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Fiji to represent region

THE Fiji Paralympics Committee has been officially selected to represent the Oceania at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in a moving ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, earlier this week. The official invitation to participate in the...

Childress to release Hemric, could promote Reddick

Daniel Hemric will not drive the No. 8 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in 2020, the team announced Tuesday. Hemric, a rookie in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, has been with RCR for three years and previously competed for the team in the Xfinity Series. He also has driven in the Truck Series. The...

Magic retain options on Bamba, Fultz, Isaac

The Orlando Magic announced Monday that center Mo Bamba, guard Markelle Fultz and forward Jonathan Isaac have been signed through the 2020-21 season. A third-year team option on Bamba and fourth-year team options on Fultz and Isaac were exercised, according to Jeff Weltman, president of basketball operations. Terms were not disclosed by the team, but...

Wainwright out-pitches Scherzer, Cardinals handle Nationals

Adam Wainwright allowed one unearned run over seven innings to help the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 win against the visiting Washington Nationals in the rubber game of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Wainwright (13-9) scattered eight hits, struck out three and walked one. Matt Wieters hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the...

19th September

NFL notebook: Saints mum on starting quarterback

Saints coach Sean Payton is not tipping his hand at quarterback, refusing to name backup Teddy Bridgewater as the starter Sunday when New Orleans visits the Seattle Seahawks. Before the team’s first practice of the week at the University of Washington, Payton said the team is considering its QB options before taking on the 2-0...

Woods and McIlroy to clash in new format

LONDON (Reuters) – Tiger Woods will clash with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in a high-stakes, globally televised golf challenge in Japan next month. The four will go toe-to-toe in an extravaganza featuring special in-match challenges and surprises, floodlit finishes with holes assigned increasing monetary value. The event, called ‘The Challenge: Japan Skins’...

$25k boost for Marist club ahead of hockey tournament

THE 25 Geotech Marist Eastgate Memorial Hockey Tournament is set to begin in a weeks’ time at the National Hockey Centre in Suva. The tournament organisers, Marist Hockey Club received a sum of $25,000 from their major sponsors Geotech Drilling Fiji today to help run the annual event. Twenty teams from all over the country...

Shaw’s big role

FORMER weightlifter Della Shaw-Elder is officiating in this year’s International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Senior World Weightlifting Championship which started yesterday and will end next Friday in Pattaya, Thailand. Della has established her credibility as a referee at the world level, having now officiated at both the junior and senior world championships. She also officiated at...

Bhatia, 17, to make pro debut at Sanderson Farms

SEVENTEEN-year-old Akshay Bhatia will make his pro debut at this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss. A native of Northridge, Calif., who resides in Wake Forest, N.C., Bhatia is currently No. 5 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Bhatia, who decided to skip college, made the announcement Monday on Instagram. “That feeling when the...

Flyers, Konecny agree to six-year, $33M deal

Restricted free agent forward Travis Konecny and the Philadelphia Flyers agreed to terms on a six-year, $33 million deal, the club announced Monday. “I’m really excited about signing with the Flyers and being able to call Philadelphia home for the next six years,” the 22-year-old Konecny said. “I can’t wait to get back with my...

Verdasco rolls in first round at Moselle Open

Fifth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Belgium’s Steve Darcis on Monday in the first round of the Moselle Open in Metz, France. Verdasco saved the only break point he faced in the 68-minute match. The opening-day action featured only two other matches. French wild-card entrant Francois Hoang beat Germany’s...

Alonso socks homer No. 48 as Mets top Rockies

Rookie Pete Alonso hit one of three New York home runs in the sixth inning, and the Mets gained ground in the National League wild-card race with a 6-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night in Denver. Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo also went deep to help New York end a two-game skid....

Magic retain options on Bamba, Fultz, Isaac

The Orlando Magic announced Monday that center Mo Bamba, guard Markelle Fultz and forward Jonathan Isaac have been signed through the 2020-21 season. A third-year team option on Bamba and fourth-year team options on Fultz and Isaac were exercised, according to Jeff Weltman, president of basketball operations. Terms were not disclosed by the team, but...

18th September

Steelers acquire DB Fitzpatrick from Dolphins for draft picks

Minkah Fitzpatrick got his wish, and the Miami Dolphins landed another first-round pick in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. Fitzpatrick was traded to the Steelers for a 2020 first-round pick, a 2020 fifth-round pick and a 2021 sixth-round pick . As part of the return, the Steelers also will get the Dolphins’...

NFL notebook: Giants turn to rookie QB Jones, bench Manning

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur named Daniel Jones as the team’s starting quarterback for Week 3, sending Eli Manning to the backup role after an 0-2 start to the 2019 season. “Eli and I spoke this morning,” Shurmur said Tuesday. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel...

Singh rules Rarawai golf fairways

VETERAN golfer Rajen Singh carded three over par 72 to win the overall gross title during the stroke play which was held in conjunction with the 2019 Ba Golf Club Championship qualifying tournament at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai golf course last weekend. Singh, a seven-time club championship winner, finished as the top qualifier in...

