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12th December

Hamilton and MotoGP great Rossi preparing for ride swap

(Reuters) – Six times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and MotoGP great Valentino Rossi are preparing for a ride swap in Spain on Monday, with the Briton “super excited” at the prospect. Hamilton, who...

Valencia eliminate Ajax and progress with Rodrigo winner

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Rodrigo scored the game’s only goal as Valencia upset hosts Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 on Tuesday to finish top of Champions League Group H and eliminate the Dutch club from this season’s competition. The 24th minute strike from the Brazil-born Spanish international saw Valencia finish ahead of Chelsea, 2-1 victors over Lille, by...

All Black McKenzie expected to be fit for Chiefs’ Super opener

(Reuters) – New Zealand utility back Damian McKenzie is on track to return from a knee ligament injury ahead of the Waikato Chiefs’ Super Rugby season opener against Auckland Blues on Jan. 31, assistant coach Tabai Matson has said. McKenzie, 24, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing against the Blues in April and missed the...

Spurs’ Mourinho will use Bayern ‘dead rubber’ to look at options

(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says he will use Wednesday’s ‘dead rubber’ Champions League Group B match at Bayern Munich as a chance to familiarise himself with his new team. Mourinho took over at Spurs last month following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino and oversaw the 4-2 win against Olympiakos Piraeus which ensured...

11th December

Russia banned from next Olympics and World Cup soccer

LAUSANNE/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia was banned from the world’s top sporting events for four years on Monday, including the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup, for tampering with doping tests. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) executive committee acted after concluding that Moscow had planted fake evidence and deleted files linked...

Children flock chess tourney

THERE had been a positive turnout at this year’s Fiji Chess National Championship with a good number of children participants at the Fiji Olympic House in Flagstaff, Suva. General secretary Hilda Vukikomoala said they were pleased to have parents bring in their children to compete at the final national tournament of the year. “We are...

Russia banned from Olympic Games for altering doping data

LAUSANNE/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia was banned from the Olympics and other major world championships on Monday after sporting officials decided to punish it for tampering with doping-related laboratory data in another blow to Russia’s already tarnished sporting reputation. The decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), imposed a four-year ban on Russia participating in a...

Woods looks to draw a line under Reed violation ahead of Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – United States captain Tiger Woods attempted to draw a line under Patrick Reed’s rules violation at the Hero World Challenge over the weekend when his team touched down in Australia on Monday for this week’s Presidents Cup. Reed received a two-stroke penalty for improving his lie in a bunker on Friday during...

Report: Rangers reach deal with righty Lyles

RIGHT-hander Jordan Lyles has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Texas Rangers, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The nine-year vet split last season between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers, going 7-1 in 11 starts with Milwaukee after a July 29 trade. Overall, he finished the season 12-8 with a 4.15 ERA...

Celtics rip Cavs, improve to 10-0 at home

Kemba Walker led with 22 points, Gordon Hayward had 14 in his return from a hand injury and the Boston Celtics beat the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 110-88 on Monday night. Jaylen Brown added 20 points, Jayson Tatum 19 and Daniel Theis 10 as all five Celtics starters scored in double figures. Boston improved to 10-0...

Andreescu named Canada’s athlete of the year after breakout season

TORONTO (Reuters) – Bianca Andreescu was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year on Monday, capping a remarkable year in which the teenager became the country’s first tennis Grand Slam singles champion with her U.S. Open triumph. Andreescu, an unknown quantity to most in Canada a year ago, was a unanimous...

NBA roundup: AD drops 50, Lakers beat Wolves

ANTHONY Davis scored a season-high 50 points, sparking the Los Angeles Lakers to a 142-125 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Davis connected on 20 of 29 shots from the floor and converted all 10 of his free throws in 39 minutes. It was his fourth career 50-plus scoring game. Davis also...

10th December

Transparent scoring for Tokyo Olympic Boxing

IN a bid to restore trust in the scoring of boxing matches at the Olympics, scores will be displayed at the end of each round. That’s the biggest change proposed for the tournament in Tokyo by the IOC, which took over control in June when it suspended international federation AIBA. Suspension of AIBA came after...

Good turnout at chess event

THERE has been a positive turnout at this Fiji Chess National Championship with a good number of kid participants at the Fiji Olympic House in Flagstaff, Suva. General secretary Hilda Vukikomoala said they were pleased to have parents bring in their kids to compete at the final national tournament of the year. “We are very...

BCF calls for nation’s support

BOXING Commission Fiji chairman Subhash Appana has called on all stakeholders to come together to lift the sport of boxing in the nation. “We should all be focused on promoting boxing,” Appana said. “And lifting boxing to another level, regardless whether you are promoter, a boxer a trainer and even an official. Appana said it...

Ainslie adds SailGP to INEOS Team UK’s pursuit of America’s Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – Ben Ainslie will helm the British entry in the 2020 series of SailGP with backing from INEOS Team UK, adding the catamaran competition to his campaign to win the America’s Cup in New Zealand in 2021. SailGP said on Tuesday that Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor, has signed up to the...

