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24th March

U.N.-backed Semenya optimistic of CAS success in battle with IAAF

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Double Olympic 800-metres champion Caster Semenya is “optimistic” of success in her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over eligibility regulations in athletics for female classification. The International...

UCLA soccer coach charged in admissions fraud scandal resigns

(Reuters) – The University of California, Los Angeles’ men’s soccer coach, Jorge Salcedo, who is among those charged in the biggest college admissions fraud scheme ever uncovered in the United States, resigned his post on Thursday, school officials said. Salcedo was one of nine current or former college coaches, as well as an associate athletic...

PSG’s Neymar charged for ‘insulting’ referee in Man United defeat

(Reuters) – Paris St Germain forward Neymar has been charged for “insulting and/or molesting” the referee following his post-game rant after the French side were knocked out of the Champions League last 16 by Manchester United, UEFA said on Friday. Neymar, who was sidelined by injury, was investigated for lashing out and labelling the video...

Russian race walker to be stripped of medals over doping

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian race walker Aleksandr Ivanov has been disqualified for three years for doping and is set to be stripped of his gold medal at the 2013 world championships in Moscow, the Russian athletics federation said on Friday. Ivanov will lose all the medals he won between June 2012 and August 2014, the...

23rd March

Rugby – World Rugby considers rule changes to reduce risk of injury

(Reuters) – World Rugby will explore potential rule changes to improve player safety and reduce the risk of injuries after delegates at a three-day player welfare symposium in Paris submitted proposals, the governing body said on Friday. Coaches, former players, doctors and sports scientists came together to deliberate over injury data and come up with...

Russia 7s rugby players hosted to farewell dinner

MEMBERS of the Russia men’s 7s rugby team were farewelled by the Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Alipate Nagata in Suva tonight. The management and staff of Suva Peninsula Hotel hosted the farewell. “Fiji is a wonderful place,” said Russia 7s manager Aleksander  Tsvetkov. “We love it here and we will come back again,...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: BLK Police Blues reign ends 34-year drought

THE BLK Police Blue rugby 7s team ended its 34-year drought this evening to be the new champ of the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament. The law enforcers narrowly defeated Wardens Gold 17-12 to claim the title after two brutal days of eight matches against 63 teams in the men’s division. Police Blue captain Livai Ikanikoda...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Police Blues advances to cup final

POLICE Blues have advanced to the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist 7s cup final after defeating Ratu Filise 20-12 in a nailbiting cup semi-final. Police led at the break 15-0 after three first-half tries from Livai Ikanikoda, Ratu Meli Kurisaru and Filipe Sauturaga. A late attack in the second half engineered by Amenoni Nasilasila saw him...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Russia downs former champs Tabadamu

ANOTHER major upset at the 43rd Marist 7s tournament as the Waisale Serevi-coached Russia Red team defeated last year’s Marist 7s champions Tabadamu Blue in the second plate semifinal 15-12 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. The most-vocally supported team in this year’s tournament to the thunderous cheers from the vocal crowd, Russia...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Natabua and Jasper defends title

GIANTS and neighbouring schools Natabua High School and Jasper Williams High School have succeeded in defending their crowns during the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. Boys champions Natabua secured a total of 33 gold medals in the boys’ division while Jasper won 40 gold medals. Saint Thomas High School...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Three records set

THREE records have been set at the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet. Natabua’s Tiko Batibasaga broke a 22-year-old senior boys shot put record with a throw of 13.92m The old record of 13.59m was set in 1997. Jasper Williams High School jumper Adi Matevakatini set a new record of 11.12m in the senior girls’ triple...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Easy win for Mudreilagi

NATABUA High School sprint king Nemani Mudreilagi easily won the senior boys 200m final to be crowned the fastest schoolboy at the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet. The Raiwaqa native of Nadroga who also won the blue ribbon event recorded 22 .41sec at the 200m final today. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Sunday...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Coastline Ratu Filise secures spot in cup semis

COASTLINE Ratu Filise has secured a spot in the cup semifinals against Police Blue after they defeated Russia Red 31-10 in the last quarterfinal. In the first semifinal, Uluinakau Babas will take on Wardens Gold.  

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Natabua and Jasper extends lead

NATABUA and Jasper Williams High School have extended their lead in the second day of the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. Jasper has won 31 gold medals followed by Natabua with four goals with Saint Thomas High School in third place with two gold medals Natabua has so far...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: New champ to be crowned today

A NEW champion will be crowned at the 43rd edition of the Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament when Police Blue defeated Tabadamu Blue 15-0 in the third cup quarterfinals. The two teams met in last year’s cup final where the Tabadamu defended the title. Police Blue, Uluinakau, Wardens and the winner between Ratu Filise and...

