Paine to India’s Kohli: Let’s play at the Gabba next year

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — His Australians had just extended an unbeaten streak at the Gabba that stretches back to 1988, and Tim Paine wanted to bring it to the attention of India skipper Virat Kohli...

Babar Azam reaches rearguard 67 for Pakistan in 1st test

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Babar Azam was unbeaten on 67 at lunch on day four in a rearguard innings for Pakistan against an Australian attack needing five wickets to clinch the first test. ...

Aussies has Pakistan reeling at 64-3 on day 3 of 1st test

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Marnus Labuschagne posted a career-high 185 and David Warner contributed 154 as the top three batsmen scored 436 of Australia’s 580 first-innings runs. Pak...

Tough day for a teen; Naseem still waiting for a test wicket

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — For a few moments Naseem Shah thought his first wicket in test cricket was one of the most prized to get at the Gabba. The 16-year-old Pakistan paceman had David Warner, a v...

Warner, Burns get Australia to 100-0 at lunch, day 2

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australian openers David Warner and Joe Burns ensured it was a tough test match initiation for 16-year-old Naseem Shah, combining in an unbeaten partnership to get the home ...

Pakistan wins toss, bats; 16-year-old Naseem to debut

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Naseem Shah is the youngest male cricketer to make his test debut in Australia but the 16-year-old paceman will have to wait to get into the action after Pakistan skipper Az...

Pakistan set to unleash 16-year-old Naseem Shah on Australia

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Naseem Shah is ready to become the youngest test cricketer ever to play on Australian soil, with Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali confident the young paceman is a...

Players’ mental health becoming major issue in cricket

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A serious health concern is emerging in Australian cricket. The first test of the home summer starts in Brisbane next week and Australia has three players out of the selecti...

Springboks ready for World Cup trophy tour of good hope

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — As black and white players hugged, danced and shared beer out of the Webb Ellis Cup, people across South Africa celebrated a Springboks world title for a third time. ...

No burden, no pressure as Erasmus steers Boks to victory

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Of all the intricate details that went into 618 days of planning for this moment, Rassie Erasmus regarded none as more important to impart on his Springboks than context. ...

After 12 years, Gatland leaves a legacy of belief at Wales

TOKYO (AP) — Warren Gatland guided Wales to four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams, two Rugby World Cup semifinals, and the No. 1 ranking. It would be heartbreaking, he said, to ...

Departing All Blacks coach Hansen fires off parting shot

TOKYO (AP) — It takes a certain kind of resilience to be part of the All Blacks' coaching crew in four Rugby World Cups. After the last of his 93 wins from 107 tests as head coach of...

All Blacks veterans finish with bronze after win over Wales

TOKYO (AP) — Ben Smith scored two vintage tries before halftime, Keiran Read did a power of work and Sonny Bill Williams produced a pair of trademark offloads as three veteran All Blacks went into ret...

World Cup final: Some players to watch in England vs Boks

TOKYO (AP) — South Africa and England will meet on Saturday in the Rugby World Cup final, a rematch of the championship decider that the Springboks won 15-6 in Paris in 2007. It's ti...

Springboks captain Kolisi gets his chance to make history

TOKYO (AP) — It was the week after Siya Kolisi's fourth birthday in 1995 when Nelson Mandela presented Springboks captain Francois Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup in a defining moment for rugby, and f...