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Rudisha Tops In 2010

Posted November 29th, 2010 at 1:39 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s been a great year for David Rudisha, Kenya’s first ever winner of the IAAF Male World Athlete of the Year award.  During a memorable one week span in August, the Kenyan twice broke the world record for 800 meters.  In Germany on 22 August, Rudisha clocked 1:41.09.  And in Italy on 29 August, the […]

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World Cup Music & Songs In The Key of Vuvuzela

Posted November 25th, 2010 at 5:35 pm (UTC-4)
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I recently hosted a World Cup music show that featured artists from Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa and Colombia.  Colombian pop star Shakira had the official FIFA World Cup song with her big hit, “Waka Waka” (This Time For Africa). Shakira’s tune provided plenty of spirited debate in my office. Some of my colleagues loved it, […]

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More Madiba Magic

Posted November 19th, 2010 at 4:20 pm (UTC-4)
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I was in Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg for the World Cup final 11 July between Spain and the Netherlands.  More than 84,000 fans were in attendance that night, and it seemed like every one of them was blowing a vuvuzela.  I wouldn’t say the match itself, though, was much to toot your horn over.  […]

SSOS Salute For Perpetua Nkwocha

Posted November 15th, 2010 at 3:19 pm (UTC-4)
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Here’s a Sonny Side of Sports salute for Perpetua Nkwocha, the 34-year-old Nigerian striker who scored a record 11 goals at the recent African Women’s Football Championship in South Africa.  In the process, Nkwocha led “The Super Falcons” of Nigeria to another African title, and she broke her own record of nine overall goals during […]

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Howard University Sports Chat

Posted November 10th, 2010 at 8:58 pm (UTC-4)
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I rode Metro a few stops over to Howard University this afternoon.  My friend and former VOA colleague, “Uncle Ted” Roberts, invited me to speak to some of his students in Howard’s School of Communications.  Ted is a longtime Howard professor who last year retired from the Voice of America after a long and successful […]

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The Truth: Paul Pierce Reaches 20,000 Career Points

Posted November 4th, 2010 at 3:19 pm (UTC-4)
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Paul Pierce says five years ago, he never would have dreamed of scoring 20,000 career points in a Boston Celtics uniform.  Pierce describes himself as a disgruntled player back then, as the proud National Basketball Association franchise suffered through a rebuilding phase. The 2006-07 season was especially tough on Pierce and the Celtics, winners of […]

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Sing It Loud, Manny!

Posted November 3rd, 2010 at 12:23 pm (UTC-4)
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He’s best known as a boxer, but Manny Pacquiao is also an actor, politician and singer.  Oh yeah, the Filipino star loves to sing, and after his fights, he’s been known to check out a local nightclub, get up on stage, and belt out a few tunes.  Pacquiao titled his 2007 album “Pac-Man Punch,” a […]

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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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