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Sad Times For Cameroon And Nigeria Football

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-4)
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With Africa’s premier football tournament kicking off in less than three months in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, these are sad times in nearby Nigeria and Cameroon. The Super Eagles of Nigeria and The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, two of the traditional giants in African football, both failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. […]

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Dikembe Mutombo In South Sudan

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 2:01 pm (UTC-4)
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For a man who’s traveled all over the world, Dikembe Mutombo sounds a bit surprised about his first visit to South Sudan, which borders his homeland in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Speaking by phone from Juba, the capital of Africa’s newest country, Dikembe tells me South Sudan is “his next door neighbor and it’s […]

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Andre Agassi Talks Tennis Recovery

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 2:06 pm (UTC-4)
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I had a chance to talk recently with Hall of Fame tennis player Andre Agassi when he stopped here in Washington on the Champions Series tour that features some of the legends of the game. The 41-year-old Agassi retired from the main men’s ATP World Tour five years ago after losing in the third round […]

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Sharif Bogere: The Ugandan Lion Roars in Boxing Ring

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 3:48 pm (UTC-4)
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Unbeaten Ugandan lightweight prizefighter Sharif Bogere is getting attention for his boxing skills inside the ring and his showmanship outside the ropes. ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael had this to say: “When you see him, you’ll remember him because of his over-the-top ring entrance. He wears a lion’s head and skin and is brought to […]

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Big Engine & Big Payday For Kenya’s Moses Mosop

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 2:29 pm (UTC-4)
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Moses Mosop is nicknamed The Big Engine for his powerful endurance and running technique, and on Sunday, with his motor apparently not even at full throttle, the 26-year-old Kenyan cruised to a course record at the Chicago Marathon, clocking two hours, five minutes and 37 seconds. Mosop said he wasn’t even at full strength in […]

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Inspirational Pistol Pete

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 2:44 pm (UTC-4)
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My Dad played college football against Pistol Pete Scontras about 60 years ago. Before setting sail on his career in the United States Navy, Dad was a running back for Massachusetts Maritime Academy, while Pistol Pete, legend has it, played just about every position for Maine Maritime Academy. With each passing year, the tall tales […]

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Do The Right Thing: Mares vs. Agbeko II

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 6:12 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s nice to see Ghanaian fighter Joseph King Kong Agbeko getting a rematch against Mexico’s Abner Mares. Their first fight on August 13 in Las Vegas may have been the most controversial bout of the year. Nnamdi Hollywood Moweta, VOA’s undisputed, Reigning Prince of Pugilistics, says Mares stole King Kong’s International Boxing Federation bantamweight title, […]

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