Siliva Havilli scores. during the Ox & Palm Pacific Test Invitational. Toa Samoa v Mate Ma'a Tonga, Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Sydney, Australia. 23rd June 2018. Copyright Photo: David Neilson / www.photosport.nz

Papua New Guinea, Tonga win Pacific Island matches in Sydney

Winger Junior Rau scored two tries to lead Papua New Guinea to a 26-14 upset win over Fiji in a rugby league international on Saturday.

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Coach Gaku Akazawa working with Uta Junior (UJ).

Samoan wrestler on a mission

The training schedule and preparation for 16-year-old Uta Junior (U.J.) wrestler for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Argentina is tough and strict. 

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THE TEAM: Moefaauo Salale Moananu, Falefata Hele Matatia and Lepale Niko Palamo.

Samoa ready to deliver a successful Pacific Games

Ahead of the games in 2019, the Office of the Pacific Games continues to provide updates of their preparations to ensure that Samoa and the Pacific Region are well informed of the developments in Samoa’s efforts to host the games next year. 

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Mexico's Miguel Layun controls the ball during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

A 'milestone' World Cup win kicks off celebration for Mexico

When the final whistle blew, Mexico midfielder Miguel Layun sank to his hands and knees on the turf and was embraced by his shirtless teammate Carlos Salcedo.

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Brazil soccer fan reacts as they watch a live telecast of their team's World Cup match against Switzerland at Maua square in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 17, 2018. The match ended in a draw 1-1. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Brazilians disappointed after 1-1 tie at World Cup

Disappointment and frustration swept over Brazilians who gathered at public squares, bars and parks across Latin America's biggest country to watch their national team end up with a 1-1 tie in its opening World Cup match.

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Brazil's Neymar reacts after failing to score during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0.

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Australia's Robbie Kruse, center, and Andrew Nabbout, right, react on referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay, left, after he watches a replay on a screen during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in K

Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

Technology twice helped France at the World Cup on Saturday as the 1998 champions labored to beat a gritty Australia 2-1 in their opening game. The French team was given a controversial penalty kick, eventually converted by Antoine Griezmann in the 58th minute, after the referee watched the replay of a foul on the sideline.

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Uruguay's Jose Gimenez, center, heads the ball to score the opening goal during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Gimenez scores to lift Uruguay over Egypt 1-0 in Group A

On a team that boasts one of the World Cup's most potent attacks, a defender lifted Uruguay to its first opening-match victory at the World Cup in 48 years. Jose Gimenez headed in Carlos Sanchez's free kick in the 89th minute for a 1-0 victory over Egypt on Friday.

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores his third goal with a free kick during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo used the World Cup to show everyone he's the GOAT. Ronaldo rubbed his chin after scoring minutes into Portugal's opener against Spain, implying he is the Greatest of All Time. Then he scored two more goals, including a perfectly placed 88th-minute free kick that gave his team a 3-3 draw Friday.

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PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE: C.E.O of S.A.S.N.O.C Tuala Matthew Vaea sharing about the O.N.O.C. meeting.

Gender equality in sports highlighted

The Oceania National Olympic Committees meeting brought to recognition the importance of gender equality in sports. In the partnership for sustainable development, it highlighted the importance of sports as an important role in the social, cultural and economic life of Pacific Island countries.

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THANK YOU SAMOA SPORTSLOTTO: President of Samoa Weightlifting Association Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork with a representative from Samoa Sportslotto.

$15,000 boost for weightlifting team

The Samoa Sportslotto donated $15,000 to assist the Samoa Weightlifting Federation. This is part of their assistance for the team that will be heading to the Oceania Championship. The weightlifting team will leave the country 24 June to attend the Oceania Senior, Junior and Youth Championships at Mont Dore, New Caledonia from 26th – 30th of this month.

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THIS IS IT: The O.N.O.C. meeting on the roll.

Big week of Sports meetings in Samoa

With only 13 more months to go before the Pacific Games, the Oceania National Olympic Committee (O.N.O.C.) has gathered to discuss ways of helping Samoa better host next year’s Games. The meeting begins this week and includes all the National Olympic Committees from the Oceania region, including New Zealand and Australia.

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Delegates of Canada, Mexico and the United States celebrate after winning a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup at the FIFA congress in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Standing on front row from left: Steve Reed, president of the Canadian Socce

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

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YOUR TEAM SAMOA: Lesila Fiapule, Petunu Opeloge, Don Opeloge, Koliata Petelo and Iuniarra Sipaia.

