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Patel’s stocks rising ahead of Black Caps test championship final

The Black Caps have given a further hint that spinner Ajaz Patel may have played his way in the starting lineup for the world test champions final against India starting at Southampton tomorrow. Patel has...

George Bennett turns up the heat ahead of ‘extreme’ Tokyo Olympics

National champion George Bennett is turning the heat up on his preparations for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after struggling in the cold at the recent Giro d’Italia. Bennett is bracing for weather “40 degrees” warmer than it was in Italy, when his Giro campaign came unstuck inside the first week due to the miserable conditions...

All Blacks prop Ofa Tuungafasi faces spell on sidelines as he opts for knee surgery

Powerhouse All Blacks prop Ofa Tuungafasi looks like being an absentee from the July tests against Tonga and Fiji, though might be back when it really matters in the Rugby Championship. Tuungafasi was a notable defection from the Blues lineup to face the Highlanders in Saturday’s Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final at Eden Park (kickoff 7.05pm),...

Aussies up first – Dates set for Oceania 7s tourney

Defending Olympic Games gold medallist Fiji will kick-off its PacificAus Sports Oceania Sevens tournament campaign against Australia next Friday in Townsville. Oceania Rugby has released the fixtures for the tournament which will feature Australia, New Zealand and an Oceania Barbarians selection in both the men’s and women’s competitions. The three-day tournament will be held in...

Radradra misses out on historical tests

Superstar Semi Radradra will miss out on the historic back-to-back Test matches against the All Blacks in New Zealand next month paving the way for the Bristol Bears’ centre to eye a spot in the Fijian 7s 13-member squad to defend the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Radradra together with France-based Aminiasi Tuimaba...

Navua footballers receive assistance from Fiji FA

Nineteen players from Navua today received assistance from the Fiji Football Association. Fiji FA vice-president Susan Wise was present to hand over the rations to the players. Navua FA President Rajeev Prasad said the help has come at the right time. “We have been trying to help the players with whatever we can. It has...

Fiji FA to complete season

The Fiji Football Association is confident of completing its 2021 season before the end of the year with the inclusion of all the three major tournaments. Football, like all sports, has been affected because of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Major tournaments such as the Vodafone Fiji FACT has been put on hold...

Players thankful – Vanuatu imports looked after well

Vanuatu footballers Alex Saniel, 24, and Asaraia Soromon are thankful to their Fijian counterparts for looking after them during their stay here as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the country. The Vanuatu football imports who play for Suva Football Association are among sports personal who are also facing the full brunt of the pandemic....

Double blow for Blues; Highlanders unchanged

The Blues have suffered a double blow ahead of their trans-Tasman Super Rugby final against the Highlanders in Auckland on Saturday night. All Black prop Ofa Tuungafasi will miss the game due to a knee injury that needs surgery putting in doubt his involvement in the All Blacks upcoming test programme. Tuungafasi missed the side’s...

Euro 2020: Russia beat Finland 1-0 to keep last 16 hopes alive

With a slick one-two and a beautiful curling shot, Aleksei Miranchuk finally gave Russia something to smile about at the European Championships. The left-footed playmaker produced the one moment of class in a chaotic game Wednesday to give Russia a 1-0 win over Finland and its first points at Euro 2020. “I have to give...

Euro 2020: Wales put one foot in last 16 with comfortable 2-0 win over Turkey

Gareth Bale made sure his missed penalty didn’t matter by setting up two goals. The Wales captain created chance after chance in his team’s 2-0 victory over Turkey on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) at the European Championships. Bale lofted a pass over the defence that Aaron Ramsey chested down before knocking it past onrushing Turkey goalkeeper...

Fiji FA continues ration distribution to footballers

The Fiji Football Association continues to assist affected men and women players around the country. The Fiji FA team, led by vice president Yogeshwar Singh, distributed food ration to the players of Rewa men and women’s team together with Tailevu Naitaisiri women’s team at FoodCity Warehouse in Manoca, Nausori earlier this week. A total of...

‘I’m fine under the circumstances’: Christian Eriksen’s heartwarming thank you message from hospital bed

Christian Eriksen sent his first public message from the hospital on Wednesday NZT, thanking supporters for their “sweet and amazing” well-wishes after his collapse at the European Championship. Eriksen remains in the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during Denmark’s game against Finland on Saturday, when he had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator on the...

Double round robin to determine Oceania 7s winner

The Fiji Airways Fiji 7s men’s and women’s teams will play six matches each over a three-day period in a quest to win this year’s Oceania 7s title. With four teams competing in each division this year, the men’s team will play Australia, New Zealand and Oceania Barbarians twice. The table leader after two rounds...

Tiger Woods shows off huge improvement from crash injuries as he arrives in California for US Open honour

Arriving in California to be honoured at the US Open, new footage has emerged of Tiger Woods successfully putting weight on his injured leg four months after he was hurt in a horrific car crash. In late February, Woods was driving in the Los Angeles suburbs when his SUV hit a curb, a tree and...

