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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Steven Adams uses a Kiwi classic to help ‘keep that immune system strong’

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams has gone to one of his favourite dishes in a bid to help boost his immune system amid the Coronavirus outbreak. The Oklahoma City Thunder big man has plenty of spare time on his hands due to the NBA suspending its season because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Adams has posted a...

Coronavirus: Postponing Tokyo Olympics will cost at least $3.3 billion but is set to increase

Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 will make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday (Friday NZ time), although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were...

Black Caps grounded for winter

New Zealand Cricket has canned one tour and expects more to follow as the Covid-19 pandemic bites deeper into the world sporting calendar. NZC chief executive David White on Friday confirmed the postponement of the White Ferns’ tour of Sri Lanka, scheduled to start later this month, and said it was “most unlikely” the Black Caps would...

Irritated Ajax want Dutch league called off

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Ajax Amsterdam technical director Marc Overmars on Wednesday expressed astonishment at plans to try to complete the Dutch league season and compared the country’s football association and UEFA to Donald Trump. His irritated reaction came after the Dutch football association (KNVB) issued a statement saying it would follow UEFA’s direction to attempt...

Mixed martial arts: Nurmagomedov in quarantine, says Ferguson fight off

(Reuters) – UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says his fight against American Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 is off as he is in quarantine in Russia amid the coronavirus pandemic. Dagestan native Nurmagomedov was scheduled to face Ferguson on April 18 at the Barclays Center in New York but the venue had already been ruled...

Woods, Mickelson to play coronavirus relief match with Brady, Manning

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play a coronavirus relief golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. The report, which sourced an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is...

Fittipaldi and Deletraz take Haas F1 reserve roles

LONDON (Reuters) – Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi and Swiss racer Louis Deletraz have been appointed official test and reserve drivers for the Haas Formula One team. Both have tested and carried out simulator work for the U.S.-owned team in the past. With the Formula One season yet to start due to the coronavirus pandemic, the pair...

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