The All Blacks perform a haka prior to the start of their rugby test against Japan at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

All Blacks retain SBW, England starting Ashton

The All Blacks' selectors resisted pressure to drop out-of-form center Sonny Bill Williams while England gave winger Chris Ashton his first start in four years for their test on Saturday.

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New Zealand's Ngani Laumape crosses for a try against Japan during their rugby test at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

All Blacks vs Ireland headlines November rugby series

When England recovered within months from a humiliating home Rugby World Cup campaign to Grand Slam the Six Nations in 2016, it clamored to play the double world champion All Blacks.

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In this Oct. 27, 2018, photo, New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, center, speaks to the media after their Bledisloe Cup rugby test against Australia at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Hansen has selected eight new caps in his squad for the m

All Blacks' Hansen and England's Jones talk regularly

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has revealed a deep respect for England counterpart Eddie Jones by saying they talk "probably every second week."

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Wales' George North celebrates scoring a try during the rugby union international match against Scotland at The Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Saturday Nov. 3, 2018. (David Davies/PA via AP)

Wales hold off Scotland 21-10 in Cardiff

Coach Warren Gatland was counting positives after his Wales side won its November rugby test opener for the first time in 16 years. One big positive was playing Scotland and not Australia on Saturday.

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England's Owen Farrell, left, tackles South Africa's Andre Esterhuizen near the end during the rugby union international between England and South Africa at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (Adam Davy, PA via AP)

Farrell kicks England to victory over wasteful Springboks

One way or another, Owen Farrell was going to be the decisive factor in a tense finale between England and South Africa.

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New Zealand's Ngani Laumape runs at the japan defence during their rugby test at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

New Zealand beats Japan 69-31

Center Ngani Laumape grabbed a hat trick and flyhalf Richie Mo'unga scored his first test try among 22 points as a second-string All Blacks team overwhelmed Japan 69-31 Saturday in a one-off rugby test.

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England's Jamie George during a team training session at Twickenham Stadium in London, Friday Nov. 2, 2018.  England face South Africa upcoming Saturday, in the first of four autumn rugby internationals to be played by England. (Adam Davy/PA via AP)

Ashton replaces injured Tuilagi in England reserves

Manu Tuilagi was withdrawn by England after a minor groin strain in training and replaced in the reserves by Chris Ashton for the test against South Africa on Saturday at Twickenham.

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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, New Zealand's captain Kieran Read, looks on during the rugby championship match between South Africa and New Zealand, at Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa. All Blacks captain Kieran Read has indica

All Blacks captain Read to quit tests after Rugby World Cup

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has indicated he will quit internationals after next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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Manu Tuilagi. New Zealand All Blacks versus England. International Rugby Union. 3rd test match of the Steinlager Series, Hamilton. New Zealand. Saturday 21 June 2014. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport.co.nz

Farrell at flyhalf for England vs Boks, Tuilagi in reserves

Co-captain Owen Farrell is the starting flyhalf for England against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, forcing George Ford to the reserves.

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New Zealand's All Blacks perform a haka ahead of their Bledisloe Cup rugby test against Australia at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.(AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Coles returns, All Blacks select 8 new caps to play Japan

Hooker Dane Coles will return to test rugby after a 12-month injury break on Saturday, lending experience to a New Zealand All Blacks squad containing eight uncapped players for the match against Japan in Tokyo.

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Australian rugby team coach Michael Cheika watches his players prepare ahead of their Bledisloe Cup rugby test against the All Blacks at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Ashley-Cooper joins Wallaby squad ahead of Europe tests

 Japan-based Adam Ashley-Cooper has been added to Australia's squad for tests against Wales, Italy and England next month, two years after his last international appearance.

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New Zealand's Kieran Read dives over in the tackle of Australia's Ned Hanigan to score his team's second try during their Bledisloe Cup rugby test at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

NZ beats Australia 37-20 to sweep Bledisloe Cup series

New Zealand beat Australia 37-20 in the third Bledisloe Cup test in Yokohama on Saturday to sweep the three-match series, but the Wallabies gave some hope to teams which will face defending champion All Blacks in the World Cup in Japan next year.

