Sport

27th March

2019 Coke Games torch heads up North

THE Coca-Cola Games torch heads to the Northern Division today. The torch relay team has completed 14 days of travel with another 20 days remaining. By this time, the Coke Games torch would have visited 76...

St Vincent College prepares for Tailevu Zone

“WE have been there and done it.” These were the words of Sokoveti Tamanisau of St. Vincent College from Tailevu as her school prepares for the Tailevu Zone to be held this Friday. Tamanisau said the female athletes were always reminded of the victory of 2008. “We won the girls title in the Tailevu Zone back...

Ashwin sparks furore with ‘Mankad’ dismissal of Buttler

(Reuters) – Ravichandran Ashwin says his ‘Mankad’ dismissal of Jos Buttler in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday was not against the spirit of the game despite the run out sparking a chorus of disapproval from fellow players and pundits. Rajasthan Royals batsman Buttler was run out on 69 while backing up at the...

Federer, Anderson advance to fourth round in Miami

(Reuters) – Roger Federer overcame a sluggish start to defeat Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-3 and Kevin Anderson’s booming serve proved too much for Joao Sousa as they advanced to the fourth round of the Miami Open on Monday. Serb Krajinovic broke Federer to jump to an early 2-1 lead and it looked like an upset...

Tennis: Underarm or underhanded? Kyrgios serve stokes debate

(Reuters) – Having annoyed Rafa Nadal with an underarm serve at Acapulco, Nick Kyrgios doubled down with the tactic to win two points against hapless Serb Dusan Lajovic at the Miami Open and fire up a timeworn debate between modern fans and purists. The mercurial Australian has been sanctioned for a litany of tennis offences,...

FIFA to hear Chelsea transfer ban appeal on April 11

(Reuters) – Chelsea have lodged an appeal against a one-year transfer ban to FIFA’s Appeal Committee and the case will be heard on April 11, the sport’s world governing body said on Monday. The English Premier League club were banned from registering new players in the next two transfer windows and fined 600,000 Swiss Francs...

England thrash Montenegro 5-1 after early scare

PODGORICA (Reuters) – England recovered from an early scare in Montenegro as Ross Barkley scored twice in a clinical 5-1 victory to continue their strong start to the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on Monday. Skipper Harry Kane and livewire Raheem Sterling also got on the scoresheet as England’s dynamic young side tore Montenegro apart after...

26th March

Top U.S. court rebuffs challenge to Nike over Michael Jordan photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider reviving a copyright case in which Nike Inc was accused of unauthorized use of photographer Jacobus Rentmeester’s famous 1984 photograph of basketball superstar Michael Jordan soaring through the air. The justices turned away an appeal by Rentmeester, a former Life Magazine photographer, of...

Uruguay brush aside Thailand in China Cup final

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Uruguay eased to a 4-0 win over Thailand on Monday to retain the China Cup as veteran defender Diego Godin became his country’s most capped player. Godin captained the team on his 126th appearance to move ahead of Maxi Pereira on the all-time list, and the Uruguayans were given few problems...

Transfer ban means nobody can leave Chelsea, says Christensen

(Reuters) – Chelsea players looking for a move away from Stamford Bridge this year may be left disappointed as defender Andreas Christensen says he has been told the club will hold on to the entire squad as they appeal their transfer ban. Chelsea were handed a one-year transfer ban by FIFA last month and fined...

Fiji Football mourns Times Sports journalist’s passing

THE Fiji Football Association has joined The Fiji Times in mourning the passing of Sports reporter Maciu Malo. Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel expressed his sympathy to Fiji Times and Malo’s family. “On behalf of Fiji FA board members and the entire Fijian football fraternity, I express my deepest sympathy and sorrow for the great...

2019 Coke Games: Torch visit to QVS remind students of expectations

THE Coca-Cola Games torch relay team visited Queen Victoria School in Tailevu today. And according to school principal Qalo Lesi, it was a reminder to the students of their expectations. Lesi said this week’s Tailevu Zone will be a testing ground for its athletes. “For the Tailevu Zone, QVS has the least number of athletes from Tailevu....

Rugby – Newcastle’s Green cited for allegedly biting opponent

(Reuters) – Newcastle Falcons lock Calum Green faces a ban of at least 12 weeks after he was cited for allegedly biting Sale Sharks’ Rob Webber in Saturday’s English Premiership match. The incident occurred in the 22nd minute at St James’ Park when Green was held in a headlock by Webber at a ruck but...

Racist abuse tarnishes England win in Montenegro

PODGORICA (Reuters) – England’s stunning 5-1 rout of Montenegro in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday was soured by racist abuse directed at some of their players leading to calls for stadium bans. Defender Danny Rose was subjected to monkey chants and Raheem Sterling, scorer of England’s fifth goal, was also targeted, with racist abuse...

Schar collision sparks call for UEFA probe

(Reuters) – Switzerland defender Fabian Schar says he cannot remember a collision that left him unconscious in a Euro 2020 qualifier at the weekend and the incident has sparked calls for an investigation into why he was allowed to return to the game. Schar was knocked out after colliding with Georgia’s Jemal Tabidze in the...

