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ISL has more viewers than English Premier League, reveals study

SINCE its inception in 2014, the Indian Super League (ISL) has endorsed the roadmap for football in India, according to an independent study conducted by YouGov SportsIndex. The study suggests that over 64 percent of...

Flying Fijians to play Wallabies next year

THE Fiji Rugby Union has confirmed a test match with Wallabies that will be held in Australia after the Pacific Nations Cup against Tonga and Samoa next year. The FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed with Times Sports on the inclusion of Wallabies into the 2020 calendar. “Next year in terms of our program...

Krishna scoops two more awards

FIJIAN wonder boy Roy Krishna has scooped two more awards in the Indian Super League. Krishna won the FANS Goal of the Week and FANS Golden Boot award. He received 43.4% votes and had a rating of 9.68. Meanwhile, Krishna and his ATK side lost 1-nil to Goa this morning.  

Savu shines for Fijiana

FIJI Airways Fijiana player Asinate Savu has been in sensational form ion the first two days at the Cape Town 7s. Savu leads the DHL Impact Player for the Women’s Cape Town event with 27 points. She has so far made four tackles, five offloads, ten carries and one line break. Fijiana has hd a...

Solomon Islands Football Federation and player sanctioned

FOLLOWING a hearing by Oceania Football Confederation Disciplinary and Ethics Committee on 11 December 2019, Solomon Islands’ footballer Maxwell Keana was found in breach of Article 73(1) (Ineligibility) of the OFC Disciplinary Code by playing in five official matches in the OFC U-16 Championship 2018 while he was ineligible to play. Mr Keana played for...

Fiji U18 finish fifth

THE Fiji U18 have finished in fifth place after beating the Tonga Barbarians in the World Schools 7s plate final at Pakuranga in Auckland yesterday. Fiji U18 coach Masi Saqanivere said it was not the finish they were after, but was glad to see the future stars of Fiji rugby showcase themselves. “Out development continues...

Five teams go unbeaten on day two in Cape Town

SOUTH Africa, New Zealand, France, Ireland and Kenya finished the pool stages of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 unbeaten, while England and USA missed out on the Cup quarter-finals and will battle for ninth place on Sunday. South Africa, New Zealand, France, Ireland and Kenya finished the pool stages of the HSBC Cape Town...

Fijiana to face Australia in Cape Town 7s

NEW ZEALAND, France and Australia head into the Cup quarter-finals of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 as pool winners after some tough battles on day two at Cape Town Stadium. It was a case of third time lucky for Olympic champions Australia against USA at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens on Saturday, a 19-14...

Koio wins inaugural Wailoku 7s title

THE Koio rugby team came out victorious against Savura in the final of the Wailoku 7s tournament at the Wailoku settlement grounds in Suva yesterday. Koio beat Savura 14-7 to win the inaugural event. Tournament organiser Joe Lauvanua said the event was organised to help fundraise for the land rent in the Wailoku settlement. “The...

FRU to introduce extra 7 rounds

A NEW chapter will open in the 2020 Skipper Cup competition as the round robin games have been extended to 14 rounds compared with the seven rounds earlier this year. This was revealed by the Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor during the FRU annual general meeting at the Warwick Fiji Resort. O’Connor...

Chadwick wants to help sweep away female stereotypes

LONDON (Reuters) – W Series winner Jamie Chadwick wants to help sweep away stereotypes about women racers in the virtual world as well as the real one. The 21-year-old Briton, inaugural champion in the all-female series this year, is an active gamer who sees esports as another way to get more women into the male-dominated...

Fiji 7s to face Ireland in Cape Town quarter-final

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s side will play Ireland in the third Cup quarter-final at the Cape Town 7s later tonight. This after the Gareth Baber coached side finished second in a tough Pool A which had Dubai 7s champions South Africa, the ever improving USA and the unpredictable Japan sides. Fiji started the tournament...

Woods sits out entire day three of Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – United States captain Tiger Woods elected to rest himself from the afternoon foursomes at the Presidents Cup on Saturday, even with his team trailing the Internationals 9-5 at Royal Melbourne. Woods, who already skipped the morning fourballs on Saturday, said he was not injured and would play the singles on Sunday. “You...

NHL Roundup: Detroit beats Jets, snaps 12-game skid

ROBBY Fabbri produced two goals and an assist and the Detroit Red Wings snapped a 12-game losing streak by defeating the visiting Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Thursday. Filip Zadina and Filip Hronek had a goal and two assists apiece for Detroit, which lost 5-1 at Winnipeg on Tuesday. Darren Helm also scored for the Red...

Baghdatis returns as Svitolina coaching consultant

(Reuters) – Marcos Baghdatis, who ended his playing career earlier this year, is returning to tennis as a coaching consultant for Elina Svitolina, the women’s world number six has said. “Starting now, Marcos will be part of my team in the role of consultant coach, alongside my current coach Andy Bettles,” Ukraine’s Svitolina said on...

