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Blues aim for top finish

Lautoka is aiming for a top finish in the 2021 Vodafone Premier League after a dismal performance last season. The Blues have secured the services of Tagi Vonolagi as head coach and roped in players...

Overseas sporting agents show interest in Uprising 7s

Overseas sporting agents will be eagerly watching this weekend’s Mobil Uprising 7s tournament with a chance of picking some of Fiji’s upcoming stars in the abbreviated. Tournament organiser Ropate Kauvesi said he had been contacted by agents across the globe who would be watching the tournament with interest. “I have agents contacting me and wanting...

Meli chases Bati spot

Former Fiji Warriors rep Meli Nabura has forced his way into the Kaiviti Silktails rugby league side for the 2021 Ron Massey Cup in Australia. Nabura was given a chance to join his older brother and Super Rugby player Tevita Nabura in New Zealand, but because of COVID-19 he couldn’t travel overseas. Now after being...

Former Junior Kiwi and NRL player Masada Iosefa dies night before 33rd birthday

Former Panthers, Wests Tigers hooker and Samoan International Masada Iosefa has died in Australia following a tragic quad bike accident on Monday night. The talented hooker passed away just hours short of his 33rd birthday (Tuesday) and is being mourned by team-mates at Rockhampton, where he was set to captain the Emu Park team this...

Washington NFL team’s Jennifer King first black female assistant position coach

Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL. She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King spent the 2020 season as a full-year coaching intern...

Chelsea hire Thomas Tuchel as manager on 18-month contract

Thomas Tuchel has been confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager, replacing Frank Lampard at the Premier League club. The 47-year-old former Paris St Germain coach has signed an initial 18-month contract and will get to work immediately, Chelsea says. The German boss replaces Lampard at Stamford Bridge, becoming the 15th manager of owner Roman Abramovich’s tenure....

Only one men’s national team at Uprising 7s

The Gau Kacau 7s team will feature at this weekends Mobil Uprising 7s after Gareth Baber opted to field only one team this weekend due to injuries. “After medical reviews, coach Baber has decided to field only one team this weekend,” said tournament organiser Ropate Kauvesi. “In light of the bigger picture, we have facilitated...

NFL: Washington hire King as league’s first Black woman assistant coach

(Reuters) – The Washington Football Team promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach on Tuesday, making her the NFL’s first full time Black female coach. King, who was an intern under Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan during the 2020 season, is the second female assistant coach in the NFL after Tampa Bay Buccaneers...

Gymnastics clubs have a year to meet new child protection safeguards, but is that too long a wait?

Gymnastics clubs have 12 months to “meet the expectations” of a new child protection policy released by the sport’s governing body, but that time frame is too long, according to a leading child protection expert. The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy was sent to clubs and members by Gymnastics New Zealand chief executive Tony Compier,...

Sydney Bledisloe unlikely with Perth frontrunner to host All Blacks in 2021

Sydney could miss out on hosting a Bledisloe Cup fixture for the second time in three years and for the first time outside a World Cup year since 2006 as Rugby Australia pushes on to host one match against New Zealand on home soil in Perth. While there is a lot of water to go...

Crusaders hooker Andrew Makalio out for Super Rugby season with neck injury

Crusaders hooker Andrew Makalio has been ruled out for the upcoming Super Rugby season. Makalio injured his neck following a collision while playing for Tasman towards the end of the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup. Subsequent investigations and specialist opinions have determined that surgery is required to manage this. The surgical date has yet to be...

Golfers rush for spots

The inaugural Gospel School for the Deaf golf tournament is living up to its name as a worthy cause to help some of our unfortunate Fijian children. Saturday’s four person Ambrose tournament is expected to be a hit among local golfers and corporate organisations. It will be held at the country’s best golfing course, the...

26th January

Pool draw made for 2021 Mobil Uprising 7s tournament

Tabadamu, Uluinakau, Fiji 7s two and Fire have been drawn together in pool B in what has been described as the pool of death of the 2021 Mobil Uprising 7s tournament during the pool draws at the Uprising Beach Resort today. Gareth Baber’s Fiji 7s one leads pool A with Uprising, Cross of Victory and...

Suva vs Labasa CVC match postponed

The Pillay Garments Champion vs Champion Series between Suva and Standard Hire Labasa has been postponed. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirmed that due to the adverse weather condition the CVC series has been postponed. “The weather focus for the weekend is not favorable so we had no option but to postpone the...

Club to host build-up to championship

The Ba Golf Club will host an 18 holes stroke event at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai Course this Sunday as a build-up to the 50th RC Manubhai Ba Open Championship next weekend. Fiji number one Abid Hussain of Nadi is the hot favourite for the amateur title at the Ba Open while Amitesh Chandra...

