Sport

8th February

Sevens squad hit the grounds

The Fiji Airways Fiji 7s men’s team hit the training paddocks early this morning with a session at Albert Park in Suva. Present at the ground was former Fiji 7s Player Sireli Bobo, who helped...

7th February

Australia T20 skipper Finch retires from internationals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia T20 captain Aaron Finch announced his retirement from internationals on Tuesday, drawing a line under a career that yielded more than 8,000 runs across formats. A hard-hitting opening batsman and limited overs specialist, the 36-year-old retired from the ODI team in September and took time over the home summer to decide...

Fijian Drua terminates Habosi’s contract

The Fijian Drua has terminated the contract of one of its star players in Vinaya Habosi. The franchise said Habosi, 23, was let go because of a “high-level” breach of the club’s code of conduct. “The decision was made after careful consideration, and full due process was accorded to Vinaya throughout the process,” the club...

‘Sports can keep you healthy and engaged’

Sports can help youth to be healthy and socially engaged, said Minister for Youth and Sports Jese Saukuru in Ba last week. This was part of his message to Magodro Youth Club members at Bukuya Village during a week-long sports accredited training. Mr Saukuru said Government was committed to develop a productive and healthy nation...

7s approach – FRU takes drastic measures to help men’s team

Fiji Rugby Union has set up an initiative to help Ben Gollings prepare his side well ahead of the Las Vegas, USA and Vancouver, Canada 7s tournaments. After a dismal performance at the last HSBC World Rugby Series leg — Hamilton, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia — Rugby House has taken a serious approach to...

Following footsteps – Rugby in the blood as Tuqiri aims for national jumper

Many young people grow up trying to discover their identity and what they aspire to be or achieve in life.  That was not so for Emosi Tuqiri. His destiny was almost predetermined, so to speak, as he was born into a family of ruggers. The 22-year-old is one of the three latest inclusions into the...

Nauru works on gender equality

The Nauru Rugby inclusion impact program has its eyes set on having a first women’s and strengthening conditioning coach. Operations manager Jone Caginilotu said the inclusivity of the program had seen an improvement with 16 women in Nauru achieving their level one coaching certificate. Caginilotu said it’s compulsory that they had equal representation of women....

Liku hails Just Play

The Just Play program has seen the progress of its volunteers to the national level. Fiji Football Association Just Play manager Filomena Liku said it started in 2009 they had been grooming and developing young children. She said it was good to see women taking part. In having equal participation on the sporting field, she...

Australia strengthens sports partnership

Sports programs under Team Up Fiji have benefited from the help provided by the Australian Government in promoting community development. Australia has extended its support for the development of sports programs compromising more than 30 partnerships across Asia- Pacific. The Australian High Commission Charge d’ Affaires to Fiji John Williams said he was delighted Australia...

New door opens for Ba

Ba’s historical Extra Supermarket Futsal Inter-District Championship is a “is a door opening” for the side, says coach Deepesh Prasad. The side, that has been dominant in the full code of the sport, spoiled Suva’s party and a possible fifth straight win for the Capital City side after the visitors last minute goal by Golden...

Borthwick says England ‘weren’t good at anything’ when he took charge

(Reuters) – England’s new coach Steve Borthwick said the team “weren’t good at anything” when he took over from Eddie Jones and that they would have to improve in several departments after losing their Six Nations opener to Scotland on Saturday. Borthwick, who was appointed in December after Jones was sacked, saw his side beaten...

LeBron James returns to Los Angeles with history in his grasp

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lakers forward LeBron James returns to Los Angeles on the verge of becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer after wrapping up a five-game road trip in New Orleans on Saturday night. ‘King James’ now needs just 36 points to pass fellow Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record 38,387 career points after contributing...

6th February

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy urges Olympic sponsors to keep Russia out of Games

LVIV (Reuters) – Ukraine has sent letters to companies that back the International Olympic Committee urging them to keep Russian athletes out of the Paris Olympic Games, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday. Zelenskiy has been spearheading a drive to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in the games under a neutral flag. Zelenskiy...

Pathway to help futsal

Fiji Futsal team head coach Jerry Sam plans to lay a platform for all teams to follow as he maps a workable pathway to make his work easy when it comes to selecting players for national duties and international competitions. After the completion of the four-day Extra Supermarket Futsal Inter-District Championship, Sam is impressed with...

Heavy rain mars CVC game 1

The Fiji Football Association has confirmed that because of the The Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion match between Rewa and Suva will be moved to a later date. “Because of the unplayable ground condition, the second half match of the Pillay Garments Champion vs Champion series between Suvav FC and Rewa FC has been postponed,”...

Suva eyes Vanua crowns

After dominating the Hot Bread Kitchen Vulaca volleyball competition over the weekend, champion Suva volleyball teams have set its eyes on the Vanua and Eastern Championship. Suva won both the men’s and women’s title as the hosts sides cements its position as the local volleyball powerhouse after former men’s champion Raiwai bowed out in the...

