Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina sit in the stands prior to the Champions League, group H soccer match between Juventus and Young Boys, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape accusations on social media

Cristiano Ronaldo denied the accusations of rape against him, saying Wednesday that he had a "clear conscience" as he awaits the conclusions of an investigation.

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Juventus' Mario Mandzukic, left, celebrates with teammates Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Juventus at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

Mandzukic stepping up in the absence of goals from Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo might be finding it harder than expected to score in Serie A, but Mario Mandzukic has stepped up his game. The towering Croatia international weighed in with another two goals on Saturday to help Juventus to a 3-1 victory over Napoli as the Bianconeri maintained their perfect start to the season.

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Manuali’I (West Zone) team waiting for the opening parade to begin.

Samoa Football Cup is back

After a seven year hiatus, the Samoa National Football Cup is back, with five teams across 30 clubs competing for the top prize. The five teams are from five geographical zones, four in Upolu and one from Savaii. 

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Malae Sofe far right officiating in the 2017 OFC Womens U16 Champs Photo FFS Media.

New appointment for Samoan Referee

Malae Sofe has been appointed to officiate as an assistant referee in the OFC U-16 Men’s Championship taking place in the Solomon Islands, this week. Sofe is one of only two Assistant Referees from Samoa to officiate in Oceania competitions.

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Sunset friendlies for Samoan National Women’s team

Samoa goes up against neighbours

Samoa women’s football draft team continued their preparation for the qualifying games last night with a friendly match against American Samoa.

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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, center, attends a training session at the Lillekula Stadium, a day ahead of UEFA Super Cup final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo/AP

Post-Ronaldo Real Madrid gets 1st test in UEFA Super Cup

The shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo is still hanging over Real Madrid as the team prepares to face fierce rival Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday.

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Bolt has negotiated an “indefinite training period” with Central Coast Mariners in Australia’s A-League as he pursues his bid to become a professional soccer player, according to a statement released Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018.

Bolt agrees to practice deal with Australian soccer club

Usain Bolt is quickly closing in on a professional soccer career. The Jamaican great has negotiated an "indefinite training period" with Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League.

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Mens Premier defending champs Lupe ole Soaga (white) open first match of the league against Vaipuna Photo FFS Media

National Football league kicks off

The annual national football league for Upolu clubs kicked off on Friday night at the F.F.S. fields at Tuana’imato. Twenty clubs have registered to compete in this year’s tournament. 

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Samoa demolishes Tonga, 9-0

Samoa coach Martin Tamasese said the final victory will hopefully buoy the team as they now prepare to make the step up to meet their Group B opponents in Solomon Islands; New Caledonia, Tahiti and Fiji.

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Samoa’s Jarvis Filimalae.

Jarvis Filimalae a poster child for Samoan football

When Football Federation Samoa were looking for a poster child for their football programmes they found a perfect example in Jarvis Filimalae.

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Live stream: Samoa U-16 Boy's football take on Tonga

After winning its first two games in the Preliminary Championship convincingly. Samoa will play its final match against host Tonga today.

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WELL DONE: The Samoa's U-16 Boys football team won their first match against Cook Islands 3-0 points.

Samoa overcomes Cook Islands

Samoa’s U-16 Boy’s football team competing at the Oceania Football Confederation U16 Preliminary Championship qualifiers in Tonga began its campaign on a positive note winning its first match against the Cook Islands 3 - 0.

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Live stream: Samoa U-16 Boy's football take on American Samoa

Watch:Oceania U-16 Football Confederation qualifiers.

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The Arc de Triomphe is illuminated with the colors of the French national flag and by fireworks set off by French soccer fans celebrating France's World Cup victory over Croatia, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. The inscr

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.

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France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris lifts the trophy after France won 4-2 during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2

Sliding across the rain-soaked turf holding the World Cup trophy tight, teenager Kylian Mbappe and the rest of France's players acted like the youthful bunch they are. Nothing, not a Pussy Riot protest nor a postgame downpour that soaked Russian President Vladimir Putin, was going to stop the party.

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Belgium's Eden Hazard, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the third place match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium.

Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

For Belgium and England, the third-place match at the World Cup was more like a dress rehearsal for future finals.

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Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, center, sits between ministers wearing Croatian national soccer team jerseys during during a government session in Zagreb, Croatia.

Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia's World Cup success

In the Balkans, soccer is so political that it has created bitter divisions about Croatia's surprising success at the World Cup.

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Croatia's Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Croatia reaches World Cup for 1st time, beats England 2-1

When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their jumping and cheering fans in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys.

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with the trophy after winning the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev.

Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus in a move expected to benefit the Portugal forward's tax return.

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France's Samuel Umtiti celebrates after scoring his sides 1st goal of the game during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in, St. Petersburg, Russia.

France advances to World Cup final, beats Belgium 1-0

France is back in the World Cup final for the first time since Zinedine Zidane's headbutt in 2006.

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Rugby

Leon Macdonald and Tana Umaga.

Tana Umaga replaced as head coach of Auckland-based Blues

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has been demoted from his role as head coach of Super Rugby's Auckland-based Blues.

Boxing

Tony Bellew, left, reacts to a blow from Oleksandr Usyk during their cruiserweight boxing bout Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Manchester, England. Usyk successfully defended his four belts and likely sent Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fi

Usyk KOs Bellew in 8th round, retains cruiserweight titles

Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his four belts and sent Tony Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round in Manchester on Saturday.

NFL

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata, of Australia, heads off the field after an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Philadelphia. Mailata has made the cut for the Super Bowl

Too big for rugby, Eagles tackle Mailata is ready for NFL

He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Basketball

Teams playing at the Apia Park Gym within the Teuila Festival (Photo Anina Kazaz).

Basketball tournament kicks off

The Samoa Basketball Federation started its four-day tournament at Apia Park gym earlier this week. The various categories competing in the tournament include open women and men, Under 17 and 14 boys, girls’ teams from Upolu, Savaii and an open men’s team from American Samoa. 

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