Steve Smith to captain Welsh team in The Hundred

Former Australia captain Steve Smith was named Wednesday to lead the Welsh Fire in the inaugural season of The Hundred cricket league in Britain, another step on his road back following the ball-tampe...

Olympic champ van Niekerk back after more than 2 years out

SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk is competing again after more than two years out with a career-threatening knee injury and is facing a race against time to be rea...

Expecting 'flak,' Aussies return to scene of cricket scandal

It's maybe the final acid test of the rehabilitation of David Warner and Steve Smith as they return to the country where they played central roles in one of the most scandalous episodes in cricket. ...

Ex-Olympic swim champ blames contamination for failed test

Former Olympic swimming champion Roland Schoeman said Saturday that contaminated supplements were responsible for him failing a doping test and being banned for a year. Schoeman clai...

Ben Stokes fined, given demerit point for swearing at fan

England vice captain Ben Stokes was fined and given a demerit point on Saturday for swearing at a fan as he walked off the field after getting out during the final cricket test against South Africa. ...

Nienaber replaces Erasmus as coach of world champ Springboks

Defense specialist Jacques Nienaber was promoted to head coach of the world champion Springboks on Friday to replace Rassie Erasmus, who returned to the more senior role of South Africa's director of ...

Du Plessis: 'Toughest of times' but I'll see it through

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — Faf du Plessis' worth at the very beginning of his test career was measured — strangely for a batsman — by time more than runs. He'll return to th...

England wraps up 3rd test, turns series around to lead 2-1

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — England walloped South Africa by an innings and 53 runs in the third test on Monday to turn the series around and lead 2-1 with one to play. Engla...

England crashes through South Africa and enforces follow-on

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — England bowled South Africa out in double-quick time in a clatter of wickets and enforced the follow-on in the third test on Sunday. England took ...

Bess takes 5 wickets as England bullies South Africa

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — Spinner Dom Bess took all five wickets, and two big ones in successive overs, as England threatened to embarrass South Africa in the third test on Saturday. ...

Stokes hammers South Africa team already hit by Rabada ban

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — Ben Stokes hit a century as England took complete control on a potentially decisive day of the test series against South Africa on Friday. Stokes ...

Root: England must treasure 'golden nugget' Stokes

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Joe Root called Ben Stokes England's "golden nugget." The message was: The team should treasure him. Stokes left a huge mark on anot...

England edges closer to victory, South Africa 170-4

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — England stayed patient and was rewarded with the wicket of South Africa captain Faf du Plessis to edge toward victory on the final day of the second cricket test on Tues...

Stokes batters South Africa, England 421 ahead in 2nd test

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Ben Stokes battered South Africa's bowlers into something near submission in the second test on Monday as the allrounder smashed 72 off 47 balls to propel England to a h...

Broad, Anderson lift England as South Africa slips to 60-3

Veteran fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson injected new life into England to send South Africa sliding to 60-3 on Day 2 of the second test on Saturday. Broad struck twice b...