Sport

15th November

International Rugby League unveil new golden boot trophies

SYDNEY, 15 NOVEMBER 2019 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – International Rugby League (IRL) has unveiled a new trophy for their annual Golden Boot awards. The prizes are given to the man and woman judged to have...

Ex-Arsenal boss Wenger joins FIFA as global development chief

(Reuters) – Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been appointed as FIFA’s new chief of global football development, with the Frenchman set to oversee the growth of the sport plus technical matters, soccer’s world governing body said on Wednesday. The 70-year-old was recently linked with the Bayern Munich job following the sacking of Niko Kovac...

Sacked, shunned and suicidal – the Cameroon sports stars battling anti-gay laws

YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Cameroonian athlete Thierry Essamba still trains every day, even though he has little hope of reviving a career cut off when he was ousted from the national squad in a scandal over homosexuality. The 38-year-old hurdling champion was training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games when a senior sports official told...

Manchester City’s Silva handed one-game ban over Mendy tweet

(Reuters) – Manchester City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one match and fined 50,000 pounds ($63,980) over a Twitter post concerning French team mate Benjamin Mendy, the Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday. Silva was criticised by anti-racism body Kick It Out after posting a message on Sept. 22 comparing Mendy to...

14th November

Ronaldo ready to play for Portugal despite Juve concerns – Santos

(Reuters) – Portugal’s Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to play in their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Lithuania and Luxembourg despite concerns over his fitness which came to the fore last weekend, coach Fernando Santos said on Wednesday. Ronaldo was substituted in the 55th minute of Juventus’ win over AC Milan in Serie A on...

Springboks’ World Cup winner Brits calls time on career

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa hooker Schalk Brits announced his retirement from all forms of rugby on Wednesday, the second time the 38-year-old has brought down the curtain on his career. Brits retired in May 2018 after leaving Saracens but was lured back by Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus and helped them lift the Rugby...

Court finds Etuhu guilty of attempted match-fixing in Sweden

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – An appeals court has found former Premier League player Dickson Etuhu guilty of attempting to fix a match in Sweden’s top division, overturning the verdict of a lower court. The case centred on allegations that the 37-year-old Etuhu, who has played for Manchester City, Norwich, Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn as well as...

Kosgei among five finalists for female athlete of the year

(Reuters) – Kenya’s marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei is among five finalists for the Female Athlete of the Year award after the sport’s governing body, World Athletics, narrowed down the initial list of 11 nominees. Kosgei finished last month’s Chicago Marathon in two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds to break Briton Paula Radcliffe’s...

Jones regrets not changing lineup for World Cup final

(Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones says he got his team selection wrong for the Rugby World Cup final and should have brought in fresh legs to face South Africa. Jones fielded the same starting 15 against South Africa that had stunned defending champions New Zealand in the semi-final but England were unable to cope...

Flying Fijians look to future against Barbarians

LONDON, 14 NOVEMBER 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The Flying Fijians are looking to the future after selecting a youthful side dominated by locally-based players to take on the Barbarians at Twickenham this weekend. Front-rowers Eroni Mawi and Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto, loose forward Mosese Voka and halfback Frank Lomani are the only players available from the...

2019 Chow Games: Macuata presents biggest contingent yet

THE Macuata Zone has brought in their biggest contingent so far to the 2019 Chow Games that began today at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. A total number of 120 students will be representing the side for the two-day competition. Team manager Penaia Tuose said they were expecting to grab medals in the long and...

2019 Chow Games: Taveuni’s sole represent eyes gold

JOSAIA Tikomainiusiladi 14, travelled 320 kilometers with the whole island supporting him to join his team for the FMF Chow Games that will be held at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow. The young athlete represents Taveuni in the competition but he has been doing his own training at Sukanaivalu Memorial School on the island of Yacata...

Vuniwaqa: You are wonderful ambassadors

“YOU are wonderful ambassadors for young women and girls in Fiji and also in the Pacific.” These were the sentiments of Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa at the morning team hosted by the French Embassy to celebrate women empowerment and the successful qualification of the women’s sevens team to the Olympic...

Spain to host game; Fiji’s Lomani among high profile graduates

THE age-grade competition will be organised in the Valencia region at the Campo de El Pantano, a rugby stadium located in Villajoyosa, from 14-27 September. It will be the first time Spain and the Federación Española de Rugby (FER) organise the tournament. The World Rugby U20 Trophy has provided a platform for the future stars...

Nadi squash championship to unearth hidden talents

THE Jack’s of Fiji-sponsored Nadi Squash Open Championship at the Nadi Sports and Social Club this weekend is expected to unearth some hidden talents. The two-day tournament will start tomorrow evening with the finals scheduled to be played on Saturday. Fiji women’s number one Alison Yee said squash was a minor sport in the country....

