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From Salah to a 16-year-old: Players to watch at African Cup

From Mohamed Salah to a 16-year-old midfielder from Mauritania, this month's African Cup of Nations will show off the continent's full range of soccer talent. Here are some players t...

Virus and VAR: Things to know about soccer's African Cup

The threat of the resurgent coronavirus will hang heavily over the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament when it opens on Sunday in Cameroon. Still, organizers are pressing ahead ...

Algeria-Gambia African Cup warmup canceled because of virus

An African Cup of Nations warmup game between defending champion Algeria and Gambia was called off hours before kick-off in Qatar on Saturday after several Gambia soccer players tested positive for th...

South Africa's Quinton de Kock quits test cricket at age 29

South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock retired from test cricket on Thursday in a shock move announced just a few hours after he played in the defeat to India in the first test in Centurion...

India looks past omicron, sees chance of history in SAfrica

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — For all its glorious history, India has never won a test series in South Africa and the chance to change that will be the focus for Virat Kohli's top-ranked team on a mo...

New variant hits sports just as they were nearing normality

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Golf, cricket and rugby became the first major sports to be affected by the new COVID-19 variant on Friday, prompting fears of renewed travel restrictions and disrupted ...

AB de Villiers retires from all cricket: 'I've had my time'

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — AB de Villiers retired from all cricket on Friday, ending a career that saw him flourish into one of his generation's most gifted batsmen in any format, whether in test ...

South Africa's Erasmus banned for criticizing ref in video

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus was banned Wednesday for two months and barred from attending test matches in an official role for 10 months after the spor...

Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon in WC playoffs, Ivory Coast out

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and Tunisia took their last chances and qualified for the World Cup playoffs in Africa on Tuesday, but Ivory Coast didn’t seize the day and is...

Kenya wins final WC qualifier with its soccer body in crisis

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Kenya won its final World Cup qualifying game on Monday to provide a moment of relief from the crisis engulfing its national soccer federation. Michael...

Nigeria a point from playoffs in World Cup qualifying

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Nigeria moved a point away from Africa's final World Cup playoffs as a pair of penalties saw off Liberia 2-0 on Saturday, while a crunch game between Ivory Coast and Cam...

Salah's Egypt through to World Cup qualifying playoffs

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Egypt went through to Africa's World Cup qualifying playoffs Friday after fighting back from 2-0 down for a 2-2 draw in Angola. The point ensured Egypt...

Mali through to last 10 in WC qualifying, setback for Ghana

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Mali progressed to the final round of African World Cup qualifying by beating 10-man Rwanda 3-0 on Thursday, while Ghana experienced a major setback in its quest to make...

South Africa's de Kock apologizes, will take knee in future

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African cricket player Quinton de Kock will take a knee after all. De Kock apologized Thursday to teammates and supporters for refusing to play i...

De Kock protest after South Africa team ordered to take knee

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Quinton de Kock refused to play in a T20 World Cup game against the West Indies on Tuesday in protest after Cricket South Africa ordered its players to take a knee befor...