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Organisers anticipate competitive Suva race

THE Island Chill Suva Marathon on Saturday in the Capital City has a new five kilometre race. Held annually since 2014, the number of participants increase each year. Last year 100 corporate teams across the...

Volavola to help in worthy cause

FLYING Fijians flyhalf Ben Volavola announces his support of the work of Homes of Hope Fiji Volavola will be using his voice and influence to call to actions Fijians worldwide to stand against the scourge of forced sex in our nation. He will challenge the nation to take ownership of the problem and be silent...

Pair impress McKee

FRANCE-based Leone Nakarawa and Levani Botia are highly likely to be drafted into the 23-member Flying Fijians squad for the opening Pacific Nations Cup match against Japan on Saturday. The duo played in the 27-10 victory against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks in Suva, but were left out of the team which lost 17-26...

Vugakoto speaks out against dismal Netball World Cup loss

FORMER national netball rep and goal attack Vasiti Vugakoto is calling for Netball Fiji to go through a reform with new visions and strategies after the Fiji Pearls finished 14th at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England, last week. Fiji lost to Samoa 53-42 in the 13th place play-off last Friday recording its worst...

Tokyo well positioned one year out from Games after early troubles

TOKYO (Reuters) – When Tokyo was awarded the rights to the 2020 Olympics in Buenos Aires six years ago, it was hoped Japan’s reputation for efficiency and the bid’s promise of a “compact games” could ensure a smooth buildup to the event. Tokyo has mostly delivered on that hope, despite some early teething problems. Wednesday...

Rugby: Former party boy O’Connor no longer out and about, says Genia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former Australia bad boy James O’Connor is sticking close to the team hotel and no longer heading out on nocturnal adventures as he bids to reignite his Wallabies career, according to scrumhalf Will Genia. The 29-year-old O’Connor, once renowned for his party-boy lifestyle, could be set for his first test in six...

Cipriani left out of England’s World Cup training camp in Italy

(Reuters) – Gloucester flyhalf Danny Cipriani has been left out of England’s World Cup training squad that will fly to Italy on Monday. Cipriani was originally selected in Eddie Jones’ 35-man training squad earlier this month but spent time away from the team to do specialised strength and conditioning work along with Bath duo Sam...

California boxing license returned to Bulgarian athlete who forcibly kissed reporter

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Bulgarian boxer whose California license was suspended for forcibly kissing a female reporter during an interview was reinstated on Monday but warned he faced a permanent ban for any such behaviour in the future. The California State Athletic Commission voted 6-0 to lift the suspension of Kubrat Pulev, a heavyweight...

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charge in Las Vegas

(Reuters) – Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo will face no charges in Las Vegas in connection with a 10-year-old sexual assault allegation because the case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, prosecutors said on Monday. Ronaldo, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time and plays for the...

NFL’s Cowboys extend reign atop Forbes’ most valuable teams list

(Reuters) – The Dallas Cowboys were ranked the world’s most valuable sports team for a fourth consecutive year according to an annual list published by Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2019/07/22/the-worlds-50-most-valuable-sports-teams-2019/#67826f2283da on Monday that was dominated by National Football League clubs. The NFL’s Cowboys, who unseated Spanish soccer club Real Madrid for top spot on the list in 2016,...

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Athletics: U.S. trials boast speed, Lyles-Coleman showdown

(Reuters) – The speed show that is the backbone of the American athletics championships takes on added significance in Des Moines, Iowa this week when the United States select a team for this year’s worlds which are being held in Doha. The year’s fastest at 100, 200 and 400 metres, as well as the 110...

Olympics: Shonan the birthplace of Japan’s modern surf culture

ENOSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – Surfing makes its Olympic debut next year at Chiba’s Ichinomiya beach but for many Japanese it is the Shonan coast, 50 kilometres south of Tokyo, that is regarded as the birthplace of the country’s modern surf culture. It is here that the modern style of surfing was first brought to Japan...

Ledecky illness shocks world championships

GWANGJU, South Korea (Reuters) – Katie Ledecky’s withdrawal from the 200 and 1,500 metres freestyle put a huge dampener on the third day of the world swimming championships in Gwangju with a major question mark now hanging over the unwell American for the rest of the meet. Ledecky had been gunning for four individual golds...

Malinga to retire from ODIs after first Bangladesh match

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka fast bowling ace Lasith Malinga will retire from 50-over internationals after Friday’s first match against Bangladesh in Colombo, captain Dimuth Karunaratne has said. Malinga, 35, played his last test in 2010 but continued playing the shorter formats and has taken 335 wickets from 225 one-day internationals for Sri Lanka, the...

Volavola supports the work of Homes of Hope

FLYING Fijian Ben Volavola has announced his support of the work of Homes of Hope and will use his voice and influence to call to action Fijians worldwide to stand against the scourge of forced sex in our nation. Volavola will challenge the nation to take ownership of the problem and be silent no more...