Niners edge Saints 48-46 in thrilling NFC showdown

JIMMY Garoppolo threw four touchdown passes and Robbie Gould kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired as the visiting San Francisco 49ers defeated the New Orleans Saints 48-46 in an NFC showdown on Sunday afternoon. Garoppolo completed 26 of 35 passes for 349 yards and drove the 49ers 63 yards in the final minute...

Motor racing: F1 waves chequered flag for tradition over technology

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One’s governing body has ruled for tradition over technology when it comes to deciding the official end of a grand prix. The FIA said in a statement after a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris that the waved chequered flag would be reinstated next season as the “definitive end-of-race signal”....

Report: Rangers reach deal with righty Lyles

RIGHT-hander Jordan Lyles has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Texas Rangers, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The nine-year vet split last season between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers, going 7-1 in 11 starts with Milwaukee after a July 29 trade. Overall, he finished the season 12-8 with a 4.15 ERA...

Jets edge Ducks on Scheifele’s late goal

Mark Scheifele scored his second goal of the game on a power play with 4:22 remaining and the Winnipeg Jets held on to defeat the visiting Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Sunday afternoon. Adam Lowry also scored, Mathieu Perreault had two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for Winnipeg. The Jets went on the power...

‘Firm and fiery’ Royal Melbourne to test patience at Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Royal Melbourne’s composite course has been a happy hunting ground for United States captain Tiger Woods and his Internationals counterpart Ernie Els but both skippers will urge caution when their players tee off at the Presidents Cup. An amalgam of 12 holes from the club’s West course and six from its East,...

Dinwiddie’s winner caps wild 4th as Nets top Nuggets

Spencer Dinwiddie scored the go-ahead layup with 26.3 seconds left and the Nets came up with defensive stops on Denver’s final two possessions to edge the Nuggets 105-102 Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn. Dinwiddie led the Nets with 24 points and using a high screen set by Taurean Prince, he glided through the middle of the...

NFL: Duty calls as Massachusetts police escort Chiefs’ gear to game

(Reuters) – Police in the American state of Massachusetts must have felt split loyalties as they provided an escort for football gear ahead of Sunday’s National Football League game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. While most on the force no doubt support the Patriots, who are revered in the sports-mad region,...

9th December

Teqball: Hosts Hungary dominate world championships

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary showed it remains the dominant force in teqball, a hybrid sport mixing football with table tennis, winning the singles and doubles world titles on Sunday. Adam Blazsovics easily won the singles title and teamed up with Csaba Banyik to take home the doubles gold in Budapest. Hungary’s dominance comes as little...

Woods to ignite Presidents Cup as U.S. look to extend reign

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A biennial tournament that has struggled for relevance under a heavy weight of American supremacy will roar back into life when Tiger Woods returns to the Presidents Cup as a playing captain at Royal Melbourne this week. The 15-times major champion missed the 2015 tournament and was a non-playing assistant two years...

NHL roundup: Eichel extends streak, Sabres down Oilers in OT

Defenseman Colin Miller scored his first goal of the season 1:13 into overtime as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the host Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Sunday night. Kyle Okposo and Johan Larsson also scored, and goaltender Linus Ullmark made 26 saves for the Sabres, who blew a two-goal, first-period lead. Buffalo wrapped up a three-game Western Canada...

Kooline crowned champions following dramatic final

SOLOMON Islands champions Kooline made history by securing the first ever OFC Futsal Champions League title on offer with a thrilling victory over AS PTT Noumea in Sunday’s title decider at Auckland’s Barfoot and Thompson Stadium. Meanwhile local hopefuls AFF Futsal picked up the bronze medal after cruising past Tahiti’s As Pirea in the third...

Chand wins Mr Fiji title

NILESH Chand has been crowned Mr Fiji ahead of his opponents Simon Shankar, Saimoni Leuta and Sefanaia Cakautini. The 42-year-old said it wasn’t an easy journey for him as he dedicates his win to his family. “Super proud and dedicating my win to my Lord and saviour Jesus my family and all my friends my...

Golf: Reed violation ‘opens the door’ for Presidents Cup crowds – Leishman

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Marc Leishman thinks Patrick Reed’s rules violation at the Hero World Challenge has given the Melbourne crowd plenty of ammunition to try and get under the American’s skin at next week’s Presidents Cup. Reed was penalized two strokes on Friday after twice moving sand while taking practice swings to improve his lie...

Mavericks pile on to send Pelicans to 8th straight loss

Luka Doncic scored 26 points as Dallas stayed hot while the New Orleans Pelicans remained cold in the Mavericks’ 130-84 victory Saturday afternoon. Boban Marjanovic added 15 points and 16 rebounds, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson scored 14 points each, Kristaps Porzingis had 13 and Seth Curry 11 as Dallas won for the 10th...

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