2021 VPL: Blues aim for top finish

Lautoka is aiming for a top finish in the 2021 Vodafone Premier League after a dismal performance last season. The Blues have secured the services of Tagi Vonolagi as head coach and roped in the likes of Misiwani Nairube (Ba), Benaminio Mateinaqara (Suva) and Afraz Ali (Nadi) to boost its squad. Lautoka defeated Ba 5-2...

Super Rugby: Sneak peak at new jerseys as horror clashes get boot

The five Super Rugby franchises are set to unveil another new set of ‘away’ jerseys as last year’s blue/grey colour scheme is ditched following one of sport’s worst-ever jersey clashes. The Highlanders’ and Bulls’ jerseys in Pretoria last year were so similar that the home side had to change outfits at half-time, while fans also...

England sweep Sri Lanka in test series

England completed a 2-0 series victory over Sri Lanka, winning the second test by six wickets with a day to spare. Set a target of 164, England lost four wickets for 89 runs, but an unbroken 75-run stand for the fifth wicket by Jos Buttler (46) and Dom Sibley (56) finished it off. Sibley only...

Changes loom in Tailevu

New executives are expected to join and enhance Tailevu Rugby Union this year. Union secretary Josefa Turaganivalu revealed this after the TRU meeting on Saturday in Nausori. “We expect to have a new committee this season,” Turaganivalu said. He said TRU would be having its annual general meeting on February 20 to finalise its 2021...

Veteran Singh and Hussain lead top Ba golf race

Veteran Rajen Singh will defend the 50th RC Manubhai-sponsored Ba Open Golf Championship at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai course from February 6-7. The 62-year-old won the 49th edition of the tournament in 2019 after carding five over par in the 36 holes event. He will face stiff competition from Fiji’s leading amateur player, Abid...

New bowlers shine in Suva event

The Rewa Trips second club bowling competition kicked off with new players showing their skills on the greens of the Suva Bowling Club on the weekend. Club assistant manager Astral Smith said the new players stood out during the competition. “This is the second club game to take place this year and the talents coming...

Vesida wins, volleyball intensifies

The Vesida volleyball team defeated Nepani One team three sets to one in the Saioni Volleyball Association Open Knockout tournament on Saturday. The match was among the highlights of the tournament on the weekend. Association vice-president Ma’ake Tabua said the competition had intensified in the past weeks. “The games continued because our players insisted that...

25th January

Cricket challenge chance after big win

The South Canterbury senior men’s cricket team are in with a chance of a Hawke Cup challenge after a successful trip to Alexandra. A seven wicket outright win over Otago Country at the weekend has lifted them to the top of Hawke Cup Zone 4 table. One zone match remains and only North Otago are...

Phoenix still searching for first win

Wellington Phoenix remain winless in 2021 after slumping to a toothless 2-1 defeat to wooden spoon favourites, the Newcastle Jets. The Phoenix dominated the shot count at WIN Stadium in Wollongong on Sunday but conceded twice after being hit on the counter attack. “It was a frustrating night,” coach Ufuk Talay said. “We had [23]...

Why Australian Open champions will take a $1.4 million hit

This year’s Australian Open champions will take home much smaller pay cheques than last year following a redistribution of prizemoney designed to protect some of the tour’s battlers from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The prize pool for other events, including next week’s ATP Cup, are also copping a hit as winnings are linked to...

Manchester United knock out Liverpool in FA Cup thriller

A scream from Andy Robertson was a forlorn attempt to distract Mason Greenwood beginning Manchester United’s comeback. The defender won’t be the only one shrieking at Liverpool after going out of the FA Cup. Not that everything went wrong for Liverpool at Old Trafford, with Mohamed Salah scoring twice. The Liverpool striker’s opener was cancelled...

‘England vs America’: The friendly war that unites a Tokelau atoll

Dawn had barely broken over Nukunonu, the roosters were crowing, and the church bells were ringing. Already, the island was electric, the excitement growing. It was another day of war in Tokelau. Well, that’s how some locals described it. It was Egelani vs Amelika (England vs America), the atoll’s two cricket teams. Cricket is the...

24th January

Nine active cases of COVID-19 in Australian Open quarantine: officials

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – One case of COVID-19 among those in quarantine ahead of the Australian Open has been reclassified, local health officials said on Sunday, leaving nine active cases in the group of players and support staff isolating in Melbourne hotels. Health officials previously said they were investigating some positive tests for evidence of “viral...

Klopp says Burnley shock can spark Liverpool turnaround

(Reuters) – Liverpool hit a new low in Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Burnley, extending their winless Premier League run to five matches, but manager Juergen Klopp has backed his team to rediscover their ruthless streak. Liverpool are fourth with 34 points at the halfway stage of the league campaign, six points behind leaders Manchester United...

Arsenal unsure if Aubameyang available for Southampton

(Reuters) – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he is unsure if skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be available for their Premier League trip to Southampton on Tuesday as the Gabon international striker deals with a personal matter. Aubameyang missed Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat by Southampton which knocked the holders out of the competition. Arteta...

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