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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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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Very Tall Tacko Fall From Senegal

Posted May 28th, 2014 at 2:28 pm (UTC-4)
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He’s 7’5″ (2.26 meters) tall and Elhadji “Tacko” Fall is attracting attention for his height and his basketball potential. The 18-year-old Senegalese giant came to the United States in 2012 and he just finished his junior (third year) season at Liberty Christian Prep in central Florida. In a phone interview with the Voice of America’s […]

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World Cup Penalty Box Music Video

Posted May 6th, 2014 at 4:54 pm (UTC-4)
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A few of my talented Voice of America colleagues are featured in this music video celebrating football’s World Cup and a new discussion series, Penalty Box, that is kicking off ahead of next month’s soccer extravaganza in Brazil. Heather Maxwell, the host of our Music Time in Africa radio program, the VOA’s longest running English […]

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Boston Strong For City’s 118th Marathon

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