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25th September

MLB to experiment with pre-tacked baseballs at Triple A

Major League Baseball will be experimenting with pre-tacked baseballs at a “handful” of Triple-A games over the final 1 ½ weeks of the minor league season. MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Morgan Sword...

Sabres strip captain title from Jack Eichel

The Buffalo Sabres stripped Jack Eichel of his captaincy after he failed a physical following his arrival to camp on Wednesday. Eichel, 24, was named captain in 2018 but has been at odds with the team over treatment for a herniated disk in his neck suffered in March. Following a 12-week period of rest and...

Miami given May 8 date for debut F1 race

Miami has been given a May 8 date for the city’s first Formula One race around the Hard Rock Stadium next year, organisers said on Thursday. “There has been tremendous enthusiasm and anticipation for this event, and we’re happy to be able to announce the date so that people can start planning for it,” said...

Rahm and Garcia to spearhead Europe Ryder Cup defence

World number one Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were chosen on Thursday to spearhead Europe’s Ryder Cup defence with captain Padraig Harrington sending out the Spanish duo in the opening foursomes to face Americans Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. In a clear indication Europe will try to grab the early momentum, Harrington turned to two...

24th September

Wallabies to front Pumas in round 5

It’s hard to believe that the 2021 Rugby Championship is almost coming to an end. Fans have seen four weeks of exciting, enterprising and bruising rugby. This weekend on Saturday night in Queensland, fans will see the penultimate round of matches, and although the All Blacks are running away with the Rugby Championship trophy, there...

Vaccination limbo: FNRL boss raises concern

The acting chief executive officer of Fiji National Rugby League is scratching his head albeit with both hands at the total lack of apathy on the part of affiliated clubs to the mandatory vaccination exercise. Don Natabe said it was disappointing to note a huge number of football players showing immense disregard of Government directives...

Kikau likely to stay with Panthers

Penrith’s chief executive officer Brian Fletcher is confident the Panthers will be able to secure the services of star Fijian Viliame Kikau into the next season. “We’re very confident that we will be able to come to an agreement with his management and have him on the roster for another three or four years as...

Fijian Drua selection excites tough flanker

Powerful loose-man Nemani Nagusa is excited for what the future holds returning to the limelight as one of the first five players signed on for the Fijian Drua 2022 Super Rugby campaign. “It is the first Fijian side to ever compete in Super Rugby, and I feel very humbled and privledged to be named in...

Drua ‘make do’ with available players

The main challenge facing the Fijian Drua selection panel currently is the time frame for signing up players which only started two weeks ago. As a result a few players targeted by the Fijian Drua slipped through the net signing up contracts overseas. Fiji Rugby general manager high performance Simon Raiwalui revealed that they have...

Mick Byrne is new Fijian Drua coach

Mick Byrne has been confirmed as the new Fijian Drua Head coach. The announcement was made by the Fiji Rugby Union this afternoon. Byrne was the skills coach with the New Zealand men’s rugby union team that won the World Cup in 2011 and 2015. He was appointed as kicking coach for the Australian rugby...

Former All Blacks flanker Waka Nathan dies aged 81

Waka Nathan, a star loose forward for the All Blacks in the 1960s, has died aged 81. Nathan, who suffered from dementia in his later years, was nicknamed the Black Panther and played 14 tests for New Zealand, never being on the losing side. He made his All Blacks debut in 1962 on a tour...

England cricket family likely to be allowed into Australia

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to help ease strict quarantine rules to allow the families of England’s cricketers to tour with the players during the upcoming Ashes series. England players are seeking assurances their family members will be allowed to join them in Australia during the five-test series...

UEFA doubles prize money for women’s Euro

UEFA has doubled its prize fund for the 2022 Women’s European Championship to $27 million with increased guaranteed payments for the 16 qualified teams. European football’s governing body said in a statement that it had also approved the introduction of a programme which will see teams that release players for the Euros rewarded with payouts...

Ronaldo tops rich list

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reclaimed top spot in the list of the world’s highest-paid soccer players from Lionel Messi, according to Forbes. Ronaldo rejoined United from Juventus in August after 12 years away, while Messi has swapped boyhood club Barcelona to join Paris St Germain. Forbes said Ronaldo, among the world’s most popular...

Fiji FA hopeful as nearly 90% footballers fully vaccinated

The Fiji Football Association is hopeful that football will once again be played in the country soon. Fiji FA Competitions Manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed nearly 90% of the Digicel Premier League League players and officials are fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus. He added that 100% of players and officials of the Digicel Premier League,...

