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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.

 



Playing against all odds

All Star Football Team Amerika Samoa in JPS Paradise Classic 2016
Source: ASDOE media release

It was an intense moment of truth as the two top teams of the 1st Annual JPS Paradise Classic went head to head in the Championship Game held at the Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai’i, Saturday, January 9, 2016.
 
Football All Star Team Amerika Samoa was in high spirits and played their best game. In the end, the All Star Hawaii West team won the Championship Game, 47-22. Our boys played with confidence and humility demonstrating sportsmanlike conduct on and off the field.
 



Am Samoa needs to encourage weightlifting in schools

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The General Secretary of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF) Paul Coffa told Samoa News that the only way to improve the quality of weightlifting in American Samoa is to introduce the sport at the school level, and encourage the youth to take part.
 



Tony Finau continues to climb up ranks

Pro golfer Tony Finau curled in 24-foot birdie putt at Sony Open in Hawaii over the weekend.  

Finau whose roots are from the village of Aoa is the first person of Tongan and American Samoan heritage to play in the Sony Open. In 2011, he and his brother Gipper were members of the June Jones Goodwill Mission to the territory.

The Salt Lake City native is ranked 89th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
 



TEAM AMERICAN SAMOA ALL-STARS ARRIVE BACK HOME ON A HIGH NOTE

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This past Monday night, the American Samoa All-Star Football Team arrived at the Pago Pago International Airport – returning from the JPS Paradise Football Classic that was held in Hawai'i this past week, where team Amerika Samoa finished in 2nd Place out of 4 competing All-Star teams from Hawai'i and Northern California.

 

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Hawaii West beats American Samoa, 47-22

Brothers Tua and Taulia Tagovailoa combined for three passing touchdowns to help Hawaii West beat American Samoa, 47-22 in the Junior Prep Sports Paradise Football Classic championship game.

A crowd of about 1,500 at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium was on hand to see the final game of the two-day event. Both teams won their respective semifinal games on Thursday to advance to the championship game.

The two-day event featured several top collegiate football prospects from Hawaii, American Samoa and other states on the west coast.



Update: American Samoa All Stars prevail

Final score — Team Amerika Samoa 14, NoCal All Stars 7
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With American Samoa leading 14-7 at halftime, the hard fought game ended with no scoring for either team in the second half. 
 
The first annual JPS Paradise Football Classic at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu concludes Saturday night when the American Samoa All Stars meet Hawaii’s All Stars for the final face-off.  Connect to broadcast by clicking on the “Big 2” logo in the left hand column here on our homepage.
 
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