Tiger Woods tees off on the 17th hole during the final round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club.

Woods, Djokovic, Vonn win Laureus World Sports Awards

Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn and the France national soccer team were among the winners at the Laureus World Sports Awards, with Woods claiming the Comeback Award 19 years after he was first recognized.

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A woman walks past a cutout of a runner originally installed as a promotional tool for 2018 Asian Games at a bus stop near the main stadium in Jakarta.

Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official

Indonesia has officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics following its success staging the Asian Games last year, the deputy chairman of its national Olympic committee said Tuesday, highlighting the rising ambitions of the giant but perennially underperforming Southeast Asian nation.

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South Africa's runner Caster Semenya, current 800-meter Olympic gold medalist and world champion.

Sports' future in balance as Semenya-IAAF showdown opens

The longtime standoff between Olympic champion Caster Semenya and track and field's governing body over issues of gender, hormones and performance in sports reached a pivotal phase on Monday as a key tribunal began hosting a planned five-day hearing in a case that could have massive repercussions throughout sports.

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Etevise Siaosi Vaifale.

Touch player’s mission to help youth

National touch representative Etevise Siaosi Vaifale is hoping to use her selection to the squad for the Touch World Cup in Malaysia in April/May to benefit the youth of Samoa.

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Some members of the CrossFit Fatu Toa Gym at Vaitele after their workout of the day (WOD) last Saturday.

Local box gear up for CrossFit Games Open

GETTING READY FOR THE OPEN: Some members of the CrossFit Fatu Toa Gym at Vaitele after their workout of the day (WOD) last Saturday.

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Some of the highlights from yesterday’s matches. Photo: Aufa'u Areta Areta

Lefaga through to quarterfinals after entertaining Marist Sevens Day One

Lefaga are through to the quarterfinals of the Marist International Sevens Tournament on points difference, with their 26-10 win over SCOPA enough to see them advance as the top team in Pool 8. They stole the show through the first round of play, with a 26-10 upset win over SCOPA and their three Fijian imports; Pio Tuwai, Nacanieli Batina and Joeli Lutumailagi.

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Vaiala and Manu Samoa 7s playmaker Alatasi Tupou is helped from the field by Red Cross volunteers during their 17-5 win over Moata’a.

Tupou injury cloud casts shadow over Vaiala-Moata’a classic

Vaiala and Moata’a played out the latest clash in their storied rivalry at the Marist International Sevens Tournament yesterday, with Vaiala taking the honours 17-5 to finish top of Pool 3 and book a quarterfinal clash with Tama Uli Salelologa.

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AVA CEREMONY: Members of the diplomatic community join Tournament officials, Samoa Rugby Union executives and players to start official programme.

Ava ceremony marks Vailima Marist International Sevens

A traditional Samoan ava ceremony was held in Apia yesterday to signal the start of the Vailima Marist International Sevens official programme.

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Christchurch Women’s Rugby Sevens players with Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club president Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio at the ACP Marist Stadium in Lotopa.

Christchurch excited for Marist Sevens platform

The Christchurch Women’s Rugby Club is ready to tackle a tough pool at their first ever Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament this week.

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Sui Pauaraisa (front right) and the Christchurch Women’s Rugby team attended mass at Mulivai Cathedral.

Pauaraisa: “Unreal” to bring Christchurch team to Samoa

Manusina captain and Kiwi Fern Sui Pauaraisa still can’t believe she has brought her Christchurch Women’s Rugby team to Samoa for the Vailima Marist International Sevens this week.

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Samoa Badminton Federation, Samoan Junior Badminton players from left: Charles Iamanu, Jasmine Reti,(Juniors Captain) Chris Peti, Fofoga Reti and Aukuso Seu, all from Savaia, Lefaga.

Oceania Badminton Championships begin

Samoa’s first matches at the 2019 Victor Oceania Badminton Championships in Melbourne, Australia get under way today.

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IN ACTION: Teams competing at the second round of the Vailima Fantastic 4 rugby league 9s competition.

