THE FIRST REGATTA: Paddlers who took part in S.O.C.A’s first V6 mini marathon last Saturday.

Paddlers gear up for big 2017

It’s a new year and the paddling world of Alo Vaa Samoa is set to kick off once again with the Taula Strong V1 Series. With daylight saving still on the calendar the first race will be this Saturday 28 January 2017 from 4:30pm.

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GET READY FOR SWIM: Samoa Swim Series swimmers warm up at the Taumeasina lagoon that is the starting point of the Aussie Swim on Thursday.

Goggles on for Aussie Swim

Calling Aussies, friends of Australia and local swimmers to join in the Aussie Swim on Thursday. It just so happens it is also Australia Day on that day. 

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Philip Marsden, Kat Riley and Gideon Mulitalo chase the turnaround mark in the 6km race.

Stuart Young wins Falefa Falls

The resurgent Stuart Young claimed a fiery victory in the opening Samoa Events race of the year at Falefa Falls yesterday. 

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Head Coach, Paul Ualesi and Manager Taioaliiseu Taimalelagi Fiti Aimaasu.

Samoa’s premier soccer team sets off for Tonga

The best soccer players Samoa has to offer will soon be heading off to the OFC Champion League 2017.  

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Leading the way: Willie Sauiluma of Salani and Poutasi

Leading the charge in the U17 soccer campaign

The U17’s Soccer team is gathering speed and the main man leading the pack is Captain, Willie Sauilima.

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Trials held at Apia park

U20’s Training Squad Named

With the final training squad officially being named, the boys will need to work even harder for the next trial which will include players from overseas.  

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MOAMOA SPORTS CLUB: Members of the Moamoa Roosters Club for 2017.

Moamoa Club eyes grand 2017

The Moamoa Roosters Sports Club met on Wednesday to start its preparations for another full year of sports.

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Trials at Apia Park.

Brisbane Ten’s Training Squad Named

The Samoa Rugby Union has officially announced the  training squad for Brisbane Ten’s.  

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ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND SPORT: Samoa and Fiji pose for one last photo.

Netball Samoa Warming for World Cup

Last weekend saw the greatest assembly of U21 netball players in the region. At the International Youth Netball Series in Fiji, Samoa fell to a strong Fijian side in a close finish for third with a final score of 48-42.  

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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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Rugby

Ireland's Jamie Heaslip speaks to his team.

Schmidt names 3 uncapped players for Ireland in Six Nations

Ireland has name three uncapped players in a 40-man squad for Six Nations matches against Scotland and Italy.

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.

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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