Volunteer returns favour for help during his nation’s hour of need

The hardest part of leaving is saying goodbye. Yesterday, Football Federation Samoa bid farewell to one of their friends and work colleague, Masato Tsuchyia, who is returning to Saitama, Japan.

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THEY HAVE ARRIVED: After a challenging journey in the Gold Coast Australia, they have come home and made the small Island nation of Samoa known to the world.

Well done and welcome home, Team Samoa!

A special welcoming ceremony was hosted yesterday afternoon by the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) for the athletes who recently competed in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this month.

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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea celebrates pitching a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game in Oakland. Manaea’s next start will come during the upcoming weekend series at the Houston Astros. (AP Photo/John Hefti, File)

Manaea's no-no part of impressive start to 3rd year with A's

Sean Manaea's father is from American Samoa, where he grew up playing cricket and rugby and didn't really know anything about baseball. 

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Lauititi Lui on the mend

Samoa’s super heavy weight weightlifter, Lauititi Lui, is currently in rehab. Lui won silver at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, where he also sustained a knee injury. 

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Samoa through to Netball World Cup

Samoa National Netball team has booked their spot for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England. Following an undefeated run at the Regional Qualifiers in Auckland, New Zealand, over the weekend, Samoa together with Fiji, who was the runner up, were the top teams from the competition. 

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Ramien scores twice, Cronulla wins in National Rugby League

Cronulla center Jesse Ramien scored two tries to help the Sharks beat Penrith 26-22 on Sunday and prevent the Panthers from moving into a share of first place in the National Rugby League.

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PREPARATION UNDERWAY: Samoa Outrigger Canoeing Association 3rd regatta of 2018 paddlers.

Canoeing Association gears up for Pacific Games

Samoa Outrigger Canoeing Association has started their preparations for the 2019 Pacific Games to be held in Samoa. A perfect weather out on the Taumeasina Island Resort open ocean yesterday contributed to a much anticipated third round of the Samoa Outrigger regatta race of the year.

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CHAMPIONS: Pesega Senior Girls team.

Church College wins 2018 netball tourney

Church College of Pesega dominated the 2018 B.S.L. and Bluesky Samoa Schools Netball Champ of Champs, which concluded yesterday. Held at the National University of Samoa Gymnasium on Thursday and Friday, Church College of Pesega won both the intermediate division as well as the senior girls division.

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FIRST TEE FOR 2018: Veteran M.P. Aeau Peniamina Leavai tees off to begin the tournament.

Golf club kicks start 2018 season

The Royal Samoa Country Golf Club teed off its 2018 season yesterday. Held at the Fagalii Golf Course, Aeau Peniamina Leavai, a member and a Patron of the club hit the first tee ball to open the season for all the members of the club and for anyone to play golf.

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B.S.L Marketing Manager Leeroy Feaunati

Schools Netball Champs of Champs kick off

The Business System Limited (B.S.L.) and Bluesky School Netball Champ of Champs 2018 kicked off the first day of the tournament yesterday morning. Held at the National University of Samoa Gymnasium, 20 Secondary Schools from all over Samoa were first assembled for the opening ceremony before taking the battling out in Court.

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DEVELOPING THROUGH GRASSROOT LEVEL: Girls participating in the Lefaga and Safata International Cricket tourney.

Cricket tournament for Safata and Lefaga Schools

Samoa International Cricket Association hosted a two-day international cricket competition for the Lefaga and Safata Under-15 girls.

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Feagaiga Stowers of Samoa poses with the gold medal for the Women’s +90kg Final during the Weightlifting on day five of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Stowers a special athlete

Samoa’s golden girl, Feagaiga Stowers, not only is a champion, but a special athlete. National weightlifting coach, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork, made this comment during an interview with the Samoa Observer. 

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President of Samoa Weightlifting and Coach Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

Junior weightlifters set to hit the gym

After a marvelous performance in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Samoa Weightlifting Juniors is set to hit the gym again. The Samoa National Weightlifting Junior team includes Silver medalists, 18-year-old Don Opeloge and 17-year-old Gold medalist’s female lifter, Feagaiga Stowers.

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Outstanding sportsmanship recognised

A Tongan/New Zealand weightlifter has won a prestigious award at the Commonwealth Games for outstanding sportsmanship in helping a Samoan weightlifter.

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Centre of Development participants with coaches. Photo:F.F.S.

Football Samoa develops grassroots

The Football Federation Samoa Center of Development Programme is back. The reintroduction of the programme as part of the Football Federation Samoa’s (F.F.S.) technical programme for 2018 was held last week Thursday. 

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National Weightlifting Team Head Coach, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

Funding a key impediment

It’s high time that Samoa invests more on its national weightlifting team and gives it the recognition it deserves. 

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Fiji's Josua Tuisova.

Pulling power of Fiji rugby obvious at Commonwealth Games

The Fijian netball team went missing Saturday on the Gold Coast, failing to turn up to watch the semifinals of their Commonwealth Games sport.

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David Afamasaga.

Crisis for Manu Samoa Sevens at the Commonwealth Games

The Manu Samoa Sevens has perhaps had its worst performance at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, losing both of its opening games in embarrassing fashion yesterday.

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B.B.E Ulalei Vaiala team after their game against Marist St Joseph’s.

Vaiala overcomes Marist

B.B.E. Ulalei Vaiala Rugby Club stopped a famous challenge from Marist yesterday in a match that could have seen the 2018 Taula Apia Rugby Union Club shield travel to the west of Upolu.

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Former Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt, right, watches finals events with Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, left, at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Surprises highlight big night at Commonwealth Games track

It was a night of surprises Thursday on the track at the Commonwealth Games.

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Rugby

Taula Eels Head Coach So’oalo Fono leading his team talk session.

New year, new challenge for Vaimauga Eels

With one more day to go before the 2018 Bluesky Super Nine Championships kick-off, defending champion, Eels of Vaimauga District, is set and excited for the new challenge. Vaimauga Eels is set to host the Chiefs of Aana at the Apia Park Stadium as the main clash of this week’s Super Nine competition.

Boxing

Fury’s comeback fight is in Manchester, England, on June 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Fury back in boxing to 'inspire others,' win belts back

Overweight, unhappy and in semi-retirement amid a doping ban, Tyson Fury was walking his dog beside a canal near his home when he thought about what fellow heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder was saying about him.

NFL

A Philadelphia Eagles fan chants while waiting for the team to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport a day after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

Mayor hopes 'knucklehead contingent' avoids Eagles parade

An estimated 2 million people celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles' long-awaited first Super Bowl win will descend on the city Thursday as the Vince Lombardi trophy is paraded through five miles of jubilant fans.

Football

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA Council Meeting, in Bogota.

FIFA finally approves video review to use at World Cup

FIFA has finally and fully approved video review to help referees at the World Cup.

Basketball

Former NBA basketball player Rasual Butler and his wife Leah LaBelle, whose given name is Leah LaBelle Vladowski, arrive at the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York.

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash

Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.

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