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"Love Your Coast" program teams ASHA and ASAA for Manu'a visit

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The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) has teamed up with the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) for a trip to the Manu’a islands to conduct a program called ‘Love Your Coast’ put on locally by the American Samoa National Olympic Committee Sports and Environment Commission and the American Samoa Power Authority. Both sports groups will be conducting a cleanup, after which ASHA will introduce handball and ASAA will conduct water safety and swimming lessons.
 



Tina Drabble Jr. Golf Foundation tourney a great success

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July 12, 2014 dawned bright and clear at the Lava Lava Golf Course in Iliili, and it is just the kind of morning that Tina Drabble would have loved to be out on the course.  It was a fitting start to the tournament that bears her name, and so the 2nd Annual Memorial Tournament for the Tina Drabble Junior Golf Foundation began in American Samoa.
 



Pacific athletes still awaiting first medal

There were no medals for the Pacific athletes competing on day one of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, although a handful did achieve personal best efforts.

English triathlete Jodie Stimpson won the first medal of the Games, with Papua New Guinea's Rachael Sapera James finishing in a share of last place.

Compatriots Casmer Kamangip and Polihau Popeliau we're also at the rear in the men's race, alongside Solomon Islands pair Stanley Ofasisili and Jad Godfrey Nalo.



Summer Youth League 2014 ends on high note

Another great year, another great finish to our Summer Youth League,” declared FFAS President, Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet, upon closing the youth competition on Saturday, July 19 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
 
“Every year we see an increase in numbers for this tournament and this year is no exception,” Faiivae pointed out.  “And as we have been doing for the past two years, this year is no different with our focus on developing soccer among our youth and also promoting education.”
 



Samoa attends Commonwealth Games for 11th time

Samoan female weightlifter heavily favored to take gold
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Glasgow Caledonia University (Scotland) played host to the flag bearing ceremony for the Pacific Oceania nations at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (July 23-August 3). Samoa, competing at their 11th Commonwealth Games, was represented along side their Pacific Oceania neighbors.
 



FIBA secretary general in town on one-day visit

Eligibility of players one of the topics of discussion
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The upcoming Oceania basketball Under 19 championship scheduled for later this year in Fiji and the ambitions of basketball federations in the Pacific were among some of the issues covered during a one-day visit to the territory by David Crocker, the newly elected secretary general of Oceania’s International Basketball Federation, commonly known as FIBA.
 
Crocker, who is based in Australia, had visited Fiji and Samoa before arriving in Pago Pago this week Tuesday. Next week he heads to Papua New Guinea.
 



Territory’s first Olympic distance Triathlon is Saturday

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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

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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

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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.
 



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