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19th January

Rabada ban criticised by former England players

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – Former England players condemned the suspension of South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada on Friday after an overexuberant celebration, but he received little sympathy from his own camp. Rabada was fined...

Rugby: Saracens accept further 35-point deduction, to be relegated – report

(Reuters) – Saracens are to accept their heavy deduction for breaching the Premiership’s salary cap rules and will therefore be relegated at the end of the season, a report from The Guardian said on Friday. The newspaper said that the players were told on Friday that the club had accepted a further 35-point deduction after...

More seasoned, less fearless, Osaka set for Australian Open defence

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka has learned to appreciate her victories more after enduring the “toughest” year of her fledging career and the Japanese world number three says mentally she is in a better place to launch her Australian Open title defence. Osaka started 2019 by winning her second straight Grand Slam title in Melbourne...

Mexican immigrant dreams of leading first U.S. breakdancing team to Olympic gold

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Antonio Castillo discovered the joyful athleticism of breakdancing as a child in Mexico in the 1980s. Now a new generation of young people comes to his Washington studio to learn the finer points of a dance style that has evolved into a sport, hoping one day to bring home Olympic gold. Castillo...

Stokes and Pope put dominant England in box seat

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope both scored centuries as a dominant England took a firm grip on the third test against South Africa, declaring on 499 before reducing the hosts to 60 runs for two wickets at the close of the second day on Friday. South Africa trail by 439 runs...

Premier League refs told to use pitchside monitors for red cards

LONDON (Reuters) – Premier League referees are being instructed by the PGMOL, the body responsible for elite match officials in the English game, to make more use of pitchside monitors for red card decisions. Since the introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology to England’s top flight, no decisions have been made or overturned by...

18th January

Africa Cup of Nations switch a catastrophe for Liverpool, says Klopp

LONDON (Reuters) – Moving the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament from June to January could be “a catastrophe” for Liverpool, according to their manager Juergen Klopp. Cameroon’s football federation FECACOOT announced on Wednesday that the tournament would be played in January and February next year to avoid the rainy season. Three of Liverpool’s key...

Rabada ban is cause for concern, says South Africa coach Boucher

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – South African coach Mark Boucher said he was concerned about the disciplinary regulations in cricket which led to fast bowler Kagiso Rabada being handed a one-match ban due to his overexuberant celebration during the third test against England. Rabada was fined and handed a demerit point as he was deemed to...

Lloyd, Rapinoe anchor U.S. Olympic qualifying roster

(Reuters) – The U.S. women’s soccer team unveiled a 20-strong roster headlined by Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe for the Olympic qualifying tournament on Friday, as the four-time World Cup winners aim to reach their seventh consecutive Games. Team co-captain Lloyd will feature in her fourth consecutive Olympic qualifying event later this month alongside national...

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 https://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/story/2020-01-17/chicharito-hernandez-signs-with-galaxy-to-become-highest-paid-player-in-mls 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...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Police retain title

Police have retained the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament title after a tough battle against Mango Bay Ratu Filise in the final. Police won 17-14. Police led 12-0 at halftime but Ratu Filise bounced back in the second half to take the lead 14-12 before the Police scored a try in the last minute....

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise downs Stallions to qualify for cup final

Mango Bay Ratu Filise defeated BLK Eco Tray Stallions 14-7 to qualify for the cup final of the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament. Both teams were locked 7-7 in the halftime break but Ratu Filise managed to score another converted try in the second half to win the match. They will face defending champions...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Police defeats Tabadamu in cup semis

McDonald’s Coral Coast defending champions Police defeated Tabadamu 14-12 in an epic cup semifinal. Tabadamu led 12-7 in the break. However, Police were consistent throughout and scored their winning try with a successful conversion from Kitione Taliga to win them the match. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Tabadamu downs NFA side

The Tabadamu 7s team narrowly escaped the NFA side 19-17 to qualify for the semifinals of the McDonald’s Coral Coast tournament. An unsuccessful conversion in the last second could have extended the game to extra time. However, luck was not on the NFA’s side missing the significant conversion. Both teams were locked 12-12 in the...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise thumps Vatutalei in cup quarterfinal

Mango Bay Ratu Filise thumped Vatutalei KeiViti 26-5 in the last cup quarterfinals of the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament. The Namatakula-based side scored two converted tries in the first spell leading the Vatutalei KeiViti 14-0, then extended their lead in the second half. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Police edge Uluinakau to qualify for Cup semi

MCDONALD’S Coral Coast Rugby 7s defending champions Police edged Uluinakau 7-0 to qualify for the cup semifinals at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka today. Police scored their only try in the first half. It built a solid wall of defence when defending with six men.

