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Mahrez one of the Marquee Players at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon

Posted January 9th, 2017 at 3:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Riyad Mahrez enters his second Africa Cup of Nations tournament after a nice run of recognition and success. The 25-year-old Algerian was named the Confederation of African Football’s Player of the Year for 2016 on January 5th in Abuja, Nigeria. Last month, Mahrez was also selected as the BBC African Footballer of the Year, and […]

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Olympic Boxing Champion Claressa Shields Turns Professional

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 5:12 pm (UTC-4)
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Three months after making Olympic boxing history in Brazil, Claressa Shields is getting ready to make her professional debut in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 21-year-old Shields will fight former USA Boxing teammate Franchon Crews November 19th on the undercard of the Andre Ward – Sergey Kovalev world light heavyweight title main event at the new […]

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Cameroonian Center Joel Embiid Emboldens Philadelphia

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 4:55 pm (UTC-4)
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“I want to play more,” says Joel Embiid, “but it’s on them.” “Them,” in this case, is the coaching staff of the Philadelphia 76ers, which is taking a cautionary approach with their young and talented Cameroonian center, who missed the past two NBA seasons because of a broken right foot. Embiid is currently averaging 22 […]

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USA Olympic Hurdler Sydney McLaughlin

Posted August 1st, 2016 at 4:17 pm (UTC-4)

Hurdler Sydney McLaughlin, who celebrates her 17th birthday on August 7th, is going to Rio de Janeiro as the youngest American track and field athlete to compete in the Olympics since 1976. The teenager is scheduled to graduate next year from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, where she started a juggling […]

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USA Olympic Tennis Team

Posted July 26th, 2016 at 1:41 pm (UTC-4)
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While some of the world’s top golfers have withdrawn from next week’s Rio Games because of concerns about the Zika virus, members of the USA’s Olympic tennis team are looking forward to playing in Brazil. Sloane Stephens and Steve Johnson will both be making their Olympic debuts in Rio de Janeiro. The 23-year-old Stephens is […]

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South African Golf Star Ernie Els

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 6:15 pm (UTC-4)
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“I love the game, you know,” says 46-year-old South African golf star Ernie Els, “and I want to still play at a high level.” Els showed he can still play at a high level at the recent Quicken Loans National tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. Els was seeking […]

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Refugee Athletes at the Rio Olympics

Posted June 7th, 2016 at 3:50 pm (UTC-4)

The International Olympic Committee recently announced its first Refugee Olympic Team, which will compete at the Rio Games in August. The 10 refugee athletes – five from South Sudan, two from Syria, two from the Democratic Republic of Congo and one from Ethiopia – are being described as some of the most inspiring athletes going […]

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Who is Kei Kamara?

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 2:07 pm (UTC-4)
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Who is Kei Kamara? That seems easy enough. He is a Major League Soccer (MLS) player from Sierra Leone.  That’s not wrong, but there’s more. Though soccer is a big part of his life, there’s more to Kamara than just what you see on the field. He is a fierce competitor, a loving father, a […]

Malian Player Diallo and March Madness

Posted March 16th, 2016 at 12:11 pm (UTC-4)
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has once again tipped off its 68-team Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament to determine the 2016 national champion. Most of the competition is played in March and due to its unpredictable nature, it’s nicknamed “March Madness.” The single-elimination tournament, staged at venues across the country, is one of the […]

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Ghana’s Nyarko Ready For New Season With D.C. United

Posted March 4th, 2016 at 3:22 pm (UTC-4)
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With the Major League Soccer season right around the corner, there will be many players lacing up for a new team. That list of players includes D.C. United’s newly acquired midfielder, Patrick Nyarko. I had the honor of sitting down with him to talk about his future in the nation’s capital. The 30-year-old Nyarko was […]

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Sonny Side of Sports is an energetic and action-packed look at both world and African sports, broadcast on radio, TV and the Internet. Since the show’s creation in 1999, host Sonny Young has delighted listeners and viewers with a lively presentation that combines humor, props, sound effects and correspondent reports from Africa and all over the globe.

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