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16th October

Ronaldo scores 700th career goal in Euro qualifier with Ukraine

(Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 700th career goal when he converted a 72nd minute penalty in Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Ukraine on Monday. The 34-year-old has scored 95 for his country, 450 for...

15th October

Federer confirms Tokyo Olympics participation

(Reuters) – Roger Federer confirmed his participation in next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo and said on Monday that he had listened to his heart before making the decision. The Swiss 38-year-old competed in the first of four Olympic Games at Sydney in 2000 and won the doubles gold partnering Stan Wawrinka in 2008 and...

England thrash Bulgaria after game halted over racist abuse

SOFIA (Reuters) – England bounced back from their first tournament qualifying defeat for 10 years with a 6-0 thrashing of toothless Bulgaria on Monday in a Euro 2020 Group A clash marred by racist incidents in the first half that stopped the game. The match at the Vasil Levski stadium was temporarily halted by the...

Ireland’s Aki to miss rest of World Cup as red card is upheld

(Reuters) – Ireland centre Bundee Aki will miss the remainder of the Rugby World Cup after an independent judicial committee on Monday upheld the red card he picked up in their 47-5 victory over Samoa on Saturday. Aki was sent off in the 29th minute following a high tackle on Samoa flyhalf Ulupano Seuteni at...

High tackle directive demands cultural change

OITA, Japan (Reuters) – A brief exchange in Samoa’s game against Ireland on Friday perfectly encapsulated the internal struggle rugby is undergoing as officials seek to make the game safer in the face of some confusion and some blank refusal by those playing it. Samoa’s Seilala Lam had just been yellow carded for smashing his...

New Zealand’s Hansen glad Japan is on the other side of the draw

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s progress to the World Cup quarter-finals has not only enthralled the host nation but it has also made the heavyweights of the rugby world, including defending champions New Zealand, sit up and take notice. Impressed by Sunday’s 28-21 victory over Scotland at a raucous Yokohama Stadium, which propelled Japan to their...

Scotland in the slow lane as World Cup hopes dashed by Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Gregor Townsend had hoped Scotland’s up-tempo brand of rugby would carry them into the knockout stage of the World Cup but their campaign was undone by one side who slowed them to walking pace and another who actually played even faster. Scotland’s 28-21 loss to Japan at a heaving Yokohama Stadium on...

2019 RWC: Low key welcome for Flying Fijians

THE Fiji Airways Flying Fijians received a low key welcome upon their arrival from the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan today. Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Alipate Nagata, Fiji Rugby Union development manager Sale Sorovaki and a few family members were present at the Nadi International Airport to greet the players. Fiji bowed out...

Bua to return to primary schools IDC

BUA District School returns to the Fiji Primary Schools’ Football Association Inter District Championship (IDC) at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori this week after a lapse of few years. Association president Dinmani Mudaliar said the return of the school had boosted North’s participation in the annual event. “They are among the unbeaten teams in the...

Dr Mitchell officiates in new world games

FIJI’S Dr Robin Mitchell has praised the hard work placed by the organising committee of the inaugural World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar, last Friday. Fiji stood tall at the ceremony as one of our own, who is also a high ranking officer of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), officiated in the world tournament. Dr...

Dream comes true for Leveleve

HIS only hope was for his mother to be alive so that she can witness his achievement in rugby league. Penaia Leveleve is all geared up for another assignment and this time, he is looking forward to rub shoulders with the best in the sport. Leveleve, 23, was named in the Fiji Rugby League Nines...

Call of duty

PENAIA Leveleve is ready for another call up for national duties as he embarks on a journey to the land down under. He will be part of the Fiji Bati team in the Rugby League 9s World Cup tournament at the Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta, Australia, this weekend. Leveleve was part of the Fiji rugby league...

2019 RWC: Stumbling blocks

THE Flying Fijians have been identified as capable of outplaying top teams but have known weaknesses that they are yet to address, says rugbyworldcup.com The site said Fiji ranked as the worst kicking team in the tournament, succeeding with just 50 per cent of kicks at goal — worse than any other any country at...

Recent history has no bearing on Ireland clash: New Zealand’s Hansen

TOKYO (Reuters) – New Zealand have lost twice to Ireland in their last three meetings but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says all form goes out the window ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo. Ireland have fashioned an impressive record under New Zealander Joe Schmidt in the last six years, with the...

Scary to think how much Japan can grow, says captain Leitch

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan captain Michael Leitch said on Monday the potential for his side to grow is “scary” and that while the Rugby World Cup knockout stage will be a step into the unknown for the players they have the mental strength to deal with the pressure. Japan reached the World Cup quarter-finals...

Flamengo win again to stay top in Brazil

CURITIBA (Reuters) – Bruno Henrique scored twice as Brazilian league leaders Flamengo extended their unbeaten run to 15 games with a 2-0 win over Athletico Paranaense on Sunday. The striker struck just before halftime and then again in the dying seconds to complete the win that kept the Rio club on top of Serie A...

