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20th January

Serevi vouches for Fiji in NZ

RUGBY 7s wizard Waisale Serevi believes Fiji can win the Hamilton 7s in New Zealand next week. Serevi who arrived at the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s  tournament yesterday from the US commended Fiji...

Tabakaucoro qualifies for Pacific Games 200m event

THE Pacific king of the track, Banuve Tabakaucoro, has qualified to the Pacific Games 200m after he ran a time of 21.25 seconds in Friday’s athletics trials beating the qualifying time of 21.40 seconds. Tabakaucoro acknowledged the support that helped him push his limits to qualify for the 200m event at the Pacific Games in...

Goneva: Focus on what is ahead

FIJI Airways Flying Fijian veteran winger Vereniki Goneva believes Fiji’s 21-14 historic win over France last year has proven Fiji will be a major first at the Rugby World Cup in Japan this year. The flyer from Nagado Village in Nadi currently plies his trade with the Newcastle Falcons in the Gallagher Championship. “That game...

Fiji trio makes it through Aussie Rules recruitment

THREE local players have been given the lifetime opportunity after being recruited by the CDHBU Football & Netball Club to play Aussie Rules next month. Vitogo, Lautoka lad Jekesoni Koroi who plays for the Nadi Panthers will be joined by Lautoka Raiders duo William Dyer and Josese Rokodamana. The three boys are still trying to...

VPL: Lautoka ready to defend title

THE Lautoka football side is ready to defend its Vodafone Premier League title. The champions of 2016 and 2017 started their campaign against Tavua today. LFA secretary Muni Nair said they were aware of the importance of a good start. “We need to start well. The players know that. We will basically have the same...

Local swimming clubs attend first event of the year

NINE local swimming clubs turned up at the Long Course Grand Prix event – Fiji Swimming’s first event of the year – at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva yesterday. Association general manager David Dugucanavanua said it was pleasing to see the good turnout of clubs after the Christmas break. “It is...

Australia’s Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka series

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the test series against Sri Lanka due to a back injury, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Saturday. Jhye Richardson, uncapped at test level, has been called into the squad in place of Hazlewood, who has taken 164 wickets in 44 tests. “Josh...

19th January

Australia women’s coach Stajcic sacked five months before World Cup

(Reuters) – Australia’s preparations for the Women’s World Cup have been rocked with the sacking of coach Alen Stajcic, with Football Federation Australia (FFA) announcing his departure on Saturday. Stajcic, who took charge of the ‘Matildas’ in 2014, guided the team to the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup and the same stage at the...

Supreme Court to rule on Indian players suspended for remarks about women

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Supreme Court has been asked to decide the future of two international cricketers suspended for their comments about women in a TV show interview last week, stirring a debate over whether they were being treated too harshly. Indian cricket administrators recalled all-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul from a...

Football star Ronaldo expected in Madrid Tuesday for tax fraud trial

MADRID (Reuters) – Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is expected back in Madrid on Tuesday to attend a trial for tax evasion where Spanish prosecutors are asking for a 23-month prison sentence and fine. Ronaldo’s former Madrid teammate Xabi Alonso is also due in court next Tuesday for another case of tax fraud. Portuguese striker Ronaldo,...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police first team to win title four times

POLICE have become the first team to win the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s title four times after beating Tabadamu 17-0 in the cup final this evening. Police scored through Joseva Kuricuri and a double to Rusiate Matai. First Light Taveuni won the plate after beating Sigatoka River Safari Henibua 15-10. The NFA team won...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police in the lead in cup final

POLICE look good to retain the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s title as they lead Tabadamu 15-0 in the cup final. Police scored three tries on a slippery Lawaqa ground as the second half gets underway. Stay with us as we get you the latest from Sigatoka.

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police and Tabadamu to clash for main prize

POLICE and Tabadamu will clash for the main prize of the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s. Suva-based Tabadamu edged Ratu Filise 7-5 while the defending champions, the lawmen from Suva beat Australia Development 22-7. Other finals: Shield: Suva Stallions vs BLK. Bowl: Dratabu vs NFA. Plate: Sigatoka River Safari Henibua vs First Light Taveuni. Meanwhile,...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police downs Australia Development

POLICE have booked a place in the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament after ousting a physical Australia Development side 22-7 in the semi-finals at Lawaqa Park this afternoon. Police scored four tries to one and await the winner of the second semi between Tabadamu and Ratu Filise. In other semis: Shield: Suva Stallions...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise ousts First Light Taveuni

FIRST Light Taveuni is out of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s after it was beaten by  Ratu Filise 12-17 in the last cup quarter-finals at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Amenoni Nasilasila got a yellow card allowing the islanders to strike with two tries and a conversion. Results so far: Cup quarters: Tabadamu 26-...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Dratabu wins first bowl quarters

DRATABU won the first bowl quarter final after beating Suva Stallions at Lawaqa Park this morning. Vatemo Ravouvou and Samisoni Viriviri’s Nadi-based team won 19-17. Nasaunivalu currently leads Lokalevu 12-7 in the second quarter. Other draws: Hong Kong vs Outrigger, BLK vs NFA. Cup quarters: Police vs Coastal Brothers, Sigatoka River Safari Henibua vs Australia...

