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Suva vs Labasa CVC match postponed

The Pillay Garments Champion vs Champion Series between Suva and Standard Hire Labasa has been postponed. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirmed that due to the adverse weather condition the CVC series has...

Club to host build-up to championship

The Ba Golf Club will host an 18 holes stroke event at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai Course this Sunday as a build-up to the 50th RC Manubhai Ba Open Championship next weekend. Fiji number one Abid Hussain of Nadi is the hot favourite for the amateur title at the Ba Open while Amitesh Chandra...

2021 VPL: Blues aim for top finish

Lautoka is aiming for a top finish in the 2021 Vodafone Premier League after a dismal performance last season. The Blues have secured the services of Tagi Vonolagi as head coach and roped in the likes of Misiwani Nairube (Ba), Benaminio Mateinaqara (Suva) and Afraz Ali (Nadi) to boost its squad. Lautoka defeated Ba 5-2...

Super Rugby: Sneak peak at new jerseys as horror clashes get boot

The five Super Rugby franchises are set to unveil another new set of ‘away’ jerseys as last year’s blue/grey colour scheme is ditched following one of sport’s worst-ever jersey clashes. The Highlanders’ and Bulls’ jerseys in Pretoria last year were so similar that the home side had to change outfits at half-time, while fans also...

England sweep Sri Lanka in test series

England completed a 2-0 series victory over Sri Lanka, winning the second test by six wickets with a day to spare. Set a target of 164, England lost four wickets for 89 runs, but an unbroken 75-run stand for the fifth wicket by Jos Buttler (46) and Dom Sibley (56) finished it off. Sibley only...

Changes loom in Tailevu

New executives are expected to join and enhance Tailevu Rugby Union this year. Union secretary Josefa Turaganivalu revealed this after the TRU meeting on Saturday in Nausori. “We expect to have a new committee this season,” Turaganivalu said. He said TRU would be having its annual general meeting on February 20 to finalise its 2021...

Veteran Singh and Hussain lead top Ba golf race

Veteran Rajen Singh will defend the 50th RC Manubhai-sponsored Ba Open Golf Championship at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai course from February 6-7. The 62-year-old won the 49th edition of the tournament in 2019 after carding five over par in the 36 holes event. He will face stiff competition from Fiji’s leading amateur player, Abid...

New bowlers shine in Suva event

The Rewa Trips second club bowling competition kicked off with new players showing their skills on the greens of the Suva Bowling Club on the weekend. Club assistant manager Astral Smith said the new players stood out during the competition. “This is the second club game to take place this year and the talents coming...

Vesida wins, volleyball intensifies

The Vesida volleyball team defeated Nepani One team three sets to one in the Saioni Volleyball Association Open Knockout tournament on Saturday. The match was among the highlights of the tournament on the weekend. Association vice-president Ma’ake Tabua said the competition had intensified in the past weeks. “The games continued because our players insisted that...

25th January

Cricket challenge chance after big win

The South Canterbury senior men’s cricket team are in with a chance of a Hawke Cup challenge after a successful trip to Alexandra. A seven wicket outright win over Otago Country at the weekend has lifted them to the top of Hawke Cup Zone 4 table. One zone match remains and only North Otago are...

Phoenix still searching for first win

Wellington Phoenix remain winless in 2021 after slumping to a toothless 2-1 defeat to wooden spoon favourites, the Newcastle Jets. The Phoenix dominated the shot count at WIN Stadium in Wollongong on Sunday but conceded twice after being hit on the counter attack. “It was a frustrating night,” coach Ufuk Talay said. “We had [23]...

Why Australian Open champions will take a $1.4 million hit

This year’s Australian Open champions will take home much smaller pay cheques than last year following a redistribution of prizemoney designed to protect some of the tour’s battlers from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The prize pool for other events, including next week’s ATP Cup, are also copping a hit as winnings are linked to...

Manchester United knock out Liverpool in FA Cup thriller

A scream from Andy Robertson was a forlorn attempt to distract Mason Greenwood beginning Manchester United’s comeback. The defender won’t be the only one shrieking at Liverpool after going out of the FA Cup. Not that everything went wrong for Liverpool at Old Trafford, with Mohamed Salah scoring twice. The Liverpool striker’s opener was cancelled...

‘England vs America’: The friendly war that unites a Tokelau atoll

Dawn had barely broken over Nukunonu, the roosters were crowing, and the church bells were ringing. Already, the island was electric, the excitement growing. It was another day of war in Tokelau. Well, that’s how some locals described it. It was Egelani vs Amelika (England vs America), the atoll’s two cricket teams. Cricket is the...

24th January

Nine active cases of COVID-19 in Australian Open quarantine: officials

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – One case of COVID-19 among those in quarantine ahead of the Australian Open has been reclassified, local health officials said on Sunday, leaving nine active cases in the group of players and support staff isolating in Melbourne hotels. Health officials previously said they were investigating some positive tests for evidence of “viral...