Fantasic 4 rugby league continues

The second round of the Vailima Fantastic 4 rugby league 9s competition was held at the LDS College field in Pesega yesterday.

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Tournament director Fata Brian Kaio and the President of the Marist Sports Club, Faimalo Mathew Lemisio.

Marist Sevens draw creates dramatic Day One matchups

Yesterday’s draw for the Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament has thrown up some intriguing clashes for the pool stage on Day One this Friday.

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A FIRST FOR SAMOA: A look at some plays during the first ever women’s open rugby league trials in Samoa at the Vailima Fantastic 4 series.

Women’s rugby league trials a first in Samoa

The first ever women’s open rugby league trials in Samoa were held yesterday as part of the Vailima Fantastic 4 series.

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(L-R) Samoa Breweries Limited national sales manager Aumua George Avia, Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club president Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio and Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament director Fata Brian Kaio.

Vailima naming sponsor for Marist Sevens

Vailima was announced as the naming sponsor for the Marist International Sevens tournament yesterday, after an agreement was reached between Samoa Breweries Limited and the Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club.

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Siblings Prince and Lote Lima.

Lima siblings headed to Touch World Cup together

Siblings Lote and Prince Lima said it means a lot to them to both be going to Malaysia in April to represent Samoa at the Touch World Cup.

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Ace Hardware - Rainbow Touch Champions.

ACE Hardware undefeated at touch a rainbow one-dayer

The Samoa Touch Rugby Inc. hosted the Touch a Rainbow Social Grade Touch Tournament on Saturday 2nd February at the St Joseph’s College fields at Alafua. The social grade tournament was a great success with 10 teams vying for the title.

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Chandé Lutu-Drabble of American Samoa enjoyed her first Super Bowl away from home at the Travellers Point watch party.

Super Bowl watch party draws locals and expats alike

For the first time ever, lifelong American football fan Chandé Lutu-Drabble of American Samoa watched the Super Bowl in a foreign country.

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Rejoice Malaitai.

National touch player perseveres through struggles

Rejoice Malaitai (26) of Tanumapua was shocked to be named in the Samoan open women’s team for the Touch World Cup in Malaysia in April and May.

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Tupapa’s Jared Colligan wins a header.

Kiwi FC still alive in Oceania Champions League

Samoan outfit Kiwi FC and their Pacific cousins Pago Youth both needed victory to stay in the hunt for one of the two remaining qualifying spots up for grabs as they lined up to face each other in the opening encounter on Match Day 2 of the tournament.

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Rugby

Daniel Leo presented gear donated from professional players and clubs in Europe to two teams from Savaii playing in the tournament; Taga Blowholes and Gataivai.

P.R.P.W. in the islands to donate gear, film documentary

Pacific Rugby Player’s Welfare (PRPW) chief executive officer and former Manu Samoa Lock Daniel Leo attended the Marist International Sevens Tournament while he was in Samoa filming for a documentary on rugby in the Pacific.

Boxing

TRAINING NON-STOP: Boxers Marion Ah Tong, Mac Tuna,  Tupuola Seua’i Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali and Jancen Papalii at the weekends trials before the squad depart for China on Saturday.

Boxer off to China to prepare for gold

Leading young boxer Tupuola Seua’i Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali leaves for China on Saturday to begin four months of intensive training ahead of the Pacific Games in July.

NFL

New England Patriots' David Andrews (60) picks up Tom Brady (12) after the Patriots scored a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever

Super it wasn't — until the drive that won New England its record-tying sixth Super Bowl.

Football

Kiwi FC leave the field after their 9-1 win over Lotoha’apai United in the Cook Islands.

Kiwi FC back into training having advanced in Champions League

Kiwi FC had their first session back at training yesterday having returned from a successful trip to the Cook Islands for the OFC Champions League qualifying tournament.

Basketball

Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, in Phoenix.

US basketball player says Milan police racially profiled him

American basketball player Mike James says he was racially profiled by Milan police who pointed guns at him and two friends after being stopped on the street — a claim that police deny.

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