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Tough days for Fiji golf

THE president of Golf Fiji, Vidya Lakhan, is sceptical about all the major golf tournaments that were supposed to have been staged in the first half of the year, in view of the novel coronavirus...

Rugby player detained in Nadi

AN overseas-based rugby player has been arrested and placed in isolation at Nadi Hospital after he had violated the 14-day self- quarantine required for every person disembarking from international flights. In his press conference yesterday to announce Fiji’s five confirmed new cases of COVID-19, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said two players returning home broke compulsory...

Takayawa focuses on Olympics spot

FOR Fijian judoka Tevita Takayawa, the slight extension has given him more motivation in his hunt for a spot in the Fiji team to the Olympic Games next year. While currently still studying in Ryutsu Keizai University in Rygasaki City in Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan, Takayawa has focused on intensifying his training. “When the International...

Plans in place regarding Olympics

THE chairman pf the Fiji National Sports Commission Peter Mazey has set the record straight in as far as the budget for Team Fiji to the postponement of the 2020 Summer and Paralympic Games is concerned. “The postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games had been in the air for some time, and...

FRU disappointed with two players

THE Fiji Rugby Chief Executive Officer John O’Connor, has strongly condemned and expressed great disappointment towards the actions and behavior of two rugby players who are believed to have returned to Fiji recently and failed to follow lawful instructions regarding self-isolation to protect other Fijians at risk of catching COVID 19. “We strongly condemn the...

U.S. judge throws out Major League Baseball sign: stealing lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit seeking to hold Major League Baseball, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox liable to DraftKings fantasy baseball bettors for the sport’s sign-stealing scandal. Although both teams “shamelessly” used electronic devices to steal signs, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan...

At least I can be Wimbledon champion for two years, says Halep

(Reuters) – Simon Halep is trying to look on the bright side regarding the suspension of the tennis season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means at least she will be referred to as reigning Wimbledon champion for two years. The Romanian former world number produced a flawless performance to beat Serena Williams in last...

Golf – U.S. Women’s Open postponed until December

(Reuters) – The U.S. Women’s Open has been postponed and moved from June 4-7 to Dec. 10-13 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, said the United States Golf Association (USGA) on Friday. The tournament had been scheduled to be held on the Jackrabbit Course at Champions Golf Club in Houston but will now also be...

Reports: Bryant, 7 others elected to Basketball Hall

All eight finalists for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, headed by the late Kobe Bryant, will be inducted, according to various media reports Friday. The other reported members of the Hall’s Class of 2020 will be Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey and Barbara Stevens....

NBA, union negotiating player-pay plan

The NBA and the players association are in discussions regarding withholding player pay in the event regular-season games are canceled, ESPN reported Tuesday night. According to the report, the sides are discussing withholding up to 25 percent of players’ remaining salaries in a league escrow, allowing for the players and owners to share in some...

Time to take a break from tennis, says top U.S. group

(Reuters) – Playing tennis might not be a good idea in these critical times, says the U.S. group typically busy encouraging more to take up the sport. “Based on the recommendations of the USTA COVID-19 Advisory Group, the USTA believes that it is in the best interest of society to take a collective pause from...

New England Patriots’ truck delivers masks to New York to help coronavirus effort

(Reuters) – A truck emblazoned with the colors of the New England Patriots football team was out on the streets of New York on Friday, delivering 300,000 N95 masks to a makeshift hospital set up in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. New York state recorded more than 500 coronavirus-related deaths in a single day...

4th April

Antonio Brown reportedly charged in alleged assault of driver

A Broward County (Fla.) court document obtained by ESPN revealed that Brown is charged with felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor criminal mischief charges. Brown allegedly was involved in a dispute with a moving-truck driver outside his Hollywood, Fla., home on Jan. 21. The driver was attempting to deliver Brown’s household items from California,...

Family time for Terio

FIJI 7s player Terio Tamani believes the current COVID-19 predicament has been a blessing in disguise which allowed him to focus more time on matters close to his heart, his family. “When you give a lot of time representing the nation, it is great to spend quality time at home with those who matter most,”Tamani...

No regrets, says Kumar

OUTGOING Ba Football Association president Rishi Kumar has no regrets leaving the district which is highly regarded as the ‘kings’ of the sport in the country after being at the helm for 17 years. During his reign, Ba won all the major titles in the country including Fiji FACT, Battle of the Giants, Inter District...

