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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...

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...

12th May

Youths turn to boxing

Fiji amateur boxing trainer Osea Nanovu says boxing is a way to heal youths pushed away by society. Nanovu is training several boxers at the Stanley Brown Boxing Gym in Walu Bay, Suva for the amateur boxing weekly competition. He said building the confidence of these youths through boxing would help them make stable decisions...

Yellow house rules Muaniweni College inter-house meet

Yellow house dominated the Muaniweni College inter-house at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today. The champs scooped 30 gold medals, 29 silver medals and 20 bronze medals. Blue house took home 30 gold medals, 22 silver medals, and 17 bronze, while Red house settled in third place with 28 gold medals, 30 silver and 29...

Waqavatu is fastest Victorian

Netani Waqavatu of Tovata House took out the blue ribbon event during the Queen Victoria School athletics inter-house competition at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva yesterday. The 18-year-old said he was surprised that he won the senior boys 100 metres. “I was really shocked when I crossed over the finish line first. I...

Nauvasi helps Bau victory

QUEEN Victoria School Year 11 student Maleli Nauvasi of Bau House cleared a whopping 1.89 metres to claim gold at their athletics inter-house at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Nauvasi’s jump also helped his Bau House claim the overall title with 14 gold 14 silver and 11 bronze medals. In second place was Verata...

11th May

QVS interhouse: Nauvasi wins high jump event

Queen Victoria School Year 11 student Maleli Nauvasi said that he never knew high jump was a sport for him. The intermediate boys high jump winner said he would take thing slow and focus on the task ahead – the Tailevu zone. Nauvasi took gold clearing 1.89m this afternoon.

QVS interhouse: Waqavatu crowned Blue ribbon winner

Netani Waqavatu, 18, was crowned the Blue-ribbon winner at the QVS interhouse today. The Somosomo, Taveuni lad said that he was extremely surprised that he crossed the finishing line first. He said all was possible through God. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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