first_imgNew Caledonia won silver while Wallis and Futuna won bronze.PNG came fourth in this event, conducted from the harbourside area.This has completed the Va’a finals. V12 and V6 relays will be conducted on Saturday and Sunday at Ela Beach.last_img

first_imgFour of the men, including the captain, were given five-year jail sentences while a fifth is facing a prison term of three and a half years.They were detained in the southern Finnish city on 2 July after a woman said she had been raped at a hotel.Eight men were originally held. Two were released soon afterwards.Another of the players was released from detention at the end of August and acquitted by the court in Tampere.The team had been taking part in a tournament ahead of the Rio Olympics when the rape took place at the hotel in which the players were staying.The men had denied the accusation, insisting the woman had given consent.The men given the longer sentences included 27-year-old captain Rolando Cepeda Abreu, Alfonso Gavilan, 21, Ricardo Calvo Manzano, 19, and Osmany Uriarte Mestre, who is also 21. Luis Sosa Sierra, 21, was given a shorter sentence.They were ordered to pay €24,000 (£20,500; $27,000) in compensation to the victim.As the allegations emerged, two of the team coaches were sacked.Despite its depleted squad, Cuba fielded a team in Rio and lost all five of its matches.last_img read more

first_imgNadal had not played since October due to a wrist injury but he eased past his Czech opponent in an hour and 16 minutes to overcome the world No 10 for the 20th time in his career.Berdych was swept aside in the opening set but improved in the second, which went with serve until the ninth game when Nadal broke to lead 5-4 before closing out the match.Victory sets up a semi-final clash against Milos Raonic in the exhibition event.Belgium’s David Goffin is also through to the last-four in the UAE after he saw off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.Goffin won 7-6 6-4 to set up a tie against Andy Murray on Friday after the world No 1 received a bye to the semi-finals, as he begins his preparations for the Australian Open.last_img read more

first_imgThe withdrawal, announced by the director of French Polynesia’s youth and sport service Anthony Pheu, follows a disagreement over who should represent Tahiti’s boxers in Port Vila in December.In August, a court order annulled the elections of the officers of the Pacific Games Association of Tahiti.The President of the Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan, said all entries for the Mini Games need to be submitted under the signature of the President or Secretary General of a member country’s Pacific Games Association.But with no officials in place in Tahiti, and election not planned until the new year, the Council’s Executive Board agreed it would accept entries directly from national sporting federations, provided they were affiliated with international federations.”Our rules are quite clear, knowing the fact that in Tahiti there are two boxing federations and one has come into existence in the last few months, which is recognised by the government but not by the international boxing federation,” he said.”…So according to our rules we will only recognise the boxing federation or association in Tahiti which is recognised by the international boxing association or federation – and they would have the right to take part in the Pacific Games.”Vidya Lakhan received a letter from the President of Tahiti accusing the Pacific Games Council of interfering in their internal sports administration but said it was the government’s “recognition and non-recognition of one or the other of the two boxing associations [which] could be bordering on political interference.””We were quite clear, we’ve written back to him [and explained] the way we are structured we do not allow political interference in sport and that’s what is happening in Tahiti.”Mr Lakhan said, provided they have international recognition, individual sporting federations were within their rights to compete at the Mini Games.”What we are hoping is that athletes who entered when the entries closed on the 20th of October that the government will see it’s way clear to allow them to take part because that is their right to take part and I don’t know how far a government can go towards saying athletes can not take part,” he said.”But we will not get involved in the local politics, we will accept athletes if they comply with our requirements and if not then we will not allow them to take part in the Games.”last_img read more

first_imgStriker Sergio Aguero scored his 50th goal in European club competitions as Manchester City romped to a record 4-0 victory over Feyenoord in their Champions League Group F clash at De Kuip on Wednesday.Defender John Stones bagged a brace of headed goals and Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus netted the other as City inflicted the heaviest-ever home defeat in UEFA club football on the Dutch champions and former European Cup holders.Aguero reached his milestone with a typically clinical finish from Kyle Walker’s cross as City made a fast start to the game, scoring three times in the opening 25 minutes to stun their hosts and kill off the contest.Feyenoord, playing in the Champions League group stage for the first time in 15 years, never seriously troubled City goalkeeper Ederson who had recovered sufficiently to play, albeit with a rugby-style scrum cap, after receiving a boot to the face from Liverpool’s Sadio Mane in a 5-0 Premier League win on Saturday.Stones had the visitors in front inside two minutes when he headed David Silva’s cross from a short corner through the legs of Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena at the back post.Vilhena had scored when Feyenoord claimed a 1-0 victory over Manchester United almost a year ago to the day in last season’s Europa League group stages, but this time was left red-faced by his inability to keep the ball out of the net.Aguero’s precise finish doubled City’s advantage eight minutes later as they peppered the Feyenoord goal with shots and starved the home side of possession.They were rewarded with a third goal when in-form forward Jesus tapped home after Benjamin Mendy’s fierce drive from outside the box was only parried by Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones.The home defence stood like statues expecting an offside flag that was never lifted and replays showed the match officials had made the correct call.Aguero came close to a second goal when his close-range effort from a low cross went wide.The visitors deservedly got their fourth as they kept up the pressure on the home defence, who again lost concentration from a City short corner and allowed Stones to this time power his header into the net from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.last_img read more

