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12th December

Hamilton and MotoGP great Rossi preparing for ride swap

(Reuters) – Six times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and MotoGP great Valentino Rossi are preparing for a ride swap in Spain on Monday, with the Briton “super excited” at the prospect. Hamilton, who...

Valencia eliminate Ajax and progress with Rodrigo winner

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Rodrigo scored the game’s only goal as Valencia upset hosts Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 on Tuesday to finish top of Champions League Group H and eliminate the Dutch club from this season’s competition. The 24th minute strike from the Brazil-born Spanish international saw Valencia finish ahead of Chelsea, 2-1 victors over Lille, by...

All Black McKenzie expected to be fit for Chiefs’ Super opener

(Reuters) – New Zealand utility back Damian McKenzie is on track to return from a knee ligament injury ahead of the Waikato Chiefs’ Super Rugby season opener against Auckland Blues on Jan. 31, assistant coach Tabai Matson has said. McKenzie, 24, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing against the Blues in April and missed the...

Spurs’ Mourinho will use Bayern ‘dead rubber’ to look at options

(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says he will use Wednesday’s ‘dead rubber’ Champions League Group B match at Bayern Munich as a chance to familiarise himself with his new team. Mourinho took over at Spurs last month following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino and oversaw the 4-2 win against Olympiakos Piraeus which ensured...

Ancelotti remains defiant as Milik hat-trick fires Napoli into last 16

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) – Napoli ended a nine-match winless run in all competitions to reach the Champions League last sixteen on Tuesday as a first-half Arkadiusz Milik hat-trick set up a 4-0 win over Genk in what could be coach Carlo Ancelotti’s last stand. Genk’s Maarten Vandevoordt, who at 17 years and 287 days became...

European Leagues tired of breakaway threats from big clubs

ZURICH (Reuters) – The umbrella organisation representing Europe’s domestic leagues is tired of breakaway threats, it said on Tuesday in response to a proposal to create a two-division world soccer league. The Financial Times and New York Times have reported that discussions led by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez have taken place over the possibility...

11th December

Liverpool advance to last 16 with 2-0 win in Salzburg

(Reuters) – Liverpool moved into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Salzburg on Tuesday as a potentially tricky encounter turned into a second-half cruise with quickfire goals from Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah. Juergen Klopp’s side needed a point in Austria to be sure of qualification and after missing...

Russia banned from next Olympics and World Cup soccer

LAUSANNE/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia was banned from the world’s top sporting events for four years on Monday, including the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup, for tampering with doping tests. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) executive committee acted after concluding that Moscow had planted fake evidence and deleted files linked...

Under-19s book spots at Coral Coast 7s

FOUR Under-19 clubs have become the first teams to secure places at next months McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s to take place at Lawaqa Park from January 15-18, 2020. The four include fast tracking star outfit, Dominion Brothers who have after last weekend, picked up four tournament wins in total, to become a team to...

Ian Foster admits he has to ‘reinvent himself’ as All Blacks coach

IAN Foster says he is ready to be his own man as the All Blacks enter a new era under his leadership. Foster was confirmed on Wednesday as the All Blacks coach for the next two years after edging out Crusaders mentor Scott Robertson. The 54-year-old steps into the top job following the departure of...

Skipper fit for Cape Town 7s

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber has confirmed that skipper Paula Dranisinukula  has recovered and has returned to training with the team in Cape Town. Dranisinukula was suspected to have fractured his hand in the last game against Canada at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Dubai 7s tournament but has since returned to full strength...

Ian Foster confirmed as new All Blacks coach on a two-year deal

IAN Foster is the new All Blacks head coach. New Zealand Rugby confirmed the 54-year-old Foster’s appointment, after eight years as assistant under Steve Hansen. In making the announcement, NZR Chairman Brent Impey said Foster had come through as the preferred candidate following a lengthy and robust interview process. Foster saw off a strong challenge...

Fiji teams for World School Sevens named

THE Fijiana and Fijian Under-18 7s teams are now in New Zealand and ready to compete at the 2019 World School Sevens in New Zealand which begins tomorrow. “Preparations have been going for 3 weeks now and as far as fitness is concern, the boys are in a good shape and are ready, we’ve been...

Filipo Daugunu re-signs with Reds

THE Queensland Reds have re-signed electric winger Filipo Daugunu for a further four years. The Fijian flyer becomes the 14th player to re-commit to Queensland on a long-term deal, that will see him stay at Ballymore through 2023.After bursting onto the Super Rugby scene in 2018, he scored six tries in his debut season and...

