Auckland Captain, Justine Lavea lifted the Cup for the Inaugural Women’s Sevens Tournament in 2018. NZ Black Ferns Captain, Seiuli Fiaoo Faamausili standing on left of Justine.

Marist gears up for “Samoa’s Premier Sevens tourney”

The 31st International Marist Sevens, dubbed Samoa’s Premier Sevens tournament, will be held on the 15 – 16 February 2019 at the Apia Concrete Products Stadium, Lotopa. 

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Netball Samoa and the visiting Aute Pasifika are both taking positives out of the latter’s tour of Samoa.

Netball Samoa hoping to learn from defeats to overseas opposition

Despite the results all going one way, Netball Samoa and the visiting Aute Pasifika are both taking positives out of the latter’s tour of Samoa.

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FILE In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016 file photo an employee of the Russia's national drug-testing laboratory holds a vial in Moscow, Russia.

WADA starts work on copying doping data in Moscow lab

World Anti-Doping Agency experts have started the process of copying data from a Moscow laboratory that could implicate numerous Russian athletes in past drug cases.

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FRIENDLY GAME: Oriana Netball Academy and Aute Pasifika teams at N.U.S Gymnasium.

Oriana Netball Academy loses in friendlies

The Under 14s and the Under 16s teams Oriana Netball Academy lost to Aute Pasifika 51-5 and 51-21 yesterday, compelling players and parents to blame the academy for the short notice preparations. 

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In this photo taken on July 10, 2018, Carl Grove, a 90-year-old record-setting cyclist, races at the USA Cycling Masters Track Nationals in Breinigsville, PA.

In shaming 90-year-old rider, anti-doping earns a black eye

With each pedal-stroke of his 80- and now 90-year-old legs, Carl Grove sought to show his fellow Americans that old age can be rich and rewarding.

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People take part in the

Youth Olympics in 2020 aims to overcome Swiss bid skeptics

After voters in Switzerland rejected three Olympic bids since 2013, the city that's home to the IOC headquarters will still stage a Winter Games in one year's time.

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Switzerland's Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic kiss the trophy after winning the final against Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Bencic follows Hopman Cup win with tough 1st-round in Hobart

Belinda Bencic has followed up her title at the Hopman Cup with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over second-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu in the first round of the Hobart International.

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Aute Pasifika vs. Samoa Netball at NUS gymnasium.

Aute Pasifika takes on Netball Samoa in friendly game

The Aute Pasifika kicked off their tournament with a friendly game against a Netball Samoa team at the National University of Samoa Gymnasium yesterday.

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GETTING A TASTE OF SAMOA AND THE HEAT: Some members of the Aute Pasifika team at the N.U.S. Gymnasium. More coverage and photos on backpage and in Sports.

Aute Pasifika Netball experiencing Samoa

The Aute Pasifika Netball team is on their first trip to Samoa, to experience the game at the grassroots level. 

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after scoring a point against opponent Wang Xinyu of China during their match in the Shenzhen Open tennis tournament in Shenzhen.

Sharapova retires with injury, Sabalenka reaches semifinals

Maria Sharapova retired from her match at the Shenzhen Open with an injury on Friday, giving top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka a spot in the tournament's semifinals.

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Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a shot during his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Federer wins to put Switzerland in Hopman Cup final

Roger Federer relied on his trusted serve to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) Thursday and give defending champion Switzerland a spot in the Hopman Cup final.

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Naomi Osaka of Japan talks to her coach Sascha Bajin, left, during her quarterfinal match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane.

Coach's words inspire Osaka; Nishikori also into semifinals

Naomi Osaka called in her coach for advice on how to swing momentum after losing the first set to Anastasija Sevastova, and it did the trick.

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Germany's Michael Schumacher celebrating winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix auto race at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China.

Schumacher family asks for privacy before his 50th birthday

Michael Schumacher's family has asked for understanding as it continues to keep details of his health private ahead of the seven-time Formula One champion's 50th birthday.

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Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa lies on the mat after being knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. during first round of their three-round exhibition match on New Year's Eve, at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (AP P

Mayweather stops Nasukawa in 1st round, flooring him 3 times

 It took less than three minutes for Floyd Mayweather to knock down his Japanese kickboxer opponent Tenshin Nasukawa three times in a totally one-sided bout of exhibition boxing on New Year's Eve.

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Serena Williams.

Return to sender: Federer looking forward to Serena's serve

Roger Federer's wish is about to be granted — he's getting the chance to return Serena Williams' powerful serve.

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Lydia Ko of New Zealand during the practise rounds.

Lydia Ko receives New Zealand honor

Former top-ranked golfer Lydia Ko has received one of New Zealand's highest civil honors.

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No. 1 Alabama beats No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 to reach title game

his season's Alabama juggernaut has yet to be stopped, and Oklahoma's shaky defense sure wasn't going to get in the way. Maybe Clemson can. Tua Tagovailoa threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns and No. 1-ranked Alabama beat No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 on Saturday night in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl .

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a news conference in Tokyo.

Mayweather promises entertainment, not a knockout, in Japan

Floyd Mayweather is promising entertainment when he fights Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in three rounds of exhibition boxing on New Year's Eve, but not necessarily a knockout.

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Touch player Filoi Eneliko (right).

Veteran touch player defies coach’s expectations to make World Cup squad

Touch player Filoi Eneliko is after one last Pacific Games gold medal in what could be the final year of her international touch career. The veteran is hoping to make the open women’s squad for next year’s Games, which would be her fifth.

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Gerardine Solia-Gibb in action at a national team training camp in Wellington.

Mother of five topping the charts in netball training

A 35-year-old mother of five is setting the standard in training for the Samoa national netball team.

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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.


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.”


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.


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.


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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