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Samoa’s test preparations impress All Blacks Manager

All Blacks Manager, Darren Shand, has given the two thumbs to Samoa’s preparations for the historical test match between the Manu Samoa and the All Blacks in July.

With the exception of the work still being done at the Apia Park, Mr. Shand says he is happy with what he has seen and is returning to New Zealand to relay that message to the All Blacks and the New Zealand Rugby Union.



5-A-Side League off and running

 The FFAS 5-A-Side League is off and running with many shifts and changes in personnel for all clubs that will be felt out on the field.

 

 Ilaoa & To’omata sees a big change in its team former FC SKBC players joining their squad and turning them into a top contender for the title.

 

 Leading the strong list of names is Gun Kang, one of the best at finding the back of the net in American Samoa.  In their two games last Saturday they beat Atu’u Broncos 9-3 and Pago Youth 4-1.

 



KVZK to air “Heat Man” fight from last Saturday

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 KVZK will air tonight at 8. a taped delayed showing from last Saturday of American Samoa’s professional rising star in boxing in the Oceania Region, Alapati ‘Heat Man’ Aasa, who stepped into the ring against Ioane Taulamago of New Zealand and Samoa. The professional fight was put on by the American Samoa Professional Boxing Association.
 
 Also on the card were eight amateur bouts that had American Samoa boxers battling it out with boxers from Apia, Samoa for the 2015 Governors Cup.
 



Mariota drafted by Tennessee Titans at No. 2

Despite a near constant stream of trade rumors, the Titans held onto their No. 2 pick and landed Marcus Mariota.

The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner was thought to be coveted by his former college coach, Chip Kelly, as well as higherups from the Browns, Bears and Jets.

In the end, though, the Titans liked him enough to decline any and all offers that headlined one of the busier pre-draft periods in recent memory.



2015 Flag Day Basketball League playoffs this week

jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Basketball Association (ASBA) 2015 Flag Day League is coming to an exciting end with its playoffs this week at the Tafuna High School gym. Today’s playoff game will see Malaeimi taking on Forbidden, while the Air Ballers will be facing Primetime 2. Tomorrow’s playoff games will be determined from the outcome of last week Wednesday’s and yesterday’s games in the men’s division.
 



TA’ALOGA ESEESE I AMERIKA SAMOA

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TA’AMILOSAGA OCEANIA EASTERN SUB ZONE

 

Ua fa’ailoa mai le fa’ai’uga  o le ta’amilosaga Volipolo a le Oceania East lea sa auai atu i ai le ‘au a Amerika Samoa fa’apea fo’i Samoa i le vaitaimi o le Eseta, ua manumalo ai nei ‘au volipolo a Niu Sila.

 



ASHSAA trophies tallied, Pacific Games training & other sports continue

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This year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) sports season ended with three schools dominating the field — each taking home four championship trophies.

 

FA’ASAO MARIST HIGH SCHOOL

 

The Cougars of Fa’asao Marist defended their girls’ softball championship title this year by knocking off cross-town rivals, Tafuna Warriors. This was the fourth championship title in a row for the Cougars girls’ softball team and the fifth in the past six years.

 



Team Amerika Samoa finishes in 2nd place following a strong performance

Team American Samoa media release

The 2015 Blue Sky Savai’i Crossing was held this past weekend in Samoa, pitting 4 teams against each other in what is considered the most challenging outrigger canoe race in the two Samoas. The Savai’i Crossing is a 27-mile outrigger canoe race that’s starts in Mulifanua, heads out to Salelologa and back to Mulifanua.
 



“HEAT MAN” BEATS TAULAMAGO WHO THROWS IN THE TOWEL IN SECOND ROUND

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American Samoa’s Alapati the “Heat Man” A’asa collected an 9th straight victory in his professional boxing career this past Saturday evening before a sold out arena at the Sports Center in Tafuna. This win for the undefeated fighter came at 2:10 into the second round when Taulamago advised the match referee Fa’i Fiso, that he’d had enough.
 



Manu Samoa search begins

The Manu Samoa selectors yesterday named 58 players in their wider training group and selection pool for the Manu’s 2015 campaigns including the Rugby World Cup.

Head Coach Stephen Betham said that in addition to the 58 named yesterday, the coaching team hoped to add additional names closer to the squad selection date.

Betham said the coaching team’s visits to UK based players had been positive with all players visited making themselves available for Samoa’s 2015 campaigns.



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