Coca-Cola Kadavu Zone: Vunisea on top spot

THE cold and rain did nothing to douse spirits as schools on the island of Kadavu greeted the 2019 Coca-Cola Kadavu Zone competition. Students braved the slight drizzle during the opening ceremony parade where chief guest Anare Tawake challenged students on the values of team spirit, bonding and positive mental attitude. “These values that motivates...

Sivoki set to replace Raura; Gamel says new boys played well

VODAFONE Fiji national football team defender Kolinio Sivoki is likely to cover for Laisenia Raura in the FIFA international friendly against Mauritius tomorrow. The Lautoka player missed last week’s game because of the red card he copped against Singapore in Fiji’s last international outing. Raura, who played a huge role in Fiji’s 3-0 win over...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Hideaway Hurricanes’ second test

THE Hideaway Hurricanes has qualified for the second elimination that will be played today despite losing their first pool game yesterday against Navutulevu Boarders 5-0 at the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Team coach and former national rep Sirilo Lala said wrong decision making in the field caused...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Champion marches on

THE Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens defending champion Tabadamu Blue will play without many of its key players who played in last year’s final. Two of the twelve players that played in the 2018 cup final will not be part of this year’s event however the results of the first day of the tournament doesn’t show...

Salaivalu wins Hong Kong 7s promotion

SALAIVALU Kubutorotoro of Vatukoula is the winner of the Fiji Times Hong Kong 7s promotion. The promotion is part of The Fiji Times 150th anniversary which will be celebrated this year. The Fiji Times marketing manager Annie Robinson said “this year as part of the Fiji Times 150th anniversary we decided to reward one of...

22nd March

Kadavu Zone: Vunisea defends title

VUNISEA Secondary School defended its title at the Kadavu Secondary Schools Athletics Zone competition which ended yesterday. The government school scooped both the boys and girls divisions and was also crowned the overall zone champion taking home a total of 34 gold, 37 silver and 28 bronze medal. Kadavu Provincial Secondary School came in second...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Natabua, Jasper dominate day one

NATABUA High School and Jasper Williams High School dominated the first day of the Coca Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet at Churchill Park yesterday. Jasper leads the medal tally in the girls division 18 gold 10 silver and six bronze while Natabua finished second with two gold and five bronze. Vishnu Deo Memorial School upset...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Two teams in every pool through to first elimination

THE 64 men’s team competition at the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament will complete the first day of the tournament with two teams in every pool progressing to the first elimination. The bottom two will proceed to the bonus games tomorrow to determine their places and the cash prizes they will receive. Meanwhile, the...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: 10-member medics team, med students on standby

THE 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament medical team aims to provide the best medical assistance for the players with its 88-member staff covering the entire premises at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. The event director for medics, Bill Mar, said their priority was the safety of the tournament and he believed his team had...

Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone: St Thomas appears on the tally

SAINT Thomas High School is slowly making its way up in the boys’ division for the first day of the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. The school has already won two gold medals and is placed second behind defending champion Natabua on the overall medal tally. Natabua retains its...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Natabua and Jasper leads day one

NATABUA and Jasper Williams High Schools have won two gold medals each early in the first day of the Coca-Cola Lautoka/Yasawa Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park. Natabua has won 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals while Jasper has 2 gold and 1 bronze. Lautoka Muslim is on third spot with one gold....

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Results of first round of pool games

A MOMENTARY heavy downpour did not dampen the spirits of the participants of the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament that kicked off at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today. These are the participating teams’ results of the first round of pool games. Results: Navuso 0-10 Gau Kacau Knights Navutulevu Boarders 5-0 Hideaway Natadra Young...

A Fijian team in Super Rugby competition will raise Flying Fijians performance: Lima

FORMER Super Rugby Auckland Blues and Highlanders back line player, Brian Lima believes the inclusion of a Fijian team in the Super Rugby competition will raise the performance of the Flying Fijian team in international meets because of their weekly exposure in the competition. Lima highlighted on the consistency of the New Zealand All Blacks...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s – Platform to build future stars: Serevi

THE King of Sevens Waisale Serevi labelled the Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament as a platform to build future rugby stars. The 7s maestro was at the team managers and coaches briefing at the Lambert Hall in Flagstaff on Wednesday when he made a statement calling for the organisers to maintain consistency of the 43-...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s kicks off today!

IT’S Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens once again and the annual rugby fiesta is getting bigger and better every year. The tournament has both been the cradle and the crucible of Fijian sevens rugby for the past 43 years. It’s where one day you are a simple villager rubbing shoulders with internationally reputed players and another...

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