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Montsho Waves Botswana’s Flag High In South Korea

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 2:39 pm (UTC-4)

Here’s a Sonny Side of Sports salute for Botswana’s Amantle Montsho, who set a national record of 49.56 seconds Monday in winning the gold medal in the women’s 400-meters at the world athletics championships in Daegu, South Korea. It marks the first world title for the 28-year-old Montsho, who is the reigning African and Commonwealth […]

Kenya Sweeps Medals On Day One In Daegu

Posted August 27th, 2011 at 9:36 am (UTC-4)
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Kenya is off to a great start at the world athletics championships in South Korea, winning all six medals at stake on Saturday. Edna Kiplagat won the first gold medal awarded in Daegu, finishing first in the women’s marathon in 2:28:43. She was followed across the finish line by Kenyan teammates Priscah Jeptoo and Sharon […]

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Africa and “The Beautiful Game”

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 1:39 pm (UTC-4)

Soccer has been described as “The Beautiful Game,” and that’s also the name of a new documentary that will be screened for the first time on Saturday here in Washington. Director Victor Buhler and Producer Julian Cautherley will present the documentary at the National Museum of African Art, an appropriate venue for a project described […]

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King Kong Was Robbed!

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 2:54 pm (UTC-4)

“King Kong was robbed!” So said Nnamdi “Hollywood” Moweta during the August 15th Sonny Side of Sports show, and I can’t agree more with VOA’s undisputed “Reigning Prince of Pugilistics.” Nnamdi was ringside at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas over the weekend as Ghana’s Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko lost his IBF […]

Nnamdi Packs His Bags For Vegas

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 4:48 pm (UTC-4)
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My boxing buddy Nnamdi “Hollywood” Moweta is packing his bags for Las Vegas and Saturday night’s world championship bantamweight bout between IBF titleholder Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko of Ghana and undefeated Mexican Abner Mares. Nnamdi says all pre-fight indicators point to an action-packed encounter. The Voice of America’s undisputed “Reigning Prince of Pugilistics” says Agbeko […]

Kaki & Rudisha’s African 800-Meter Rivalry

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 10:52 pm (UTC-4)
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At 22, David Rudisha is enjoying the fruits of international athletic success. The Kenyan star is heading to this month’s world championships in South Korea as the world record holder at 800-meters and the 2010 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year.  Those are two prestigious titles, for sure, but there are two more that I […]

Happy Birthday, Juergen Klinsmann!

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 11:02 am (UTC-4)

Juergen Klinsmann German football great Juergen Klinsmann is celebrating his 47th birthday Saturday as the new head coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team. U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati wanted Klinsmann for the job five years ago, but was unable to reach agreement on a contract. Their talks broke down after Klinsmann was […]

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Coffee, Colombia & This Cup Runneth Over

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s been a busy month for FIFA championship football tournaments. Japan lifted its first FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy on July 17, while one week earlier, on July 10, Mexico’s boys team, playing on home soil, won its second FIFA U-17 world title. And on July 29, the 24-team FIFA U-20 World Cup kicks off […]

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The Growth Of U.S. Soccer

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 11:48 am (UTC-4)
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It’s no secret that while soccer is thriving as the world’s most popular sport, here in the USA it’s still trying to gain a foothold at the professional level, where it competes against the more popular National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and National Football League. But in the past few years there’s been considerable […]

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Kobe, Yao & Basketball’s Asian Popularity

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 4:47 pm (UTC-4)

As I write this, Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is on a five-city Asian tour that will take him to China, the world’s most populous country, and home to eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming. I’m sure Kobe will pay tribute to the Chinese giant, who’s expected to announce his retirement from the NBA […]

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