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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Swimmers ready for 22.3km race

Ten international swimmers and one local team from Saoluafata are set to take on the Apolima Strait Swim Race today.

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Flora Duffy of Bermuda celebrates as she wins the women's triathlon at Southport Broadwater Parklands in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Flora Duffy of Bermuda wins 1st Commonwealth Games gold

Flora Duffy left no doubt about her status as a two-time world champion and the No. 1-ranked woman in triathlon. The Bermuda athlete, who started competing in triathlons when she was just seven years old, won the sprint race Thursday by 43 seconds to take the first gold medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games.

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Vaimea Primary School Intermediate Netball Team.

Vaimea Primary dominates school’s netball tourney

Vaimea Primary School dominated the 2018 Faleata Primary Schools Netball tournament earlier last month. They won both the senior and intermediate divisions, with their junior team claiming second place behind Vaigaga Primary School.

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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, right, are greeted by Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

After a drenching, Commonwealth Games open on a bright note

Prince Charles delivered a message from Queen Elizabeth II to officially open the Commonwealth Games before fireworks exploded on cue. The opening ceremony finished on a brighter note than the way it started Wednesday night, when a heavy rain shower drenched fans in the stadium.

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Ms Iuniarra Sipaia.

Iuniarra cleared of drug allegations

It’s official. Weightlifter, Iuniarra Sipaia, has been cleared of all allegations of using triamcinolone acetonide.

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Saint Joseph’s College leads the points table for all the three divisions’ - Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 - competitions so far.

Hot competition at the Zone B Secondary Schools

The Zone B weekly Secondary Schools Rugby 15’s competition kicked off its third round at the Saint Joseph’s College, Alafua grounds last week.

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Rugby

Crusaders Manasa Mataele stands in the rain during their Super 15 rugby match against the Sunwolves in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Crusaders beat Sunwolves in hailstorm, Rebels falter again

The defending champion Crusaders weathered a severe hailstorm and a stubborn showing by the winless Sunwolves to prevail 33-11 and improve their chances of a record-extending ninth Super Rugby title on Saturday.

Boxing

Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, left, and Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse pose for photographers as they hold the WBA welterweight champion belt during a press conference in Manila.

Pacquiao clarifies his split with trainer Roach is not final

Manny Pacquiao hasn't entirely turned his back on a 16-year working relationship with trainer Freddie Roach.

NFL

A Philadelphia Eagles fan chants while waiting for the team to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport a day after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

Mayor hopes 'knucklehead contingent' avoids Eagles parade

An estimated 2 million people celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles' long-awaited first Super Bowl win will descend on the city Thursday as the Vince Lombardi trophy is paraded through five miles of jubilant fans.

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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