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New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

Wallabies, All Blacks meet in Japan with World Cup in mind

Less than a year from the Rugby World Cup and at one of its prime venues, the New Zealand All Blacks and the Wallabies will meet in a Bledisloe Cup test which holds more importance than its so-called "dead rubber" status implies.

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New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, right, and selector Grant Fox answer questions during a press conference at the Prebbleton Rugby Club on the outskirts of Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. The All Blacks have taken the unpreceden

McKenzie at fullback in New Zealand lineup to face Australia

Damian McKenzie will start at fullback and T.J. Perenara at scrumhalf in a surprising All Blacks backline formation for Saturday's third Bledisloe Cup test against Australia at Yokohama.

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The Azzurri travel to the United States to play Ireland in Chicago on Oct. 3, before returning to Italy for matches against Georgia, Australia and New Zealand.

Italy players fighting for World Cup spots in 4 matches

With the rugby World Cup less than a year away, Italy captain Sergio Parisse knows that the November tests have an added significance for everyone. The Azzurri travel to the United States to play Ireland in Chicago on Nov. 3, before returning to Italy for matches against Georgia, Australia and New Zealand.

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Australia's Quade Cooper trains in Sydney.

Quade Cooper signs Super Rugby deal with Melbourne Rebels

Former Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper will return to Super Rugby next season on a one-year contract with the Melbourne Rebels, saying he was "forced out" last year by the Queensland Reds.

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Seiuli Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Campaign calls on The Rock to lead Pacific Island Super Rugby franchise

Seiuli Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is being targeted by a social media campaign from New Zealand to champion a Pacific Island Super Rugby franchise and ensure the future of the competition. The aim is to get thousands of rugby fans to tag Johnson across social media channels to get him to look at a proposal video set up to argue the case.

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Australia's Reece Hodge scores a try during the 2nd All Black vs Australia Bledisloe Cup rugby match at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday the 25th of August 2018.

Utility back Hodge out of Wallaby tour with broken ankle

Utility back Reece Hodge has been ruled out of Australia's four season-ending rugby tests after breaking his ankle in training.

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AT TRAINING: Some of the Manu Sina players working hard.

Manu Sina holds trials for Oceania Seven’s

The Manu Sina 7’s team held their first trial at the Samoa Rugby Union fields to select a team for the Oceania Sevens in Fiji from November 9-10. Team Manager, Toluiva Keneti Alapati said 20 players have been selected from the local sevens competition this year.

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TOUR NUMBER EIGHT: The Mosman Junior Rugby Club from Sydney, Australia joining forces with Samoa Rugby Academy and Robert Louis Stevenson School.

Mosman continues proud Samoa visit tradition

The Mosman Junior Rugby club from Sydney, Australia, love Samoa. They are here for their eighth tour since 2010. Team Manager, Diana Kahui said they bring a different group every year and for this year they’ve only brought a small group.

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Boxing

Tony Bellew, left, reacts to a blow from Oleksandr Usyk during their cruiserweight boxing bout Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Manchester, England. Usyk successfully defended his four belts and likely sent Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fi

Usyk KOs Bellew in 8th round, retains cruiserweight titles

Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his four belts and sent Tony Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round in Manchester on Saturday.

NFL

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata, of Australia, heads off the field after an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Philadelphia. Mailata has made the cut for the Super Bowl

Too big for rugby, Eagles tackle Mailata is ready for NFL

He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Football

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina sit in the stands prior to the Champions League, group H soccer match between Juventus and Young Boys, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape accusations on social media

Cristiano Ronaldo denied the accusations of rape against him, saying Wednesday that he had a "clear conscience" as he awaits the conclusions of an investigation.

Basketball

Teams playing at the Apia Park Gym within the Teuila Festival (Photo Anina Kazaz).

Basketball tournament kicks off

The Samoa Basketball Federation started its four-day tournament at Apia Park gym earlier this week. The various categories competing in the tournament include open women and men, Under 17 and 14 boys, girls’ teams from Upolu, Savaii and an open men’s team from American Samoa. 

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