World Rugby suggests maximum 15 minutes of full contact training per week for elite players

World Rugby are suggesting elite players have a maximum 15 minutes of full contact training per week as part of new guidance aimed at improving player welfare. The global governing body has issued the “contact training load” guidance after consultation with nearly 600 players from 18 elite competitions around the world. World Rugby estimates that...

23rd September

Fake vax cards – Players found guilty to face the music

Two prominent Fijian football players are among those who have submitted fake vaccination cards to the Fiji Football Association. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said they managed to detect the fake cards through an examination of their own database on players. “This is a very serious issue for us. We have sent the...

‘Best in the world’

Marika Koroibete has been labelled as the current “best winger in the world.” Two of Australia’s rugby pundits have given the five-star rating for the Namosi native and former Nasinu Secondary School student after his outstanding performance in the Bledisloe Tests and the Rugby Championship. They are Rugby Australia director of rugby Scott Johnson and...

Ratave hits headlines

Namosi winger Onisi Ratave is dubbed as the player to watch for the Fijian Drua in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition. Ratave has been hitting the headlines in New Zealand after his blockbusting performances for Bay of Plenty in the Bunnings National Provincial Championship. The 29-year-old was part of the extended Fiji 7s training...

Drua set-up

The Fijian Drua set-up will entice Fijian players playing in Europe to return and play in a professional competition which is closer to home. The Fijian Drua is set to sail next year competing in the Super Rugby Pacific competition. Former Fiji captain and Fiji Rugby general manager high performance Simon Raiwalui said what the...

FRU offer to extend Baber’s 7s contract

The Fiji Rugby Union has offered to extend Fiji 7s head coach Gareth Baber’s contract for another three years. Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said the board had endorsed the Welshman’s contract to be extended until the 2024 Paris Olympics, however, pending Baber’s consent. “The FRU board has endorsed an extension of Gareth’s contract...

USOPC will require COVID-19 vaccine for all U.S. athletes at Beijing Games

Sept 22 (Reuters) – The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee on Wednesday said all American athletes hoping to compete at the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “Effective Nov. 1, 2021, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee will require all USOPC staff, athletes and those utilizing USOPC facilities –...

Osaka confirms withdrawal from Indian Wells

Sept 22 (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka, who said at the U.S. Open that she planned to take a break from tennis, has officially pulled out of next month’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The four-time Grand Slam champion fell in the third round of the year’s final major and afterwards told reporters she needed...

Pakistan says threat to NZ cricketers originated in India

Pakistan has accused an unnamed individual in India of sending threatening emails that caused New Zealand to abandon its cricket tour in the country. New Zealand scrapped its tour to Pakistan moments before the start of the first one-day international in Rawalpindi last Friday, citing a specific threat to its cricket team. New Zealand did not...

Springboks vow to play to their DNA against All Blacks

The Springboks are promising to return to their methodical game against the All Blacks, believing they have strayed away from their “soul” in their two losses to the Wallabies. South Africa and New Zealand meet for the 100th time in the Rugby Championship test in Townsville on Saturday. Heavily criticised for a boring but successful...

England crush Silver Ferns to set up decider

England have set up a Taini Jamison Trophy series decider after a crucial game two victory over the Silver Ferns. A second half surge powered the Roses to an emphatic 55-45 win on Wednesday at Christchurch Arena, setting up a winner-takes-all game three on Friday at the same venue. This was a timely win for...

22nd September

Deal for 20 – Drua squad to camp in Australia from November 1

The Fijian Drua Super Rugby franchise has signed up 20 players out of its targeted 37-member squad for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition. This was revealed on Monday after the announcement of its first five pioneers in Fiji’s first attempt at the annual international rugby tournament. The five are Olympics gold medallist Napolioni Bolaca,...

$500k for Team Fiji

The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) chief executive officer, Lorraine Mar expects that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, both the financial and logistical arrangements for Team Fiji’s preparations and participation at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be severely impacted. The Fiji National Sports Commission recently informed FASANOC of...

Judo prepares early for 2024 Olympic Games

The Fiji Judo Association has started preparation for the 2024 Olympics and has identified areas that it will have to improve on to be competitive at the highest level. Association secretary Josateki Naulu said the Tokyo Olympics was very tough from a performance perspective for its athlete Tevita Takayawa. “We were ranked outside the Top...

Star shows for Fiji golf

The Fiji Professional Golfers Association (Fiji PGA) is set to resume its 2021 season with a bang staging three major tournaments at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club course in Nadi. With the resumption of sporting activities expected to be given the green light next month, the Fiji PGA plans to complete its Tour Order...

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