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Sierra Leone’s Kamara Builds Hope and All-Star Resume

Posted July 28th, 2015 at 3:26 pm (UTC-4)
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One of the defining characteristics of the 2015 Major League Soccer season has been the massive influx of talent from across the Atlantic. New York City FC, a new franchise playing its first season in the league, has led the charge. Before the season, NYC signed former Barcelona and Spanish national team striker David Villa […]

Mandela and Music and Sports as Cultural Conduits for Unity

Posted July 20th, 2015 at 4:54 pm (UTC-4)

“Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” – Nelson Mandela After a rainy morning, the sun broke out in Frederick, Maryland, the venue for an enriching and educational Mandela Day program. The United Nations formally declared July 18th, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, as a day to honor […]

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Nigeria’s Ezeli in NBA Finals

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 3:31 pm (UTC-4)
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The Golden State Warriors will play their first National Basketball Association Finals game in over 40 years on Thursday night in Oakland, California. While their historic playoff run has been headlined by stars such as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Bogut, back-up center Festus Ezeli, of Benin City, Nigeria, has quietly been putting together […]

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Attuquayefio Praised as Pillar of Ghana Football

Posted May 13th, 2015 at 3:35 pm (UTC-4)

The Sonny Side of Sports remembers one of the pillars of Ghana football, Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, who died May 12th of throat cancer at age 70. Attuquayefio had a long and distinguished coaching career. I had a chance to interview him in 2001 in the capital, Accra, where he led a squad of locally based […]

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Brightfield Shadi Shines As Special Olympics Messenger

Posted April 27th, 2015 at 12:12 pm (UTC-4)
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When I met Brightfield Shadi at Special Olympics headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., I asked him, “Do you know what the weather report is today? It’s Bright and Sonny!” Bright smiled and laughed, clearly enjoying a little humor as well as his visit to Washington as one of 12 Special Olympics athletes selected as Sargent […]

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It’s a Capital Challenge for VOA Race Teams!

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 5:08 pm (UTC-4)

After a long winter here in Washington, spring is in the air and you can see more than a few runners getting in their miles on the National Mall near our Voice of America headquarters. Some are running for their own personal health, while others are training for upcoming races. The Washington area has a […]

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Nothing But Nets, Stephen Curry!

Posted February 27th, 2015 at 7:18 pm (UTC-4)
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Golden State Warriors basketball star Stephen Curry met this week with President Obama at the White House here in Washington, where they discussed the Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign. President Obama, who is a big basketball fan, has described the 26-year-old Curry as the best shooter he’s ever seen, and the Golden State guard is […]

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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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