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Chelsea’s Tuchel blasts referee and VAR after Spurs draw

(Reuters) – Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel slammed referee Anthony Taylor and VAR for their decisions in a 2-2 Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, saying his side deserved to win. Harry Kane’s last-gasp...

Canadian Laliberte eyes the ‘perfect’ route to Paris 2024

(Reuters) – In a sport where experience counts for more than anything else and athletes often vie for medals well into their 40s, the world equestrian championships have come as a huge learning curve for upcoming Canadian dressage rider Naima Moreira Laliberte. The 25-year-old, the reigning Pan American Games champion in team dressage, finished 59th...

Kane salvages point for Spurs at Chelsea, Tuchel and Conte see red

LONDON (Reuters) -Harry Kane headed in a last-gasp equaliser to earn Tottenham Hotspur a barely-deserved 2-2 draw in a feisty Premier League derby at Chelsea that ended with both managers being shown red cards after the final whistle on Sunday. Kane glanced home Ivan Perisic’s corner in the sixth minute of stoppage time to salvage...

ABs silence critics

Johannesburg – Centre David Havili and lock Scott Barrett scored late tries as New Zealand eased the pressure on coach Ian Foster with a superb 35-23 victory over South Africa in their Rugby Championship clash at Ellis Park yesterday. Captain Sam Cane and hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho also scored tries as the All Blacks silenced the...

FRU terminates three staff; downplays speculation of CEO suspension

The Fiji Rugby Union has terminated three staff members, grounds of which it cannot disclose publicly. FRU chairperson Commodore Humphrey Tawake said the board was also planning to conduct an internal audit. “We had to terminate three staff members and I cannot divulge the names or the offences now due to investigations being conducted,” said...

Rennie expresses frustration after loss

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has expressed his frustration after a record defeat to Argentina in San Juan. The visitors were dominated from siren to siren as Los Pumas cruised to a 48-17 win, looking like a side properly dealing with life without Michael Hooper and a near full XV of players. It caps off a...

Fijian boxers need to step up

Fijian boxers will need to step up if they need to secure fights overseas. Competition results of local boxers against overseas opponents have not been positive,says the Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF). BCF West director Usman ‘Lale’ Ali said Saturday’s South Pacific Boxing Promotions Program at Prince Charles Park in Nadi went very smoothly. He...

Naliva’s overseas title shot takes a nosedive

Fijian boxer Savenaca Naliva’s chance of a title shot at an overseas title fight took a nosedive after being knocked out by Renold Vatubua Quinlan during the South Pacific Boxing Promotions Program at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday evening. Quinlan decked Naliva 2:42 minutes into round three with a powerful left hook. The...

Olympian Masi signs two-year contract for Fijian Drua

Olympic gold medallist Iosefo Masi has signed up with the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua on a two-year contract. Masi made the switch to rugby league after Fiji’s triumph in Tokyo two years ago and joined the Northland Queensland Cowboys outfit in the NRL competition. The 24-year-old is one of two new signings for the Drua...

DPL: Ba runs over visitors

Ba defeated Tailevu Naitasiri 4-2 in the Digicel Premier League at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. The Men in Black are in a rehabilitation stage after a three-in-a-row loss in the competition. Luke Sevu scored Ba’s first goal in the sixth minute. Savu then doubled Ba’s advantage in the 18th minute after a lapse of...

2022 Coke Games: Tavua/Vatukoula athletes anticipate challenging

THE Tavua/ Vatukoula zone athletics organising committee is anticipating a challenging year for them during the 2022 Coca-Cola Games. The Coca-Cola Games will start on Thursday and ends on Saturday at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. Committee spokesperson Dhirendra Prasad said schools were doing its best in preparing athletes for next week. “Some schools...

Naiteqe Snr: Heavy reliance on overseas-based 7s stars; ‘have faith in our local players’

With the Sevens Rugby World Cup to be later this year, “our coach needs to trust and have faith in our local players who are playing together in the World Rugby Series (HSBC)”. Those were the words of Sailosi Naiteqe Snr, a well-known local rugby coach. The three-day pinnacle event of rugby’s abbreviated code kicks...

14th August

Navosa back in the fold

Navosa Central College has returned to the Vodafone Deans Trophy competition after a span of five years. It beat Nadroga Arya College 19-5 in the under-16 grade at Lawaqa Park yesterday in Sigatoka. The young men from the highlands of Navosa displayed an impressive performance where 16 of the 27-member squad are 14 and 15...

Extended squad for LA 7s

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will take a wider squad to the HSBC Los Angeles 7s in the build up to the Rugby World Cup 7s in Cape Town, South Africa. The LA 7s will be played at the Dignity Health Sports Park from August 27-28. The Fiji 7s team participated at the Duavata...

