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Western associations prepare for volleyball rally

A total of 18 teams will participate in the Western Rally Volleyball Championship which will be played at the multi-purpose courts in Lautoka this Saturday. The tournament will serve as selection for the national squad...

Search continues for Fijiana Drua coach

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua head coach will be announced in a few weeks’ time. Fiji Rugby Union interim CEO Tevita Tuiloa said there was a good mixture of coaches who had applied. “It’s not only looking at this year but more strategic in terms of a few competitions that are coming up, women’s XVs...

Fijiana Drua raises preparation for Super W; Rasolea joins

THE Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua has raised its preparation level for the Super W competition as defending champions. Interim coach Inoke Male said this year’s competition against the top State teams from Australia would be tough. The squad has been in camp the past few weeks as it prepares for defence. “This will be a...

Ravouvou to join Bristol Bears

Flying Fijians backline utility Kalaveti Ravouvou has confirmed his move to Europe to join Bristol Bears for the 2023/2024 Premiership season. He is expected to join the Bears after the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua’s 2023 Shop n Save Super Rugby Pacific campaign. Ravouvou announced his move on the official Bristol Bears website yesterday. The 24-year-old,...

Kaiviti Silktails hopes for better start

The Kaiviti Silktails is aiming for a better start in the opening rounds of the 2023 Ron Massey Cup (RMC) to reach its maiden semi-final. The Silktails made a slow start in the RMC last year losing their first three matches. The side went down to Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles 28-26 in round one, 6-16...

Gollings remain upbeat on chances

Ben Gollings says he is confident the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s men’s team can return to winning ways on the 2022-23 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Sitting in fifth place after five outings and with six tournament remaining, Fiji is yet to register a win this season with the best finish in Hong Kong last...

Police yet to charge Fijian Drua player

The Fiji Police Force says investigations into an alleged assault case involving a former star Fijian Drua player is ongoing. According to police, the player has not been charged despite the Fijian Drua terminating his contract with immediate effect because of a “high-level breach of the club’s code of conduct”. “A report was lodged on...

Back to basics: Gollings work on consistency and retention

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s men’s head coach Ben Gollings says while he is disappointed with the team’s past results on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, he is confident they can change things around in the next few tournaments. After finishing as runners up at the Hong Kong 7s last November, the side has failed...

Rasolea to play for Fijiana Drua in Super W competition

Fiji women’s XVs tight-head prop Siteri Rasolea will play for the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua during the Super W competition. Rasolea was a standout performer for the Fijiana side during the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand last year and was named in the team for the tournament. Born in Australia, Rasolea will try...

Rugby-Lock Retallick joins All Blacks exodus to Japan

(Reuters) – Brodie Retallick will join the growing list of All Blacks heading to Japan after the Rugby World Cup in France, with the New Zealand lock having signed up for a second stint with the Kobelco Steelers. Retallick’s 2024 plans were confirmed on Wednesday, a day after veteran All Black backs Aaron Smith and...

NBA-LeBron James becomes NBA’s all-time leading scorer

(Reuters) -Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer on Tuesday, setting the new mark with a fadeaway jumpshot late in the third quarter of a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. James, who entered the game needing 36 points to break Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387,...

Rugby-Cockerill to leave England position, Wigglesworth new assistant coach

(Reuters) -England forwards coach Richard Cockerill will leave his role after the end of the Six Nations in March, while Richard Wigglesworth would join the side as new assistant coach, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Tuesday. The 52-year-old Cockerill will take the same position at French club Montpellier. Cockerill was the only remaining...

Soccer-England’s Mead not ruled out of World Cup yet, says Wiegman

(Reuters) – England head coach Sarina Wiegman said she has not ruled out Beth Mead from playing at the Women’s World Cup this year but will not push the forward as she recovers from a serious knee injury suffered in November. Mead, who was England’s top scorer in their European Championship title win last year,...

Soccer-Qatari investors set to bid for Manchester United – Daily Mail

(Reuters) – Qatari investors are planning to make a huge bid to buy Premier League club Manchester United, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources. The report described the investors as “a group of private, high-wealth individuals” from Qatar, which hosted the 2022 World Cup. Reuters has contacted Manchester United for comment....

Olympics-Nordic countries jointly oppose Russian, Belarusian sports participation

(Reuters) – The Nordic Olympic Committees wrote to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday to reiterate their opposition to Russian and Belarusian athletes being allowed to take part in international sports. The IOC said last month that athletes from Russia and Belarus might be allowed to earn slots for the Olympic Games in Paris...

Soccer-Absences no excuse for Man United not winning, says Ten Hag

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has insisted he will not make any excuses if his side fail to beat struggling Leeds United at home in the Premier League on Wednesday even though they are without a number of key players. United’s midfield linchpin Casemiro is suspended for the next three matches...

