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Africa’s Olympic Football Hopes

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-4)
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While an African football team has never won the World Cup, the sport’s biggest prize, neighbors Nigeria and Cameroon can proudly claim Olympic gold medals in men’s soccer at the 1996 Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The 1996 Nigerian Olympic team, captained by two-time African Footballer of the Year Nwanko Kanu, […]

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Demba Ba Bagging Goals For Newcastle United

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-4)
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One African footballer who is off to an excellent start this season in the English Premier League is 26-year-old Senegalese striker Demba Ba of Newcastle United. Through 12 league matches, Ba has bagged eight goals for the Magpies of Newcastle, the most by any African player. Ba scored his first goals for the club on […]

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Liberia’s Darlington Nagbe Wins MLS Goal Of The Year Award

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 8:22 pm (UTC-4)
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Darlington Nagbe recently capped his first season in Major League Soccer by winning the MLS Goal of the Year prize. The 21-year-old Nagbe plays for the Portland Timbers and he is the son of Joe Nagbe, the former captain of Liberia’s national football team. Let’s check out the award-winning strike by the young Liberian player. […]

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Spectacular Year For Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 8:53 pm (UTC-4)
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I’m disappointed the Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai didn’t receive more consideration for the IAAF World Male Athlete of the Year award, which, for the third time in four years, was presented to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt November 12th. In Spain March 20th, Mutai was part of the Kenyan men’s squad that won a team gold medal at […]

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Harrison Barnes Aims For Big College Basketball Season

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 5:37 pm (UTC-4)
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ESPN and Sports Illustrated magazines both recently published U.S. college basketball preview issues, and both put North Carolina sophomore Harrison Barnes on their cover. The 19-year-old from Ames, Iowa, is expected to be the centerpiece for a North Carolina team that is rated a strong contender to win its sixth national championship. Last year, the […]

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Remembering Smokin’ Joe Frazier

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 3:11 pm (UTC-4)
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Smokin’ Joe Frazier will be remembered as one of the great boxing champions of all time, a stocky fighter who overcame bigger opponents with tremendous heart and a tremendous left hook. Frazier died November 7 at a hospice in Philadelphia after a short fight with liver cancer. He was 67. I’ll also remember Smokin’ Joe […]

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German Silva: 2011 Abebe Bikila Award Winner

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 3:52 pm (UTC-4)
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In New York City’s Central Park Friday, German Silva was presented with the Abebe Bikila Award, an annual prize named for the great Ethiopian runner who won gold medals in the marathon at the 1960 Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. Central Park is an appropriate place for the 43-year-old Silva to […]

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Great Year For Kenyan Marathoners

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 3:19 pm (UTC-4)
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I recently received an email from Ralph Okhiria, an engineer in Kano, Nigeria, in which he asked me what I thought about the year Kenya is having on the international marathon circuit. Well, Ralph, I know Kenya has always had a very proud pedigree in distance running, but 2011 has been an extra special year […]

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