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6th August

Tailevu wary of Nadroga

Tailevu Rugby Union team manager Levani Matea says that BLK Nadroga’s loss last weekend will make them an even more dangerous team when the two sides meet in their round three Skipper Cup clash this...

Men In Black confident ahead of BOG bid

THE Ba football team is confident of scoring its 18th win during the 42nd edition of the Battle of the Giants tournament which is sponsored this year by Punjas. “Definitely. We are confident. We believe in our players which is the main thing. They have produced the desired results so far during the VPL matches,”...

Lautoka braces for three-day gritty football

THE Lautoka football team is bracing for a gritty three days of football during the Punjas Battle of the Giants tournament starting tomorrow. Team head coach Ravinesh Kumar said they were bracing for a rugged encounter in their opening pool match. “I have analysed the loss last week to Rewa in the Vodafone Premier League,”...

Vono Jr a true blue

Jone Vono Jr’s soccer story is about loyalty and how being true to the district that gave him his first break has paid dividends. The Lautoka Football Association (LFA) discovered him in 2001 when he was a 17-year-old Form Six student at Tilak High School. He has stayed true to the boys in blue ever...

Malo’s tourney a success

THE LongRun (Fiji) – sponsored 18 holes stroke championship for the late Maciu Malo Memorial Trophy produced fireworks at the Lautoka Golf Club course last Saturday. As a three-hole play-off was required to decide the overall winner, national rep and Xavier College teacher Asish Chand and sponsor Ram Reddy, were both tied on 73 gross...

Futsal league set to resume

Futsal lovers will once again get to enjoy their favourite sport as the 2020 Ariston, Gokals, Whirlpool Southern Business House Futsal Soccer League is all set to resume this Sunday at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva after a lapse of four-months due to restrictions placed because of the outbreak of global pandemic...

Six Nations tournaments to resume in October

Six Nations organisers have confirmed the dates for the rescheduled matches to complete the 2020 tournament, which was brought to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic. Matches for both the men and women’s tournaments, which were suspended in March, will resume in October. Ireland will take on Italy at the Aviva Stadium on October24, a...

Cycling star fighting for life after horror crash

Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was put into an induced coma after sustaining head injuries in a crash on the final stretch of the Tour de Pologne race in southern Poland, organisers said. Sprinting for the win at the end of the event’s opening stage, Jakobsen was sent flying into the side barriers after a collision...

England cricketers put their heads together in football relay on first day against Pakistan

Some cricket was played on a rain-affected first day of the opening test against England with the tourists reaching 139-2 at stumps on Wednesday, led by a Babar Azam half-century. In a disrupted game began their innings under moody skies and with the floodlights on, the England side entertained themselves during a breaker with a...

Phoenix through to A-League finals series after draw with Roar

In years gone by Wellington Phoenix would have been celebrating after qualifying for the A-League finals series with one game to spare. But coach Ufuk Talay had mixed emotions after Gary Hooper scored an 82nd minute equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Wednesday night. Talay...

Nadal to skip U.S. Open due to COVID-19 concerns, entries announced

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World number two Rafa Nadal confirmed on Tuesday that he will not defend his U.S. Open crown this year at Flushing Meadows as organisers released the singles entry list for the Grand Slam. Spain’s Nadal had said in June that he had reservations about travelling to the U.S. amid the COVID-19...

NFL: Lions remove Stafford from COVID-19 list after ‘false positive’

(Reuters) – The Detroit Lions removed quarterback Matthew Stafford from the COVID-19 reserve list and placed him on the active roster on Tuesday after confirming his test result was a false positive. The 32-year-old had been placed on the list last week, implying he had either tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact...

NBA roundup: Doncic, Mavs nip Kings in overtime

Luka Doncic capped a 34-point, 20-rebound, 12-assist triple-double with an inside basket to break a tie with 1:57 remaining in overtime Tuesday afternoon as the Dallas Mavericks outlasted the Sacramento Kings for a 114-110 victory at HP Field House inside the NBA bubble near Orlando. Tim Hardaway Jr. had six of his 22 points in...

5th August

Blues coach takes holistic approach

The Lautoka football team’s head coach, Ravinesh Kumar, is focusing on the mental aspect of each player as the side prepares for the 42nd version of the Battle of the Giants tournament. “I am working on the mental and psychological aspect of the players,” Kumar said. “Everyone is aware about the effects brought about by...

Tadu to play in 23rd BOG

Soccer has done a lot for Usaia Tadu. The Rewa defender will feature in his 23rd Battle of the Giants tournament and the sport has enabled him to build a modest home for his family. Today, as the country is gripped with a downturn in economic activity caused by COVID-19, soccer has provided the only...

Fulham win $266 million English Premier League promotion game after Joe Bryan double

Fulham are back in the English Premier League after a one-year absence following two goals by fullback Joe Bryan in a 2-1 win over west London rivals Brentford in the Championship promotion playoff final at Wembley. Leftback Bryan fired Fulham ahead with a 35m freekick which caught Brentford goalkeeper David Raya napping at his near...