17th September

Pettersen the hero as Europe win Solheim Cup cliffhanger

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) – Europe’s women reclaimed the Solheim Cup in the most thrilling fashion imaginable on Sunday with Norway’s Suzann Pettersen sealing a 14-1/2 to 13-1/2 win over the U.S. with the final putt of the three-day battle around Gleneagles. With the final day beginning level at 8-8, Juli Inkster’s American side edged their...

16th September

Federer to give Murray early workout at ATP Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roger Federer is set to give Andy Murray’s hip an early season workout, with Switzerland drawn to face Great Britain in the group phase of the inaugural ATP Cup. Former world number one Murray has played only a handful of singles matches since having a career-saving hip surgery earlier this year but...

Surfing – Brazil fires warning shot in Olympic qualifier

(Reuters) – Powerhouse Brazil showed just what a threat it will be at surfing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo next year, claiming gold and bronze in the men’s division and silver in the women’s to win top overall team honours at a qualifying competition in Japan. Less than a year out from the Games, Italo Ferreira...

Spain beat Argentina 95-75 to win FIBA World Cup

BEIJING (Reuters) – Spain beat Argentina 95-75 to win the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time since 2006 on Sunday, completing a stunning campaign for a squad considered by many to be among the outsiders when the 32-team tournament began. The Spaniards scored first and never relinquished the lead, relying on swarming interior...

Fiji surfers target Olympics

Surfing Fiji coach Ian Portingale has highlighted that the focus is still on the Olympics as team Fiji puts on a brave performance as Fiji improves its ranking at the ISA World Surfng Games in Japan. “The Fijian Open team improved their international ranking from 34th out of 44 down to 28th out of 55,”...

A warning to Singh

SEASIDE Boxing Club’s Ritesh Gounder has sent out a stern warning to amateur boxing champion Nathan Singh ahead of their bout next month. Gounder, currently in Melbourne Australia, fought Australian gold medallist Caleb Kozab last Saturday losing by points taking the Australian the full four rounds. “Come prepared,” Gounder warned. Although losing by mere points,...

15th September

Athletics- Kenyan trials too hot for Kipruto

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Olympic and world champion Conseslus Kipruto dropped out of the 3,000m steeplechase at Kenya’s world championship trials on Friday after the race began at a fierce pace. Kipruto, who already had a place in the team for the world championships in Doha by virtue of being the defending champion, dropped out after...

Pliskova wins twice in a day to reach Zhengzhou semis, Svitolina out

(Reuters) – Top seed Karolina Pliskova started Friday in the last-16 at the inaugural Zhengzhou Open and ended the day in the semi-finals after defeating Polona Hercog and Sofia Kenin in succession. Pliskova’s match against Slovenian Hercog was suspended on Wednesday due to rain with the score at 6-3 2-5 and she only returned to...

Europe take one-point Solheim Cup lead into day two

(Reuters) – Team Europe took a one-point advantage over the U.S. into the second day of the Solheim Cup with a 4-1/2 to 3-1/2 lead after Friday’s foursomes and fourballs at Gleneagles. After Team Europe moved ahead by 2-1/2 to 1-1/2 in the morning foursomes on the PGA Centenary Course, Americans Ally McDonald and Angel...

14th September

Nand savours win

JACK Akbar Trophy Nett champion Ishwar Nand did not expect to win the Jack Akbar Shied after the one-day competition at the Fiji Golf Club course in Suva on Thursday. Nand was caught by surprise when his name was announced as the nett winner at the closing ceremony. “This is an unexpected win and I...

Johnson’s playoff streak comes to end

Jimmie Johnson emerged from a required check-up in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield care center fine physically but obviously disappointed to have his amazing run of NASCAR playoff contention end with a crash on lap 105 of Sunday’s 160-lap Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard — the regular-season finale and his last shot at...

Briton Shinkwin takes one-shot lead in KLM Open first round

(Reuters) – England’s Callum Shinkwin fired a six-under par 66 to carve out a one-stroke lead after the first round of the 100th edition of the KLM Open in Amsterdam on Thursday. The 26-year-old struck three birdies and an eagle on the par-five third, offset by a single bogey, to turn in 32 and added...

WTA roundup: Top seed retires at Jiangxi Open

Top-seeded Zhang Shuai of China retired due to illness while trailing compatriot Zhu Lin 6-0, 1-0 in the second round of the Jiangxi Open on Thursday in Nanchang, China. Zhu reached the quarterfinals after converting four of her five break chances. She never faced a break point during the abbreviated 39-minute contest. China’s Peng Shuai...

Rookie Solak provides clout as Rangers edge Rays

Nick Solak homered off Peter Fairbanks, the pitcher he was traded for two months ago, helping the Texas Rangers to a 6-4 win against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night in Arlington, Texas. Solak went 2-for-3 in his 22nd major league game, raising his batting average to .360. Delino DeShields had two hits...

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