first_imgManchester City maintained their irresistible Premier League charge, offering no let-up in their all-conquering season with a record 15th successive league win as they outclassed struggling Swansea City 4-0 on Wednesday.Pep Guardiola’s side, fresh from defeating their closest chasers Manchester United on Sunday, were at their dazzling best against the league’s bottom club, easing to victory with David Silva’s double and goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.Swansea, who remain rooted to the foot of the table, offered a brief illusion of being in the contest but it was over once Silva had flicked the visitors ahead superbly after 27 minutes and De Bruyne netted from a free kick in the 34th.As City eased towards a 25th Premier League match unbeaten, Silva could have had a hat-trick, missing an easy chance before linking superbly with Raheem Sterling in the 52nd minute, and Aguero finished the rout five minutes from full-time.Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney’s first-half goal lifted Everton to a 1-0 Premier League win over Newcastle and continued their revival under manager Sam Allardyce.Rooney struck in the 27th minute, turning in a rebound from close range to secure Everton’s first away league victory in 17 games.Newcastle pressed hard for an equaliser in the second half and Mohamed Diame went close but Ashley Williams could have doubled Everton’s lead, only to be denied by a fine save from Karl Darlow.Everton consolidated their position in the top half of the table while Newcastle, who had midfielder Jonjo Shelvey sent off in stoppage time, stayed close to the relegation zone following their seventh defeat in eight games.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United forward Alexis Sanchez pleaded guilty to two counts of tax fraud dating from when he played for Spanish team Barcelona and accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence, his agent Fernando Felicevich said on Wednesday.In a statement issued by the Barcelona prosecutor and seen by Reuters, Sanchez was accused of defrauding the Spanish state of a combined 983,000 euros in image rights in 2012 and 2013 by using a shell company in Malta and omitting the earnings from tax returns.The Chilean was given a suspended sentence of eight months for each of those years and fines of 353,000 euros and 237,000 euros respectively.Spanish law is such that any sentence under two years for a non-violent crime rarely requires a defendant without previous convictions to serve jail time.Sanchez posted on social media a statement from Felicevich which criticised Spain’s authorities for changing their criteria on tax returns and using the media to publicly shame players.“Despite proving Alexis did not commit any crime, we felt obliged, on the recommendation of our advisers, to accept the unfair pact offered to us to alleviate the emotional, personal and financial stress that comes from dealing with long and tedious court cases,” the statement said.“Seeing the huge ordeals that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi etc have been put through, we came to the conclusion that it was best to accept this unfair deal so that we can move on and stop being the object of media and political pressure.”A spokesperson for Spain’s tax agency said it could not comment on individual cases but that it uses the same criteria and measures for each tax payer.Sanchez, who joined United last month from Arsenal, is the latest in a long line of La Liga players past and present, including Ronaldo, Messi, Marcelo, Pepe and Javier Mascherano to face judicial process for allegedly defrauding the Spanish state.Sanchez moved to Barcelona from Italian side Udinese in 2011 and joined Arsenal three years later.last_img read more

