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Cook Island Games reboot billed as chance to develop local athletes

The Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) are hoping a reboot of the Cook Island Games will help boost domestic athletes in the country. The small island nation has a team of five...

High-profile sportsman continues bid for name suppression

A high-profile sportsman, alleged to have connections with an international drug syndicate, is continuing his bid to keep his name secret. His case was called again in the High Court in Auckland on Friday, however Justice Mathew Downs suppressed all submissions. The sportsman’s name was repeatedly mentioned during the 2019 trial of Tevita Sitanilei Kulu,...

NBA’s minor-league circuit cancels season due to COVID-19

(Reuters) – The National Basketball Association’s minor-league organization said on Thursday it has decided to cancel the remainder of its 2019-20 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NBA G League in mid-March followed the lead of the NBA when it suspended its season, which was scheduled to conclude on March 28. The NBA made...

Nadal says he would not travel to U.S. Open in present circumstances

(Reuters) – Ordinarily Rafa Nadal would likely be closing in on a 13th French Open title this week. Instead, he is home in Mallorca trying to make sense of a world that feels anything but normal. Tennis is on hold until at least the start of August because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and while there...

NBA approves plan to resume season in July at Disney World

(Reuters) – The NBA’s Board of Governors have approved a plan to restart the suspended season with a tentative July 31 start at Disney World in Florida amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the league said on Thursday. The plan would see 22 of the NBA’s 30 teams play eight seeding games to determine a 16-team playoff...

5th June

Going back home – English club releases Uate

Fiji Bati veteran Akuila Uate will return to Australia this week after he was released from his contract with the Huddersfield Giants in the Super League because of the impact of coronavirus. The Votua, Nadroga man has one year to complete his contract. Uate, who was a National Rugby League star for the Manly Sea-Eagles...

Gender equality continues to improve in sports

Gender equality in sports continues to improve and make an impact to the lives of many across the Pacific and Oceania region. Another female administrator has found herself an opportunity to bring about changes within the Oceania region as we look forward to the Olympic Games next year. The chairperson of the ONOC Athletes’ Commission,...

Lam welcomes Radradra, Naulago

Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam welcomes seven new signings that include Semi Radradra and former rugby league player and Siva Naulago for the 2020/21 season. Kyle Sinckler, Chris Cook and Mitch Eadie will be joining the club from July 1 while Saracens duo, Ben Earl and Max Malins who are on loan will...

Surfers’ build up for Japan Games

All Fiji’s top surfers have been given special training programs as they build up towards the Japan Olympic Games. Fiji Surfing Association coach Ian Portingale said all members of their training squad had been given specific training programs during the COVID-19 isolation period. This, he said, was to help the athletes continue with their training...

Dave Rennie’s pay in the spotlight as Wallabies exodus fears mount

The Waratahs are fighting to hold on to young Wallabies Jack Maddocks and Tom Robertson as the new Australian connection in USA Rugby begins a massive recruitment drive and a growing number of players eye offshore competitions. Maddocks and Robertson, and four-test Brumbies halfback Joe Powell are all in talks to join the Los Angeles...

Why Warren Gatland thinks Dan Carter coup is great news for Beauden Barrett

Dan Carter’s presence will improve Beauden Barrett as a player and the Blues as a team, according to a rival coach. Yet far from being fearful of going up against Carter, Chiefs coach Warren Gatland can’t stop smiling about the shock signing. Rather than being nervous about the wealth of experience and potential innovations the...

Michael Fatialofa to be released from British spinal care unit

The miracle recovery of seriously injured New Zealand rugby player Michael Fatialofa continues with his imminent release from a spinal care unit to his English home. The remarkable development comes five months after the devastating injury from a tackle gone wrong in an English Premiership match while playing for the Worcester Warriors. The C4 vertebrae...

NBA to resume in late July with 22 teams

Nearly three months after the novel coronavirus pandemic brought the NBA to a screeching halt, professional basketball has officially set the framework for its return to the court. The NBA’s Board of Governors voted Thursday (Friday NZ time) to approve a plan that will see 22 teams continue the 2019-20 regular season in late July...

NRL: Warriors lose Ken Maumalo for Penrith Panthers clash

The Warriors have suffered a late injury blow ahead of Friday night’s clash against the Panthers after Ken Maumalo was ruled out. The powerful winger picked up a hamstring injury at training on Wednesday, with Adam Pompey called up to take his place for the clash at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney. It will be Pompey’s...

Dan Carter’s Kiwi comeback a great story, but fairytale ending might be far-fetched

Whoa. Let’s rein the horses in just a little. The narrative that has Dan Carter galloping in as a figurative knight to the rescue of the Blues is one fuelled more by romanticism than reality. Carter, no doubt, is a handy pickup by the Blues as an injury replacement for crocked fullback/first five Stephen Perofeta...

