Springboks go for experience in bid to avoid Brighton repeat
TOKYO (AP) — Tendai Mtawarira and Bongi Mbonambi have forced their way into the starting pack as coach Rassie Erasmus takes a big-is-best policy into South Africa's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal...
Deng signs with Bulls, retires
CHICAGO (AP) — Two-time All-Star forward Luol Deng has signed with the Chicago Bulls and retired as a member of the team that drafted him.
Speed test: Kolbe to challenge Japan wings in quarterfinals
TOKYO (AP) — Cheslin Kolbe got a real kick out of watching Kenki Fukuoka and Katoro Matsushima burn off the Scottish defenders last weekend. Now the Springboks winger wants to show the Japanese...
Springboks’ ‘scary’ challenge vs. Japan just got scarier
TOKYO (AP) — Two weeks ago, Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus described it as a "scary" prospect. It got a whole lot scarier this week.
South Africa is now in Japan's way at the Rugby World...
Zimbabwe’s ban from international cricket lifted by ICC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The International Cricket Council has lifted Zimbabwe's international ban following a board meeting in Dubai.
The ICC suspended Zimbabwe in July and withdrew funding...
All Blacks, Irish to renew rivalry in World Cup quarterfinal
The quarterfinal meeting between Ireland and New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup comes with a strong feeling of reckoning.
Ireland hadn't beaten New Zealand in 28 matches over 111 years until...
The Latest: Japan reaches first World Cup quarterfinal
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 24 of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
Japan got the chance to prove it was a worthy quarterfinalist and took it bravely with a...
Namibia, Canada rue missed shot at rare Rugby World Cup win
It wasn't the way Namibia and Canada wanted to end long losing streaks at the Rugby World Cup.
They were gutted but understanding when their Pool B game in Kamaishi was canceled by World...
Japan v Scotland to go ahead at World Cup in wake of typhoon
TOKYO (AP) — A third Rugby World Cup game in Japan was canceled before organizers decided it was safe enough for the tournament host to play Scotland at Yokohama on Sunday, a night after a deadly...
‘No human is limited’: Kipchoge runs sub-2 hour marathon
VIENNA (AP) — Roger Bannister, 1954. Eliud Kipchoge, 2019?
Like the sub-four minute mile, running a marathon in less than two hours had seemed impossible — until Saturday. But this time...
Flower leaves England cricket after 12 years
LONDON (AP) — Former head coach Andy Flower is leaving the England and Wales Cricket Board after 12 years.
The 51-year-old Zimbabwean was appointed England assistant coach to Peter Moores in...
Ashwin, Yadav keep India firmly on top in 2nd test
PUNE, India (AP) — Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin took four wickets and fast bowler Umesh Yadav picked up three as India maintained its strong grip on the second test against South Africa after day three...
Tough guys: Rugby players not flustered by massive typhoon
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Rugby players don't scare easily. Not even when there's a super typhoon heading for them.
Some of sport's toughest guys are waiting for the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis,...
The Latest: Scotland rebuked by World Rugby
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 22 at the Rugby World Cup (all times local):
World Rugby has rebuked Scotland for trying to force Rugby World Cup organizers to guarantee its...
Namibia, Canada desperate to end winless World Cup streaks
To Namibia and Canada, beating the other at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday would mean everything.
"Life-changing," is how Namibia center Darryl de la Harpe describes it.
FIFA bans Ugandan official over 2014 WCup ticket resales
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned the president of Uganda's soccer federation for two months over the resale of tickets for the 2014 World Cup.
Agarwal hits 2nd straight ton, India 273-3 vs South Africa
PUNE, India (AP) — Mayank Agarwal hit his second consecutive hundred as India reached 273-3 at stumps against South Africa on the first day of the second test on Thursday.
Stand-in flyhalf Barrett leads All Blacks’ rout of Namibia
TOKYO (AP) — Given the keys to the All Blacks machine, first-time flyhalf Jordie Barrett stalled it a couple of times.
Barrett stayed positive, though, refocused, respected the ball, and...
Springboks call in ‘bomb squad’ for Canada at RWC
KOBE, Japan (AP) — The Springboks will give some of their "bomb squad" a chance to start against Canada at the Rugby World Cup on Tuesday. That means that some of "the 15" will have to fill in on...
The Latest: Canada picks van der Merwe to play South Africa
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 17 of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
Canada has made six changes to its starting lineup for the Pool B game against South...
Sharma helps India set South Africa victory target of 395
VISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP) — Run machine Rohit Sharma struck his second century of the match to help India set South Africa a daunting victory target of 395 on the fourth day of the first test on...
Springboks have the power, but the poise?
Cheslin Kolbe got the ball right near the touchline and with two Italians closing in. One jink inside his opposite number Michele Campagnaro, then another skip outside fullback Matteo Minozzi to...
Centuries for Elgar, De Kock as SA fights back against India
VISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP) — Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock struck centuries to help South Africa avoid the threat of a follow-on and reach 385-8 at stumps on Day 3 of the first test against India...
All Blacks relieved Retallick can annoy Namibia and not them
TOKYO (AP) — Brodie Retallick is available to play, and the All Blacks are relieved.
