Ten’s trials at Apia Park.

Battle for spots in Brisbane 10s

The battle for spots in the national 10s team was an intense one at the Apia Park. Over 40 players vied for a spot in the training squad.

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Cao Lei, of China, holds up her gold medal in the women's 75 kg. of the weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

3 Chinese weightlifters lose 2008 Olympic titles for doping

Three Chinese women weightlifters have been stripped of Olympic titles for doping at their home 2008 Beijing Games.

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The boys are in good hands as they are coached by one of Samoa’s finest, Desmond Fa’aiuaso.

U17 Football Team Named

Football Federation Samoa has named the final squad for Samoa’s U17 Football team.

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View of Deodoro Olympic Park canoe slalom circuit, center, and BMX circuit, right, during a flight on an army helicopter in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

Another Rio Olympic venue struggling to find a use

Almost five months after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics ended, another venue is struggling to find a use.

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England is on a 14-match winning run heading into its defense of the Six Nations title.

Marler injury adds to England's woes ahead of Six Nations

England's pack has been hit with another injury setback ahead of the Six Nations after prop Joe Marler was ruled out for at least a month with a broken left leg.

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Afa Aiono is one of the squad members of the Manu Samoa sevens.

Tietjens happy with team’s progress

Manu Samoa Sevens coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, is happy with his team’s progress so far despite the Samoan Barbarians losing Waikato, 26-14, in the Bay of Plenty Sevens last weekend.

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Avoiding what would have almost certainly been a widely boycotted world championships, international officials pulled this season's biggest bobsled and skeleton competition out of Russia on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Suspensions lifted for 4 Russians in skeleton

Four Russians have been allowed to resume competing in skeleton even though they are under investigation for alleged doping rule breaches at the 2014 Winter Olympics, the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said Sunday.

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The Savai’i boys excited to be out on the pitch.

U20 campaign kicks off in Savai’i

The inaugural Samoa U20s campaign kicked off yesterday with the first trials held in Iva, Savaii. 

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MANU SAMOA SEVENS: Some members of the Manu Samoa Sevens in New Zealand.

Manu Sevens get into gear in N.Z.

The Manu Samoa Sevens is warming for the Wellington Sevens by taking part in some tournaments in New Zealand.

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Romania Pose with her coach, Lee Edwards.

NetBall Samoa’s “Breakout Star of the Year”

Ms. Pose is one of the few locally based players who will be representing Samoa in the upcoming tournament.   Prior to her selection, Ms. Pose has made tremendous achievements in netball.  

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United States' Serena Williams waves as she leaves the court following her second round loss to compatriot Madison Brengle at the ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland.

Frustrated Serena Williams loses in 2nd round at Auckland

Serena Williams lost her second-round match at the ASB Classic and the 22-time Grand Slam singles champion, frustrated by swirling winds, didn't leave quietly.

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World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren speaks during a press conference in London.

IAAF guidelines for Russians hoping to compete as neutrals

The IAAF provided new guidelines Tuesday for Russians hoping to compete in a neutral capacity while their country remains banned from track and field competitions.

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Malu Falaniko

Players to look out for in 2017

Samoa unearthed great rugby talent in 2016. Almost  every international match, Samoa blood new players always looking for new talent to unleash.

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Sir Gordon Tietjens happy to be in blue.

Welcome Aboard Sir Gordon Tietjens!

Sir Gordon Tietjens will officially hold the reigns as the Manu Samoa Sevens Coach starting today.

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Toa Samoa historic test match in Samoa.

Looking back at the Sporting year

2016 has been a rollercoaster ride for sports in Samoa.  With Samoa stepping up in the international Sporting Arena, Samoan athletes have accomplished quite a lot in 2016 alone.

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Rousey is scheduled to fight Amanda Nunes in a mixed martial arts women's bantamweight championship bout Saturday in Las Vegas.

Ronda Rousey returns to reclaim her title belt at UFC 207

Ronda Rousey climbed on the scale and glared into the distance while the crowd roared. Moments later, she directed that withering gaze at UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, who stared right back

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Williams announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, posting a poem on Reddit that she accepted the proposal of the social news website's co-founder.

Serena wins at love again; says 'yes' to engagement in poem

Court and spark: Serena Williams is tying the knot.

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Paris Saint Germain's head coach Unai Emery, right, shakes hands with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, after he received the Special Award trophy.

Infantino: 'Necessary actions & sanctions' on Russian doping

Russia will face any "necessary actions and sanctions" after investigators alleged that soccer players had suspicious drug-test samples covered up as part of a wider doping scandal in the 2018 World Cup host nation, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday.

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Merry Christmas from CrossFit FatuToa

ONE LAST WOD: Members of the CrossFit FatuToa gym did a special Workout of the Day (WOD) yesterday to welcome Christmas 2016.

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CUP CHAMPIONS: Tama Ole Vainuu

Tama Ole Vainuu are Champions of Christmas

The Samoa Touch Rugby Association has completed its programmes for 2016, with Tama ole Vainuu wining its Annual Christmas competition. 

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Rugby

France vs New Zealand All Blacks New Zealand All Blacks Julian Savea and TJ Perenara after the match.

France to play All Blacks, South Africa and Japan

France will host Japan for the first time in 44 years for the final test match of its autumn campaign in November.

Boxing

88kg Welter, Hala Hala & Mac Tuna.

Fight for Marist trials for team Samoa

Trials to finalize boxers for Team Samoa for the Fight for Marist on 10 – 11 February as part of the Marist International Sports Week wrapped up last night at the ACP Marist St. Joseph Stadium at Lotopa.

NFL

Greg Inglis of the Australian Kangaroos gives a speech after winning man of the match during the Rugby League Perth Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the NZ Kiwis from NIB Stadium.

Kangaroos beat New Zealand 26-6 in one-off league test

Australia beat New Zealand 26-6 in a rugby league international on Saturday, boosting the Kangaroos' preparation for the impending Four Nations.

Football

Chelsea's Oscar sits on the pitch during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Chelsea at the Vicarage Road stadium in London.

Chinese Super League curbs spending on foreign stars

The Chinese Super League has shocked the soccer world by spending huge sums to attract star foreign players but new rules introduced for the start of the 2017 season will have a significant impact on the game in China, Asia and perhaps around the world.

Basketball

Kelsall hails from the villages of Fagalii, Letogo, and Vailele

Samoan basketball star ready for Oceania

Samoa enters this year’s F.I.B.A. U18 Oceania Championships aiming to improve on a promising performance in the 2014 tournament, and a lot of their fortunes will be placed on the shoulders of Linda Kelsall 

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