‘It’s crazy’: American Gauff wins first WTA title at age 15

(Reuters) – American teenage sensation Coco Gauff became the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years as she beat former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the Linz Open final on Sunday. The 15-year-old Gauff, who started the season ranked well outside the world’s top 600, beat Latvia’s Ostapenko 6-3 1-6 6-2...

Wales hold Croatia to keep Euro 2020 hopes alive

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales kept alive their flagging hopes of reaching Euro 2020 by holding Croatia to a 1-1 home draw after Gareth Bale cancelled out an early Nikola Vlasic opener for the visitors in a bruising Group E qualifier on Sunday. The result left Croatia top of the group on 14 points from seven...

Fresh off world record run, Kosgei thinks women can go even faster

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Like any true competitor, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei does not plan to coast on her latest accomplishment — even if that happens to be running the fastest-ever women’s marathon. Hours after shattering Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old world record, running the Chicago Marathon in two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds, the 25-year-old said she...

14th October

Rugby: Bright future beckons for Uruguay after landmark World Cup

KUMAMOTO, Japan (Reuters) – The gap between the haves and have-nots in international rugby has proved difficult to bridge for most tier-two nations but Uruguay can hold hope that they are moving in the right direction after a landmark World Cup. The South Americans bowed out with a 35-13 loss to Six Nations champions Wales...

Japan roar into the quarters for first time to lift the nation

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan produced a scintillating display of attacking rugby to beat Scotland 28-21 and reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Sunday, lifting the nation still reeling from the deadly impact of Typhoon Hagibis. On an emotional and unforgettable night at the Yokohama Stadium, Kenki Fukuoka (2) Kotaro...

Scrappy Wales make hard work of Uruguay to reach quarters

KUMAMOTO, Japan (Reuters) – A scrappy Wales were made to work hard for victory against Uruguay but prevailed with a bonus point 35-13 win in Kumamoto on Sunday to top Pool D and set up a World Cup quarter-final with three-times finalists France. Wales clung to an eight-point lead with seven minutes left until a...

Tongans send Piutau off in style with win over United States

OSAKA (Reuters) – Tonga gave captain Siale Piutau the parting gift of a first victory of the Rugby World Cup with a 31-19 win over the United States on Sunday that left the Eagles pointless at the end of their campaign. Piutau, who was celebrating his 34th birthday in his 43rd and final test at...

Wallabies pass typhoon with ‘terrible’ karaoke

KUMAMOTO, Japan (Reuters) – As karaoke singers, Australia’s squad make fine rugby players, according to winger Reece Hodge, who would prefer to belt out the national anthem with his team mates during the World Cup quarter-finals. Hodge is available after serving a three-match ban for a high tackle against Fiji, having missed the defeat to...

Vunipola praying for those hit by Typhoon

(Reuters) – England prop Mako Vunipola said he is praying for those affected by Typhoon Hagibis – including members of his own family – as England continue their World Cup preparations in Miyazaki, around 870 km (540 miles) to the south-west of Tokyo. Four people died and 17 are missing after the most powerful typhoon...

Babasiga Lions roar in district tournament

STYLISH striker David Ifunaoa caught the Suva defenders by surprise with a clever strike to guide Labasa to a 1-0 victory in the Courts Inter District Championship premier division final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi last night. The heavy rain and driving wind denied both teams to show their classy footwork, however, as the...

Newtown honours club members

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama thanked the Newtown Rugby Club for providing a platform for youths to engage themselves through rugby on Saturday night at the Vine Yard in Suva. Chief guest at the club’s awards night over the weekend, Bainimarama addressed and challenged members of the Newtown Rugby Club to continue pursuing their dreams whether...

2019 Courts IDC: $25k winner

LABASA walked away $25,000 richer after defeating Suva 1-0 in extra time during the Courts Inter District Championship premier division title at Prince Charles Park in Nadi last night. Solomon Islander Dennis Ifunaoa, who came as a replacement, proved to be the star for the Babasiga Lions scoring the winner in the first minute of...

Samoa bow out of World Cup with familiar regrets

FUKUOKA, Japan (Reuters) – Crippled by administrative chaos and a coaching merry-go-round through the World Cup cycle, Samoa arrived in Japan with an ambitious goal of reaching the knockout rounds. After a poor campaign in Pool A featuring only one win over emerging nation Russia, they depart with familiar regrets and a host of seemingly...

Ireland’s red-carded Aki devastated his World Cup may be over – Schmidt

FUKUOKA, Japan (Reuters) – Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said Bundee Aki was shattered that his Rugby World Cup could be over as he defended the centre’s tackle that drew a red card in the 47-5 win over Samoa on Saturday. Aki was sent off in the 29th minute after a high tackle at Fukuoka Hakatanomori...

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