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18th August

Transitioned Olympic champion Green says inclusion must be priority

SYDNEY (Reuters) – When Ellia Green’s mother once said that the Olympic champion rugby player would make an incredible mum one day, the compliment triggered a moment of confusion. “I definitely wanted kids,” Green recalled....

Wallabies casualty ward puts Rennie under pressure

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The knives are not yet out for Dave Rennie but a shocking run of injuries has left the Australia coach on shaky ground ahead of daunting tests against world champions South Africa and a resurgent New Zealand. Wallabies fans may have hoped for results-based progress in Rennie’s third season in charge but...

Joshua to use lessons learned from Usyk defeat in rematch

(Reuters) – A “re-invented” Anthony Joshua said he is well aware of Oleksandr Usyk’s tricks and knows what he must do to defeat the Ukrainian when they meet in their rematch in Jeddah on Aug. 20. Usyk beat Joshua in front of a sell-out crowd at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September to take the...

NZR back Foster as All Blacks coach through to World Cup

(Reuters) -New Zealand Rugby on Wednesday endorsed Ian Foster as the right man to coach the All Blacks through to next year’s World Cup but said he would have more hands-on support from selector and strategist Joe Schmidt. Foster had come under huge pressure after the All Blacks suffered three consecutive defeats against Ireland and...

Elon Musk says he is buying Manchester United

(Reuters) -Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Tuesday he was buying football club Manchester United Plc. Musk, the richest person in the world, has a history of making irreverent tweets, and it was not immediately clear whether he planned to pursue a deal. “I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome,” Musk said in a...

17th August

Premier League celebrates 30 year rise to global dominance

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – The Premier League celebrated its 30th anniversary on Monday, marking three decades that has seen English club football transformed into the world’s leading sports entertainment product. In 1992, the top clubs broke with 104 years of tradition by splitting from the Football League and controversially creating a ‘super league’ which would...

Palace defender Andersen receives death threats after Nunez red card

(Reuters) – Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen said he has received death threats directed at him and his family after he was head-butted by Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez in Monday’s Premier League draw which resulted in the striker being sent off at Anfield. Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw after their new signing Nunez was...

South Africa hopeful Rabada will be fit for first test v England

LONDON (Reuters) – South Africa are hopeful key fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will be fit for the first test against England that starts at Lord’s on Wednesday, but he has not been cleared to take his place in the side quite yet, according to captain Dean Elgar. Rabada is a huge figure in the South...

Serena falls in generational clash against Raducanu in Cincinnati

(Reuters) -Rising teenager Emma Raducanu came out on the winning side of a generational clash against tennis icon Serena Williams with a 6-4 6-0 win in their first-round meeting at the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday. After a sluggish start, the 23-time Grand Slam champion finally gave the supportive sold-out crowd something to cheer about when...

Kyrgios keeps cool to set up clash with Fritz in Cincinnati

(Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios quickly regained his composure after losing his temper during a 7-5 6-4 win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Open, where he will face hard-hitting American Taylor Fritz. Kyrgios appeared in complete control when he crushed down an unreturnable serve to capture the...

Raducanu cherishes win over Williams, builds confidence for US Open defence

(Reuters) – Britain’s Emma Raducanu said her victory over 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams at the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday has given her confidence a boost just ahead of her U.S. Open title defence. Teenager Raducanu, who has not won a tournament since capturing last year’s title at Flushing Meadows as a 150th-ranked qualifier,...

Boxing thriller in Suva; Hill returns to the ring with ‘homecoming’ bonanza

Fijian boxing fans can now look forward to an exciting and entertaining boxing event next month in Suva. Thanks to newly-formed Lewis-Hill Boxing Promotions, the Premier Corporate Boxing Event is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 at the Fiji Sports Council’s FMF Gymnasium at Laucala Bay in the Capital City. The event named ‘Homecoming’ will feature...

2022 Coke Games: Nakasi target – Triple-N champ braces for games challenge

With their recent win in the Naitasiri, Nasinu, Nausori (Triple-N) Zone at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva, members of the Nakasi High School athletics team are aware of the pressure come the Coca-Cola Games tomorrow. Coach Vitoriano Rakaisau said they had heard stories of schools targeting them during the three-day event. The Nasinu-based school...

2022 Cokes Games: Lomaivuna on a mission

Lomaivuna High School will march into the Fiji Secondary Schools’ Coca-Cola Games with faith and determination in the next three days of competition. Coach Penieli Bikei said the athletes had been on their toes with their training, despite the challenges they faced, they still managed to train. “One of the challenges that we face is...

Golf pair claim Lautoka golf Ambrose title

New winners were crowned in the Green Mower & Landscaping of Sydney, Australia-sponsored 2 men 18 holes stroke Ambrose event at the Lautoka Golf Club course last Saturday. Regular Manwal Ajay and Vikash Chand come out firing to grab top honours on a solid 60.25 nett. Vinesh Murthi and Vinod Chand were a shot further...

