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Golf-Johnson thrives in elder statesman role for U.S. Ryder Cup team

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson may have been the oldest member of the triumphant U.S. Ryder Cup team on Sunday, but the stoic American showed the way for a rookie-filled squad as he dominated...

Soccer-Mourinho blasts referee and VAR after Roma lose derby to Lazio

ROME (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho blamed the referee and VAR for AS Roma’s 3-2 defeat to rivals Lazio in Serie A on Sunday, saying his side were dominant despite the result. It was the Portuguese manager’s second loss since taking charge of the Italian side in the summer, and Lazio led from the 10th minute...

Japanese Prime Minister Suga claims Tokyo 2020 was a symbol of global unity

TOKYO/NEW YORK, 27 SEPTEMBER 2021 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Yoshihide Suga has claimed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games served as a symbol of global unity during a message at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in one of his final international engagements as Japanese Prime Minister. A pre-recorded message from Suga was played...

Soccer-Arsenal trounce Tottenham as resurgence continues

LONDON (Reuters) -Arsenal’s resurgence continued with a 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur as the two north London clubs continued to move in opposite directions in the Premier League on Sunday. Goals by Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka crowned a majestic first-half display by a youthful Arsenal who were sharper and hungrier...

Boxing-Usyk says heavyweight title can’t compare with Olympic gold

LONDON (Reuters) – New heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk said his stunning victory over Anthony Joshua in London on Saturday gave him less satisfaction than winning Olympic gold in the same city in 2012. Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk gave a boxing masterclass in front of 67,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, earning a...

Rugby-Pumas coach Ledesma rues handing easy points to Wallabies

(Reuters) – Coach Mario Ledesma was left to regret a series of missed opportunities as Argentina slipped to another loss in The Rugby Championship against Australia in Townsville on Saturday. The Pumas remain without a win in the opening five matches in the competition following a 27-8 defeat at the hands of the Wallabies, and...

Cricket-Kohli becomes first Indian to reach 10,000 runs in T20 cricket

(Reuters) – Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to notch up 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket during his side Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) game against the Mumbai Indians in Dubai on Sunday. The 32-year-old is the second man after West Indies’ Chris Gayle to reach the landmark in both T20 and one-day international cricket....

New champ Usyk heads for simple life, Joshua eyes rematch

LONDON, 27SEPTEMBER 2021 (AP) –  Anthony Joshua was walking back to his dressing room, dazed, bedraggled — he could barely see out of his right eye — with sympathetic shouts coming from the crowd of 66,000 who’d just seen British boxing’s national treasure lose his world heavyweight titles again. Joshua was trying hard not to...

Soccer-‘Kick in the guts’: NZ coach laments Stensness’s Australia switch

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand coach Danny Hay said Gianni Stensness’s decision to switch allegiance to Australia is a “kick in the guts” after the midfielder played for the ‘All Whites’ at the Olympics. The Australia-born 22-year-old, who was eligible to play for New Zealand through his father, was not included in Hay’s 21-man squad...

Tuimaba’s winner: Yasawa flyer helps club in French Top 14

A late try by Olympics gold medallist and Pau winger Aminiasi Tuimaba was enough to secure a 23-22 win against Montpellier in their Top 14 round four clash at the Stade du Hameau, France over the weekend. Pau trailed Montpellier from the first whistle, until the final three minutes when a break in midfield saw...

Rennie wants Wallabies to be more ruthless

BRISBANE,27 SEPTEMBER 2021 (AFP) – The Wallabies might have won three in a row for the first time since 2017 but “grumpy” coach Dave Rennie wants more ruthlessness, complaining they were not clinical enough against Argentina. Buoyed by back-to-back upsets of world champions South Africa, Australia put Los Pumas to the sword 27-8 in Townsville...

Kiwis retain rugby title

SYDNEY -New Zealand narrowly justified their number one world ranking with a hardfought 19-17 win over world champions South Africa in Townsville on Saturday to win the Rugby Championship title with a match to spare. The 100th Test between rugby’s two most successful nations did not disappoint and it was not until fullback Jordie Barrett...

Silktails change; streamline pathways program

The Kaiviti Silktails will be changed into an under-23 side heading into the 2023 New South Wales Rugby League Ron Massey Cup. “The under-23s format will be a Silktails only criteria to make the team,” said Silktails interim chief executive officer Stephen Driscoll . “This is just to streamline our pathways program and strengthen our...

Ricciardo reprimanded for impeding Stroll

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, still on a high after his win in Italy two weeks ago, was given a reprimand on Saturday for impeding Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll during Russian Grand Prix qualifying. Race stewards noted in a statement that the Australian had taken immediate action as soon as he was aware of the Canadian’s presence...

Klopp praises Brentford after thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool

Liverpool’s 3-3 draw away to Brentford was a thrilling spectacle for the fans but Reds boss Juergen Klopp was not in a position to enjoy it as much as those on the terraces as his side dropped two points in the Premier League title race. Liverpool came from a goal behind on Saturday to lead...