Broncos suffer record loss

It was like Groundhog Day for Brisbane after they crashed to their worst NRL home loss, routed 59-0 by a merciless Sydney Roosters. Memories of the Broncos’ previous worst effort – a 58-0 NRL 2019 finals exit – came flooding back as the Roosters piled on 10 unanswered tries on Thursday night to keep the...

Silver, NBA shift focus to fighting racism

NBA commissioner Adam Silver asked all 30 teams to encourage and embrace the push for social change. Silver issued a memo to every NBA team late Sunday as nationwide protests surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, all of whom were black and unarmed, raged for another night. “As a league,...

PGA Tour coronavirus testing convoy ready to roll

(Reuters) – The PGA Tour will roll out three mobile laboratories that will conduct on site testing at all tournaments as the sport returns from a nearly three-month coronavirus hiatus next week with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas. The mobile testing units, each manned by a driver and three technicians, will arrive the Saturday...

Panthers offer Kuechly scouting role

If Luke Kuechly identifies talent as well as he does ballcarriers, the Carolina Panthers could be adding a game-changing scout. Kuechly, the five-time All-Pro linebacker who announced his retirement in January, is weighing a role in personnel with the Panthers. “I’ve had a great relationship with Luke. He’s my neighbor. It’s great if it works...

‘We want to be better’: Major League Baseball on death of George Floyd

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Major League Baseball (MLB) called for action “both within our sport and society,” after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis prompted protests and calls for reform across the United States. Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man, died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his...

Carroll: We owe ‘tremendous amount’ to Kaepernick

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said it took too long for the NFL to recognize Colin Kaepernick taking a stand when he took a knee during the national anthem. “I think that there was a moment in time that a young man captured. He took a stand on something, figuratively took a knee, but he...

‘Big Three’ join #BlackoutTuesday campaign against racial injustice

(Reuters) – Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were among the tennis players who joined the #BlackOutTuesday campaign against racial injustice, as protests continue over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody. Floyd died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine...

4th June

7s rising star works towards goal

Fiji 7s squad member Nasoni Tulavu is working hard to achieve his rugby dream. He wants to play in the World Rugby Sevens Series, the Olympic Games in Japan next year and to become the third villager from Nakorosule, Serea, Naitasiri to represent Fiji in rugby. The other two Fiji 7s reps were Senivalati Vunibola...

Wellington Phoenix receive nearly $1m, Warriors $200k from Sport NZ relief package

A-League football club Wellington Phoenix has received $950,000 in Government funding, nearly one-quarter of Sport NZ’s Covid-19 financial relief package for professional sport announced on Thursday. Sport NZ dished out a total of $4.6 million, the first release of investment from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced last month as part of Budget 2020....

After years of battling, Blues now have the Famous Five at No 10

For years the Blues have been paupers when it came to the No 10 jersey, yet now the addition of Dan Carter the Super Rugby club has endless riches in the crucial position. In Carter and Beauden Barrett they have TWO first fives who have been World Rugby Player of the Year. Carter in 2005,...

Dan Carter confirms Blues deal in shock return to Super Rugby

Dan Carter was in Blues colours as he returned to the Super Rugby scene on Thursday. Speculation the All Blacks great Carter was to join the Blues for Super Rugby Aotearoa proved correct as he trained with the Blues in Auckland. But the 38-year-old says it might be a while before he is considered ready...

F1: Mercedes keeping options open on Vettel

Formula One champions Mercedes will not rule out Sebastian Vettel’s chances of driving for them next year because they may need a replacement for Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas. Vettel, a four times world champion with Red Bull, is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season with his next move uncertain. Both Hamilton, 35,...

Japanese sportsmen test positive for coronavirus

Two Japanese baseball players and a striker in football’s J.League have tested positive for Covid-19, in a major blow for professional sports attempting to restart in the country. Football team Nagoya Grampus announced that forward Mu Kanazaki tested positive for the virus, less than a week after the J.League announced plans to restart the campaign...

Three Windies players opt out of England tour over Covid fears

Three West Indies cricketers have been left out of the team after refusing to travel to England for next month’s proposed three test series due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cricket West Indies said batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer and all-rounder Keemo Paul declined to travel to England for the tour that is scheduled to...

All Blacks Codie Taylor and Josh Ioane make brave statement against racism

All Blacks Codie Taylor and Josh Ioane have made a public stand against racism by posting a “black square’’ on their social media accounts. The pair felt compelled to join the protest movement following the death in police custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, and in doing so have urged others to show...

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