Czech Republic, Australia keep rolling in World Cup
The Czech Republic defeated Brazil 93-71 on Saturday to keep itself in the hunt for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals with an easy win over the previously unbeaten South Americans.
World Cup a European, American championship _ with Australia
BEIJING (AP) — The basketball World Cup has turned into a championship of Europe and the Americas — with Australia thrown in from the Oceania region.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand judge has ordered the Oceania Football Confederation to pay more than 400,000 New Zealand dollars ($264,000) to a contractor which worked on its...
FINA: Vice president Dennis Miller dies aged 61
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swimming governing body FINA said Friday that vice president Dennis Miller of Fiji had died of cancer. He was 61.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned former Oceania Football Confederation general secretary Tai Nicholas from the game for eight years for financial misconduct.
TOKYO (AP) — Continental qualifiers for the rugby sevens competition at the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in June.
The top four teams in the World Sevens Series will qualify automatically,...
Lambert Maltock elected Oceania soccer president
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Oceania's scandal-tainted soccer confederation has elected interim president Lambert Maltock to the full presidency on a four-year term.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned an elected member of its ruling council from all soccer duty for three months for selling tickets to last year's World Cup.
2022 Asian Games to include athletes from Oceania
BANGKOK (AP) — Basketball, volleyball and soccer players from Australia and other Oceania countries will be permitted to compete at the next edition of the Asian Games.
ZURICH (AP) — Former FIFA senior vice president David Chung was banned from soccer for 6½ years on Friday for financial wrongdoing linked to a $20 million building project.
FIFA’s Infantino gets election backing from 11-voter Oceania
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The 11-member Oceania Football Confederation says it is backing FIFA President Gianni Infantino for re-election.
The Oceania group says its executive committee — comprising 11 member federation presidents in New Zealand and the Pacific islands — voted unanimously to support the FIFA leader.
Cruise ship docks in Portland to avoid Hurricane Florence
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A cruise ship originally bound for Bermuda has docked in Maine to avoid the oncoming Hurricane Florence due to make landfall this week.
Portland city officials say the vessel docked Monday after being forced to change course due to the hurricane. Passengers of the Oceania cruise line ship "Insignia" say they are disappointed they were forced to change course, but understand why they had to dock.
American Samoa’s World Cup qualifying return a family affair
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The return of the American Samoa women's team to the World Cup qualifying competition for the first time in 20 years has been both a national and a family celebration.
The team is competing with three others at the Oceania Women's Nations Cup in Fiji, the first stage of a qualifying process which will eventually involve all 11 Oceania member nations and will find the confederation's representative at next year's women's soccer World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
MOSCOW (AP) — So much for this being a "World" Cup.
The quarterfinals are all-European and South American for the first time since 2006.
Mexico said adios with a 2-0 loss to Brazil in the round of 16 on Tuesday and Japan sayonara when it wasted a two-goal lead in a 3-2 defeat to Belgium, ending the hopes of North America and Asia.
Africa and Central America didn't make it past the group phase. Oceania and the Caribbean couldn't even earn an invite.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The ISU Four Continents figure skating championships are returning to the U.S. for the first time in seven years.
The meet is scheduled for Feb. 7-10 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, home to the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.
The competition in singles, pairs and ice dancing features skaters from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
The U.S. team will be made up of three skaters or teams in each discipline and will be named after the U.S. nationals in Detroit on Jan. 19-27.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An Australian mountaineer scaled Mount Everest on Monday, completing his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents in record time, an expedition organizer said.
Australian climber Steve Plain scaled Everest 117 days after beginning his mission in Antarctica.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The Oceania Football Confederation has handed a seven-game ban to a Fijian player who used the phrase "white people" in reference to match officials during an OFC Champions League semifinal match.
The governing body says Lautoka forward Samuela Drudru has also been banned from entering stadiums for "discriminatory behavior." The OFC says a sanction over the mandatory five-game ban reflected "the gravity of the incident."
OFC appoints lawyer to probe ‘potential wrongdoing’
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Amid fresh claims of financial misconduct linked to senior FIFA officials, the Oceania Football Confederation has appointed an external lawyer to lead an investigation into "potential wrongdoing."
David Chung abruptly resigned as FIFA's senior vice president and a member of its ruling council on Friday after an audit of the Oceania confederation he led found "potential irregularities" on a $20 million building project and funding was cut to the region by soccer's world governing body.
Students came to Grand Wayne Center on Saturday ready to perform at the 31st Festival for Art and Music in Education.
FAME attracted 2,000 performers from kindergarten to eighth grade, singing in choirs, playing in band and orchestra and dancing on stage. About 6,000 works of art were exhibited, according to T. Irmscher, FAME executive director.
