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FOOTBALL’S POLYNESIAN MOMENT: PAYING A STEEP PRICE FOR COMMITMENT

The things that make them so good at football also make them most vulnerable--as embodied by the great Junior Seau

On Jan. 30, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honored five men as its third class of inductees. Troy Polamalu, the recently retired Pittsburgh Steeler with the incandescent smile and wild hair, will attract the most attention. He’s the only inductee well known outside of small circles of fans. But each of these men—Alopati “Al” Lolotai, Charley Ane, Rocky Freitas, Vai Sikahema and Polamalu—embodies the intimate, if painful, connection between football and Polynesian culture.



American Youth Football of Samoa kicks off 7th Season

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This past Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the American Youth Football of Samoa program officially opened its 7th annual football season – three games kicked off the season, and all three match ups were brutally entertaining.
 

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Maliu Mai boxers take 3 championship titles

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Maliu Mai Boxing Club dominated the first boxing championships in American Samoa last Saturday at the Pago Pago Youth Center, when three of its boxers took home championship titles after winning their fights against boxers from several other boxing clubs on island.
 



Mariota, home for the Pro Bowl, reflects on rookie season in Tennessee

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Years ago, before his championship-winning high school football career at Saint Louis had even begun, Marcus Mariota was not unlike the kids who lined up along Kalakaua Avenue on Friday for a chance at an autograph from their favorite player.

"Growing up I went to the NFL Experience at Kapiolani park," said Mariota. "We waited probably an hour or two for Jerry Rice. My dad has been a die-hard San Francisco fan, and I got Jerry Rice's autograph on an Oakland Raiders helmet. And he was, like, totally mad for weeks about it."



Utulei Youth off to Cook Islands for OCL Preliminary

Utulei Youth, 2015 FFAS National League champions, are off to represent American Samoa at the four-team, OFC Champions League Preliminary tournament in the Cook Islands.
 
“I feel very confident with our preparation and I know the players will do their best,” explained Rev. Ioane Evagelia, president of the Utulei Youth Soccer Club.
 
“We have already said our farewells to Rev. Evagelia and wished him and his team the best of luck in this upcoming tournament,” said FFAS President Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet.
 



First Basketball Development League a success

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Developing basketball in American Samoa and recruiting more young players are the main reasons behind the first Basketball Development League sponsored by the Fagaloa Basketball Association that ended two weeks ago at the Fagaalu Park.
 
In a interview with Paul P. Amituana’i, who is a referee certified by the International Basketball Association (FIBA) last week, he told Samoa News that the American Samoa Basketball Association’s vision for this year is to conduct more tournaments and recruit more young players.
 

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The “Heatman” wins by unanimous decision

Announces new manager, still looking for a coach/trainer
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Before a crowd of over 2,000 spectators, many from Pago, who flew over to Samoa last weekend especially for the Rumble in Paradise, saw American Samoa’s top heavyweight boxer Alapati “Heatman” A’asa beat Francis Mamoe of Samoa in a unanimous decision last Saturday night in Apia to extend his record to 10-1, after both fighters gave it their all throughout the whole 6 rounds. The fight was one of the six undercards for the main event of New Zealand heavyweight boxer Lupesoliai Joseph Parker and Jason Bergman of the U.S.
 



Am.Samoa Handball Association to host USA Olympic Coach

Doing well in the schools as part of PE curriculum
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by T. Gasu
 
Samoa News Sports Correspondent
 

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Powerful Parker knocks out Bergman

Samoa’s champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, has done it again.

The 24-year-old from Faleula and Aleipata claimed his 18th professional boxing win by knocking out American southpaw, Jason Bergman, in the eighth round of the Rumble in Paradise this morning.

More than three thousand screaming Samoans at Gym 1 erupted in jubilation when Lupesoliai landed a flurry of punches one minute and two seconds into the eighth round to put away his opponent.

But Bergman had come to fight and proved more than a valiant opponent for the hometown hero.



A’asa to fight in Apia this weekend — Toleafoa no longer his coach & trainer

David Tua’s coach will be in A’asa’s corner for this fight
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American Samoa’s top heavyweight boxer Alapati “The Heatman” A’asa will step into the ring this coming Saturday, January 23, in Apia (Samoa time) against one of Samoa’s top heavyweight boxers, Francis Mamoe, without his trainer and coach, Toleafoa Henry Tavake.

 



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