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Premier League start date too early for Chelsea, Lampard says

(Reuters) – Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says starting the new Premier League season on Sept. 12 is too early and his players run the risk of sustaining injuries given the short turnaround between campaigns. Chelsea...

Hamilton takes record seventh British GP win on three wheels

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton limped to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory with his heart in mouth and a prayer on his lips after a dramatic last-lap puncture turned his Mercedes into a three-wheeler on Sunday. In an astonishing end to a race he had dominated from pole position, the six-times world...

Lewis stumbles late in Memphis but gains confidence for PGA Championship

(Reuters) – England’s Tom Lewis was three clean holes away from staking a claim for an unlikely victory at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis on Sunday but ultimately fell agonisingly short. The 29-year-old, who had produced a course record-equalling nine-under-par 61 at TPC Southwind on Saturday, jumped into contention after carding five birdies...

NRL to reduce Storm crowd size, basketball players test positive

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s National Rugby League have cut crowd numbers for the Melbourne Storm’s next match amid concerns social distancing protocols were not being followed, while 12 members of a Melbourne basketball team have tested positive for COVID-19. Television images from Storm’s game on Sunday against Newcastle on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast showed a packed...

Rugby league: Folau remains standing as team mates kneel for Black Lives Matter

(Reuters) – Israel Folau’s decision not to kneel down with his team mates before Sunday’s Super League match between his Catalan Dragons and St Helens was a “personal choice”, his coach Steve McNamara said. The former Australia rugby union international remained standing as other players and match officials “took a knee” at the Headingley ground...

Lee reigns at Maciu Malo memorial golf tournament

Fiji’s newest annual golf tournament organised by Lautoka Golf Club was a big hit on the weekend. It recorded a big turnout with one of Fiji’s best golfers, Sam Lee winning the one-day event which was to help the family of the late The Fiji Times journalist, Maciu malo. Lee won the professional division during...

Drudru stars in Ba’s league win

Striker Samuela Drudru proved to be the hero for Ba scoring a brace in the 3-1 victory against Suva in the Vodafone Premier League at the Fiji Football Academy Ground in Namosau on the weekend. As a result the Men in Black moved to second place on the VPL points table with 15 points one...

Lakeba wins Battle of the Vanua Championship

The Lakeba Cricket Association team was crowned the Battle of the Vanua Championship winner after beating Ono during their Cricket Fiji T10 face-off over the weekend at Albert Park in Suva. Lakeba overcame Ono’s 53 runs in 10 overs taking the win with a score of 56 runs in seven overs with three wickets. “It...

Dave Rennie warns Joseph Suaalii suitors of obligation to ‘look after’ teen ace

SYDNEY, 03 AUGUST 2020 (SMH)—Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has sounded a cautionary note on the future of teen sensation Joseph Suaalii, warning both rugby codes that signing a 16-year-old is a promise to look after him. Rugby Australia and South Sydney are still awaiting Suaalii’s decision on whether he will take a four-year, $2 million...

Commonwealth Games Wales chief executive confident of success at Birmingham 2022

BIRMIMGHAM, 03 AUGUST 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES)—Commonwealth Games Wales chief executive Chris Jenkins revealed he was confident the country would be successful at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The next edition of the Commonwealth Games is now two years away, but preparations for the multi-sport competition have been hindered by the coronavirus pandemic. Athletes...

Fiji football captain Krishna guest of honour as FASANOC resumes outreach programme

SUVA, 03 AUGUST 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES)—The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee’s (FASANOC) Voices of the Athletes (VOA) programme held an outreach initiative with young footballers as it swung back into action after a three-month break triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. During an International Youth Football Academy Futsal tournament held at the...

Skipper Cup: Naitasiri lead points table

Naitasiri rugby team currently leads the points table after the second round of the Skipper Cup competition. They lead with nine points, Farebrother Sullivan Trophy holders Namosi at second place with eight points while Nadroga, Suva and Tailevu share five points. However due to points differences, the Stallions are ranked third and the capital side...

Semi Radradra has come a long way in becoming rugby’s golden wonder

LONDON, 03 AUGUST 2020 (THE DAILY MAIL UK)—It was a single photograph capturing Semi Radradra’s meteoric stride that brought him to the attention of rugby’s top scouts. The image marked the beginning of a transition from a very different life. At the time, Radradra had been working down the Vatukoula gold mines in Fiji. Workers...

Gymnasts laid complaints about alleged abuse

Gymnastics New Zealand prevented Olympic hopefuls from competing for months after the athletes raised concerns about an allegedly abusive coach at a 2018 training camp. Multiple gymnasts and coaches individually laid complaints with Gymnastics New Zealand (GNZ) about the actions of a coach brought in from the USA for an international training camp, RNZ understands....

