TRAINING NON-STOP: Boxers Marion Ah Tong, Mac Tuna,  Tupuola Seua’i Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali and Jancen Papalii at the weekends trials before the squad depart for China on Saturday.

Boxer off to China to prepare for gold

Leading young boxer Tupuola Seua’i Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali leaves for China on Saturday to begin four months of intensive training ahead of the Pacific Games in July.

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British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, is shoved by Jarrell Miller, right, as they pose for photographs during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in New York, to promote their upcoming fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Heavyweights Joshua, Miller hurl insults instead of leather

Staring contests, shouting matches, some shoving. Even a near mix-up with some members of the audience.

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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.”

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Boxer Jai Opetaia by poolside at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel, with his IBF Pan Pacific cruiserweight title and WBO Asia-Pacific cruiserweight title belts. Photo: Thomas Airey.

Jai Opetaia training for title fight in Samoa

Champion Samoan-Australian boxer Jai Opetaia is in Samoa for a training camp ahead of his March 22nd fight in Belgium against Bilal Laggoune for the IBF Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title.

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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.

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Dereck Chisora, left, is knocked out by Dillian Whyte during a heavyweight boxing bout Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in London. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

Whyte KOs Chisora in round 11 of heavyweight fight

Dillian Whyte stopped Dereck Chisora in the 11th round of an all-British heavyweight bout at the 02 Arena on Saturday to make a claim to be Anthony Joshua's next challenger.

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The Marist Boxing Club had its final matches yesterday with a Christmas in the Ring special in Siumu.

Boxing revival a success with finals

The Marist Boxing Club had its final matches yesterday with a Christmas in the Ring special in Siumu. 

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IN TRAINING: Ato (not pictured) with the young boxers, before their bouts in the ring on Saturday.

Samoa’s young boxers take the ring

One of Samoa’s youngest fighters fought before his village for the first time, in the Marist Boxing Club finals yesterday.

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Lupesoliai Parker floors Flores

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker went two years without a knockout win, but when it came against Alexander Flores in Christchurch this morning, it was worth the wait. Lupesoliai knocked Flores out with 2:51 gone in round three, with a brutal seven punch combo completing a well-crafted performance.

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New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker during a training session ahead of his fight in Christchurch next week. Wreck room, Auckland, New Zealand. Thursday 6 December2018 © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Parker ready for make-or-break fight with Flores

Lupesoliai La'auli Joseph Parker said he is looking to finish off a challenging year “with a bang” against Alexander Flores on Saturday night. The former World Boxing Organisation (W.B.O.) heavyweight champion is in the final stages of his training for Saturday’s fight at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Tyson Fury, of England, lies on the canvas after being knocked down by Deontay Wilder during the 12th round of a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match.

Wilder hoping for a rematch with Fury 'ASAP'

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he wants a rematch with Tyson Fury "ASAP."

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Tyson Fury, left, of England, poses with Deontay Wilder, right, along with referee Jack Reiss after their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match ended in a draw, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

Tyson Fury dominated long stretches of his heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder with shifty technique and graceful defense.

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Australia's Jeff Horn.

Jeff Horn beats Anthony Mundine with 1st round KO

Australia's Jeff Horn needed only 96 seconds to knock out veteran compatriot Anthony Mundine on Friday in their non-title catchweight bout at Suncorp Stadium.

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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.

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Tyson Fury, left, and Deontay Wilder face off, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, during a news conference in New York.

Heavyweights Wilder, Fury scuffle at promotional appearance

Heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have wrapped up their three-city publicity tour for their upcoming bout by nearly coming to blows again.

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Anthony Joshua celebrates defeating Alexander Povetkin to retained his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight boxing titles, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Wembley Stadium in London. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

'We want Wilder': Team Joshua eager to fix unification fight

No sooner had Anthony Joshua brutally dispatched another pretender to his heavyweight titles than attention turned to who the British fighter would face next as he seeks to clean up boxing's most glamorous division.

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British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, fights Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin in their WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles fight at Wembley Stadium in London, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Joshua stops Povetkin in 7th round, keeps heavyweight titles

 Anthony Joshua retained his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium. Joshua, who fought with a suspected broken nose from the second round, sent the Russian to the canvas with a big right midway through the seventh and was unloading a flurry of punches before the referee stepped in to end the fight.

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Britain's Anthony Joshua, left, and Russia's Alexander Povetkin pose during the weigh-in at the Business Design Centre in London, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin are due to fight for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titl

Joshua weighs in 11 kilograms heavier than Povetkin

Anthony Joshua has weighed in about 11 kilograms heavier than Alexander Povetkin ahead of their heavyweight title fight in London.

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Boxers, Britain's Anthony Joshua, left, and Russia's Alexander Povetkin pose for photographers with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, centre, after a press conference at Wembley stadium in London, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Joshua and Povetkin are due to fight

Joshua back 'home' to face Povetkin for heavyweight titles

This was supposed to be the week Anthony Joshua completed his whirlwind boxing journey from Olympic gold medalist to undisputed world heavyweight champion. Deontay Wilder should have been the opponent, Las Vegas potentially the venue.

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Jai Opetaia’s next fight confirmed

Samoan boxing star, Jai Opetaia’s next fight has been confirmed. 12 Round Promotion ‘Alain Vanackere’ yesterday confirmed that negotiations have been finalized for Opetaia to fight Bilal Laggoune, as the IBF Intercontinental mandatory challenger in Liege Belgium on October 20.

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Rugby

French head coach Jacques Brunel watches his players warm-up before the Six Nations rugby.

France coach Brunel under pressure ahead of 6N Scotland game

It's the latest maverick selection choice from France coach Jacques Brunel, who changes his sides much more often than he wins games.

NFL

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.

Football

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.

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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