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Kwadjo billed for 2021 return zan

Two Fiji boxing titles will be at stake during the South Pacific Boxing Promotions program which is scheduled to be held at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on March 20. Boxers Ronald Naidu is expected...

Tinai, Ragamate, Bai, Tuivuaka in series campaign

Fijian 7s legends Ilai Tinai and Joji Ragamate are leading the race to the inaugural Fiji Rugby Union Super Sevens Series. What was established late last year to prepare Fijians in the abbreviated code during the COVID-19 pandemic, has drawn the curtain to the revival of club 7s competitions in Fiji. The series which starts...

Rain causes some delays on opening day of the Taranaki men’s Open fours bowls tournament

A heavy downpour around morning tea time caused some delays for players on the opening day of the Taranaki men’s Open fours tournament yesterday. The worst affected was section 10 at Fitzroy, which had more than an hour off the green. It meant that only three of the seven round one games in that section...

All Black Karl Tu’inukuafe opens up about weight loss, and the fear his family would lose him

Was it fame? The money? Was it an insatiable pull to the rugby pitch that brought All Black prop Karl Tu’inukuafe​ back to the game? No, he says it was his family. Tu’inukuafe​ takes us for a drive in his 25-year-old Toyota Corona when we meet him at the Blues headquarters in Auckland. In the...

‘We are on an upward curve’: Joe Root hails England’s progress after Sri Lanka win

Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence held their nerve in a 62-run unbroken stand to guide England to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Monday on the fifth and final morning of the series-opening test. England ensured they didn’t have any more hiccups in erasing the remaining 36 required on the last day after Sri...

America’s Cup: US skipper backs Dean Barker’s tactical call before capsize

American Magic skipper Terry Hutchinson has backed Dean Barker’s tactical call to attempt a “notoriously difficult” maneouvre in the lead-up to the team’s dramatic capsize in Sunday’s Prada Cup racing. Hutchinson on Monday fronted the media for the first time nearly 24 hours after the hair-raising incident, which saw the US boat sustain significant damage....

Coronavirus: More positive Covid-19 cases linked to Australian Open ‘likely’ in coming days

More players and officials landing in Melbourne for the Australian Open are likely to test positive to coronavirus within days after new cases were confirmed among participants arriving for the tennis tournament. Infectious disease experts warned the virus could still be incubating in some of the 1200 who had arrived in Melbourne since Thursday, some...

Bernard Tomic unable to train ahead of Australian Open, girlfriend complains

Bernard Tomic’s girlfriend Vanessa Sierra has slammed the quarantine living conditions in Melbourne, revealing the pair have been unable to do any exercise whatsoever in the lead-up to the Australian Open. Sierra uploaded a video to social media outlining the couple’s experience and said they had been kept in the dark after multiple training sessions...

Barcelona star Lionel Messi facing lengthy suspension for hitting opponent

After losing the Spanish Super Cup final, Barcelona are also in danger of losing Lionel Messi for an extended period after he hit an opponent towards the end of the match. Messi could be suspended for up to 12 games for the red card he received in the final minutes of his team’s 3-2 loss...

Premier League: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bags brace as Arsenal thump Newcastle

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally ended his scoring drought in the Premier League with two second-half goals in 3-0 win against Newcastle on Monday (Tuesday NZT) as the Gunners try to claw their way out of mid-table. Aubameyang, who hadn’t scored in the league since December 16, broke the deadlock in the 50th minute before...

18th January

Chess players find it tough in championship

It was an intense competition among Fiji elite chess players during the 2020 National Championship at Fiji Olympic House on the weekend. Candidate master (CM) Taione Sikivou was crowned the winner with a score of 7/9 where he defeated top-seed CM Manoj Kumar in a nail-biting encounter. It was one of the most competitive national...

Vuniyayawa eyes 2021 Fiji Bati RLWC ticket

Fiji Bati forward King Vuniyayawa, who has three Test caps, is hoping to press his claim for a place in the Fiji National Rugby League squad to the Rugby League World Cup later this year in England. This was after the Fijian Test forward signed a one-year deal with the Leeds Rhinos Club for the...

Rewa club crowned NRCC champion

The star-studded Kasavu Football Club from Rewa created history yesterday after defeating Greenstars FC 3-0 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka to lift the Vodafone National Club Championship title for the first time. Formed 76 years ago, Kasavu FC remained unbeaten in the tournament collecting $5000. Kasavu FC coach Mohammed Nizam said his players deserved the...

Drifting continues to prove popular at Teretonga Park

Drifting continues to prove popular with motorsport enthusiasts as it, combined with more traditional racing, provided the entertainment at Teretonga Park in Invercargill over the weekend. The highlight on Saturday was the elimination battles as round 3 of the DriftSouth Series was fought out with the drifters attracting a good crowd. When the smoke cleared...

Leger-Walker sisters almost produce another shock US college basketball win

Sisters Krystal and Charlisse Leger-Walker almost pulled off a second dramatic victory in a week for their US college basketball team on Monday (US time). The New Zealanders’ Washington State Cougars side lost 68-66 to UCLA – but not before the siblings had combined in miraculous fashion to push the game into overtime. Washington State...