Ikanikoda and Tuivuaka for Hamilton 7s

FIJI 7s exponents Livai Ikanikoda and Asaeli Tuivuaka have forced their way back into a powerful 13-man team named by coach Gareth Baber for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Hamilton and Sydney 7s. “These players have responded very well during the past few weeks of training,” Baber said. “We’ve thrown some solid sessions at...

Would you give up a kidney for Super Bowl tickets? Some would

A kidney? Abstain from sex for a year or break up with your significant other? Some say they would do just that; give up organs and sex and end relationships for a Super Bowl ticket according to a poll conducted by ticket sales and distribution giant Ticketmaster. The survey of 3,200 NFL fans (100 per...

Kenyan athletics authority says top athlete escaped from anti-doping testers

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A top Kenyan athlete ran away from anti-doping testers who had visited their training camp unannounced to take samples, a senior athletics authority official said, as the East African nation ramps up efforts to combat doping. Kenya is famous for its long and middle-distance running prowess, but it has been caught up...

Strong voices like Megan Rapinoe’s are good for sports: German athlete body chief

(Reuters) – Athletes are not just sports role models and should speak out about social and political issues just like U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe at last year’s World Cup, the CEO of independent German athletes’ association Athleten Deutschland said. Johannes Herber said on Wednesday the International Olympic Committee’s Rule 50 which banned any political...

World Cup veteran McBride named general manager of USMNT

After playing in three World Cups and nearly 100 games on the international level with the United States Men’s National Team, Brian McBride is returning as general manager. McBride’s appointment Friday will be effective immediately and the 47-year-old will join the team for its January training camp that was moved from Qatar, site of the...

Bekele and Kipchoge set for London Marathon showdown

LONDON (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele, the only men to go under two hours, two minutes for the marathon, will go head to head over the classic distance in this year’s London Marathon, organizers said on Friday. Kenya’s Kipchoge had already announced he would defend his title but the presence of Ethiopian former...

Spectator who racially abused Archer banned for two years

(Reuters) – New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has banned a spectator from attending international and domestic games in the country for two years after he admitted racially abusing England fast bowler Jofra Archer. NZC filed a complaint with the police after failing to “conclusively identify” a spectator who, as Archer explained on social media, had racially...

Paratore, Norris take Abu Dhabi lead as Koepka makes strong return

(Reuters) – Italy’s Renato Paratore and South Africa’s Shaun Norris carded identical opening round scores of eight-under 64 on Thursday to share the lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship while world number one Brooks Koepka was tied third on his return from injury. The 23-year-old Paratore, chasing his second title on the European Tour, sank...

Smith nets pair as Blackhawks bounce Canadiens

Zack Smith scored twice, and Drake Caggiula tallied a goal and an assist as the visiting Chicago Blackhawks topped the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory and seventh win in 10 games. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 32 of 33 shots for his first victory in his past three starts...

17th January

Executive Kennedy insists Red Sox won 2018 title fairly

Whether the Boston Red Sox’s 2018 World Series title was won legitimately is up for debate after Alex Cora was involved in sign-stealing scandals in back-to-back seasons with the 2017 champion Houston Astros and Red Sox. The Red Sox held a press conference on Wednesday — one day after parting ways with Cora — and...

ATP roundup: Auger-Aliassime reaches Adelaide semis

No. 2 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada advanced Thursday to the quarterfinals of the Adelaide International in Australia. Auger-Aliassime earned an easy 6-3, 6-0 victory over Australia’s Alex Bolt in a match that lasted just 55 minutes. He will face Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the semifinals. Rublev moved to 6-0 on the season with a...

Murray grabs share of lead in California, Fowler one back

(Reuters) – Grayson Murray tied his career best with nine birdies in one round to tame the challenging PGA West Stadium Course and was rewarded with a share of the first-round lead at The American Express in La Quinta on Thursday. The 26-year-old carded an eight-under-under 64 on the Stadium Course, which is considered the...

New Orleans police issue arrest warrant for Browns’ Beckham

(Reuters) – The New Orleans Police Department said on Thursday it obtained a warrant for the arrest of Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr., for allegedly slapping an officer’s buttocks after this week’s U.S. college football championship. The New Orleans police said in a statement the warrant involved a charge of misdemeanor simple battery in...

Beltran out as Mets manager after Astros sign-stealing scandal

(Reuters) – Carlos Beltran’s first season as manager of the New York Mets ended before it began as he stepped down on Thursday as a result of a sign-stealing scandal involving the Houston Astros, his former team. Beltran, who played for Houston in 2017, was the only player from the World Series-winning team who was...

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