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20th January

Tabakaucoro qualifies for Pacific Games 200m event

THE Pacific king of the track, Banuve Tabakaucoro, has qualified to the Pacific Games 200m after he ran a time of 21.25 seconds in Friday’s athletics trials beating the qualifying time of 21.40 seconds. Tabakaucoro...

Fiji trio makes it through Aussie Rules recruitment

THREE local players have been given the lifetime opportunity after being recruited by the CDHBU Football & Netball Club to play Aussie Rules next month. Vitogo, Lautoka lad Jekesoni Koroi who plays for the Nadi Panthers will be joined by Lautoka Raiders duo William Dyer and Josese Rokodamana. The three boys are still trying to...

Local swimming clubs attend first event of the year

NINE local swimming clubs turned up at the Long Course Grand Prix event – Fiji Swimming’s first event of the year – at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva yesterday. Association general manager David Dugucanavanua said it was pleasing to see the good turnout of clubs after the Christmas break. “It is...

Australia’s Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka series

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the test series against Sri Lanka due to a back injury, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Saturday. Jhye Richardson, uncapped at test level, has been called into the squad in place of Hazlewood, who has taken 164 wickets in 44 tests. “Josh...

19th January

Australia women’s coach Stajcic sacked five months before World Cup

(Reuters) – Australia’s preparations for the Women’s World Cup have been rocked with the sacking of coach Alen Stajcic, with Football Federation Australia (FFA) announcing his departure on Saturday. Stajcic, who took charge of the ‘Matildas’ in 2014, guided the team to the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup and the same stage at the...

Supreme Court to rule on Indian players suspended for remarks about women

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Supreme Court has been asked to decide the future of two international cricketers suspended for their comments about women in a TV show interview last week, stirring a debate over whether they were being treated too harshly. Indian cricket administrators recalled all-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul from a...

Fiji Baseball association participates in week-long baseball clinic

THE Fiji Baseball & Softball Association (FBSA) U12 and U15 players had the honour and privilege to participate in a week-long baseball clinic conducted by a former Japanese professional baseball player, Atsushi Kita. According to a press statement from the association, Kita visited Fiji from December 16-23 as part of a program of promoting and...

18th January

NBA – Heartache for Knicks as basketball steals London spotlight

LONDON (Reuters) – A game between the struggling New York Knicks and Washington Wizards would barely have registered back in the United States but transported across the Atlantic it stole the London sporting spotlight on Thursday. With none of the capital’s seven Premier League soccer clubs in action, a sell-out 19,000 crowd crammed into the...

Doping – WADA says it has recovered doping data from Moscow lab

TORONTO (Reuters) – World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) inspectors have recovered doping data from a discredited Moscow laboratory, WADA said on Thursday – a condition of its controversial decision in September to restore the accreditation of Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA). “This is a major breakthrough for clean sport,” said WADA President Craig Reedie in a statement....

Israel calls Malaysian ban on its athletes ‘shameful’

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel condemned on Thursday Malaysia’s ban on Israeli participation in international sporting events it hosts and said the decision was inspired by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s “rabid anti-Semitism”. Malaysia, a majority-Muslim country that does not maintain diplomatic relations with Israel, announced it would bar Israelis from any event in the Southeast Asia...

Weir to enter London Marathon for 20th consecutive year

(Reuters) – Six-times Paralympic champion David Weir will compete in the London Marathon wheelchair race for a 20th consecutive year in April, the organisers said on Thursday. Weir, who has won the London event on eight occasions, made his first London Marathon appearance in 2000, when he finished fifth at the age of 19. “Every...

PM Morrison indicates Australia’s support for sports in Fiji

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Scott Morrison met Minister for Employment Productivity Industry Relations and Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar at Albert Park in Suva today. The Australian PM arrived at least half an hour earlier for the 8.30am scheduled meeting. He indicated support by his government for Fiji on the sports field. Mr Morrison also assured...

Kwadjo eyes first Fiji boxing title

JOSEPH Kwadjo is aiming for his first Fijian boxing title when he faces Savenaca Naliva in the much anticipated Southern Boxing Promotion light heavyweight title fight next month. The 33-year-old, who hails from Ghana, has been fighting in Fiji and also represented the nation in the past years but this will be his first title...

Beach volleyball picks 32

FIJI beach volleyball has chosen its extended training squad of 16 men and 16 women for the Pacific Games after holding trials last weekend. Director for Fiji beach volleyball Josese Tulele said the extended squad would have a series of training sessions until the Easter Games. “We will be closely monitoring the players in terms...

Medical tests for Team Fiji athletes

FIJI Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) in its preparation for Team Fiji will begin its first medical screening of athletes this weekend. Chef de mission Patrick Bower said amid all training and preparations athletes should ensure they are medically fit at all times. “An important area of the preparation for Samoa is...

