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26th August

Rampant England thrash Ireland to lay down World Cup marker

LONDON (Reuters) – England delivered a command performance to delight a sun-drenched Twickenham on Saturday as they ran in eight tries in a record 57-15 rout of Ireland in a World Cup warm-up that would...

25th August

Injured Messi out of Barca game with Betis

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona are still without all-time top scorer Lionel Messi as the Argentine was left out of the squad for their first home game of the La Liga season on Sunday against Real Betis due to a calf injury. Messi missed Barca’s 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in their opening game and did...

Salah at the double as Liverpool dispatch Arsenal

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Liverpool made it three wins out of three as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a convincing 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday to take control at the top of the Premier League. Salah turned on the style after the break at the expense of Arsenal’s close-season signing David Luiz whose decision...

Root digs in to give England hope

LEEDS, England (Reuters) – Captain Joe Root’s defiance gave England hope of saving the Ashes series as his unbeaten 75 helped the hosts to 156-3 in their second innings on day three of the third test at Headingley. Australia sensed victory was in sight inside three days having set England a daunting 359 runs to...

Athletics: USADA confirms Coleman charges after he says reports not true

(Reuters) – American sprinter Christian Coleman has been charged with a potential anti-doping rule violation for failing to properly file his whereabouts information, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Saturday. USADA issued a statement after Coleman, the U.S. 100 metres champion, said media reports he had committed whereabouts violations which could jeopardise his...

Premier league: Suva moves to third spot on points table

SUVA managed to score a goal to level the points to a 1-all draw against Rewa in the Vodafone Premier League this afternoon at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour. Suva has moved to third spot in the points table with 16 points forcing Nadi to fourth place after their win against Nasinu 2-1...

Six spectators hurt after lightning strike at Tour Championship

(Reuters) – Six spectators were injured when lightning struck a tree during the third round at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Saturday, the PGA Tour said in a statement. “At 4.45 p.m., there were two lightning strikes at East Lake Golf Club; a tree near the range/15 green/16 tee was hit, and debris from...

Athletics: Lyles romps to 200m victory in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – World championship favourite Noah Lyles stormed to the year’s second fastest 200 metres, 19.65 seconds, as he returned to competition at the Paris Diamond League meeting on Saturday. Reigning world champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey was more than three-tenths of a second adrift in 20.01 and Canadian Aaron Brown finished third in...

Pole Hurkacz lifts first ATP trophy at Winston-Salem Open

Aug 24 (Reuters) – Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz outdueled top seed Benoit Paire to earn his first ATP title with a 6-3 3-6 6-3win in the Winston-Salem Open final on Saturday. Hurkacz, 22, steadied himself through a roller coaster affair, which included a brief rain delay after the second set, and came out on top after...

Scotland bounce back to beat France 17-14

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – A much-changed Scotland bounced back strongly from last week’s thrashing by France by winning the return fixture 17-14 at Murrayfield on Saturday, though neither team will take much joy from what was a scrappy World Cup warm-up clash. After last week’s 32-3 humiliation in Nice, the Scots made 14 changes, with only...

Men in Black in OFC League

BA has secured a spot in the 2020 Oceania Football Confederation Champions League after defeating Tavua 3-0 in the Vodafone Premier League at the Fiji Football Association Academy ground at Namosau in Ba yesterday. Ba led 1-0 in the first half after a goal from Praneel Naidu. Veteran Avinesh Waran Suwamy scored the second goal...

Coaches to expand knowledge, develop athletes

ATHLETICS Fiji is on the verge of expanding its knowledge for the better development of athletes through the coaches’ perspectives. A total of 15 participants from around Fiji attended the 11-day IAAF Coaches Education Certification System Level I coaching workshop from August 12-23. A joint operation between Athletics Fiji, FASANOC, IAAF, Oceania Athletics and the...

Bai emotional about children’s turnout at clinic

IT was an emotional moment for Rugby Academy Fiji founder Seremaia Bai after about 200 children showed up at the Rugby Academy of Fiji Milo Tag Rugby Festival at Albert Park in Suva. The tournament featured teams from all over the Suva area competing in a game of tag rugby with five boys’ grade and...

Premier league: Jetsetters avenge past loss

THE Nadi football team managed to avenge for their previous loss to Nasinu, winning 2-1 in the Vodafone Premier League at Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour yesterday. The state-of-the-art FIFA-recommended football pitch at the Uprising Sports Centre gives no excuses to the players as Nadi took advantage of the opportunity to beat Nasinu in...

Chip on shoulder fuelling Ashley-Cooper’s World Cup fire

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The thatch of grey hair swept back from the forehead of Adam Ashley-Cooper is one of the more obvious reminders of the longevity of one of the most versatile players to ever pull on the gold Australia jersey. The man nicknamed “Mr Fix-it”, for filling holes in the Wallabies backline, has been...

