DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The Crusaders lost for just the second time this season in Super Rugby when they let a 20-0 lead slip to be stunned by the Chiefs 40-27 on Saturday.
South Africa’s prospects tested in 12th round of Super Rugby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The chances of a South African team winning the Super Rugby title this season, for the first time in nine years, are likely to be measured in a series of games in...
Hurricanes escape Sunwolves surprise in Super Rugby
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The Hurricanes avoided a surprise loss at the Sunwolves by scoring 22 unanswered points to keep in touch with the Super Rugby leaders on Friday.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The Jaguares pummeled the Sharks 51-17 for a second straight win in South Africa, and the Chiefs ended the Blues' four-match winning streak in a lively New Zealand...
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...
WIU history professor examines dockworkers’ power in book
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — A Western Illinois University history professor has published a book on the power dockworkers have shown over time in the struggle for racial equality and social-justice...
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.
Newborn baby pulled from storm drain in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rescue workers in South Africa pulled a newborn baby from a storm drain in a four-hour operation that ended with whoops and cheers from onlookers.
Rescue Care Paramedics, one of the groups that helped to extricate the infant girl in Durban, says it is unclear why the baby was "dumped" and that police are investigating.
South African musician plays guitar during brain surgery
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — His skull still open, a South African musician with a brain tumor played several notes on his guitar during a successful operation to remove most of the growth.
Argentina and South Africa both change 1 for rematch
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina and South Africa both made one change to their starting teams for their Rugby Championship rematch on Saturday.
Both switches were in the second row.
For his second test in charge, Argentina coach Mario Ledesma promoted lock Tomas Lavanini to the starting lineup in place of Matias Alemanno, who was dropped to the bench.
The Pumas also made another three changes on the bench following the 34-21 loss to the Springboks in Durban last weekend.
Springboks rely on 2nd-half surge to see off Argentina 34-21
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa scored four tries in the second half to come from behind and beat Argentina 34-21 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, avoiding a second straight surprise defeat to the Pumas in Durban.
The Springboks scored first but trailed 14-5 and 14-10 at halftime after Argentina hit back with tries by flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez and flanker Pablo Matera at Kings Park, where the Argentines won their first test over South Africa in a big shock in 2015.
Springboks pack bolstered by return of Marx and Etzebeth
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's forward pack has been bolstered by the return from injury of hooker Malcolm Marx and lock Eben Etzebeth for the Rugby Championship test against Argentina on Saturday.
Former captain Warren Whiteley was also recalled at No. 8 and Francois Louw will start at openside flank when the Springboks open their championship in Durban.
The four all missed the June series against England.
Siya Kolisi retains the captaincy and switches to blindside flank.
Crusaders start playoffs as big Super Rugby title favorites
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The start of this weekend's Super Rugby playoffs are expected to be the first of three formalities completed before the trophy is presented, again, to the Christchurch-based Crusaders.
There are quarterfinals, semifinals and a final, but the Crusaders are heavily favored to capture the Super Rugby championship again for the ninth time and for the second year in a row.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The Sharks clinched the last quarterfinal place in Super Rugby after beating the Jaguares 20-10 on Saturday, setting up an unenviable trip to the eight-time champion Crusaders of New Zealand in the playoffs.
The Sharks secured the victory they needed in the rain at home in Durban, with a first-half try by hooker Akker van der Merwe and a second-half score by wing Kobus van Wyk seeing them into the quarters in the last game of the regular season.
South Africa’s graft case against Zuma adjourned to July 27
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The corruption case against former South African president Jacob Zuma has been delayed until late next month, while Zuma took to a stage near the courthouse on Friday before thousands of cheering supporters and again declared his innocence.
SYDNEY (AP) — Super Rugby organizers SANZAAR have issued a statement dismissing a British media report that some South African teams are planning to quit the southern hemisphere tournament to play in Europe.
Wales Today reported that the Durban-based Sharks, Johannesburg-based Lions and Cape Town-based Stormers were all planning to leave Super Rugby within the next few years to join the European Pro14 competition.
South Africa’s ex-President Zuma in court on corruption charges
South Africa's ex-President Jacob Zuma appeared in a Durban court Friday to face multiple corruption charges relating to a billion-dollar arms deal in the late 1990s.
Ex-South Africa leader is defiant as corruption case starts
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma sat in the dock of a packed courtroom on Friday to face corruption charges and emerged defiant, telling supporters that the case against him was politically motivated.
De Villiers century takes South Africa 139 ahead of Aus
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — AB de Villiers' 126 not out pushed South Africa's lead over Australia to 139 runs in the second test at St. George's Park on Sunday.
De Villiers' 22nd test century, set up on Day 2 and completed early on Day 3, took South Africa to 382 all out in its first innings in reply to Australia's 243.