Al Jazira beats Auckland City in Club World Cup opener
AL AIN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Club World Cup kicked off Wednesday with Al Jazira defeating Oceania champion Auckland City 1-0.
Brazilian forward Romarinho scored a first-half winner for the United Arab Emirates team, which qualified as the host country's league winner.
Al Jazira will play Asian champion Urawa Reds of Japan on Saturday.
Former FIFA VP questioned in 2022 World Cup probe
PARIS (AP) — French police have questioned former FIFA vice president Reynald Temarii in their investigation into suspected corruption in the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Temarii, a former Tahiti player who served as a FIFA vice president for Oceania, is serving an eight-year ban from soccer.
Anthony Hudson quits as New Zealand soccer coach
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand soccer coach Anthony Hudson has resigned a week after his team's loss to Peru in an intercontinental World Cup qualifying playoff.
England-born Hudson, 36, announced his decision in a statement released Thursday by Football New Zealand which said a search for his replacement would begin immediately.
New Zealand, Peru draw 0-0 in World Cup playoff
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Oceania champion New Zealand held Peru to a 0-0 draw Saturday in the first leg of their intercontinental World Cup playoff that will decide the final qualifier for Russia next year.
The teams will head to Lima next week for the second leg with the South Americans hoping to return to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years and New Zealand looking to make just its third appearance at the finals.
NZ, Peru confirm dates for inter-continental playoff
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand and Peru have confirmed dates for their FIFA World Cup inter-continental playoff matches next month.
The nations' capital cities will host the matches with the first leg in Wellington on Saturday, Nov. 11 and the second leg at the Estadio Nacional in Lima on Nov. 15.
New Zealand wins Oceania, advances in World Cup qualifying
HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP) — New Zealand won the Oceania qualifying series for the 2018 World Cup when it drew 2-2 with the Solomon Islands on Tuesday to complete an 8-3 aggregate victory in the home and away series.
After being outclassed 6-1 in the first leg in Auckland last week, the Solomon Islands produced a performance of immense character to rally from 2-0 down for only their second draw in 12 matches against New Zealand.
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World Cup qualifying: State of play in the Oceania region
Soccer's smallest region — Oceania — doesn't have a guaranteed spot at the World Cup. Instead, the final two qualification matches in the confederation determine who will contest a playoff against a South American team for a place in Russia.
Tonga qualifies for 2019 RWC after Fiji beats Samoa
APIA, Samoa (AP) — Tonga qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Fiji beat Samoa 38-16 in the final match of the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday.
Samoa needed at least a bonus point to take the second qualifying spot, but Fiji scored five tries one to retain the Pacific Nations Cup title and finish the two-year Oceania qualifying series unbeaten.
Tonga completed the Rugby World Cup's hardest-looking pool, beside England, France, Argentina, and the United States.
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — Fiji claimed a place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup when it rallied to beat Tonga 14-10 on Saturday, securing the Pacific Nations Cup for the second straight year.
Tonga led 10-3 early in the second half but Fiji hit back with a try to lock Leone Nakarawa and two late penalties to flyhalf Ben Volavola to seal its win in a tight match at Teufaiva Stadium.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji claimed a place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup Saturday when it rallied to beat Tonga 14-10, securing the Pacific Nations Cup title for the second straight year.
Tonga led 10-3 early in the second half but Fiji hit back with a try to lock Leone Nakarawa and two late penalties to flyhalf Ben Volavola to seal its win in a tight match at the Teufaiva Stadium in the Tongan capital Apia.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Australian John McKee will coach Fiji at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan after the Fiji Rugby Union announced on Friday his contract as national coach had been extended by two years.
Union chairman Francis Kean said McKee's reappointment would build continuity and confidence ahead of the world tournament in Japan.
ZURICH (AP) — Confederations Cup host Russia dropped two places to No. 63 team in the new FIFA rankings on Thursday.
Russia will open the eight-nation event against No. 95 New Zealand, the Oceania champion, on June 17 in St. Petersburg.
As the automatically qualified World Cup host, Russia's ranking has fallen while playing only lower-ranked friendlies in recent months. Russia last won a competitive game in October 2015.
John Broich, Case Western Reserve University
(THE CONVERSATION) A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on Amazon.com.
The hearts of a thousand English teachers must be warmed as people flock to a novel published in 1949 for ways to think about their present moment.
Harvard museum marking 150 years with new exhibit
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard University museum is marking its 150th anniversary with a new exhibit showcasing its role developing the study of anthropology.
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology on Saturday is opening "All the World is Here," a renovated exhibition gallery featuring more than 600 objects from Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Many of the items are being displayed for the first time.
North American bid for 2026 World Cup backed by Oceania
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The United States, Canada and Mexico bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup is supported by the 11-nation Oceania soccer confederation.
