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Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold pens long-term deal

(Reuters) – Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a new long-term contract, the Premier League club said on Saturday. The 20-year-old local boy, who made his debut in October 2016, has established himself in Juergen...

Lowry endures Sterne test to win Abu Dhabi Championship

(Reuters) – Shane Lowry claimed his first European Tour title since 2015 by winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Saturday, finishing one shot ahead of South Africa’s Richard Sterne in a thrilling final round battle. Overnight leader Lowry was pushed to the limit by Sterne but sank a crucial birdie on the final hole...

Serena consoles Ukrainian teen after sailing into last 16

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams powered into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of Dayana Yastremska then consoled the Ukrainian teenager after leaving her in tears. The 37-year-old Williams, chasing a record-extending eighth Melbourne title in the professional era, barely broke sweat on a sunny afternoon at...

Big guns primed as business end of Asian Cup gets underway

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – With the big powers all having negotiated the expanded Asian Cup group stage safely enough, the tournament gets going in earnest on Sunday with the first of the sudden-death round of 16 ties. First of the former champions out of the blocks are Iran, who take on Oman at the Mohammed...

Farrell has thumb surgery but should be fit to face Ireland

LONDON (Reuters) – England captain Owen Farrell has had surgery on an injured thumb just two weeks before their Six Nations opener with champions Ireland in Dublin but is still expected to be fit to play. Farrell was withdrawn from Saracens’ home European Champions Cup match against Glasgow on Saturday to have a minor procedure...

Torrential rain postpones first round of premier league

TORRENTIAL rain forced the Fiji Football Association and match officials to call off the first round Vodafone Premier League match between Ba Football Club and Nasinu Football Club that was to be held at Ratu Cakobau Park. Fiji FA Competitions manager Amitesh Pal said the game could not be played in such conditions. He said...

Lack of guidance and vision hurting tennis says McEnroe

(Reuters) – John McEnroe believes tennis is suffering from a lack of “guidance and vision” and says it is time the various organisations in charge began to work in harmony. Like many fans and players the American, an analyst for Eurosport at the Australian Open, has been left bemused by the four Grand Slams all...

Fourth win: Police retains Coral Coast 7s title

THE Police 7s team has become the first side to win the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament four times. They retained the title they wrested from First Light Taveuni last year by beating Tabadamu 17-0 in the final at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Despite the slippery and very wet conditions, team captain Livai...

Serevi vouches for Fiji in NZ

RUGBY 7s wizard Waisale Serevi believes Fiji can win the Hamilton 7s in New Zealand next week. Serevi who arrived at the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s  tournament yesterday from the US commended Fiji Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber for selecting a strong team. “We have a good team and Baber has done...

Tabakaucoro qualifies for Pacific Games 200m event

THE Pacific king of the track, Banuve Tabakaucoro, has qualified to the Pacific Games 200m after he ran a time of 21.25 seconds in Friday’s athletics trials beating the qualifying time of 21.40 seconds. Tabakaucoro acknowledged the support that helped him push his limits to qualify for the 200m event at the Pacific Games in...

Goneva: Focus on what is ahead

FIJI Airways Flying Fijian veteran winger Vereniki Goneva believes Fiji’s 21-14 historic win over France last year has proven Fiji will be a major first at the Rugby World Cup in Japan this year. The flyer from Nagado Village in Nadi currently plies his trade with the Newcastle Falcons in the Gallagher Championship. “That game...

Fiji trio makes it through Aussie Rules recruitment

THREE local players have been given the lifetime opportunity after being recruited by the CDHBU Football & Netball Club to play Aussie Rules next month. Vitogo, Lautoka lad Jekesoni Koroi who plays for the Nadi Panthers will be joined by Lautoka Raiders duo William Dyer and Josese Rokodamana. The three boys are still trying to...

VPL: Lautoka ready to defend title

THE Lautoka football side is ready to defend its Vodafone Premier League title. The champions of 2016 and 2017 started their campaign against Tavua today. LFA secretary Muni Nair said they were aware of the importance of a good start. “We need to start well. The players know that. We will basically have the same...

Local swimming clubs attend first event of the year

NINE local swimming clubs turned up at the Long Course Grand Prix event – Fiji Swimming’s first event of the year – at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva yesterday. Association general manager David Dugucanavanua said it was pleasing to see the good turnout of clubs after the Christmas break. “It is...

Australia’s Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka series

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the test series against Sri Lanka due to a back injury, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Saturday. Jhye Richardson, uncapped at test level, has been called into the squad in place of Hazlewood, who has taken 164 wickets in 44 tests. “Josh...

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Australia women’s coach Stajcic sacked five months before World Cup

(Reuters) – Australia’s preparations for the Women’s World Cup have been rocked with the sacking of coach Alen Stajcic, with Football Federation Australia (FFA) announcing his departure on Saturday. Stajcic, who took charge of the ‘Matildas’ in 2014, guided the team to the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup and the same stage at the...

