Australia took charge on day one of the second Test against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday with two wickets on the cusp of lunch leaving the visitors reeling at 58-4. The hosts won the first of three Tests by six wickets inside two days on a hostile and green Gabba pitch in Brisbane last week.
Jofra Archer is poised to make an eagerly-anticipated England comeback in the new year after being named Thursday in a 14-strong squad for a three-match one-day international series in South Africa. An England and Wales Cricket Board statement issued Thursday said Archer was "recovering well from an elbow injury and is expected to return to international cricket in South Africa next month".
The Gambian military police on Wednesday, December 21, thwarted what would have turned out to be a coup d'état on the administration of President Adama Barrow.
Treviso's Italy prop Cherif Traore said on Wednesday he would no longer stay silent about the racism he has suffered after a club team-mate gave him a rotten banana as a Christmas present.
African football boss Patrice Motsepe told a press conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday he believes a team from the continent can reach the 2026 World Cup final. There will be nine or 10 African qualifiers for an expanded 48-team 2026 World Cup in the United Stages, Canada and Mexico -- up from five in Qatar.
Morocco is hoping its unprecedented World Cup exploits can help it win friends and influence people, especially among an Arab public opposed to its 2020 rapprochement with Israel. Just two years ago, Rabat sparked criticism across the Arab world for re-establishing ties with Israel.