Sir Gordon Tietjens happy to be in blue.

Welcome Aboard Sir Gordon Tietjens!

Sir Gordon Tietjens will officially hold the reigns as the Manu Samoa Sevens Coach starting today.

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Toa Samoa historic test match in Samoa.

Looking back at the Sporting year

2016 has been a rollercoaster ride for sports in Samoa.  With Samoa stepping up in the international Sporting Arena, Samoan athletes have accomplished quite a lot in 2016 alone.

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Rousey is scheduled to fight Amanda Nunes in a mixed martial arts women's bantamweight championship bout Saturday in Las Vegas.

Ronda Rousey returns to reclaim her title belt at UFC 207

Ronda Rousey climbed on the scale and glared into the distance while the crowd roared. Moments later, she directed that withering gaze at UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, who stared right back

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Williams announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, posting a poem on Reddit that she accepted the proposal of the social news website's co-founder.

Serena wins at love again; says 'yes' to engagement in poem

Court and spark: Serena Williams is tying the knot.

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Paris Saint Germain's head coach Unai Emery, right, shakes hands with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, after he received the Special Award trophy.

Infantino: 'Necessary actions & sanctions' on Russian doping

Russia will face any "necessary actions and sanctions" after investigators alleged that soccer players had suspicious drug-test samples covered up as part of a wider doping scandal in the 2018 World Cup host nation, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday.

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Merry Christmas from CrossFit FatuToa

ONE LAST WOD: Members of the CrossFit FatuToa gym did a special Workout of the Day (WOD) yesterday to welcome Christmas 2016.

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CUP CHAMPIONS: Tama Ole Vainuu

Tama Ole Vainuu are Champions of Christmas

The Samoa Touch Rugby Association has completed its programmes for 2016, with Tama ole Vainuu wining its Annual Christmas competition. 

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WELL DONE ELE OPELOGE: Ele Opeloge with Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu.

Ele’s glory, Samoa’s glory

Weightlifting guru and someone who played a role in developing Samoa’s Olympic medalist, Ele Opeloge, has praised her achievement.

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The team handling WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is in no rush to confirm his next fight, as they court offers from around the world.

Parker’s no rush to confirm next fight

The team handling WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is in no rush to confirm his next fight, as they court offers from around the world.

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Marist stepping up in boxing and rugby league.

Marist celebrates achievements

Pride and Prestige are the words to describe the legacy of greatness that Marist has produced. 

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Team Digicel: Holding their banner high with pride during  the parade.

Digicel is Team Parker

It was inconceivable to miss the red banners that waved the Digicel logo at the parade yesterday.  

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THE FACE OF DUCO: David Higgins with the W.B.O. belt.

Interview with David Higgins, DUCO Owner and Founder

In my interview with Duco boss and founder David Higgins on Thursday last week, I posed the possibility of Samoa hosting Joseph Parker’s first W.B.O. defence. The figure I use in the interview is $5m, which was a conversation starter in this discussion. 


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GOING STRONG: Feagaiga Stowers.

Feagaiga Stowers to represent Samoa in the Oceania Training Camp

“Before I was just this girl at the S.V.S.G searching of where to start from again but our coach gave me hope.

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Last Saturday was the end of the season of alo vaa samoa with the Prize Giving of the TAULA STRONG V1 SERIES 2016.

Great end of year for Alo Va’a

Last Saturday was the end of the season of alo vaa samoa with the Prize Giving of the TAULA STRONG V1 SERIES 2016.

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Players playing their heart out at Saturday’s trials at Apia Park

Samoa gears up for Brisbane Global Tens

Now that the National Tens Series is done and dusted, the real trials begin.  

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South Africa's Justin Geduld.

England beats South Africa to win Cape Town Sevens

England upset home favorite South Africa 19-17 in the final to win the Cape Town Sevens on Sunday as the hosts missed a last-second conversion to force extra time.

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Britain's IBF Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, left, and Wladimir Klitschko stand on the ring after it was announced the two men will fight one another in 2017, following Joshua's win against American Eric Molina in Manchester.

Joshua retains heavyweight belt, sets up bout with Klitschko

"This guy wants his belt back," Joshua said, pointing to Klitschko. "Let the best man win."

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The Manu Samoa may have had a dismal campaign in the Northern Hemisphere Tour but players are reaping the benefits for their individual performance on the international stage.

Gold Rush for Manu Samoa Players

The Manu Samoa may have had a dismal campaign in the Northern Hemisphere Tour but players are reaping the benefits for their individual performance on the international stage. 

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CUP WINNERS: Marist St. Joseph celebrating their victory with the cup.

Marist claims the cup at FATS U20’s Tournament

Marist  takes the cup at Rugby Academy Samoa’s Fat’s U20’s Tournament,  Yesterday, Marist clinched the win against Falefa with an end score of 17-16 .

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You would probably start complaining about the players.

Developing local coaches

Have you ever watched rugby and complain about nearly everything when your team is not doing well?

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Rugby

Leading by example: Captain Tila Mealoi putting his body on the line for the tackle in Dubai.

Sevens team named for Wellington

The Samoa Rugby Union has officially announced the Manu Samoa Sevens team for the HSBC World Series in Wellington next weekend. 

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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