2022 Coke Games: Islanders out to stamp mark at games

Ratu Finau Secondary School has a point to prove at the 2022 Coca-Cola Games from tomorrow until Saturday at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. The school will field seven athletes from the sub-junior to intermediate grades. School PEMAC head of department Viliame Katina said the athletes were ready to perform. “The athletes are ready...

Schools in Fiji’s maritime zone target upsets at 2022 Coke Games

The 2022 Coca-Cola Games is expected to unveil a lot of potential athletes from schools outside Viti Levu. With the return of the games this week after a lapse of two years, school teachers from the Coca-Cola Games Maritime Zone are adamant their athletes will provide good competition and threats to athletes from prominent schools...

11 clubs to start women’s rugby league

Fiji National Rugby League’s commitment to women’s participation paved the way in the launch of the FNRL Women’s Premiership yesterday in Suva. FNRL acting chief executive officer Don Natabe said women were the heartbeat of society. “They play a pivotal role in the development of our future generations,” he said. “We acknowledge and thank all...

South Africa name strong squad for Australia tests

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa have picked a strong 34-man squad for their next two Rugby Championship matches in Australia but coach Jacques Nienaber warned they would again experiment in their final two tests against Argentina next month. Utility back Canan Moodie is the only uncapped player in the squad for tests in Adelaide...

ICC must protect test, ODI formats amid rise of T20 leagues: Dev

(Reuters) – Former India captain Kapil Dev has called on cricket’s governing body (ICC) to take steps to protect the test and one-day international formats amid the global growth of lucrative domestic Twenty20 competitions. The proliferation of T20 leagues has further strained cricket’s already-bloated calendar, with new competitions in the United Arab Emirates and South...

Halep beats Haddad Maia for third Canadian Open title

(Reuters) -Simona Halep ended Beatriz Haddad Maia’s dream run in Toronto with a hard-fought 6-3 2-6 6-3 victory to claim her third Canadian Open title on Sunday. Halep’s serving woes from her semifinal win carried over at the outset of the final as she produced four double faults and was broken in the opening game...

Can pips Commonwealth champion McColgan to 10,000m gold at Europeans

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Turkey’s Yasemin Can beat Britain’s Eilish McColgan to win the women’s 10,000 metres gold at the European Athletics Championships on Monday, denying the Commonwealth Games champion a second victory this month. McColgan looked well set for a podium finish when she took the lead early in the race as she battled...

16th August

Melbourne City sign Finnish international Lam

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Melbourne City have signed Finnish international Thomas Lam on a two-year deal, the A-League club said on Tuesday. The 28-year-old defensive midfielder, who can also play as a central defender, arrives from Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia after stints in the Netherlands top flight and with English club Nottingham Forest. “He is a...

Fitter Murray hopes consistency will bring seeding reward

(Reuters) – Andy Murray said his body is feeling the best it has “in a really long time” but that he still needs to take his game up a level if he wants to compete in the latter stages of tournaments on a regular basis. Murray, who has battled through various injuries in recent years,...

Conte and Tuchel charged with improper conduct after fiery London derby

(Reuters) -Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Antonio Conte have been charged by the Football Association (FA) following their confrontation after Sunday’s heated Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge. The two managers shook hands after a 2-2 draw where tempers flared but then faced off on the pitch before being separated by...

Football aim: BOG encourages fight against NCDs

This year’s Punjas Battle of the Giants tournament is aimed at encouraging fellow Fijians to realise the importance of their everyday nutrition to help their families and community fight against NCDs. This social message was revealed last Thursday during the official pool draws for the 2022 BOG, which is to be held at Churchill Park...

Dau wins hearts; joins U19 league

Maika Dau won the hearts of many football fans when he featured for the Nasinu U19 side in the Digicel U19 Youth League last Saturday at Fiji FA Academy Ground in Vatuwaqa. Dau, 13, helped Nasinu play out a 3-all draw against Suva. He did not only put on a stellar performance but was a...

Prasad: Lautoka FC in good pool

Lautoka Football Association interim chairman Rajnesh Prasad believes his side is drawn in a good pool during the 2022 Punjas Battle of the Giants (BOG) tournament. “I think we are in a good pool with defending champions Rewa, Ba and Navua,” Prasad said. “We will not underestimate any team in our pool.” Prasad said they...

Nalaubu on a trial journey

Digicel national team striker Sairusi Nalaubu left the country last Saturday for a three-month trial with Czech Republic football club FK Pardubice. FK Pardubice is a Czech football club located in the city of Pardubice. It currently plays in the Czech First League. Based on performances in European competitions over the past five years, the...

Yusuf: BOG tournament will be exciting and thrilling

The 2022 Punjas Battle of the Giants tournament group stages will be exciting and thrilling, says Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf. The pool draws for the tournament was held last Thursday at Punjas Ocean Shop in Lautoka in which Nadi, Suva, Labasa and Nadroga make up Group A while host Lautoka, Rewa, Ba...

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