From left: Jet Runners Club president Abhinesh Kumar, Avikash Lal, Ravnil Rinesh Kumar and coach Parshotam Lal. Picture: JET RUNNERS CLUB

Nadi club wants more events

THE Jet Runners Club of Nadi will re-schedule its 2020 events after the sporting ban is lifted by government with a lot of focus on road and cross country runs. The club was set to start its new season with a 10 kilometre road run in Nadi on May 2 but this has been postponed...

Ratuniyarawa resigns with Northampton Saints

FLYING Fijian lock forward Api Ratuniyarawa has resigned to stay on with the Northampton Saints franchise for the English Premiership division. The veteran from Nadroga, hopes in his remaining with the club, they can defend the Premiership title which they currently hold. “The club has really developed since I arrived, especially within the squad with...

European football focusing on restart in July and August

(Reuters) – European football, currently at a standstill because of the coronavirus, is focusing on a restart in July and August with clubs and leagues being told that stopping competitions should “really be the last resort.” UEFA, the European Club Association and the European Leagues umbrella group sent a joint letter to their members on...

National committees have final say on qualified athletes for Tokyo Games

ATHENS (Reuters) – Athletes already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will need to be picked again by their respective National Olympic Committees to compete at the postponed Games in 2021, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday. The IOC and Japanese government succumbed to intense pressure from athletes and sporting bodies around the world...

England’s Buttler to auction World Cup final shirt for coronavirus fight

(Reuters) – Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has said he will auction the shirt he wore in England’s 2019 World Cup final victory to raise funds for efforts to fight the coronavirus. Buttler was instrumental in England’s thrilling victory over New Zealand in the final at Lord’s last year, scoring a half-century and then dislodging the stumps...

NFL expects to play full season as scheduled despite coronavirus

(Reuters) – While the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global sporting calendar, the NFL said on Tuesday it planned to have a full season, including games in London and Mexico City, and to kick off on time in September. With a little over five months to go before the 2020 season is scheduled to begin,...

Logano finds new purpose during break in racing

Like so many in the world right now, NASCAR champion Joey Logano is spending his downtime figuring out ways to make a positive difference in his community. While home waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic, Logano has kept busy playing with his 2-year-old son Hudson and spending time with his expectant wife Brittany. A two-time race...

Keep courses closed during coronavirus lockdown: Golf Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Golf Australia on Thursday reiterated its recommendation that all golf courses in the country should be closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic after some clubs continued to allow play this week. Australia has instructed people to stay inside unless shopping for food or taking exercise as it tries to...

MLB cancels June’s Cubs-Cardinals London Series due to coronavirus

(Reuters) – Major League Baseball, which already postponed the start of its 2020 season because of the coronavirus outbreak, said on Wednesday it has decided to cancel its planned return to London in June. The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, who make up one of the National League’s most storied rivalries, were scheduled to...

NBA, union negotiating player-pay plan

The NBA and the players association are in discussions regarding withholding player pay in the event regular-season games are canceled, ESPN reported Tuesday night. According to the report, the sides are discussing withholding up to 25 percent of players’ remaining salaries in a league escrow, allowing for the players and owners to share in some...

3rd April

‘There may be no more tennis this year’, says Wimbledon chief Lewis

LONDON (Reuters) – Tennis may not return until 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the entire grasscourt season and most of the claycourt campaign, All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chief executive Richard Lewis said on Thursday. The outbreak has played havoc with the global sporting calendar and the Wimbledon championships were...

Kumar calls it a day

Ba Football Association President Rishi Kumar has stepped down after 17 years at the helm leading the Men in Black to 43 titles. Kumar tendered his resignation to the Ba FA board of control during a meeting on March 16 effective April 1 to spend more time with his family and look after his business....

New England Patriots team plane transporting 1.7 million masks for coronavirus relief

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A call for help from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker prompted an unorthodox mission from the New England Patriots, who sent their team jet to China this week in order to retrieve 1.7 million N95 medical masks, the NFL side said on Thursday. A private jet was needed to expedite the shipment...

Suva dart introduces online games

THE Suva Darts Association has taken competition to a new level with the introduction of an online tournament. “To overcome restrictions on gatherings and social distancing requirements, Suva Darts is promoting online darts with Vinz Friends United darts team once again taking the lead by playing games online and posting setup instructions on their club...

Nemani makes national plea

THE Permanent Secretary of Youth and Sports Development Maritino Nemani has harnessed the need for all youths and sports people to work in cohesion with the general populace in order to combat the novel coronavirus that has caused trepidation in the nation. “Youths of Fiji and the sports people play a key role in assisting...

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