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26th October

Former Saudi spymaster calls on Biden administration for help on his jailed kids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former top Saudi intelligence official who is living in exile accused Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday of targeting him, and made an unprecedented public plea to the Biden administration...

ANOC warns of negative impact of FIFA World Cup proposal on other Olympic sports

CRETE, 26 OCTOBER 2021 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has added its voice to the chorus of disapproval directed at FIFA for its controversial proposal to hold the men’s World Cup every two years, warning it could “pose a threat to the survival” of other Olympic sports. Acting ANOC...

Olympics-Beijing Games competitors to face daily COVID-19 tests, remain in closed loop

BEIJING (Reuters) – Competitors in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will be subject to daily tests for COVID-19 and will be required to remain in a closed loop that includes transport between the various games venues, organisers said in guidelines released on Monday. China, where measures to tackle COVID-19 are among the world’s strictest, has...

Soccer-‘We need to win ugly more’ – coach Pioli plays down AC Milan title talk

MILAN (Reuters) – AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli said it is too early to entertain talk of a Serie A title challenge from his side this season, calling on his team to learn the art of winning ugly if they are to emerge victorious at the end of the campaign. Pioli’s side have impressed so...

Cricket-‘Enjoyment’ is all that Windies need to bounce back – assistant coach

(Reuters) – West Indies players must find a way to enjoy their cricket to get their mood back after a terrible start to their Twenty20 World Cup title defence against England, assistant coach Rod Estwick said on Monday. The Caribbean side, who won the last edition of the tournament in 2016, folded for an embarrassing...

Cricket-Kumara, Das cop fine for altercation during World Cup match

(Reuters) – Sri Lanka fast bowler Lahiru Kumara and Bangladesh batter Liton Das have been fined over a standoff during their Super 12 match in the Twenty20 World Cup in Sharjah on Sunday, the International Cricket Council said. Kumara was fined 25% of his match fee while Das lost 15% for the incident, which occurred...

Soccer-Pressure mounts on Solskjaer after Liverpool debacle

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faced intense criticism and speculation over his future after his team’s humiliating 5-0 defeat at home by Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday. United’s worst ever defeat at home to their arch-rivals killed in 90 minutes the short-lived hype that surrounded Cristiano Ronaldo’s return...

Cricket-Former players back India’s Shami after abuse following loss to Pakistan

(Reuters) – Former India players rallied around pace bowler Mohammed Shami on Monday, after the 31-year-old was targeted online following his team’s 10-wicket defeat by arch-rivals Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup a day earlier. Shami conceded 43 runs from his 3.5 overs in the Super 12 blockbuster meeting in Dubai, as Pakistan secured their...

25th October

FASANOC pledges support to Olympism 365 strategy through ACE programme

SUVA, 25 OCTOBER 2021 (INSIDE THE GAMES/FIJI TIMES) – The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) has pledged its support to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympism‌ ‌365‌ ‌strategy. The four-year strategy was approved by the IOC Executive Board last week. The strategy is designed to use sport to support 17 United...

Kaiviti Silktails flyer joins Roosters for pre-season training

SYDNEY, 25 OCTOBER 2021 (NSWRL) – Kaiviti Silktails outside back Vuate Karawalevu is making the next move in his Rugby League journey by signing a contract with the Sydney Roosters that will take him one step closer to a NRL career. The Silktails’ ‘Rising Star’ winner for 2021 season returns to Sydney this weekend to...

Moana Pasifika signs three more

AUCKLAND, 25 OCTOBER 2021 (RNZ PACIFIC) – Manu Samoa trio Jack Lam, Alamanda Motuga and Henry Time-Stowers are the latest players to sign with Moana Pasifika ahead of the inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season. Veteran flanker Jack Lam spent the past two seasons with Japanese club NEC Green Rockets before returning to New Zealand earlier...

ONOC President Dr Mitchell to run for ANOC Presidency in 2022 election

CRETE, 25 OCTOBER 2021 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Acting Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) President Robin Mitchell has announced he intends to stand for the role on a permanent basis when the organisation holds elections next year. The Fijian, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board, has led the umbrella organisation...

Teen Begg-s Ba winner

Online IT Solutions Ba beat Unique Rubber Stamps Suva in a thriller by 2-1, marking their return to the Digicel Premier League and handing the Capital City side their fourth consecutive loss of the season. The match was held at the ANZ Stadium in front of a small crowd. Teenage sensation and match winner Nabil...

Rewa keeps premier lead

Rewa has foregone a chance to attain a commanding position in the Digicel Premier League table after fighting to a lackluster 1-1 draw against Nadi in their first match after a six-month hiatus. Rewa drew first blood in the 15th minute through Kavaia Rawaqa’s left footed strike. Nadi recovered through an equaliser from Patrick Ralulu....

Club games called off – Plans for teams to play in 10s competitions

Suva Rugby Union’s Digicel Club Championships this year have been cancelled. “This is in light of the mandatory six-week training period from date of achievement of 80 per cent vaccination rate required by the FRU (Fiji Rugby Union) before any tournament can be played,” confirmed union secretary Tevita Tuiloa. “Thus, any tournament to be played...