7s hunt: Champion in the quarter

CORAL Coast 7s defending champion Police are in the hunt to retain their title today after winning three matches in the start of the men’s competition of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Police will meet Coastal Brothers in the start of the quarter-fInals this morning. Police won...

Fiji FA investigates U23 players for alleged drug use

A NUMBER of Fiji Football players in the under-23 squad have been taken into account for allegedly using illegal drugs believed to be marijuana during the under-23 national trials on the Fiji Football Academy grounds in Ba. Fiji Football competition manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed nine players are currently under investigation by the Fiji FA...

Fiji Baseball association participates in week-long baseball clinic

THE Fiji Baseball & Softball Association (FBSA) U12 and U15 players had the honour and privilege to participate in a week-long baseball clinic conducted by a former Japanese professional baseball player, Atsushi Kita. According to a press statement from the association, Kita visited Fiji from December 16-23 as part of a program of promoting and...

2019 Super Rugby kicks off in four weeks time

THE 2019 Super Rugby tournament kicks-off in four weeks time on Friday, February 15, in Hamilton, New Zealand with a Kiwi derby between two of last year’s quarter-finalists as the Chiefs host the Highlanders. It is followed that same evening by the Aussie derby between the Brumbies and Rebels in Canberra. The remainder of the opening weekend will...

Joe Ravouvou of New Zealand 7's team at the hotel in Hong Kong yesterday. New Zealand team is pooled together with Fiji,Russia and Samoa.Picture: RAMA

Ravouvou returns to All Blacks Sevens squad

JOE Ravouvou has made a return to the All Blacks Sevens squad as they prepare to host the third stopover of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton, New Zealand. It will be Ravouvou’s first appearance back on the world stage since they lifted the Rugby Sevens World Cup last year. Fellow Fijians Vilimoni...

Rugby – Hartley’s halo slipping as Jones omits skipper

LONDON (Reuters) – The official line is that Dylan Hartley has been omitted from England’s Six Nations squad due to injury but the fact that he is also absent from next week’s training camp, having already lost his starting berth, suggests it might be a tough road back. Three caps short of a century, the...

Rugby – I’m serious, says Jones after tipping Nowell as England flanker

LONDON (Reuters) – What do you do if you are blessed with an abundance of talented wingers but face a perennial problem at flanker? The obvious answer, if England coach Eddie Jones isn’t taking the media for a ride, is to put Jack Nowell in the number seven shirt. Even more radically, the Australian suggested...

Thirty football clubs swallow up nearly half of European revenue

ZURICH (Reuters) – Europe’s 710 top-tier football clubs pulled in a record 20.11 billion euros (£17.63 billion) in revenues between them in the 2017 financial year although almost half of that amount went to 30 of them, according to an annual UEFA report. The Club Licensing Benchmarking report also revealed that gambling and betting firms...

Rugby – Talk of deploying Nowell as flanker an ‘own goal’: Woodward

(Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones has scored a “huge own goal” ahead of next month’s Six Nations opener against Ireland by suggesting winger Jack Nowell could be deployed at number seven, former coach Clive Woodward said. Jones, after naming a 35-man squad on Thursday for the opener away to Ireland on Feb. 2, said...

18th January

NBA – Heartache for Knicks as basketball steals London spotlight

LONDON (Reuters) – A game between the struggling New York Knicks and Washington Wizards would barely have registered back in the United States but transported across the Atlantic it stole the London sporting spotlight on Thursday. With none of the capital’s seven Premier League soccer clubs in action, a sell-out 19,000 crowd crammed into the...

AC Milan coach Gattuso handed one-game ban for threatening behaviour

MILAN (Reuters) – AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has been given a one-match touchline ban for threatening behaviour towards the referee at the end of his team’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in their Italian Super Cup match on Wednesday. Serie A said that “in a threatening manner, in the proximity of the referee, (Gattuso) loudly...

Doping – WADA says it has recovered doping data from Moscow lab

TORONTO (Reuters) – World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) inspectors have recovered doping data from a discredited Moscow laboratory, WADA said on Thursday – a condition of its controversial decision in September to restore the accreditation of Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA). “This is a major breakthrough for clean sport,” said WADA President Craig Reedie in a statement....

Most football associations support 48-team World Cup in Qatar – FIFA chief

MARRAKECH (Reuters) – Most football associations in the world back increasing the size of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams from 32, with some matches to be played in neighbouring countries, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday. Infantino told a news conference the Qataris were open to the larger format. FIFA...

Israel calls Malaysian ban on its athletes ‘shameful’

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel condemned on Thursday Malaysia’s ban on Israeli participation in international sporting events it hosts and said the decision was inspired by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s “rabid anti-Semitism”. Malaysia, a majority-Muslim country that does not maintain diplomatic relations with Israel, announced it would bar Israelis from any event in the Southeast Asia...

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