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Tanoa believes his boxing talent is gift from God

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The American Samoa cruiserweight fighter for the upcoming 15th Pacific Games this year, George Tanoa Jr believes that his talent is a gift from God and he’s willing to show that talent when he steps in the ring.
 
“It’s a gift from God for me, He humbles me and gives me the strength to fight, and I will be honest with Him and thank Him for this opportunity, to represent American Samoa at the Pacific Games”, Tanoa Jr. told Samoa News.
 



Local football players set for Polynesia Bowl

Fa’asao Marist High School’s 6’7 and 270lb football player Viane Moala (right) recently received an invitation to play in the 6th Annual 2016 Polynesian All-American Bowl (PAAB).
 
President of the AIGA Foundation, George Malau’ulu, along with other board members, invited the best Polynesian high school football players in the mainland and American Samoa to play in the annual PAAB in California.
 



Volleyball: “The chance to win gold is in our hands”

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The time has nearly come for all three teams from the Volleyball Association of American Samoa (VAAS) to compete at the Pacific Games. The VAAS will be sending three strong teams to represent American Samoa at the 15th Pacific Games, hosted by Papua New Guinea from July 4- 18, 2015.

 

The road to form a team has not been easy, but the VAAS officials are confident of a good showing.



ASNOC votes to amend constitution; adds a VP

One member questions ratification process
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The American Samoa National Olympic Committee is planning to amend its constitution to reflect that the new position of vice president will be established within the executive board, and the post will be an elected one.
 
The ASNOC held a meeting last Friday evening to vote on the amendment but the vote has been postponed until a later time. The vice president post is one of the proposed amendments to the ASNOC constitution which was presented to sports associations and federations earlier this year for review and comments.
 



Soccer officials arrested; World Cup votes probed

ZURICH (AP) -- Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested Wednesday pending extradition to the U.S. in a separate probe of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption.

FIFA, meanwhile, said Friday's presidential election would go ahead as planned with Sepp Blatter going for a fifth term. Blatter was not named in either investigation.

FIFA also ruled out a revote of the World Cups won by Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.



Fierce battle for top four spots in men’s 5-A-Side

 

Nine of the 12 teams are in the hunt for the top four spots for the playoffs of the ongoing men’s 2015 FFAS 5-A-Side League.

 

Utulei Youth sits at No. 1 with 24 points, followed by the Tafuna Jets with 19, Ilaoa & To’omata and Vaiala Tongan in third and fourth, respectively, with 18 points, followed by Pago Youth with 15, Lion Heart at No. 6 with 13, Vaitogi United with 10, PanSa with nine points and Black Roses at No. 9 with seven.

 



Alapati ‘Heat Man’ Aasa eyes next big step in his career

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The coach/trainer for American Samoa’s undefeated professional boxer Alapati ‘Heat Man’ Aasa — Toleafoa Henry Tavake — confirmed to Samoa News last week that Aasa will be facing a huge challenge in his boxing career, when he fights an opponent from New Zealand for the vacant South Pacific cruiserweight championship in October 2015.
 



How can tiny American Samoa dominate the NFL?

When University of Washington Defensive Tackle Danny Shelton arrived for the NFL Draft in Chicago wearing traditional Samoan dress and almost choked the life out of Commissioner Goodell in an on-stage hug, it symbolized the amazing dominance that one tiny island and its’ Polynesian neighbors have in NFL football.



Oregon State coach on island looking at local football talent

“Polynesian kids bring special family bond to their teams”
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Oregon State University Beavers football team defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a, was recently on island looking at local talent to possibly don the Orange and White — Oregon’s colors — on the gridiron.
 
“With the ties Oregon State has to American Samoa it was only natural that we continue to find kids from the island,” said Kauha’aha’a.
 



BBQ thank yous Iosefa’s supporters on island

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The parents of Joey Iosefa, one of American Samoa’s recently drafted NFL players, hosted a special barbecue this past Saturday to celebrate their son’s achievements and to offer a sincere ‘faafetai tele lava’ to all those who supported Joey’s journey from a young boy playing soccer in Laulii to a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
 
Joey, along with fellow Samoan Marcus Taulauniu Mariota, were both selected during the NFL draft earlier this month.



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