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Kentucky Wildcats offer former Missouri Tigers commit James Foster

Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Florida State and LSU have shown interest in UK’s new QB target. Another potential quarterback target for Mark Stoops has emerged in James Foster (#14 dual-threat QB), who has received an offer from the Kentucky Wildcats. Foster decommitted from the Missouri Tigers on Oct. 26, and has since garnered attention from some of the nation’s top programs, including...
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22 days ago

England appoints Root as test captain in place of Cook

LONDON (AP) Joe Root has been appointed England test cricket captain. The 26-year-old Root replaces Alastair Cook, who resigned last week after 4+ years and a record 59 tests in charge. Root's first assignment will be a four-test home series against South Africa starting in July. England then takes on the West Indies in a three-test series before flying to Australia for the Ashes.
Via AP on Fox
February 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Cook resigns as England cricket captain after rough 2016

LONDON (AP) Alastair Cook, who led England in more cricket tests than any other captain, resigned from the role on Monday saying it was the right time. Captain in 59 tests, Cook had been debating his future in the position since England's 4-0 test series defeat in India at the end of last year. Batsman Joe Root, long touted as a future captain, is the favorite to replace the...
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February 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Cook resigns as England's test captain after rough 2016

LONDON (AP) Alastair Cook has resigned as England's test captain after a disappointing 2016. The 32-year-old Cook had been debating his position since England's chastening 4-0 loss in a test series in India at the end of last year. England lost eight of its 17 tests in 2016, including a first test defeat to Bangladesh, and the demands of the job looked to have taken its toll...
Via AP on Fox
February 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Dawson-Rashid century stand frustrates India

CHENNAI, India (AP) Liam Dawson and Adil Rashid scored half-centuries and put on 108 runs for the eighth wicket as England frustrated India to reach 452-8 at tea on day two of the fifth test in Chennai. Dawson and Rashid (60) came together after India made good progress in the first session to contain the tourists to 352-7, after it resumed Saturday in a dominant position of 284...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Cook falls in last over, England 1 day to survive vs India

VISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP) England captain Alastair Cook was finally dismissed in the last over of the fourth day on Sunday after resisting for 188 balls, leaving India needing eight more wickets to win the second test. England was 87-2 in its second innings at stumps after almost 60 overs as it chases an improbable target of 405 - another 318 runs - for victory with one day left...
Via AP on Fox
November 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Cook, Hameed extend England lead over India to 260 on day 5

RAJKOT, India (AP) Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed notched the highest opening stand by an English pair ever in India on Sunday, scoring 180 runs to lead the visitors to 211-2 at lunch on day five of the teams' first test. Cook and Hameed surpassed the previous high of 178 runs set by Graeme Fowler and Tim Robinson in Chennai in 1985 to help the visitors open up a 260-run lead...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Cook, Haseeb ready for England vs. India series

RAJKOT, India (AP) Opener Alastair Cook is approaching a test record as England captain while fellow opener Haseeb Hameed is on the verge of a test debut as the tourists seek to strengthen their top order for a testing series against India. The England tour of India was cleared to take place at the last minute on Tuesday - 24 hours before the first test toss - when the country...
Via AP on Fox
November 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Cook, Haseeb ready for England - if series starts in India

RAJKOT, India (AP) Alastair Cook is on the cusp of a test record as England captain. Hameed Haseeb is on the precipice of a test debut. If the India vs. England test series starts Wednesday, those milestones will go into the records. There's no guarantee the series will start as scheduled, though, because of a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the country...
Via AP on Fox
November 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Opener Sharjeel Khan gets maiden test call-up

ISLAMABAD (AP) Uncapped left-handed opening batsman Sharjeel Khan has been included in the 16-man Pakistan squad for the two-test series against New Zealand next month. The 27-year-old Sharjeel has played 20 one-day internationals and 15 Twenty20s but is yet to make his test debut. Another uncapped player selected for the short test series is reserve wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan...
Via AP on Fox
October 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Voges confident of fair WACA pitch for 1st test

PERTH, Australia (AP) Australia batsman Adam Voges says the pitch being prepared at the WACA ground for next week's first cricket test between Australia and South Africa is likely to please both batsmen and bowlers. Voges played in the Sheffield Shield domestic first-class match between Western Australia and South Australia at the WACA this week and said he expects the test pitch...
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October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Broad fined 20 percent of match fee over Hales' dismissal

LONDON (AP) England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been fined 20 percent of his match fee after criticizing the third umpire for not overturning Alex Hales' dismissal in the first innings of the fourth test against Pakistan. The ICC says Broad made ''inappropriate comments'' Thursday on his Twitter feed after Hales was adjudged caught low at square leg by Yasir Shah for 6. Broad...
Via AP on Fox
August 13, 2016  |  Discuss