New apparel sponsor for Fiji Bati

The Vodafone Fiji Bati has secured the services of Legend Sports Wear Australia who now join as their official apparel sponsor as preparations turn towards the Rugby League World Cup in England. “It is such an exciting time for us coming out of the past 18 months of what has been an unprecedented time in...

Suva Cricket to begin 2021-2022 season next month

The Suva Cricket Association is expected to begin their 2021-2022 season next month after achieving the green light to resume competition. Association general secretary Sevuloni Baba said it was a long wait and they were eager to get things back on track. “We are about to have our weekly competition again, thanks to the Government...

Fijiana have team bonding in mud pool

The Fijiana 15s team lifted their momentum towards next year’s Rugby World Cup with a high tempo mud run at the Republic of Fiji Navy base in Togalevu to cap off their week. Coach Senirusi Seruvakula took his extended squad to train in the mud-pool at the naval base in Togalevu on Thursday to add...

Rugby-United States game important ahead of Wales clash, says All Blacks Foster

(Reuters) – New Zealand coach Ian Foster claimed the All Blacks learned valuable lessons ahead of more testing challenges on the European leg of their current tour after handing the United States a 104-14 thrashing in Washington on Saturday. Foster’s team scored 16 tries while conceding twice in a one-sided clash that saw the All...

Rugby-Cooper set for Wallabies tour but injury raises Hodge doubts

(Reuters) – Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper will travel to Europe for the Wallabies’ tests against Scotland, England and Wales next month but Reece Hodge’s availability is in doubt after he sustained a pectoral injury in Saturday’s 32-23 win over Japan. Coach Dave Rennie confirmed Cooper would be part of the squad following uncertaintly over the...

Golf-Thrilled Matsuyama claims Zozo Championship with back nine charge

(Reuters) – A blistering back nine saw Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama hold off a determined challenge from Cameron Tringale to win the Zozo Championship by five shots in front of his adoring Japanese supporters on Sunday. With the gallery restricted to 5,000 fans, Matsuyama’s final round 65 earned him the title at the Narashino Country...

Cricket-Afghanistan hope World Cup success can bring joy back home

(Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Twenty20 World Cup preparation has been far from ideal in the aftermath of the country’s Taliban takeover in August but captain Mohammad Nabi hopes his team’s performance can bring about some joy back home. Afghanistan’s cricket board also underwent personnel changes and all-rounder Nabi was handed the captaincy after star spinner Rashid...

Cricket-India-Pakistan blockbuster set to light up Twenty20 World Cup

DUBAI (Reuters) – Former champions India and Pakistan will face off on Sunday in a Twenty20 World Cup blockbuster in Dubai and the buzz around the game underlines the enduring appeal of the matchup between the sub-continent’s feuding neighbours. India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan counterpart Babar Azam have called it just another game, but...

Cricket-Asalanka, Rajapaksa lead Sri Lanka to comfortable win

(Reuters) – Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa shared a partnership of 86 to give Sri Lanka a five-wicket win over Bangladesh in their opening Super 12 match in the Twenty20 World Cup in Sharjah on Sunday. Asalanka remained unbeaten on 80 from 49 balls and Rajapaksa, celebrating his 30th birthday, hit a 31-ball 53 to...

Athletics-World Championship bronze medallist Quinonez killed in Ecuador

(Reuters) -Sprinter Alex Quinonez, Ecuador’s World Championship bronze medallist, has been killed in his home city of Guayanquil on Friday, the country’s sports ministry said on Saturday. Guayaquil-based newspaper El Universo said Quinonez, who was 32, and another individual were fatally shot at around 9:20 p.m. on Friday in the northwest part of the city....

Rugby-New Zealand rout United States 104-14 in Washington test match

(Reuters) -New Zealand got back to winning ways as they romped to a record 104-14 victory over the United States in Washington on Saturday in a lopsided test match in which the Eagles at least secured their first-ever try against the All Blacks. New Zealand, who had not played in the U.S. since 2016, totally...

24th October

Athletics-Ethiopia’s Gidey breaks half marathon world record

(Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey smashed the women’s half marathon world record on Sunday, finishing in one hour, two minutes and 52 seconds at the Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP. The 23-year-old Gidey, who is also the world 5,000 metres (14:06.62) and 10,000 metres (29:01.03) record-holder, shaved more than a minute off the previous...

Cricket-Scotland eye test status with strong T20 World Cup show

(Reuters) – Scotland are brimming with confidence ahead of their Super 12 clash against Afghanistan and the side want to use the Twenty20 World Cup as a platform to push their case to become cricket’s next full member, batsman Calum MacLeod said on Sunday. The Scottish side won all three matches in the preliminary round,...

Nadroga football team beats Navua 2-1

The Nadroga football side has registered its first win in the Digicel Premier League beating Navua 2-1 at Uprising Sports Complex today. After six months without competitive  football,  both teams started on a low key. Nadroga had the best chance of the first spell as their effort slided off the cross bar. Veteran Osea Vakatalesau...

Premier league: Nadroga-Navua tied nill-all at half time

The Nadroga and Navua football teams are still both tied nill-all at halftime. The anticipated 2021 Digicel Premier League match drew in hundreds of fans at the Uprising Beach Resort pitch in Pacific Harbour this afternoon. Fans were also allegedly spewing hate comments at officials and were reminded to be respectful by the tournament organisers.

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