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Man City’s Sterling racially abused on social media

(Reuters) – Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was racially abused on Instagram less than 48 hours after English football’s social media boycott campaign came to an end. The abuse occurred after City’s Champions League semi-final...

Soccer-Tuchel says Chelsea will face Man City with confidence in final

(Reuters) – Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said their Champions League final opponents Manchester City are the “benchmark” in Europe, but his team will head to the title clash in Istanbul equipped with the confidence that they can beat Pep Guardiola’s side. Goals by Timo Werner and Mason Mount sent Chelsea into the title clash with...

PNG Olympic hopefuls get Covid-19 vaccine

PORT MORESBY, 06 MAY 2021 ((THE NATIONAL) – Team Papua New Guinea athletes and officials, who are preparing to push for Olympic qualification and participate in this year’s Games, had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination on Monday. Chef de mission Tamzin Waedley acknowledged the Health Department for making it possible for the athletes...

Free course on sport for sustainable development opens for the second round

LONDON, 06 MAY 2021 (COMSEC)—Registrations are now open for the second round of an online course, designed to harness sport for sustainable development. The Commonwealth Secretariat developed the course together with the Government of Australia and the International Platform on Sport and Development. Offered for free, the course helps participants understand the impact of sport...

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne jailed for five years and nine months for sexual assault

 Disgraced former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has been jailed for five years and nine months for sexually assaulting a woman in her Newcastle home while his taxi waited outside. Hayne, 33, was convicted in March of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent after he assaulted the woman, then aged 26, with his hands and mouth and left her...

Laurel Hubbard set to become first transgender Olympic athlete

Official selection is the only thing needed for weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to become the first transgender Olympian. International weightlifting has rejigged its qualifying criteria for Tokyo because of limited competition over the past year due to Covid-19. That means on current rankings Hubbard will qualify but she still needs to nominated by Weightlifting New Zealand...

Flights booked for Black Caps

Departure dates out of India have been locked in for the New Zealanders stranded in the country after the postponement of cricket’s Indian Premier League. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has confirmed Black Caps captain Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner, as well as Australian physio Tommy Simsek, would leave India bound for the UK...

Best team selected in round seven of Ron Massey Cup

Kaiviti Silktails coach Wes Naiqama has picked another top team to face the Hawks in the seventh round of the 2021 Ron Massey Cup clash this weekend. The Fijians who are placed sixth in the competition will face the seventh placed Hawks in what is expected to be a tightly contested match at the Mascot...

No losses for Fiji FA

THE Fiji Football Association will not incur any losses for the indefinite postponement of the Digicel Fiji FACT which was scheduled to kick off at the ANZ Stadium in Suva next week. The group stage of the tournament was scheduled to be played from May 14-16 with the semi-finals and final to be played the...

Gopal sponsors Nadi event

Former Lautoka golfer Mahen Gopal wants to continue what he started in 2006, that is to continue to assist our local golfers. Gopal, who now lives in Canada, says he is proud to partner with his wife to support the game at the Nadi Airport Golf Club. “We had our first golf tournament at the...

Nadi club ready for competition

THE Jet Runners Club of Nadi will start its 2021 season in a big way once the lockdown and COVID-19 sporting restrictions are lifted. The club based out of Votualevu specialises in holding middle to long-distance events together with cross country races. Last year the club received a lucrative sponsorship from New Zealand, however, this...

Plan for Pacific snooker series

THE Billiards and Snooker Association of Fiji (BSAF) hopes to select the best players to represent the nation at the proposed inaugural Pacific Series once the international borders open. The Pacific Series has been mooted to further develop cue sport in the region with more international fixtures. Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu,...

Nadroga back to winning form

The Stallions have proven in their first two games that they mean business after beating the 2018-20 Skipper Cup champion Suva 25-17 in the first round and Namosi 29-28 in the second round. Last year, the Stallions finished without any trophy. They were bundled out of the Skipper Cup semis by Naitasiri, while Namosi dethroned...

State of emergency set to be extended in Tokyo as Olympics near

TOKYO, 06 MAY 2021 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Nine Japanese Governors believe the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games should be either cancelled or postponed depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, as Japan considers extending emerging measures to combat a rise in infections. Saitama, Shizouka and Yamanashi – which are all set to...

Parish excited about SBW-Johns dream team joining Samoa coaching ranks

SYDNEY, 06 MAY 2021 (NRL)—Toa Samoa coach Matt Parish has revealed he had been planning to approach Sonny Bill Williams about a role with the team and is now hopeful Andrew and Matthew Johns will also be involved with the World Cup campaign. Parish confirmed he would contact the trio after Matthew Johns revealed they...

Kanaloa still pursuing Super Rugby licence; investing in Fijian Drua also an option

AUCKLAND, 06 MAY 2021 (ABC)—After being turned down for a Super Rugby licence, the Chief Executive of Kanaloa Pasifika says they stand ready to divert investment funds into the Fijian Drua, whose bid was successful. However, Tracy Atiga says she is aware that both the Drua and the other successful bidders, Moana Pasifika, are in...

