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Piniella to return to Cubs as guest analyst

NEARLY 10 years after he walked away from his manager position with the Chicago Cubs, Lou Piniella will return as part of a team of analysts for the club’s new Marquee Sports Network. The news...

Report: Warriors eye March 1 for Curry return

THE Golden State Warriors have a soft target date of March 1 for the return of two-time MVP Stephen Curry, The Athletic reported Sunday. Curry broke his left hand in an Oct. 30 game against the Phoenix Suns and was originally believed to have a targeted return of February. There was also some speculation Curry...

Fiji ready to host 2020 Oceania Swimming Championships

FIJI is set to host the 2020 Oceania Swimming Championships which will be hosted at the capital city’s Damodar City Aquatic Centre on June 15 to 21. The championship has been approved by the international governing body of swimming, FINA to be a qualifying competition for the 2020 Olympics in July. The competition will feature...

Air quality improves in Melbourne in time for Australian Open

Fears of disruption to the Australian Open from bushfire smoke receded on Saturday but some players were clearly concerned about the conditions their colleagues were forced to play in earlier in the week. Victoria’s Environmental Protection Authority rated the air quality in central Melbourne as “good” on Saturday morning and “moderate” in the afternoon, and...

Djokovic crosses fingers for clean air at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Defending champion Novak Djokovic says he was saddened by the sight of players and ball kids struggling in smoky conditions during Australian Open qualifying and hoped the worst of the air pollution was behind them at the year’s first Grand Slam. Smoke from bushfires raging across the country blanketed Melbourne Park during...

Golf – Boutier follows up hole-in-one with slam dunk eagle

(Reuters) – A day after making the first hole-in-one of the year on the LPGA Tour, Celine Boutier pulled off another slam dunk eagle at the Tournament of Champions on Saturday. At the par-four 16th hole during the third round, the Frenchwoman holed out her second shot for an unlikely eagle at the Four Seasons...

19th January

England’s Bess claims five wickets as South Africa hang on

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock led a fight-back after rain halted England’s destruction of South Africa’s top order on the third day of the third test at St George’s Park, but the tourists remain in command after Dom Bess’s maiden test five-wicket haul. De Kock, who was dropped three times, scored an unbeaten...

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Sports Minister: Only biological females will compete in girls division

Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar has made the Government of Fiji’s position clear that only biological females will participate in the girl’s division at secondary school athletics level in the country. Kumar made this stance clear during a meeting with the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association. “The physical differences between the two biological...

Symes optimistic Fiji Bowls will be better positioned at world event

Fiji Bowls coach Maurice Symes is still optimistic the Fiji Bowls team will be in a better position come the 2020 World Bowls later this year. After the completion of the Asian Pacific championship last year where Fiji had an average outing, results for coach Symes were not as expected. “The men were very disappointing...

Rabada ban criticised by former England players

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – Former England players condemned the suspension of South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada on Friday after an overexuberant celebration, but he received little sympathy from his own camp. Rabada was fined and handed a demerit point after celebrating under the nose of England captain Joe Root having bowled him on the...

More seasoned, less fearless, Osaka set for Australian Open defence

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka has learned to appreciate her victories more after enduring the “toughest” year of her fledging career and the Japanese world number three says mentally she is in a better place to launch her Australian Open title defence. Osaka started 2019 by winning her second straight Grand Slam title in Melbourne...

Mexican immigrant dreams of leading first U.S. breakdancing team to Olympic gold

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Antonio Castillo discovered the joyful athleticism of breakdancing as a child in Mexico in the 1980s. Now a new generation of young people comes to his Washington studio to learn the finer points of a dance style that has evolved into a sport, hoping one day to bring home Olympic gold. Castillo...

Stokes and Pope put dominant England in box seat

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope both scored centuries as a dominant England took a firm grip on the third test against South Africa, declaring on 499 before reducing the hosts to 60 runs for two wickets at the close of the second day on Friday. South Africa trail by 439 runs...

18th January

Rabada ban is cause for concern, says South Africa coach Boucher

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – South African coach Mark Boucher said he was concerned about the disciplinary regulations in cricket which led to fast bowler Kagiso Rabada being handed a one-match ban due to his overexuberant celebration during the third test against England. Rabada was fined and handed a demerit point as he was deemed to...

Would you give up a kidney for Super Bowl tickets? Some would

A kidney? Abstain from sex for a year or break up with your significant other? Some say they would do just that; give up organs and sex and end relationships for a Super Bowl ticket according to a poll conducted by ticket sales and distribution giant Ticketmaster. The survey of 3,200 NFL fans (100 per...

