Football

Barca reach Copa final with epic comeback win over Sevilla

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona pulled off a stirring comeback to overturn a two-goal deficit and reach the Copa del Rey final, beating Sevilla 3-0 after extra time in Wednesday’s semi-final second leg to go through...

We never threw away the Cup, says proud Barca boss Koeman

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman praised his side for their never-say-die attitude after they reached the Copa del Rey final with a 3-0 win after extra time over Sevilla on Wednesday to pull off the latest in a series of great turnarounds in the competition. Barca lost the first leg 2-0 but Ousmane...

3rd March

‘Team Up’ sports program launches in Pacific

The Australian Government has launched the latest phase of its sport for development program in the Pacific Islands. Team Up supports 30 sporting partnerships in Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu across 13 different sports: Australian rules, basketball, badminton, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union, swimming, table tennis and volleyball....

Premier League: Manchester City thump Wolves to earn 21st successive win

A 15-point lead, 21 victories in a row, a club record-tying 28 games unbeaten. The extraordinary numbers are stacking up for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s winning machine powers to the Premier League title and – whisper it – a potential quadruple. Guardiola particularly liked what he saw in the 4-1 win over Wolverhampton on...

1st March

Wellington Phoenix find their shooting boots to down Newcastle Jets

Six shots, two goals. Ufuk Talay would take that strike rate every week. Wellington Phoenix’s coach was delighted with the response he got from his players, particularly his under fire frontmen, after coming away with a much-needed 2-0 victory against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. The result snapped a four-game winless run...

Newcastle’s Bruce fears the worst over injuries after Wolves draw

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) – Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce said he feared the worst after losing forwards Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin to injury in the 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. Newcastle went 1-0 up in the 52nd minute after losing Miguel Almiron to injury at halftime, but when...

Soccer-Guardiola says Man City win streak may be greatest achievement

(Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said overseeing the team’s 20-game winning run in all competitions may be one of the greatest achievements of his glittering career. Goals from Ruben Dias and John Stones fired City to a 2-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday and moved them 13 points clear of Manchester...

West Brom win as Brighton pay penalty amid VAR chaos

WEST BROMWICH, England (Reuters) – West Bromwich Albion secured a 1-0 home Premier League victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday as the visitors missed two penalties and were controversially denied a goal by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). West Brom began brightly and were rewarded for their pressure in the 11th minute when...

28th February

Marseille name Sampaoli as new head coach

(Reuters) – Olympique de Marseille have appointed as their new head coach the former Argentina and Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli, the Ligue 1 club said. The 60-year-old replaces Andre-Villas Boas, who was suspended on Feb. 2, hours after the Portuguese coach had offered to resign over disagreements with the club’s board. Sampaoli, who led Chile...

City make it 20 straight wins with victory over West Ham

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table after a 2-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday – their 20th straight win in all competitions. City manager Pep Guardiola rotated his side after their midweek trip to Budapest to face Borussia Moenchengladbach in the...

Bayern back to winning ways with Cologne demolition

MUNICH (Reuters) – Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry both struck twice as Bayern Munich crushed Cologne 5-1 on Saturday for a first win in three league games to stay two points clear at the top. The champions, who next week host Borussia Dortmund, are on 52 points, with Leipzig second on 50...

26th February

Arsenal and Milan reach Europa League last 16, Napoli and PSV exit

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal needed a late comeback to secure their place in the draw for the Europa League last 16 where they will be joined by Ajax Amsterdam, Manchester United, Milan and Rangers but Napoli and PSV Eindhoven crashed out on Thursday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 87th-minute header secured Arsenal a 3-2 win over Benfica for...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Tagimoucia out of cup contention

Wadigi Salvo has eliminated Tagimoucia Babas from the cup competition after beating them by 21-0. The Wadigi Salvo team led Tagimoucia Babas by 12-0 at the break. Tagimoucia Babas had no answers to the tries scored by Wadigi Salvo as they extended their lead in the second half. Nadi’s Prince Charles Park is hosting the...

Davis will always be ready to Fiji’s call

Israel bound Fiji football star Trina Davis says she will always be ready to answer to Fiji’s call. “Fiji will always be my team and my home,” said Davis who became the first Fijian woman to become a professional woman footballer taking up a professional contract with the the ASA Tel Aviv Women’s club. “I...

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