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24th July

Rugby: Former party boy O’Connor no longer out and about, says Genia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former Australia bad boy James O’Connor is sticking close to the team hotel and no longer heading out on nocturnal adventures as he bids to reignite his Wallabies career, according to scrumhalf...

Cipriani left out of England’s World Cup training camp in Italy

(Reuters) – Gloucester flyhalf Danny Cipriani has been left out of England’s World Cup training squad that will fly to Italy on Monday. Cipriani was originally selected in Eddie Jones’ 35-man training squad earlier this month but spent time away from the team to do specialised strength and conditioning work along with Bath duo Sam...

California boxing license returned to Bulgarian athlete who forcibly kissed reporter

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Bulgarian boxer whose California license was suspended for forcibly kissing a female reporter during an interview was reinstated on Monday but warned he faced a permanent ban for any such behaviour in the future. The California State Athletic Commission voted 6-0 to lift the suspension of Kubrat Pulev, a heavyweight...

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charge in Las Vegas

(Reuters) – Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo will face no charges in Las Vegas in connection with a 10-year-old sexual assault allegation because the case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, prosecutors said on Monday. Ronaldo, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time and plays for the...

NFL’s Cowboys extend reign atop Forbes’ most valuable teams list

(Reuters) – The Dallas Cowboys were ranked the world’s most valuable sports team for a fourth consecutive year according to an annual list published by Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2019/07/22/the-worlds-50-most-valuable-sports-teams-2019/#67826f2283da on Monday that was dominated by National Football League clubs. The NFL’s Cowboys, who unseated Spanish soccer club Real Madrid for top spot on the list in 2016,...

23rd July

Athletics: U.S. trials boast speed, Lyles-Coleman showdown

(Reuters) – The speed show that is the backbone of the American athletics championships takes on added significance in Des Moines, Iowa this week when the United States select a team for this year’s worlds which are being held in Doha. The year’s fastest at 100, 200 and 400 metres, as well as the 110...

Olympics: Shonan the birthplace of Japan’s modern surf culture

ENOSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – Surfing makes its Olympic debut next year at Chiba’s Ichinomiya beach but for many Japanese it is the Shonan coast, 50 kilometres south of Tokyo, that is regarded as the birthplace of the country’s modern surf culture. It is here that the modern style of surfing was first brought to Japan...

Ledecky illness shocks world championships

GWANGJU, South Korea (Reuters) – Katie Ledecky’s withdrawal from the 200 and 1,500 metres freestyle put a huge dampener on the third day of the world swimming championships in Gwangju with a major question mark now hanging over the unwell American for the rest of the meet. Ledecky had been gunning for four individual golds...

Malinga to retire from ODIs after first Bangladesh match

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka fast bowling ace Lasith Malinga will retire from 50-over internationals after Friday’s first match against Bangladesh in Colombo, captain Dimuth Karunaratne has said. Malinga, 35, played his last test in 2010 but continued playing the shorter formats and has taken 335 wickets from 225 one-day internationals for Sri Lanka, the...

Volavola supports the work of Homes of Hope

FLYING Fijian Ben Volavola has announced his support of the work of Homes of Hope and will use his voice and influence to call to action Fijians worldwide to stand against the scourge of forced sex in our nation. Volavola will challenge the nation to take ownership of the problem and be silent no more...

Training woe for St Bedes

THE  St Bedes College under-19 rugby team is not letting its lack of preparation stop its players from putting in a good effort at the 2019 Vodafone Secondary Schools Super Dean’s Championship national quarter-finals this weekend. Despite having only 45 minutes training sessions at the school grounds in Savusavu, team manager Ben Ting said the...

Fiji swimmer Ross soaks the experience up to good effect at world swimming championships

GWANGJU, 23 JULY 2019 (THE REPORTERS ACADEMY) – A first World Championships for any swimmer can be exciting, daunting, exhilarating and nerve-racking all within a short period of time. If you’re 18 years of age and experiencing all this for the first time, then you can be forgiven for having a wave of emotions. Netani...

‘Rugby league rebooted’: 20/40 rule to debut at World 9s

SYDNEY, 23 JULY 2019 (NRL) – International rugby league will be “rebooted” with key rules – including the first trial of a 20/40 kick – to be introduced at October’s World 9s tournament. NRL CEO Todd Greenberg was joined by a host of the game’s entertainers on Monday as the “festival of rugby league” returns...

Fiji kaji rugby welcomes new players

THE Vodafone Fiji Kaji Rugby Competition zone finals festival which took place last week across the country, recorded a number of new ruggers being given the chance to play alongside experienced competitors. In a competition first for Kaji Rugby, girls and boys who are new to the sport played in tag rugby carnivals which coincided...

Mokani students’ rugby and netball skills commended

STUDENTS of Ratu Ravuama Vunivalu Memorial School in Mokani Village, Tailevu, were praised for their rugby and netball skills while playing in last week’s Tailevu South Netball Championship and the Kaji Rugby Festival. Students from the school showed signs of success, especially for netball after winning their last three games. Netball team coach Mereoni Mucunabitu...

