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24th April

Players suspended after being tested positive

TWO Vodafone Fiji U23 players have been given a three year suspension while one has been given another chance to come out clean after they were found positive in drug tests. Rewa’s Martin Nasova and...

23rd April

Oceania U20 Championship: Fiji gets ready for NZ

THE Vodafone Fijian Under-20 side is in camp and ready for their first match of the Oceania U20 Championship against New Zealand. Head Coach Kele Leawere said the team has been working hard and excited the tournament is set to begin. “The boys have got through a lot of work together and now they’re ready...

Fiji FA conducts U23 trials

THE National U23 trials were conducted at the Fiji Football Association Academy in Ba last week. Twenty-nine players were shortlisted from the first trials with a couple of new inclusions attended the four-day trials to show their performances. National head coach Christophe Gamel led the trials with his assistant coach Marika Rodu. Team manager Anushil...

National football U17 march into camp

THE Vodafone National U17 team is in camp at the Fiji Football Association Academy in Ba in preparation for the UEFA U17 Development tournament in Israel later this month. National head coach Christophe Gamel said it is a big opportunity for the boys to experience such a great tournament. “The preparation is going well but...

Action from the Vodafone Senior League match between Lami and Navua at the Fiji Football Academy ground in Vatuwaqa yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

Vodafone Senior League to resume this weekend

ALL six teams will be in action in the Vodafone Senior League Viti Levu Zone this weekend. In matches at the Fiji FA Academy Ground in Vatuwaqa on Sunday, April 28, 2019 Lami plays Rakiraki at 1pm after which Tailevu Naitasiri battles Navua at 3pm. In the lone match at Lawaqa Park which starts at...

Fiji FA mourns loss of young player

THE Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel, its board members and the entire football fraternity is in mourning and the the entire fraternity is saddened to learn the tragic death of Rewa U16 player Rayshal Roy. Fiji FA President and FIFA council member Rajesh Patel described the anguish felt at the loss of one so...

Fiji FACT ticket pre-sales

THE Vodafone Fiji FACT football tournament tickets can be brought in advance ahead of the tournament proper. Fiji FA CEO Mohammed Yusuf said the ticket pre-sales will begin next Monday. “Tickets can be brought from the Lautoka City Council Office from next week. Ticket prices are $20 for adults on Pavilion A while a child...

Swimming duo for Japan study stint

FIJI Swimming accomplished a milestone achievement towards development and productivity when two of its swimmers had been offered Olympic Scholarships for Tokyo 2020. Local and regional champions Matelita Buadromo and Epeli Rabua were given the opportunity to study and train in Japan prior to the 2020 Olympics. Buadromo said the scholarship had opened a new...

Fiji darts aims high, seeks financial support

THE Fiji Darts Association has set a goal to accomplish later this year and that is to attend a darts regional competition in Niue. The development of darts in the country has been facing a lot of issues, but former national champion and association executives, Lawrence Ram and Mahendra Singh continue to work behind the...

Former Fiji 7s rep Dauvucu helps unemployed youths

FORMER Fiji 7s rugby player Aporosa Dauvucu continues to organise and co-fund mini volleyball tournaments for youths in Lami Village and surrounding areas to keep them from being involved in criminal activities. Dauvucu has been organising volleyball tournaments for the past few years. On the Easter long weekend, he was at it again. This time...

Folau code of conduct hearing set for May 4

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rugby Australia (RA) has scheduled a code of conduct hearing for May 4 over Israel Folau’s controversial social media comments, the governing body has said. The 30-year-old Folau, a devout Christian, sparked controversy for the second time in 12 months after posting comments on social media that gay people were destined for...

Rugby – Brumbies’ Pocock heads home as calf strain lingers

SYDNEY (Reuters) – ACT Brumbies loose forward David Pocock is heading for more time on the sidelines after being sent home from South Africa to continue his recovery from a calf injury that has kept him out since early March. The 30-year-old sustained the injury in a pre-season Wallabies camp and aggravated it in their...

Fans motivate Liverpool, not quest for ‘Holy Grail’, says Klopp

(Reuters) – Liverpool are inching towards a first English league title in 29 years but manager Juergen Klopp says his team must enjoy the journey with supporters and not focus solely on the “Holy Grail” of winning the Premier League crown. Liverpool’s 2-0 victory at Cardiff City on Sunday restored their two-point lead over champions...

Marcelo dismisses suggestions he is unhappy at Madrid

(Reuters) – Real Madrid defender Marcelo said on Sunday that rumours about him leaving the club were false and insisted that he was happy there. The Brazilian, a key player at Real since arriving in 2007, lost his place to youngster Sergio Reguilon earlier this season and Spanish media reports have frequently linked him with...

PSG celebrate eighth title as Neymar gets back in action

PARIS (Reuters) – Neymar made his return to the pitch after a three-month injury lay-off as Paris St Germain celebrated their eighth Ligue 1 title with a 3-1 win against Monaco at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. The Brazil striker played the whole second half in his first appearance since Jan. 23, but it...

