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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The Philippines' Jason William, centre, jumps to hit Australia's Daniel Kickert centre left as others rush to break the brawl during the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Philippine Arena in suburban Bocaue township, Bulacan province n

Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game

Basketball's international governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.

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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry shouts as he carries the Larry O'Brien trophy during the team's NBA championship parade, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oakland again celebrates NBA champion Warriors

For the second straight year, throngs of Golden State Warriors fans turned out for a victory parade to celebrate a team some are calling an NBA dynasty and got a treat when several players got off their buses to mingle with the crowd.

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Former NBA basketball player Rasual Butler and his wife Leah LaBelle, whose given name is Leah LaBelle Vladowski, arrive at the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York.

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash

Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.

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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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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) scores against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Atlanta.

AP sources: Bucks agree to $100M deal with Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a contract extension with Giannis Antetokounmpo, locking up one of the most versatile players in the NBA.

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2016 class of inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame Shaquille O'Neal shakes hands with Yao Ming, right, of China, during a news conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Springfield, Mass.

O'Neal, Iverson, Yao headline basketball Hall of Fame class

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will soon welcome two of the sport's game-changing stars — one big and one small.

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United States' Diana Taurasi smiles during a women's gold medal basketball game against Spain at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Good as gold: US women win 6th straight Olympic hoops title

Rio Olympics 2016: Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi shared a long, emotional embrace. Mission accomplished.

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United States' DeMarcus Cousins (12) blocks Australia's Ryan Broekhoff (9) during a men's basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016.

US men's basketball team gets tested, beats Australia 98-88

Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving had the answers in the first test for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team.

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At left is a June 16, 2013,  file photo showing LeBron James. At right is an Oct. 2, 2012,  file photo showing Michael Jordan. LeBron James has often avoided talking about trying to match Michael Jordan’s accomplishment. Now he’s chasing ‘the ghost’ of ar

LeBron tells SI he's motivated by 'ghost' of Michael Jordan

LeBron James has often avoided talking about trying to match Michael Jordan's accomplishments. Now he's chasing "the ghost" of arguably the greatest player in NBA history.

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Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan (15) attempts to block a shot by Savannah State center Tiyonda Davis (44) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., 

No. 9 Mississippi State beats Western Michigan 90-68

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Maybe this bodes well for Mississippi State, with Southeastern Conference play starting next month.

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Toronto Raptors' Bismack Biyombo fouls for a loose ball against Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015.

Rondo, Gay lead Kings over Raptors 104-94

TORONTO (AP) — Rajon Rondo had 19 points and 13 assists, Rudy Gay scored 19 points against his former team and the Sacramento Kings beat the Toronto Raptors 104-94 Sunday night to end a four-game road losing streak.

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Rugby

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.

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.

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