Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores a try during the rugby union international match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018. (Niall Carson, PA via AP)

Ireland topple All Blacks 16-9 at home for first time

Ireland is No. 1. At least to New Zealand coach Steve Hansen. His All Blacks, the undisputed No. 1 for nine years, lost to the Irish 16-9 on Saturday for the first time in Dublin. Hansen immediately dubbed Ireland the favorite for the Rugby World Cup next year.

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England's Joe Cokanasiga celebrates after scoring a try during the rugby union international match between England and Japan at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

England recovers to beat Japan 35-15 at Twickenham

 Owen Farrell spearheaded a rescue act from England's powerful bench as a late and unanswered onslaught of points denied Japan a famous victory in its first visit to Twickenham on Saturday.

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Wales' Steff Evans, centre, is tackled by Tonga's Sione Vailanu, left, and Siale Piutau during their Autumn International rugby union match at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

Wales grabs 10 tries, beats Tonga 74-24 for 8th straight win

Wales scored three tries in the first 11 minutes before adding seven more in a rampant second-half display to thrash Tonga 74-24 in a rugby international in Cardiff and seal an eighth straight victory on Saturday.

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South Africa's Handre Pollard kicks the ball to convert a try during the rugby union international match between Scotland and South Africa at Murrayfield stadium, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Springboks win at Murrayfield 26-20

South Africa became the first visiting team in a year to storm Murrayfield after beating Scotland 26-20 in a rugby international on Saturday.

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Manu Samoa capitulates against Georgia

For the second week in a row, the Manu Samoa has been left wondering how on earth they lost. Georgia rode a 17-0 second half comeback to turn over Samoa 27-19 at home in Tbilisi. They took an early lead after a penalty from an attacking lineout gave them a kick for goal in the third minute.

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Australia's Marika Koroibete, left, is cheered by teammate David Pocock after scoring a try during the rugby union international match between Italy and Australia at the Euganeo Stadium in Padua, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Wallabies weather early scare to beat Italy 26-7

The Wallabies got the job half done. They beat Italy 26-7 on Saturday in Padua but had to survive an early scare and were far from convincing, still.

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Power beats pace in Manu Sina win over Papua New Guinea.

Power beats pace in Manu Sina win over Papua New Guinea

Samoa were good value for their 45-56 win against Papua New Guinea in the opening game of the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship. They dominated set pieces and the collisions, but some poor kick defence and mistakes let Papua New Guinea stay in the game.

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Our Manu Samoa captains run ahead of #TBCRugbySeries 2018 test against Georgia. Photo/Any Rekhviashvili

Manu Samoa out to make amends for last week’s errors

Manu Samoa technical advisor Chris Latham feels “immensely encouraged” ahead of the game against Georgia in Tbilisi tomorrow morning. Despite a heartbreaking 30-29 loss to USA on the first game of the Northern Hemisphere Tour, Latham said there’s a fantastic mood in the Manu Samoa camp.

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Wales Cory Hill runs between Australia's Dane Haylett-Petty, right, and Michael Hooper during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Wales make 14 changes for Tonga, fullback Holmes to debut

 Jonah Holmes will debut at fullback in a Wales side with 14 changes playing Tonga on Saturday in Cardiff.

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Australia's Will Genia passes the ball during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Ashley-Cooper to make Australia return against Italy

Adam Ashley-Cooper will start his first test for Australia in more than two years as one of seven changes to the team to face Italy on Saturday.

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French players react during their rugby union international against South Africa at the Stade de France in Paris.

Huget, Fickou back for France against Pumas

Wing Yoann Huget will play his first match for France in a year against Argentina this Saturday in Lille.

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England's Maro Itoje, right, and New Zealand's Brodie Retallick jump for the the ball in the line out during the rugby union international match between England and New Zealand.

All Blacks change 1, Ireland 3 for showdown in Dublin

Ireland brought in lock Devin Toner and fit-again backs Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose to play New Zealand on Saturday at Lansdowne Road.

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Leon Macdonald and Tana Umaga.

Tana Umaga replaced as head coach of Auckland-based Blues

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has been demoted from his role as head coach of Super Rugby's Auckland-based Blues.

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New Zealand Announced As Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 Winning Bid 14/11/2018 Steve Tew (New Zealand World Rugby Council Member) with Mark Robinson and Farah Palmer from the New Zealand Bid Team and Bill Beaumont (World Rugby Chairman)

New Zealand to host 2021 Women's World Cup

New Zealand has won the right to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup, bringing the tournament to the southern hemisphere for the first time.

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Japan's William Tupou is tackled by New Zealand's Angus Ta'avao their rugby test at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan on $18 per day; England on $32K per test

Japan is playing England this weekend for the first time since the so-called amateur era. And being paid like it. Coach Jamie Joseph says his team of "amateurs" receives less than $18 a day on tour.

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Samoa defeat Germany 66-15 in the first leg of the Oceania/Europe play-off in Apia for the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

Canada and Germany win openers in Rugby World Cup repechage

Canada and Germany were in pole position for the last berth in the 2019 Rugby World Cup after opening wins in the repechage tournament on Sunday.

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South Africa's Bongi Mbonambi, left, is congratulated by teammate's Handre Pollard, right, and Cheslin Kolbe as he celebrates after scoring his team's match winning try against France during their rugby union international at the Stade de France in Paris,

France cracks late again and loses to Springboks 29-26

France cracked right at the end once again as South Africa scored a try deep into injury time to win 29-26 at Stade de France on Saturday.

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Ireland's Luke McGrath scores a try during the rugby union international match between Ireland and Argentina, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Ireland struggle to put down Pumas 28-17

Ireland got the scrap it wanted before playing New Zealand as it had to grind past Argentina 28-17 at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

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Manu Samoa coach Steve Jackson.

Coach Jackson: Manu Samoa ‘definitely unlucky’ to lose

Manu Samoa coach Steve Jackson could not imagine a worse way to lose a rugby game than what happened to his team against USA Eagles yesterday morning. A last-gasp penalty kick stole the USA a 30-29 victory over the Manu in Jackson’s first game in charge. “To say I’m a little gutted would be an understatement.

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Wales Cory Hill runs between Australia's Dane Haylett-Petty, right, and Michael Hooper during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Wales wins 9-6 to end 13-match losing run against Australia

Wales ended a 13-match losing run against Australia as Dan Biggar kicked a late penalty for a 9-6 win in Cardiff on Saturday.

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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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