Supreme Court to rule on Indian players suspended for remarks about women

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Supreme Court has been asked to decide the future of two international cricketers suspended for their comments about women in a TV show interview last week, stirring a debate over whether they were being treated too harshly. Indian cricket administrators recalled all-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul from a...

Football star Ronaldo expected in Madrid Tuesday for tax fraud trial

MADRID (Reuters) – Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is expected back in Madrid on Tuesday to attend a trial for tax evasion where Spanish prosecutors are asking for a 23-month prison sentence and fine. Ronaldo’s former Madrid teammate Xabi Alonso is also due in court next Tuesday for another case of tax fraud. Portuguese striker Ronaldo,...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police first team to win title four times

POLICE have become the first team to win the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s title four times after beating Tabadamu 17-0 in the cup final this evening. Police scored through Joseva Kuricuri and a double to Rusiate Matai. First Light Taveuni won the plate after beating Sigatoka River Safari Henibua 15-10. The NFA team won...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police in the lead in cup final

POLICE look good to retain the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s title as they lead Tabadamu 15-0 in the cup final. Police scored three tries on a slippery Lawaqa ground as the second half gets underway. Stay with us as we get you the latest from Sigatoka.

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police and Tabadamu to clash for main prize

POLICE and Tabadamu will clash for the main prize of the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s. Suva-based Tabadamu edged Ratu Filise 7-5 while the defending champions, the lawmen from Suva beat Australia Development 22-7. Other finals: Shield: Suva Stallions vs BLK. Bowl: Dratabu vs NFA. Plate: Sigatoka River Safari Henibua vs First Light Taveuni. Meanwhile,...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police downs Australia Development

POLICE have booked a place in the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament after ousting a physical Australia Development side 22-7 in the semi-finals at Lawaqa Park this afternoon. Police scored four tries to one and await the winner of the second semi between Tabadamu and Ratu Filise. In other semis: Shield: Suva Stallions...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise ousts First Light Taveuni

FIRST Light Taveuni is out of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s after it was beaten by  Ratu Filise 12-17 in the last cup quarter-finals at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Amenoni Nasilasila got a yellow card allowing the islanders to strike with two tries and a conversion. Results so far: Cup quarters: Tabadamu 26-...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Dratabu wins first bowl quarters

DRATABU won the first bowl quarter final after beating Suva Stallions at Lawaqa Park this morning. Vatemo Ravouvou and Samisoni Viriviri’s Nadi-based team won 19-17. Nasaunivalu currently leads Lokalevu 12-7 in the second quarter. Other draws: Hong Kong vs Outrigger, BLK vs NFA. Cup quarters: Police vs Coastal Brothers, Sigatoka River Safari Henibua vs Australia...

7s hunt: Champion in the quarter

CORAL Coast 7s defending champion Police are in the hunt to retain their title today after winning three matches in the start of the men’s competition of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Police will meet Coastal Brothers in the start of the quarter-fInals this morning. Police won...

Fiji FA investigates U23 players for alleged drug use

A NUMBER of Fiji Football players in the under-23 squad have been taken into account for allegedly using illegal drugs believed to be marijuana during the under-23 national trials on the Fiji Football Academy grounds in Ba. Fiji Football competition manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed nine players are currently under investigation by the Fiji FA...

Fiji Baseball association participates in week-long baseball clinic

THE Fiji Baseball & Softball Association (FBSA) U12 and U15 players had the honour and privilege to participate in a week-long baseball clinic conducted by a former Japanese professional baseball player, Atsushi Kita. According to a press statement from the association, Kita visited Fiji from December 16-23 as part of a program of promoting and...

2019 Super Rugby kicks off in four weeks time

THE 2019 Super Rugby tournament kicks-off in four weeks time on Friday, February 15, in Hamilton, New Zealand with a Kiwi derby between two of last year’s quarter-finalists as the Chiefs host the Highlanders. It is followed that same evening by the Aussie derby between the Brumbies and Rebels in Canberra. The remainder of the opening weekend will...

Joe Ravouvou of New Zealand 7's team at the hotel in Hong Kong yesterday. New Zealand team is pooled together with Fiji,Russia and Samoa.Picture: RAMA

Ravouvou returns to All Blacks Sevens squad

JOE Ravouvou has made a return to the All Blacks Sevens squad as they prepare to host the third stopover of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton, New Zealand. It will be Ravouvou’s first appearance back on the world stage since they lifted the Rugby Sevens World Cup last year. Fellow Fijians Vilimoni...

Rugby – Hartley’s halo slipping as Jones omits skipper

LONDON (Reuters) – The official line is that Dylan Hartley has been omitted from England’s Six Nations squad due to injury but the fact that he is also absent from next week’s training camp, having already lost his starting berth, suggests it might be a tough road back. Three caps short of a century, the...

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