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Boxing fraternity mourns the death of Taumoepeau

THE boxing fraternity here in Fiji is mourning the loss of coach Napoleon Taumoepeau over the weekend. Amatuer boxing coach Pauliasi Ratu said the passing away of Taumouepeau was a big loss for Fiji. Ratu...

Surfers prepare for junior pro at Fiji’s Cloudbreak

SURFERS are preparing for this weekend’s Powerade Junior Pro, presented by Cloudbreak and Wailoaloa Boardriders. Fiji surfing head coach Ian Portingale said there had been a lot of interest for the event at Cloudbreak, Tavarua. “The local Fijian surfers have been training hard in readiness,” Portingale said. “There are 14 internationals entered into the event...

Labasa golf: Delta Coy defeats Bougainville Bowl

NADI’S military Delta Coy team has defended the Bougainville Bowl after defeating Labasa’s Golf Company 18-13 at Subrail Park yesterday. The two teams were at an 8-8 draw at half-time. Delta team captain Peni Naruma described the game as a tough one against an experienced Golf team, also known as the Bainivualiku military team. “They...

Cricket Fiji to select international reps at local championship

CRICKET Fiji will select their players for the 2018 ICC World Twenty20 East Asia Pacific Sub Regional Qualifier in their National Championship Tournament to be held tomorrow at Albert Park in Suva. Four teams will be taking part in the three-day tournament. The tournament will begin with a march from Sukuna Park to Alber Park....

Fijian boxers to test Queensland fighters

FIJIAN boxers will test the fighters from Queensland, Australia on Saturday, July 21. This was confirmed by the Fiji Amateur Boxing Association. “The 2018 Commonwealth Games rep, Winston Hill, and 2018 Oceania Boxing Confederation Youth Championship Boxers are in the Fijian team of four boxers to meet Queensland,” the association said in a statement. “It...

Cricket milestone for Samoa

APIA, 16 JULY 2108 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – This year is a year in history and a huge milestone for Samoa (International) Cricket Association (SICA). It has finally become a voting Associate Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the global mother body of cricket after twenty years of being classified as and Affiliate Member and...

Badminton gear up for Pacific Games

APIA, 16 JULY 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – Samoa Badminton Federation has kick started its first trials tournament in preparation for Pacific Games. The first half of the tournament was hosted at the Robert Louis Stevenson College yesterday and will conclude on 21st July. The results will form the qualifiers points for the adults. This tournament...

Ruthless Djokovic outplays Anderson to end title drought

LONDON – Novak Djokovic proved conclusively he remains one of the biggest beasts in men’s tennis by outplaying South African giant Kevin Anderson to claim a fourth Wimbledon title on Sunday. The 31-year-old put two years of turmoil behind him to beat a battle-weary Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) on a sweltering Center Court and add...

State revives sports in Kadavu

SPORTS in our rural, and maritime islands is expected to rise another level, thanks to an ongoing partnership between the Government through the Fiji National Sports Commission, Ministry of Education and the Fiji Police Force. The partnership, through a memorandum of understanding (MOU), will see aggressive sports development programs across rural and maritime islands. Commission...

Revived Pacquiao stuns Matthysse to claim welterweight crown

KUALA LUMPUR – Manny Pacquiao put on a dominant display to stun defending champion Lucas Matthysse with a seventh-round knockout and claim the WBA welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. The 39-year-old Filipino legend looked focused and busy from the opening bell and had the 15,000 fans at the Axiata Arena on their feet...

Kerber stuns Williams to win Wimbledon title

LONDON (Reuters) – It was supposed to be the day Serena Williams completed a remarkable comeback and claimed a record-matching 24th Grand Slam title but Angelique Kerber ripped up the script to outclass her 6-3 6-3 in Saturday’s Wimbledon final. Ten months after the difficult birth of daughter Alexis Olympia the 36-year-old Williams had powered...

Secondary schools basketball finals next week

THE Suva Secondary Schools Basketball Association will hold the semifinals and finals next week after the pool matches were completed at the Yat Sen Secondary School hall in Suva today. Association vice-president Navitalai Naivalu said the semifinal fixtures would be released later in the week. Results: Adi Cakobau School 17-9 St. Joseph’s Secondary School (Girl’s...

Djokovic edges ahead of Nadal in semi-final thriller

LONDON – Novak Djokovic clawed his way to a two sets to one lead over great rival Rafael Nadal under the Centre Court roof before their scintillating Wimbledon semi-final was paused with the contest balanced on a knife-edge on Friday.. With the clock slipping past 11pm — the official curfew time for action at the...

Annual charity golf tournament targets $30k for sick children

THE 2018 Annual Charity Golf Tournament is expected to raise $30,000 for the treatment of sick children in the country. The tournament is organised by the Fiji Ship Owners and Agents Association and will be held at the Fiji Golf Club in Vatuwaqa, Suva. This is the 12th year of the competition. About 130 golfers...

Super-Mom Serena into 10th Wimbledon final

LONDON (Reuters) – Serena Williams demonstrated that having a baby had not robbed her of any of her phenomenal tennis skills when she became the first mother in 38 years to reach the Wimbledon final, with a 6-2 6-4 demolition of Germany’s Julia Goerges on Thursday. Goerges had come into her first Grand Slam semi-final...

Nadi boxing special

THE Seaside Boxing Promotions Bula Festival charity program at Prince Charles Park in Nadi tomorrow will be a unique event showcasing local boxing in different categories. The program will welcome back into the ring former champions and veteran boxers such as Sakaraia Ve, Ilaitia Vaka and Sovita Tabarua. For the first time there will be...

Ponting backs Australian turnaround ahead of next year’s World Cup

(Reuters) – Australia still has the best depth of any cricket nation, former skipper Ricky Ponting has said while backing them to turn around their poor one-day international form in time to defend their World Cup title in England and Wales next year. Five-time World Cup winners Australia were whitewashed 5-0 by hosts England in...

Junior surfers to rep Fiji at global meet

FIJI Surfing Association junior team will represent the country at the International Surfing Association World Junior titles in October. “It is with excitement that the FSA announces the junior team that will represent Fiji at the upcoming ISA World Junior Titles at Huntington Beach, California,” Fiji head coach Ian Portingale said in a statement. “The...

Isner into last eight and a match away from tweeting Trump

LONDON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump, visiting London later this week, can expect a Tweet from John Isner if the experienced American player gets through to the semi-finals of Wimbledon. The 33-year-old ninth seed reached the quarter-finals for the first time, and at the 10th attempt, on Monday by beating Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4...

Cibulkova wins few friends after strange call

LONDON (Reuters) – Dominika Cibulkova reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the third time but made few friends around Court 18 as she beat Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in controversial circumstances on Monday. The Slovakian won 6-4 6-1 but the match will be remembered for a ludicrous umpiring decision at a crucial stage of a tight opening...

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