England's Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his side opening goal during the quarterfinal match between Sweden and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara.

England's set-piece mastery reaping rewards at World Cup

Forget bending them like Beckham. At this World Cup, it has been a case of teasing them in like Trippier and angling them in like Ashley.

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Samoa national under 16 football team with Head coach - Suva Martin Tamasese and Assistnat Coach - Silao Malo.

Samoa U-16 men’s football team confident

The Samoa national Under-16 men’s football team has departed Samoa to compete in the 2018 Oceania Football Federation Under-17 men’s championship in Tonga. 

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Donations of football jerseys and shoes for various football clubs in Samoa. Photo/ Supplied

Clubs get jerseys and gear

The Lepea Football Club has presented football jerseys and gear to seven different football clubs in Samoa.

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Lynetta Edward, Semisi Semisi and Peniata Maiava at the Opening ceremony for 2018 F.I.F.A. World Cup.

Seeing the World Cup was a highlight

Watching the 2018 F.I.F.A. World Cup opening ceremony in Russia is an experience that Peniata Soul Maiava and Semisi Fatutoa Semisi will never forget.

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Croatia's Luka Modric, left, celebrates after scores penalty shootout during the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Croatia ends Russia's run, advances to World Cup semifinals

Nyet this time. Although Russia made it further at this year's World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw.

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England's Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his side opening goal during the quarterfinal match between Sweden and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0

England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England's youthful team a match against either Croatia or host nation Russia for a place in the final on July 15.

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Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne, 2nd right, scores his side's second goal during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in Kazan, Russia, Friday, July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Belgium eliminates Brazil from World Cup to reach semifinals

Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1 Friday, sending Neymar home without living up to the expectations of being soccer's most expensive player.

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France's Benjamin Pavard, top, and Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez challenge for the ball during the quarterfinal match between Uruguay and France at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Friday, July 6, 2018.

France reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Uruguay 2-0

A shot that flew directly at the hands of the opposing goalkeeper turned into a World Cup goal for Antoine Griezmann.

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England's John Stones speaks during a press conference inside the England media centre at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Repino near St. Petersburg, Russia.

England's Stones calls Colombia 'dirtiest team' he's faced

England defender John Stones described Colombia as the "dirtiest team I've ever come up against" and said his team's ability to rise above the provocation is a sign of its growing maturity at the World Cup.

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Brazil's Neymar, right, Marcelo, center, and Casemiro attend the official training session on the eve of the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Tsentralny stadium in Kazan, Russia.

Brazil coach Tite not a fan of penalty shootouts

Brazil coach Tite isn't a fan of penalty shootouts. He doesn't have any better ideas, though.

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England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saves a penalty during the round of 16 match between Colombia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

England finally wins penalty shootout at World Cup

England ended its long run of penalty misery and reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 12 years, beating Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday.

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Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez, top and Switzerland's Manuel Akanji react after their team lost the round of 16 match between Switzerland and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2

Switzerland's dismal record in knockout stages endures

Another World Cup knockout match for Switzerland, another defeat. After meekly falling to a 1-0 defeat by unfancied Sweden, it's now 64 years since Switzerland scored in a knockout match at soccer's premier tournament.

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elgium's Nacer Chadli, center, scores his third side goal during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Belgium beats Japan 3-2 to reach World Cup quarterfinals

Nacer Chaldi capped a comeback from a two-goal deficit when he scored in the fourth minute of injury time to give Belgium a 3-2 victory over Japan on Monday and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

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Brazil's Neymar celebrates as Mexico's Miguel Layun and teammates Hirving Lozano embrace at the end of their round of 16 match at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. Brazil won 2-0. (AP Photo/Eduardo Ver

Mexico fails again to get to World Cup 'quinto partido'

The "quinto partido" curse goes on. Mexico fell 2-0 to Brazil on Monday, marking the seventh straight time that El Tri has failed to reach the quarterfinals — or the fifth game — at soccer's premier tournament.

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Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saves the decisive penalty during a penalty shoot out after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod.

Denmark goalkeeper gets one-upped in World Cup shootout

Despite saving three penalties, Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel got one-upped in the shootout.

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Spain's Gerard Pique reacts during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Spain's 'tiki-taka' generation is finally done

Add this to your book of Russian proverbs: He who only passes is passed.

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People wave Russian flags on the Krymsky Bridge to passengers aboard a ferry on the Moskva river in Moscow. Photo/AP

Ecstatic Russians pour onto the streets after WCup win

Most Russian fans just hoped that this World Cup team would not embarrass itself at a home tournament. Now they are ecstatically flooding the streets to celebrate a massive upset with hopes for more.

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, heads the ball during the round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cavani scores twice, Uruguay ousts Ronaldo and Portugal 2-1

Edinson Cavani upstaged Cristiano Ronaldo, first with his head and then with his right foot, and sent Uruguay to the World Cup quarterfinals. Cavani scored twice and Ronaldo none Saturday to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over Portugal.

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France's Kylian Mbappe, left, celebrates with team mate Lucas Hernandez after scoring his side's third goal during the round of 16 match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 201

Mbappe, not Messi, stars as France beats Argentina 4-3

What Lionel Messi has never done, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe did twice. The quick-footed French teenager scored two goals in a five-minute span of the second half to help his team rally for a 4-3 victory over Argentina. Saturday's victory gave France a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

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England's Jamie Vardy, left, and Belgium's Moussa Dembele challenge for the ball during the group G match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Belgium beats England 1-0, moves into tougher side of draw

England barely seemed troubled by losing. Belgium appeared to be a reluctant winner.

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Rugby

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.

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.

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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