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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...

18th June

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Pacific Games: Boost for Team Fiji

MOTIBHAI & Company Limited delivered an added boost for Team Fiji to 2019 Pacific Games in the supplying of REXONA deodorant and antiperspirant supplies for the team ahead of the games next month at the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee head office in Suva this morning. “Rexona will not let our athletes...

Tourists get a taste of Fijian bowling hospitality

TOURISTS from the MV Pacific Aria cruise ship were hosted to a bowling match at the Suva Bowling Club by the Suva Bowls Association. The cruiseliner arrived into the Suva Port earlier yesterday morning. Tour director John Graham said it was the second for bowlers to be hosted in Fiji. “We came over two years...

Pars the stars as Woodland keeps U.S. Open lead

PEBBLE BEACH, CA. (Reuters) – Usually birdies and bogeys are the focal point of any round but for Gary Woodland it was pars that provided the highlights on Saturday, sending him into the final round of the U.S. Open with a one shot lead. Woodland’s two-under 69 featured three birdies and a lone bogey but...

Rabat organizers made it impossible for Semenya to race, says legal team

(Reuters) – The Moroccan Athletics Federation made it “impossible” for Caster Semenya to compete at the Rabat Diamond League meeting on Sunday because of the lateness of a re-invitation, the South African athlete’s legal team said on Saturday. Semenya, the double Olympic 800 meters champion, never declined an invitation to run in the Rabat 800m,...

WTA roundup: Bertens to face Riske in Libema final

Top-seeded Kiki Bertens will play for her third title of the season after dispatching Kazakhstan qualifier Elena Rybakina in the semifinals of Libema Open at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. Bertens thrived on the court in her home country as she recorded five aces while posting the 6-4, 6-4 win over Rybakina. Bertens will play Alison Riske in...

16th June

Pacific Games: Touch rugby names final team

TOUCH Rugby Fiji has named their final team to the Pacific Games in Apia Samoa next month. The 28-member team will be making a comeback to the games after missing two outings. Mens Open: Gerard Young, Keith Nauluvula, Savenaca Vocea, Semisi Rareba, Robert Chan, Roko Richard Rabici, Rusiate Uluimoala, John Sade, Ro Veceli Mataitini, Jalesi...

Fiji women’s hockey goes down to Poland in first pool match

THE Fiji Women’s Hockey team lost out in their first pool match against Poland at the International Hockey Federation series in Hiroshima, Japan. The team suffered a 6-0 loss with a steady nil-all at half time. Poland is currently ranked 23 while Fiji is ranked 44 in the World Women’s table ranking. Their next match...

Special fun day

THE Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) launched the Olympic Day week celebrations in Lautoka yesterday with a theme of “move, learn and discover fun day” for people with disabilities and their families. FASANOC chief executive officer Lorraine Mar said in the past two weeks their team had gone out to special...

15th June

Naseruvati: We will give our best

NATIONAL rep Semesa Naiseruvati is the lone surviving member of the Fiji team that won the triples gold medal during the 2011 Asia Pacific Championship in Adelaide, Australia. That team included Dan Lum On and Samuela Tui upsetting New Zealand in the semi-final and Australia in the final to create history. This time Naiseruvati will...

Boost for athletes to the Pacific Games

TEAM Fiji’s Coca-Cola Games athletes to the 2019 Pacific Games received an added boost for their preparations to the tune of $12,000 from partners Coca Cola Amatil yesterday at their head office in Laucala Bay. Coca-Cola Amatil general manager Roger Hare said it was a proud day for not only for the organisation but also...

Skipper cries foul

FIJI might be on its way to lose another gold medal prospect after the national Indoor Volleyball team has been told by Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) that they have been dropped from Team Fiji to the Apia, Samoa Pacific Games next month. Speaking on behalf of the players, men’s team...

14th June

Raptors wins first NBA championship

THE Toronto Raptors have won their first NBA championship after beating the Golden State Warriors in game six of the NBA finals this afternoon. The Raptors won the match 114-110. They claim the seven game series 4-2.Kyle Lowry leadthe charge in game six with 26 points and 10 assists. The game came right down to...

Fiji bowlers on a mission

SEVEN of the country’s top bowlers leave our shores today as they prepare ahead of the 2019 Asia Pacific Championship which will be held on June 18 to 28 in Australia. The championship will also be a preparation arena for the team as they will be jetting off to Samoa a few days after the...

One aim in mind

LITIA Tikoisuva has only one aim for the 2019 Asia Pacific Championship and that is to try and qualify for the World Bowls Championship next year. Tikoisuva is one of the most experienced bowlers in the country and has represented Fiji for more than 20 years. “The Asia Pacific Championship is very important for me...

Suspects offered $8,000 to kill baseball’s David Ortiz

SANTA DOMINGO (Reuters) – The alleged shooter of David Ortiz has been arrested along with four others in a group offered nearly $8,000 to kill the former Boston Red Sox star at a Dominican Republic bar, authorities said on Wednesday. The arrests came as Ortiz, 43, recovered in a Boston hospital following a second round...

13th June

Basketball braces for tough campaign in Apia

FIJI men’s basketball team will not have an easy run in their games at the Pacific Games in Samoa as they are pooled with the toughest teams in the Pacific. After the release of the pool draws a few weeks ago, it has been confirmed that Fiji will be battling against Papua New Guinea, Solomon...

Fiji cricket needs more playing exposure

FIJI Cricket under-19 needs more exposure of playing cricket matches locally which will help build up their skills and confidence. East Asia Pacific development officer Toby Cohen made the comments after the Fijian team lost out on a chance to qualify for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. “They need to make every opportunity to...

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