Referee Fahad Al Mirdasi looks at a video screen during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and Russia, at the Kazan Arena, Russia.

FIFA: Video tech 'definitely' at World Cup, finding sponsors

Video replays will be used at the World Cup for the first time and talks are underway with potential sponsor branding to appear when the technology is used, a FIFA executive said on Monday.

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Ms Iuniarra Sipaia.

Banned substance alertness heightened after Sipaia’s case

The recent suspension of Weightlifter, Iuniarra Sipaia, who tested positive for a banned substance, has prompted the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) to work towards preventing this issue from happening again.

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BETTER EQUIPPED: Ele Opeloge giving instructions during the workshop.

Equipping coaches with tools to develop sports in Samoa

The Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) is on a mission. It wants to empower local coaches with the tools so they can nurture and develop local athletes to be the best they can be.

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United States' Sloane Stephens smiles during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Even without Serena, Aussie Open women's field still tough

Without defending champion Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there's certainly an opportunity for another player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion.

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Suspended athlete breaks her silence

A female weightlifter, who has been suspended after she tested positive for taking a banned substance, has finally broken her silence about the ordeal. Iuniarra Sipaia of Vaoala is awaiting the result of an investigation conducted by the International Weightlifting Federation (I.W.F.) for using triamcinolone acetonide.

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Frank Pritchard in action for Samoa.

Thank you, Captain Pritchard!

A leader, a team man and above all, a family man who has time for all. The Toa Aiga wishes Frank all the best with his future endeavours…

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United States' Serena Williams gestures as she holds her trophy after defeating her sister Venus in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Mother knows best: Serena opts out of Aussie title defense

Serena Williams' decision not to defend her Australian Open title four months after giving birth to her first child had nothing to do with merely being able to play at Melbourne Park.

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Karmichael Hunt. (inset) Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu

Fuimaono-Sapolu’s rugby drug tweet turns heads

Former Manu Samoa player, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, has turned heads once more with a tweet about cocaine use in professional rugby. 

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Former boxer Vinny Paz, subject of the film

Ex-boxer Vinny Paz accused of beating up, biting man

Retired boxing champion Vinny Paz, whose comeback story after a car crash was dramatized in the 2016 film "Bleed for This," has been accused of attacking a Rhode Island man and sending him to the hospital.

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CATCHING SOME SUN Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker with his brother John Parker.

It’s a done deal for Parker

It’s a done deal. Duco boss Segiali’i David Higgins will be heading to London in a few days to seal the deal that will see his charge Lupesoliai La’auli Joseph Parker in a legacy fight against Anthony Joshua.

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Samoa’s world champion Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker.

Segiali’i confirms major Parker deal

Samoa’s world champion, Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker, who is in the country for the Christmas holidays, has taken another step towards the biggest fight of his life.

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Fa’atoia and Lupe ole Soaga dominate

The Fa’atoia United and Lupe o le Soaga Football teams dominated the Football Federation Samoa 2017 prize giving last week. Held at the Football Samoa Federation Headquarters, both football teams stood out from the Football Federation Samoa National League tournament that kicked off from 19th September and concluded last week.

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ARCHERY SAMOA’S FATHER AND DAUGHTER DUO: Father and daughter, Muaausa Joseph Walter and Jil Grete Walter.

Father and daughter shooting for the stars

Winning a medal is surely something to be proud of, but winning a medal alongside your child will leave any parent’s heart heavy with pride and joy.

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Ms Iuniarra Sipaia.

Samoa fights ban on weightlifter

The International Weightlifting Federation is reviewing their decision to ban a top female weightlifter after she was tested positive for using a banned substance.

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THE TEAM THAT MADE IT ALL HAPPEN: Lepea Management; Lynetta Laumea-Faaiuaso, Albert Niko, Iakopo Filimoeatu, Edward Gabriel (President), Manaia Williams, Junior Alanepi and Desmond Edward-Faaiauaso.

Lepea football club celebrates a successful year

The Lepea Football Club had much to celebrate yesterday. After a year full of achievements and meeting goals, the team can sit back and reminisce on all the hard work they have put in to make it this far.

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McKayla Maroney.

USOC CEO apologizes, says he was unaware of Nassar abuse

The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says in a letter he was not aware of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse allegations before law enforcement got involved, and that he had no knowledge of a settlement between USA Gymnastics and 2012 Olympic champion McKayla Maroney in a case involving the now-imprisoned former team doctor.

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Jarryd Hayne.

Lawsuit accuses former 49ers player Jarryd Hayne of rape

A former San Francisco 49ers player now playing professional rugby in Australia has been sued by a California woman who says he sexually assaulted her.

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Samoa Men’s Beach Volleyball: Eneliko Tui and Ioane Lesoa.

Silver Medal for Samoa Beach Volleyball

Samoa Beach Volleyball pair, Eneliko Tui and Ioane Fereti Lesoa, scooped silver medals during the last medal presentation at the Vanuatu Mini Games before the closing ceremony.

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Samoa Men’s Basketball: Gold medalists Ezra Tufuga, Theo Mcfarland, Bismarck Densel Joseph and Ryan Paia show what they’ve got as they stand on the winners’ podium at the Minis Games.

Men’s Basketball secures gold

The Samoan men’s basketball team tasted sweet success in Vanuatu last week, securing Samoa another gold medal during the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.

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SPECIAL WELCOME:The sport looks to be on the way up again with all five of their boxers returning with medals from the Vanuatu Mini Games.

S.A.B.A welcomes heroes

Samoa Amateur Boxing Association hosted a welcoming ceremony last Monday evening to welcome their five boxers who competed in the South Pacific Mini Games held in Vanuatu two weeks ago.

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Faalemiga Selesele.

Manu 7s for Sydney Named

The Samoa Rugby Union has named its final squad for the H.S.B.C. sevens leg in Sydney this weekend. A statement from the rugby house states the final squad for the Manu Samoa 7s team has seen the return of Falemiga Selesele, Elisapeta Alofipo and Gordon Langkilde.


Britain's then new world champion Tyson Fury, celebrates with the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts after winning the world heavyweight title fight against Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fur

Former world heavyweight champ Fury to regain boxing license

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was cleared Friday to make his long-awaited return to the ring after being told by British boxing authorities that his suspension will be lifted.


Tua Tagovailoa.

Tua Tagovailoa stars in Alabama win

To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now.


Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz congratulates Nick Foles (9) during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia.

Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7

With one quarter remaining, Eagles players on the field and sideline already were dancing.


Kelsall hails from the villages of Fagalii, Letogo, and Vailele

Samoan basketball star ready for Oceania

Samoa enters this year’s F.I.B.A. U18 Oceania Championships aiming to improve on a promising performance in the 2014 tournament, and a lot of their fortunes will be placed on the shoulders of Linda Kelsall 

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