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Rudisha Runs To 800-Meter World Record

Posted August 23rd, 2010 at 12:27 pm (UTC-4)
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Here’s a big Sonny Side of Sports salute for David Rudisha, Kenya’s new world record holder at 800-meters.  David clocked 1:41.09 at an international meet in Berlin to break the nearly 13-year-old record (of 1:41:11) set by Wilson Kipketer, another athlete from Kenya, which has produced so many of the world’s greatest runners. The 21-year-old […]

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SSOS Salutes For Didier Drogba & Benjamin Boukpeti

Posted August 17th, 2010 at 3:09 pm (UTC-4)
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The English Premier League, which is widely followed by football fans in Africa and all over the world, officially kicked off 14 August.  In the most lopsided result of the weekend, defending champion Chelsea crushed West Bromwich Albion, 6-0.  In this video, Sonny gives an official SSOS salute for Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Didier […]

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Chinedu Sings The Blues

Posted August 16th, 2010 at 4:00 pm (UTC-4)
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My VOA colleague Chinedu Offor was “singing the Blues” when he came into our office this morning. Chinedu loves to “sing the Blues,” especially after another victory by “The Blues” of Chelsea, the reigning English Premier League football champions. Chelsea got off to a great start in defense of its league title, crushing West Bromwich […]

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D.C. & Toronto Tennis & Cliff Diving in Italy

Posted August 9th, 2010 at 3:44 pm (UTC-4)
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Sonny twirls his trusty Wilson racket in this video for pro tennis news from Toronto and Washington, D.C. And there’s also some cliff diving footage from Italy at the end.

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2004 Olympic Champion Justlin Gatlin of the USA Plus Horse Racing In South Africa

Posted August 6th, 2010 at 3:52 pm (UTC-4)
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Highlights in this video include a Sonny Side of Sports salute for Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare, plus we’ll hear from 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin of the USA, who made a successful return to the track after a four-year suspension for doping violations.

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African Athletics Championships & Nigerian Heavyweight Samuel Peter Gets A Rematch

Posted August 2nd, 2010 at 4:29 pm (UTC-4)
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Host Kenya tops the medals table at the 17th African Athletics Championships in Nairobi; Sonny also throws a phantom punch ahead of the Samuel Peter-Wladimir Klitschko heavyweight title fight 11 September in Frankfurt, Germany.

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London Olympics Countdown & Nigerian Athlete Blessing Okagbare

Posted August 2nd, 2010 at 4:22 pm (UTC-4)
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Sixteen teams. 28 matches. Three weeks. One winner. Champion of Africa.

Follow all the action in the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 with Voice of America. Led by on-the-ground coverage by Abdushakur Aboud from Equatorial Guinea, VOA’s reporters, producers and bloggers will be watching and reporting—here and on-the-air—as the sides look for bragging rights to be called the best in Africa, and look toward World Cup 2018.

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