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MARIOTA IS FASTEST QUARTERBACK ON THE FIELD AT NFL COMBINE

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was the fastest quarterback on the field Saturday.

Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, was clocked at 4.52 seconds in his first run and 4.56 in his second at the NFL's annual scouting combine. The 4.52 was the fastest of the quarterbacks.

Winston, the 2013 Heisman winner and a pocket passer who rarely runs, was clocked in 4.97 and 4.99 on his two runs.

The fastest offensive lineman Friday was 307-pound Ali Marpet, a Division III player who ran 4.98.



New Zealand Rugby says mosquito-transmitted disease in Samoa won't threaten Apia test match

New Zealand Rugby is monitoring a mosquito-transmitted disease that has infected thousands in Samoa but remain confident it will not threaten the historic All Blacks test.

While on the decline, according to the Auckland Regional Public Health Service, more than 4,400 cases of the mosquito-spread viral disease chikungunya, which carries similar symptoms to dengue fever, have been reported in Samoa over the last six months.



The American Youth Football Samoa (AYFS) league is in full swing

There was great action on Saturday February 14 at the Sports Complex
all photos: Jeff Hayner


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Adopt-a-Practice Field program combines youths’ dreams and private sector ‘can do’

Collaborative effort fields "an investment in our youth"
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In an attempt to improve the performance of our athletes here on island, there is a collaborative effort ongoing between the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA), the private sector, and sports agencies such as the Football Federation of American Samoa, and others, to improve the quality of our sports fields.
 
This includes the fields of Onesosopo Park in the eastern district, as well as the practice fields at Samoana, Tafuna and Leone High Schools.
 



JULISSA TAGO IS MAKING HER WAY TO BASKETBALL FAME

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High school basketball courts are being lit up in the state of Oregon by Julissa Tago who is of Samoan descent. The 17-year-old Tago, who is a Junior at South Medford High School in Medford, Oregon is in her third varsity season.
 
According to scouting reports the 5’9 guard/forward is averaging 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game for the top-ranked Panthers in Class 6A ,which is considered the highest level of high school competition in the state.
 



FIJI WINS BIG IN LAS VEGAS

Fiji demolished New Zealand in the Las Vegas final, 35-19.  The Fijians led 19-0 at halftime.  Fiji scored five tries while the All Blacks touched down three times.

 

For Fiji, which has impressed its supporters from day one, this was its third trip to the championship Cup final in the IRB series held in the United States.  The Flying Fijians won the Cup in 2007 and lost it to England in 2006.  This time the Fijians played solid rugby, tackling, passing, running with one goal in mind to win their second championship in USA soil.

 



Samoa Enters Bowl Semifinal on Sunday

Manu Samoa made their fans rock the Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium when they stomped Brazil, 26-7 in the first of four Bowl championship quarterfinals played late Saturday evening.

In winning their second match on the second day of the IRB sevens circuit, Manu Samoa enters the Bowl championship semifinal on Sunday, the last day of the tournament where they will meet Kenya.

Samoa scored four tries and led 5-0 at halftime. The touchdowns came from Lafaele Tuliu Va’a, Gregory Foe, Tulolo Tulolo, Samoa Toloa and Tain Lam. Brazil’s only try came at full time.



Las Vegas Sevens Action, Feb. 13-15, 2015

all photos © Barry Markowitz


Day 2: Manu Samoa wins over Wales

Samoa registered its first win in Las Vegas Saturday morning, beating Wales 26-19 on the second day of the IRB sevens circuit.  The Manu Samoa will now play Brazil in the Bowl quarterfinals later in the afternoon.

Samoa scored four tries with Samoa Toloa touching down twice while Reupena Levasa and Sani Niue crossed the tryline for a try each.  Wales led 14-12 at the half.



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