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Semenya to chase fast 800m at Prefontaine Classic

(Reuters) – Caster Semenya will get another chance at her favourite event, the 800 metres, when the South African competes in the June 30 Prefontaine Classic in California, her agent and meeting officials told Reuters...

Wrong to remove World Cup fans advocating for Iranian women – FIFA

(Reuters) – World soccer governing body FIFA says it was wrong for stewards to intervene and remove two fans at a women’s World Cup match in France on Saturday because they advocated for Iranian women to be allowed into stadiums in the middle eastern country. Two supporters were forced to leave a match in Grenoble...

Glory days gone for Jamaican men, but female sprinters still excel

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) – As Jamaica prepares to select their world championship team, the exhilarating days of the nation’s male sprinters, led by Usain Bolt, dominating the world are gone, two of the Caribbean island’s top coaches say. While the country’s female sprinters continue to excel, the men do not rank among the year’s best...

Radradra 7s: More spectators expected; First day results

THE first day of the Radradra rugby sevens tournament ignited a flare of interest for the people of Taveuni and more spectators are expected to be part of the tournament tomorrow. Tournament director Sakiasi Veitogavi said the excitement had just begun as they expect more people over the next two days. “Today’s games were just...

All Black’s Smith recovers just in time for Highlanders

ALL Blacks fullback Ben Smith has recovered just in time for the Highlanders and has been named to start for Friday’s quarter-final clash against the Crusaders in Christchurch, TVNZ reports. It reported that Smith had been sidelined since May 4 when he injured his leg and although it was hoped he would play in last...

Radradra 7s: Former Fiji playmaker confident in local talents

FORMER Flying Fijian fullback Metuisela Talebula is confident that some local talents that will be displayed at the Radradra rugby 7s tournament have more to offer for Fiji rugby and the world. Speaking from experience, the former Fiji 7s playmaker wants to see players rise to stardom and look back at the Radradra tournament as a...

Coach Baber to scout at Radradra 7s tournament

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s team coach Gareth Baber will be at the Radradra rugby 7s tournament that kicked off in Taveuni on Vanua Levu today. Tournament media and marketing officer James Vunituraga confirmed with The Fiji Times that Baber will be at the tournament on Friday and Saturday. Not only the Welshman will meet some...

State of Origin: Teams from Ba Province to clash in Vanua Cup final

THE Vodafone Vanua Cup final between Lautoka and Yasawa at Prince Charles Park in Nadi this Saturday is likened to the Australia Rugby League State of Origin series. The two teams from the Ba Province are a close-knit family however on the field they are fierce rivals. Yasawa created history last Saturday after overcoming Ovalau...

10,000-plus spectators expected at inaugural Radradra 7s

MORE than 10,000 spectators in Taveuni and the nearby islands are expected to come and witness the Radradra 7s which has attracted more overseas-based local reps than any other local tournament. The inaugural Radradra rugby sevens tournament organisers are locked and loaded to run one of the much-anticipated local tournament renowned across the country at...

Wara plans for football career move

NINETEEN-YEAR-old Scott Wara is working out plans with his manager regarding his next assignment. The lanky Ra Native said he and his agent were in the process of picking a new club. He is registered with the Stoke City football club. “I’m just looking at all the options from the other clubs and just so...

‘Back to my roots’, says Babasiga wonderboy of ATK sign-up

FIJIAN wonderboy Roy Krishna has signed with Hero India Super League club Amra Team Kolkata (ATK). ATK is a professional football club based in Kolkata. Krishna, 31, said making the decision wasn’t easy for him but it was about going back to his roots where it all began from. “Our forefathers came to Fiji 140...

18th June

Investec Super Rugby: Brumbies star announces his retirement

BRUMBIES star Christian Lealiifano will retire from Super Rugby at the end of the season, taking up a lucrative offer to play in Japan that was “too hard to turn down”. According to ABC News the 31-year-old’s decision to say sayonara to the club after 12 years and 148 matches came less than two years...

Sebastian Singh during training at Samabula gym yesterday. Picture ATU RASEA

Sebastian “The Sniper” to defend title

BOXER Sebastian “The Sniper” Singh will defend his middle weight title against Siliveni Nawai next weekend. Sing said it will be a tough fight. “It has taken two years to finally have this match,” he said. “Nawai was up there making his name in another weight while I made my name in a different division....

Radradra 7s: Teams, overseas based players arrive in Taveuni

TEAMS and players that are gearing up for the inaugural Radradra rugby 7s tournament has arrived at Taveuni Island this afternoon.   More than 10 teams from Viti Levu arrived at the Garden Island of Fiji with some renowned overseas based players  and national reps such as Fiji Airways Fiji 7s winger Aminiasi Tuimaba, Terio...

Roy joins Hero India Super League Club ATK

FIJIAN wonder boy Roy Krishna will feature in the Hero India Super League football competition from this August. The former Wellington Phoenix football star and reigning Hyundai A League Johnny Warren Medalist announced that he will join Hero India Super League Club ATK. In a statement, the Siberia, Labasa marksman said he had a good...

Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh beats West Indies

SHAKIB Al Hasan’s sublime unbeaten 124 helped Bangladesh pull off the second highest chase in World Cup history with a dominant seven-wicket win over West Indies this morning. Set 322 for victory, the Tigers made a rapid start but lost two quick wickets to leave the game evenly poised at 133-3 off 19 overs. But...

Radradra 7s: France based Nabuli support for grassroots rugby in Fiji

FRANCE based rugby player Eto Nabuli is looking forward to be part of the inaugural Radradra rugby sevens tournament in Taveuni this week. The Boardeux Begles winger wants to be part of Semi Radradra’s quest of developing grassroots rugby in the island. “It’s all about giving back to my country through rugby development and I...

World Rugby U20 Championship: Georgia defeats Fiji in 9th place playoff

THE Vodafone Fiji U20 side suffered a shock 12-8 defeat at the hands of Georgia in the 9th place playoff match at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina this morning. Fiji led 5-nil at half-time and increased the lead to 8-nil in the second spell. Georgia scored two tires in the last quarter of...

Ba beats Suva to keep lead

BA maintained its unbeaten run in the Vodafone Premier League after beating Suva 3-1 at the Fiji Football Academy Ground at Namosau on the weekend. It was sweet revenge for the Men in Black after the side lost to the Capital City boys in a penalty shoot-out during the semi-final of the Vodafone Fiji FACT...

26 teams for Samoa

A TOTAL of 26 teams and 460 athletes and officials have been confirmed to fly the flag for Fiji at the 2019 Pacific Games as the numbers begin to finalise. “There are 26 teams that will be going,” confirmed team Fiji chef de mission Patrick Bower. “And we are grateful that we have gotten them...

Sau, Nacuqu ready for Taveuni tourney

THE Sledgehammer Eroni Sau and sensational Waisea Nacuqu are keen to be part of the inaugural Radradra 7s tournament on Taveuni that will kick off tomorrow. The two top sevens players were invited by France based Flying Fijian Semi Radradra to be part of the tournament as guest players in one of the local-based teams....

Costin makes final Fiji Bati selection

VODAFONE Fiji Bati coach Brandon Costin has made a call on his final 18-member squad for the Pacific Test Series match against the Lebanon Cedars which sees Tariq Sims being unavailable after being selected to feature for New South Wales in game two of the State of Origin. Costin had earlier anticipated the call earlier...

Cup champion to miss 11 players in the final match

SKIPPER Cup defending champions QaQa Suva has received an early blow ahead of the grand final with eleven of its players being called away into the Swire Shipping Fijian Latui squad. Eroni Mawi, Mesu Dolokoto, Luke Tagi, Mateo Qolisese, Peni Naulago, Tevita Naqali, Filimoni Seru, Elia Canakaivata, Peni Raidre, John Stewart and Enele Malele who...

Returning Sharapova inspired by ‘ultimate fighter’ Nadal

SANTA PONSA, Mallorca (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova says she will draw inspiration from Rafael Nadal’s incredible powers of recovery as she resumes her injury-hit career on the Spanish great’s island next week. The 32-year-old Russian has not played a competitive match since pulling out of the St Petersburg Open in January and underwent surgery on...

Woodland ready to fight off U.S. Open challengers

PEBBLE BEACH, CA. (Reuters) – Gary Woodland will take a wafer-thin one shot lead into the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday, looking over his shoulder at hard-charging major winners at Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose. Without a top-10 finish in his first 27 majors, Woodland has only recently become a factor at...

Investec Super Rugby: Reece crowned Rookie of the Year

SEVU Reece has been crowned the Investec Super Rugby rookie of the year. Reece scooped the rookie of the year despite not playing in the final round clinging onto his lead of 19 points over Tom Robinson who managed 17 points. According to Super Rugby, it really was a two-horse race between Reece and Robinson...

Tennis: Berrettini overpowers Auger-Aliassime to lift Stuttgart title

(Reuters) – Italian Matteo Berrettini claimed his first grasscourt title with a 6-4 7-6(11) victory over Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Stuttgart Open final on Sunday. World number 30 Berrettini saved five points in the marathon second set tiebreak and held on to win it 13-11 for his third ATP crown in last 11...

Rampant Sweden pummel Thailand 5-1 to book last 16 spot

NICE, France (Reuters) – Sweden produced a breathtaking display of attacking soccer to thrash Thailand 5-1 in Nice on Sunday and book their place in the last 16 of the women’s World Cup. Thailand, coming off a record 13-0 loss to defending champions United States in their Group F opener, conceded twice in the opening...

Tennis: American Riske stuns home favorite Bertens to lift title in Rosmalen

(Reuters) – American Alison Riske recovered from an opening set bagel and saved five championship points as she stunned home favorite Kiki Bertens 0-6 7-6(3) 7-5 to lift the Libema Open title in Rosmalen on Sunday. Bertens had three match points at 5-4 in the second set, but her American opponent came through with a...

17th June

Fiji FA player transfer window opens next month

THE Fiji Football Association Player transfer window opens in less than two week’s time. Fiji FA Competitions Manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed the player transfer window opens on July 1, 2019. In this time, players who wish to change clubs and districts they are currently playing for can do so. Pal added this transfer window...

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