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.

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Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, obscured, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal of the game against Everton during an English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park.

Man City goes top of EPL after beating Everton 2-0

Manchester City climbed atop the Premier League standings — at least provisionally — for the first time since December by beating Everton 2-0 on Wednesday, heaping more pressure on main title rival Liverpool.

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Kiwi FC teammates congratulate Paul Scanlan on one of his four goals.

Kiwi FC advance to next phase

Hosts Tupapa Maraerenga FC and Samoan champions Kiwi FC have both advanced to the Group Stage of the region’s premier club football competition as the sun set on the OFC Champions League 2019 – Qualifying Stage at the CIFA Academy in the Cook Islands.

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Kiwi FC team who will face the Lotoha’apai United FC on final day of OFC Champions League 2019.

All to play for on final Match Day of Champions League Qualifier

Fans of both Lotoha’apai United FC and Kiwi FC are in for a nervous ride on the third and final day at the OFC Champions League 2019 - Qualifying Stage tournament hosted by the Cook Islands Football Association in Rarotonga.

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Lotoha’apai United FC’s Tuia wins the ball from Pago Youth in midfield.

Tongan father and son duo lights up Qualifier

Tongan eyes were smiling on the opening match day at the 2019 OFC Champions League Qualifier tournament as Lotoha’apai United FC put Pago Youth to the sword.

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Kiwi FC goalkeeper Eti Fatu comes out to clear a ball into the box from Tupapa Maraerenga.

9-man Kiwi F.C. suffer big loss in Cook Islands

Hosts Tupapa Maraerenga FC produced a devastating performance to brush aside their Samoan rivals Kiwi FC on the opening match day at the 2019 OFC Champions League Qualifier tournament.

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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.

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Eibar.

Messi scores record 400th goal in Spanish league

That's 400 and counting. Lionel Messi took his all-time Spanish league scoring record to 400 goals on Sunday after contributing to a 3-0 win over Eibar to keep defending champion Barcelona comfortably at the top of the Spanish league.

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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo.

Las Vegas police seeking soccer star's DNA in rape case

Cristiano Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of a Nevada woman's allegation that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet, the soccer star's lawyer and Las Vegas police said Thursday.

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Levante defender Erick Cabaco, second right, celebrates after scoring against Barcelona during the la Copa del Rey round of 16 first leg soccer match between Levante and Barcelona.

Without Messi, Barcelona loses to Levante in Copa del Rey

Barcelona could not overcome the absence of Lionel Messi and other regular starters on Thursday, losing 2-1 at Levante in the first leg of the Copa del Rey's round of 16.

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah takes a shot as he warms up ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Liverpool.

Egypt to host African Cup; Salah's chance to shine at home

Egypt will replace Cameroon as the host of this year's African Cup of Nations soccer tournament, giving Mohamed Salah a chance to shine on his home stage.

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Italian Interior Minister and deputy Premier Matteo Salvini attends a meeting on violence during soccer matches, in Rome.

Italy gov't minister opposes stopping matches for racism

Opposing views emerged at a summit of Italian soccer and government leaders on Monday following an outbreak of violence and racism surrounding a game in Milan last month.

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Kyrgyz Republic's goalkeeper Pavel Matiash clears the ball in from of China's defender Wu Lei during the AFC Asian Cup group C soccer match between China and Kyrgyzstan.

China, South Korea, Iran open Asian Cup with victories

With coach Marcello Lippi in charge and the team needing a bit of help from an own-goal, China came from behind to beat Kyrgyzstan 2-1 at the Asian Cup on Monday.

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Australia's forward Jamie Maclaren, second right, attempts a shoot past Jordan's defender Anas Bani Yaseen, second left, during the AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match between Australia and Jordan at Hazza bin Zayed stadium in Al Ain.

Asian Cup: Jordan stuns defending champ Australia in 1-0 win

 If Australia is going to retain the Asian Cup, the champions will have to do it the hard way.

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Tottenham's Fernando Llorente, left, scores his side's fifth goal during the English FA Cup third round soccer match between Tranmere Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur at Prenton Park stadium in Birkenhead, England.

Tottenham beats Tranmere 7-0 in FA Cup for biggest away win

Tottenham recorded the biggest away win in club history on Friday as Fernando Llorente scored a hat trick to help crush fourth-tier Tranmere 7-0 in the third round of the FA Cup.

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Sina Sataraka.

15-year-old Sataraka the centre of attention in 5-all draw

Samoa’s wild 5-all draw in their second game of the OFC Nations Cup against Tahiti had a bit of everything. Perhaps lucky to escape a red card for lashing out in retaliation, 15-year-old striker Sina Sataraka ended up with a hattrick.

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Australia's Tim Cahill, center, celebrates with his children, Kyah, second right, Shae, left, Sienna, right, and Cruz, after playing his final game for Australia following their win over Lebanon in an international soccer friendly in Sydney, Tuesday, Nov.

Cahill international career ends with a win for Australia

Tim Cahill's farewell game for Australia ended in a 3-0 win over Lebanon on Tuesday, leaving the Socceroos' all-time leading scorer with 50 goals and 108 caps. Cahill, who scored in three of the four World Cups he contested, went on with about 10 minutes remaining at Sydney's Olympic stadium, and his every touch was greeted with raucous cheers from the 33,268-strong crowd.

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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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Juventus' Mario Mandzukic, left, celebrates with teammates Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Juventus at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

Mandzukic stepping up in the absence of goals from Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo might be finding it harder than expected to score in Serie A, but Mario Mandzukic has stepped up his game. The towering Croatia international weighed in with another two goals on Saturday to help Juventus to a 3-1 victory over Napoli as the Bianconeri maintained their perfect start to the season.

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Manuali’I (West Zone) team waiting for the opening parade to begin.

Samoa Football Cup is back

After a seven year hiatus, the Samoa National Football Cup is back, with five teams across 30 clubs competing for the top prize. The five teams are from five geographical zones, four in Upolu and one from Savaii. 

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Rugby

Daniel Leo presented gear donated from professional players and clubs in Europe to two teams from Savaii playing in the tournament; Taga Blowholes and Gataivai.

P.R.P.W. in the islands to donate gear, film documentary

Pacific Rugby Player’s Welfare (PRPW) chief executive officer and former Manu Samoa Lock Daniel Leo attended the Marist International Sevens Tournament while he was in Samoa filming for a documentary on rugby in the Pacific.

Boxing

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.

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.

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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