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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...

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...

14th December

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...

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,”...

Britain’s Aggar quits WADA role over Russia scandal

(Reuters) – Former British Paralympian Victoria Aggar has resigned from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Athlete Committee over the organisation’s handling of the Russian doping scandal. WADA has banned Russia from all major sporting events for four years for tampering with doping tests, but left the door open for its athletes to compete at next...

13th December

U.S. rally to stall Internationals’ advance at Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The United States rallied late in Friday’s foursomes at the Presidents Cup to hold the Internationals to a 6.5-3.5 lead after Ernie Els’ team threatened to run away with the event at Royal Melbourne. Trailing in all five matches at one point, the Americans dug deep to share the day two honours,...

Tahiti to host 2024 Olympic surfing competition

PARIS, 13 DECEMBER 2019 (INSIDETHEGAMES) – Tahiti has moved a step closer to hosting surfing competitions at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris after French organisers approved the South Pacific Island as the venue for the events. The Paris 2024 Executive Board chose Tahiti, located 15,700 kilometres from the French capital, ahead of four other...

No positive result in drug test

NO boxer tested positive for drug use in the Kiran Boxing Promotions program last month in Nadi, says Boxing Commission of Fiji chairman Dr Subhash Appana. Dr Appana said a total of 10 boxers were selected for the drug test and four were randomly picked in line with the historic announcement by Kiran Boxing Promotions...

South Africa appoint Smith acting director of cricket

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa have named Graeme Smith as acting director of cricket for a three-month period, which covers England’s tour of the country starting later this month, before he takes up a commentary role at the Indian Premier League. Smith is the most successful captain in test history and will seek in...

Australian Barty named WTA Player of the Year

LONDON (Reuters) – Australia’s Ash Barty has been named WTA Player of the Year after capturing her maiden Grand Slam singles title and reaching the top of the world rankings. The 23-year-old, who quit tennis to play cricket in 2014 before returning to the game in 2016, became the first Australian to win the French...

Els’ preparation has primed us for Presidents Cup success – Scott

(Reuters) – Captain Ernie Els’ thorough preparation has renewed optimism in the International Team that they can end 21 years of disappointment and claim only their second Presidents Cup, Australian Adam Scott said on Wednesday. The United States have dominated the biennial competition since it began in 1994 and Scott said the 50-year-old Els had...

F1 teams vote to stick with existing Pirelli tyres for 2020

(Reuters) – All 10 Formula One teams have unanimously voted to continue using the current specification of Pirelli tyres after testing and analysing results of the new 2020 prototype in Abu Dhabi, the sport’s governing body (FIA) said on Tuesday. Teams were testing a mixture of the 2019 and 2020 specification tyres in post-season testing...

India’s Kohli floors West Indies to secure T20 series win

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli led a six-hitting fest against West Indies during a blistering unbeaten knock of 70 off 29 balls, guiding his team to a 67-run series-clinching victory in the third and final Twenty20 international on Wednesday. Asked to set a target in the decider at Wankhede Stadium, the hosts batted...

12th December

Senior golfers to end season on a high

THE Fiji Senior Golfers Association will be ending their season in style with the Rosy Hearts season closing event at the Fiji Golf Club in Suva. Association president Vijay Madhavan said the season closing event will see over 50 golfers participating over the one day event on Sunday. “We are looking forward to enjoying the...

Kumar is champ

MANOJ Kumar has retained his Fiji Chess National Championship title earning himself the number one spot after the finals at the Fiji Olympic House in Suva. Kumar said it was a good year for him and finishing off strongly in the nationals was a proud moment. “It was a good tournament for me and to...

Pakistan’s first home test in a decade a joyous occasion – Azhar

(Reuters) – Pakistan’s first test match on home soil since 2009, which starts against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, is a moment to rejoice for the whole country, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali said on Tuesday. Pakistan host Sri Lanka in a two-match series, their first tests on home soil since the 2009 militant attack on Sri...

Els crunches the numbers in search of Presidents Cup edge

(Reuters) – Captain Ernie Els hopes that crunching the numbers will help give his International team the edge over the United States at the Presidents Cup this week as they look to halt the Americans’ dominance in the biennial event. The South African, who was part of the International team’s only victory in the 25-year...

Hamilton and MotoGP great Rossi preparing for ride swap

(Reuters) – Six times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and MotoGP great Valentino Rossi are preparing for a ride swap in Spain on Monday, with the Briton “super excited” at the prospect. Hamilton, who collected his F1 champion’s trophy at an FIA gala in Paris on Friday, will head to Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit...

Valencia eliminate Ajax and progress with Rodrigo winner

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Rodrigo scored the game’s only goal as Valencia upset hosts Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 on Tuesday to finish top of Champions League Group H and eliminate the Dutch club from this season’s competition. The 24th minute strike from the Brazil-born Spanish international saw Valencia finish ahead of Chelsea, 2-1 victors over Lille, by...

All Black McKenzie expected to be fit for Chiefs’ Super opener

(Reuters) – New Zealand utility back Damian McKenzie is on track to return from a knee ligament injury ahead of the Waikato Chiefs’ Super Rugby season opener against Auckland Blues on Jan. 31, assistant coach Tabai Matson has said. McKenzie, 24, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing against the Blues in April and missed the...

Spurs’ Mourinho will use Bayern ‘dead rubber’ to look at options

(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says he will use Wednesday’s ‘dead rubber’ Champions League Group B match at Bayern Munich as a chance to familiarise himself with his new team. Mourinho took over at Spurs last month following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino and oversaw the 4-2 win against Olympiakos Piraeus which ensured...

11th December

Russia banned from next Olympics and World Cup soccer

LAUSANNE/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia was banned from the world’s top sporting events for four years on Monday, including the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup, for tampering with doping tests. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) executive committee acted after concluding that Moscow had planted fake evidence and deleted files linked...

Children flock chess tourney

THERE had been a positive turnout at this year’s Fiji Chess National Championship with a good number of children participants at the Fiji Olympic House in Flagstaff, Suva. General secretary Hilda Vukikomoala said they were pleased to have parents bring in their children to compete at the final national tournament of the year. “We are...

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