Samoa wins World Rugby title

The Samoa A rugby team has created history by winning the World Rugby America’s Pacific Challenge, defeating host nation Uruguay 38-26 in a tough final. Uruguay dominated possession behind their powerful scum to lead 12-10 at halftime, but Samoa’s attacking prowess came through with five tries.

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Kiwis beat Kangaroos 26-24 in rugby league upset

New Zealand rallied then held out a late Kangaroos comeback to beat Australia 26-24 in a rugby league upset on Saturday. Joseph Manu and Brandon Smith scored tries on debut, and Esan Masters, who scored on debut in New Zealand's previous test against England, also touched down during a second half in which the Kiwis outscored the Kangaroos 18-12 after trailing 12-8 at halftime.

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A NEW EXPERIENCE: Players from Oriana Development Academy presenting Rolleston INSPIRE players with gifts before the match started.

New Zealand netball team visits Samoa

New Zealand netball team Rolleston INSPIRE locked horns with Samoa’s Oriana Development Academy at the National University of Samoa gym on Saturday. But the friendly game between the two sides was all in the name of developing further the sport of netball. 

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Serena Williams speaks at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Serena Williams talks motherhood, insecurities at conference

Serena Williams has opened up about parenting, motherhood and her own insecurities during a women's conference in Philadelphia. The tennis star was one of a number of speakers Friday at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.

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Vaiula team from Falevao took the Upolu Island Cup for international cricket held at Tuanaimato yesterday.

Vaiula takes Upolu Cup

Vaiula team from Falevao took the Upolu Island Cup for international cricket held at Tuanaimato yesterday. Six teams participated in the three-day tournament which started on Tuesday. The teams are Vaiula – Falevao, Faleasiu, two teams from Tiavea Village called Tiavea and Oneone o Aleipata, Tauafiafi o Aana and Lalomauga.

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DOING WELL: Some of the Samoan netballers on scholarship to train in New Zealand.

Samoans on scholarship thriving

Five Samoan netballers, who won scholarships to train in New Zealand, are improving their skills and team connections on and off the court.

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TEAM SAMOA: The Samoan swimmers training for the 2019 Samoa Pacific Games.

Swimming pool closure hits Team Samoa hard

“Pool swimming is a highly technical sport- focus on biomechanics to decrease resistance and drag is constantly being addressed whereas the sea is of a capricious nature in which unreliability and inconsistency is ever-present” – Suzie Schuster 

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Former Mr. Samoa, Karl Tui Adam.

Former Mr. Samoa, Karl Tui Adam, returns for Mr Samoa 2018

As a tradition, one of the main highlights for any Bodybuilding Event has always been the “Guest Poser”. The “Guest Poser” is always a prominent figure in the Sport who is either competing/current International Champ or former Champ with medals under their belt.

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SIGNED UP AND READY: Some of the registered volunteers during an Information session at the National University of Samoa. Photo / Provided.

Quest for Pacific Games netball volunteers

As Samoa counts down to the Pacific Games next year, Netball Samoa is on the move. As well as preparing the teams to aim for gold, they are also looking for volunteers to help stage the competition. You could be one of them.

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GOING FOR GOLD: Vaisilika Tolua Tuigamala.

Vaisilika aims for gold at Youth Olympics

Vaisilika Tolua Tuigamala is one of three boxers representing Samoa at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina this month. Speaking to the Samoa Observer prior to their departure, the 18-year-old said he is aiming for a gold medal at the international sporting event. 

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Greg Inglis of the Australian Kangaroos.

Inglis to captain Kangaroos against New Zealand, Tonga

Greg Inglis will lead Australia in its rugby league tests against New Zealand and Tonga this month, taking over as captain from the retiring Cameron Smith.

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The Roosters lift the Provan-Summons Trophy. Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm, NRL Grand Final, Rugby league, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 30 September 2018. Copyright Photo: David Neilson / www.photosport.nz

Sydney Roosters win NRL grand final 21-6 over Melbourne

Inspired by the injured Cooper Cronk, the Sydney Roosters led 18-0 at halftime and went on to beat the Melbourne Storm 21-6 in the National Rugby League grand final on Sunday.

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2018 Samoa Cup a great success

Despite the 5 year’s gab, the 2018 Samoa Football Cup competition has been one of the most successful tournaments in the FFS competition calendar. The tournament kicked off last Saturday and concluded this evening with the final round of matches and the prize giving. 

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Tony Finau of the US tees off on the 9th hole during a practice round for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 201

Tony Finau takes a most improbable journey to Ryder Cup

Tony Finau never forgot that first set of free clubs. For a family that scrimped on every dime so he'd have a chance to play golf, it really was a big deal. Never mind that it wasn't even a complete set.

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Children at the Faleata Golf Course learning how to play golf from P.G.A. Professional, Scott Puailoa.

Giving golf a go with a P.G.A. Pro

Only a handful of the children that showed up at the Faleata Golf Course to learn golf from P.G.A. professional Scott Puailoa. The rest went to try something new and to learn a skill from the best. Scott Puailoa is a Samoan American who is visiting the country to deliver three days of golf clinics to children, as well as train the trainers for an evening.

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Tamaleta Taimang Jensen

"Samoan coaches have World Cup experience"

The Samoa Rugby Union should not be bullied by the World Rugby. That is the view of Tamaleta Taimang Jensen, a former Manu Samoa player, who at one time was the S.R.U. manager (oversight reforms) who oversaw institutional and financial reform within the governing body. 

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NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD: Lesila Fiapule of Vaoala with the Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.

Weightlifter Lesila Fiapule to represent Samoa

Lesila Fiapule will represent Samoa in weightlifting in the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina next month. This was confirmed by the president and coach of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork yesterday.

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GIVING BACK TO SAMOAN KIDS: Scott Puailoa coaching Xavier Rasmussen.

Samoan P.G.A. Pro returns to impart skills

On first impressions, it is obvious Scott Puailoa has a big heart. When we meet only hours after he lands in Samoa from Santa Barbara, he shakes my hand firmly and gets straight into chatting about golf. Scott Puailoa was born and raised in the United States, and believes he must be the only Samoan to play division one football and golf at the same time.

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The successful smiles of the competitors after prize giving with their medals and trophy picture here with the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio. Photos / EMD.

Leififi College overall weightlifting champs

Leififi College has won the overall M.E.S.C. Inter Schools Weightlifting Competition. Seven colleges participated in this year’s competition including the Papauta Girls College and Faleata College.

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Action from the Samoa Cup at Tuanaimato on Saturday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Samoa Cup resume after five years

After a five year absence the Football Federation Samoa (F.F.S.) is reintroducing the Samoa Cup. The Cup competition pits the best and brightest Samoa has to offer in the week long football competition.

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Rugby

New Zealand All Blacks captain Kieran Read is interviewed following a press conference at the Prebbleton Rugby Club on the outskirts of Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. The All Blacks have taken the unprecedented step of naming a player b

New Zealand All Blacks select 51 for season-ending tour

The All Blacks have taken the unprecedented step of selecting a player based in Japan among an enlarged squad of 51 for autumn test matches against Australia, Japan, England, Ireland and Italy.

Boxing

Tyson Fury, left, and Deontay Wilder face off, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, during a news conference in New York.

Heavyweights Wilder, Fury scuffle at promotional appearance

Heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have wrapped up their three-city publicity tour for their upcoming bout by nearly coming to blows again.

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.

Football

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.

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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