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Spectacular Year For Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 8:53 pm (UTC-4)
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I’m disappointed the Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai didn’t receive more consideration for the IAAF World Male Athlete of the Year award, which, for the third time in four years, was presented to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt November 12th. In Spain March 20th, Mutai was part of the Kenyan men’s squad that won a team gold medal at […]

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Harrison Barnes Aims For Big College Basketball Season

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 5:37 pm (UTC-4)
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ESPN and Sports Illustrated magazines both recently published U.S. college basketball preview issues, and both put North Carolina sophomore Harrison Barnes on their cover. The 19-year-old from Ames, Iowa, is expected to be the centerpiece for a North Carolina team that is rated a strong contender to win its sixth national championship. Last year, the […]

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Remembering Smokin’ Joe Frazier

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 3:11 pm (UTC-4)

Smokin’ Joe Frazier will be remembered as one of the great boxing champions of all time, a stocky fighter who overcame bigger opponents with tremendous heart and a tremendous left hook. Frazier died November 7 at a hospice in Philadelphia after a short fight with liver cancer. He was 67. I’ll also remember Smokin’ Joe […]

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German Silva: 2011 Abebe Bikila Award Winner

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 3:52 pm (UTC-4)
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In New York City’s Central Park Friday, German Silva was presented with the Abebe Bikila Award, an annual prize named for the great Ethiopian runner who won gold medals in the marathon at the 1960 Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. Central Park is an appropriate place for the 43-year-old Silva to […]

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Great Year For Kenyan Marathoners

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 3:19 pm (UTC-4)
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I recently received an email from Ralph Okhiria, an engineer in Kano, Nigeria, in which he asked me what I thought about the year Kenya is having on the international marathon circuit. Well, Ralph, I know Kenya has always had a very proud pedigree in distance running, but 2011 has been an extra special year […]

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Sad Times For Cameroon And Nigeria Football

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-4)

With Africa’s premier football tournament kicking off in less than three months in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, these are sad times in nearby Nigeria and Cameroon. The Super Eagles of Nigeria and The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, two of the traditional giants in African football, both failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. […]

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Dikembe Mutombo In South Sudan

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 2:01 pm (UTC-4)

For a man who’s traveled all over the world, Dikembe Mutombo sounds a bit surprised about his first visit to South Sudan, which borders his homeland in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Speaking by phone from Juba, the capital of Africa’s newest country, Dikembe tells me South Sudan is “his next door neighbor and it’s […]

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Sharif Bogere: The Ugandan Lion Roars in Boxing Ring

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 3:48 pm (UTC-4)

Unbeaten Ugandan lightweight prizefighter Sharif Bogere is getting attention for his boxing skills inside the ring and his showmanship outside the ropes. ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael had this to say: “When you see him, you’ll remember him because of his over-the-top ring entrance. He wears a lion’s head and skin and is brought to […]

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Big Engine & Big Payday For Kenya’s Moses Mosop

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 2:29 pm (UTC-4)
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Moses Mosop is nicknamed The Big Engine for his powerful endurance and running technique, and on Sunday, with his motor apparently not even at full throttle, the 26-year-old Kenyan cruised to a course record at the Chicago Marathon, clocking two hours, five minutes and 37 seconds. Mosop said he wasn’t even at full strength in […]

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Do The Right Thing: Mares vs. Agbeko II

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 6:12 pm (UTC-4)

It’s nice to see Ghanaian fighter Joseph King Kong Agbeko getting a rematch against Mexico’s Abner Mares. Their first fight on August 13 in Las Vegas may have been the most controversial bout of the year. Nnamdi Hollywood Moweta, VOA’s undisputed, Reigning Prince of Pugilistics, says Mares stole King Kong’s International Boxing Federation bantamweight title, […]


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