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Air Congo, You Have Clearance For Takeoff

Posted February 23rd, 2011 at 2:16 pm (UTC-4)
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I was a 10-year-old boy when Julius “Dr. J” Erving launched his brilliant professional career in 1971 with the Virginia Squires in the now defunct American Basketball Association. As luck would have it, I was living at the time in Norfolk, Virginia, where the Squires were based.  With his spectacular, high-flying moves to the hoop, […]

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D. Wade to LeBron: TOUCHDOWN!

Posted February 17th, 2011 at 4:41 pm (UTC-4)
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My VOA colleague Keith Wallace reminded me today that two-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player LeBron James of the Miami Heat was an all-state wide receiver in high school football.  Check out this catch and score from LeBron after a wonderful full court pass from Miami teammate Dwyane Wade. The D. Wade to LeBron […]

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Big VOA Birthday For Beat Cop Of SSOS

Posted February 11th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-4)
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For more than 20 years, Vincent Maloba has listened to the Voice of America in Kenya. He says his father used to be a big fan of VOA’s Swahili Service, and when he was growing up, they would listen to VOA Swahili programs together, as he “mastered the tuning” on his Dad’s shortwave radio. Vincent […]

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Charlie Peprah Points Toward Ghana And Super Bowl

Posted February 3rd, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-4)
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Green Bay Packers safety Charlie Peprah is looking forward to Sunday’s Super Bowl, and looking back on his family’s roots in Ghana.  Peprah says even though he was born in Texas, the state hosting the 45th Super Bowl game between the Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, he feels connected to Ghana, because of his family’s […]

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Ride On, Michelle Akers!

Posted February 1st, 2011 at 1:39 pm (UTC-4)
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Here’s a Sonny Side of Sports birthday salute for former American women’s soccer star Michelle Akers, who was born February 1, 1966, in Santa Clara, California. Between 1985 and her retirement in 2000, Michelle established herself as one of the greatest players in women’s football. She scored 105 career goals, and played on two Women’s […]

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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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Saturday, 31 Jan.
4 p.m. - Congo v. Democratic Republic of Congo
7 p.m. - Tunisia v. Equatorial Guinea

Sunday, 1 Feb.
4 p.m. - Ghana v. Group D Second Place
7:30 p.m. - Group D Winner v. Algeria


Wednesday, 4 Feb.
7 p.m. - Quarterfinal 1 Winner v. Quarterfinal 4 Winner

Thursday, 5 Feb.
7 p.m. - Quarterfinal 2 Winner v. Quarterfinal 3 Winner


Saturday, 7 Feb.
6 p.m. - 3rd Place Playoff 1 v. 3rd Place Playoff 2


Sunday, 8 Feb.
7 p.m. - Finalist 1 v. Finalist 2