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Cricket: Cicia wins bowl while Komo wins plate

Suva has completed its innings leaving Ono-i-Lau to chase 305 runs in 50 overs at a chance of winning the Cricket Fiji Association Challenge Cup. Suva managed 305 runs to the fall of nine wickets in...

Ex-FIFA official convicted in TV rights trial

Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been found guilty of falsifying documents, in a corruption case linked to the awarding of World Cup TV rights, sources and Swiss media said. The chairman of Qatar-based media group BeIN Sports Nasser Al-Khelaifi, was acquitted the same day in a related case. Valcke was cleared of accepting...

Langer wary of Australia’s bubble-weary players before India series

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia coach Justin Langer believes managing the mental health of his bubble-weary players will be one of his key responsibilities during the upcoming home series against India, the 49-year-old said on Friday. Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were among those who got a taste of life in a...

30th October

Ono-i-Lau books cup final berth

Ono-i-Lau booked a spot in the Cricket Fiji Association Challenge Cup final after beating Moce during their semi-final thriller at Albert Park yesterday. Ono chased Moce’s batting average of 271 runs all out to win the match with 272 runs and one wicket remaining. Cricket Fiji president Alex Konrote said the excitement in the final...

‘Give volleyball the fame it deserves’

The Bula Groups Event Management Volleyball Tournament is hoping to make volleyball a major sport in Fiji and “give the fame it deserves”. The organisers have set up platform to give players around the country a chance to compete during the tournament. The event will be held on the November 28 at the Fiji Sports...

Brothers vie for Fiji Open title

The 2020 Digicel-sponsored Fiji Open golf tournament will be a family affair for brothers Anasa Seruvata, 47, Taitusi Tuivuci, 41, and Tomasi Tuivuna, 38. Not only will they compete for the main prize of $7500, they will ensure that they take something back home to support their families. “This is our bread and butter,” Seruvatu,...

Reps brace for battle

The Jack’s of Fiji-sponsored Nadi Squash Open which will be played at the Nadi Sports and Social Club courts this weekend is expected to feature a host of new and young players, especially in the novice grade who started squash lessons earlier in the year. Nadi Sports and Social Club games director Leilani Tokalautawa said...

State of Origin series to feature national anthem after fans criticise plan to ditch Advance Australia Fair

Shortly after it was revealed that the national anthem would not be played at State of Origin games, the NRL has backflipped, confirming Advance Australia Fair will go ahead before the games as normal. The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) said the move was in response to a backlash by fans after the initial decision...

Budding skiers hit indoor slopes ahead of China’s 2022 Winter Olympics

SHAOXING, China (Reuters) – Xia Zhiyi drove his family 40 kilometres (25 miles) to an indoor ski park in China’s eastern Shaoxing city so his 12-year old daughter could practise skiing on a slope of artificial snow. His family is part of a growing number of Chinese taking interest in the winter sport which analysts...

29th October

New Zealand’s Jamieson continues early season form with hat-trick

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Jamieson’s search for extra pace in the off-season bore fruit with a hat-trick in domestic first class cricket on Thursday as he kept his selection chances high to face West Indies in December. The 2.03 metre-tall Jamieson only made his test debut earlier this year, but exploited...

Golfers brace for Fiji Open tourney

Fiji Golf Club would be hosting the 50th edition of the Fiji Open Golf Championship commencing on Saturday, October 31, at the Vatuwaqa golf course in Suva. The premier golf event would be played in the professionals, men, ladies and junior grades. The vice-president of Fiji Golf Club, Vidhya Lakhan is ecstatic about the tournament....

Team Parker happy to be reunited

Kiwi boxers Joseph Parker and Junior Fa are ramping up preparations as their heavyweight match-up looms closer. With a date clash with the All Blacks now ruled out – today it was announced the fight had been pushed back a day to Saturday, 12 December. While 24 hours isn’t much, every day is particularly important...

Australia’s Boxing Day test to have crowds of 25,000: minister

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Authorities are targeting crowds of at least 25,000 people per day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for Australia’s second cricket test against India, a government official said on Wednesday. Melbourne, Australia’s second most populous city, was released from a coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday, with retail and hospitality businesses opening their doors...