Pan claims first tour win by one stroke over Kuchar

(Reuters) – Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung held steady when it counted and won his first PGA Tour tournament with a one-stroke victory over Matt Kuchar as world number one Dustin Johnson stumbled badly on the back nine at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Sunday. Pan, who goes by the initials C.T., collected a birdie...

22nd April

Cricket – Paceman Hassan surprise pick in Afghanistan World Cup squad

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Afghanistan named fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who last played for the side in July 2016, in their 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup on Monday. Hassan, 31, has played 32 one-day internationals for the war-torn nation and was also part of Afghanistan’s maiden appearance at the 50-over World Cup in Australia...

Special Olympics football captain passes on

TEAM Fiji women’s football captain to the Special Olympics Arieta Lala passed away last Friday after a short illness. The hero for the team Fiji football side scored the winning goal for the team in the bronze medal play-offs against South Africa 1-0 to win the game and the bronze for the team and the...

Suva wins Fiji Games 2019

SUVA has been crowned the overall champion of the Fiji Games 2019 that was held in various venues over five days and attended by hundreds who braved the wet weather conditions to compete throughout the Easter weekend in an event that is held every two years. Suva claimed 60 gold medals, 75 silver and 53...

Fijiana 7s girls win Kitakyushu 7s Challenge Trophy final

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team won the Challenge Trophy final at the Kitakyushu 7s in Japan after beating Spain 41-12 yesterday. Fiji scored seven tries where Asinate Savu scored a hat trick, two from Raijieli Daveua, and Ana Maria Naimasi and Paulini Korowaqa scored a try each. The Fijiana 7s team remains at 10th...

Former 7s player organises volleyball tournament for youths

FORMER Fiji 7s rugby player Aporosa Dauvucu continues to organise and fund mini-volleyball tournaments for the youths in Lami as he tries to keep them organised and focused and away from getting involved in illegal activities. Dauvucu organised the Burekalou volleyball tournament and is on its second phase of competitions. He said there had been...

FNRL to finalise team to Pacific Games

THE Fiji National Rugby League held its final trials for the national women’s 9s team for the Pacific Games in Samoa in July in Nadi last Friday. A good turnout was recorded with Vodafone Fiji Bati head Brandon Costin also present to witness the women in action. FNRL board chairman Peni Musunamasi said preparations for...

Fiji’s touch rugby sides set for World Cup journey

THE Fiji Touch Rugby team will be leaving our shores later today to represent the country at the 2019 Touch World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The national team was accorded a farewell service at the Raiwaqa Methodist Church in Raiwaqa yesterday. Fiji Touch Rugby president Josua Satavu said the team was blessed with a...

Fiji Swimming targets fast times for Pacific Games

FIJI Swimming is looking to take a small group of quality swimmers to the upcoming Samoa Pacific Games after the final trials were held jointly with the Fiji Games in the weekend at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva. Team Fiji head coach Sharon Smith said swimmers who had made the qualifying times would...

Suva men shock bowlers

THE Dan Lum On-skippered Suva men’s team pulled off a surprise victory during the Shop N Save Supermarket sponsored Hutson Cup Bowls Championship at the Nadi Sports and Social Club greens yesterday. The side with players such as Martin Fong, Matthew Robinson and Ramesh Chand defeated Tamavua 23-10 in the decisive match to finish ahead...

Boxers’ fitness will be closely monitored: Coach Fuata

FIJI Amateur Boxing head coach Nicholas Fuata says he will be closely monitoring the fitness aspect of the boxers before he can finalise the final team. Fuata says the fitness of the boxers was an essential part of doing well at the upcoming Samoa Pacific Games. “We will have a fitness test after we have...

Rugby: Carter would not let New Zealand down at World Cup – Henry

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – World Cup winner Dan Carter would not be out of place in the All Blacks squad at the global showpiece in Japan later this year if selectors sent him an SOS to fill the gap left by the injured Damian McKenzie, former coach Graham Henry has said. Utility back McKenzie was ruled...

Ronaldo is ‘1,000 percent certain’ to stay at Juventus

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo is “1,000 percent” certain to remain at Juventus, he said after they clinched the Serie A title on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Fiorentina. Ronaldo, dismissing suggestions that he could cut short his three-year contract, said he was delighted to have won Serie A at the first attempt,...

Perez hat-trick ends Newcastle relegation fears

April 20 (Reuters) – NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 SOUTHAMPTON 1 An inspired Ayoze Perez helped Newcastle United put any lingering Premier League relegation fears to bed with a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Southampton at St James’ Park on Saturday. The Spaniard scored twice before halftime to put the hosts in command and killed off...

Cricket – Australia’s Smith says two weeks away from full recovery

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Steve Smith has laid to rest concerns about his fitness and form ahead of Australia’s Cricket World Cup title defence and said he is two weeks away from completely recovering from the elbow surgery he underwent earlier this year. The 29-year-old scored a match-winning unbeaten 59 on Saturday, hours after being named...

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