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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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Momoka Kobori looks at coaching pathway after historic New Zealand golf win

Emerging golf talent Momoka Kobori has already banked the first pay cheque of her professional career. The 21-year-old Cantabrian put her name in lights last weekend, creating history as the first female winner of a mixed field New Zealand PGA event. Kobori finished tied for first alongside Harry Bateman at the two-day 36-hole Whitford Park...

16th January

Super Smash: Daryl Mitchell guides Canterbury Kings to win over his former team

Daryl Mitchell helped dig the Canterbury Kings out of an early hole and led them to a win over his former team, the Northern Knights, in the Twenty20 Super Smash on Friday. The Black Caps all-rounder made 69 off 47 balls as the Kings won by six wickets with seven balls to spare at Hagley...

Australia vs India: Marnus Labuschagne century gives Australia slight edge in deciding test

Marnus Labuschagne’s century has piloted his side to 5-274 at stumps on day one of the series-deciding fourth test in Brisbane, where India’s unheralded attack exposed Australia’s early lack of ruthlessness. India’s bowlers, boasting a combined 13 test wickets at the toss, are believed to be the most inexperienced attack that Australia have confronted since...

15th January

Covid-19: Andy Murray’s status for Australia in doubt after contracting virus

Andy Murray’s status for the Australian Open was put in doubt Thursday after he tested positive for Covid-19 only days before his planned charter flight to Melbourne. The three-time Grand Slam champion is isolating at home near London, the tournament said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this means he will be unable to join the official...

Young skateboarders descending on Oakura competition

He was recovering from an injury last year – but this year Oakura’s up-and-coming skateboard star will be in action at his home bowl. Fourteen-year-old Niwa Shewry is stoked to be able to compete in the Annual Oakura Bowl Jam this weekend. He first got into skateboarding six years ago. “I liked the constant challenge...

America’s Cup: Luna Rossa on the boat tweaks you can’t see

Italian America’s Cup challenger Luna Rossa says it’s a mistake to judge how much the AC75 race boats are evolving, by looking from the outside. “There is a lot of change day by day, and changes even during a sailing day,” said Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena, on the eve of Friday’s opening races in...

UFC won’t punish fighters for marijuana use in policy change

The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy. The world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion confirmed Thursday that it will no longer worry about positive tests for carboxy-THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, unless it believes a fighter used it intentionally to...

‘It doesn’t affect us one iota’: Paine brushes off Gavaskar’s calls for his head

Captain Tim Paine will not be silenced, vowing to keep up the chirp in the fourth test, but one India great he is not lining up is Sunil Gavaskar. If the Tasmanian led with his chin in his verbal stoush with Ravichandran Ashwin, he was more guarded when it came to taking on one of...

Super Smash: Sophie Devine makes fastest century in her return to the Wellington Blaze

Sophie Devine made Twenty20 history on Thursday afternoon, but as soon she secured a win for the Wellington Blaze, her thoughts were with the girl in the crowd she struck with one of her many sixes. The White Ferns captain blazed her way to an unbeaten 108 off 38 balls as the Wellington Blaze beat...

Olympic Games hurdles champion Brianna Rollins-McNeal suspended in doping case

Olympic Games hurdles champion Brianna Rollins-McNeal has been provisionally suspended for a doping rules violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit said on Thursday (Friday NZ time). Rollins-McNeal won gold in the 100m hurdles at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 29-year-old American was also world champion in 2013. The AIU said it charged Rollins-McNeal with...

World record for Devine in Dunedin

Sophie Devine has celebrated good news for the New Zealand women’s cricket team with a history-making performance. The White Ferns captain thumped the fastest century in women’s T20 history, from just 36 balls, to lead Wellington to a 10-wicket win over Otago in their domestic T20 match in Dunedin on Thursday. Devine, who was playing...

14th January

Deputy chief medical officer wants players to act responsibly

(Reuters) – England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) has called on soccer players to behave responsibly and stop celebrating in close proximity to each other, citing the dangerous situation in the country with regard to COVID-19. The issue of players flouting social distancing rules has been in the news this week after video emerged of...

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