Fiji goes down fighting

The first ever South Pacific Games was held in Fiji 60 years ago from August to September in 1963. And one of the biggest achievers in the games was the Fiji national football side which managed to reach the finals. However, their hope of creating history was crushed when the side went down 8-2 to...

PM recalls playing days

Prime Minister Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka expects more star players to be produced from Nawaka Village, who will take Fiji rugby to greater heights. Rabuka was the special guest during the closing ceremony of the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday. The former Flying Fijians rep said over...

Basketball Fiji adopts serious approach

The basketball season begins preparations for the Fiji Cup and Pacific Games. Fiji assistant coach William Peter said they had separated the competition in to four tournaments and Central Basketball Association challenge was the second of the four series. “This is to give an opportunity to all the teams to play against each other constantly...

Cricket Fiji prepares for PICC23

Fiji has selected their squad for the Pacific Island Cricket Challenge 2023 (PICC23). Chief executive officer Sitiveni Rokoro said Cricket Fiji would co-host the inaugural Pacific Island Cricket Challenge 2023 with the Australian Defence Force Cricket from March 6–18. “Five men and five women’s teams will participate in this one-week tournament,” he said. “Participating countries...

Kane breaks Greaves Tottenham goal record, now targets Shearer

LONDON (Reuters) -Harry Kane described becoming Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer as surreal and a dream come true after taking his tally to 267 and moving past Jimmy Greaves on Sunday. The 29-year-old struck in the 15th minute to earn his side a 1-0 win over Manchester City, also taking his Premier League total to 200....

Holmes tastes Fijian hospitality

Black Ferns fullback Renee Holmes described the athleticism of the local rugby players as ‘crazy’ after witnessing the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament in Nadi last Saturday. The 2021 Rugby World Cup gold medalist also teamed up with Nadi based club Nadraki Lilian White as their water carrier in the tournament. Holmes said she...

Kane’s record-breaking goal seals Tottenham win over Man City

LONDON (Reuters) -Manchester City’s bid to chop Arsenal’s Premier League lead to two points was scuppered as Harry Kane’s record-breaking goal earned Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 win over the champions on Sunday. Kane’s 15th-minute effort punished some sloppy City passing and made him the north London club’s all-time top goalscorer with 267, taking him past...

Bayern go back on top by ending winless run with 4-2 victory at Wolfsburg

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) -Bayern Munich scored three times in a stellar 10-minute spell in the first half to battle past hosts VfL Wolfsburg 4-2 on Sunday, ending their three-game winless run in the league and reclaiming the top spot. The Bavarians went into the match with club bosses locked in a public spat with injured...

WTA roundup: Alycia Parks, Lin Zhu win first singles titles

Alycia Parks won her first WTA singles title, defeating No. 1 seed Caroline Garcia 7-6 (7), 7-5 at the Open 6eme Sens Metropole on Sunday in Lyon, France. It was the first victory over a top 5 player for Parks, a 22-year-old native of Georgia, who put on a display of power with 15 aces....

We should have won but it’s a work in progress, says Borthwick

LONDON (Reuters) – New coach Steve Borthwick said England should not have allowed a 20-12 lead over Scotland slip to a 29-23 Twickenham defeat on Saturday but said he saw enough positive signs to believe his rebuilding job is already on the right track. After two tries for Max Malins and one from Ellis Genge,...

Egypt’s Al Ahly to play Real Madrid in Club World Cup semi-final

TANGIER (Reuters) – A deflected shot handed Egypt’s Al Ahly a late winner as they edged Seattle Sounders 1-0 at the Club World Cup in Morocco on Saturday to book a semi-final against Real Madrid next week. Mohamed Afsha’s 88th minute rebound, after he had initially struck the woodwork, took a wicked deflection to win...

Wales coach Gatland finds positives in comprehensive loss to Ireland

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales coach Warren Gatland insisted there are “a lot of positives” for his side despite their comprehensive home 34-10 defeat to Ireland in the Six Nations opener at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. Wales were outmuscled up front and outscored by four tries to one as Ireland cantered to victory to spoil...

Eddie who? Ex-coach erased from England media centre wall

LONDON (Reuters) – Eddie Jones may have had the best win percentage of any England coach, led the team to a Six Nations Grand Slam and a World Cup final but the Australian has been quietly erased from the RFU’s England rugby media collage at Twickenham. One wall of the stadium’s media work room has...

France can cope in Six Nations despite injuries, says Dupont

ROME (Reuters) – France captain Antoine Dupont is confident Les Bleus will overcome a series of injuries as they start their Six Nations campaign with an away game against Italy on Sunday. France are without Francois Cros, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere and Cameron Woki as they seek a second triumph in a row following their...

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