CHAMPIONS: Titans Volleyball team.

Titans win back to back Volleyball Shield

The Titans Volleyball defended their Shield title in the men’s division one competition this week. Titans scooped the Shield from the I’asa Volleyball team on Monday and again defeated Liona Volleyball team from Laulii on Thursday

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FATHER AND SON: Ato Plodzicki and his father Steven Faoagali.

A Samoan at heart, young boxer talks hard work

You can take the boy out of Samoa, but never Samoa out of the boy. Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali, an Australian born with Samoan and Polish roots, is 100 percent Samoan at heart.

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Volunteer returns favour for help during his nation’s hour of need

The hardest part of leaving is saying goodbye. Yesterday, Football Federation Samoa bid farewell to one of their friends and work colleague, Masato Tsuchyia, who is returning to Saitama, Japan.

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THEY HAVE ARRIVED: After a challenging journey in the Gold Coast Australia, they have come home and made the small Island nation of Samoa known to the world.

Well done and welcome home, Team Samoa!

A special welcoming ceremony was hosted yesterday afternoon by the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) for the athletes who recently competed in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this month.

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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea celebrates pitching a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game in Oakland. Manaea’s next start will come during the upcoming weekend series at the Houston Astros. (AP Photo/John Hefti, File)

Manaea's no-no part of impressive start to 3rd year with A's

Sean Manaea's father is from American Samoa, where he grew up playing cricket and rugby and didn't really know anything about baseball. 

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Lauititi Lui on the mend

Samoa’s super heavy weight weightlifter, Lauititi Lui, is currently in rehab. Lui won silver at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, where he also sustained a knee injury. 

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Samoa through to Netball World Cup

Samoa National Netball team has booked their spot for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England. Following an undefeated run at the Regional Qualifiers in Auckland, New Zealand, over the weekend, Samoa together with Fiji, who was the runner up, were the top teams from the competition. 

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Ramien scores twice, Cronulla wins in National Rugby League

Cronulla center Jesse Ramien scored two tries to help the Sharks beat Penrith 26-22 on Sunday and prevent the Panthers from moving into a share of first place in the National Rugby League.

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PREPARATION UNDERWAY: Samoa Outrigger Canoeing Association 3rd regatta of 2018 paddlers.

Canoeing Association gears up for Pacific Games

Samoa Outrigger Canoeing Association has started their preparations for the 2019 Pacific Games to be held in Samoa. A perfect weather out on the Taumeasina Island Resort open ocean yesterday contributed to a much anticipated third round of the Samoa Outrigger regatta race of the year.

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CHAMPIONS: Pesega Senior Girls team.

Church College wins 2018 netball tourney

Church College of Pesega dominated the 2018 B.S.L. and Bluesky Samoa Schools Netball Champ of Champs, which concluded yesterday. Held at the National University of Samoa Gymnasium on Thursday and Friday, Church College of Pesega won both the intermediate division as well as the senior girls division.

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FIRST TEE FOR 2018: Veteran M.P. Aeau Peniamina Leavai tees off to begin the tournament.

Golf club kicks start 2018 season

The Royal Samoa Country Golf Club teed off its 2018 season yesterday. Held at the Fagalii Golf Course, Aeau Peniamina Leavai, a member and a Patron of the club hit the first tee ball to open the season for all the members of the club and for anyone to play golf.

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B.S.L Marketing Manager Leeroy Feaunati

Schools Netball Champs of Champs kick off

The Business System Limited (B.S.L.) and Bluesky School Netball Champ of Champs 2018 kicked off the first day of the tournament yesterday morning. Held at the National University of Samoa Gymnasium, 20 Secondary Schools from all over Samoa were first assembled for the opening ceremony before taking the battling out in Court.

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DEVELOPING THROUGH GRASSROOT LEVEL: Girls participating in the Lefaga and Safata International Cricket tourney.

Cricket tournament for Safata and Lefaga Schools

Samoa International Cricket Association hosted a two-day international cricket competition for the Lefaga and Safata Under-15 girls.

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Feagaiga Stowers of Samoa poses with the gold medal for the Women’s +90kg Final during the Weightlifting on day five of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Stowers a special athlete

Samoa’s golden girl, Feagaiga Stowers, not only is a champion, but a special athlete. National weightlifting coach, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork, made this comment during an interview with the Samoa Observer. 

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President of Samoa Weightlifting and Coach Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

Junior weightlifters set to hit the gym

After a marvelous performance in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Samoa Weightlifting Juniors is set to hit the gym again. The Samoa National Weightlifting Junior team includes Silver medalists, 18-year-old Don Opeloge and 17-year-old Gold medalist’s female lifter, Feagaiga Stowers.

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Outstanding sportsmanship recognised

A Tongan/New Zealand weightlifter has won a prestigious award at the Commonwealth Games for outstanding sportsmanship in helping a Samoan weightlifter.

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Centre of Development participants with coaches. Photo:F.F.S.

Football Samoa develops grassroots

The Football Federation Samoa Center of Development Programme is back. The reintroduction of the programme as part of the Football Federation Samoa’s (F.F.S.) technical programme for 2018 was held last week Thursday. 

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National Weightlifting Team Head Coach, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

Funding a key impediment

It’s high time that Samoa invests more on its national weightlifting team and gives it the recognition it deserves. 

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Fiji's Josua Tuisova.

Pulling power of Fiji rugby obvious at Commonwealth Games

The Fijian netball team went missing Saturday on the Gold Coast, failing to turn up to watch the semifinals of their Commonwealth Games sport.

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David Afamasaga.

Crisis for Manu Samoa Sevens at the Commonwealth Games

The Manu Samoa Sevens has perhaps had its worst performance at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, losing both of its opening games in embarrassing fashion yesterday.

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Rugby

England Head Coach Eddie Jones.

England rugby defense coach leaves for club job

One of the key assistants of England rugby coach Eddie Jones has left his job with the national team to take up a role at club level.

Boxing

WBO World Heavyweight Title Fight Press Conference; Joseph Parker versus Hughie Fury; Tyson Fury says he doesn't bad talk Joseph Parker because he respects him too much

Tyson Fury to start comeback against 39-year-old Seferi

Tyson Fury will launch his comeback against 39-year-old Albanian Sefer Seferi, his promoter Frank Warren announced Sunday.

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

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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