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Serena sweeps past teenager Potapova in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Seven-times Australian Open champion Serena Williams looked in ominous form as she opened her 19th campaign at Melbourne Park with a 6-0 6-3 trouncing of Anastasia Potapova on Monday. American Williams, 38,...

Piniella to return to Cubs as guest analyst

NEARLY 10 years after he walked away from his manager position with the Chicago Cubs, Lou Piniella will return as part of a team of analysts for the club’s new Marquee Sports Network. The news was met with cheers at the team’s annual fan convention this weekend. Piniella stepped down as manager in August 2010...

Report: Warriors eye March 1 for Curry return

THE Golden State Warriors have a soft target date of March 1 for the return of two-time MVP Stephen Curry, The Athletic reported Sunday. Curry broke his left hand in an Oct. 30 game against the Phoenix Suns and was originally believed to have a targeted return of February. There was also some speculation Curry...

Fiji ready to host 2020 Oceania Swimming Championships

FIJI is set to host the 2020 Oceania Swimming Championships which will be hosted at the capital city’s Damodar City Aquatic Centre on June 15 to 21. The championship has been approved by the international governing body of swimming, FINA to be a qualifying competition for the 2020 Olympics in July. The competition will feature...

Vázquez hopes to promote change through sport

WORLD Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient Fernanda Vázquez discusses her life in rugby and how her love affair with the game began. Mexico is a country with a rich history, and since the time of the Aztecs it is one in which entertainment has come in the form of sport. One of those ancient...

Dom du Toit: Intense but exciting times as we enter Olympic year

IN her latest exclusive column, Australia star Dom du Toit is excited by her return to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series after almost a year out and the fact that 2020 is Olympic year. What a ‘rippa’ of a back-to-back tournament! I wasn’t there but all reports from the team are that Cape Town...

Silktails to play Tigers in build-up match

THE Kaiviti Silktails will have a chance to test their mettle with a series of build-up matches planned next month including a game against Papua New Guinea Digicel Cup champions Lae Snax Tigers rugby league club. The Silktails will also face stern contest against two local based teams the Western and Eastern conference rugby league...

Pools and schedule announced for inaugural World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series tournament

THE inaugural tournament on the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series will take place in Viña del Mar, Chile on 15-16 February with the match schedule and pools revealed today. The match schedule and pools have today been revealed for the inaugural men’s tournament on the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series, which will take place in...

Krishna helps in ATK win

FIJIAN wonder boy Roy Krishna was once again in sensation form for his ATK side over the weekend. The Labasa lad set up two goals as ATK beat Goa 2-nil. The win has put ATK at the top of the Indian Super League points table.

Cook Islands Rugby League undaunted by ‘group of death’

The Cook Island Rugby League team is undaunted by being drawn in what many are calling the ‘group of death’ at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England. The draw was made on Friday with Fiji grouped with champions Australia, Scotland and Italy and New Zealand have been drawn alongside, Lebanon, Jamaica and Ireland....

Islanders likely to join Ba

SOLOMON Islands international Benjamin Totori and Vanuatu star Jayson Thomas are set to debut for Ba this season. This after Ba has applied their International Transfer Clearance (ITC). Ba plays Labasa in the Pillay’s Garments Champions vs Champion series this weekend.

VPL to begin next week

THE 2020 Vodafone Premier League football competition kicks off next week. Fiji FA Competitions Manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed that provisional fixtures have been made which has to be approved by the League Board Council. “We have prepared the provisional fixtures which will be out soon. It will be approved then sent to the respective...

Fiji 7s team departs for New Zealand

THE Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team departed for New Zealand this morning confident of bouncing back in the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series Hamilton 7s which kicks off this weekend. The Gareth Baber coached team made a slow start in the 2019-2020 series finishing ninth in Dubai and lost in the bronze final to France...

Coral Coast event unearths rugby talent

CORAL Coast sevens tournament major sponsor McDonald’s Fiji has praised the organisers of the annual event in helping improve 7s rugby in Fiji. McDonald’s Fiji managing director Marc McElrath said the annual tournament continued to unearth raw Fijian 7s talents. The four-day tournament at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka, ended on Saturday. Police team from Suva...

McElrath commends event

CORAL Coast sevens tournament major sponsor McDonald’s Fiji has praised the success of the annual event in helping improve Fiji 7s rugby. McDonald’s Fiji managing director Marc McElrath dubbed the final on Saturday at Lawaqa Park as a match between David and Goliath after Police edged Ratu Filise 17-14. He said it was a final...

Ravoravo Rabbitohs brace for tough league season

UNDER the scorching Nadi sun, Fiji National Rugby League’ (FNRL) western-based club, Premier Logging Ravoravo Rabbitohs held its trials on Saturday in Nadi. The champion side is preparing for a tough encounter against the Papua New Guinea champion team next month in Lautoka. More than 35 rugby league enthusiasts attended the trials. “The aim of...

