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Golf-Johnson thrives in elder statesman role for U.S. Ryder Cup team

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson may have been the oldest member of the triumphant U.S. Ryder Cup team on Sunday, but the stoic American showed the way for a rookie-filled squad as he dominated...

Japanese Prime Minister Suga claims Tokyo 2020 was a symbol of global unity

TOKYO/NEW YORK, 27 SEPTEMBER 2021 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Yoshihide Suga has claimed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games served as a symbol of global unity during a message at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in one of his final international engagements as Japanese Prime Minister. A pre-recorded message from Suga was played...

Boxing-Usyk says heavyweight title can’t compare with Olympic gold

LONDON (Reuters) – New heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk said his stunning victory over Anthony Joshua in London on Saturday gave him less satisfaction than winning Olympic gold in the same city in 2012. Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk gave a boxing masterclass in front of 67,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, earning a...

Cricket-Kohli becomes first Indian to reach 10,000 runs in T20 cricket

(Reuters) – Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to notch up 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket during his side Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) game against the Mumbai Indians in Dubai on Sunday. The 32-year-old is the second man after West Indies’ Chris Gayle to reach the landmark in both T20 and one-day international cricket....

New champ Usyk heads for simple life, Joshua eyes rematch

LONDON, 27SEPTEMBER 2021 (AP) –  Anthony Joshua was walking back to his dressing room, dazed, bedraggled — he could barely see out of his right eye — with sympathetic shouts coming from the crowd of 66,000 who’d just seen British boxing’s national treasure lose his world heavyweight titles again. Joshua was trying hard not to...

Ricciardo reprimanded for impeding Stroll

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, still on a high after his win in Italy two weeks ago, was given a reprimand on Saturday for impeding Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll during Russian Grand Prix qualifying. Race stewards noted in a statement that the Australian had taken immediate action as soon as he was aware of the Canadian’s presence...

Italy’s Balsamo pips Vos to win road race world title

Elisa Balsamo’s daring sprint earned the Italian the women’s road race title at the cycling world championships ahead of triple gold medallist Marianne Vos on Saturday. Balsamo, 32, benefited from veteran Elisa Longo Borghini’s selfless work in the final straight and started her effort far from the line to hold off Dutchwoman Vos, who won...

Giants send Anthony DeSclafani to mound against Rockies

A team in a pennant race needs to rely on players to come through in big moments. When it comes to playing Colorado, the San Francisco Giants can’t ask more than what Anthony DeSclafani has done this season. The right-hander has faced the Rockies four times in 2021 and is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA....

Tsitsipas takes shoe break in Laver Cup win over Kyrgios

Stefanos Tsitsipas did not leave the court but required some time to replace a worn out pair of shoes during a 6-3 6-4 win over Nick Kyrgios on Saturday in Boston to give Team Europe a 5-1 lead over Team World in the Laver Cup. Tsitsipas came under scrutiny at the U.S. Open for both...

26th September

Capable officials needed: Bower

Team Fiji chef de mission to the Olympic Games Patrick Bower believes with the ongoing COVID-19 predicament in the country Fiji needs to be vigilant if they are challenged to stage an international event in terms of sports in the near future. “We would need to elect leaders who are capable of handling their designated...

Oleksandr Usyk stuns Anthony Joshua in heavyweight boxing title fight

Oleksandr Usyk has stunned Anthony Joshua in their heavyweight boxing clash in London on Sunday morning (NZ time). The Ukrainian is the new champion of the world, claiming the WBA, WBO and IBF titles in a points victory in front of around 67,000 people at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.  

British royal Kate meets new queen of tennis Raducanu

British royal Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, joined Britain’s new queen of tennis Emma Raducanu on court on Friday to celebrate the newly crowned U.S. Open Champion’s achievement. Raducanu, 18, shot to fame this month after she became Britain’s first female Grand Slam champion for 44 years. She joined forces with Kate, wife of Queen...

Spieth nearly ends up in Lake Michigan after remarkable Ryder Cup shot

American Jordan Spieth nearly ended up in chilly Lake Michigan after hitting a remarkable shot out of the rough from an extreme slope as part of a desperate bid to extend a Ryder Cup foursomes match against Europe on Friday. Trailing Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia by two at the par-three 17th, Justin Thomas left...

Return of American football brings joy amid COVID-19 malaise

The return of fans to NFL games this season has come as a welcome boost to a nation reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed thousands of lives and forced changes to almost every facet of American life. Fans were largely shut out of stadiums last season to stem the spread of the virus...

