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20th September

2019 RWC begins today

THE most awaited time by rugby fans around the globe is finally here. The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan later tonight. The RWC is an event whereby fans hardly miss a match...

Childress to release Hemric, could promote Reddick

Daniel Hemric will not drive the No. 8 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in 2020, the team announced Tuesday. Hemric, a rookie in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, has been with RCR for three years and previously competed for the team in the Xfinity Series. He also has driven in the Truck Series. The...

Magic retain options on Bamba, Fultz, Isaac

The Orlando Magic announced Monday that center Mo Bamba, guard Markelle Fultz and forward Jonathan Isaac have been signed through the 2020-21 season. A third-year team option on Bamba and fourth-year team options on Fultz and Isaac were exercised, according to Jeff Weltman, president of basketball operations. Terms were not disclosed by the team, but...

Wainwright out-pitches Scherzer, Cardinals handle Nationals

Adam Wainwright allowed one unearned run over seven innings to help the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 win against the visiting Washington Nationals in the rubber game of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Wainwright (13-9) scattered eight hits, struck out three and walked one. Matt Wieters hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the...

19th September

NFL notebook: Saints mum on starting quarterback

Saints coach Sean Payton is not tipping his hand at quarterback, refusing to name backup Teddy Bridgewater as the starter Sunday when New Orleans visits the Seattle Seahawks. Before the team’s first practice of the week at the University of Washington, Payton said the team is considering its QB options before taking on the 2-0...

Woods and McIlroy to clash in new format

LONDON (Reuters) – Tiger Woods will clash with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in a high-stakes, globally televised golf challenge in Japan next month. The four will go toe-to-toe in an extravaganza featuring special in-match challenges and surprises, floodlit finishes with holes assigned increasing monetary value. The event, called ‘The Challenge: Japan Skins’...

2019 RWC: Flying Fijians named for opening match against Australia

FLYING Fijians coach John McKee has named his side to play Australia in their opening match this Saturday. The team includes: 1.Campese Ma’afu 2.Sam Matavesi 3.Peni Ravai 4.Tevita Cavubati 5.Leone Nakarawa 6.Dominiko Waqaniburotu 7.Peceli Yato 8.Viliame Mata 9.Frank Lomani 10.Ben Volavola 11.Semi Radradra 12.Levani Botia 13.Waisea Nayacalevu 14.Josua Tuisova 15.Kini Murimurivalu 16.Veremalua Vugakoto 17.Eroni Mawi...

$25k boost for Marist club ahead of hockey tournament

THE 25 Geotech Marist Eastgate Memorial Hockey Tournament is set to begin in a weeks’ time at the National Hockey Centre in Suva. The tournament organisers, Marist Hockey Club received a sum of $25,000 from their major sponsors Geotech Drilling Fiji today to help run the annual event. Twenty teams from all over the country...

Western Force claims draw

THE Western Force rugby team held the Police Special Response Unit (PSRU) team to a 34-all draw in the Fiji Police Force rugby competition round robin at the Nasova Ground in Suva yesterday. Force team captain and Nadroga rugby team veteran Setefano Somoca said the competition was their buildup to the Sukuna Bowl Challenge in...

2019 RWC: ‘I played for Fiji, it is a privilege to assist the team’

It’s the motherland and I was born in Fiji and I played for Fiji. This was Flying Fijians assistant coach Tabai Matson’s answer to why he chose to assist the Fijians in this Rugby World Cup campaign. “I played for Fiji and it is a privilege to be asked to come and assist the team,”...

2019 RWC: ‘We are ready’

FLYING Fijians coach John McKee says his boys are all focused and ready for the match against Australia on Saturday. Speaking in Japan yesterday, McKee said the players had put in two good days of training at their base in Abashiri and everyone was looking forward to the final training session today before they moved...

Shaw’s big role

FORMER weightlifter Della Shaw-Elder is officiating in this year’s International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Senior World Weightlifting Championship which started yesterday and will end next Friday in Pattaya, Thailand. Della has established her credibility as a referee at the world level, having now officiated at both the junior and senior world championships. She also officiated at...

Nadroga senior team set for New Zealand rugby

THE Nadroga senior rugby team will tour New Zealand next February as part of their campaign towards next year’s provincial rugby competitions. Union president Tiko Matawalu said this would be their first tour as a team overseas and they had conducted trials last week, not only for the tour, but the beginning of their off-season...

2019 RWC: Semi plays key role

EXPECT a big game from France-based Semi Radradra if he runs out for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians against former Rugby World Cup champions Australia at the Sapporo Dome in Japan on Saturday. The former NRL star could be a key figure in the Fiji team’s game plan with his powerful runs, to spearhead their...

2019 RWC kicks off tomorrow

THE 2019 Rugby World Cup begins in Japan tomorrow. The opening match will be between hosts Japan and Russia which is the only game on day one. All Fijian fans are eagerly awaiting for Saturday when the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians take on two time champions Australia. The Wallabies, undoubtedly go into this match as...