Chelsea set up all-English Champions League final after dominant win over Real Madrid

Chelsea’s decision to fire a club legend suddenly doesn’t seem so callous after all. While Frank Lampard’s name has hardly been forgotten by the Chelsea fans – who were chanting it outside Stamford Bridge before kickoff on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) – new manager Thomas Tuchel is quickly creating his own legacy after leading the London...

NZ sevens teams’ long-awaited comeback ahead of the Olympics

New Zealand’s rugby sevens teams will return to the international stage for the first time in more than a year against Australia in an Olympic warm-up tournament in Auckland this month. The men’s and women’s teams, the All Blacks sevens and the Black Ferns sevens, haven’t played an international fixture since the Covid-19 pandemic halted the World...

Soccer-Africa World Cup stadium ban plunges qualifiers into crisis

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Africa’s World Cup qualifiers have been thrown into crisis after a ban on numerous stadia across the continent left many countries facing the prospect of hosting matches next month outside their borders. The Confederation of African Football, in a circular to member associations this week, has issued a list of approved...

Cricket-Ex-Australia test bowler MacGill kidnapped for ransom-media reports

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australian police arrested four men in dawn raids on Wednesday in connection with the alleged kidnap and assault of former test cricketer Stuart MacGill, media reported. The 50-year-old former leg-spinner was allegedly abducted near his home in Sydney on April 14 and taken to another part of the city where he was beaten...

PNGOC mullings sports venue

PORT MORESBY, 06 MAY 2021 (THE NATIONAL)—Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC) president Sir John Dawanincura says discussions with Sports Minister Wesley Raminai and the PNG Sports Foundation (PNGSF) are underway regarding the use of alternative venues for elite athletes. He said there was a need for the country’s elite athletes to train while the...

Cricket-England players lead IPL exodus, NZ cricketers isolate

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) foreign players began to disperse on Wednesday, many with a sense of anxiety as they seek a safe passage out of the pandemic-ravaged country. Hours after the lucrative cricket league was suspended on Tuesday due to the COVID-19 crisis, the English members of Delhi Capitals squad...

Cricket-IPL suspended due to COVID-19, foreign players fret over return

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -The Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country, leaving many international players with major concerns over how they will return home. The organising Indian cricket board (BCCI) and the league’s governing council members convened an emergency meeting at which they decided to...

5th May

Soccer-Chelsea belong among Europe’s elite, says Tuchel

(Reuters) – Chelsea’s impressive away performance at Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final proved the team belong at the highest level of European football, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Tuesday. Chelsea secured a crucial away goal in their 1-1 draw against the 13-times European champions in Madrid, to give Tuchel’s...

Timaima Ravisa on attack during the Fiji Airways Fijiana team training at the Mascot Oval ground in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Tima eyes the cup

Triple international Timaima Ravisa, says a spot in the Fijiana XVs team to next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup would be the ultimate and crowning piece of her career. “I am trying for a spot in the national side for the Rugby World Cup, and it would mean the world to me to represent the...

Roma appoint Mourinho as manager starting next season, Fonseca to leave

(Reuters) – AS Roma have named Jose Mourinho as their new head coach on a three-year contract, the Italian Serie A club announced on Tuesday, 15 days after the Portuguese was sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The 58-year-old will replace Paulo Fonseca for the start of next season, who Roma announced earlier on Tuesday...

Mahrez double fires Man City into Champions League final

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Riyad Mahrez struck twice as Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the first time thanks to a 2-0 victory over Paris St Germain at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday that secured a 4-1 aggregate win. City were dominant against their French opponents, who lost their heads in the second...

Golf: Johnson commits to U.S. Open warm-up at Congaree

(Reuters) – World number one Dustin Johnson has committed to play in the Palmetto Championship at Congaree Golf Club in his home state of South Carolina a week before the U.S. Open, the PGA Tour said on Tuesday. The June 10-13 Palmetto Championship replaced the Canadian Open on the PGA Tour’s schedule after that event...

NZ cricketers face difficulties leaving India

Getting Black Caps and other New Zealanders involved in the Indian Premier League out of India is proving no easy task. More positive cases within the teams, as a result of the intensifying Covid-19 situation in the country, had seen the big-money Twenty20 league indefinitely postponed. Covid cases in India had been surging since the...

Rugby-La Rochelle, Toulouse dominate European Player of the Year shortlist

(Reuters) – Champions Cup finalists Toulouse and La Rochelle have dominated the five-man shortlist for the European Player of the Year award, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said on Tuesday. Four-time Champions Cup winners Toulouse were represented by captain Julien Marchand, France scrumhalf Antoine Dupont and former All Black and two-time World Cup winner Jerome...

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