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Nicky Salapu and Jaiyah Saelua with other American Samoa players
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sporting News Australia reported over the weekend that American Samoa captain Nicky Salapu wants to play the Socceroos again and has even got Tim Cahill to agree to the idea of a potential charity match.  Salapu was in goal for his nation exactly 20 years ago when...
Andre Whittaker
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — His brother was a New Zealand and Wellington rugby league legend but Andre Whittaker hopes to transform the sport from outside the white lines of the field.  John Whittaker played 73 games for the capital and represented the Kiwis 26 times throughout the 70s and 80s,...
Fanene Milton Taufa’asau (in blue) presiding over the ASBA Annual General Meeting
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Basketball Association (ASBA) looks ahead for grand plans led by an almost intact set of officials reinforced by key additions in assuring the federation’s development from the grassroots level to the international ranks. Re-elected into respective...
Florence Wasko
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Oceania Tennis Federation (OTF) held their AGM virtually last week with 35 attendees. It was an Election Year of a new Board. This was a historic day for the OTF and Pacific Oceania with 5 of the new OTF Board of 8 elected (63%) being women. One of the new board...
One of the many Little League teams
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Almost 300 children from the ages of 4 -12 registered to play in American Samoa’s first 2021 Little League season.  Little League hosted a fun filled two months of co-ed baseball games, at the Parks and Recreation’s Tony Solaita Memorial Baseball Fields in Tafuna, for...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Joseph Parker has won the biggest bout in heavyweight boxing in this country for years, beating Junior Fa in Auckland Friday night. The bout went the full 12 rounds, with Parker finishing ahead on all three judges scorecards - 119-109, 115-113, 117-111 - to collect a...
Mike Iupati
Seattle, WASHINGTON — Mike Iupati is hanging up his cleats. The four-time Pro Bowl guard announced his retirement over the weekend. A native of American Samoa, Iupati spent 11 seasons in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. “My body was...
The Faga’itua Vikings Girls Soccer Team
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The victorious Fa’asao Cougars Soccer Teams both Varsity and Junior Varsity from Fa’asao Marist High School gather for a team meeting during the conclusion of their matches against the Leone Lions yesterday evening at the FFAS Soccer Field in Pago Pago. Fa’asao Cougars...
Stephanie Floor
Erie, PENNSYLVANIA — The 2021 NCAA Women’s College Wrestling season began well for 2018 Leone High School Valedictorian Stephanie Floor who placed second at 143 lbs with 3 wins and 1 loss at the Adrian College Women’s Wrestling Invitational at Adrian, Michigan. Both Stephanie and her twin sister...
1988 photo of Su'a Saini Lemamea in action
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is mourning the death of former rugby and league internationals Su'a Saini Lemamea and Masada Iosefa. Former Manu Samoa lock Su'a Saini Lemamea passed away this week aged 56. Known by his teammates as 'the Bushman', Su'a played 13 tests and was a key part of Samoa's 1995 Rugby...

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