College girls swing to good Raluve start

The under-16 Swami Viveknanda College girls team got their 2022 Weet-Bix Raluve Trophy competition to a good start holding Sigatoka Methodist School in a 10-all draw yesterday at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Team manageress Vika Bakewa was proud of the effort shown by her players in their first outing his year. “First of all I...

Police claims title

Police Sharks have secured their spot in the Vodafone Cup semi-finals after beating Ravoravo Rabitohs 8-6. They will take on Navy Albatross while Vusu Raiders will meet Mataivalu Bears for the semi-finals next week Saturday at Lawaqa Park. Manager Ratu Akuila Rokotua said they were expecting a tough competition from their opponents. As defending champion...

Ba Provincial edges Cuvu in U18 battle

It was a close tussle between Ba Provincial Secondary School and Cuvu College in the Vodafone Deans Trophy competition at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka where the Lautoka-based school prevailed 25-17 yesterday. Ba Provincial lead 10-5 at halftime as both schools were hungry for a win. Cuvu College showed glimpses of the champion team they are but...

Nadro rules – Farebrother Trophy rests at Talenavuruvuru

The BLK Nadroga side successfully retained the Farebrother Trophy after holding out a gutsy Yasawa side 17-0 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. It was a cracker of a game with Nadroga opening the scoresheet through winger Apimeleki Nabore crossing over in the 21st minute with outside centre Eseroma Rikou adding the extras to lead...

‘Changes expected’

The 2022 Coca-Cola Games will bring out the best in all schools as they battle for medals. Athletics Fiji development officer and former Fiji and South Pacific decathlon champion Albert Miller said with the resumption of the Fiji secondary schools athletics competitions, changes were expected in the intensity of this year’s competition. “The Coca-Cola Games...

Rabua’s tale

Fijian swimmer Epeli Rabua shares his experience taking part in the 2022 Commonwealth Games Birmingham, England. The Natogadravu Village lad in Tailevu, who is currently a bartender at the Opium Bar in Suva, said his passion for swimming began since he was young. “The water is like my safe space. It doesn’t discriminate, treats everyone...

Reps impress

Fiji Swimming has been impressed with the number of participants at the third grand prix at the Nadi Sports and Social Club yesterday. Swim Fiji president Ben Rova said for the 400 metres freestyle, there were 16 heats. “There were many new swimmers trying for this event for the first time,” he said. “This was...

Great learning experience for the Fijian Pearls

The Fiji Pearls have been on their toes learning and regrouping with the cohort of Suncorp Super Netball League athletes. Ending their one week program with a FAST5 Exhibition match sees the Fiji Pearls joining force with Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Sunshine Coast Lightning to form two teams for the match at the Vodafone Arena...

Sports policy

The Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Rovereto Nayacalevu highlighted on the changes made within the National Sports Policy to accommodate the changes in the sporting world. He spoke during a recent virtual presentation to highlight an update on the country pertaining to youth and sports development, highlighting relevant Commonwealth sporting issues during the 10th...

Bowls roll in Nadi

The Islands Electric-sponsored Nadi Sports and Social Club Business House tournament started with a bang at the Jetset Town on Thursday night. Players from the 16 teams packed the club’s greens as competition rolls for five weeks. The highlight of the first round on Thursday was the introduction of bowling to new players, who mostly...

13th August

Nadroga retain Farebrother trophy

Nadroga are still the holders of the Farebrother Trophy after holding a gusty Yasawa side 17-0 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka this afternoon. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Sunday Times.  

Rugby probe – FRU to review women’s rugby rules

The Fiji Rugby Union will review its player safety, welfare, rules and regulations surrounding women’s rugby in Fiji. This follows the death of a Nadroga women’s team player last week. Fiji Rugby Union chairman Humphrey Tawake said the incident shed light on issues surrounding player welfare moving into the future. “This incident gives us the...

Company helps Yasawa islanders

The inaugural Fiji Bitter Nacula Yasawa 7s will not only help in the development of the sport but also boost the economy in the Yasawa Group. The tournament was officially launched at the Stadium View Bar in Waiyavi, Lautoka on Thursday. It will be played at Churchill Park from November 4-5. Paradise Beverages general manager...

Slow start for Fiji 7s team

The players in the wider Fiji 7s squad have been given a chance to impress at the Duavata 7s tournament in Rakiraki this weekend before the national squad for the HSBC Los Angeles 7s is announced next week. The Fiji 7s team made a slow start in the opening round of the tournament at the...

Parents, officials intervene in rugby match scuffle

Parents and officials intervened in a scuffle involving a match between two secondary school rugby teams in Labasa today. The players of Under17 All Saints Secondary School and Gurunanak Khalsa College got into a fight after their semi-final match forcing officials and parents to intervene. Gurunanak Khalsa College won the match, 13-12 and will go...

Ba Provincial defeats Cuvu College

Ba Provincial Freebird Institute under-18 defeated a tough Cuvu College side 25-17 in the Western Secondary Schools Rugby competition in Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka this afternoon. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Sunday Times.

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