International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Philip Craven listens during a press conference, in London.

Russia facing ban from Paralympics for 2018 Games

Russia faces the strong possibility of being excluded from a second Paralympics over its state-sponsored doping scheme.

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READY: Half Marathoner, Steve Nimavola Pasi, Director of Samoa Events Seti Afoa, Director of Opertaion and Marketing at Sheraton Properties Sherillyn Charles, Half Marathoner Apisaloma Nimavola Pasi.

National Half Marathon boosts Sport tourism

To celebrate Samoa’s 55th Independence Day, Samoa Events is launching the National Half Marathon. Yesterday at the press conference at Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows 

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TEAM SAMOA: Boxers and management after a hard day in the office.

Samoa’s National Boxing Squad

The team to represent Samoa in the upcoming Oceania tournament has been finalized. 

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Soli Ropati, Aniva Sesega and Leilani Solaese.

Netball names U21 team

Netball Samoa has finalised their U21 team to represent Samoa at the Netball World Youth Cup Gaborone 2017 in July.

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FORMER AND NEW SAMOA UNDER 20 HEAD COACH:  Fa’aofo Junior Leota and Mase Mahonri Schwalger.

Schwalger head coach of Baby Manu Samoa

The Samoa Rugby Union has appointed Mase Mahonri Schwalger as Samoa Under 20 Head Coach following the resignation of Junior Leota. 

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Charles Rankin in action at the Squash Courts at Tuainaimato.

Great kickoff for Squash Business tournament

Eight companies have come on board in what has been dubbed the largest turnout out thus far. 

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RUGBY: Showing that girls don’t just want to have fun, these girls from the rural areas showed some impressive skills according to Development Officer, Avi’i Fa’alupega.

S.R.U. focus on women in rugby

“One of the major goals of this programme is to develop and promote female rugby in the country." - Avi’i Fa’alupega the Women Development Officer at S.R.U.

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WBO heavyweight boxing champion, Joseph Parker (R) and Romania's Razvan Cojanu in action during the WBO World Heavyweight Title Fight.

Parker retains WBO heavyweight title with win on points

Joseph Parker won his first defense of the WBO heavyweight title on points over replacement challenger Razvan Cojanu on Saturday. The New Zealander did not impress but won comfortably on all three cards, with the judges scoring it 119-108, 117-110, and 117-110 in Auckland.

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Samoan fans in support.

England, Tonga, Papua New Guinea win rugby league matches

Tries to Ryan Hall and Stefan Ratchford gave England a 14-0 halftime lead on its way to a 30-10 win over Samoa in a rugby league international at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday.

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O AI LE TOA: Sauaso Sue and his Toa Samoa teammates ahead of tonight’s clash.

Samoa’s Sue reflects on career highlight

Toa Samoa enforcer Sauaso Sue still gets goosebumps when he remembers the build-up to last year’s grudge match against Tonga at Pirtek Stadium. 

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Jason Taumalolo picked up by Trent MerrinKangaroos v Kiwis, international rugby league, ANZAC test match, New Zealand v Australia, GIO Stadium, Canberra, Australia. 5 May 2017.

Kangaroos notch 100th win over Kiwis in rugby league

Australia helped captain Cameron Smith celebrate his 50th rugby league test by beating New Zealand 30-12 on Friday for a 100th victory over their trans-Tasman rival.

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Feala Pula cuts one away for Samoa

All round performance from Pula secures Samoa’s third win

Samoa have returned to the top of the table with their third straight win at the 2018 I.C.C. Women’s World T20 – East Asia-Pacific Qualifier 2017 in Sano, Japan. 

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Justin Carney.

Australian winger gets 8-game ban for racial abuse

Australian rugby league winger Justin Carney has been banned for eight games for racially abusing a black opponent while playing for British team Salford Red Devils.

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Jarrod Mullen.

Australian NRL player Jarrod Mullen gets 4-year doping ban

Former Newcastle Knights halfback Jarrod Mullen has been suspended for four years for testing positive to an anabolic steroid, all but ending his National Rugby League career.

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Semi Radradra.

Radradra to continue NRL career after charges dropped

Fiji-born Australia winger Semi Radradra is expected to finish the National Rugby League season with Parramatta before moving to France to fulfill a rugby union contract with Toulon after domestic violence charges against him were dropped.

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LEARNING CURVE: Samoa took a tough loss against Australia.

Samoa U20’s lose opener

Samoa is off to a poor start at the Oceania Rugby Championships. Samoa’s U’20s team lost their opener against Australia with a final score of 43-20. 

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Josh Papalii (C of the Kangaroos is tackled by Greg Eastwood (L) and Lewis Brown of the Kiwis.

Papalii gets NRL ban on top of Kangaroos demotion

Josh Papalii has been banned for one National Rugby League match by his Canberra club on top of being dropped from Australia's squad for this week's test against New Zealand after pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge.

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TRY TIME: An athlete expertly dodges the opposition for a try.

Learning skills, having fun

Saturday, was the kick off of the Rugby Academy Samoa’s R.A.S. TAG tournament. The four week tournament fielded a number of future rugby stars starting at the age of five. 

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Russell Packer in action.

Russell Packer recalled to Kiwis team for Australia test

Prop Russell Packer has been recalled to the New Zealand rugby league team after a six-year absence for Friday's one-off test against Australia in Canberra.

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Josh Papalii (C of the Kangaroos is tackled by Greg Eastwood (L) and Lewis Brown of the Kiwis during the Four Nations Final, Kiwis v Kangaroos rugby league match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday the 15th of November 2014.

Prop Papalii cut from Kangaroos squad for drink driving

Josh Papalii has been cut from Australia's squad for a rugby league test against New Zealand next week after pleading guilty to a charge of drink driving.

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Rugby

Lions' Rory Best receives a hongi after the match.

Rory Best to captain Lions against Hurricanes

Ireland hooker Rory Best will captain the British and Irish Lions in their final midweek match on Tuesday against Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes.

Boxing

Boxer Jeff Horn speaks to the media in a gym in Brisbane, Australia, Monday, June 26, 2017. Horn is preparing for his WBO welterweight world boxing title bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2.

Horn says he has the plan to beat Manny Pacquiao

While Manny Pacquiao has been out running along the river and attracting attention downtown since arriving on a chartered flight with a huge entourage, Jeff Horn has been preparing for their WBO welterweight world title bout in the quiet, outer suburbs.

NFL

Johnathan Thurston tackles Blake FergusonNSW v Qld State of Origin rugby league match at ANZ Stadium, Homebush Sydney Australia.

1st Origin match: Thurston won't play for Queensland vs NSW

Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston has been ruled out of next week's State of Origin rugby league opener against New South Wales due to a shoulder injury.

Football

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, is challenged by New Zealand's Michael Boxall during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal.

Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0

Cristiano Ronaldo's 75th international goal helped lift Portugal to an easy 4-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday and into the Confederations Cup semifinals.

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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