WELCOME HOME CHAMP: Seiuli Fiao’o Faamausili (left) with a team mate in Samoa.

World champion in Samoa

Retired but she’s still at it. Seiuli Fiao’o Faamausili returns to Samoa – her homeland - showcasing what she’s good at in the 7s code in front of the many spectators at the A.C.P Marist Stadium, Lotopa.

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A legend in humility

Vala Uale Ma’i is a humble champion. You have to be when you are chosen as the Guest of Honour for anything in life and yet you end up picking up the rubbish, cutting the grass and cleaning the grounds.

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ALWAYS HAPPY TO HELP: Members of the Marist Sydney Association, with students, teachers of St. Joseph's College and the computers gifted. Photos: Misiona Simo.

Marist Sydney gives back

The Marist Sydney Association wants to make a difference. For the second tine in as many years, Marist Sydney has stepped up to help Saint Joseph’s College in Alafua.

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Pita Taufatofua, of Tonga, smiles after finishing the men's 15km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

'Shirtless' Tongan skier, others 'live to fight another day'

The "shirtless" Tongan, all covered up to keep warm this time, had only one thought as he maneuvered around the final downhill turn and headed toward the finish line.

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Tonga's Pita Taufatofua.

Topless Tongan set to ski but not dressed for success

Tongan cross-country skier Pita Taufatofua joked that he has two immediate goals when he competes in his first Winter Olympic event on Friday: Don't hit a tree and finish before they turn off the lights.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa launches 30th International Marist Sevens

Beach Road in Apia came alive yesterday with colour and vibrancy when hundreds of rugby players and officials – from Samoa and abroad – marched through on their way to the Government building. There was singing, dancing and lots of waving with the Police Brass Band leading the way on a beautiful day.

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AVA WELCOMING: The Marist Sports Club welcome their guests. Today the Sports Week continues with a Parade on Beach Road this morning.

Marist welcomes international teams

Officials from Australia and New Zealand were officially welcomed for the Marist Sports Club International Sevens and Sports Week at Tanoa on Tuesday night.

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CONGRATULATIONS: The S.C.O.P.A. team as Azerbaijan celebrate winning the mix team netball final on Tuesday.

S.C.O.P.A. wins Marist mix netball tournament

A SCOPA team which competed as Azerbaijan is the winner for the Anchor Milk Marist Netball Tournament open mix grade. They defeated China, 15-4, in the final of the competition held on Tuesday night at Gym 3 Tuanaimato.

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Sa’atia Sua and Hazel of Bladerunners hoist the championship trophy of the 2018 Marist Sports Week Touch Rugby open mix competition at Tuanaimato last night.

Bladerunners blitz Marist Family to win touch title

The Bladerunners have done it. They are the 2018 Marist Sports Week Open touch rugby mix champions having completely dominated their opponents, Marist family, in the final last night to win 3-0.

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Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes, right, throws a stone as teammate John Morris sweeps the ice during the mixed doubles final curling match against Switzerland Jenny Perret and Martin Rios at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea.

Canada wins 1st Olympic gold in curling mixed doubles

With a triumphant hug and fist pump, Canada won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in curling mixed doubles, beating Switzerland 10-3 on Tuesday in front of a roaring crowd of jubilant Canadians.

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Chloe Kim, of the United States, reacts to her score during the women's halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Victory lap: Chloe Kim takes her family on a gold-medal ride

Chloe Kim stamped her name on a new era of snowboarding with a run down the halfpipe that, officially, did not mean anything. To her, it meant everything.

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Members of the Nigerian women's bobsled team, from left, Akuoma Omeoga, Seun Adigun and Ngozi Onwumere, pose for a photograph during an interview with The Associated Press at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

'New generation of Nigerians' marks Olympic bobsled debut

Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, Akuoma Omeoga was raised on Nigerian food, language and culture. Next week, the 25-year-old will represent her parents' homeland in the Winter Games, hurtling down the bobsled track with her tresses — dyed green as a tribute to the country — flapping beneath her helmet like a flag.