Japan’s Olympic Committee head to miss meeting – IOC

BERLIN (Reuters) – Japan’s Olympic Committee chief Tsunekazu Takeda, investigated in France for suspected corruption linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will not attend an International Olympic Committee (IOC) marketing meeting this weekend, the IOC said on Thursday. The IOC said Takeda, an IOC member and head of the Olympic body’s marketing commission, would not...

Aussie support within the Fijian sports arena

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Scott Morrison met Minister for Employment Productivity Industry Relations and Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar at Albert Park today. The Australian PM arrived at least half an hour earlier for the 8.30am scheduled meeting. He stated the support his government will provide to Fiji on the sports field. Apart from the presence...

Nishikori survives huge scare against Karlovic

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Kei Nishikori survived a huge scare against Croatian Ivo Karlovic before reaching the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 7-6(6) 5-7 5-7 7-6(7) win on Thursday. On a sweltering afternoon at Margaret Court Arena, eighth seed Nishikori appeared set to coast to victory after taking the first two sets...

Cricket – England’s Stone out of West Indies tour with back injury

(Reuters) – England fast bowler Olly Stone has been ruled out of the upcoming tour of West Indies with a back injury and will return home, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said. Stone had a scan on Wednesday and was not selected for England’s first warm-up match against Cricket West Indies President’s XI...

Finch happy with Lyon’s displays ahead of India decider

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nathan Lyon has failed to take a wicket in Australia’s ongoing one-day series against India but captain Aaron Finch is pleased with the off-spinner’s role as they head into a series-decider against India in Melbourne on Friday. The series is locked at 1-1 after India won the second game in Adelaide by...

Turkish prosecutor seeks extradition of NBA’s Kanter over Gulen links – Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish prosecutors are seeking the extradition of New York Knicks centre Enes Kanter over his links to the U.S.-based cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said. Kanter, a vocal critic of President Tayyip Erdogan, was indicted by a Turkish court last year over alleged membership...

17th January

Boxing – WBC orders Wilder v Fury rematch

(Reuters) – WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Britain’s Tyson Fury must agree to terms on a rematch by Feb. 5 or else it will be put to a purse bid with a 60-40 split in Wilder’s favour, the sanctioning body said on Wednesday. If the situation goes to a purse bid, any promoter can...

Cycling – Former sprint champion Varnish loses employment case

LONDON (Reuters) – Former European team sprint champion Jess Varnish lost her employment case against British Cycling and UK Sport in a decision published on Wednesday. The case had threatened to impact how UK Sport offers grants to British athletes in future, potentially forcing the body to introduce benefits and increased protection in the event...

Golf – Tiger set for season debut in Farmers Open at Torrey Pines

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods, who capped a dramatic comeback with his 80th PGA Tour win in September, will launch his 2019 campaign at Torrey Pines Golf Course next week, organizers of the Farmers Insurance Open said on Wednesday. Former world number one Woods has won the tournament seven times and the venue is where he...

Doping – Russian bobsleigh chief Zubkov banned for two years: IBSF

(Reuters) – Russian Bobsleigh Federation president Alexander Zubkov has been suspended from any activities related to the sport for two years for doping violations, the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) said on Wednesday. Former bobsledder Zubkov, who carried Russia’s flag at the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Games, was stripped of his two...

Australia’s top ranked players win through, salvaging local hopes

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s top-ranked male and female players, Alex de Minaur and Ashleigh Barty, won their respective second-round Australian Open matches on Wednesday, salvaging an otherwise difficult start to the tournament for the host nation’s best players. Teenager De Minaur beat qualifier Henri Laaksonen 6-4 6-2 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-3 to set up a...

Wozniacki sets up potential third-round showdown with Sharapova

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki eased past her second round opponent Johanna Larsson 6-1 6-3 in a one-sided clash at the Australian Open on Wednesday. The victory sets up the potential for an enthralling third round encounter between the Dane and Maria Sharapova, who meets Rebecca Peterson in the second round. Wozniacki, seeded...

Federer fends off British qualifier Evans to reach third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Double defending champion Roger Federer weathered a stern test from the impressive Dan Evans but wore down the British qualifier 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 6-3 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Having thrashed Denis Istomin in his Melbourne Park opener, third seed Federer encountered far stiffer resistance against the...

Fifth seed Anderson knocked out of Australian Open in four sets

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian Open fifth seed Kevin Anderson lost his second round match to Frances Tiafoe 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-5 in a major upset on the third day of the Grand Slam on Wednesday. The Wimbledon finalist took a medical time-out mid-way through the four-set match before becoming the highest ranked player to be...

Sumo – Injury-plagued grand champion Kisenosato retires

TOKYO (Reuters) – Sumo wrestling grand champion Kisenosato has retired following a third successive loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, his stable master confirmed on Wednesday. The 32-year-old was the only Japanese-born wrestler to currently hold the top rank of yokozuna. Kisenosato entered the 15-day tournament in Tokyo with his career already in...

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