England's Chris Ashton scores a try during the rugby union international match between England and New Zealand.

England lose Ashton, Wallabies handling stomach bug

England wing Chris Ashton will miss playing Australia on Saturday at Twickenham because of a left calf injury.

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Wales' Dan Biggar, centre, in action against Tonga's Vunga Lilo, left, and Paea Fa'anunu during their Autumn International rugby union match at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

Wales' Halfpenny out of Springboks test from concussion

Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales' test against South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday because of concussion.

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MANU SINA SHOWING HOW IT’S DONE: The Manu Sina laying down the law against Tonga in their game yesterday.

Manu Sina thrash Tonga at Oceania Championship

Samoa had a 66-7 win over Tonga in the second round of the Oceania Womens’ Rugby Championship in Lautoka, Fiji yesterday. Tonga scored in the opening minutes when Manu Sina knocked on at the kickoff, and they rumbled over to take an early 0-7 lead.

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Henderson says toppling All Blacks again "reassures" Ireland

Beating world champion New Zealand gave Ireland "reassurance," lock Iain Henderson said on Monday. Two days after toppling the All Blacks 16-9 for the first time at home, Henderson said the team's prime motivation was not to be a one-win wonder.

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South Africa's captain Siya Kolisi, left, is tackled by Scotland's Hamish Watson during the rugby union international match between Scotland and South Africa at Murrayfield stadium, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Springboks captain warned after headbutt, free to play Wales

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi was cleared to play against Wales on Saturday after World Rugby decided the flanker used only "moderate force" when headbutting Scotland center Peter Horne in the face in a match at the weekend.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores a try during the rugby union international match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018. (Niall Carson, PA via AP)

Ireland topple All Blacks 16-9 at home for first time

Ireland is No. 1. At least to New Zealand coach Steve Hansen. His All Blacks, the undisputed No. 1 for nine years, lost to the Irish 16-9 on Saturday for the first time in Dublin. Hansen immediately dubbed Ireland the favorite for the Rugby World Cup next year.

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England's Joe Cokanasiga celebrates after scoring a try during the rugby union international match between England and Japan at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

England recovers to beat Japan 35-15 at Twickenham

 Owen Farrell spearheaded a rescue act from England's powerful bench as a late and unanswered onslaught of points denied Japan a famous victory in its first visit to Twickenham on Saturday.

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Wales' Steff Evans, centre, is tackled by Tonga's Sione Vailanu, left, and Siale Piutau during their Autumn International rugby union match at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

Wales grabs 10 tries, beats Tonga 74-24 for 8th straight win

Wales scored three tries in the first 11 minutes before adding seven more in a rampant second-half display to thrash Tonga 74-24 in a rugby international in Cardiff and seal an eighth straight victory on Saturday.

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South Africa's Handre Pollard kicks the ball to convert a try during the rugby union international match between Scotland and South Africa at Murrayfield stadium, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Springboks win at Murrayfield 26-20

South Africa became the first visiting team in a year to storm Murrayfield after beating Scotland 26-20 in a rugby international on Saturday.

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Manu Samoa capitulates against Georgia

For the second week in a row, the Manu Samoa has been left wondering how on earth they lost. Georgia rode a 17-0 second half comeback to turn over Samoa 27-19 at home in Tbilisi. They took an early lead after a penalty from an attacking lineout gave them a kick for goal in the third minute.

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Australia's Marika Koroibete, left, is cheered by teammate David Pocock after scoring a try during the rugby union international match between Italy and Australia at the Euganeo Stadium in Padua, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Wallabies weather early scare to beat Italy 26-7

The Wallabies got the job half done. They beat Italy 26-7 on Saturday in Padua but had to survive an early scare and were far from convincing, still.

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Power beats pace in Manu Sina win over Papua New Guinea.

Power beats pace in Manu Sina win over Papua New Guinea

Samoa were good value for their 45-56 win against Papua New Guinea in the opening game of the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship. They dominated set pieces and the collisions, but some poor kick defence and mistakes let Papua New Guinea stay in the game.

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Our Manu Samoa captains run ahead of #TBCRugbySeries 2018 test against Georgia. Photo/Any Rekhviashvili

Manu Samoa out to make amends for last week’s errors

Manu Samoa technical advisor Chris Latham feels “immensely encouraged” ahead of the game against Georgia in Tbilisi tomorrow morning. Despite a heartbreaking 30-29 loss to USA on the first game of the Northern Hemisphere Tour, Latham said there’s a fantastic mood in the Manu Samoa camp.

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Wales Cory Hill runs between Australia's Dane Haylett-Petty, right, and Michael Hooper during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Wales make 14 changes for Tonga, fullback Holmes to debut

 Jonah Holmes will debut at fullback in a Wales side with 14 changes playing Tonga on Saturday in Cardiff.

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Australia's Will Genia passes the ball during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Ashley-Cooper to make Australia return against Italy

Adam Ashley-Cooper will start his first test for Australia in more than two years as one of seven changes to the team to face Italy on Saturday.

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French players react during their rugby union international against South Africa at the Stade de France in Paris.

Huget, Fickou back for France against Pumas

Wing Yoann Huget will play his first match for France in a year against Argentina this Saturday in Lille.

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England's Maro Itoje, right, and New Zealand's Brodie Retallick jump for the the ball in the line out during the rugby union international match between England and New Zealand.

All Blacks change 1, Ireland 3 for showdown in Dublin

Ireland brought in lock Devin Toner and fit-again backs Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose to play New Zealand on Saturday at Lansdowne Road.

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Leon Macdonald and Tana Umaga.

Tana Umaga replaced as head coach of Auckland-based Blues

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has been demoted from his role as head coach of Super Rugby's Auckland-based Blues.

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New Zealand Announced As Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 Winning Bid 14/11/2018 Steve Tew (New Zealand World Rugby Council Member) with Mark Robinson and Farah Palmer from the New Zealand Bid Team and Bill Beaumont (World Rugby Chairman)

New Zealand to host 2021 Women's World Cup

New Zealand has won the right to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup, bringing the tournament to the southern hemisphere for the first time.

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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.

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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

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.

Basketball

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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