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Boston Strong For City’s 118th Marathon

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 11:47 am (UTC-4)

My friend Todd Gothberg says he experienced a wide range of emotions after last year’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings, and in his book, Believe, he describes them: “Shock. Sadness. Despair. Anger. Regret. Guilt. Relief. Peace.” Todd finished his 15th Boston Marathon about an hour before the blasts on Boylston Street which killed three people and […]

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Obama Celebrates Boston Sports

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 2:46 pm (UTC-4)

U.S. President Barack Obama recently celebrated two of Boston’s oldest and most cherished sporting traditions: its annual marathon and its eight-time World Series champion baseball team. During a White House ceremony honoring the Boston Red Sox, President Obama credited the team with helping heal and unify a city scarred from last year’s deadly Boston Marathon […]

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Ayanleh Souleiman Earns Athletic Glory For Djibouti

Posted March 11th, 2014 at 3:05 pm (UTC-4)

Ayanleh Souleiman says he started running in 2008 after watching the Beijing Olympics on television. Now 21-years-old, the athlete from the small Horn of Africa country Djibouti appears ready to run for a medal in 2016 when he makes his Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Souleiman was hoping to compete at the 2012 […]

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Beckenbauer Backs Libyan Football

Posted March 3rd, 2014 at 9:44 am (UTC-4)
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German football great Franz Beckenbauer is backing Libya as it prepares to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament. During a recent visit to the capital, Tripoli, the 68-year-old Beckenbauer participated in a ceremony to launch the building of a new 60,000-seat national stadium that will be used for the Nations Cup. Beckenbauer’s visit […]

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Haile Gebrselassie Sets The Pace In London

Posted February 19th, 2014 at 1:00 pm (UTC-4)
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The man regarded by many as the greatest distance runner of the modern era will lead perhaps the best marathon field ever assembled in London on April 13th. Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie has agreed to be the pacemaker for the elite men in the British capital. The plan is for Haile, who will be five […]

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Ghana’s Yaro Has Right to Dream

Posted February 9th, 2014 at 5:01 pm (UTC-4)

As Joshua Yaro walked down one of the hallways at our Voice of America headquarters, he saw the photo on the left hanging on a wall and stopped to take a closer look. “I played on pitches just like that when I was growing up,” said Yaro, who recently completed his first season with the […]

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Magic Mountain and Measuring Sticks

Posted January 18th, 2014 at 8:12 pm (UTC-4)
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Former world #1 tennis star Andre Agassi heard some of the players complaining about the scorching heat at the Australian Open and tweeted the following: “Heat is not a curve it is an opportunity to separate yourself.” The 43-year-old Agassi won four of his eight Grand Slam singles titles in Australia, and the way he […]

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LeBron James & Serena Williams: AP’s Athletes of the Year

Posted December 30th, 2013 at 3:13 pm (UTC-4)
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Here’s a Sonny Side of Sports salute to basketball star LeBron James and tennis champion Serena Williams, who are the Associated Press’s 2013 male and female athletes of the year. Serena had what Gordon Smith, the executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, describes as an unforgettable year. She had a record in singles of […]

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Great Year for Nigeria Football

Posted December 19th, 2013 at 3:31 pm (UTC-4)

It’s been a great year for Nigeria football, with the country winning world and continental titles at the youth and senior levels. In February, Nigeria’s senior national team, nicknamed the Super Eagles, won its third Africa Cup of Nations trophy with a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso in Johannesburg, South Africa. About nine months later, […]

Mandela the Fighter

Posted December 8th, 2013 at 3:59 pm (UTC-4)

Nelson Mandela fought for freedom and justice for all, a lifelong battle that was fueled, in part, by his love for boxing. Mandela was an amateur boxer in his younger days and he credited the sport with helping instill discipline and the will to withstand the blows of hatred and a long imprisonment. In his […]

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