanka in 1st test
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Pat Cummins took 10 wickets to help Australia rip through Sri Lanka's lineup to inspire a pink-ball first test victory at the Gabba on Saturday.
Cummins claimed a career-best 6-23 after his first-innings haul of 4-39, as Australia romped to victory by an innings and 40 runs in under three days.
His overall figures of 10-62 marked the 25-year-old's first 10-wicket match haul of his 19-test career.
2 UN peacekeepers killed in attack in central Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Two Sri Lankan peacekeepers with the United Nations force in Mali were killed Friday after their convoy struck an explosive device in the central Mopti region, the U.N. said.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' spokesman said six Sri Lankan peacekeepers were injured in the blast near the town of Douentza.
Australia leads Sri Lanka by 162 on Day 2 of 1st test
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne missed out on their first centuries in test cricket but helped to ensure Australia was in command of the day-night test against Sri Lanka after the second day Friday.
Head and Labuschagne combined for Australia's best partnership in more than a year with 166 for the fifth wicket. The hosts were eventually all out late on day two for 323 in reply to Sri Lanka's 144, a lead of 179 runs after the first innings.
Sri Lankans demand justice for slain, abducted journalists
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan rights activists, lawmakers and relatives of slain and disappeared journalists held a vigil over their abductions and killings, demanding the government expedite investigations.
Freddie Gamage, an organizer of the vigil on Thursday, said that despite being in power for four years, the current government "has miserably failed to fulfil its promise to punish those responsible for attacks on journalists."
West Indies women’s team to play 3 T20s in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A women's cricket team from the West Indies will tour Pakistan for three Twenty20 matches at Karachi which the Pakistan Cricket Board sees it as "a major step toward revival of international cricket in the country."
Pakistan has hosted only short limited-overs series against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, World XI and the West Indies since terrorists attacked a Sri Lanka cricket team bus at Lahore in 2009.
Australia calls up Kurtis Patterson for 1st Sri Lanka test
SYDNEY (AP) — Batsman Kurtis Patterson has been added to Australia's squad for the first cricket test against Sri Lanka after making two centuries against the tourists in a warm-up match.
Patterson made 157 and 102 for a Cricket Australia XI in a pink ball match in Hobart last week. That earned him an immediate call-up to the squad for the day-night test beginning in Brisbane on Thursday.
Germany arrests suspect in 2005 killing of Sri Lankan FM
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they have arrested a suspected member of the Tamil Tigers alleged to have been involved in the 2005 assassination of Sri Lanka's foreign minister.
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that police arrested 39-year-old Navanithan G. in southwestern Germany Wednesday and searched his home.
The man, whose surname wasn't released because of Germany privacy laws, is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization, murder and attempted murder.
Sri Lanka considers big China loan to repay foreign debts
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka is considering a $300 million loan offer from the Bank of China as it prepares to repay foreign debts this year, a Finance Ministry official said.
The government has appointed a three-member committee to negotiate the deal, according to Finance Ministry spokesman M.R. Hasan.
The loan is repayable in three years, he said Wednesday.
20-year-old newcomer in Australia squad for Sri Lanka tests
SYDNEY (AP) — Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Aaron Finch have all been axed from the Australia squad for a two-test series against Sri Lanka after struggling in the four-test series against India.
Twenty-year-old Will Pucovski was included Wednesday in the 13-man squad after just eight first-class games, while openers Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw have also been called up.
Taylor’s century helps New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in 3rd ODI
NELSON, New Zealand (AP) — Ross Taylor posted his 20th one-day international century and Henry Nicholls scored his first as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 115 runs on Tuesday to sweep the ODI series 3-0.
Taylor made 137 and Nicholls 124 not out as New Zealand reached 364-4 batting first, highlighting the growing depth of its batting as it works towards the World Cup in England.
Perera gives New Zealand a scare with 13 sixes in 2nd ODI
MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — Thisara Perera smashed 13 sixes in an astonishing display of power hitting which took Sri Lanka to the brink of a remarkable win over New Zealand on Saturday in the second one-day international.
Perera was the last man out on 140 — with Sri Lanka ending on 298 in 46.2 overs — as a chastened New Zealand held on to win by 21 runs and clinch an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Sri Lanka passes stopgap, plans full budget vote in February
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's finance ministry said Monday that it will present next year's full budget in February after the parliament approved a 1.77-trillion-rupee ($9.39 billion) stopgap measure to cover public expenditures over the first four months of 2019, averting a government shutdown January 1.
Sri Lanka had been engulfed in a political crisis since late October after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked the country's prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and cabinet.
Sri Lankan lawmakers question Rajapaksa’s parliamentary seat
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Members of Sri Lanka's Parliament on Tuesday questioned whether Mahinda Rajapaksa, who recently quit as prime minister, can hold his seat after earlier relinquishing membership in the political party he represented in the last election.
Sri Lankan president doubts he can work with reappointed PM
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president accused newly reappointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of corrupt leadership in a scathing speech Sunday in which he voiced doubts about their ability to work together and signaled the 2-month political crisis is far from resolved.
New Zealand 311-2 at stumps on day 2, 1st test vs. Sri Lanka
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tom Latham posted his seventh test century and Kane Williamson narrowly missed his 20th as New Zealand took full control of the first cricket test against Sri Lanka on its second day Sunday.
New Zealand reached stumps at 311-2 in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings of 282 with Latham 121 not out and Ross Taylor 50, having added 90 for the third wicket.