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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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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Rugby

BACK IN THE FOLD: Siaosi Asofolau.

Asofolau, Tupou and Perez back for Manu Samoa Sevens

Manu Samoa Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens has named his squad for the Hamilton and Sydney legs of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens. The team sees the return of a couple of old names in Alatasi Tupou, Siaosi Asofolau and Joe Perez.

Boxing

Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Adrien Broner during their WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Pacquiao dominates in retaining title against Broner

Manny Pacquiao showed Saturday night he's still got plenty of fight for a fighter on the wrong side of 40.

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

Manchester City's coach Pep Guardiola talks to his player Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jesus keeps up scoring spree, Man City beats Wolves 3-0

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keeping a close eye on Gabriel Jesus now the young striker's family are no longer with him in England.

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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