MLB notebook: Mets reportedly to sign RHP Porcello

The New York Mets signed right-hander Rick Porcello to a one-year, $10 million deal, multiple outlets reported. The former American League Cy Young Award winner had multiyear offers but preferred to sign a one-year contract, according to ESPN. Porcello, who turns 31 later this month, was 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA and 143 strikeouts in...

James, Lakers pull out tight win in Miami

LeBron James compiled 28 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds while leading the visiting Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth consecutive victory, a 113-110 decision over the Miami Heat on Friday night. The Heat, trailing 112-110 with 8.1 seconds left, couldn’t rebound a missed free throw by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. After another foul and one more...

‘Captain America’ Reed plugged in 0-3 hole at Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Patrick Reed’s dismal Presidents Cup continued on Saturday as he and Webb Simpson slumped to a third successive defeat at Royal Melbourne, the U.S. pair going down 5&3 to the Internationals’ Hideki Matsuyama and CT Pan in the morning fourballs. Little has gone right for the man nicknamed ‘Captain America’, who has...

USOPC expresses doubt over clean ‘neutral’ Russia athletes after ban

(Reuters) – A top U.S. Olympic official on Friday expressed doubt over whether any Russian competitors could prove clean to compete as neutral athletes in the upcoming Tokyo Games, after Russia was barred from competition for doping violations. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced on Monday that Russia was banned from top global sporting competition...

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Original Olympic manifesto set to fetch as much as $1 million at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As athletes around the globe prepare to go for gold in Tokyo next year, a 127-year-old artifact that outlines the very foundation of the modern Olympic Games is set to claim a hefty purse. The original Olympic Games manifesto is expected to pull in as much as $1 million when it...

Internationals extend lead over U.S. at Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Internationals edged closer to a breakthrough win over the United States at the Presidents Cup on Saturday after continuing their dominance in the fourballs to extend their lead to a commanding 9-5 at Royal Melbourne. Tiger Woods’s team will have to dig themselves out of a huge hole in the afternoon...

Fiji 7s wary of South Africa

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s side is aware the match against South Africa at the Cape Town 7s ill be crucial. A win for Fiji might just ensure a spot in the quarter-finals with Japan being our last opponents in pool play. South would be aware that a loss will put them into dangerous territory...

Wailoku 7s hailed a success

THE Wailoku 7s tournament has been hailed a success after two days of rugby competition at  the Wailoku settlement grounds in Suva. Tournament organiser Joe Lauvanua said the response from the villagers and teams from other areas out of Wailoku had been positive and they hoped this would be the beginning of many more tournaments...

Champions League group hosts named

THE host countries for the Group Stages of the OFC Champions League 2020 have been confirmed. Group A will be played in Papua New Guinea, Group B in Vanuatu, Group C in New Caledonia, and Tahiti will host Group D. The groups are: Group A Hienghene Sport (New Caledonia) Eastern Suburbs (New Zealand) Hekari United...

Fiji power past Russia on day one in Cape Town

THE opening round of women’s matches at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens looked to be going according to seedings until Fiji produced a dominant second half to beat Russia. Fiji caused the surprise of the opening day at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 with an impressive 38-19 defeat of Russia at Cape Town Stadium...

A day of upsets on day one in Cape Town

IRELAND and Scotland snatched last-gasp victories over Australia and England respectively on the opening day of men’s pool matches at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, while Kenya were also surprise winners over Samoa. Hosts South Africa, defending champions Fiji and New Zealand all recorded impressive wins on day one of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens...

Riot forces cancellation of Hong Kong 10s tourney

FIJI’S chances of defending the Hong Kong 7s title for the sixth consecutive year is under a cloud of doubt after riots and safety concerns have forced the cancellation of the Hong Kong 10s rugby tournament amid fears for the city’s famous event. The Fiji 7s team have been the defending champion of the event...

FRU boss proud of Fijiana achievement

THE Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor was proud of their greatest achievement in 2019, the qualifying of the Fijiana XV rugby team to the Rugby World Cup. Fijiana has qualified for its first Rugby World Cup after beating Samoa in the final round of the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship 2019 in Lautoka,...

Seruvakula: Coach has last say in camp

TECHNOLOGY assistance has been a breakthrough in sports and the Fiji Rugby Union has witnessed its effects in the preparation of national teams for international matches. Social media, for instance, has its side effects that caused upsets and the downfall of a team and renowned coaches and players have seen how the abuse of social...

Back to the roots for champion boxer James ‘The Beast’ Singh

WORLD Boxing Foundation Australasian heavyweight Champion James ‘The Beast’ Singh celebrated his recent victory with his former Newtown Boxing Club yesterday. “It’s always important to remember your roots,” said Singh. “This was where it all started for me and to have come this far it was more than right to bring the belt back here,”...

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