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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy urges Olympic sponsors to keep Russia out of Games

LVIV (Reuters) – Ukraine has sent letters to companies that back the International Olympic Committee urging them to keep Russian athletes out of the Paris Olympic Games, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday. Zelenskiy has...

Pathway to help futsal

Fiji Futsal team head coach Jerry Sam plans to lay a platform for all teams to follow as he maps a workable pathway to make his work easy when it comes to selecting players for national duties and international competitions. After the completion of the four-day Extra Supermarket Futsal Inter-District Championship, Sam is impressed with...

Heavy rain mars CVC game 1

The Fiji Football Association has confirmed that because of the The Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion match between Rewa and Suva will be moved to a later date. “Because of the unplayable ground condition, the second half match of the Pillay Garments Champion vs Champion series between Suvav FC and Rewa FC has been postponed,”...

Suva eyes Vanua crowns

After dominating the Hot Bread Kitchen Vulaca volleyball competition over the weekend, champion Suva volleyball teams have set its eyes on the Vanua and Eastern Championship. Suva won both the men’s and women’s title as the hosts sides cements its position as the local volleyball powerhouse after former men’s champion Raiwai bowed out in the...

Fiji goes down fighting

The first ever South Pacific Games was held in Fiji 60 years ago from August to September in 1963. And one of the biggest achievers in the games was the Fiji national football side which managed to reach the finals. However, their hope of creating history was crushed when the side went down 8-2 to...

PM recalls playing days

Prime Minister Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka expects more star players to be produced from Nawaka Village, who will take Fiji rugby to greater heights. Rabuka was the special guest during the closing ceremony of the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday. The former Flying Fijians rep said over...

Basketball Fiji adopts serious approach

The basketball season begins preparations for the Fiji Cup and Pacific Games. Fiji assistant coach William Peter said they had separated the competition in to four tournaments and Central Basketball Association challenge was the second of the four series. “This is to give an opportunity to all the teams to play against each other constantly...

Cricket Fiji prepares for PICC23

Fiji has selected their squad for the Pacific Island Cricket Challenge 2023 (PICC23). Chief executive officer Sitiveni Rokoro said Cricket Fiji would co-host the inaugural Pacific Island Cricket Challenge 2023 with the Australian Defence Force Cricket from March 6–18. “Five men and five women’s teams will participate in this one-week tournament,” he said. “Participating countries...

Kane breaks Greaves Tottenham goal record, now targets Shearer

LONDON (Reuters) -Harry Kane described becoming Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer as surreal and a dream come true after taking his tally to 267 and moving past Jimmy Greaves on Sunday. The 29-year-old struck in the 15th minute to earn his side a 1-0 win over Manchester City, also taking his Premier League total to 200....

Holmes tastes Fijian hospitality

Black Ferns fullback Renee Holmes described the athleticism of the local rugby players as ‘crazy’ after witnessing the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament in Nadi last Saturday. The 2021 Rugby World Cup gold medalist also teamed up with Nadi based club Nadraki Lilian White as their water carrier in the tournament. Holmes said she...

Kane’s record-breaking goal seals Tottenham win over Man City

LONDON (Reuters) -Manchester City’s bid to chop Arsenal’s Premier League lead to two points was scuppered as Harry Kane’s record-breaking goal earned Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 win over the champions on Sunday. Kane’s 15th-minute effort punished some sloppy City passing and made him the north London club’s all-time top goalscorer with 267, taking him past...

Bayern go back on top by ending winless run with 4-2 victory at Wolfsburg

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) -Bayern Munich scored three times in a stellar 10-minute spell in the first half to battle past hosts VfL Wolfsburg 4-2 on Sunday, ending their three-game winless run in the league and reclaiming the top spot. The Bavarians went into the match with club bosses locked in a public spat with injured...

WTA roundup: Alycia Parks, Lin Zhu win first singles titles

Alycia Parks won her first WTA singles title, defeating No. 1 seed Caroline Garcia 7-6 (7), 7-5 at the Open 6eme Sens Metropole on Sunday in Lyon, France. It was the first victory over a top 5 player for Parks, a 22-year-old native of Georgia, who put on a display of power with 15 aces....

We should have won but it’s a work in progress, says Borthwick

LONDON (Reuters) – New coach Steve Borthwick said England should not have allowed a 20-12 lead over Scotland slip to a 29-23 Twickenham defeat on Saturday but said he saw enough positive signs to believe his rebuilding job is already on the right track. After two tries for Max Malins and one from Ellis Genge,...

Egypt’s Al Ahly to play Real Madrid in Club World Cup semi-final

TANGIER (Reuters) – A deflected shot handed Egypt’s Al Ahly a late winner as they edged Seattle Sounders 1-0 at the Club World Cup in Morocco on Saturday to book a semi-final against Real Madrid next week. Mohamed Afsha’s 88th minute rebound, after he had initially struck the woodwork, took a wicked deflection to win...

Wales coach Gatland finds positives in comprehensive loss to Ireland

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales coach Warren Gatland insisted there are “a lot of positives” for his side despite their comprehensive home 34-10 defeat to Ireland in the Six Nations opener at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. Wales were outmuscled up front and outscored by four tries to one as Ireland cantered to victory to spoil...