Kumar: Importance of sports is invaluable

MINISTER for Sports Parveen Kumar believes the importance of sports in the life of a young person is invaluable and goes much further than the basic answer that it keeps children off the street. Kumar was the chief guest at the opening of the Fiji Council of Special and Inclusive Educators National Games at Lawaqa...

Jones regrets not changing lineup for World Cup final

(Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones says he got his team selection wrong for the Rugby World Cup final and should have brought in fresh legs to face South Africa. Jones fielded the same starting 15 against South Africa that had stunned defending champions New Zealand in the semi-final but England were unable to cope...

Reed won’t dial down the passion at Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Patrick Reed’s fiery, competitive spirit has ruffled feathers in the past but the golfer nicknamed ‘Captain America’ says he has no plans to dial down the intensity when he tees off for the United States at next month’s Presidents Cup. The last time Reed wore American colours it ended in acrimony at...

Probably my best ever, says Thiem after Djokovic win

LONDON (Reuters) – Austria’s Dominic Thiem described his stunning victory over Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals on Tuesday as probably the best match he has ever played. The 26-year-old world number five blazed 50 winners, many of them jaw-dropping backhands, to beat the five-time champion 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(5) in front of a spellbound O2...

Murray excited to see what next couple of years can bring

LONDON (Reuters) – Former world number one Andy Murray is excited to see what he can achieve over the next couple of years after returning to the tour following hip resurfacing surgery but he will not be setting any lofty targets. The 32-year-old Briton looked on the verge of ending his career at the start...

Clijsters could struggle with physicality of modern game – say top coaches

(Reuters) – Former world number one Kim Clijsters could struggle to compete with the top players when she returns to the WTA Tour in 2020 as the sport has become more physically demanding during the eight years she spent in retirement, Naomi Osaka’s former coach said. The popular Belgian won four Grand Slam titles before...

13th November

Former world number four Cibulkova announces retirement

LONDON (Reuters) – Former world number four and Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova announced her retirement on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Slovakian claimed eight WTA singles titles and entered the top four in 2017. Her biggest title came in 2016 when she defeated then world number one Angelique Kerber to win the WTA Finals. Cibulkova, who...

AOC blast broadcaster’s decision not to pursue Tokyo 2020 radio rights

SYDNEY, 13 NOVEMBER 2019 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) chief executive Matt Carroll has dubbed the decision by national broadcaster ABC not to pursue the radio rights for Tokyo 2020 as “monumentally short-sighted”. The company has provided radio coverage of every Summer Olympics since Helsinki 1952 but blamed budget pressures for not...

Greece qualify for Rugby League World Cup for first time

BELGRADE, 13 NOVEMBER 2019 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Greece will make their Rugby League World Cup debut in 2021 after thrashing Serbia in Belgrade Saturday. A hat-trick from full-back Chaise Robinson inspired a remarkable 82-6 win for the visitors, who ran in 16 tries. Victory secures the final European qualifying spot for the next edition...

Spain to host World Rugby U20 Trophy in 2020

VALENCIA, 13 NOVEMBER 2019 (WORLD RUGBY) – World Rugby has announced that Spain will host the 13th edition of the World Rugby U20 Trophy in September 2020. The age-grade competition will be organised in the Valencia region at the Campo de El Pantano, a rugby stadium located in Villajoyosa, from 14-27 September. It will be...

Wales’ Patchell and Davies to undergo surgery

(Reuters) – Wales duo Rhys Patchell and Jonathan Davies face months out of action as they prepare to have surgery for injuries sustained in the Rugby World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) said on Tuesday. Flyhalf half Patchell injured his shoulder in Wales’ 40-17 defeat by New Zealand in the third place playoff while...

French Embassy celebrates Fijiana 7s team’s achievement

MEMBERS of the Fijiana 7s team was hosted to a morning tea by the French Embassy to celebrate women empowerment and the successful qualification of the women’s sevens team to the Olympic Games. Also present was the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, who thanked the women’s team for being role models...

2019 Chow Games: Tikomainiusiladi represents his island home

JOSAIA Tikomainiusiladi, 14, travelled 320km with the whole island supporting him to join his team for the FMF Chow Games that will be held at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow. The young athlete represents Taveuni in the competition but he has been doing his own training at Sukanaivalu Memorial School on the island of Yacata –...

Manly Sea Eagles Manase Fainu released from prison over stabbing charges

SYDNEY, 13 NOVEMBER 2019 (NRL) – Manly hooker Manase Fainu has been granted bail and will be released from custody as he answers charges relating to the stabbing of a man at a church dance. Fainu has spent the past two weeks in Parklea Correctional Centre after allegedly stabbing a 24-year-old man in the back...

Stadiums the new diplomatic frontier

APIA, 13 NOVEMBER 2019 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – A new analysis of all 142 stadiums built by China across 61 countries has determined they are being built with very specific goals in mind. Hugh Vondracek is a Research Data Analyst at Rush University, Chicago. He concludes the theory that China builds stadiums to secure diplomatic recognition...

Load More Articles

E-Edition