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.

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Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring against Sevilla during a Spain's King's Cup soccer match between Real Madrid and Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, in Seville, Spain on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

Real Madrid sets Spanish record of 40 unbeaten games

With a remarkable injury time goal, Real Madrid salvaged a 3-3 draw against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey to set a Spanish record of 40 consecutive games unbeaten on Thursday.

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with the trophy at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for 4th time

Cristiano Ronaldo has won FIFA's best player award for the fourth time, after Portugal and Real Madrid won both major European titles in 2016.

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi shots the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.

Lionel Messi saves Barcelona from 2nd straight loss

Lionel Messi saved Barcelona from its second straight defeat by scoring with a 90th-minute free kick in a 1-1 draw at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Sunday.

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Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena walks on the field before an MLS soccer western conference playoff match against the Seattle Sounders in Seattle.

Arena brings much of his LA Galaxy staff to national team

He was American Samoa's coach in 2011 when it beat Tonga in a World Cup qualifier for its first international win after 30 consecutive losses over 17 years.

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Middlesbrough's Marten de Roon, left, challenges Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan center during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016.

'It is Usain Bolt' _ Olympic champ calls into Man United TV

Manchester United's in-house television channel received a shock when Usain Bolt called up to discuss Saturday's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough in the English Premier League.

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Soccer star Carlos Tevez and his wife Vanesa Mansilla exit the church after getting married in in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016.

Argentine soccer star Carlos Tevez signs $40M deal in China

Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has signed to play for Shanghai Shenhua, becoming the latest in a procession of star players to join the Chinese Super League.

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Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan playing with a soccer ball during a photo opportunity as he wears a shirt signed by Messi, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

'It's a dream': Afghan boy finally meets idol Lionel Messi

It was an image that touched the hearts of millions: A 5-year-old Afghan boy wearing an improvised Lionel Messi jersey made from a plastic bag.

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo warms up during a training session in Yokohama near Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

Ballon d'Or: Ronaldo voted best in the world for 4th time

After giving a European Championship title to Portugal and another Champions League trophy to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo ends the year with something just for himself — his fourth world player of the year award.

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FC Barcelona's Neymar, right, juggles with the ball against Malaga's Roberto Rosales during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Malaga at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.

Messi, Neymar, Robson-Kanu go for FIFA award

Lionel Messi, Neymar and a Johan Cruyff-style turn from Hal Robson-Kanu are among 10 candidates to win the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year.

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, makes a scissor kick during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves, at Mendizorroza stadium, in Vitoria, northern Spain, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrie

Ronaldo 2 goals shy of 100 in European competitions

 Unless Cristiano Ronaldo suddenly decides to add mercy to his list of virtues, the Real Madrid forward will have a good shot at scoring his 100th goal in European competition on Wednesday.

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Marseille's Brazilian defender Matheus Doria Macedo, left , and Marseille's midfielder Remy Cabella, react at the end of the League One soccer match between Marseille and Bordeaux, at the Velodrome stadium, in Marseille.

Balotelli proves value once more as Nice beats Nantes 4-1

Mario Balotelli further underlined his real value since joining Nice on a free transfer, scoring his sixth goal in five league games as the French leader thrashed Nantes 4-1 on Sunday.

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Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic gestures during his team's World Cup qualifying match against Australia in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.

China coach resigns, World Cup hopes looking slim

Despite boasting one of the world's highest-spending domestic leagues, China's dreams of automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup are almost over.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo scores 4 to give Portugal its 1st win in qualifiers

It didn't take long for Cristiano Ronaldo to give Portugal the boost it needed in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

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Tim Cahill in action during the pre World Cup friendly match.

Cahill's homecoming fuels fan fervor in A-League

Organizers hope the homecoming of local hero Tim Cahill will fuel enthusiasm for Australian football's A-League which opens its 12th season on Friday.

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ALL SMILES: All the participants and the volunteers in Falealupo.

Growing the Game

Get into Rugby develops the game on the Big Island. Last week, Get into Rugby in partnership with Pacific in Union visited the village of Falealupo which is located at the furthest point of Savaii.  

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 New Shield Holders:  This year’s Men’s  Premier Division winners, Lupe Ole Soaga.

National League Champions

The Football Federation Samoa annual National League games concluded yesterday evening at the JS Blatter fields in Tuana’imato which saw shield holders Moaula take on Lupe ole Soga. 

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Barcelona's Neymar, right, controls the ball as Moenchengladbach's Andreas Christensen runs alongside during the Champions League group C soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Barcelona.

Neymar sues Brazilian government for leaking financial data

Neymar has filed a suit against Brazil's government for allegedly leaking details of an investigation into fiscal crimes supposedly by him and his family.

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal with Real Madrid's head coach Zinedine Zidane during the Champions League group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in Dortmund.

Ronaldo scores but Dortmund rallies in latest Madrid setback

 Borussia Dortmund scored a late equalizer to earn a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, the latest setback for the 11-time winners.

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England international soccer team manager Sam Allardyce, left, and FA chief executive Martin Glenn, right.

England coach Allardyce forced out in disgrace after 1 game

Even by English soccer's standards, the latest embarrassment is a new low. Sam Allardyce was forced out in disgrace after one game in charge of the national team.

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Rugby

Leading by example: Captain Tila Mealoi putting his body on the line for the tackle in Dubai.

Sevens team named for Wellington

The Samoa Rugby Union has officially announced the Manu Samoa Sevens team for the HSBC World Series in Wellington next weekend. 

Boxing

Muhammad Ali punches a speed bag at the Folk Art Center in Manila, Philippines, as he prepared for his title fight against Joe Frazier.

Champ's artistic side to be displayed at Muhammad Ali Center

When Muhammad Ali wasn't jabbing or dancing in the ring, he sometimes liked dabbling as an artist.

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.

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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