• South Africa beats New Zealand 7-1 at Sydney WBC qualifier

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the final two on a throwing error, to beat the Philippines 11-1 on Thursday in a World Baseball Classic qualifying game shortened by the mercy rule.

  • 1st of 4 WBC qualifying tournaments set for Sydney

    SYDNEY (AP) — The first of four regional qualifiers for next year’s World Baseball Classic begins Thursday with host team Australia aiming to advance to the final 16 and improve on its poor record in past tournaments.