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Territory’s first Olympic distance Triathlon is Saturday

joy@samoanews.com

The Olympic distance Triathlon this coming Saturday morning — a first for the Territory — with a starting time of  7 a.m. is to promote the awareness of diabetes, as well as combatting the disease in American Samoa. Putting on the event is Joe Tavale of Pago Pago and Matt Bracken of Cedar City, Utah. Utulei Beach Park is the starting point for the event. 
 



Toa Samoa Residents come up short in Hawaii

The Toa Samoa Residents have been beaten 18-12 by the USA Tomahawks in their Ohana Cup clash in Hawaii.

The hosts opened the scoring after 15 minutes and led 6-0 at halftime.

Samoa levelled the scores after the break but the US scored twice to lead 18-6 with nine minutes remaining, before the Toa grabbed a consolation try in the final minute to cut the deficit to six points.

A full-strength Toa team will compete in the Four Nations tournament at the end of the year against New Zealand, Australia and England.



AmSam Basketball Association ends successful summer clinics

jeff@samoanews.com

The Tafuna High School gymnasium was filled last Saturday with close to 60 young basketball players from across the island who were there to take part in the American Samoa Basketball Association (ASBA) summer clinics, which came to an end on Saturday. The ASBA taught those young players new to the game the basic skills and fundamentals of basketball, while working on the overall improvement of the more seasoned players in the clinics that began at the start of summer.
 



ASBF continues holding summer bi-weekly amateur boxing bouts

jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF) continues to hold its summer bi-weekly amateur boxing bouts, as they train the elite, and potential boxers to compete in future international competition. Last Saturday saw close to 50 young amateur boxers from across the island step into the ring showcasing their skills in an attempt to impress the ASBF in hopes of someday carrying the American Samoa flag representing the territory in future competition.
 



Summer Sports Update: Basketball & Football Clinics, Swimming, Boxing, Exercise

jeff@samoanews.com

With summer break getting closer and closer to its end, some sports clinics are coming to a close, while there are still some searching for young participants to fill slots
 



ASRU launches "Get Into Rugby" with Boys & Girls Clubs

jeff@samoanews.com

There were close to 70 youth at Lions Park yesterday morning from the Boys & Girls Clubs of American Samoa (BGCAS) learning about the game of rugby from the American Samoa Rugby Union (ASRU), who were there to teach the ins and outs of the sport. Through the BGCAS efforts to promote academic success, good character and healthy lifestyles, they have partnered with the ASRU to launch their International Rugby Board (IRB) ‘Get into Rugby’ program that began yesterday.
 



Date confirmed for All Blacks vs Samoa test

New Zealand are set to play an historic Test against Samoa in Apia next year, the Samoan Prime Minister has announced.

Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, said that he had received a confirmation letter from New Zealand Rugby and the fixture would go ahead on July 8, just days after the scheduled Super Rugby final.



Young man with roots in Am. Samoa fights his way to gold medal

jeff@samoanews.com

The martial arts world has a young rising star in its midst. Ten-year-old Ethan Sone Slade of Las Vegas, Nevada who is of Samoan descent, recently participated in the 2014 USA National Championships in Taekwondo in San Jose, California where he competed in the 10-11 year old, 35gk to 40kg (middleweight) advanced Blue Belt Division which had 16 competitors from across the United States. He was able to fight his way to a gold medal, winning "for his grandparents" in American Samoa.
 



VIDEO: LEONE WHITES KEEP ASRU SHIELD AFTER HARD FOUGHT BATTLE WITH NU’UULI

tony@samoanews.com

This past Monday evening, July 14, 2014, at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, one of the oldest rivalries in the history of American Samoa rugby, which has carried through to American Samoa Rugby Union matches, played a Shield Game — with the Leone Whites, current holders of the shield and the Nu’uuli Rugby Team fighting it out — and, at one point in the game, literally. The Whites did hold onto the Shield at the end of the game, with a score of 10- 8.
 

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FFAS Summer Youth League enjoyed by all

The 2014 FFAS Summer Youth League is being enjoyed by more than 400 children of American Samoa since its kick off two weeks ago.
 
The beautiful game is also being played beautifully by the competitive youth ages — 12-14 and 15-17.
 



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