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Maselino Masoe: The first Samoan boxer to win a major world title

Maselino Masoe was the first Samoan boxer to win a major world title, but the opportunity almost never happened. The 55-year-old sat down with Talei Anderson and Faivaeselopepe Anric Sitanilei to talk about the sacrifice and...

PNG cricketers miss out on T20 World Cup main draw

Papua New Guinea’s hopes of reaching the T20 Cricket World Cup main draw are over after a 17 run defeat by Scotland in their second pool match. Fresh from their upset win over Bangladesh, Scotland posted 165 for 9 from their 20 overs after electing to bat first, despite losing four wickets in the final...

19th October

Capital City side starts preparations

Suva Football Association executives are working on improving the fitness level of players in the lead up to the resumption of the Digicel Premier League. The Capital City side is scheduled to face Ba when the league resumes. Suva coach Babs Khan said their playing style was still rusty and the fitness level had dropped...

Baber maintains Fijian rugby ties

Outgoing Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber would love to come back to mentor the Fijian Drua or the Flying Fijians if given the opportunity in the future. Baber has taken up the role as the new skills and assistant attack coach of Edinburgh Rugby making a switch from the abbreviated code to concentrate on getting...

Fiji National Rugby League cancels 2021 premiership calendar

The Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) has scrapped its 2021 premiership season in a bid to focus on preparations for next year’s full calendar. The new season is expected to start with the FNRL off-season program next month. As a result of the cancellation, the 2021 Vodafone Cup and the inaugural women’s competitions will not...

Tennis-Djokovic unsure over Australian Open involvement, won’t reveal vaccine status

BELGRADE (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic once again declined to reveal whether he has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and said he was unsure if he would defend his title at next year’s Australian Open. The state of Victoria, where the Grand Slam event takes place in Melbourne, has introduced a vaccine mandate for...

Cricket-England suffer Livingstone injury scare before T20 World Cup opener

(Reuters) – England all-rounder Liam Livingstone suffered a finger injury in Monday’s warm-up match against India ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup, raising doubts over his availability for their opening game this weekend. Livingstone left the field with the little finger on his left hand swollen after he dropped a catch at deep midwicket during...

Tennis-No special deals to allow unvaccinated players at Australian Open: official

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria state will not do special deals with unvaccinated athletes to allow them to compete at major events, an official said on Tuesday, putting Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open title defence and bid for the Grand Slam record in doubt. World number one Djokovic, level on 20 Grand Slam titles with Roger...

Sonny Bill Williams reveals two-year ‘process’ that includes a Paul Gallen superfight

AUCKLAND, 19 OCTOBER 2021 (ABC) – Sonny Bill Williams has revealed his plan to resurrect his boxing career, and explained why a Paul Gallen superfight is on the agenda… but not straight away. The two retired NRL premiership stars have been on a collision course to square off in the ring ever since Gallen made...

Bach and Executive Board back Olympism 365 plan

LAUSANNE, 19 OCTOBER 2021 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – International‌ ‌Olympic‌ ‌Committee‌ ‌President‌ ‌Thomas‌ ‌Bach‌ has ‌described‌ ‌sport‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌ “glue‌ ‌which‌ ‌binds‌ ‌communities‌ ‌together‌” ‌after‌ ‌the‌ ‌Executive‌ ‌Board‌ meeting ‌gave‌ ‌its‌ ‌backing‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌Olympism‌ ‌365‌ ‌strategy for the next four years. “The Olympic values that are enshrined in the Olympic Charter and drive...

NFL roundup: Cowboys escape with OT win over Patriots

Dak Prescott found CeeDee Lamb for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 3:52 left in overtime as the Dallas Cowboys held off the host New England Patriots 35-29 on Sunday for their fifth straight win. Prescott finished 36 of 51 for 445 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for Dallas (5-1), which hasn’t lost since a...

18th October

Husband in court over killing of Kenyan athlete Tirop

NAIROBI (Reuters) -A Kenyan court on Monday allowed police to hold the husband of long distance runner Agnes Tirop for 20 days over her killing, the KTN News channel reported. Tirop’s husband, Ibrahim Rotich, was arraigned on suspicion of her murder during his first appearance before the court in the Rift Valley town of Iten,...

Badosa outworks Azarenka to win Indian Wells title

(Reuters) -Paula Badosa survived a stiff challenge from Victoria Azarenka to produce a gutsy 7-6(5) 2-6 7-6(2) win in an epic Indian Wells championship match on Sunday. Azarenka was two points from winning the tournament for a third time and serving at 5-4 in the decider when her game began to unravel behind a series...

British breakthrough as Norrie wins Indian Wells title

(Reuters) -Cameron Norrie battled back to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6 6-4 6-1 in the Indian Wells final on Sunday, becoming the first British man to win the Masters 1000 tournament. It appeared an upset was in the works when the hard-hitting Basilashvili quickly took the first set but Norrie regrouped in the second, breaking the...

Golf-Fitzpatrick wins Andalucia Masters for seventh European Tour crown

(Reuters) – Matt Fitzpatrick won the Andalucia Masters on Sunday to claim his seventh European Tour title after the Englishman shot an error-free round of 69 on the final day to finish at six-under overall and win by three strokes. Down by three shots at the start of the day, Fitzpatrick made 15 consecutive pars...