Fiji Times thanks its readers

AS part of its 150 years anniversary celebration, The Fiji Times is giving one of its lucky readers a trip of a lifetime to watch the Hong Kong Sevens tournament next week. The Fiji Times marketing manager, Annie Robinson, yesterday thanked readers for participating in the promotion. “We would like to thank readers that took...

Plans to introduce more sports for athletes with special needs

THERE are plans to introduce more sports for athletes with special needs in the country after Team Fiji’s success at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Dubai. Despite facing many obstacles Special Olympics Fiji was able to send a 35-member contingent to Abu Dhabi. Fiji entered teams in football and table tennis at the...

Fiji Times popular sports journalist passes away

RENOWNED and popular Fiji Times sports reporter Maciu Malo passed away at the Lautoka Hospital yesterday. The sudden passing of Maciu after a short illness, has left his family and the media fraternity in shock. The 43-year-old Naisausau, Namara, Tailevu, native and former Natabua High School student had a huge following due to his intuitive and in-depth...

Top finish in world sports for Team Fiji Special Olympics

THE Special Olympics Fiji team achieved a major milestone by finishing as the best Pacific nation at the Special Olympics World Games in Dubai last week. The 35-member Fiji contingent arrived in the country on Sunday and was hosted to breakfast by sponsors Digicel and the Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa in Nadi. Fiji...

Inaugural junior tennis circuit a success: Venkataya

THE inaugural 2019 West Coast Junior Tennis Circuit which was held under the GV Sports Development banner at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay courts last weekend proved to be a success. A total of 41 players entered the two-day event playing 35 matches. GV Sports Development director Graham Venkataya said players formed two teams...

Fiji football not the favourites at 2019 Pacific Games, Gamel believes

VODAFONE Fiji football head coach Christophe Gamel does not believe that the national side is the favourite to win the gold medal at the Pacific Games this year despite its recent wins against New Caledonia and Mauritius. According to Gamel, the Solomon Islands and Tahiti were the top seeds but Fiji was gaining momentum. Gamel...

Nadi stamps mark in U16 football league competition

NADI has stamped its mark in the Vodafone Western Zone under-16 football league competition after recording three straight wins. Nadi thrashed Rakiraki 9-1, Tavua 1-0 and Nadroga 2-0. The Junior Jetsetters will now play Lautoka and Ba before heading into round two of competition. Home and away matches are being played in the zones with...

Snooker: Prasad takes out first rankings championship

FIJI number two Rahil Prasad took out the Phil’s Autoport North West Billiards and Snooker Association (NWBSA) first rankings championship after a close battle with favourite Nitesh Chand in the final at the Lautoka Club last Sunday. Rahil edged Chand 3-2 to walk away $300 richer. In the semi-finals, Rahil defeated Vinesh Prasad 3-0 while...

Wales get Rugby World Cup pool warning as Fiji’s ‘Demolition Man’ set to be unleashed

PARIS, 26 MARCH 2019 (RUGBY PASS) – Fiji Head Coach John McKee has some bad news for World Cup pool opponents Wales and Australia with the “Demolition Man” Lepani Botia ready to return to international action. Botia, whose destructive play has earned him that nickname, is a fans favourite at La Rochelle in the Top14...

Fiji football boys set to move up FIFA world rankings

THE Vodafone Fiji men’s football side is set to move up the FIFA world rankings after making a clean sweep in the Three Nations FIFA international friendlies against New Caledonia and Mauritius. The Christophe Gamel-coached ‘Bula Boys’ defeated New Caledonia 3-0 (ranked 154) and Mauritius 1-0 (ranked 156). Both New Caledonia and Mauritius were ranked above Fiji...

Cash-strapped Sharks consider taking games to Tonga or Fiji

SYDNEY, 25 MARCH 2019 (SMH) – Cronulla have flagged the prospect of taking games out of the Shire – potentially to Tonga or Fiji – after conceding the club made a loss on every game at Shark Park last year. With expansion on the NRL’s agenda, there is every chance a Sydney club could be...

Wilagi sets target ahead of NRC.

SUVA, 26 MARCH 2019 (FRU)—Tira Wilagi is one of the 14 Swire Shipping Fiji Warriors players who were drafted into the Pacific Combine team and is looking forward to snatching a golden ticket for an overseas contract. Wilagi’s dynamic style of rugby was evident during the World Rugby Pacific Cup where he featured strongly for...

25th March

Australia appoint Cooley as Ashes bowling coach

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia have appointed Troy Cooley as bowling coach for the Ashes, turning to the man who played a key role in England’s drought-breaking 2-1 win in the 2005 series. Cooley replaced former bowling coach David Saker, who resigned in February, for the recent tour of India and the ongoing tour of the...

Mexican president jeered by hostile crowd at baseball event

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has enjoyed soaring approval ratings in his first few months in power, got a rare taste of public animosity on Saturday when he was booed at the inauguration of a baseball stadium in Mexico City. In an evening ceremony to mark the opening of...

Snooker – O’Sullivan on top of the world after Tour Championship win

(Reuters) – Five-times world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan reclaimed the world number one spot for the first time in nine years by winning the inaugural Tour Championship against Neil Robertson on Sunday. The Englishman known as ‘The Rocket’ led 5-3 overnight in Llandudno, Wales but Australian Robertson stayed in the contest until 10-10 after which O’Sullivan...

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