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NBA Finals: Can Mavs Cool Off Heat?

Posted May 30th, 2011 at 1:42 pm (UTC-4)
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Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and LeBron James of the Miami Heat will be in the spotlight as the National Basketball Association Finals tip off May 31 in Miami, Florida.  Both stars are bidding for their first NBA championship.  The big German Nowitzki has been spectacular during the NBA Playoffs, and he would like nothing […]

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Surprises In African Nations Cup Qualifying

Posted May 27th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-4)
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African football fans are looking forward to the next round of qualifying matches for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, which will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.  The qualifiers will be played all across the continent during the first weekend in June.  The final two rounds of qualifying matches will be played […]

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Freddy Adu Wears Red, White And Blue

Posted May 25th, 2011 at 4:52 pm (UTC-4)

This photo of me shaking hands with Freddy Adu was taken in 2004 when the Ghana-born soccer prodigy was only 14-years-old.  Freddy had just signed a contract with the Washington-based D.C. United club, making him the youngest player in Major League Soccer history. During our interview at RFK Stadium here in Washington, the young teenager […]

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Bernard Hopkins Makes Boxing History

Posted May 23rd, 2011 at 2:46 pm (UTC-4)

Bernard Hopkins has worn more than a few championship belts over the years, but the ones he picked up May 21 – the WBC, IBO and Ring magazine world light-heavyweight titles – are extra special.  The 46-year-old Hopkins became the oldest fighter to win a major boxing championship as he scored a unanimous decision over […]

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45 Years And Counting = 2 SSOS Salutes For Fritzi!

Posted May 11th, 2011 at 3:44 pm (UTC-4)

My colleague Fritzi Depew started working for the Voice of America in 1966.  Her long editorial tenure alone is noteworthy, but when you add daily cheerfulness and helpfulness to the package, well sports fans, you’re going to get a BIG Sonny Side of Sports salute! Fritzi has taught and mentored some of VOA’s top correspondents, […]

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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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Schedule — All Times UTC


Saturday, Jan. 17 -- Group A
Equatorial Guinea v. Congo 4 p.m.
Burkina Faso v. Gabon 7 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 18 -- Group B
Zambia v. RD Congo 4 p.m.
Tunisia v. Cape Verde 7 p.m.

Monday, 19 Jan. -- Group C
Ghana v. Senegal 4 p.m.
Algeria v. South Africa 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 20 Jan. -- Group D
Cote d'Ivoire v. Guinea 6 p.m.
Mali v. Cameroon 7 p.m.

Wednesday, 21 Jan. -- Group A
Equatorial Guinea v. Burkina Faso 6 p.m.
Gabon v. Congo 7 p.m.

Thursday, 22 Jan. -- Group B
Zambia v. Tunisia 4 p.m.
Cape Verde v. RD Congo 7 p.m.

Friday, 23 Jan. -- Group C
Ghana v. Algeria 4 p.m.
South Africa v. Senegal 7 p.m.

Saturday, 24 Jan. -- Group D
Cote d'Ivoire v. Mali 4 p.m.
Cameroon v. Guinea 7 p.m.

Sunday, 25 Jan. -- Group A
Congo v. Burkina Faso 6 p.m.
Gabon v. Equatorial Guinea 6 p.m.

Monday, 26 Jan. -- Group B
RD Congo v. Tunisia 6 p.m
Cape Verde v. Zambia 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 27 Jan. -- Group C
South Africa v. Ghana 6 p.m.
Senegal v. Algeria 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 28 Jan. -- Group D
Cameroon v. Cote d'Ivoire 6 p.m.
Guinea v. Mali 6 p.m.


Saturday, 31 Jan.
1st Group A v. 2nd Group B 4 p.m.
1st Group B v. 2nd Group A 7 p.m.


Wednesday, 4 Feb.
Winner 25 v Winner 28 7 p.m.


Sunday, 8 Feb.
Winner 29 v. Winner 30 7 p.m.