Training woe for St Bedes

THE  St Bedes College under-19 rugby team is not letting its lack of preparation stop its players from putting in a good effort at the 2019 Vodafone Secondary Schools Super Dean’s Championship national quarter-finals this weekend. Despite having only 45 minutes training sessions at the school grounds in Savusavu, team manager Ben Ting said the...

Fiji swimmer Ross soaks the experience up to good effect at world swimming championships

GWANGJU, 23 JULY 2019 (THE REPORTERS ACADEMY) – A first World Championships for any swimmer can be exciting, daunting, exhilarating and nerve-racking all within a short period of time. If you’re 18 years of age and experiencing all this for the first time, then you can be forgiven for having a wave of emotions. Netani...

‘Rugby league rebooted’: 20/40 rule to debut at World 9s

SYDNEY, 23 JULY 2019 (NRL) – International rugby league will be “rebooted” with key rules – including the first trial of a 20/40 kick – to be introduced at October’s World 9s tournament. NRL CEO Todd Greenberg was joined by a host of the game’s entertainers on Monday as the “festival of rugby league” returns...

Fiji kaji rugby welcomes new players

THE Vodafone Fiji Kaji Rugby Competition zone finals festival which took place last week across the country, recorded a number of new ruggers being given the chance to play alongside experienced competitors. In a competition first for Kaji Rugby, girls and boys who are new to the sport played in tag rugby carnivals which coincided...

Mokani students’ rugby and netball skills commended

STUDENTS of Ratu Ravuama Vunivalu Memorial School in Mokani Village, Tailevu, were praised for their rugby and netball skills while playing in last week’s Tailevu South Netball Championship and the Kaji Rugby Festival. Students from the school showed signs of success, especially for netball after winning their last three games. Netball team coach Mereoni Mucunabitu...

Top netball exposure for Dilkusha girls

THE Tailevu South Primary Schools Netball Championship[ at the National Netball Centre in Suva las week was a chance to expose netballers from Dilkusha Girls School in Nausori. The school’s team was among the top teams in the competition and they hope to continue their winning streak in local schools competitions. School coach Litia Naqaitukana...

Rugby path for children

QUICK Rip and tag rugby are the best way forward for primary school children in learning how to play rugby. Parents, teachers, coaches and student ruggers this newspaper spoke to during the launch of the Quick Rip Rugby Festival at Saraswati Primary School grounds at Manoca, Nausori last week, were in favour of the rugby...

Fiji FACT champ Nadi out to break jinx at BOG

VODAFONE Fiji FACT champion Nadi will be out to break its 23-year losing jinx when the side participates in the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament which kicks off at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori on Friday. Sponsored by Jack’s of Fiji, the Jetsetters last won the BOG trophy in 1996 defeating Tavua 3-1...

Lajovic overcomes determined Balazs for first ATP title

Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic claimed the first ATP title of his career, beating Hungarian qualifier Attila Balazs 7-5 7-5 in the Croatia Open final on Sunday. Lajovic, 29, was in a spot of trouble when trailing 3-5 in the opening set but held his nerve and ended up breaking Balazs four times to prevail at the...

Irishman Lowry wins British Open at Royal Portrush

Irishman Shane Lowry staved off the biggest nerves of his golfing life, handling the wind and the rain to win the British Open by six strokes amid emotional scenes at Royal Portrush on Sunday. Fervently cheered on every shot by the sellout crowd, the 32-year-old from Clara, who began the day with a four stroke...

Netball: New Zealand dethrone Australia for first World Cup in 16 years

New Zealand stunned Australia 52-51 in an exhilarating final on Sunday to dethrone the champions and claim their first netball World Cup title in 16 years. The Silver Ferns were runners-up in the last three editions that Australia won but were determined not to let history repeat itself at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, soaking up...

Australia retain women’s Ashes after draw in only tes

Australia retained the women’s Ashes after the only test match in the series played across multiple formats ended in a draw at Taunton on Sunday. After Australia had declared their first innings on 420-8, England avoided the follow-on and asked Australia to bat again, declaring at 275-9. However, the visitors elected not to set a...

Unstoppable Fraser-Pryce blazes to 100m glory in London

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce produced a superb display to outclass local favourite Dina Asher-Smith and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou as she won the women’s 100 metres in 10.78 seconds at the London Diamond League on Sunday. The 32-year-old double Olympic champion made a blistering start to dominate the race from start to finish, giving Asher-Smith (10.92)...

Kane hits 93rd minute wonder-goal as Spurs sink Juventus in Singapore

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane scored what he called “one of the best goals” of his career to beat Italian champions Juventus 3-2 in an enthralling International Champions Cup contest in Singapore on Sunday. Kane capitalised after team mate Lucas Moura nicked the ball deep into injury time, allowing the striker to thump it from...

Bale close to leaving Real Madrid, says Zidane

Forward Gareth Bale’s tenure with Real Madrid could come to an end in a matter of days after manager Zinedine Zidane said the club were working on offloading the Welsh international. Bale, 30, has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record 100 million euros...

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