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PM blasts Sevens at Vailima Marist opening

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has used the official opening of the Vailima Marist Sevens to rally the Samoan rugby community to rise up.

He challenged the players, coaches, clubs and referees yesterday when he spoke as the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U) before hundreds of players taking part in the three-day tournament, starting today.



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2015 Pacific Games Updates
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Training continues for the American Samoa athletes who will be competing in the upcoming 2015 Pacific Games that will be taking place this summer in Papua New Guinea from July 4-18.
 
Every Wednesday, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, some of the athletes will be doing group training that will involve cardio workouts such as running on the track and up into the stadium. This is the time when the public can come out and meet these athletes. Today will be their next group training session starting at 5:00 p.m.
 



HEAD OF ASAA ADVOCATES YEAR-ROUND PROGRAM FOR WATER SAFETY

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Long time water safety advocate Zero Iaulualo, who has been teaching open water safety, water survival, water rescue and swimming for a number of years in the territory is still going at it, but he says he's taught fewer numbers of people in the past couple of years.
 



Famous 7s referee arrives in Apia for Vailima Marist Sevens

One of the best referees on the World Rugby Sevens Series is in Apia.

Fhatuwani Rasivhengi, better known as ‘Rasta,’ arrived during the weekend for the Vailima Marist Sevens, starting on Thursday.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Rasta says coming to Samoa is a privilege.

“I feel privileged and humbled to grab the opportunity and embrace it,” he said.

“ I want to thank the organisers of the Vailima Marist Sevens for the invitation to come to Samoa and be part of this well-known tournament.

I’m looking forward to work with some of the coaches and referees during the tournament.”



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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) continues to roll during this 2014-2015 ASHSAA Sports year with exciting sports action.
 
GIRLS SOFTBALL
 
The defending girls softball champion Fa’asao Marist Cougars will be heading back to the championship finals. Last Saturday February 21 at the Tony Solaita Field, the #1 seeded Cougars faced off against the #4 seeded Leone Lions in the playoffs to see who would advance to the finals.
 



ASHSAA Top-4 picture emerges

ASHSAA girls’ soccer competition heads into its final week of the season with the top four picture taking shape ahead of the playoffs set for March 4.
 
Samoana currently leads with a 7-0 record, followed by Fa’asao-Marist at 4-1-1, Kanana Fou in third at 3-1-1 and Faga’itua at 3-0-1.
 
In 5th place are the Tafuna Warriors (3-0-4), followed by South Pacific Academy (2-0-4) and finally the Wildcats of Nu’uuli Voc-Tech (1-0-5).
 
Samoana is the defending title-holder of the division.
 



COOL STUFF: MANU SAMOA, INTRIGUE, PNC, SEVENS

It’s a tale of intrigue, resignations, participatory journalism, and love for the People of Samoa.
 



Handball Assn takes the sport to villages and schools

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The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) has been spreading the sport of Team Handball to the villages and schools across the island, and so far, has introduced the sport to 11 elementary schools and three high schools.
 
Headed by Carl Sagapolutele Floor, the sport is growing so rapidly that Floor is now holding clinics every Saturday at Onesosopo Park starting at 10:00 a.m. for not only potential players, but also for those adults who wish to jump onboard to learn how to coach the game.
 



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.



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