first_imgManchester City are sweeping all before them this season but talk of a possible unprecedented quadruple might need to be postponed at least until after Monday’s trip to FA Cup bogey side Wigan Athletic in the fifth round.Roberto Martinez’s relegation-bound Wigan upset the odds to beat Roberto Mancini’s City in the 2012-13 FA Cup final and prove that the world’s oldest domestic cup competition is still capable of providing unlikely winners.Not only that, but the following season Wigan went to the Etihad Stadium and repeated the feat, winning a quarter-final 2-1 against a side that weeks later would be crowned Premier League champions under Manuel Pellegrini.Those days seem a long time ago for Wigan who are vying for promotion back to the second-tier of English football.City, meanwhile, are scaling new heights with Pep Guardiola working his magic. They are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League, are on the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals and next week will play Arsenal in the League Cup final.Yet despite the gulf in quality between the two sides, the FA Cup being the FA Cup means Monday’s conclusion to the fifth round promises to be an intriguing one.Wigan boss Paul Cook would be well-advised to ban his players from watching City’s 4-0 hammering of Basel on Tuesday in the Champions League.Instead he may reference second-tier Bristol City’s plucky 5-3 aggregate defeat to City in the League Cup semi-final as proof of what can be achieved with a positive attitude.“You can sit here and talk about the superlatives, about how good they, but the reality is for us that we have to try to beat them,” Cook, whose side knocked out top flight West Ham United in the fourth round, told a news conference on Wednesday.“Everyone who comes before them they seem to put away comfortably at the minute and for us it’s a massive challenge. Can we take the game to them at times? We have to believe that key moments in the game can go for us.“It’s hard to say it’s just a normal game because they are one of the best teams in the world. We’ll give them the utmost respect. We’ll have to study them and come up with a plan.“Good luck with that one!”POTENTIAL SLIP UPTottenham Hotspur, who like City were impressive in the Champions League this week, drawing 2-2 with Juventus, will also be wary of a slipping on a banana skin when they travel to Rochdale who currently prop up League One (third-tier).Sunday’s clash at Spotland Stadium will be played on a newly-laid pitch after Rochdale’s threadbare surface came under fire after their fourth-round defeat of Millwall.Tottenham have never played Rochdale but will need no reminding of how the Cup can be a leveller after they needed a Wembley replay to beat League Two side Newport in round four.Manager Mauricio Pochettino will likely rotate his squad for the trip, although he knows the FA Cup could offer the more likely route to a first piece of silverware.On Saturday, twelve-times winners Manchester United are at Huddersfield Town while West Bromwich Albion and Southampton take a breather from their relegation battle at the Hawthorns.Brighton and Hove Albion host Coventry City and in-form Swansea City are away at Sheffield Wednesday.last_img read more

first_imgSevilla President Jose Castro says action will be taken after the team’s humiliating King’s Cup final defeat by Barcelona on Saturday.Barcelona won 5-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano to lift the trophy for the fourth year in a row and Spanish media reported that Sevilla’s Italian coach Vincenzo Montella is at risk of being fired when club chiefs meet on Tuesday.“As president I have to apologise to all Sevilla fans,” Castro said on Monday.“The board will take the measures it deems necessary to try and help in these last five matches (in La Liga), we have to qualify for Europe.“We will see what decisions to take but it’s the moment to be calm and think about what’s best for the club.”Sevilla are seventh in the La Liga standings with 48 points from 33 games, three behind Villarreal in sixth and a Europa League qualifying spot.Montella took over as coach in December after Argentine Eduardo Berizzo was sacked a week after returning to work following an operation to treat prostate cancer.Sevilla eliminated Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16 but lost in the quarter-finals to Bayern Munich and they have suffered heavy league defeats, conceding five goals against Atletico Madrid and four against Celta Vigo.Midfielder Steven N’Zonzi apologised after being criticised by supporters for having a night out in Madrid after the final and for going straight to the dressing-room at full time instead of applauding the fans.“I want to apologise to Sevilla fans,” N’Zonzi said in a video released by the club on Sunday. “I made a mistake because I left after the game.“What happened is also difficult for the players. We play every three days, I live alone, I train and I go back home. I am always at home. Yesterday my family and friends were there and I left.”last_img read more