Top netball exposure for Dilkusha girls

THE Tailevu South Primary Schools Netball Championship[ at the National Netball Centre in Suva las week was a chance to expose netballers from Dilkusha Girls School in Nausori. The school’s team was among the top teams in the competition and they hope to continue their winning streak in local schools competitions. School coach Litia Naqaitukana...

Rugby path for children

QUICK Rip and tag rugby are the best way forward for primary school children in learning how to play rugby. Parents, teachers, coaches and student ruggers this newspaper spoke to during the launch of the Quick Rip Rugby Festival at Saraswati Primary School grounds at Manoca, Nausori last week, were in favour of the rugby...

Fiji FACT champ Nadi out to break jinx at BOG

VODAFONE Fiji FACT champion Nadi will be out to break its 23-year losing jinx when the side participates in the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament which kicks off at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori on Friday. Sponsored by Jack’s of Fiji, the Jetsetters last won the BOG trophy in 1996 defeating Tavua 3-1...

Lajovic overcomes determined Balazs for first ATP title

Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic claimed the first ATP title of his career, beating Hungarian qualifier Attila Balazs 7-5 7-5 in the Croatia Open final on Sunday. Lajovic, 29, was in a spot of trouble when trailing 3-5 in the opening set but held his nerve and ended up breaking Balazs four times to prevail at the...

Irishman Lowry wins British Open at Royal Portrush

Irishman Shane Lowry staved off the biggest nerves of his golfing life, handling the wind and the rain to win the British Open by six strokes amid emotional scenes at Royal Portrush on Sunday. Fervently cheered on every shot by the sellout crowd, the 32-year-old from Clara, who began the day with a four stroke...

Netball: New Zealand dethrone Australia for first World Cup in 16 years

New Zealand stunned Australia 52-51 in an exhilarating final on Sunday to dethrone the champions and claim their first netball World Cup title in 16 years. The Silver Ferns were runners-up in the last three editions that Australia won but were determined not to let history repeat itself at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, soaking up...

Australia retain women’s Ashes after draw in only tes

Australia retained the women’s Ashes after the only test match in the series played across multiple formats ended in a draw at Taunton on Sunday. After Australia had declared their first innings on 420-8, England avoided the follow-on and asked Australia to bat again, declaring at 275-9. However, the visitors elected not to set a...

Unstoppable Fraser-Pryce blazes to 100m glory in London

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce produced a superb display to outclass local favourite Dina Asher-Smith and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou as she won the women’s 100 metres in 10.78 seconds at the London Diamond League on Sunday. The 32-year-old double Olympic champion made a blistering start to dominate the race from start to finish, giving Asher-Smith (10.92)...

Kane hits 93rd minute wonder-goal as Spurs sink Juventus in Singapore

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane scored what he called “one of the best goals” of his career to beat Italian champions Juventus 3-2 in an enthralling International Champions Cup contest in Singapore on Sunday. Kane capitalised after team mate Lucas Moura nicked the ball deep into injury time, allowing the striker to thump it from...

Bale close to leaving Real Madrid, says Zidane

Forward Gareth Bale’s tenure with Real Madrid could come to an end in a matter of days after manager Zinedine Zidane said the club were working on offloading the Welsh international. Bale, 30, has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record 100 million euros...

Sheffield United sign Mousset from Bournemouth

Sheffield United have broken the club’s transfer record a third time in the current window by signing French striker Lys Mousset from Bournemouth on a three-year deal, the newly promoted Premier League outfit announced on Sunday. United did not disclose the fee but British media reported they had paid Bournemouth 10 million pounds for the...

Peaty swims under 57 seconds to smash breaststroke world record

Britain’s Adam Peaty became the first to swim the 100 metres breaststroke in under 57 seconds on Sunday, setting a world record of 56.88 in the semi-finals of the world championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The Olympic champion, who is unbeaten in the event over the last five years at major championships, lowered his own...

Skipper Kolisi out of Rugby Championship as Boks head to New Zealand

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi will take no part in this year’s Rugby Championship after he was left out of the squad for the Springboks’ remaining matches away in New Zealand and Argentina. Loose-forward Kolisi is recovering from a knee injury sustained for the Stormers in Super Rugby in May, with his priority now to...

Cricket – Indian selectors bet on Pant as Dhoni’s future remains unclear

India’s cricket selectors on Sunday named Rishabh Pant as their preferred wicketkeeper for all three formats for next month’s tour of West Indies with the future of long-serving glovesman Mahendra Singh Dhoni still shrouded in mystery. Dhoni, 38, has been the subject of intense speculation on his retirement from international cricket over the past few...

Rugby – Rusty All Blacks have plenty of room for improvement

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will breathe a huge sigh of relief that his final preparations for the Rugby World Cup got off to a winning start, but he would also know there was still plenty of room for improvement over the next two months. An under-strength All Blacks side, lacking discipline, held on to...

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