Kenyan athletics authority says top athlete escaped from anti-doping testers

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A top Kenyan athlete ran away from anti-doping testers who had visited their training camp unannounced to take samples, a senior athletics authority official said, as the East African nation ramps up efforts to combat doping. Kenya is famous for its long and middle-distance running prowess, but it has been caught up...

Strong voices like Megan Rapinoe’s are good for sports: German athlete body chief

(Reuters) – Athletes are not just sports role models and should speak out about social and political issues just like U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe at last year’s World Cup, the CEO of independent German athletes’ association Athleten Deutschland said. Johannes Herber said on Wednesday the International Olympic Committee’s Rule 50 which banned any political...

World Cup veteran McBride named general manager of USMNT

After playing in three World Cups and nearly 100 games on the international level with the United States Men’s National Team, Brian McBride is returning as general manager. McBride’s appointment Friday will be effective immediately and the 47-year-old will join the team for its January training camp that was moved from Qatar, site of the...

Bekele and Kipchoge set for London Marathon showdown

LONDON (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele, the only men to go under two hours, two minutes for the marathon, will go head to head over the classic distance in this year’s London Marathon, organizers said on Friday. Kenya’s Kipchoge had already announced he would defend his title but the presence of Ethiopian former...

Spectator who racially abused Archer banned for two years

(Reuters) – New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has banned a spectator from attending international and domestic games in the country for two years after he admitted racially abusing England fast bowler Jofra Archer. NZC filed a complaint with the police after failing to “conclusively identify” a spectator who, as Archer explained on social media, had racially...

Paratore, Norris take Abu Dhabi lead as Koepka makes strong return

(Reuters) – Italy’s Renato Paratore and South Africa’s Shaun Norris carded identical opening round scores of eight-under 64 on Thursday to share the lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship while world number one Brooks Koepka was tied third on his return from injury. The 23-year-old Paratore, chasing his second title on the European Tour, sank...

Smith nets pair as Blackhawks bounce Canadiens

Zack Smith scored twice, and Drake Caggiula tallied a goal and an assist as the visiting Chicago Blackhawks topped the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory and seventh win in 10 games. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 32 of 33 shots for his first victory in his past three starts...

17th January

Executive Kennedy insists Red Sox won 2018 title fairly

Whether the Boston Red Sox’s 2018 World Series title was won legitimately is up for debate after Alex Cora was involved in sign-stealing scandals in back-to-back seasons with the 2017 champion Houston Astros and Red Sox. The Red Sox held a press conference on Wednesday — one day after parting ways with Cora — and...

ATP roundup: Auger-Aliassime reaches Adelaide semis

No. 2 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada advanced Thursday to the quarterfinals of the Adelaide International in Australia. Auger-Aliassime earned an easy 6-3, 6-0 victory over Australia’s Alex Bolt in a match that lasted just 55 minutes. He will face Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the semifinals. Rublev moved to 6-0 on the season with a...

Murray grabs share of lead in California, Fowler one back

(Reuters) – Grayson Murray tied his career best with nine birdies in one round to tame the challenging PGA West Stadium Course and was rewarded with a share of the first-round lead at The American Express in La Quinta on Thursday. The 26-year-old carded an eight-under-under 64 on the Stadium Course, which is considered the...

New Orleans police issue arrest warrant for Browns’ Beckham

(Reuters) – The New Orleans Police Department said on Thursday it obtained a warrant for the arrest of Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr., for allegedly slapping an officer’s buttocks after this week’s U.S. college football championship. The New Orleans police said in a statement the warrant involved a charge of misdemeanor simple battery in...

Beltran out as Mets manager after Astros sign-stealing scandal

(Reuters) – Carlos Beltran’s first season as manager of the New York Mets ended before it began as he stepped down on Thursday as a result of a sign-stealing scandal involving the Houston Astros, his former team. Beltran, who played for Houston in 2017, was the only player from the World Series-winning team who was...

Takayawa sets goal

FIJI’S top judoka Tevita Takayawa aims to qualify for Olympics by April this year. Takayawa who recently returned to the mat after an injury to his right leg late last year is focused on achieving Olympic qualification by the 2020 Asian-Pacific Judo championships which begin in April. “Well the goal is by the Asian-Pacific Championships...

Date set for cruiseweight title fight

A date has been set for Filimoni Naliva Jr and Alivereti Nakauyaca to contest for the vacant Fiji cruiserweight title next month. South Pacific Boxing Promotions promoter Fredy Chand said they were supposed to hold the event last month but because of the outbreak of the measles infection it was postponed to early this year....

Pirelli expects more predictable F1 after 2020 tire decision

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One is likely to be more predictable this season after teams opted to stick with last year’s tire specification, according to Pirelli’s racing head Mario Isola. The 10 teams voted unanimously last month to reject new tires that the sport’s sole supplier had been developing for 2020. The sport is facing...

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