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Gold medal winner Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, of Norway, is flanked by silver medal winner Federico Pellegrino, of Italy, left, and bronze medal winner Alexander Bolshunov, of the team from Russia.

Favorites Klaebo, Nilsson handle pressure, win Olympic gold

Being the best sometimes just makes the pressure even greater. That was true for both Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo and Stina Nilsson, who came into the Pyeongchang Olympics as the favorites in the cross-country skiing sprints.

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BRISBANE SAMOA NETBALL CLUB: Marist International Netball Tournament Champions for Under 17 division.

Brisbane takes top honours at Marist Netball tournament

The Brisbane Samoa Netball Academy has claimed the Under 17 title at the 2018 Marist Netball Tournament, which ended yesterday. They overcame Pesega L.D.S. College 1 in the final.

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Boxers ready to rumble

The talk is over. Boxers of the third Fight for Marist International Corporate and Amateurs Fights 2018 are ready to rumble. It follows the weigh in yesterday morning at the Samoa Stationery and Books at Togafu’afu’a.

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Pita Taufatofua carries the flag of Tonga during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Tonga's Olympic flag bearer thinking of cyclone-hit homeland

Tongan flag bearer Pita Taufatofua has more on his mind than just trying to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics this week.

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GUEST OF HONOUR: Vala Uale Ma’i flanked by Marist officials, Laulu Henry Taefu and Fata Brian Kaio.

Sevens legend touches down, Marist Sports Week in full flight

Sevens rugby legend, Vala Uale Ma’i, touched down in Samoa yesterday. The former Manu Samoa Sevens and Manu Samoa 15 star is the 30th International Marist Sevens Guest of Honour.

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Patrick Chan of Canada reacts with his teammates after receiving his score in the men's single skating free skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Gold Canada: Team competition a romp for Team Canada

Gold Canada. While the stars of Monday's Olympic free skates were a Russian and an American woman, Canada's deep squad grabbed the team gold medal it so desperately sought.

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South Korean Olympic figure skating champion Yuna Kim, right, takes the tourch from North Korea's Jong Su Hyon, left, and South Korea's Park Jong-ah during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

NBC apologizes to South Koreans for analyst's remark

NBC has apologized to South Koreans for an on-air remark by an analyst that cited Japan as an example that has been important to the country's own transformation.

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Korea's Michael Testwuide skates during the Channel One Cup ice hockey match between Canada and Korea in Moscow, Russia. While the Korean women’s hockey team is a mix of players from South and North Korea, the men’s team features seven players from North

North Americans make Korea men's Olympic hockey team unified

Mike Testwuide is playing at the Olympics for a country he couldn't find on a map. As a kid in Vail, Colorado, Testwuide dreamed of playing college hockey and reaching the NHL.

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Rugby

Sevens Coach Tietjens commends Marist Sevens

The Manu Samoa 7s Head Coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, is grateful for the Vailima Pure Marist International Sevens tournament. Sir Tietjens said this was his second time participating in the tournament and he believes the tournament is becoming more competitive with many players displaying exceptional rugby skills.

Boxing

Ato Leau Plodzicki Faoagali is heading to the Commonwealth Games.

Boxing names team for Commonwealth Games

The Samoa Amateur Boxing Association has named Team Samoa for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia. The Fight for Marist last week was one of the final trials.

NFL

A Philadelphia Eagles fan chants while waiting for the team to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport a day after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

Mayor hopes 'knucklehead contingent' avoids Eagles parade

An estimated 2 million people celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles' long-awaited first Super Bowl win will descend on the city Thursday as the Vince Lombardi trophy is paraded through five miles of jubilant fans.

Football

Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz congratulates Nick Foles (9) during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia.

Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7

With one quarter remaining, Eagles players on the field and sideline already were dancing.

Basketball

Former NBA basketball player Rasual Butler and his wife Leah LaBelle, whose given name is Leah LaBelle Vladowski, arrive at the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York.

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash

Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.

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