Japan to decide soon on domestic spectators at Olympics

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan will decide this month on whether to allow domestic spectators at the Tokyo Olympics, the government’s chief spokesman said on Wednesday, following media reports a proposal to allow up to 10,000 people at events was under consideration. The final call will be made taking into account coronavirus infection conditions and the prevalence...

Belgian Castagne undergoes surgery on double eye socket fracture

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium defender Timothy Castagne has undergone surgery on a double fracture of his eye socket suffered in the European Championship at the weekend, officials confirmed on Wednesday. The fullback was injured in a heavy collision with Russian Daler Kuzyaev in the first half of Saturday’s 3-0 Group B win in St Petersburg,...

Pin enthusiasts lament loss of trading chances in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – At every Olympics, away from the hordes of cheering spectators and the athletes competing for medals, pin enthusiasts lay out dozens of badges on corkboards or soft cloth in hopes of making a trade. The tradition of trading in the metal keepsakes that represent various sports, cities or competing countries has been...

Japan minister proposes cap of 10,000 spectators at major events – Jiji

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s minister in charge of coronavirus measures has proposed to limit spectators to 10,000 at major events, Jiji Press said on Wednesday, ahead of a decision scheduled for this month on domestic spectators for the summer Olympics. Large venues in the capital, Tokyo, are now allowed only up to 5,000, or half...

Juve, Barca and Real admitted to Champions League next season

(Reuters) – Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid have been admitted to next season’s Champions League despite their involvement in the proposed breakaway European Super League project. Admission letters have been sent to all Champions League participants, European soccer’s governing body UEFA has said. Disciplinary proceedings against Juve, Barca and Real over their involvement in the...

Rahm says he regrets not prioritizing coronavirus vaccination

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) – Jon Rahm acknowledges that not prioritizing a coronavirus vaccination proved very costly, but he has been cleared to play again and vows to be ready for the U.S. Open starting at Torrey Pines on Thursday. World number three Rahm had a six-shot lead after 54 holes at the Memorial tournament...

Portugal’s record-breaking Ronaldo sinks battling Hungary

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck a late double to help holders Portugal get off to a winning start with a 3-0 victory over Hungary in front of a 67,000 crowd on Tuesday as the forward became the all-time leading scorer at European Championship finals. Hungary rode a wave of early pressure from Portugal in...

Hummels own goal gifts France 1-0 win over lacklustre Germany

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Title favourites France launched their Euro 2020 Group F campaign with a 1-0 victory over Germany on Tuesday, courtesy of an own goal by Mats Hummels, as the sluggish-looking hosts lost their opening fixture at the European Championship for the first time. The world champions went ahead in the 20th minute...

Turkey hoping for ‘home’ advantage against Welsh

(Reuters) – Turkey head into Wednesday’s Group A match with Wales hoping that a large presence of their fans in Baku will help them to earn three sorely needed points. The 3-0 defeat to Italy in their opening Group A game has piled the pressure on the Turks while Wales know they too need a...

Botia leads

Frace-based backline utility Levani Botia will lead the Flying Fijians in the two Test matches against the All Blacks next month. The Flying Fijians will play the All Blacks historically on back to back weekends for the first time on July 10 in Dunedin and on July 17 in Hamilton. Flying Fijians head coach Vern...

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Footballers commend assistance

Food rations distributed by the Fiji Football Association to its affiliated players and officials are like manna from above, says Suva women’s football rep and university student Makereta Cagialawa. The Nabagasau Village, Cakaudrove lass who started playing football in 2015, said the assistance came at the right time because she lived with a big family...

Food ration continues

The Fiji Football Association will continue to assist players who solely rely on football as their main source of revenue during the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Last year Fiji FA, in partnership with Punjas Group of Companies, distributed 400 relief packages to players and officials affected by the pandemic through the Oceania Football Confederation Solidarity Fund....

Baber wary of NZ, Aust

The Fijian 7s team has taken heed of the quality that New Zealand and Australia will present at the PacificAus Sports Oceania Sevens tournament in Townsville next week after analysing the videos of the matches between the two nations last month. Australia and New Zealand played in a series of six matches in Auckland over...

Wilder and Fury trade barbs ahead of trilogy fight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury vowed to run Deontay Wilder down while the challenger said blood will be shed as the fighters came face-to-face in an odd press conference ahead of their July 24 trilogy fight in Las Vegas. Fury (30-0-1) first fought former long-time heavyweight champion Wilder (42-1-1) to a...

Team New Zealand reject Auckland bid for 37th America’s Cup

(Reuters) – America’s Cup holder Team New Zealand (TNZ) has rejected its home government’s offer to host a match defending its trophy in Auckland and will now look at options offshore, the sailing outfit said on Wednesday. TNZ, who retained the “Auld Mug” earlier this year in Auckland with a 7-3 victory over Italy’s Luna...

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