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Laucala hosts Fiji’s annual university games today

TERTIARY institutes from all around the country will converge on the University of the South Pacific today for the annual Fiji University Sports Association Games. FUSA general secretary and USP Sports coordinator Gabriel Qoro is...

No mountain too high for improving Liverpool – Klopp

(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp believes his players have proved there is “no mountain they cannot climb” after stepping up a level to clinch a dramatic victory over Paris St Germain at Anfield. Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino struck a stoppage time winner as the Merseyside club beat PSG 3-2 in a thrilling Champions League...

Juve’s Costa gets four-match suspension for spitting

(Reuters) – Juventus winger Douglas Costa has been suspended for four Serie A matches after spitting at Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco during Sunday’s game, the Italian league has said. Costa escaped with a booking for elbowing and head-butting Di Francesco, but was sent off after cameras caught him spitting at the same player in another...

Liverpool manager Klopp hails Sturridge’s impressive return

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool career seemed to be heading for a premature end last season but the striker showed on Tuesday he may yet have an important role after taking his chance during a rare start in the Champions League win over Paris St Germain. Brazilian Roberto Firmino was left on the...

FNRL seeks sponsorship for zone competitions

THE Fiji National Rugby League is in the process of seeking sponsorship for its zone competitions from 2019-2021. FNRL executive chairperson Peni Musunamasi said they were holding talks with potential sponsors and hopefully something would materialise soon. Meanwhile, the FNRL will not have any zone competition this year. “As much as we want to, but...

ANZ Stadium to host major local football tourney

SUVA’S ANZ Stadium will host its first major local football tournament next month after a lapse of four years. The last time a football tournament was held in the capital was in 2014 (IDC). Eight Premier and eight Senior district teams will take part at next month’s Courts Inter District Championship. In 2014, Suva played...

Inter strike two late goals to sink Tottenham

MILAN (Reuters) – Inter Milan staged a late smash-and-grab raid as goals by Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino secured a 2-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday. Spurs appeared to have delivered the perfect response to their stuttering domestic form as they led through Christian Eriksen’s deflected...

Umpire who gave pep talk to Kyrgios at U.S. Open suspended by ATP

(Reuters) – The Swedish chair umpire who gave a pep talk to Australian Nick Kyrgios during a U.S. Open match this year has been suspended without pay for two weeks, the ATP Tour said on Tuesday. Mohamed Lahyani got down from his chair to offer some words of encouragement to Kyrgios, who was a set...

Fiji bows out of OFC U16 championship

THE Vodafone Fiji U16 side has bowed out of the OFC Under-16 Championship in the Solomon Islands going down 3-1 to the hosts in the semi-finals today. The hosts scored the opening goal in the first minute through Charles Mani. Mani scored his team’s second goal in the 29th minute. Nikhi Pillay pulled one back...

U.S. judge dismisses concussions lawsuits against World Wrestling

(Reuters) – A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits by dozens of former professional wrestlers who accused World Wrestling Entertainment Inc of failing to protect them from concussions and other head trauma, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Many claims filed on behalf of 53 wrestlers like Joseph “Road Warrior Animal” Laurinaitis and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka were...

Nasinu foots 11 applications in present transfer window

THE Nasinu football side has so far made 11 applications in the current player transfer window. The applications include four players from Rewa, two each from Lautoka and Lami, and one each from Navua, Taveuni and Suva. Rewa’s Savenaca Baleidrokadroka, Mohammed Naizal, Charlie Benjamin and Anushil Prasad, Lautoka’s Leisari Qalica and Arami Manumanubai, Lami’s Isikeli...

Asco boosts Fiji Paralympic’s preparation for Tokyo 2020 games

THE Fiji Paralympic committee received a major boost from Asco motors on their preparation towards the 2020 Paralympics game, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan. With a sum of close to $30,000, the sponsorship will assist the paralympic committee in development programs and their preparation towards the 2020 Paralympics games. Fiji Paralympics committee executive...

OFC U16 Championship: Fiji trails Solomon Is at half-time

THE Vodafone Fiji U16 side trails Solomon Islands 2-1 at half-time in the semi-final of the OFC U16 Championship. The hosts scored the opening goal in the first minute through Charles Mani. Mani scored his team’s second goal in the 29th minute. Nikhi Pillay pulled one back for Fiji in injury time. The winner of...

Drua to rectify mistakes

SECOND placed Fiji Airways Drua targets another win this weekend in its National Rugby Championship round four match against the seventh placed Sydney Rays at Lennox Heads, NSW, Australia on Sunday. Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the lessons learnt from last weekend will be the driving force towards their next match in the 2018 National...

Crucial game for under-16

The Fiji football under-16 team needs to win its next game against the Solomon Islands if they are to qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup next year. The Fijian boys will meet the hosts in the first semi-final of the under-16 OFC championship today at 11am while New Zealand will take on Tahiti in...

Tovata braces for tough challenge

THE new Ram Sami Nasinu Rugby Union weekly challenge champion Tovata is expected to face a tough battle when they face challengers Nadera this weekend. Tovata defeated former champion Tacirua 15-5 in a tough encounter last weekend at the St Marcellin Primary School ground in Vatuwaqa. It was the opening challenge of the season. Former...

Coach challenges players

FIJI under-16 rugby coach Masi Saqanavere wants his players to switch on as the U16 squad marched into camp in Suva yesterday. “Once you put that jersey on, you have to switch on; it’s a different level altogether,” Saqanavere said. “I understand they are still young but they are now ambassadors representing Fiji.” After a...

NRC: Drua focuses on lessons from loss

THE Fiji Airways Drua has taken what they can from last weekend’s loss to Queensland Country in the third round of the National Rugby Championship. Fiji Airways coach Senirusi Seruvakula has reviewed last weekend’s 57-22 loss to QLD Country and is now looking to rectify areas that the Drua were found wanting. “We have to...

NRC: Drua gear up for Sydney Rays clash

SECOND placed Fiji Airways Drua have let bygones be bygones as they now look to their round four match against the seventh placed Sydney Rays this Sunday. Drua head coach Senirusi Seruvakula said the lessons learned from last weekend would be the driving force towards their next match in the National Rugby Championship. “We did...

Time to switch on, Fiji U16 rugby team told

FIJI Under 16 rugby coach Masi Saqanavere conveyed to his players it was time to switch on as the squad marched into camp yesterday. “Once you put that jersey on, you have to switch on; it’s a different level altogether. I understand that they are still young but also that they are ambassadors and they...

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