The chosen one: Slater receives four-star endorsement for Maroons job

Four of rugby league’s biggest names have endorsed former champion fullback Billy Slater as Queensland’s State of Origin coach. The elite quartet – Wayne Bennett, Mal Meninga, Craig Bellamy and Cameron Smith – have all offered their unqualified support for the retired Melbourne Storm fullback to take charge of the Maroons this year. Bennett, who...

Former All Black Tamati Ellison links up with Crusaders coaching staff

Former All Black Tamati Ellison has joined the Crusaders coaching staff for the 2021 Super Rugby season. Ellison, 37, will fill the coaching position vacated by Welshman Mark Jones, and will assist with team defence and position-specific player development. It is the same position role Andrew Goodman did before getting elevated to assistant when Ronan...

Ball booted into touch after train horn mistaken for halftime hooter in rugby derby

Edinburgh halfback Nic Groom has retained his sense of humour despite mistaking a passing train’s horn blast for the halftime hooter in a PRO 14 rugby derby. Groom – a South African who once played Super Rugby – booted the ball out of bounds with 30 seconds remaining in the first half of Edinburgh’s 23-22...

Shalen Lal confirmed as new Nadi coach

Former national under-17 coach Shalen Lal is the new Nadi football coach. Nadi Football President Ashwant Singh confirmed this on the associations official Facebook Page. Lal is expected to start his duties later this week. Nadi had earlier appointed Ravinesh Kumar as their coach however, Lal takes over as the news season begins early next...

India frustrate Australia on day three of fourth test in Brisbane

Test rookies Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar combined for a rearguard century stand that frustrated Australia’s vaunted bowling attack and lifted India from a precarious position on Sunday in the series-deciding match. The partnership formed with India in trouble at 186-6 in reply to Australia’s 369, and with no more recognised batters in the pavilion,...

Australian Open: New Zealand tennis ace Artem Sitak crushes quarantine myth

New Zealand doubles player Artem Sitak has added a fresh perspective to the Covid-19 quarantine debate firestorm that has engulfed the build-up to the Australian Open. Sitak was one of the 47 players on the two flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne that included four passengers who have tested positive for coronavirus. The players have...

America’s Cup: American Magic reveal how 83kmh crash happened

American Magic have explained how an unexpected gust of wind saw Dean Barker lose control of their AC75 and capsize at 83kmh. The team, backed by the powerful New York Yacht Club, suffered no injuries to their 11-man crew but Patriot has a major hole in the left of its bow, after the dramatic crash...

Australian Open to go ahead despite players’ quarantine anger

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has confirmed the year’s first Grand Slam will go ahead from Feb. 8 despite anger from players forced into hard quarantine in Melbourne due to positive COVID-19 cases on their charter planes. Seventy-two players and their entourages have to isolate for two weeks in their hotel...

17th January

Rain halts Australia’s push in must-win test against India in Brisbane

Rain has stalled Australia’s push for victory in their series-deciding fourth test at the Gabba, washing out day two’s final session after milestone man Nathan Lyon delivered with bat and ball. Lyon scored 24 as part of a wagging tail that dragged Australia from 315-8 to a first-innings total of 369 in Saturday’s morning session....

America’s Cup: New York need to replace moans with magic in Prada Cup minefield

You could almost see the steam coming out of the gentlemen in blazers from the New York Yacht Club on Saturday as the Prada Cup got the wobbles in light winds. They are the men who want to return the America’s Cup to large displacement yachts. We got a taste of that in Auckland for...

Football Ferns coach Tom Sermanni concerned about his players’ lack of game time

Football Ferns coach Tom Sermanni would have liked what he’s seen in the early rounds of Australia’s W-League. The trio of Lily Alfeld, Liz Anton, and Malia Steinmetz have started both of Perth Glory’s matches; Annalie Longo and Claudia Bunge started together in Melbourne Victory’s last one; and Paige Satchell has started all three of...

A boxer, a leader, a singer and a football star met in a hotel room. It changed them

It is one of the most famous moments in sports history: the February 1964 match when a braggadocious 22-year-old named Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston in Miami Beach to win the world heavyweight boxing championship. Yet what happened in the hours that followed is little known: Clay – soon to be known as Muhammad Ali...

Former Warrior King Vuniyayawa signs for Super League club Leeds Rhinos

Fijian test forward King Vuniyayawa has found a new home in Super League after being released by the Warriors after his maiden NRL season. The 25-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Leeds Rhinos for the 2021 season due to start in March. Vuniyayawa made his NRL debut for the Warriors in round one...

Australian Open rocked: nearly 50 players set for hard quarantine

The under-fire Australian Open has been rocked after two of their charter flights carrying players to Melbourne had Covid-19 positive cases, forcing 47 players into hard lockdown for two weeks. Event organisers are scrambling to shield the event from coronavirus outbreaks and will nervously await test results from the final flights on Saturday that have...

Wayne Rooney has just retired as professional footballer

Lahiru Thirimanne led Sri Lanka’s gallant fightback to cut England’s lead to 130 after captain Joe Root hit his fourth test double century on the third day of the first cricket test in Galle on Saturday. Root’s 228 had provided England a strong total of 421 and a meaningful first innings lead of 286, but...

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