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Australians continue dominance at Australian Open

Ash Barty will live out a childhood dream when she plays American Danielle Collins in the Australian Open final at Melbourne Park after a stunning 6-1 6-3 semi-final triumph over Madison Keys. Seeking to become...

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck still learning rugby

Star rugby league convert Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is still feeling like a rookie ahead of his long-awaited return to rugby union. After 10 seasons in the NRL, the former Warriors captain had joined the Blues for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season. Tuivasa-Sheck played almost 200 matches in the NRL, captained the Warriors for five seasons...

Singapore extends F1 deal

The Singapore Grand Prix will remain on the Formula One calendar until at least 2028. The event, which was cancelled for the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is set to take place on 2 October as part of a record 23-race calendar this year. It will be the first grand prix under...

Coast to Coast: Longest day and mountain run to go ahead on February 12

The Coast to Coast has avoided the ever-growing list of major events relegated to the scrapheap in the aftermath of New Zealand’s latest move to fight COVID-19 pandemic. Having canned the two-day race on Monday after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moved the country to the red traffic light setting, organisers confirmed the one-day race, and the mountain run,...

Unwanted in Australia, Novak Djokovic will return to action in Dubai

Novak Djokovic may have been deported and missed the chance to defend his Australian Open crown – but the world No 1 can expect a much warmer reception when he makes his return to action in Dubai next month. Djokovic’s headline place in the star-studded field for the Dubai Tennis Championships has been confirmed by the...

ON Luge at the Beijing Olympics

Jan 27 (Reuters) – Focus on the luge events at the Beijing Olympics. THE ABSOLUTE BASICS *The fastest sport in the Olympics, a single rider goes feet-first and face-up, steering themselves down a special track with their calf muscles and shoulders down, at speeds of more than 130 kilometres an hour. *There are four disciplines,...

Bobsleigh-Germany chase dominance, monobob makes debut in Beijing

SHENZHEN, China, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The Winter Olympics slide events are guaranteed to bring drama. Indeed, the final of the two-man bobsleigh in Pyeongchang four years ago was so dramatic that four men took gold. Canada’s Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz rocketed over the finish line in three minutes 16.86 seconds – exactly matching...

USMNT ‘ready to go’ for critical World Cup qualifying window

Jan 26 (Reuters) – U.S. men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter said on Wednesday he is not putting any added pressure on his team for the penultimate three-game World Cup qualifying window where they could move closer toward securing a spot in Qatar. While the upcoming window includes two critical home dates for the...

Olympics Climate change threatens Winter Olympics and future snow sports -research

BEIJING, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Climate change is threatening the Winter Olympics and the future of snow sports by making conditions much more dangerous for athletes and participants, experts warned in a report published a week before the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. The Games, which start on Feb 4, will be the first Winter...

27th January

Futsal IDC on TV

THE no spectators policy will not affect football lovers as the Fiji Football Association sealed a deal to take the sport to the comfort of their homes. Fiji FA and Fijian Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) have agreed to air live the 2021 Digicel Futsal Inter District (IDC) Championship at the Vodafone Arena in Laucala Bay. The competition starts today. Fiji FA’s competitions manager Amitesh Pal...

Big guns move through to final four

Russian Daniil Medvedev said he had “zero confidence” when he trailed Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime by two sets in their Australian Open quarter-final yet somehow found a way to claim victory in a Rod Laver Arena classic. The 25-year-old world number two was being outplayed by a majestic Auger-Aliassime and looked to be running out of...

Olympics China’s Xi meets with IOC’s Bach in Beijing ahead of Games

BEIJING, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Tuesday, just over a week before the start of the Winter Games, in a rare in-person encounter with a foreign visitor during the pandemic. Xi, who has not left China since COVID-19 first emerged, wore a...

NFL to host COVID-19 vaccination site in run-up to LA Super Bowl

LOS ANGELES, Jan 25 (Reuters) – The NFL and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health on Tuesday announced they will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Los Angeles Convention Center in the run-up to the Feb. 13 Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium. The clinic will be on the site of the Super Bowl...

Rahm eager for return to stomping ground at Torrey Pines

Jan 25 (Reuters) – World number one Jon Rahm said on Tuesday he is eager to return to one of his most successful venues for this week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines where at last year’s U.S. Open the Spaniard secured his first career major triumph. The picturesque venue in San Diego is Rahm’s...

Thomas says he has no complaints about easy courses

Jan 25 (Reuters) – Justin Thomas on Tuesday weighed into the debate over whether some courses on the PGA Tour are challenging enough, saying weather conditions are the biggest factor in scoring, not decisions made by tournament officials. World number one Jon Rahm raised eyebrows last week when he lambasted the setup at the La...

26th January

Former Tour de France winner Egan Bernal still in intensive care after crash

Former Tour de France champion Egan Bernal remained in intensive care in Colombia after undergoing what his team described as “two successful surgeries.” The 2019 Tour champion from Colombia, where he is a beloved celebrity, collided with a bus parked on the shoulder of a road outside Bogota on Monday morning while training with his team Ineos...

