Canberra Raiders' Sam Williams, left, and Joey Leilua react during a Round 22 NRL rugby match between the Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

Australian rugby league team proud of Huawei sponsorship

An Australian rugby league team wants to continue Huawei's longest-ever sports sponsorship despite the Chinese communication giant's ban from Australia's 5G networks and legal wrangle with the United States.

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Rugby League Samoa President with Vailima representative together with the four selected elite team captains.

Rugby League Samoa launches new tournament

Rugby League Samoa has kicked off 2019 by officially launching a new tournament last night – Fantastic Four 9’s Series 2019.

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Australia's captain Cameron Smith holds the winners trophy aloft as he celebrates with teammates after their 34-2 win over New Zealand in their World Cup Final International Rugby League match at Old Trafford Stadium.

Most of 2021 Rugby League World Cup to be in north England

The 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be staged almost entirely in its north England stronghold.

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FOOT RACE: Matthew Howden leads the Falefa 10km ahead of Andrea Bolzoni and Andrea Piras. Photo (Afoa / Samoa Events).

Matthew Howden and Anna Rivara win Falefa Falls 10km

It was a perfect morning for a foot race on the mountain road at Falefa on Saturday. This is the only race that runs twice during the year, in January to kick start Samoa Events’ annual programme and in November to close the year. 

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Samoa Red Cross Society disaster manager Isara Iose Jr. said safety needs to be considered over all other aspects of the sport in terms of funding.

First-aiders might have saved Faiva Tagatauli’s life

The Samoa Red Cross Society said if they were present at the Taula Apia Rugby Union match between Vaimoso HJ Keil and Vailele, there’s a chance Vaimoso blindside flanker Faiva Tagatauli could still be alive.

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Around 20 shooters are taking part in the shotgun competition, which the double barrel section held yesterday, single barrel today and points score tomorrow.

Samoa shooters aim for national title, Pacific Games squad

The Samoa Shooting Federation held the first day of it’s national competition yesterday, with the three-day tournament at Tafaigata doubling as trials for Samoa’s Pacific Games squad.

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S.R.U. Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i.

Tagatauli tragedy highlights player safety in rugby

The death of Vaimoso rugby player Faiva Tagatauli after a suspected head injury is “a wake-up call for everybody”, according to Samoa Rugby Union chief executive officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i. Tagatauli (27) died yesterday morning, having collapsed on the side of the field after being substituted during the Taula Apia Rugby Union Senior A division match between Vaimoso HJ Keil and Vailele at the S.R.U fields, Tuanaimato.

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COLLABORATION AND WORKING TOGETHER: Fepuleai Patrick Fepuleai and Falefata Hele Matatia.

SASNOC teams up with Pacific Games

The Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC) will back the Pacific Games to the tune of T$1.5 million, formalised yesterday with a ceremonial signing between the organisations.

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United States' Serena Williams reacts after losing a point to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbei

1 point away, Serena stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open

Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

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In this Jan. 21, 2019, photo, Germany's Alexander Zverev smashes his racket in frustration during his fourth round match against Canada's Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Happens all the time in top-level t

Tennis players can cause quite a racket by smashing rackets

Way behind in a match he soon would lose, Alexander Zverev leaned forward in his Australian Open sideline seat to repeatedly, and violently, crack his racket against the court with a reverberating THWACK — one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight times in all, before throwing down the offending, and now-mangled, piece of equipment.

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United States' Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Romania's Simona Halep in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Serena Williams ousts No. 1 Simona Halep at Australian Open

As Serena Williams made her way out to the Australian Open's main court during pre-match introductions, the voice booming over the stadium's speakers implored spectators to welcome "the world's No. 1 player — from Romania, Simona Halep."

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Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas, right, is congratulated by Switzerland's Roger Federer after winning their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Federer, 37, shocked by Tsitsipas, 20, at Australian Open

Even as his uninterrupted dominance of yore dissipated, even as he took the occasional break, Roger Federer always mattered more often than not in the closing days of Grand Slam tournaments.