Klopp says Burnley shock can spark Liverpool turnaround

(Reuters) – Liverpool hit a new low in Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Burnley, extending their winless Premier League run to five matches, but manager Juergen Klopp has backed his team to rediscover their ruthless streak. Liverpool are fourth with 34 points at the halfway stage of the league campaign, six points behind leaders Manchester United...

Arsenal unsure if Aubameyang available for Southampton

(Reuters) – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he is unsure if skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be available for their Premier League trip to Southampton on Tuesday as the Gabon international striker deals with a personal matter. Aubameyang missed Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat by Southampton which knocked the holders out of the competition. Arteta...

Hazard ends drought, Benzema scores twice as Real rout Alaves

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, Spain (Reuters) – Eden Hazard scored his first goal in almost three months while Karim Benzema bagged a brace as Real Madrid eased to a 4-1 win away to Alaves in La Liga on Saturday in the absence of coach Zinedine Zidane. Zidane tested positive for COVID-19 the day before the game so assistant...

Baber: Super Series a blessing for Olympics buildup

National 7s coach Gareth Baber says Fiji is lucky to be able to organise and play in a sevens tournament while the rest of the world is in lockdown. Speaking after the final of the opening tournament of the 2021 Super 7s Series at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Baber said the tournament gave our rugby...

Watkins breaks goal drought as Villa sink Newcastle

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins scored his first Premier League goal in 10 games and midfielder Bertrand Traore added another to give them a 2-0 home win over struggling Newcastle United on Saturday. It was no more than Villa deserved as they missed several chances to win by a bigger margin...

Man City escape shock Cup exit with late goals at Cheltenham

CHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) – Fourth-tier Cheltenham Town came within minutes of one of the great FA Cup shocks before Manchester City scored three late goals to win an absorbing fourth-round tie 3-1 on Saturday. Alfie May looked poised to write his name into the competition’s folklore when he pounced to put his side ahead in...

Conte sees red as Inter Milan are held to Udinese stalemate

(Reuters) – Inter Milan missed out on the chance to go top in Serie A as coach Antonio Conte was sent off for dissent in a 0-0 draw at strugglers Udinese on Saturday. The visitors travelled to Udine on a high after beating title rivals Juventus 2-0 last weekend but they couldn’t break down the...

Cardiff City appoint former Ireland boss McCarthy as manager

(Reuters) – Cardiff City have appointed former Ireland boss Mick McCarthy as their new manager until the end of this season to replace the sacked Neil Harris, the Championship team announced on Friday. McCarthy twice coached the national team and led them to the knockout stage of the 2002 World Cup. He has also managed...

Sousa withdraws from Australian Open due to strict COVID-19 protocols

(Reuters) – Portugal’s Joao Sousa says he will not travel to Melbourne for the Australian Open despite returning a negative test for COVID-19 due to the Australian government’s strict protocols on a mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon arrival. Seventy-two players are currently confined to their rooms in Melbourne ahead of the Feb. 8-21 Grand Slam...

Anderson hits Sri Lanka for six as Root anchors England reply

(Reuters) – James Anderson took six wickets to help bowl Sri Lanka out for 381, but England’s openers failed again as the tourists closed the second day of the second and final test on 98 for two in reply at Galle International Stadium on Saturday. Joe Root scored a breezy, unbeaten 67 and will resume...

Japan and IOC deny that Olympics will be cancelled

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and the IOC stood firm on Friday on their commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics this year and denied a report of a possible cancellation, although the pledge looks unlikely to ease public concern about holding the event during a pandemic. Though much of Japan is under a state of emergency...

Man City’s Guardiola calls for fewer teams in Premier League, EFL

(Reuters) – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has called for a reduction in the number of clubs in the Premier League and English Football League to improve the quality of competition amid talk of a breakaway European Super League. The concept of a European Super League, as an alternative to European soccer governing body UEFA’s...

Barty itching to get started at Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) – World number one Ash Barty is itching to get back to competitive tennis at the Australian Open but has poured cold water on the idea that she might be set to end the 43-year wait for a homegrown women’s champion. Barty reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park for the first time last...

Villa’s Smith ‘reluctantly’ accepts FA charge for insulting officials

(Reuters) – Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said on Friday that he “reluctantly” accepted an FA charge for insulting the match officials during a 2-0 loss to Manchester City earlier this week. Smith had been charged for allegedly using abusive language towards referee Jon Moss, who showed Smith a red card on the touchline in...

Breakaway Super League plan threatens bitter battle

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – European football risks a damaging civil war after plans from top clubs for a breakaway Super League were met with a hard line rejection and threats from the sport’s governing bodies. With billions in broadcast and commercial revenues at stake and complex legal issues in the background, the power battle comes...

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