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Fijiana 15s coach expects tough match against Hong Kong

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana XVs are looking forward to the battle against Hong Kong in the Asia Pacific Womens Championship which will be held at Churchill Park on Friday. Fijiana XVs head coach Ro Alifereti...

Latui to shape up defence

SWIRE Shipping Services Fijian Latui coach Senirusi Seruvakula will work on defence as their prepare to take on the Western Force during the Global Rapid Rugby Pacific Showcase this weekend. Seruvakula was impressed with their 38-32 win last week against Kagifa Samoa but said it was now behind them and were working on rectifying the...

Former football coach leaves for NZ

FORMER Tavua and Suva football coach Saroj Kumar left our shores last Thursday for future endeavors in New Zealand. Kumar has his own record with his coaching career  and hopes to continue with the sports he loves the most in New Zealand. Speaking to Fiji FA media Kumar said it was hard to leave all...

Two international friendlies for Fiji women’s football

THE Vodafone Fiji women’s national football team will play two international friendlies next month. Fiji FA Chief Executive Mohammed Yusuf has confirmed that the Fijian women will play Singapore and Vanuatu next season. Both matches will be part of the Tri-Nations Series hosted by Vanuatu next month. Meanwhile, the men’s national team will also tour...

Ligairi laments Mr South Pacific’s demise

VETERAN bodybuilder Inoke Ligairi will surely miss his fellow mate and reigning Mr South Pacific, Jekesoni Yanuyanudrua who passed away over the weekend in Australia. Ligairi who confirmed receiving the news of  Yanuyanudrua’s demise said he still couldn’t believe what had transpired. “I am still coming in to terms on his sudden death; he was...

RKS gets $5k boost

A BOOST for Ratu Kadavulevu School as Qaqa Jack’s of Fiji sponsored rugby attires for the coming Fiji secondary schools Deans Trophy competition and a bonus for their achievements in defending the Coca-Cola Games. A bonus of $5000 was given to the school as part of the agreement with Qaqa Jack’s Fiji after RKS retained...

Jikoiono raises the bar, eyes gold

AFTER an outstanding performance at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championship over the weekend, Waisea Ilaisa Jikoiono is confident of reaching greater heights as he prepares for the 2019 Samoa Pacific Games. Jikoiono, 20, grabbed a gold medal for his Santa Rosa Junior College athletics team after jumping a height of 2.00...

Fiji Pearls in tough world cup pool

THE Fiji Pearls netball team has a huge challenge in the pool games of the coming Netball World Cup from July 12 to 21 in Liverpool, England. The team is pooled with Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and South Africa who are all ranked higher than Fiji. Fiji Pearls head coach Vicky Wilson said the girls...

Dranisinukula confident of good outing in London

FIJI 7s team captain Paula Dranisinukula said they were confident of giving a good performance this weekend. “My boys and I are challenged but we are happy and eager to take on the challenge and it won’t be easy but we will work and bleed to win this tournament,” Dranisinukula said. Meanwhile the New Zealand...

Jikoiono wins gold

WAISEA Jikoiono continued his buildup towards the Pacific Games in Samoa with an outstanding performance at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championship over the weekend. Jikoiono jumped a height of 2.00 metres to win gold for his Santa Rosa Junior College in the competition. The 20-year-old said he was impressed and surprised...

Over 2000 medals to be awarded at the Pacific Games

APIA, 21 MAY 2019 (NEWSLINE SAMOA) – Team Samoa is determined to win most of the medals up for grabs in the upcoming Pacific Games in Apia in July. This is the dream of the Minister for Sports and Chairman of the Pacific Games Committee Loau Keneti Sio. Sio said Team Samoa is training hard...

Crusaders ‘strongly refute’ allegations of homophobic behaviour

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The Canterbury Crusaders on Monday denied allegations on social media that some of the team’s players had exhibited homophobic behaviour during an altercation at a fast food restaurant in Cape Town over the weekend. The players were accused of “physically intimidating behaviour … making homophobic slurs and adopting high pitched voices” in...

Weightlifting to be ‘global event’ at Games

APIA, 21 MAY 2019 (SAMOA GOVT) – Weightlifters from around the world will be in Samoa to compete during the XVI Pacific Games, as the event also doubles as Oceania and Commonwealth championships, as well as being a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Director-General of the International Weightlifting Federation, Attila Adamif, said he hoped the...

Footballer sues CIFA for $1 million

RAROTONGA, 21 MAY 2019 (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) – A footballer is suing the Football Association for NZD$1 million (approx US$653,700), claiming he was unfairly sacked from the national team for going out to dinner with his family. Bruce Akamoeau Bien was part of the U20 national team that played in Tonga in 2016. Represented by lawyer...

Hazlewood World Cup snub the right decision, says Langer

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia coach Justin Langer has defended the decision to leave Josh Hazlewood out of the World Cup squad, saying the paceman lacked match fitness as he recovers from a back injury. Hazlewood, who partnered left-arm quicks Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson during Australia’s 2015 World Cup triumph, expressed his frustration last week...