Iran’s female fans find soccer buzz in cafes and malls

DUBAI (Reuters) – On match days Iran’s young female soccer fans cram Tehran’s shopping centers and cafes, their faces painted with the Iranian flag and beaming with excitement, as they follow their national team on giant television screens alongside male fans. Iranian women have been banned from men’s soccer matches at football stadiums in the...

Bhatia, 17, to make pro debut at Sanderson Farms

SEVENTEEN-year-old Akshay Bhatia will make his pro debut at this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss. A native of Northridge, Calif., who resides in Wake Forest, N.C., Bhatia is currently No. 5 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Bhatia, who decided to skip college, made the announcement Monday on Instagram. “That feeling when the...

Flyers, Konecny agree to six-year, $33M deal

Restricted free agent forward Travis Konecny and the Philadelphia Flyers agreed to terms on a six-year, $33 million deal, the club announced Monday. “I’m really excited about signing with the Flyers and being able to call Philadelphia home for the next six years,” the 22-year-old Konecny said. “I can’t wait to get back with my...

Verdasco rolls in first round at Moselle Open

Fifth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Belgium’s Steve Darcis on Monday in the first round of the Moselle Open in Metz, France. Verdasco saved the only break point he faced in the 68-minute match. The opening-day action featured only two other matches. French wild-card entrant Francois Hoang beat Germany’s...

Alonso socks homer No. 48 as Mets top Rockies

Rookie Pete Alonso hit one of three New York home runs in the sixth inning, and the Mets gained ground in the National League wild-card race with a 6-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night in Denver. Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo also went deep to help New York end a two-game skid....

Magic retain options on Bamba, Fultz, Isaac

The Orlando Magic announced Monday that center Mo Bamba, guard Markelle Fultz and forward Jonathan Isaac have been signed through the 2020-21 season. A third-year team option on Bamba and fourth-year team options on Fultz and Isaac were exercised, according to Jeff Weltman, president of basketball operations. Terms were not disclosed by the team, but...

18th September

Steelers acquire DB Fitzpatrick from Dolphins for draft picks

Minkah Fitzpatrick got his wish, and the Miami Dolphins landed another first-round pick in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. Fitzpatrick was traded to the Steelers for a 2020 first-round pick, a 2020 fifth-round pick and a 2021 sixth-round pick . As part of the return, the Steelers also will get the Dolphins’...

NFL notebook: Giants turn to rookie QB Jones, bench Manning

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur named Daniel Jones as the team’s starting quarterback for Week 3, sending Eli Manning to the backup role after an 0-2 start to the 2019 season. “Eli and I spoke this morning,” Shurmur said Tuesday. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel...

MLB notebook: Pirates’ Vazquez jailed on lurid charges

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez is in police custody on multiple charges, including solicitation of a child, authorities said Tuesday. Vazquez, 28, is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh awaiting extradition to Lee County, Fla. He was placed on administrative leave and the restricted list by Major League Baseball. According the...

Increase in prizemoney at IDC

FIJI Football Association president Rajesh Patel has announced an increase in the prizemoney of the Courts Inter-District Championship 2019. During his address at the pool draws last week, Patel confirmed the winner will walk away with $25,000 with the coveted silverware. “Over the years we have got sponsorship of $120,000 per year from Courts,” Patel...

Melbourne Rebels wish Fiji members well

THE Melbourne Rebels given best wishes to three of their own members who will be part of Fiji’s campaign at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The franchise posted on its Facebook Page givibng good luck to staff members Dr Bryn Savill (Team Doctor) and John Batina (Analyst) who are on secondment with Fiji during...

FRU Development Educators course underway

THE Fiji Rugby Union Development Educators course is underway in Nadi this week. According to FRU, participants go through coaching, match officiating, strength and conditioning, and a broader development workshop. This is part of an initiative to enhance the quality of output within the game across all levels and regions

Navua to feature in top division from next year

NEWLY promoted Navua will feature in the Premier Division from next year hence the team will feature in next season’s Inter-District Championship (IDC). This was cleared by the Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel during the Courts IDC 2019 pool draws at Courts Lautoka branch last Thursday. “IDC is currently in the 2019 season as...

Baber to test players

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber will use the Oktoberfest 7s tournament in Germany to test new players. This is to make sure they can play under pressure in the buildup to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which starts in December. Some 2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series players such as Asaeli Tuivuaka, Terio Tamani,...

Singh rules Rarawai golf fairways

VETERAN golfer Rajen Singh carded three over par 72 to win the overall gross title during the stroke play which was held in conjunction with the 2019 Ba Golf Club Championship qualifying tournament at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai golf course last weekend. Singh, a seven-time club championship winner, finished as the top qualifier in...

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