Garcia equals Faldo’s record for Ryder Cup match wins

Sergio Garcia demonstrated his Ryder Cup prowess yet again on a difficult opening morning for Europe at Whistling Straits as the Spaniard equalled the record for match wins in the competition. In tandem with world number one and fellow Spaniard Jon Rahm, the 41-year-old revelled in the partisan atmosphere created by the American fans alongside...

25th September

Mercedes quickest in Russia

Valtteri Bottas spearheaded a dominant first day of practice for Mercedes at the Russian Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton, whose bid for a 100th F1 win was boosted with Max Verstappen set to start Sunday’s race last after a power unit change. The Finn, a specialist around the Sochi track, ended the day 0.044...

Usyk 9kgs lighter than Joshua

Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk weighed in at the heaviest of his career ahead of his heavyweight world title clash against IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua in London this weekend. Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion who has only had two heavyweight bouts, tipped the scales at 100kg while Joshua weighed in at 109kg. Joshua...

OPINION: Boxing in the doldrums

Boxing’s glory days remind me of a famous line “once were warriors” some of my friends use even today. I still remember my early primary school days when I used to read about Sakaraia Ve, known as Fiji’s golden boy of boxing. Ve was a class act. In those days in the late ‘70s and ‘80s a boxer could fight up...

Raducanu splits with coach

Britain’s U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu is seeking a new coach after announcing she would no longer be working with former Davis Cup player Andrew Richardson. The 18-year-old stunned the sporting world when she won the title as a qualifier without dropping a set – becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam...

Rahm bids to sign off eventful year with Ryder Cup glory

World number one Jon Rahm wants to cap an “amazing” year with a Ryder Cup victory for Team Europe, who will face a hostile U.S. home crowd as they look to retain the trophy. The 26-year-old Spaniard won his first major at this year’s U.S. Open but also contracted COVID-19 twice, forcing him to pull...

USOPC will require COVID-19 vaccine for all US athletes at Beijing Games

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee on Wednesday said all U.S. athletes hoping to compete at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “Effective Nov. 1, 2021, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee will require all USOPC staff, athletes and those utilizing USOPC facilities – including the training centers...

MLB to experiment with pre-tacked baseballs at Triple A

Major League Baseball will be experimenting with pre-tacked baseballs at a “handful” of Triple-A games over the final 1 ½ weeks of the minor league season. MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Morgan Sword told Baseball America on Thursday that select teams in the highest level of the minor leagues will play with balls...

Sabres strip captain title from Jack Eichel

The Buffalo Sabres stripped Jack Eichel of his captaincy after he failed a physical following his arrival to camp on Wednesday. Eichel, 24, was named captain in 2018 but has been at odds with the team over treatment for a herniated disk in his neck suffered in March. Following a 12-week period of rest and...

Miami given May 8 date for debut F1 race

Miami has been given a May 8 date for the city’s first Formula One race around the Hard Rock Stadium next year, organisers said on Thursday. “There has been tremendous enthusiasm and anticipation for this event, and we’re happy to be able to announce the date so that people can start planning for it,” said...

Rahm and Garcia to spearhead Europe Ryder Cup defence

World number one Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were chosen on Thursday to spearhead Europe’s Ryder Cup defence with captain Padraig Harrington sending out the Spanish duo in the opening foursomes to face Americans Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. In a clear indication Europe will try to grab the early momentum, Harrington turned to two...

24th September

England cricket family likely to be allowed into Australia

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to help ease strict quarantine rules to allow the families of England’s cricketers to tour with the players during the upcoming Ashes series. England players are seeking assurances their family members will be allowed to join them in Australia during the five-test series...

23rd September

USOPC will require COVID-19 vaccine for all U.S. athletes at Beijing Games

Sept 22 (Reuters) – The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee on Wednesday said all American athletes hoping to compete at the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “Effective Nov. 1, 2021, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee will require all USOPC staff, athletes and those utilizing USOPC facilities –...

Osaka confirms withdrawal from Indian Wells

Sept 22 (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka, who said at the U.S. Open that she planned to take a break from tennis, has officially pulled out of next month’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The four-time Grand Slam champion fell in the third round of the year’s final major and afterwards told reporters she needed...

Pakistan says threat to NZ cricketers originated in India

Pakistan has accused an unnamed individual in India of sending threatening emails that caused New Zealand to abandon its cricket tour in the country. New Zealand scrapped its tour to Pakistan moments before the start of the first one-day international in Rawalpindi last Friday, citing a specific threat to its cricket team. New Zealand did not...

22nd September

$500k for Team Fiji

The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) chief executive officer, Lorraine Mar expects that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, both the financial and logistical arrangements for Team Fiji’s preparations and participation at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be severely impacted. The Fiji National Sports Commission recently informed FASANOC of...

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