Football

Ba, Labasa draw

WET and slippery conditions denied Ba and Labasa maximum points in the first match of the 2019 Pillay Garments Champion vs Champion series at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Friday night. Heavy rain just before...

25th January

Manchester United fall to Burnley as fans turn on U.S. owners

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester United’s Champions League qualification hopes suffered a blow with a 2-0 upset at home to Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday, as the Old Trafford fans vented their anger at the club’s U.S. owners. Goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez ensured victory for Sean Dyche’s Burnley on a...

Woods looking to add to magical Torrey Pines memories

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Tiger Woods on Thursday said winning a record-breaking 83rd PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines this week would make the monumental feat even more special given his long and happy history at the ocean-side course. It is probably only a matter of time before the 44-year-old American passes Sam Snead on...

24th January

Ba rules CVC series

THE 29th version of the Champion vs Champion soccer series will set the ball rolling in as far as the 2020 local football season is concerned. Pillay Garments Manufacturing sponsored Champion vs Champion series will be a 2 legged soccer series played between defending champions the 4R Electrical and General Contractors Limited sponsored Ba and...

Labasa wants to end Ba’s domination of champions clash

THE Labasa football side has been preparing hard to win the 2019 Champion vs Champion title. Training has been good says manager Nilesh Lal. “The preparations have been good under the coach Master Ronil Lal for the past two weeks and we will basically be relying on the squad members from last year,” said Nilesh....

Son heads winner as Tottenham edge past Norwich

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways in the Premier League but hardly issued a statement of intent as they laboured to a 2-1 victory over bottom club Norwich City on Wednesday. Jose Mourinho’s side had not won in four league games and had failed to find the net in their last three...

23rd January

Medvedev masters Martinez, bleeding nose to advance in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia dealt with spells of resistance from Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez and a bleeding nose on his way to a 7-5 6-1 6-3 win on Thursday to reach the third round of the Australian Open. Medvedev, a U.S. Open finalist last year, arrived in Melbourne in red-hot...

Tokyo enters final straight in Olympics preparations

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo 2020 organizers enter the final stretch of a decade of Olympics planning on Friday, six months before the start of the Games, with most major wobbles in the rearview mirror. The organizers are dealing with fewer issues than their counterparts did in the build-up to Rio four years ago. But a...

Dau returning to Tavua

STRIKER Ratu Dau is making a return to his former district Tavua According to Fiji FA, Dau who featured for Ba last year has applied for his transfer release to join Tavua this season. The transfer window closes on January 31.  

Men in Black, Babasiga Lions set for the ultimate challenge

LABASA and Ba finally go head to head in the Pillay Garments Champions vs Champions match after 11 years when they face-off in the first of the two-match series this weekend. The last time the two champions played each other in a CVC series was in 2008 which the Men in Black won. Labasa qualified...

Bournemouth break losing streak with 3-1 win over Brighton

(Reuters) – Harry Wilson and Callum Wilson both got on the scoresheet for goal-shy Bournemouth as they ended their four-game Premier League losing streak with an emphatic 3-1 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday. Bournemouth’s failure to score in those four games meant they slid into the relegation zone, second from bottom...

Lyon beat Lille on penalties to reach League Cup final

(Reuters) – Olympique Lyonnais booked a place in the League Cup final by beating Lille 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 home draw on Tuesday. Loic Remy’s stoppage-time spot kick had given Lille a lifeline but OL keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu saved Jonathan Bamba’s opening penalty in the shootout and Renato Sanches missed their final kick...

22nd January

Misfiring Chelsea held to 2-2 draw by 10-man Arsenal

LONDON (Reuters) – Hector Bellerin grabbed a last-gasp equaliser for 10-man Arsenal in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as the visitors recovered from a first-half David Luiz red card to peg back the Blues twice in a pulsating London derby. Top-four chasing Chelsea, seeking to put a stop-start run of...

Newcastle and Arsenal grab draws, Villa win on crazy night

LONDON (Reuters) – Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce described it as a wacky night of Premier League action after his side, and Arsenal, salvaged unlikely 2-2 draws and Aston Villa grabbed a priceless last-gasp victory at Watford on Tuesday. Manchester City cut the advantage of leaders Liverpool to 13 points as substitute Sergio Aguero struck...

Sami to lead Lautoka

FORMER Labasa and national rep Anand Sami has been appointed as the head coach of Lautoka Football team. This was confirmed to Fiji FA by the Lautoka Football Association president Shalendra Prasad. Prasad said Sami is already in the country and is expected to take his first training session today.

