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Bryson DeChambeau withdraws from PGA Championship after testing repaired wrist

Bryson DeChambeau withdrew from the PGA Championship on Thursday (NZ time) after practising for two days at Southern Hills to test his surgically repaired left wrist. The former U.S. Open champion practised with a wrap...

Two new faces in England first test cricket squad to meet New Zealand at Lord’s

England have named two uncapped players in their squad to play the Black Caps in the first two games of the three-test series. Yorkshire batter Harry Brook and Durham seam bowler Matthew Potts have been called up for the first time, while veteran fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been recalled under new...

Pop star Cody Simpson qualifies for Commonwealth Games and world champs

Cody Simpson has put the finishing touches on one of the most remarkable stories in Australian sport, completing his audacious switch from international pop star to elite athlete by blasting his way onto the national swimmng squad for this year’s World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. The 25-year-old from the Gold Coast, who toured the...

Tiger Woods says he’s all about majors and legacy in sharp rebuke of Phil Mickelson

Tiger Woods is all about majors and legacy, a point he drove home in a sharp rebuke of Phil Mickelson and his support of a Saudi-funded golf venture that led to Lefty not defending his title at the PGA Championship. Even as Woods resumes a remarkable return from a car crash 15 months ago that nearly...

18th May

Australian Mott lined up as England limited overs coach – reports

LONDON (Reuters) – Matthew Mott, head coach of the Australia women’s team, is the front-runner to take charge of the England men’s limited-overs side, according to media reports in both countries. England put former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum in charge of their test team earlier this month having decided to split the coach’s roles...

17th May

Tennis journey in Fiji

The annual Fiji Open Tennis Championship has a rich history dating back to 1907 when the first tournament was staged in Suva. This makes the Fiji Open Tennis Championship one of the oldest sporting tournaments in the country. Competitive tennis was played with great enthusiasm in the country. Each cup was donated for a particular...

Benjamin top seed for men’s category

Solomon Islander Junior Benjamin is the top seed in the men’s open singles category for the Tattslotto Fiji Open Tennis Championship which starts at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club in Nadi tomorrow. Benjamin goes into the tournament on a high having won four titles already. He won the first two editions of the Fiji...

Briton Robson calls time on career due to injury issues

(Reuters) – Britain’s former junior Wimbledon champion and Olympic mixed doubles silver medallist Laura Robson announced her retirement on Monday due to persistent injury problems. A former world number 27, Robson lifted the junior crown at the grasscourt Grand Slam as a 14-year-old in 2008 and followed up her success with an Olympic medal partnering...

China withdrawal could see 2023 Asian Cup heading west

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – China’s withdrawal from hosting the 2023 Asian Cup could see the showpiece shift west to the Gulf, where new infrastructure and voracious demand for major events has made the region a magnet for international tournaments. Having planned to hold the Asian Cup across 10 cities in June-July next year, China dropped the...

Rome champion Djokovic delights in ‘sunshine double’

(Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said his seven-year-old son Stefan had won his first tournament on the same day the Serb lifted his first crown in more than six months at the Italian Open, describing their success as a “sunshine double”. Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0 7-6(5) to triumph in Rome on Sunday, ensuring a perfect...

15th May

Mayweather’s Dubai exhibition fight called off

DUBAI (Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition fight in Dubai against Don Moore, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been called off following the death of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, organisers told Reuters on Friday. The move comes after the UAE announced a 40-day mourning period with flags flown at...

Djokovic keeps top spot after edging past Auger-Aliassime

(Reuters) -Top seed Novak Djokovic beat Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-5 7-6(1) to reach the semi-finals of the Italian Open on Friday and move within one win of 1,000 career victories. By reaching the semis in Rome the Serb also retained his world number one ranking and avoided surrendering top spot to Russian Daniil Medvedev for...

Reigning champion Mickelson withdraws from PGA Championship

(Reuters) -Phil Mickelson said on Friday he will not defend his PGA Championship title after having stepped away from the game in February amid fallout from comments he made regarding a Saudi-backed golf league. Mickelson had kept golf fans guessing about whether he would be at Southern Hills Country Club next week but the speculation...

14th May

Kohli epic ‘around the corner’, says Bangalore’s Hesson

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Virat Kohli’s run drought in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is not due to any technical issue and a big knock is imminent from the star batsman, Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Mike Hesson said. Kohli has managed only one fifty in 13 innings this season and scored three ducks despite playing with...

Former light-welter world champion Amir Khan announces retirement

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan announced his retirement from boxing on Friday after defeat to compatriot Kell Brook in February. Khan, Olympic lightweight silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Games when he was 17 years old, won the WBA light-welter belt from Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnyk in 2009 and added the...

13th May

‘Get ready for the ride’: Brendon McCullum named new England test coach

Brendon McCullum has been confirmed as the new head coach of the England men’s cricket team. The 40-year-old former Black Caps captain replaces Chris Silverwood, who left his position in February in the wake of England’s 4-0 Ashes humiliation in Australia. McCullum’s first task as England coach will be a series against New Zealand, “subject to obtaining the...

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