Doping: World champion Coleman to miss Olympics after ban for whereabouts failure

(Reuters) – World 100 metres champion Christian Coleman will miss next year’s Tokyo Olympics after being banned for two years for breaching whereabouts rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Tuesday. Coleman, who narrowly escaped a ban last year for missing three doping tests, was provisionally suspended by the AIU in June. “We regret...

Australia’s Starc blocks out ‘noise’ ahead of India series

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Mitchell Starc admits criticism affected his performances the last time India toured Australia but the fast bowler says he has learned to block out the “noise” and is determined to make amends against Virat Kohli’s side in the upcoming test series. Spin great Shane Warne described Starc’s bowling as “atrocious” after he...

28th October

New deal spikes volleyball interest in Fiji

The Fiji Volleyball Federation (FVF) launched its divisional championship for the West, North and Central divisions last Friday in Lautoka. The championship includes the top four men’s and women’s teams from each of the 20 FVF associations across the country to battle for the top spots in each of the three divisions. The top teams...

New golf champions

The Shop N Save Supermarket-sponsored 18 holes stroke Pro-Am Championship saw new winners crowned in the men’s, ladies and professional categories at the golf links on Sunday. Veteran and former Lautoka and national football rep, Vinod Chand outplayed national rep and defending champion Abid Hussein and Fiji Golf Club’s Mohammed Rizwan to take out the...

Sports administrator receives Fiji medal

Veteran sports administrator Vidhya Prakash Lakhan was honoured by the State for his services to sports and received his Fiji 50 commemorative medal last Thursday at the State House by the President, Jioji Konrote. The Pacific Games Council president and former president of Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) said he was...

Fiji Golf Club to host 50th anniversary of open championship

Fiji Golf Club will be hosting the 50th anniversary of the Fiji Open Golf Championship commencing Saturday, October 31, at the Vatuwaqa Golf Club Course in Suva. The premier golf event will be played in the professionals, men, ladies, and junior grades. Twenty local professional golfers will be competing apart from the maximum number of...

Cricket Association Cup plate semifinal underway

The Cricket Fiji Association Cup plate semifinal is currently underway at the Albert Park in Suva. Komo plays Oneata and Namuka takes on Lakeba. The cup semifinals will be held tomorrow as Suva takes on Nadi and Ono-i-Lau meets Moce. The winner of the Association Challenge will host the tournament next year.

Dixon clinches title in Florida

Scott Dixon has won his sixth IndyCar championship, one shy of the all-time record. Dixon, 40, has finished third at the season-ending Grand Prix of St Petersburg in Florida to finish 16 points clear of championship rival Josef Newgarden, who won the final race. The New Zealander knew he had to finish ninth or better...

27th October

Injured Rohit, Ishant omitted from India’s Australia tour squads

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India left out the injured duo of opener Rohit Sharma and quick Ishant Sharma from the test and limited-overs squads for their upcoming tour of Australia but will continue to monitor their progress, the cricket board said on Monday. Ishant has been ruled out of remainder of the ongoing Indian Premier...

25th October

Unbeaten run qualifies Moce

Moce qualified undefeated to the elimination round of the Cricket Fiji Association Cup topping its pool after four days of intense competition. Moce beat Nadi in its last pool game at Albert Park on Friday to secure top seed. Cricket Fiji president Alex Konrote said the hype was high with teams looking to take the...

Lakeba volleyball kicks off tournament

The pioneer Lakeba volleyball tournament began with much fanfare yesterday at the LICI Courts in Suva. In its bid to boost the sport on the island, tournament co-ordinatior Frank Jeremaia said they were happy with the turnout at their first competition. “We have teams from all over Suva participating, it is also the first major...

Bowlers in for a treat

THE 14th Raj Charan National Singles Championship begins today at the Suva Bowling Club with more than 40 top bowlers ready to compete. Suva Bowling Club president Samuela Tuikiligana said they were looking forward to compete in one of their long running tournaments commemorating a former professional athlete. “This year has been challenging, but we...

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