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Emele Elizabeth Paletasala in national team training.

Family helps touch player’s dream come true

The youngest member of the national women’s open touch team, Emele Elizabeth Paletasala (19), gave her family all the credit for her sporting success. Paletasala, of Vaitele-uta, was named by coach Geoff Hooper in his squad for the World Cup in Malaysia in May.

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Elizabeth Timoteo.

Making touch World Cup squad “something I’ve been longing for”

Elizabeth Timoteo (20) of Fasitoo-uta has only been playing touch for two years, but was recently named in Samoa’s open women’s squad for the World Cup in May.

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Athletics Samoa head coach Ah Chong Sam Chong (far left) and president Leiataualesa Jerry Brunt (second from left) were presented with equipment by S.A.S.N.O.C. CEO Tuala Mathew Vaea (far right). Photo / Thomas Airey.

Athletics among sports benefitting from S.A.S.N.O.C. support

Athletics Samoa was honoured to receive equipment from the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee at a handover ceremony yesterday.

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Wallaroos captain Liz Patu goes for the try-line.New Zealand All Blacks v Australian Wallabies, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. 25 August 2018. © Copyright Image: Marc Shannon / www.photosport.nz.

Patu: “Being called a Samoan playing for Australia is important to me”

“We have the quality of being a leader, it’s the way we are brought up.” Australia rugby Wallaroos captain and proud Samoan Liz Patu said this quality is inherent to women of Samoa.

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Marist Invitation vs Apia Maroons in 30th Marist Sevens 2018.

Top seeds for Marist Sevens confirmed

The 31st Marist International Sevens has confirmed the pool arrangement for both the Men’s and Women’s tournament. 

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Coach Geoff Hooper runs Samoa women’s touch training at N.U.S. Fields last week.

Women’s touch squad for W.C. showing huge improvement

The Samoa women’s open touch coach said the World Cup squad have progressed massively since he was last on the island for a training camp.

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Marcus Mariota.

American football documentary celebrates Polynesian influence

Media initiative Football Matters released a documentary yesterday called Unsung Heroes, exploring the Polynesian community’s influence on American football in the United States.

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Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his first round match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

On bad hip, Andy Murray out in 1st round of Australian Open

If this was it for Andy Murray, if this truly was it, he gave himself — and an appreciative, raucous crowd that included his mother and brother — quite a gutsy goodbye, the type of never-give-in performance he's famous for.

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Rugby

Daniel Leo presented gear donated from professional players and clubs in Europe to two teams from Savaii playing in the tournament; Taga Blowholes and Gataivai.

P.R.P.W. in the islands to donate gear, film documentary

Pacific Rugby Player’s Welfare (PRPW) chief executive officer and former Manu Samoa Lock Daniel Leo attended the Marist International Sevens Tournament while he was in Samoa filming for a documentary on rugby in the Pacific.

Boxing

Jai Opetaia gives back through boxing clinic

Samoan-Australian champion boxer, Jai Opetaia, gave back to the community by giving a boxing lesson yesterday for the kids at Inga’s Gym, Sinamoga. “Today is about the kids,” he said. “We’re just coming here to have training with the kids and have a laugh and enjoy so it’s actually exciting for them to see what we got for them in the bag.”

NFL

New England Patriots' David Andrews (60) picks up Tom Brady (12) after the Patriots scored a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever

Super it wasn't — until the drive that won New England its record-tying sixth Super Bowl.

Football

Kiwi FC leave the field after their 9-1 win over Lotoha’apai United in the Cook Islands.

Kiwi FC back into training having advanced in Champions League

Kiwi FC had their first session back at training yesterday having returned from a successful trip to the Cook Islands for the OFC Champions League qualifying tournament.

Basketball

Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, in Phoenix.

US basketball player says Milan police racially profiled him

American basketball player Mike James says he was racially profiled by Milan police who pointed guns at him and two friends after being stopped on the street — a claim that police deny.

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