Fiji FA selects new national coach

FORMER Papua New Guinea (PNG) football head coach Flemming Serritslev has been selected as the head coach of Fiji National Football team. According to Fiji FA, he was the most successful applicant shortlisted and is expected to replace the former national coach Christophe Gamel who resigned from his job in August last year. Serritslev coached...

Fiji FA Transfer Window update

LAUTOKA has applied the transfer release for former national under-20 and Ba goalkeeper Misiwani Nairube, Nasinu’s Arami Manumanubai and Tevita Rabekawa, Rewa’s Joela Biuvanau. Nasinu is seeking the transfer of Rewa defender Abhishek Deo, Tavua’s Kuliniasi Naqesa and Suva’s Mau Penisula. Nadi has requested the services of Rakiraki’s Shaneel Goundar and Shanish Raj. Meanwhile, Labasa’s...

Nadi FA boss calls it a day

NADI Football Association (Nadi FA) president Javed Ahmed will not be contesting for the presidency post in the Nadi FA Annual General Meeting next month. Ahmed made this declaration to the Nadi FA Board as his terms come to an end next month. “My terms with Nadi Football will come to an end next month...

Chicharito signs with Galaxy to become highest-paid MLS star: report

(Reuters) – Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy have signed Mexican goal machine Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez from Spanish side Sevilla, the Los Angeles Times reported here on Friday. The article, which cited a person with knowledge of the negotiations, did not disclose terms of the deal for Hernandez but said the Galaxy will make Mexico’s...

21st January

Toronto’s Bradley faces four months out after ankle surgery

(Reuters) – Toronto FC captain and U.S. men’s national team midfielder Michael Bradley will undergo ankle surgery and could be out for up to four months, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club’s general manager said on Monday. Bradley, who suffered the injury during his team’s loss to Seattle in the MLS Cup last November, is...

Transfer Window set to close

THE Fiji Football Association preseason transfer window which was opened on January 1 will close next Friday. So far Fiji FA has only approved the transfer of goalkeeper Josaia Ratu. Ratu showed his interest in joining back to his home district Tavua from Nasinu. Lautoka trio Benaminio Mateiniqara, Muni Shivam Naidu and Samuela Drudru have...

Ba dominates CVC

TWENTY times Champion vs Champion title winners Ba will once again kick start the 2020 Fiji Football season against Labasa in the 2019 Pillay Garments Champion vs Champion series. The first leg will be hosted by Ba this Friday at Churchill Park in Lautoka at 7pm while Labasa will host the second leg at Ratu...

Labasa anticipates tough challenge

THE Labasa football side is anticipating a tough challenge when they take field for the first match of the 2019 Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion (CvC) series at Churchill Park in Lautoka this Friday. Coach Ronil Lal said the preparation is going well. He said the players are focused and responding well during the training...

Coaches step up intensity

THE Ba football side has stepped up intensity in preparation as the 2019 Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion (CvC) series gets ready to roll this Friday. Being the defending champion, coach Ronil Kumar said their focus remains on getting the title back to Ba. “Knowing that we are only three days away from the first...

20th January

Krishna helps in ATK win

FIJIAN wonder boy Roy Krishna was once again in sensation form for his ATK side over the weekend. The Labasa lad set up two goals as ATK beat Goa 2-nil. The win has put ATK at the top of the Indian Super League points table.

Islanders likely to join Ba

SOLOMON Islands international Benjamin Totori and Vanuatu star Jayson Thomas are set to debut for Ba this season. This after Ba has applied their International Transfer Clearance (ITC). Ba plays Labasa in the Pillay’s Garments Champions vs Champion series this weekend.

VPL to begin next week

THE 2020 Vodafone Premier League football competition kicks off next week. Fiji FA Competitions Manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed that provisional fixtures have been made which has to be approved by the League Board Council. “We have prepared the provisional fixtures which will be out soon. It will be approved then sent to the respective...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Praise for 7s tourney

CORAL Coast sevens tournament major sponsor McDonald’s Fiji has praised the success of the annual event in helping improve Fiji 7s rugby. McDonald’s Fiji managing director Marc McElrath dubbed the final on Saturday at Lawaqa Park as a match between David and Goliath after Police edged Ratu Filise 17-14. He said it was a final...

Scottish FA considering heading ban for children

Heading the ball in training will be outlawed for children under the age of 12 in Scotland under proposals being considered by the Scottish Football Association after a study found former professionals were at more risk of dementia. Scotland would become the first European association to ban heading for juniors if the proposals are adopted....

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