Weightlifters prepare for Oceania

The Samoa Weightlifting Federation has selected their team to represent the country in the Oceania Championships to be held in New Caledonia on the 25th of this month. The lifters are Sekolesitika Isaia 58kg, Lesila Fiapule 90kg, Iuniarra Sipaia 90+kg, Don Opeloge 85kg, Petunu Opeloge 94kg and Koliata Petelo 105kg.

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Fiji Nations Cup Juniors team.

Tennis Samoa returns from successful campaign in Fiji

The FJ255 return flight from Fiji last Wednesday 6th June 2018 was a relief for some tired Tennis Samoa players. Player/coach Steffi Carruthers, Leon Soonalole, Marvin Soonalole and Vitikaras Taufao had spent 16 days in Denarau, Nadi, Fiji playing in the Fiji Open from 23 – 27 May and the Nations Cup in Lautoka from 31 May – 5 June 2018

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SPORTS DEVELOPMENT AT PRIMARY LEVEL: Coach Grace Liki with Vaivase Primary School players.

Get into rugby proves popular

Vaivase Primary School dominated the Get into Rugby grassroots level competition for Vaimauga District at Marist Brothers Primary School Mulivai field, yesterday. Twelve schools participated in six separate divisions from ages 8-14. The Under 8 and 10 mixed girls and boys division, Under 12 and 14 girls and boys only divisions.

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TAG TEAM SAMOA: The first Teuila Tag Tournament is set to be held during Teuila Festival this year at Apia Park. This will invite international competition to play against our local talent.

Tag gears up for Teuila tournament

The inaugural Teuila Tag Tournament is set to be held on 6-7 September, 2018 at Apia Park Stadium. Teams participating are from Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. This will include Open Women’s, Open Men’s, Open Mixed and Golden Oldies Men’s (40+) categorie

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VAILIMA CHALLANGE CHAMPION: Winner of the Independence meet last Saturday, Holiday, owned and trained by Tanuvasa Vaotogo.

Holiday wins Vailima Challenge

The Samoa Racing Club held its annual Independence meet last Saturday at the Tuana’imato Race course culminating this year’s 56th Independence celebrations. 

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Josh ADDO-CARR ( NSW Blues ) -  Action from the National Rugby League (NRL) 2018 State of Origin,  Game 1 played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) between the NSW Blues v QLD Maroons.

New South Wales 22, Queensland 12 in 1st State of Origin

New South Wales scored the final three tries of the match Wednesday to beat Queensland 22-12 and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three State of Origin rugby league series. The Blues held an 8-6 lead at halftime and fell behind early in the second half, but powered home.

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Lynetta Laumea-Edward, Peniata Soul Maiava and Semisi Fatutoa Semisi and Laauli Soata Utai.

Young Samoans live their dreams

Two young Samoans are heading to Russia to rub shoulders with football royalty in the trip of a lifetime. Peniata Soul Maiava and Semisi Fatutoa Semisi’s dream to watch the F.I.F.A. World Cup has been turned into a reality thanks to the Gazprom International Children’s social programme, Football for Friendship (F.4.F.) 2018. The Samoan duo leave tomorrow morning for Moscow ahead of the 2018 F.I.F.A. World Cup.

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Rugby

England's Owen Farrell kicks the ball, during the third rugby test match between South Africa and England at Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Nasief Manie)

England ends losing run by beating Boks in series defeat

Captain Owen Farrell's six penalties and another Jonny May try earned England a much-needed consolation victory from its tour of South Africa as the visitors won 25-10 at Newlands on Saturday.

Boxing

From left, International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductees Ronald Wright, Steve Albert, Vitali Klitschko, Jim Gray, and Erik Morales present their Hall of Fame rings to the crowd gathered in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 10, 2018. (John Br

Vitali Klitschko honors brother in his Hall of Fame moment

Vitali Klitschko had a difficult time grasping the moment."It's not reality. It's dream," Klitschko said Sunday during his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. "I never expected I will be in (the Hall of Fame).

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

Brazilian soccer fans celebrate their team's first goal as they watch a live telecast of their team's World Cup match against Costa Rica in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilians heave sigh of relief with World Cup win

Brazilians breathed a sigh of relief Friday after the national team scored two stoppage time goals to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the World Cup, bringing it closer to a berth in the round of 16.

Basketball

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry shouts as he carries the Larry O'Brien trophy during the team's NBA championship parade, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oakland again celebrates NBA champion Warriors

For the second straight year, throngs of Golden State Warriors fans turned out for a victory parade to celebrate a team some are calling an NBA dynasty and got a treat when several players got off their buses to mingle with the crowd.

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