Oceania says it also agrees the bid should have "an exclusive period of negotiation" with FIFA for the next year.
The 211 FIFA member federations can decide on May 11 to give the North American neighbors a March 2018 deadline without rivals to show their bid is technically sound.
NADI, Fiji (AP) — Baklai Temengil of Palau has become the first woman to be elected as vice president of the Oceania National Olympic Committees.
Temengil was elected after two rounds of voting at the ONOC general assembly over the weekend, beating Mike Stanley of New Zealand and Antoine Boudier of Vanuatu to replace Barry Maister as vice president of the 18-member regional organization.
Robin Mitchell was confirmed as ONOC president for a third four-year term.
New Zealand beats Fiji 2-0 in World Cup qualifier
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand advanced to the final stage of World Cup qualifying in the Oceania region by beating Fiji 2-0 Tuesday.
Ryan Thomas scored both goals in the Group A match, the first in the 27th minute and the other in the 68th.
New Zealand will face either Tahiti, Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands in the final qualifying round in September. The winner will then meet the fifth-place team from South America for a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
New Zealand beats Fiji 2-0 in World Cup qualifier
LAUTOKA, Fiji (AP) — New Zealand beat Fiji 2-0 on Lautoka Saturday to take a substantial early advantage in the home and away matches which make up the third stage of FIFA World Cup qualifying in the Oceania region.
Leeds United striker Chris Wood scored from the penalty spot in the 48th minute and Marco Rojas sealed the win with a goal seven minutes later as New Zealand dominated both territory and possession.
In George Orwell’s 1984, the totalitarian society, Oceania, strives for population control and brainwashing. Crucial for this are “doublethink” and “newspeak,” where the “Ministry of Love” deals with torture, “Ministry of Truth” with lies, and the “Ministry of Peace” with war. The last one prevails today, where no country in the world has a “Department of Aggression.”
Canadian officials meet detained Canadian in North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Canadian officials visited North Korea and met with Canadian detainee Hyeon Soo Lim, who was sentenced to life in prison last year over what Pyongyang described as anti-state activities, the North's state media said Thursday.
Norwegian and Royal Caribbean get approval for Cuba cruises
Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruises on Wednesday announced that they have received permission from the Cuban government to sail from the U.S. to Cuba.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings plans sailings on ships from two of its brands, Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania. Both ships will include port calls in Havana as part of longer Caribbean itineraries. The Marina will sail from Miami on March 7 and Norwegian Sky will begin overnighting in Havana in spring 2017.
Real Madrid favorite to add Club World Cup title to honors
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Winning the Club World Cup could launch Real Madrid to a unique quadruple title haul.
Madrid has a shot at becoming the first team to win the Champions League, Spanish league, Spain's Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup in the same season. It leads the Spanish league, is through to the knockout stage of the Champions League, and is alive in the Copa del Rey.
Fiji men, Australia women win Oceania Sevens
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Olympic men's champions Fiji and women's gold medalist Australia took out the Oceania Rugby Sevens titles in Fiji on Saturday.
The Fiji men, who claimed the first Olympic gold medal for a Pacific Island nation at the Rio de Janiero Games in September, beat Samoa 28-19 in the men's final, finishing unbeaten at the tournament.
Coe backs Brisbane bid for 2028 Olympics
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe has described a potential Brisbane bid to host the 2028 Olympics as "a very attractive proposition."
Visiting the Gold Coast to outline reform proposals for athletics' governing body with Oceania officials, Coe said Australia had the "bandwidth of experience" to deliver major events, including the Olympics and the track and field world championships.
List of 17 new cardinals named by Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named 17 new cardinals Sunday representing Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe and Oceania. Thirteen of them are under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in any conclave to elect his successor. Here they are, in the order in which Francis announced them from the steps of St. Peter's Basilica.
—Monsignor Mario Zenari, Vatican ambassador to Syria.
—Monsignor Dieudonné Nzapalainga, archbishop of Bangui, Central African Republic.
Reid returns to lead New Zealand for US, Mexico games
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — West Ham defender Winston Reid will return to lead New Zealand in away football friendlies against Mexico and the United States next month.
Reid missed New Zealand's matches in the Oceania Nations Cup in June but was selected as captain of a 23-man squad announced by coach Anthony Hudson on Thursday. Leeds striker Chris Wood and Netherlands-based midfielder Ryan Thomas also rejoin the squad.
Asia Olympic leaders back idea to include Oceania athletes
DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — The Olympic Council of Asia has backed a proposal to allow athletes from Oceania to compete at the Asian Winter Games in Japan next year.
OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said the executive board approved the idea and was waiting for acceptance from organizers in Sapporo, where the games will be staged in February.