Seain Cook of Scotland serves the ball while playing in a preliminary round mens beach volleyball match with teammate Robin Miedzybrodzki against Sri Lanka at the Coolangatta Beachfront during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Beach volleyball playing for a Commonwealth Games future

More than gold medals were on the line in beach volleyball on the Gold Coast, with the sport playing for its Commonwealth Games future.

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo reacts after winning her women's 200m semifinal at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

In duel of Olympic champions, Miller-Uibo edges Thompson

Shaunae Miller-Uibo got the better of a side-by-side duel with Elaine Thompson in a rehearsal for the 200-meter final at the Commonwealth Games.

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South Africa's Caster Semenya gestures after winning the women's 1500m final at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Semenya smashes games 1,500 record, on track for double.

Long after smashing the Commonwealth Games 1,500-meter record to set herself up for a middle-distance double, Caster Semenya passed Isaac Makwala under the stadium and gave the Botswana sprinter a congratulatory hug.

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PROGRAMME FACILITATOR: Oloialii Niu Sila Opeloge mentoring the young players during the programme.

Weightlifting for Secondary Schools

More than 50 students and future weightlifting stars took part in an introductory programme at Leiifiifi College Hall yesterday. They were from four secondary schools in Samoa including Papauta Girls High School, Faleata College, Maluafou College and Leiifiifi College.

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STRONG AND DETERMINED: Players set for International Tennis Federation Juniors East Pacific Regional Championships.

I.T.F. East Pacific Regional underway

Four countries, including the host  Samoa, are competing in the 2018 International Tennis Federation Juniors East Pacific Regional Championships. The tournament commences on Monday 9th April, 2018. The teams are Tonga, American Samoa, Cook Islands and Tahiti.

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Tears from Samoa’s new found heroes

Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre in the Gold Coast, Australia, came to a standstill twice while the Samoan flag was hoisted. It was a proud moment for all Samoans alike, as Sanele Mao and Feagaiga Stowers, stood among the world’s best lifters to receive their gold medals from the Commonwealth Games.

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Samoa’s Commonwealth heroes teary upon arrival

Samoa’s golden weightlifters have returned. Feagaiga Stowers and Sanele Mao touched down at the Faleolo International Airport this morning. They could not hold back their tears as they shared with the Samoa Observer their journey to scooping a gold medal each at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. 

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ZONE D UNDER 19 BOYS CHAMPIONS: Wesley College.

Wesley College tops Zone D School’s Rugby 15s

Wesley College reigned supreme during the Zone D Secondary Schools 15’s Rugby competition on Friday last week. They defeated arch rivals, Leulumoega Fou College, 12-3 in the finals.

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GAME TIME: Contributing to the International Day of Sports for Development of Peace, the Netball Samoa commenced their 2018 National Netball League tournament last week.

Netball League Kick-off

Netball Samoa kicked-off their 2018 National Netball League tournament last week Saturday at the National University of Samoa gymnasium. 

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Lautitit Lui being assisted from competition platform. Photo: Getty Images.

Injured Lauititi Lui misses out on gold

Samoa has missed out on a third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Samoa’s final lifter Lauititi Lui had to settle for a silver medal in men's 105kg-plus division.

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Samoan gold medallist Feagaiga Stowers with Naru's silver medallist Charisma Amoe-Tarrant and England's Emily Campbell. Weightlifting, Women's +90kg 2018. Carrara Sports Hall. Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia.

Feagaiga Stowers secures Samoa’s second gold medal

Samoa’s Feagaiga Stowers capitalised on transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard’s withdrawal from the women’s over 90 kilograms weightlifting event to claim victory at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Scotland's Duncan Scott celebrates after winning the men's 100m freestyle final at the Aquatic Centre during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Scott upsets Chalmers to win 100-meter freestyle gold medal

Scotland's Duncan Scott put a dampener on Australia's swimming resurgence when he upset Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers to win the men's 100-meter freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

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GOLDEN BOY: Sanele Mao.

Sanele Mao wins gold for Samoa at Commonwealth Games

Sanele Mao has won Samoa’s first gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Mao reigned supreme in the final of the 105kg mens division during the Weightlifting on day five of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

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Young team of dedicated Footballers.

Football, peace and development

Football Federation Samoa celebrated the International Day of Sports Development and Peace on Saturday at Tuana’imato.

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MALO LE TAUIVI: Don Opeloge (left) with the gold and bronze medal winners.

Samoa wins first Commonwealth medal through Don Opeloge

Samoa’s medal drought at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast has finally been broken thanks to Don Opeloge and the Samoa Weightlifting Federation. 

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I’asa team from Leusoalii, winning the Volleyball Samoa Federation Men’s division One Shield.

Volleyball Competition getting Tougher

Volleyball Samoa Federation National League tournament is getting more competitive, with teams putting on a tough performance. This week kicked off round seven of the weekly tournament at the Samoa Independence Seventh Day Adventist Church hall at Fugalei.

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Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork

Gamble gold goes awry for Samoan lifter

Team Samoa remains medal-less at the Commonwealth Games after Samoa’s best hope yet failed to make the podium. Weightlifter Nevo Ioane and his team decided to take a lift to secure gold medal which he failed.

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Tony Finau watches his shot on the 11th hole during the first round at the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Tony Finau deals with shame, pain, fame during Masters debut

Tony Finau's last 24 hours included a little bit of everything: Pain. Embarrassment. Concern. Relief. Determination. Excitement.

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Avele College U17s Zone A Champions and Shield Holders 2018 1.

Top 2 finalised in Zone A rugby meet

After five consecutive weeks of Secondary School Rugby Championships in the Zone A region, two top teams have been finalised.

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Nevo Ioane, Don Opeloge, Lauititi Lui, Feagaiga Stowers, Sanele Mao and Siaosi Leuo.

Lauititi strides with pride

Samoa’s weightlifter, Lauititi Lui, led the Team Samoa during the athletes’ parade at the opening of the XXI Commonwealth Games 2018.

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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

UCLA's Josh Rosen, right, gestures next to commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mayfield goes 1st to begin rush to get QBs in NFL draft

The Cleveland Browns' long search for a franchise quarterback has led them to Baker Mayfield — the first of four passers to be drafted in the top 10 Thursday night.

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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