first_imgHighlights of the third day at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Wednesday (times AEST; GMT+11):2230 FEDERER COASTS INTO THIRD ROUNDThird seed Roger Federer, chasing a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title, has reached the third round at Melbourne Park for the 21st straight year with a 6-1 6-4 6-1 victory over Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic.Serena Williams stayed on course for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles crown with a 6-2 6-3 win over Slovenian world number 70 Tamara Zidansek in their first career meeting.Williams, a seven-times Australian Open winner, fired seven aces and 25 winners to prevail in 78 minutes and will take on China’s 27th seed Wang Qiang next.1934 DIMITROV FELLED BY AMERICAN PAULUnseeded American Tommy Paul ended Bulgarian 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov’s hopes of capturing his first Grand Slam title as the world number 80 won 6-4 7-6(6) 3-6 6-7(3) 7-6(3) in four hours and 19 minutes.1828 SCHOOL IS COOL FOR DJOKOVIC AFTER BALI TRIPNovak Djokovic was in a relaxed mood following his win over Tatsuma Ito, talking about his off-season trip to the Indonesian island of Bali where the Serb was left particularly impressed by a local school.“What got me to go there with my wife is a green school in Bali, a unique concept of education. That was interesting to us,” Djokovic told reporters.“For the last couple years, we’ve known about the concept. We’ve been introduced to it by our friends who have their kid in the school in Bali… we might have our children actually attend that concept in the near future.”1816 SANDGREN UPSETS EIGHTH SEED BERRETTINIUnseeded American Tennys Sandgren stunned eighth seed Matteo Berrettini 7-6(7) 6-4 4-6 2-6 7-5 in a match lasting three hours and 23 minutes.1732 WOZNIACKI HAS SPECIAL MEMORIES OF ‘SWEET CAROLINE’Caroline Wozniacki, who fought back to beat Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska, recalled her finest moment in Melbourne when she captured her only Grand Slam title and Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ filled the air following her triumph.“I don’t know if I can count how many times I’ve heard that song. It’s a special song for me, especially here,” the Dane, who will retire after the tournament, told reporters.“It’s a great memory. It means a lot after great wins like this that it gets played.”1618 DJOKOVIC TAMES JAPANESE WILDCARD ITOSeven times champion Novak Djokovic made short work of wildcard Tatsuma Ito, winning 6-1 6-4 6-2 in 95 minutes to set up a clash with another Japanese in Yoshihito Nishioka.Djokovic has now won 10 of his 11 meetings with wild cards at the Grand Slams, only losing to Denis Istomin in the second round at Melbourne three years ago.1604 BARTY AMAZED BY SUPPORT FOLLOWING RISELocal favourite Ash Barty, who has previously said she is sick of seeing herself on billboards following her rise to world number one, believes she will not get used to the spotlight off the court anytime soon.“Absolutely not, no. Everyone has to put up with me. It’s pretty average, I think,” Barty told reporters.“No, it’s been incredible… the love and the support I’ve received from people all over Australia, in particular kids, it brings a smile to my face every single day… it’s amazing.”1544 GAUFF SETS UP OSAKA SHOWDOWNTeenager Coco Gauff, who sent fellow American Venus Williams packing in the opening round, surrendered the first set but fought back to beat Romanian Sorana Cirstea 4-6 6-3 7-5. The 15-year-old faces Naomi Osaka next.1535 PELLA THROUGH TO THIRD ROUNDArgentine Guido Pella, the 22nd seed, advanced to the third round for the first time in six appearances with a 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over Frenchman Gregoire Barrere.Joining him was American Sam Querrey, who beat Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 7-6(2) 4-6 6-4 6-4, and Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, who eased past Britain’s Dan Evans 6-4 6-3 6-4.1454 WOZNIACKI STAYS ALIVE WITH GRITTY DISPLAYCaroline Wozniacki, the 2018 champion who is set to retire after the tournament, fought back from 1-5 down in the first set to beat Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 7-5 7-5.Yastremska, 19, saved five match points after a medical timeout for a left leg injury but she was unable to prevent Wozniacki from closing out the match.Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, who will hang up her racket at the end of the year, knocked out 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6(6) 7-6(6) in a first-round clash carried over from Tuesday.1421 BARTY MOVES INTO THIRD ROUNDTop seed Ash Barty looked in ominous form in her quest for a second Grand Slam title as she powered past unseeded Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1 6-4.1413 FIT-AGAIN SWIATEK WINS OPENER AGAINST BABOSPolish teenager Iga Swiatek tasted victory in her first match since the U.S. Open after an injury left her unable to walk normally. She beat Timea Babos 6-3 6-2.“So happy to be back… important note: I served 188kmph and it was in,” she tweeted.1305 KVITOVA DOWNS BADOSATwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fired seven aces and 31 winners in a tight 7-5 7-5 victory over Spain’s Paula Badosa in their first career meeting.1257 CATCHING BARTY IS NOT OSAKA’S IMMEDIATE PRIORITYDefending champion Naomi Osaka said after her win over Zheng Saisai that she was not giving too much thought to reclaiming the world number one ranking, with top-ranked Ash Barty well in front of the Japanese third seed.“Ash is like 2,000 points ahead of me and I have to defend this, I’m like yo, I’m going to drop out of the top 10 for real,” the 22-year-old said.1246 OSAKA STAVES OFF ZHENG CHALLENGEDefending champion Naomi Osaka fended off a strong comeback attempt from China’s Zheng Saisai, rallying from 4-2 down in the second set to prevail 6-2 6-4 and reach the third round.1100 PLAY UNDERWAYThe temperature is forecast to reach 32 degrees Celsius (90F) before a late cool change brings rain.last_img read more