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The Humble Apostle and Sporty Holiday Reflections

Posted December 15th, 2014 at 5:16 pm (UTC-4)

My first Christmas card this holiday season came from Magnus Chisom Onwudiwe, a dedicated disciple of the show whose loyal listening over the years has cemented his nickname of The Humble Apostle of the Sonny Side of Sports. Magnus writes, “Season’s Greetings from Owerri in Imo State, Nigeria. It is with a heart full of […]

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Ugandan Lion Bogere Roars in 2014

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 1:57 pm (UTC-4)

It’s been a very good year for Ugandan boxer Sharif “The Lion” Bogere, and his three victories over Mexican opponents have put him in good position for another world title shot in 2015. The most recent win for Bogere (26-1, 18 KO’s) came October 30th when he knocked out Fernando Garcia in the 5th round […]

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Weah and Lahoud Help Raise Ebola Awareness

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 1:32 pm (UTC-4)

Liberian football great George Weah and Sierra Leonean soccer player Michael Lahoud, who come from countries hard hit by Ebola, are helping raise awareness about the deadly disease. The 48-year-old Weah recently returned from Ghana where he recorded an anti-Ebola song with his friend, musician Barima Sidney. Weah told VOA he thought music was a […]

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Gorgui Dieng Goes For New Heights In NBA

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 3:30 pm (UTC-4)
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I last blogged about Gorgui Dieng (pronounced GOR-gee Jeng) in early April of 2013, just before he helped the University of Louisville win its third NCAA Men’s Division I college basketball title. Since turning professional, Gorgui, which means “the old one” in Senegal’s Wolof language, has shown as he gains more experience, he is more […]

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Pitching Prodigy Mo’ne Davis

Posted August 18th, 2014 at 4:34 pm (UTC-4)
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Remember the name Mo’ne Davis. The 13-year-old is the first girl to pitch a shutout in Little League Baseball World Series history. She accomplished the feat when her team from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, beat a Tennessee squad, 4-0, and Mo’ne struck out eight batters. Mo’ne throws a 70 miles per hour (110 kilometers per hour) fastball, […]

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Kenyan Javelin Thrower Julius Yego

Posted August 5th, 2014 at 2:59 pm (UTC-4)

Kenya is renowned for its distance runners who have won races all over the world. The Kenyans showed their prowess again recently at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, where they won 10 gold medals. Nine of the 10 gold came in running events, while Julius Yego made history as the first Kenyan to be […]

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Eight World Cups

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 1:35 pm (UTC-4)
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I’ve had a few friends tell me they’ve been suffering “World Cup blues” since the football fiesta officially came to an end July 13th when Germany won its fourth world title in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I’ve prescribed Eight World Cups as an antidote for their World Cup blues. It’s a new book by George […]

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World Cup Goal-line Technology

Posted June 11th, 2014 at 11:51 am (UTC-4)

Brazil 2014 marks the first time goal-line technology is used at the 32-nation football jamboree. Fourteen cameras – seven focused on each goalmouth – will be used in all 12 World Cup stadiums in Brazil. The cameras will record 500 images each second, and a computer will process the frames. Within a second of a […]

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Cameroon’s Young Lion Olinga Achieving World Cup Dreams

Posted June 8th, 2014 at 10:40 am (UTC-4)

Cameroonian striker Fabrice Olinga, who celebrated his 18th birthday May 12th, will be the youngest player at the World Cup football tournament in Brazil. Born in Cameroon’s seaport commercial capital of Douala, Olinga developed his skills at the Samuel Eto’o Foundation, established by the country’s four-time African Footballer of the Year. Eto’o, now 33, was […]

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World Cup’s Group of Death

Posted June 1st, 2014 at 2:50 pm (UTC-4)

The Voice of America’s Penalty BOX was the venue for a lively World Cup discussion about Group G, widely regarded as The Group of Death, at the upcoming football extravaganza in Brazil. I joined Andre Mendes, Joao Santarita and host Peter Clottey for the soccer chat, as we focused on the strengths and weaknesses of […]

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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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Saturday, 31 Jan.
4 p.m. - Congo v. Democratic Republic of Congo
7 p.m. - Tunisia v. Equatorial Guinea

Sunday, 1 Feb.
4 p.m. - Ghana v. Group D Second Place
7:30 p.m. - Group D Winner v. Algeria


Wednesday, 4 Feb.
7 p.m. - Quarterfinal 1 Winner v. Quarterfinal 4 Winner

Thursday, 5 Feb.
7 p.m. - Quarterfinal 2 Winner v. Quarterfinal 3 Winner


Saturday, 7 Feb.
6 p.m. - 3rd Place Playoff 1 v. 3rd Place Playoff 2


Sunday, 8 Feb.
7 p.m. - Finalist 1 v. Finalist 2