‘I’m glad I did the right thing’: Todd Payten explains last-minute Warriors U-turn

Todd Payten has explained the last-minute U-turn that led to him revealing his decision to reject an offer to coach the Warriors on live television. Payten, the team’s interim coach, dropped the bombshell during an appearance on Fox Sports show NRL 360 on Monday night while also confirming his interest in the vacancy at the...

Sport NZ tells gymnastics community it can trust complaints process

Sport NZ is backing steps taken by Gymnastics NZ to handle complaints over abusive coaching practices in the sport, as calls grow louder for an independent investigation. GNZ last week launched “urgent inquiries” after a Stuff investigation uncovered allegations of a culture that normalised emotional manipulation, fat-shaming and athletes being forced to compete with serious...

Latrell Mitchell pleads guilty to firearms charge after camping trip

Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell has pleaded guilty to a firearms charge after a video was posted to social media showing another NRL player, Josh Addo-Carr, shooting a rifle at a NSW mid-north coast property. Mitchell, 23, and Addo-Carr, 25, were each given $1000 public health fines in April for engaging in non-essential travel, after a...

NRL: Peter Sterling explains $10m man Jason Taumalolo’s smart Cowboys tweak

Cowboys $10 million man Jason Taumalolo has shifted away from a battering ram role under caretaker coach Josh Hannay, rugby league great Peter Sterling says. Taumalolo, 27, has another seven years remaining on his unprecedented $1 million per season North Queensland contract and puts the Cowboys on his back every week. The Tonga Test forward...

Mark Reason: Aaron Cruden, Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett come together on the serene plateau

Some days it seems like the pale lemon sunshine and the cold pink wine will keep on flowing for ever. We are up on the serene plateau, living a perfect day that will never end. You watch Richie Mo’unga and Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett and for a moment these seem like blessed times. And...

Nadal to skip U.S. Open due to COVID-19 concerns, entries announced

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World number two Rafa Nadal confirmed on Tuesday that he will not defend his U.S. Open crown this year at Flushing Meadows as organisers released the singles entry list for the Grand Slam. Spain’s Nadal had said in June that he had reservations about travelling to the U.S. amid the COVID-19...

4th August

Habosi ‘aims for the stars’

Namosi rugby team blind side wing Vinaya Habosi wants to “aim for the stars” to become a professional rugby player. He is the younger brother of Nadroga and Fijian Drua team winger Aporosa Tabulawaki. They are from Nasama Village in Nadroga. Habosi, who also played for the Fiji Warriors team, is one of the top...

Stage is set for the Punjas BOG tournament

The stage is set for the Punjas Battle of the Giants tournament which is schedule to start at midday on Friday at Churchill Park in Lautoka. Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said everything was ready and they had organised every aspect of the tournament in and off the field for players and...

Rewa continues winning streak

Rewa remains undefeated after playing a one-all draw against Navua during their 2020 Vodafone Youth League Southern Zone clash at the Fiji FA Academy Ground at Vatuwaqa, Suva on Sunday. Rewa trailed one nil at the break, but the young brigade coached by Rodicks Singh forced Navua to concede an own goal. “We knew the...

Footing for a decent meal

When Nasinu beat Ba two weeks ago with a 2-0 scoreline during the Vodafone Premier League, one player in particular celebrated the victory in a deep and meaningful way. Asaeli Tunidau thanked God for the win because it literally meant his family would be able to eat a decent meal. The 26-year-old works as a...

Suva in full force

Suva Rugby Union general secretary Tevita Tuiloa was impressed with the turnout of fans and quality of games displayed during the Digicel Escott Shield and Digicel Koroturaga Championship which began at Bidesi Ground in Suva over the weekend. Teams and supporters flocked to watch the return of Suva’s club competitions after a long COVID-19 pandemic...

FRU board elects Beg as chairman

Conway Beg has been elected by the Fiji Rugby Union board to succeed Francis Kean to the position of  the Fiji Rugby chairman. FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor at a press conference today said Beg was appointed by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama under the provisions of the Fiji Rugby Constitution and this announcement...

Healy hits out at Women’s T20 Challenge scheduling

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Australia’s Alyssa Healy has criticised India’s decision to schedule the Women’s T20 Challenge in November despite it clashing with the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). The three-team Challenge tournament, which was introduced in 2018, has been staged on the sidelines of the popular men’s Indian Premier League (IPL) in March to...

New Tongan rugby league body recommended to IRL

NUKU’ALOFA, 04 AUGUST 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES)—The Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation has recommended a new governing body to represent Tonga. The APRL Board is backing the bid by Tonga Ma’a Tonga Rugby League’s (TMTRL) for full membership of the International Rugby League(IRL), which has the support of the current Tongan players and coach. TMTRL Chairman...

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