Dan Carter recognises ‘old-man calves’ may prevent Blues appearance

Dan Carter has conceded he might not appear for the Blues at all in Super Rugby Aotearoa, with the side only having one more game remaining in domestic competition. The 112-test former All Blacks first five, 38, signed for the Blues as injury cover and had been pencilled in on their bench for a 18 July match...

Mystics upset Pulse in ANZ Premiership

The Northern Mystics have ended the Central Pulse’s 10-game winning streak in this season’s ANZ Premiership with a 44-42 victory in Porirua on Sunday night. The Mystics outscored the hosts 14-7 in the final period to secure the crucial win as they keep their sights set on a grand final berth and their two-goal victory...

Blues keep Super Rugby Aotearoa title race alive

Finlay Christie scored an early try in each half as the Blues beat the Highlanders 32-21 in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Dunedin on Sunday to keep the race for the domestic title still alive. The Blues’ victory moved them to 22 points, two behind the table-topping Crusaders. Leon Macdonald’s side, however, have just...

Pacers rally to defeat 76ers behind Warren’s career-high 53

T.J. Warren scored a career-high 53 points to lead the Indiana Pacers past the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 127-121 on Saturday near Orlando. Warren was 20-of-29 from the field, including 9-of-12 from beyond the 3-point arc. Warren’s previous career-high was 40. Aaron Holiday had 15 points and 10 assists and Victor Oladipo added 15 points for...

Todd hangs on to lead headed into final round in Memphis

(Reuters) – Brendon Todd held on to the lead at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Saturday, despite an uneven third round that saw him hit four bogeys and five birdies to finish the day at a one-under par 69. Todd, who sunk a 22-foot putt for a birdie on eight, said he was...

Players focus on scoring and fighting not protests as NHL returns

TORONTO (Reuters) – There were goals and fights but no spectators or protests as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday and the National Hockey League delivered a businesslike relaunch of its coronavirus-hit season. The first game since the COVID-19 pandemic halted play on March 11 got off to an explosive...

Coronavirus rattling league as possible cases force more delays

(Reuters) – Major League Baseball (MLB) postponed Saturday’s game and Sunday’s double-header between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers after initial rapid tests showed another player and “multiple” staff on the Cardinals may have COVID-19. MLB is scrambling to keep its coronavirus-shortened season on track after numerous games were postponed due to positive test...

2nd August

Nadi prefers underdog status at giants battle

The Nadi football team prefers to be tagged as the underdogs during the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants tournament. “We have lost four games during the VPL which means that we will not be taking any team lightly. We will take one game at a time and see how it goes during the pool...

Suva digs deep to beat Yasawa

Champions Suva had to fight tooth and nail to down a spirited Yasawa side 10-3 in their Skipper Cup clash at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. The champions only managed to score two unconverted tries in each half while the Yasawa side’s points came through the boots of national 7s star Napolioni Ratu in...

Naitasiri wins to retain cup lead

Naitasiri proved too strong after beating Jack’s Nadi 23-8 in their Skipper Cup clash at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. Naitaisiri coach Ilaitia Tuisese Jr said they were unlucky not to have come away with a bonus point, but were happy for the win. We got that “W” and a big squad and still...

Assault-accused Wellington rugby player allowed back on field

A Wellington rugby player up in court on assault charges has been allowed back on the field while the two players he is accused of attacking are still suffering and unable to play. The Tawa player – charged with assault with intent to injure two Pōneke players – was given interim name suppression when he...

Lawrence Dallaglio rates Richie McCaw world’s greatest openside flanker

England’s World Cup winning backrower Lawrence Dallaglio has rated Richie McCaw’s the world’s greatest openside flanker ahead of All Blacks predecessor Michael Jones. The Kiwi pair topped Dallaglio’s list of the 10 top No 7s in world rugby in a feature series in The Times. Former England flyhalf Stuart Barnes also selected McCaw as his...

James Lowe, the New Zealand rugby star who could play against the All Blacks

Like many kids growing up in New Zealand, James Lowe wanted to become an All Black. He never considered the prospect of playing against them for another country. And yet, Lowe is set to realise his dream of playing international rugby later this year. But not be his country of birth. The former Chiefs and...

Aubameyang double helps Arsenal beat Chelsea for 14th FA Cup trophy

(Reuters) – Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to help his side secure a 2-1 win over 10-man Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday for a record-extending 14th crown in the competition – and a spot in next season’s Europa League. Victory at an empty Wembley Stadium earned Mikel Arteta his first trophy...

Fournier helps Magic cruise past Nets

The Orlando Magic turned a close game into a rout by scoring nine unanswered points late in the second quarter Friday afternoon, and went on to beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-118 in the first game of the NBA’s restart for both teams near Orlando. Evan Fournier had 24 points while Aaron Gordon posted a double-double...

Tennis: Kenin ready for career restart after COVID-19 disruption

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The COVID-19 shutdown could not have come at a worse time for Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin but the American says she has made full use of the mini off-season and is raring to go when the professional circuit restarts next month. The 21-year-old lifted her first Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne...

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