Panthers ready for long haul in local league competition

NADERA Panthers rugby league team coach Vulaono Dakuitoga is optimistic it will be a good year for his side during the 2020 Vodafone Cup competition. This is despite the team undergoing a rebuilding phase. “It is a rebuilding phase for us in terms of many of our senior players who will not be available for...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Praise for 7s tourney

CORAL Coast sevens tournament major sponsor McDonald’s Fiji has praised the success of the annual event in helping improve Fiji 7s rugby. McDonald’s Fiji managing director Marc McElrath dubbed the final on Saturday at Lawaqa Park as a match between David and Goliath after Police edged Ratu Filise 17-14. He said it was a final...

Coach plans ahead

FIJI rugby league coach Brandon Costin believes the Vodafone Fij Bati team has an early chance to gauge themselves after being placed in Pool B with defending champion, the Australian Kangaroos after the Rugby League World Cup 2021 pool draws were conducted at Buckingham Palace, London, England, on the weekend. “We are in a the...

Premiership Rugby confirm Saracens relegation for salary cap breaches

(Reuters) – Saracens are to be relegated from English rugby’s top division at the end of the season for breaching salary cap rules, Premiership Rugby announced on Saturday. Saracens, who had already accepted an initial 35-point deduction, are bottom of the 12-team Premiership table with -7 points despite winning six of their eight games and...

Air quality improves in Melbourne in time for Australian Open

Fears of disruption to the Australian Open from bushfire smoke receded on Saturday but some players were clearly concerned about the conditions their colleagues were forced to play in earlier in the week. Victoria’s Environmental Protection Authority rated the air quality in central Melbourne as “good” on Saturday morning and “moderate” in the afternoon, and...

Scottish FA considering heading ban for children

Heading the ball in training will be outlawed for children under the age of 12 in Scotland under proposals being considered by the Scottish Football Association after a study found former professionals were at more risk of dementia. Scotland would become the first European association to ban heading for juniors if the proposals are adopted....

Djokovic crosses fingers for clean air at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Defending champion Novak Djokovic says he was saddened by the sight of players and ball kids struggling in smoky conditions during Australian Open qualifying and hoped the worst of the air pollution was behind them at the year’s first Grand Slam. Smoke from bushfires raging across the country blanketed Melbourne Park during...

Golf – Boutier follows up hole-in-one with slam dunk eagle

(Reuters) – A day after making the first hole-in-one of the year on the LPGA Tour, Celine Boutier pulled off another slam dunk eagle at the Tournament of Champions on Saturday. At the par-four 16th hole during the third round, the Frenchwoman holed out her second shot for an unlikely eagle at the Four Seasons...

19th January

Unstoppable Lazio thrash Sampdoria to record 11th straight win

ROME (Reuters) – Ciro Immobile scored a hat-trick as Lazio hammered Sampdoria 5-1 on Saturday to record an 11th consecutive Serie A win and move within three points of leaders Juventus. A Felipe Caicedo strike and a double from Serie A’s leading scorer Immobile gave the hosts a handsome advantage after just 20 minutes. Substitute...

England’s Bess claims five wickets as South Africa hang on

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock led a fight-back after rain halted England’s destruction of South Africa’s top order on the third day of the third test at St George’s Park, but the tourists remain in command after Dom Bess’s maiden test five-wicket haul. De Kock, who was dropped three times, scored an unbeaten...

Guardiola says he is ‘100% staying’ as Manchester City manager next season

(Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he will definitely be in charge at the Etihad Stadium next season, despite his club failing to keep up with runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool this term. After winning back-to-back Premier League titles in 2017-18 and 2018-19, Guardiola’s City find themselves far behind Liverpool this season....

Mourinho takes swipe at Inter’s Conte over Eriksen remark

(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has reignited his feud with Antonio Conte after the Italian coach discussed Christian Eriksen’s proposed transfer from the North London club to Inter Milan. Danish playmaker Eriksen will be out of contract at Spurs at the end of the season, and Italian media reports have linked him to...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Tokyo Olympics still very much Tamani’s priority

TABADAMU captain Terio Tamani led his gallant warriors to a battlefield semi-final against Police but went down fighting 14-12. However, his goal of making the Olympics team is still his priority. The Fiji 7s team playmaker has led his Tabadamu brothers to five Marist 7s tournaments and the Tabadamu sevens last week plus many more...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Te Nana notes high number of yellow cards

HSBC World Sevens Series commentator Karl Te Nana yesterday highlighted the high number of yellow cards that resulted from the high tackles committed in the past four days of the McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast Sevens tournament in Sigatoka. The former New Zealand rugby sevens team captain said the new laws from World Rugby would take...

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