Laidlaw urges ailing Scots to lift performance against France

(Reuters) – Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has urged his team mates to forget their lacklustre performance against France in Nice last weekend as they prepare to host the same opponents at Murrayfield on Saturday. Scotland were well beaten 32-3 on the French south coast, but have an immediate chance for revenge on home soil as...

Russia’s Kuznetsov gets four-year IIHF ban after cocaine test

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) said on Friday it had suspended Russian national team player Evgeny Kuznetsov for four years for testing positive for cocaine. Kuznetsov, who plays for the Washington Capitals in North America’s National Hockey League (NHL), said he accepted his suspension. “Representing my country has always been so...

Rangers handed partial stadium ban for fans’ racist behaviour

(Reuters) – Rangers have been ordered by UEFA to close a section of their Ibrox Stadium for Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Legia Warsaw due to racist behaviour which includes “sectarian singing” by their supporters. European soccer’s governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against the Scottish club after incidents involving their fans during the second leg...

‘Stay greedy’: Klopp’s mantra for title-chasing Liverpool

(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp wants his players to “stay greedy” in pursuit of an elusive Premier League title as they prepare for their first big test of the season against Arsenal on Saturday. Manchester City edged Liverpool to the title by one point last season but the Merseyside club put the disappointment behind...

Australia close to retaining Ashes as England wilt at Headingley

LEEDS, England (Reuters) – Australia closed in on a victory that will see them retain the Ashes after ending an incredible second day of the third test with a lead of 283 runs, having bowled out England for an embarrassing 67 in their first innings on Friday. Australia were on 171-6 in their second innings...

24th August

U.S. Open makes changes after Serena-Ramos incident

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A year after Serena Williams infamously clashed with an umpire during her U.S. Open final loss over being assessed multiple violations that confused some viewers, tournament organisers have unveiled changes to make such rulings clearer to fans. The United States Tennis Association (USTA), which runs the U.S. Open, said on Friday...

England defiant but test batting woes leave hosts on the brink

LEEDS, England (Reuters) – England batting coach Graham Thorpe said they will not give up hope of saving the third test against Australia, but a woeful batting display from the hosts on Friday left them with a mountain to climb to regain the Ashes. Trailing 1-0 in the series and replying to Australia’s far from...

Paire, Hurkacz survive long day to reach Winston-Salem final

(Reuters) – Top-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire rallied from a set down to beat American Steve Johnson 1-6 6-0 6-0 in the semi-final of the Winston-Salem Open on Friday. It was a busy day for Paire, who earlier staved off Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta to win their quarter-final match in the rain-delayed tournament. The quarter-finals had...

Rugby Academy overwhelmed with clinic response

ABOUT 200 kids showed up at the Rugby Academy of Fiji Milo Tag Rugby Festival at Albert Park in Suva. The tournament featured teams from all over the Suva area competing in a game of tag rugby with five boys’ grade and two girl’s grade. Founder Seremaia Bai said it was an overwhelming feeling to...

Tonga match vital for Flying Fijians

THE Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team against Tonga next weekend will be vital for the Fijian boys as head coach John McKee tests his combination for their first Rugby World Cup pool match against Australia next month. McKee has been trying out various combinations during the New Zealand Maori Test matches and the Pacific Nations...

Premier league: Nadi keeps hope alive

NADI kept their hopes alive in the Vodafone Premier League beating Nasinu 2-1 at the newly-built FIFA-approved Uprising Sports Centre. Nadi led 1-0 in the first half through Tito Vodoiwaqa scoring their first goal. Rusiate Matererega headed their second goal in the second spell before Nasinu was allowed a penalty kick, which was successfully kicked...

Kids learn rugby skills

RUGBY Academy Fiji Milo Holiday Clinic drew in a large crowd of young rugby enthusiasts during its one-week program at the Albert Park in Suva. Rugby Academy Fiji founder Seremaia Bai said the rugby clinic teaches the kids more than just rugby. “It is always nice to see the kids coming in and enjoying themselves,...

Cikamatana opts for Australia

FIJI will probably no longer get to celebrate champion weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana’s winning performance. Yesterday the Ovalau lass said from Australia that she had quit her home country. Instead, she is going for the green and gold colours of Australia in international tournaments. This is after she severed ties last year with Weightlifting Fiji which...

Coach McKee: More workload for backline

FLYING Fijians head coach John McKee is focusing on their defence as they prepare for their game against Tonga next week. McKee said for the remaining days left before the clash in Auckland, they would be putting a lot of workload on their backline. “At this moment we are focusing on our own game and...

Flying Fijians duo to test strength

THE Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team has two X-factors in the front row who can create something when given a space to test their strengths and pace at the Rugby World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, next month. Local-based Fiji Airways Flying Fijians hooker Mesulame Dolokoto and France-based loose-head prop Peni Ravai both share a common...

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