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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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

Fijian club Tabadamu have cruised to the semifinals of the Marist International Sevens Tournament.

Apia earn matchup with Tabadamu on the morning of Day Two

Fijian club Tabadamu have cruised to the semifinals of the Marist International Sevens Tournament with a 39-0 win over the darlings of Day One, Lefaga.

Boxing

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.”

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.

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