The South Africa No. 4 put his team in control after it was 183-6 on Saturday afternoon. Australia leads the four-test series after winning the first match in Durban.
Bitter South Africa-Australia battle goes to ‘friendly city’
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — Match referee Jeff Crowe called the captains and managers of the South Africa and Australia cricket teams to a meeting on Thursday on the eve of the second test in Port Elizabeth in an attempt to restore calm to an ill-tempered test series that is just one match in.
Crowe may be hoping that Port Elizabeth's nickname — 'the friendly city' — will rub off on the players.
Warner, De Kock fined for staircase incident, escape bans
Australia vice-captain David Warner and South Africa's Quinton de Kock escaped bans on Wednesday following their confrontation on a stadium staircase during the first cricket test in Durban over the weekend.
Warner was fined 75 percent of his match fee, the International Cricket Council said, after pleading guilty to bringing cricket into disrepute. He received three demerit points, too.
South African triathlete severely injured in saw attack
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Assailants in South Africa attacked a top national triathlete who was cycling to a training session and cut into his legs with a blunt saw, causing severe injuries, an athletic director said Wednesday.
Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was undergoing surgery after the attack which occurred before dawn on Tuesday in the coastal city of Durban, said Dennis Jackson, director of the elite athlete program for KwaZulu-Natal province.
Mhlengi Gwala, South African triathlete, attacked with chainsaw to legs
A triathlete was attacked on the side of the road in Durban, South Africa, Tuesday by three people who nearly cut his legs off with a chainsaw.
Mhlengi Gwala was riding his bicycle for training before dawn and was ambushed by his assailants who reportedly tried to rob him first, then stepped up their attack even as Gwala offered them his phone and money.
Gwala's friend, an Olympic silver medalist named Henri Schoeman, wrote a message about the incident on Twitter:
Warner, De Kock reported by ICC after confrontation
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Cricket's world governing body has reported Australia's David Warner and South Africa's Quinton de Kock following their confrontation during the first test in Durban.
The International Cricket Council said Tuesday that Warner has been reported for a Level 2 offense and De Kock for a Level 1 offense, for "conduct that brings the game into disrepute."
Australia wins bad-tempered 1st test against South Africa
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Australia needed less than 20 minutes of the final day to take the one more wicket it needed to finish off a 118-run win in a bad-tempered series-opening test against South Africa on Monday, a game overshadowed by an ugly off-field confrontation between players that was caught on a stadium security camera.
Commanding Australia bats through day to lead SAfrica by 402
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Steve Smith's relative failure did nothing to slow Australia's march toward expected victory in the first test against South Africa as the tourists batted through the entire third day on Saturday to build an imposing lead of 402 runs.
Smith was out for 38 lbw to part-time spin bowler Dean Elgar, the first time in six test innings that the Australia captain hasn't passed 50.
South Africa keeps Australia in check on 1st day of series
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa kept Australia's big three of Steve Smith, David Warner and Shaun Marsh in check on the opening day of the four-test series on Thursday.
Australia was 225-5 at stumps at Kingsmead in Durban after Smith and Warner made half-centuries and Marsh 40. None of them went on to big scores, though, giving South Africa reason to be positive.
Smith refreshed, de Villiers motivated for Aus-SA series
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — It should serve as a stark warning for South Africa that Steve Smith says he's refreshed and ready to go again.
The Australia captain and top-ranked test batsman had been feeling the effects of a long Ashes summer at home. But after a couple of weeks off following the rout of England he described as "magnificent," Smith is rested and revitalized for the four-test series in South Africa.
Australia heavily armed for test battle in South Africa
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Normally, a South Africa-Australia test series is fast and furious. This one may not play out at breakneck speed, but that's still unlikely to calm a frequently fierce contest.
Australia arrives with plenty of firepower for the four-test battle starting on Thursday in Durban and the presence of quick bowlers Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood has South Africa feeling under threat on home ground.
Kohli masterful, India beats SAfrica by 6 wickets in 1st ODI
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Virat Kohli's masterful 112 maintained India's winning momentum in South Africa as he led his team to a convincing six-wicket win in the first one-day international on Thursday.
Kohli was the driving force in a 189-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (79) that swept aside South Africa's bowling and took India cruising to 270-4 and past the target in just 45.3 overs.
Grandparents have lunch at McDaid Elementary
Students at McDaid Elementary School were treated to lunch with their grandparents on Wednesday.
The lunchroom was humming with excitement, and one grandfather just happened to be here on vacation all the way from South Africa.
Dr. Upendra Parikh is a physician whose daughter and son-in-law serve the community of North Platte as pediatricians. Parikh specializes in human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome care at a hospital near the city of Durban, South Africa.