England leads by 80 runs after Pakistan removes Cook, Hales

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Joe Root and James Vince stretched England's lead to 80 runs in the third test on Saturday after Pakistan's seamers quickly dismissed both openers on the fourth day. England, trailing by 103 after the first innings, was 183-2 at lunch with Root 34 not out and Vince on 20. Root was lucky to be at the crease as Mohammad Hafeez dropped the dangerous batsman...
Via AP on Fox
August 06, 2016  |  Discuss

3rd test: Cook, Hales lead England fightback vs Pakistan

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Captain Alastair Cook and Alex Hales led a strong England comeback as the opening pair wiped out Pakistan's 103-run lead in the third test on Friday. England finished the third day on 120-0 in its second innings - a lead of 17 runs - with Cook unbeaten on a meticulous 64 and Hales (50) getting his first series half-century off the last ball. Earlier, Pakistan...
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August 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Muralitharan criticized for helping Australians

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) Bowling great Muttiah Muralitharan has been attacked by Sri Lanka's cricket board chief for helping to coach the visiting Australian team. The Sri Lankan is a bowling consultant to Australia, ahead of the first test starting Tuesday in Pallekele. Thilanga Sumathipala said Muralitharan, who retired with a record 800 test wickets, had let down his fans...
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July 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Root, Cook hit tons to lead England to 314-4 vs Pakistan

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Joe Root and captain Alastair Cook hit comfortable centuries as England reached 314-4 at stumps on Friday to take an early advantage in the second test against Pakistan. Root made amends for reckless dismissals in England's first test defeat at Lord's last week to remain unbeaten on 141 at the end of the first day, and Cook read the wicket well to make...
Via AP on Fox
July 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Cook hopes to focus on cricket rather than Amir's return

LONDON (AP) England captain Alastair Cook hopes the test series against Pakistan will be more remembered for cricket rather than controversy as spot-fixer Mohammad Amir returns on Thursday at Lord's. The 24-year-old Amir has served his five-year punishment for bowling deliberate no-balls, also at Lord's in 2010, and will spearhead Pakistan's pace attack against a strong England...
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July 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Sri Lanka removes Cook for 85, England 165-5 in 3rd test

LONDON (AP) Sri Lanka removed Alastair Cook for 85 on the stroke of tea as England faced some pressure at 165-5 in the third test on Thursday after choosing to bat first. Nuwan Pradeep trapped the England captain lbw from around the wicket for the important breakthrough, leaving England facing a challenge to make a big first-innings score at Lord's. Jonny Bairstow was 44 not out...
Via AP on Fox
June 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Cook steady but Sri Lanka has England 74-3 in 3rd test

LONDON (AP) Alastair Cook was 48 not out after a burst of three wickets by Sri Lanka had England 74-3 at lunch on the first day of the third test on Thursday. Cook and Alex Hales posted an opening stand of 56 until Hales lost patience and fell for 18 trying to heave a delivery from spinner Rangana Herath to the leg-side. Nick Compton (1) and Joe Root (3) were out cheaply and in...
Via AP on Fox
June 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Shane Watson announces end of international cricket career

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has announced the end of his 14-year international cricket career. Cricket Australia said Thursday that the 59-test veteran would retire from international career at the conclusion of the World Twenty20 in India. Watson said he will continue to play domestic Twenty20 tournaments for the Sydney Thunder. The 34-year-old...
Via AP on Fox
March 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Ex-test bowler Hilfenhaus retires from first-class cricket

HOBART, Australia (AP) Former Australia test bowler Ben Hilfenhaus has announced his retirement from first-class cricket but plans to continue playing with Melbourne Renegades in the domestic Twenty20 competition. The 32-year-old paceman, who played 27 tests for Australia, the last in 2012, took 99 wickets. He has played only one Sheffield Shield first-class match for Tasmania...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Peter Siddle ruled out of 2nd test vs. New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle has been ruled out of the second test against New Zealand with a back injury. Team physiotherapist David Beakley said Siddle ''experienced some discomfort in his back during the first test in Wellington and has not recovered sufficiently enough to play the test.'' Siddle took 3-37 in the first innings of the first...
Via AP on Fox
February 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Voges, Khawaja tons put Australia on top vs. New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Adam Voges continued his golden summer, notching his fourth century in consecutive innings and lifting his test batting average beyond 100 as Australia batted New Zealand out of the first test on day two Saturday. Voges batted throughout the second day and was 176 not out at stumps, Peter Siddle was 29 not out and Australia was 463-6 in its first innings...
Via AP on Fox
February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

England captain Morgan: Door is shut on Pietersen return

JOHANNESBURG (AP) England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan says the door is ''completely shut'' on a return for Kevin Pietersen for the World Twenty20 next month. Pietersen has become a T20 specialist since his acrimonious departure from the England setup following the 2013-14 Ashes series, and the batsman has returned some impressive performances in the South African and Australian...
Via AP on Fox
February 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Watson bought by Bangalore for $ 1.4 million at IPL auction

BANGALORE, India (AP) Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday as he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Watson went for five times his base price and will join the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle who have been retained by Bangalore. Watson, who struck an unbeaten 124...
Via AP on Fox
February 06, 2016  |  Discuss
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