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27th January

Kenin brings Gauff’s Melbourne run to an end

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – American Sofia Kenin ended teen sensation Coco Gauff’s run at the Australian Open on Sunday with a 6-7(5) 6-3 6-0 victory to reach her first career Grand Slam quarter-final. The 15-year-old Gauff,...

Golf: China’s Wu takes slender lead into final round in Dubai

(Reuters) – China’s Wu Ashun eagled his opening hole and rode the momentum as he took a one-shot lead after the third round at the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday. Wu added four birdies and a single bogey on his way to a five-under-par 67 at the Emirates Golf Club as he chases his first...

Marseille lose momentum with Angers draw

PARIS (Reuters) – Olympique de Marseille’s remote chances of challenging Paris St Germain for the Ligue 1 title took a knock on Saturday when they were held to a goalless draw at home by Angers. The result left the Provence side in second place with 42 points from 21 games, seven behind PSG who travel...

England on top with bat and ball as South Africa struggle

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – England proved devastating with both bat and ball on Saturday as they scored 400 runs in their first innings and then reduced sorry South Africa to 88 for six wickets at the close of play on the second day of the fourth test at The Wanderers. A record 10th-wicket partnership saw England...

26th January

NZ 7s: Ikanikoda starts in match against South Africa

FIJI is expected to fight until the end of the New Zealand Sevens despite being dethroned by Argentina 10-26. While Fiji’s relegation could be noticed on empty seats on stands with most Fijian fans heading home, coach Gareth Baber has named a strong side against South Africa in the play-off for north position. Fiji team: 1. Sevuloni...

NZ 7s: Fiji to face South Africa in 9th place playoff

THE Fiji 7s team, after being relegated by Argentina in their last pool match of the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton, will play South Africa in the ninth place play-off. Fiji lost the Hamilton 7s title after losing 10-26 to Argentina. England and France meet in the first semi-final while New Zealand and Australia face...

NZ 7s: Fijian fans support 2023 plan

PLANS to move the 2023 New Zealand Sevens to Fiji has been received well by Fijian rugby fans in the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. A Fijian seasonal worker in New Zealand, Natasha Waqa, who is supporting Fiji in the Hamilton tournament, was among those who welcomed the move to stage the tournament possibly in...

NZ 7s: Three in a row

THE Fiji 7s team has lost the New Zealand 7s title. Fiji’s 10-26 loss to Argentina relegated itself from the cup running after beating Australia and Samoa last year. Fiji coach Gareth Baber said Argentina was the better team. His counterpart Santiago Gomez Cora said he told his players to respect Fiji and work hard...

NZ 7s: Argentina leads Fiji

Argentina is leading Fiji in the last pool match this morning at the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton. Argentina scored three tries in the first half to Fiji’s lone try to Sevuloni Mocenacagi. Fiji trails 5-21.

NZ 7s: Baber sticks with lineup that beat Australia

FIJI 7s team coach Gareth Baber has stuck to the team that beat Australia at the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton, yesterday. This is to ensure of an unbeaten run in our pool when the team plays Argentina in its last pool match this morning. While France and England have been named to meet in the...

NZ 7s: Support for Jerry Tuwai

A GROUP of seasonal workers from Fiji will be among the vocal Fijian crowd at the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. They will cheer for Jerry Tuwai. Stay tuned for more updates from Hamilton. Watch video:

NZ 7s: Draw good enough

FIJI needs a win in the final pool match against Argentina this morning to confirm a spot in the New Zealand 7s semi-finals. However, a draw against the Pumas will still ensure the Gareth Baber-coached side go through to the last four. Fiji was the only undefeated team in Pool D after wins over Samoa...

Coastal Falcons focuses on 2020 Australian tour

FOR Coastal Falcons rugby league team coach Toby Viravu, securing contracts for his players is the main and sole priority of the team. The team was yesterday putting in the final touches at the Suva Grammar School grounds in Suva before they depart for Australia early next month. “Not everyone will get a professional rugby...

Kavika to challenge Singh

WORLD Boxing Foundation Australasian heavyweight champion James Singh will meet Jonasa Kavika in the first challenger for the belt this year. “That is what they want and I am ready,” Singh said. The Sigatoka-based boxer said he was blessed to be the current champion and was ready to meet any challenger be it, Kavika or...

Ba, Labasa draw

WET and slippery conditions denied Ba and Labasa maximum points in the first match of the 2019 Pillay Garments Champion vs Champion series at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Friday night. Heavy rain just before kick-off made Churchill Park waterlogged especially on the sidelines however when it cleared out it did not favour either side...

Tailevu sets plan for 2020 season

THE Tailevu Rugby Union aims to achieve high results as they prepare for another rugby season. Secretary Josefa Turaganivalu said they hoped to finish on top of the Skipper Cup competition and try to win the Farebrother trophy. The association kicked off with their U20s competition at Ratu Cakobau Park ground two yesterday. “For the...