De Grasse ready to dominate sprints, says Bolt

Lamont Marcell Jacobs may be the 100 metres Olympic champion but Andre De Grasse is the man to watch and runner most likely to put his stamp on the men’s sprints, says the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt. De Grasse took silver behind the Italian in Tokyo but the Canadian’s consistency makes him the frontrunner...

17th October

Black Caps edge Netherlands for Twenty20 World Cup warm-up win

The Black Caps have edged the Netherlands by six runs in their opening Twenty20 World Cup warm-up game on Sunday (NZ time). With skipper Kane Williamson and Mark Chapman both nursing hamstring niggles, Martin Guptill captained a New Zealand side who had just 11 players to pick from in very hot conditions at the ICC...

Officials expect IPL to return to India

Indian cricket board president Sourav Ganguly expects next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) to be played in the country after the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to stage the second half of this year’s tournament in the United Arab Emirates. The eight-team tournament with an estimated brand value of $6.8 billion was halted near its halfway...

International Olympic Committee warns against World Cup plans

The International Olympic Committee wants to have more discussions over controversial plans by the world football body FIFA to hold the World Cup every two years instead of every four. FIFA’s proposals are set to be voted on in December by the 211 member associations, with president Gianni Infantino, also an IOC member, travelling the...

16th October

Husband arrested in killing of Olympic runner Agnes Tirop

The husband of Olympic runner Agnes Tirop has been arrested and will be charged with her murder after Kenyan police launched a nationwide manhunt and found him in the coastal city of Mombasa trying to flee the country, authorities said. Ibrahim Rotich was arrested just before 9pm Thursday, police said, but only after crashing his...

Captain Sam Cane focused on All Blacks return after surgery

New Zealand captain Sam Cane is relishing his return to the All Blacks squad after overcoming injury to potentially line up against the United States in Washington this month. Cane last led the All Blacks against Argentina in November 2020 and Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick and Ardie Savea have captained New Zealand with the flanker...

NZ’s Williamson to manage ‘frustrating’ elbow issue through T20 World Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said his hamstring is fine but a “frustrating” elbow issue will need to be managed through the Twenty20 World Cup. Williamson missed Hyderabad Sunrisers’ last match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League last week after a hamstring strain but has been bothered by an elbow...

Tunisia’s Jabeur to become first Arab player to crack top 10

(REUTERS) -Ons Jabeur will become the first Arab player to crack the top 10 of the world rankings after reaching the Indian Wells semi-finals on Thursday and the Tunisian said she is just getting started. Jabeur, currently ranked 14th, reached the final of the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic earlier this month and became the first...

‘A great talent’- fellow athletes pay tribute to Kenyan Tirop

(REUTERS) – Kenyan athletes Eunice Sum and Julius Yego led the tributes to compatriot Agnes Tirop who was found stabbed to death at her home in the town of Iten on Wednesday. Local police said they were treating Tirop’s husband as a suspect and have asked him to come forward. Tirop, 25, finished fourth in...

Amos to retire at 27 and focus on medical career

(REUTERS) – Wales and Cardiff fullback Hallam Amos will retire from rugby when the 2021-22 season ends in order to focus on his medical career, the 27-year-old announced on Thursday. Amos, who earned the last of his 25 caps against Argentina in July, played in the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups. He was left...

Raphinha stars as Brazil cruise past Uruguay 4-1

MANAUS, Brazil (Reuters) – Raphinha turned in another eye-catching performance for Brazil on Thursday by scoring twice in the home side’s 4-1 victory over Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier. Brazil took the lead after 10 minutes when Neymar chested down a pass from Fred and rounded the keeper before firing low between two defenders...

Kenyan police arrest husband of dead Tirop

NAIROBI (Reuters) -Kenyan police said on Thursday they had arrested the husband of distance runner Agnes Tirop, a two-times World Championship bronze medallist who was found dead at her home. Police said on Wednesday that Tirop appeared to have been stabbed in the neck with a knife. The 25-year-old represented Kenya in the 5,000 metres...

15th October

World champion finds football rhythm

FOOTBALL headlines worldwide read, ‘Mbappe winner, as France beats Spain in Nations League final’. World champion France won the Nations League final defeating Spain 2-1 at the San Siro Stadium. After the Euro 2020, fans looked forward to the Nations League semi-finals and final, and two ardent France fans- Timoci Seru (Ba) and Indra Singh...

Elder looks forward to the next phase of preparation

Weightlifting Fiji coach Henry Elder is looking forward to the next phase of preparations for Fiji’s elite weightlifters after the recent virtual 2021 Oceania Weightlifting Championships. Elder said the window for qualification to the XXII Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, next year would begin with two important international events earmarked for December. “The next preparation...

Surpassing Lewis’ U.S. medal record ‘never a goal’, says Felix

Allyson Felix said surpassing Carl Lewis as the most decorated U.S. track and field athlete was “never a goal” but that it was “amazing” to have achieved the feat after winning her 11th Olympic medal at the Tokyo Games. The 13-time world champion picked up bronze in the 400m and gold as part of the...

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