Ramien scores twice, Cronulla wins in National Rugby League

Cronulla center Jesse Ramien scored two tries to help the Sharks beat Penrith 26-22 on Sunday and prevent the Panthers from moving into a share of first place in the National Rugby League.

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PREPARATION UNDERWAY: Samoa Outrigger Canoeing Association 3rd regatta of 2018 paddlers.

Canoeing Association gears up for Pacific Games

Samoa Outrigger Canoeing Association has started their preparations for the 2019 Pacific Games to be held in Samoa. A perfect weather out on the Taumeasina Island Resort open ocean yesterday contributed to a much anticipated third round of the Samoa Outrigger regatta race of the year.

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CHAMPIONS: Pesega Senior Girls team.

Church College wins 2018 netball tourney

Church College of Pesega dominated the 2018 B.S.L. and Bluesky Samoa Schools Netball Champ of Champs, which concluded yesterday. Held at the National University of Samoa Gymnasium on Thursday and Friday, Church College of Pesega won both the intermediate division as well as the senior girls division.

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FIRST TEE FOR 2018: Veteran M.P. Aeau Peniamina Leavai tees off to begin the tournament.

Golf club kicks start 2018 season

The Royal Samoa Country Golf Club teed off its 2018 season yesterday. Held at the Fagalii Golf Course, Aeau Peniamina Leavai, a member and a Patron of the club hit the first tee ball to open the season for all the members of the club and for anyone to play golf.

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B.S.L Marketing Manager Leeroy Feaunati

Schools Netball Champs of Champs kick off

The Business System Limited (B.S.L.) and Bluesky School Netball Champ of Champs 2018 kicked off the first day of the tournament yesterday morning. Held at the National University of Samoa Gymnasium, 20 Secondary Schools from all over Samoa were first assembled for the opening ceremony before taking the battling out in Court.

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DEVELOPING THROUGH GRASSROOT LEVEL: Girls participating in the Lefaga and Safata International Cricket tourney.

Cricket tournament for Safata and Lefaga Schools

Samoa International Cricket Association hosted a two-day international cricket competition for the Lefaga and Safata Under-15 girls.

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Feagaiga Stowers of Samoa poses with the gold medal for the Women’s +90kg Final during the Weightlifting on day five of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Stowers a special athlete

Samoa’s golden girl, Feagaiga Stowers, not only is a champion, but a special athlete. National weightlifting coach, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork, made this comment during an interview with the Samoa Observer. 

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President of Samoa Weightlifting and Coach Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

Junior weightlifters set to hit the gym

After a marvelous performance in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Samoa Weightlifting Juniors is set to hit the gym again. The Samoa National Weightlifting Junior team includes Silver medalists, 18-year-old Don Opeloge and 17-year-old Gold medalist’s female lifter, Feagaiga Stowers.

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Outstanding sportsmanship recognised

A Tongan/New Zealand weightlifter has won a prestigious award at the Commonwealth Games for outstanding sportsmanship in helping a Samoan weightlifter.

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Centre of Development participants with coaches. Photo:F.F.S.

Football Samoa develops grassroots

The Football Federation Samoa Center of Development Programme is back. The reintroduction of the programme as part of the Football Federation Samoa’s (F.F.S.) technical programme for 2018 was held last week Thursday. 

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National Weightlifting Team Head Coach, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

Funding a key impediment

It’s high time that Samoa invests more on its national weightlifting team and gives it the recognition it deserves. 

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Fiji's Josua Tuisova.

Pulling power of Fiji rugby obvious at Commonwealth Games

The Fijian netball team went missing Saturday on the Gold Coast, failing to turn up to watch the semifinals of their Commonwealth Games sport.

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David Afamasaga.

Crisis for Manu Samoa Sevens at the Commonwealth Games

The Manu Samoa Sevens has perhaps had its worst performance at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, losing both of its opening games in embarrassing fashion yesterday.

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B.B.E Ulalei Vaiala team after their game against Marist St Joseph’s.

Vaiala overcomes Marist

B.B.E. Ulalei Vaiala Rugby Club stopped a famous challenge from Marist yesterday in a match that could have seen the 2018 Taula Apia Rugby Union Club shield travel to the west of Upolu.

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Former Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt, right, watches finals events with Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, left, at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Surprises highlight big night at Commonwealth Games track

It was a night of surprises Thursday on the track at the Commonwealth Games.

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Seain Cook of Scotland serves the ball while playing in a preliminary round mens beach volleyball match with teammate Robin Miedzybrodzki against Sri Lanka at the Coolangatta Beachfront during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Beach volleyball playing for a Commonwealth Games future

More than gold medals were on the line in beach volleyball on the Gold Coast, with the sport playing for its Commonwealth Games future.

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo reacts after winning her women's 200m semifinal at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

In duel of Olympic champions, Miller-Uibo edges Thompson

Shaunae Miller-Uibo got the better of a side-by-side duel with Elaine Thompson in a rehearsal for the 200-meter final at the Commonwealth Games.

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South Africa's Caster Semenya gestures after winning the women's 1500m final at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Semenya smashes games 1,500 record, on track for double.

Long after smashing the Commonwealth Games 1,500-meter record to set herself up for a middle-distance double, Caster Semenya passed Isaac Makwala under the stadium and gave the Botswana sprinter a congratulatory hug.

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PROGRAMME FACILITATOR: Oloialii Niu Sila Opeloge mentoring the young players during the programme.

Weightlifting for Secondary Schools

More than 50 students and future weightlifting stars took part in an introductory programme at Leiifiifi College Hall yesterday. They were from four secondary schools in Samoa including Papauta Girls High School, Faleata College, Maluafou College and Leiifiifi College.

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STRONG AND DETERMINED: Players set for International Tennis Federation Juniors East Pacific Regional Championships.

I.T.F. East Pacific Regional underway

Four countries, including the host  Samoa, are competing in the 2018 International Tennis Federation Juniors East Pacific Regional Championships. The tournament commences on Monday 9th April, 2018. The teams are Tonga, American Samoa, Cook Islands and Tahiti.

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Rugby

Crusaders Manasa Mataele stands in the rain during their Super 15 rugby match against the Sunwolves in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Crusaders beat Sunwolves in hailstorm, Rebels falter again

The defending champion Crusaders weathered a severe hailstorm and a stubborn showing by the winless Sunwolves to prevail 33-11 and improve their chances of a record-extending ninth Super Rugby title on Saturday.

Boxing

Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, left, and Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse pose for photographers as they hold the WBA welterweight champion belt during a press conference in Manila.

Pacquiao clarifies his split with trainer Roach is not final

Manny Pacquiao hasn't entirely turned his back on a 16-year working relationship with trainer Freddie Roach.

NFL

A Philadelphia Eagles fan chants while waiting for the team to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport a day after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

Mayor hopes 'knucklehead contingent' avoids Eagles parade

An estimated 2 million people celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles' long-awaited first Super Bowl win will descend on the city Thursday as the Vince Lombardi trophy is paraded through five miles of jubilant fans.

Football

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA Council Meeting, in Bogota.

FIFA finally approves video review to use at World Cup

FIFA has finally and fully approved video review to help referees at the World Cup.

Basketball

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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