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Refugee Athletes at the Rio Olympics

Posted June 7th, 2016 at 3:50 pm (UTC-4)
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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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Mudiay Makes Mark In The NBA

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 10:09 pm (UTC-4)
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Representing the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denver Nuggets rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay exploded for 30 points and 10 assists in a loss to the United States team at the recent National Basketball Association All-Star Weekend Rising Stars challenge in Toronto, Canada. For those who don’t know, the Rising Stars challenge is a game […]

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65th NBA All-Star Game

Posted February 10th, 2016 at 3:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Sunday’s 65th National Basketball Association All-Star Game in Toronto will mark the first time the popular exhibition contest has been held outside the United States, another sign that the league is looking to expand its brand in international markets. The game will be played at Air Canada Centre, the home arena of the NBA’s Toronto […]

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Ghana’s Commey Fighter to Watch in 2016

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 4:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Ghana has a proud pedigree of producing world champion fighters. Over the past 40 years, just to name a few, David “D.K. Poison” Kotey, Azumah “The Professor” Nelson and Ike “Bazooka” Quartey have earned glory for Ghana and brought home world title belts. Richard Commey says he also wants to bring home a world championship […]

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Great Year For Kipchoge and Kenyan Marathon Runners

Posted November 4th, 2015 at 3:30 pm (UTC-4)
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2015 is proving to be another great year for Kenyan athletes at the marathon distance. The Kenyans swept the men’s and women’s titles at three major marathons – Berlin, Chicago and New York. Leading the Kenyan charge was Eliud Kipchoge, who clocked 2:04:42 to win the London Marathon April 26th, and then ran 2:04:00 to […]

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Didier Drogba Making An Impact In MLS

Posted September 29th, 2015 at 3:31 pm (UTC-4)
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In the twilight of a great football career, 37-year-old Didier Drogba is now delighting fans and making a big impact in his inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season. The former Ivory Coast captain signed with the Montreal Impact on July 27, 2015. He didn’t make his first start for Montreal until September 5, 2015, and […]

One On One With Luol Deng

Posted September 1st, 2015 at 2:41 pm (UTC-4)
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Writing about the Top 100 National Basketball Association players of 2016, Sports Illustrated magazine’s Rob Mahoney says of Luol Deng, “Coaches sing his praises. Teammates past and present adore him. Such positive reflection is far from coincidence.” As I reflect on Deng’s first visit to our Voice of America headquarters, it’s hard not to sing […]

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