Eddie who? Ex-coach erased from England media centre wall

LONDON (Reuters) – Eddie Jones may have had the best win percentage of any England coach, led the team to a Six Nations Grand Slam and a World Cup final but the Australian has been quietly erased from the RFU’s England rugby media collage at Twickenham. One wall of the stadium’s media work room has...

France can cope in Six Nations despite injuries, says Dupont

ROME (Reuters) – France captain Antoine Dupont is confident Les Bleus will overcome a series of injuries as they start their Six Nations campaign with an away game against Italy on Sunday. France are without Francois Cros, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere and Cameron Woki as they seek a second triumph in a row following their...

5th February

Soccer-Everton’s win over Arsenal is just the start says Dyche

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – New Everton manager Sean Dyche declared his side’s battling 1-0 win over Premier League leaders Arsenal was just the start as he made his debut in the Goodison Park dugout on Saturday. The former Burnley boss’s Everton side subjected Arsenal to their second league defeat of the season after a second-half...

Fijian rugby star: Andrew’s rugby journey from Natabuquto to Oxford

Great athletes stay humble. They may get catapulted to the pinnacle of success but always remain grounded. This is what makes Fijian rugby star, Andrew Durutalo so unique. The Tailevu man has plied his trade locally and internationally, with a relentless pursuit of excellence but he has never called attention to himself. He added another...

2023 Futsal IDC: Ba defeats defending champs to win final

Rooster Chicken Ba Futsal side won the Extra Supermarket Futsal IDC after narrowly defeating defending champion Suva in a close match 7-6 in an entertaining final at the Vodafone Arena. Fiji Football Association CEO Mohammed Yusuf thanked the participating teams. National coach Jerry Sam said it was four days of competitive games and he was...

2023 Futsal IDC: Tailevu\Naitasiri win women’s title

Tailevu\Naitasiri women’s futsal team beat Suva 5-3  in the finals of the 2023Extra Supermarket Futsal Inter-District Championship. Manager Matelita Vuakoso said women do not have a lot of opportunity in futsal. She said this championship was a great start for the team as they prepared for local competitions. “Futsal will help these girls with speed,...

Rugby-Ireland’s early burst sets up 34-10 Six Nations win in Wales

CARDIFF (Reuters) -Clinical Ireland scored three tries in the opening 20 minutes and cruised to a 34-10 bonus-point victory over Wales to spoil coach Warren Gatland’s welcome home party in the Six Nations opener at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. Ireland bulldozed the Welsh in the first quarter as they dominated the collisions...

Fiji Pearls impress McCausland-Durie

Fiji Pearls specialist coach Yvette McCausland-Durie is impressed with the players’ attitude and willingness to learn during the week-long training camp that concluded last weekend. It was her first assignment as a specialist coach as she assessed the players on their performance in court, individual skill sets, and players conditioning. The Fiji Pearls were zoned...

Nawaka 7s: Maya stamps mark in officiating circles

Taveuni native Keresi Maya is stamping his mark in the officiating circles after being handed a six year ban for punching a referee as a player during an under-19 match in 2020. Maya was given a new lease of life by the Suva Rugby Referees Association and Tailevu Rugby Referees Association when he made his...

Nawaka 7s: Big plans for women’s rugby in Fiji

The Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s has big plans to develop the women’s division next year by increasing the number of teams in the women’s division. The tournament has come a long way since the inaugural event back in 1986. Back then, the tournament attracted only 20 teams and offered a total prize purse of $1000...

Nawaka 7s: Fiji Development 7s team $10k richer; new players impress Gollings

The Fiji Development 7s team walked away $10,000 richer after winning the cup title of the 36th Fiji Bitter 7s tournament beating Combat Uluinakau 31-10 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi last night. In the semi-final, Fiji Development defeated DXC Barbarians 29-5 while Combat Uluinakau downed Tabadamu 21-15. Fijian 7s coach Ben Gollings said Nawaka...

FRU targets compliance; Less than 50 per cent of unions meet requirements

The Fiji Rugby Union hopes to work with affiliated members to ensure compliance is met during the annual general meeting in April – allowing representatives to vote with key leadership roles due for election. According to FRU interim chief executive officer Tevita Tuiloa, out of the 24 affiliated unions, less than 50 per cent have...

Rugby-Scotland stun England at Twickenham again

LONDON (Reuters) -England’s Steve Borthwick era got off to a inauspicious start on Saturday as two superb tries by Duhan van der Merwe helped a tenacious Scotland to a famous 29-23 victory at Twickenham in a rip-roaring Six Nations opener. Scotland twice led in the first half with a try by Huw Jones and a...

4th February

Nawaka 7s: Fiji Development team wins cup and $10k

The star-studded Fiji Development team proved too strong for Kombat Uluinakau after winning the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s final 33-10. The Fiji Development side looked dominating from the first whistle, laced with players from the national 7s extended squad, the likes of Terio Tamani, Leo Naikasau and Paula Nayacakalou. Discipline was also a factor...

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