Birmingham to host Commonwealth Games in 2022
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — English city Birmingham was picked Thursday as the replacement host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, nine months after the South African city of Durban was stripped of the multisport event because of financial difficulties.
Birmingham was the only city to submit a bid by the Commonwealth Games Federation's deadline of the end of September.
Jill Scott among headliners for Essence Festival Durban
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Neo-soul Grammy Award-winning songstress Jill Scott has been added to the lineup for the second edition of Essence Festival Durban in South Africa.
Scott joins the Rev. Al Sharpton and Bishop T.D. Jakes for the event scheduled Sept. 26-Oct. 1.
Super Rugby: Lions steal top spot after Crusaders loss
The Lions snatched top spot in the Super Rugby standings in the last game of the regular season on Saturday, beating the Sharks and taking advantage of the Crusaders' first loss of the season to jump ahead of them and earn the top seeding for the playoffs.
That gives the Johannesburg-based Lions, last season's losing finalists in New Zealand, the chance of hosting the 2017 final in three weeks.
Essence preps for return to Durban, South Africa
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fresh off the annual Essence Festival held over the 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans, organizers are now preparing for the festival's return to South Africa.
Essence on Thursday said the festival's Durban, South Africa, edition will take place Sept. 26-Oct. 1, featuring Bishop T.D. Jakes, a talk-show host, entrepreneur and best-selling author based in Dallas. Essence magazine's editor-in-chief, Vanessa De Luca, says they'll release the rest of the lineup later.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 23rd annual Essence Festival ends with a performance by one of music's hottest artists, Chance the Rapper, and a reunion of some of New Orleans' own heavy hitters connected to Master P's No Limit empire.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The Bulls beat the Sharks 30-17 on Friday on Super Rugby's return in South Africa following a month-long break for internationals, leaving the Sharks with a likely trip to New Zealand to face the league-leading Crusaders in the playoffs.
Fullback Warrick Gelant scored three tries, with his first two in the space of five minutes in the first half, to lead the Bulls to their surprise win away in Durban.
Springboks take series over France, win 2nd test 37-15
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa responded to an early setback with 23 successive points, overpowering France 37-15 in the second test on Saturday to win the three-match series with a game to spare.
The Springboks shrugged off a third-minute try by France fullback Scott Spedding to eventually score four of their own in their best performance under coach Allister Coetzee.
Africa’s inequality stifles growth, says report
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa is experiencing higher levels of poverty than previously thought because decades of economic growth have only benefited a small wealthy elite, says a report released by the British aid group Oxfam at the World Economic Forum Africa which started in South Africa's coastal city of Durban on Wednesday.
1 year to go: Gold Coast counts down to Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Just days after floods devastated nearby cities and towns, one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations is marking the one-year countdown to the Commonwealth Games.
The quadrennial event may be shrouded in uncertainty after Durban was stripped of the hosting rights to the 2022 edition, but organizers on the Gold Coast are confident the estimated $1.8 billion investment in the games and infrastructure will help revitalize the country's fastest-growing region.
Teenage back Curwin Bosch called up to Springboks squad
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Teenage back Curwin Bosch has been included in the South Africa squad for a training camp next week.
The 19-year-old flyhalf or fullback has made only a handful of Super Rugby appearances but is highly rated in South Africa, and has impressed for the Durban-based Sharks.
Coach Allister Coetzee called up 41 players for the second of three camps he's planning to get the Springboks ready for a three-test series against France in June.
Durban stripped of 2022 Commonwealth Games
Durban was stripped of the right to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Monday mainly because the South African government couldn't provide financial guarantees.
Also, other commitments the city made when it won the bid had still not been met nearly two years later.
Durban presented a revised budget and hosting proposal to the Commonwealth Games Federation over the weekend but the last-ditch effort to save Africa's first international multi-sport event wasn't enough.
6 die in gas leak at South African naval base, several hurt
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An apparent gas leak at a naval base in the South African city of Durban killed six people Friday, including three members of the military, authorities said.
The men were "overcome by gas" while working in a sewage pit, said Russel Meiring, a spokesman for paramedic company ER24.
In a statement, ER24 described the incident as a "freak accident."
In South Africa, conservationists offer fake leopard hides
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Many worshippers at a large religious gathering in South Africa this weekend will wear leopard skins, seen as symbols of status and power. But some of the pelts are fake, reflecting an effort by an international conservation group to reduce poaching of the threatened animals.
Wallabies punish Pumas errors to win 33-21 at Twickenham
LONDON (AP) — Australia pounced on Argentina errors to ground out an underwhelming 33-21 win at Twickenham and finish second in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.
Runner-up was a better-than-expected result for the Wallabies after they started the championship with two hidings from New Zealand, which relieved them of the title a month ago and, hours earlier, humbled South Africa in Durban 57-15.