Now he’s Namibia's problem.
The former world player of the year will appear for the first time in...
All Blacks, Namibia giving 10s first starts at World Cup
TOKYO (AP) — In more than two years as an All Black, Jordie Barrett has never played flyhalf.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen asked him Friday to start there against Namibia in their Rugby...
Former Nigerian national team player Promise Isaac dies
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Promise Isaac, who captained Nigeria to the 2008 Olympic silver medal and scored 79 goals in 11 professional seasons in Turkey, died after collapsing at his apartment gym in...
Ashwin dismisses Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn
VISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP) — Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn before stumps as South Africa were reduced to 39-3 on Day 2 of the first test against India on...
Kolisi: Springboks maintain focus amid Etzebeth legal issue
SHIZUOKA, Japan (AP) — The Springboks have maintained their focus on a crucial Rugby World Cup game against Italy, captain Siya Kolisi said Thursday, amid an internal investigation into...
US heptathlete gay pride shoe flaps in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — American heptathlete Erica Bougard says she wasn’t trying to make an international political statement against Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ policies. She was just wearing her favorite...
Case against Springboks lock Eben Etzebeth going to court
HAMAMATSU, Japan (AP) — Springboks lock Eben Etzebeth could be forced to return home midway through the Rugby World Cup in Japan after the South African Human Rights Commission said it was taking...
Coe addresses low turnout at worlds, heat and doping scandal
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Sebastian Coe has a concise message for athletes who are dissing on Doha: Deal with it.
The head of worldwide track and field says any athletes complaining about the hot...
Athletes united, but rival fans show Ethiopia’s divides
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Ethiopian supporters are the loudest in the stadium at the track world championships — because they're trying to drown each other out.
Sharma hits century on debut as opener, India 202-0 vs SA
VISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP) — Rohit Sharma scored a century in his test debut as an opener as India reached 202-0 at stumps with rain preventing any play in the final session on Day 1 of the first...
The Latest: All Blacks thrash Canada 63-0 at Rugby World Cup
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 13 at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
New Zealand gave Canada a 63-0 thrashing that was expected in the Rugby World Cup.
Springboks v Italy: Heavyweights key in pool-stage knockout
HAMAMATSU, Japan (AP) — It's a pool-stage game with a knockout effect at the Rugby World Cup. Both teams are relying on their heavyweights to settle it.
Suspicious athletes led to coaching great Salazar’s downfall
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Alberto Salazar was so excited about a performance-enhancing supplement he was trying out on his runners, he sent an email to none other than Lance Armstrong.
The Latest: Panel rejects Matu’u appeal against 3-game ban
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 12 at the Rugby World Cup (all times local):
Samoa hooker Motu Matu'u has had his appeal against a three-game suspension rejected.
Sharma opens for India in 1st test vs revamped South Africa
VISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP) — Limited-overs specialist Rohit Sharma will be a surprising opener for India in the first test against a rebuilding South Africa beginning Wednesday.
Springboks give themselves extra ‘ammunition’ for Italy
OMAEZAKI, Japan (AP) — Rassie Erasmus expects the Springboks' battle with Italy at the Rugby World Cup to be fought and won on just one front — up front.
No record? Who cares? Warholm happy with 2nd straight title
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — There was no way Karsten Warholm of Norway would dare be disappointed. He cleared all 10 hurdles, beat all seven guys, won his second straight gold medal at world championships...
Chepkoech the runaway winner in steeplechase at worlds
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech was so new to the steeplechase two years ago that she missed a water jump and had to make a U-turn, costing her a medal at the world...
The Latest: Warholm wins 400 hurdles, host Qatar gets medal
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on the track and field world championships Monday (all times local):
Norway's Karsten Warholm has defended his title in the 400-meter hurdles...
Gebrselassie says athletes could have died at Doha worlds
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Distance-running great Haile Gebrselassie says it was a mistake to hold the track and field world championships in Qatar and that marathon runners could have died from...
Problem solved: Nigerians win appeal, can race in 200 meters
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Problem solved. Divine Oduduru and Blessing Okagbare will be given a spot at the starting line for the 200 meters at world championships.
Defending champion Caster Semenya sidelined at worlds
NEW YORK (AP) — Defending 800-meter champion Caster Semenya has dominated her event like no other female athlete in track over the past 10 years, winning two Olympic golds and three world...
Springboks coach Erasmus can’t take eyes off ‘scary’ Japan
TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus arrived later than he normally does for his team's pre-game warmup in Toyota. Turns out he couldn't take his eyes off another Rugby World Cup...
No upset here: Springboks beat RWC’s lowest-ranked team 57-3
TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — South Africa restored some order at the Rugby World Cup by putting away Namibia, the lowest-ranked team in Japan, 57-3 on Saturday.
The Latest: Japan rises up rankings after upsetting Ireland
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 9 of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
Spirits were high and the ranking was rising. While fans were celebrating up and down the...
Shocker at Shizuoka: Japan upsets Ireland in Brighton sequel
SHIZUOKA, Japan (AP) — Nobody seemed less surprised than Jamie Joseph and his Japan players after the Rugby World Cup hosts toppled Ireland 19-12 in one of the tournament's greatest...