Leone Nakarawa closing in on a return to Glasgow – reports

STAR Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa is reportedly on the verge of a sensational return to his former club Glasgow Warriors, according to French media. Nakarawa was sacked by Top 14 club Racing 92 after he returned from the World Cup in Japan two weeks late, with a statement from the club slating the 62-test international...

Captains set to make history at HSBC Cape Town Sevens

THE 28 captains competing at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens on 13-15 December assembled at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday. This year’s tournament will be the first time that Cape Town has hosted both the men’s and women’s competitions in a season that will see the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series contested over...

Rectifying the errors

GARETH Baber and his coaching team will have to do something sensational in South Africa this weekend to restore public confidence regarding their HSBC Sevens campaign following the disaster in Dubai. After ten years participation in Dubai it is the first time our Fiji Airways 7s team have failed to make the cup quarter-finals after...

Children flock chess tourney

THERE had been a positive turnout at this year’s Fiji Chess National Championship with a good number of children participants at the Fiji Olympic House in Flagstaff, Suva. General secretary Hilda Vukikomoala said they were pleased to have parents bring in their children to compete at the final national tournament of the year. “We are...

7s reps ink deal

COMPETITION for the final spots in the Fiji 7s team to 2020 Tokyo Olympics has forced some players to turn down lucrative overseas contracts. This came to light as Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed that equal contracts have been given to players in the men’s and women’s teams. “Some of these...

Russia banned from Olympic Games for altering doping data

LAUSANNE/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia was banned from the Olympics and other major world championships on Monday after sporting officials decided to punish it for tampering with doping-related laboratory data in another blow to Russia’s already tarnished sporting reputation. The decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), imposed a four-year ban on Russia participating in a...

National 7s teams given equal contracts

THE men and women’s national sevens team to the 2019-2020 World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series have been given equal contracts, confirmed Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor. “Both the men and the women sevens team are contracted since they joined the side, but the only difference is that some of our players contracts are on...

Woods looks to draw a line under Reed violation ahead of Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – United States captain Tiger Woods attempted to draw a line under Patrick Reed’s rules violation at the Hero World Challenge over the weekend when his team touched down in Australia on Monday for this week’s Presidents Cup. Reed received a two-stroke penalty for improving his lie in a bunker on Friday during...

Report: Rangers reach deal with righty Lyles

RIGHT-hander Jordan Lyles has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Texas Rangers, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The nine-year vet split last season between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers, going 7-1 in 11 starts with Milwaukee after a July 29 trade. Overall, he finished the season 12-8 with a 4.15 ERA...

Celtics rip Cavs, improve to 10-0 at home

Kemba Walker led with 22 points, Gordon Hayward had 14 in his return from a hand injury and the Boston Celtics beat the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 110-88 on Monday night. Jaylen Brown added 20 points, Jayson Tatum 19 and Daniel Theis 10 as all five Celtics starters scored in double figures. Boston improved to 10-0...

Andreescu named Canada’s athlete of the year after breakout season

TORONTO (Reuters) – Bianca Andreescu was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year on Monday, capping a remarkable year in which the teenager became the country’s first tennis Grand Slam singles champion with her U.S. Open triumph. Andreescu, an unknown quantity to most in Canada a year ago, was a unanimous...

NBA roundup: AD drops 50, Lakers beat Wolves

ANTHONY Davis scored a season-high 50 points, sparking the Los Angeles Lakers to a 142-125 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Davis connected on 20 of 29 shots from the floor and converted all 10 of his free throws in 39 minutes. It was his fourth career 50-plus scoring game. Davis also...

10th December

Transparent scoring for Tokyo Olympic Boxing

IN a bid to restore trust in the scoring of boxing matches at the Olympics, scores will be displayed at the end of each round. That’s the biggest change proposed for the tournament in Tokyo by the IOC, which took over control in June when it suspended international federation AIBA. Suspension of AIBA came after...

10th Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup hailed a success

THE 2019 Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup (UFSC) which concluded at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Saturday was tagged a grand success. The week-long tournament saw over 500 players from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand face off across the north west of Fiji with matches held in Nadi, Lautoka and Ba. Tournament director and founder Bruce...

FRU conducts fitness tests

THE Fiji Rugby Union held its first fitness test for Vodafone Fijian Under-20’s at the High Performance Unit Gym in Suva. According to FRU, a total of 115 players took part today. Western based players will get their chance tomorrow at the following time. ✔9am – HPU Gym, Sigatoka ✔2pm – NASA HPU Gym, Nadi

Good turnout at chess event

THERE has been a positive turnout at this Fiji Chess National Championship with a good number of kid participants at the Fiji Olympic House in Flagstaff, Suva. General secretary Hilda Vukikomoala said they were pleased to have parents bring in their kids to compete at the final national tournament of the year. “We are very...

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