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Imperious Nadal blows away Djokovic to land ninth Rome title

ROME (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal proved that he would still be the man to beat when the French Open begins later this month after he humbled Novak Djokovic 6-0 4-6 6-1 in the Italian Open final on Sunday to win a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 title. The Spaniard, who had shared the record of...

Koepka survives to win PGA Championship and fourth major

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – A coronation almost turned into a calamity but Brooks Koepka survived to win the PGA Championship for a second consecutive year on Sunday and establish himself as golf’s new big dog. He triumphed at Bethpage Black to secure his fourth major title in less than two years and take over the...

Pliskova ends Konta run to win Italian Open

ROME (Reuters) – Karolina Pliskova ended Johanna Konta’s hopes of landing a first claycourt title with a 6-3 6-4 victory in the Italian Open final on Sunday. The Czech world number seven did not drop a single service game as she secured the third clay title of her career and her first in Rome in...

Australia’s Smith, Warner ready for hostile crowds at World Cup – Langer

(Reuters) – Australia’s returning duo of Steve Smith and David Warner could face hostility from English crowds during the World Cup but can rely on their team mates to cope, coach Justin Langer has said. The pair have returned from year-long bans following a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa and are expected to play vital...

UEFA adopts ‘fan-first’ ticketing policy for Euro 2020

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – UEFA has adopted a “fan-first” ticketing policy for Euro 2020 with a record three million tickets available to supporters, European soccer’s governing body announced on Sunday. Almost 2.5 million tickets, more than the total available for the whole of the 2016 edition, have already been reserved for fans of participating teams and...

The Navy rugby team after wining the Escott Shield challenge against Nabua last weekend in Suva. Picture: ATU RASEA

Escott Shield: Navy has what it takes, says Tawake

THE Commander of the Republic of Fiji Navy, Commander Humphrey Tawake is confident the Fresh’et Navy Rugby Club has what it takes to make the Stanley Brown Naval Base in Walu Bay the new home for the Escott Shield at the end of this year. At the completion of the round robin of the Escott...

Fiji 7s coach Baber to join team in London

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s team head coach Gareth Baber is expected to leave the country later today to join our Fiji boys in England as they have only four days training before the start of the final leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Baber had been recovering from a short illness while the...

Kaloucava eyes third Pacific Games

AFTER competing in the past two Pacific Games, national elite athlete Ana Kaloucava is confident she is ready for her third outing and grabbing a gold medal from Samoa in July. Kaloucava will be representing the country in the 400m hurdles, 400m sprints and the 4 by 400 metres relay. “Going into my third Pacific...

Sports and health: Level II accreditation for medical officers

THE Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) in partnership with Oceania Rugby and World Rugby hosted a two-day workshop for pre-hospital immediate care in sports which was held over the weekend in Suva. The workshop which was led by Hong Kong Rugby Union head of player welfare and medical, Lucy Clarke hosted...

Skipper Cup: Suva lead points table

THE Suva rugby side leads the Skipper Cup points table after four rounds of competition. Suva is the only undefeated team left in the competition having won all its four games. The capital city side has 18 points, three ahead of second-placed Nadi on 15 points. Naitasiri has 13 points while Nadroga has 10. Rewa...

Ovalau leads Vanua Cup rugby standings

THE Ovalau rugby side leads the Vodafone Vanua Cup rugby standings after four rounds of competition. After defeating Macuata 17-15 on Saturday, they overtake Nanukuloa on the standings. Both teams have 17 points each but Ovalau has a better points differential. Nanukuloa’s match against Serua ended in a 5-all draw at the weekend. Nasinu lies...

Bournemouth sign defender Kelly from Bristol City

(Reuters) – Bournemouth have signed highly-rated defender Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City on a long-term deal for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced on Saturday. The 20-year-old, who can play at fullback and in central defence, has made 48 appearances and scored two goals for the Championship club (second tier) since making his...

Koepka has record seven-stroke advantage after third round at PGA

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – Brooks Koepka said his “tunnel-vision focus” was key to his success in major tournaments as he held onto his record seven-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship. Koepka ended the third round on Saturday with the same lead as he started it, combining the strength of tungsten...

Not-so-smooth Jazz exceeds expectations at PGA Championship

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – Jazz Janewattananond thought he would struggle to break 80 at Bethpage Black when he saw the course on Monday but has exceeded expectations with three rounds no worse than par that has lifted him into a tie for second behind runaway leader Brooks Koepka. In his second major appearance after last...

Djokovic and Nadal to meet in Rome final, Konta faces Pliskova

ROME (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won on Saturday to set up an Italian Open final meeting, while British number one Johanna Konta booked a final clash with Karolina Pliskova. World number one Djokovic overcame Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-7(2) 6-3 and will face second seed Nadal for the 54th time on Sunday,...

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