8th February

Soccer-Italian police on alert after Serbian ultras ambush Roma fans

ROME (Reuters) – Italian police are on high alert for an outburst of hooligan violence after alleged fans of Serbian club Red Star Belgrade ambushed AS Roma supporters and stole their cherished banners. It is believed to be the first time foreign fans have travelled to Italy even when their team were not playing in...

Soccer-Ghana’s Atsu pulled alive from Turkey earthquake rubble

(Reuters) -Ghana international winger Christian Atsu has been found alive after being buried under rubble in the earthquake that hit Turkey, the vice president of his club Hatayspor told media on Tuesday. Atsu was reported missing in Turkey’s Hatay province following the 7.8 magnitude quake that brought down thousands of buildings, killing some 5,000 people,...

Egyptian bodybuilder collects trash to fund his dream

CAIRO (Reuters) – Nationally ranked bodybuilder Ali el-Sharkawy trains in the evenings, but only after the 29-year-old has spent the morning collecting rubbish to support himself through his sporting career. Although he has won accolades including two bronze medals at national championships, like many other Egyptian athletes practising individual sports, he has been unable to...

Soccer-PSG under investigation over alleged undeclared labour

PARIS (Reuters) -Paris St Germain are under investigation by French prosecutors over alleged undeclared labour, the Paris prosecutors’ office said on Tuesday. “Following a complaint received on Dec. 13, 2022, an investigation was opened on Jan. 16, 2023 on the grounds of undeclared work,” the office told Reuters. The complaint was launched by Tunisian national...

Cricket-Confident Australia can pull off series win in India – Harris

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A confident and wiser Australia are well-equipped to take the fight to India in a series that could literally be decided by a coin-toss, according to former test bowler Ryan Harris. Winning in India has taken on Holy Grail proportions for Australia, whose last series victory in the subcontinent was a 2-1...

Rugby-Jones cleared to play for Wales against Scotland

(Reuters) – Wales second row Alun Wyn Jones will be available to face Scotland in the Six Nations tie at Murrayfield on Saturday, despite coach Warren Gatland having ruled him out after the 34-10 loss to Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday. Gatland told reporters Jones had failed a Head Injury Assessment, which would see him...

Fijian Drua present i-tatau to the President

Members of the Fijian Drua Super Rugby side presented their i-tatau to the President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, at the State House in Suva today. The Fijian Drua will play the Moana Pasifika in its first match at MT Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on February 25, 2023. Ratu Wiliame congratulated the players for making...

SJC vets Team Fiji coaches and managers

The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee’s (FASANOC) Selection Justification Commission (SJC) has completed the process of ensuring the selection of the best and/or qualified coaches and team managers who will be members of Team Fiji to the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands in November this year. FASANOC senior Team Fiji...

CvC decider this Sunday

The winner of the Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion series will be decided at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva this Sunday. This after the abandonment of the opening round match between All Freight Logistics Suva and Design Marine Services Rewa at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori last Sunday. Heavy rain made the ground unplayable...

Arundell and Slade back for England against Italy in Six Nations

(Reuters) – England have called up Henry Arundell and centre Henry Slade for the Six Nations clash with Italy on Sunday at Twickenham after both have struggled with injuries. Both players were included in England coach Steve Borthwick’s 36-player squad announced on Monday. Winger Cadan Murley was also left out, having not made the cut...

Kumar’s passion for running; keen to revive interest in long distance running

Fun runs were highly anticipated social events in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. And the festive mini marathons would often draw people from all walks of life – from families to businessmen and even students. The Fiji Times and Australian national carrier Qantas often sponsored the events and it was here that many potential long...

Former heavyweight champion Joshua to return to ring in April

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s former twice world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will make his ring return in London on April 1 against American Jermaine Franklin, promoters Matchroom and DAZN said on Monday. The fight at the 02 Arena will be the first time in nearly seven years that Joshua, 33, has fought without a world...

Digicel Premier League launch this weekend

The 2023 Digicel Premier League will be launched at the Fiji Football Association house in Suva this Saturday with a corporate-themed function. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said they were doing things differently this year. “The launch will be a big event,” Yusuf said. “It will be held separately. Before it used to...

NFL-Brady says he will start Fox Sports broadcasting career in 2024

(Reuters) – Recently-retired quarterback Tom Brady said on Monday he will make his highly-anticipated debut as a lead NFL analyst with Fox Sports in the fall of 2024. Speaking during an appearance on Fox Sports’ “The Herd with Colin Cowherd”, the seven-times Super Bowl champion said he will use the time off to focus on...

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