Fiji sets target

TEAM Fiji is hoping to take a team of about 50 athletes, officials and staff to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games should all 8 sports qualify to Japan in July. Fiji chef de mission Patrick Bower said the eight sports needed to succeed in their qualifying international competitions in order to make it to the...

NZ 7s: Fijiana go down fighting in Hamilton

THE Fijiana 7s team held their heads high when they walked off the FMG Waikato Stadium this morning after losing 21-38 to world champion and hosts New Zealand in heir last pool match at the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. New Zealand scored six tries to Fiji’s tries from Luisa Tisolo in the third minute,...

Athletics starts competition to gauge squad

ATHLETICS Fiji’s regular season began yesterday as the first weekly Athletics Fiji competition gets to a running start at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Athletics Fiji president Filimoni Vuli said despite the delay they were keen to get things rolling. “We would have preferred to have begun earlier but the safety of athletes was paramount.”...

Athletics body to tighten rules after Nike’s Vaporfly helps records tumble: sources

LONDON (Reuters) – Athletics’ ruling body will tighten regulations governing shoe technology, two sources familiar with the matter said, after Nike’s popular Vaporfly brand helped re-write running records and sparked debate about whether it was “technological doping.” World Athletics expects to announce the findings of a review into technology used in road and track shoes...

Highlights: Day six at the Australian Open

1440 SWIATEK ADVANCES WITH UPSET WIN OVER VEKIC Unseeded Polish teenager Iga Swiatek knocked out 19th seed Donna Vekic 7-5 6-3 to reach the fourth round and match her best performance at a Grand Slam having reached the last 16 at Roland Garros last year. Pavlyuchenkova beats Pliskova as seeds tumble Kerber reaches fourth round...

25th January

World 7s series could move to Fiji in 2023

GOOD news today for Fiji 7s rugby supporters following the annual World Rugby Sevens Series Fiji is in a strong position now to host one of the tournaments in the Oceania leg of the 2023 series. This was announced this morning at the NZ  Sevens by New Zealand Rugby chief rugby officer, Nigel Cass. He...

NZ 7s: Keep on working hard, says Baber

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber has asked his players to keep on working hard in the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. Despite beating Australia 19-12 and Samoa 19-12 today, Baber is not intending to slow down. “We are not there yet,” he said after beating Australia. Crowd favourite Fiji opened the scoring when Asaeli Ratuvuaka...

NZ 7s: Fiji lead Australia at halftime

THE Fiji 7s team led Australia 5-0 at halftime at the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton, thanks to no slip tackles from the Fijians. Asaeli Ratuvuaka scored Fiji’s try in the 3rd minute. Stay tuned for more updates from Hamilton.  

NZ 7s: Ratuvuaka starts against Australia

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber has brought in Asaeli Ratuvuaka in Fiji’s next game against Australia in the New Zealand Sevens. Team: 1. Sevuloni Mocenacagi, 4. Asaeli Ratuvuaka, 6. Meli Derenalagi, 7. Vilimoni Botitu, 9. Jerry Tuwai, 10. Napolioni Bolaca, 11. Aminiasi Tuimaba. Bench: 2. Josua Vakurinabili, 3. Kavekini Tabu, 5. Apenisa Cakaubalavu, 8. Waisea...

NZ 7s: China upsets Fijiana

THE Fijiana 7s team’s chance of reaching the women’s final of the New Zealand Sevens looked bleak after losing to China 12-7 at the FMG Waikato Stadium this afternoon. China upset the Saiasi Fuli -coached side 17-12. Fiji beat England 26-19 but indiscipline cost them to progress into the playoffs after Roela Radiniyavuni was red...

NZ 7s: Fiji anticipates tough match against Aussies

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber knows Australia will offer a bruising encounter against his boys in the second pool match of the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton this evening. With the match scheduled for this evening in what could be a chilly atmosphere for the Fijians, especially the new players, Baber said the boost was...

NZ 7s: Fuli makes a change against China

FIJIANA 7s team coach Saiasi Fuli has made one change from the 26-19 win against England. He has placed Asinate Savu on the bench for Roela Radiniyavuni in this next game against China. The game kicks off at 2:36pm (NZ time). Fiji: 1. Vasiti Solikoviti, 3. Raijieli Daveua, 4. Rusila Nagasau, 7. Roela Radiniyavuni, 9....

NZ 7s: Tuwai achieves milestone

JERRY Tuwai achieved a milestone of becoming Fiji 7s all-time top try scorer. This is after their 19-12 win against Samoa during the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Hamilton 7s today. The 2019 World Rugby Sevens player of the year scored a try to bring his overall try tally to 126...

NZ 7s: Fiji pips Samoa in first pool match

THE Fiji men’s managed to outplay a determined Samoa side in their first pool match at the FMG Waikato Stadium. Fiji scored through Jerry Tuwai for his 128th try in the series, Vilimoni Botitu and Aminiasi Tuimaba. Fiji led 12-7 at halftime. Coach Gareth Baber said the win came because the players’ were able to...

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