Super Rugby: Caleb Clarke sidesteps setbacks to rediscover his love for the game

After a brutal 2021, star Blues wing Caleb Clarke is just looking to rediscover his love of rugby again – and has a new best mate, and a few dropped kilos, to help nudge him in that direction. The 22-year-old who was the All Blacks’ find of 2020, but dedicated an ill-fated 2021 season to...

Small crowd allowed for Super Smash grand finals in Hamilton on Saturday

A small crowd will be able to attend the Super Smash grand finals on Saturday, but no tickets are for sale for Thursday’s elimination finals. With New Zealand in a red setting Covid-19 Protection Framework, the opportunity for crowds at sporting events has been severely restricted. However, a limited number of tickets have been put...

Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios gives racquet to young fan after hitting him with a ball

Colourful Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has been hailed for giving his racquet to a nine-year-old fan he accidentally hit with a ball. The act came during Kygrios and Thanasi Kokkinakis’ men’s doubles quarterfinal win over Kiwi Michael Venus and Tim Puetz at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday. Australian news reports said that...

Medvedev faces Auger-Aliassime in Australian Open quarters

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev will battle Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday as he looks to capitalise on the absence of world number one Novak Djokovic and win his second Grand Slam title. Medvedev, runner-up to Djokovic last year in Melbourne, beat Auger-Aliassime in the...

Shapovalov claims Nadal gets preferential treatment from umpires

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Denis Shapovalov said his Australian Open quarter-final opponent Rafa Nadal “100%” receives preferential treatment from officials and benefited from favouritism during the Spaniard’s five-set victory on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Shapovalov, making his first appearance in the last eight in Melbourne, rallied from two sets down to level against Nadal before the Spaniard...

Olympics-At Beijing Games, hugs discouraged but condoms available

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing Olympics organisers are keeping up with the tradition of making condoms available to athletes, despite detailed social distancing guidelines intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 within the “closed loop” in which the Games will take place. “All Olympic-related units will provide appropriate quantities of condoms for free at the appropriate...

Nadal survives Shapovalov scare to keep record bid intact

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Rafa Nadal drew within two wins of a record 21st Grand Slam title on Tuesday after claiming a five-set thriller against Denis Shapovalov to grind into the Australian Open semi-finals for a seventh time. On a steamy afternoon at Rod Laver Arena, Nadal suffered a huge scare as Shapovalov roared back from two...

Imperious Barty marches on to Australian Open semis

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Shortly after booking a spot in an Australian Open semi-final for the second time, Ash Barty was on the phone to a close friend who had just achieved something even more remarkable on Tuesday night. The reigning Wimbledon champion was on the verge of defeating Jessica Pegula 6-2 6-0 when Dylan Alcott was...

25th January

Olympics-Taiwan says no officials will go to Beijing Winter Games

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan will not send any officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics but its athletes will attend as normal, the government said on Tuesday, adding a call for China not to use politics to “interfere” with the event or “belittle” the island. Taiwan competes in most sporting events including the Olympics as “Chinese...

Olympics-Putin backs China in rejecting Olympic diplomatic boycott

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia and China shared common values and that both rejected the diplomatic boycott by some Western countries of the 2022 Winter Olympics that open in Beijing on Feb. 4. The United States, Canada, Australia and Britain have announced they will not send any state officials...

Warner and Marsh rested, Hazlewood returns to Australia T20 squad

(Reuters) – Cricket Australia (CA) said on Tuesday opener David Warner and all-rounder Mitch Marsh will be rested for the five-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka next month to prepare for the upcoming tour of Pakistan. The 16-man squad includes five players — Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood —...

Gymnastics-Sydney Olympics rings champion Csollany dead at 51

(Reuters) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci led the tributes to 2000 Sydney Olympics rings champion Szilveszter Csollany, who died on Monday aged 51. Hungarian media said he had been hospitalised in December due to COVID-19 and had spent weeks on a ventilator. “The Olympic champion gymnast achieved outstanding results...

Comeback kid Keys storms into Australian Open semi-finals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Having wallowed in a “deep, dark pit of despair” last season, Madison Keys booked her first Grand Slam semi-final spot in four years on Tuesday with a 6-3 6-2 upset of Barbora Krejcikova at the Australian Open. Keys’ renaissance after a dismal 2021 season has lit up Melbourne Park this year, and at...

Ngannou out-wrestles Gane to retain heavyweight crown

Jan 23 (Reuters) – Francis Ngannou out-grappled Cyril Gane at UFC 270 in Anaheim, California on Saturday night to retain his UFC heavyweight crown before wrestling with questions about his future amid a feud with the promotion over his contract. Famed for his frightening knockout power, the Senegalese fighter changed tack to deal with the...

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