Italy’s Balsamo pips Vos to win road race world title

Elisa Balsamo’s daring sprint earned the Italian the women’s road race title at the cycling world championships ahead of triple gold medallist Marianne Vos on Saturday. Balsamo, 32, benefited from veteran Elisa Longo Borghini’s selfless work in the final straight and started her effort far from the line to hold off Dutchwoman Vos, who won...

Giants send Anthony DeSclafani to mound against Rockies

A team in a pennant race needs to rely on players to come through in big moments. When it comes to playing Colorado, the San Francisco Giants can’t ask more than what Anthony DeSclafani has done this season. The right-hander has faced the Rockies four times in 2021 and is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA....

Tsitsipas takes shoe break in Laver Cup win over Kyrgios

Stefanos Tsitsipas did not leave the court but required some time to replace a worn out pair of shoes during a 6-3 6-4 win over Nick Kyrgios on Saturday in Boston to give Team Europe a 5-1 lead over Team World in the Laver Cup. Tsitsipas came under scrutiny at the U.S. Open for both...

26th September

Capable officials needed: Bower

Team Fiji chef de mission to the Olympic Games Patrick Bower believes with the ongoing COVID-19 predicament in the country Fiji needs to be vigilant if they are challenged to stage an international event in terms of sports in the near future. “We would need to elect leaders who are capable of handling their designated...

Suva four join club in Israel

Another two Suva Rugby Union players, Ananaia Rabonu and Sailosi Turagaluvu, have joined the bandwagon securing contracts to ply their trade with the Tel Aviv Heat Rugby Club in Israel. “That makes it four Suva players as they join Israel Immanuel Azariah and Nemani Buliruarua who were signed earlier,” said Suva team manager Nemani Tuifagalele....

Natabe: We’re hoping to get our approval

Fiji National Rugby League chief executive officer Don Natabe is optimistic about the commencement of the prestigious Fiji National Rugby League’s Vodafone Cup tournament in November. Natabe said they would be lodging their application form for a “safe return to sports” protocol to the Fiji National Sports Commission. “We’re hoping to obtain our approval from...

Rugby Championship: Samu Kerevi centre of attention as Wallabies continue winning streak

The Wallabies have notched three-straight wins for the first time since 2017, beating a plucky Argentina 27-8 as James O’Connor made a successful test return in Townsville. Samu Kerevi’s powerful running set the scene for the Wallabies, the centre setting up and scoring a try to create a 17-3 halftime buffer. Australia lost their rhythm...

Premier League: Manchester City end run of losses with win at Chelsea as rivals lose

Pep Guardiola has made some curious team selections in Manchester City’s run of losses against Chelsea. This time, he got it just right. In a surprisingly one-sided match between two Premier League title contenders, City delivered a statement performance in a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) that could easily have...

Cleary under shadow after Panthers win

Nathan Cleary faces an anxious wait to learn whether he is charged over a lifting tackle after spearheading Penrith to an epic 10-6 defeat over an injury-hit Melbourne. The win avenged last year’s grand final defeat and gives the Panthers the opportunity to go one better next Sunday. Cleary was placed on report for the...

All Blacks edge Springboks in Rugby Championship thriller

New Zealand narrowly justified their number one world ranking with a hard-fought 19-17 win over world champions South Africa in Townsville on Saturday to secure the Rugby Championship title with a match to spare. The 100th test between rugby’s two most successful nations did not disappoint and it was not until fullback Jordie Barrett kicked...

Oleksandr Usyk stuns Anthony Joshua in heavyweight boxing title fight

Oleksandr Usyk has stunned Anthony Joshua in their heavyweight boxing clash in London on Sunday morning (NZ time). The Ukrainian is the new champion of the world, claiming the WBA, WBO and IBF titles in a points victory in front of around 67,000 people at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.  

British royal Kate meets new queen of tennis Raducanu

British royal Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, joined Britain’s new queen of tennis Emma Raducanu on court on Friday to celebrate the newly crowned U.S. Open Champion’s achievement. Raducanu, 18, shot to fame this month after she became Britain’s first female Grand Slam champion for 44 years. She joined forces with Kate, wife of Queen...

PSG boss Pochettino hopes Messi fit for Man City clash

Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Paris St Germain’s match against Montpellier as he has not fully recovered from a bone bruising injury, but manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes he returns for their midweek match against Manchester City. Messi suffered a knock on his left knee and an MRI scan earlier this week confirmed signs...

Real’s Ancelotti backs Benzema for Ballon D’or

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has backed forward Karim Benzema to win the Ballon D’Or, comparing the Frenchman to a wine that gets better with age. The award, which has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, is as open a contest as ever as the duo age and Benzema’s form...

Spieth nearly ends up in Lake Michigan after remarkable Ryder Cup shot

American Jordan Spieth nearly ended up in chilly Lake Michigan after hitting a remarkable shot out of the rough from an extreme slope as part of a desperate bid to extend a Ryder Cup foursomes match against Europe on Friday. Trailing Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia by two at the par-three 17th, Justin Thomas left...

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