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Give It Up For Gabon Football!

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 1:39 pm (UTC-4)
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Gabon football has received a big boost ahead of co-hosting next month’s 28th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament with neighbor Equatorial Guinea. The Gabonese are being described as the surprise team of the recently concluded African Under-23 Football Championship in Morocco. Gabon upset host Morocco, 2-1, in the final in Marrakech, to […]

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Magical Messi: Another FIFA Ballon d’Or?

Posted December 8th, 2011 at 3:41 pm (UTC-4)

Argentine football star Lionel Messi could be ending 2011 with another trophy and beginning the new year with yet  another one. World football’s governing body, FIFA, announced this week that the 24-year-old Messi is one of three finalists for its Ballon d’Or trophy, given to the best player of the year. If the Barcelona magician […]

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Cameroon’s Mbah a Moute: Valuable NBA Free Agent

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 4:43 pm (UTC-4)
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December will be a busy month in the National Basketball Association, which will play a shortened 66-game regular season because of a recently concluded labor dispute between owners and players. Training camps open December 9 and the season officially tips off December 25. Also December 9, free agents can sign with new clubs in the […]

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Africa’s Olympic Football Hopes

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-4)
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While an African football team has never won the World Cup, the sport’s biggest prize, neighbors Nigeria and Cameroon can proudly claim Olympic gold medals in men’s soccer at the 1996 Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The 1996 Nigerian Olympic team, captained by two-time African Footballer of the Year Nwanko Kanu, […]

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Demba Ba Bagging Goals For Newcastle United

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-4)
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One African footballer who is off to an excellent start this season in the English Premier League is 26-year-old Senegalese striker Demba Ba of Newcastle United. Through 12 league matches, Ba has bagged eight goals for the Magpies of Newcastle, the most by any African player. Ba scored his first goals for the club on […]

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Liberia’s Darlington Nagbe Wins MLS Goal Of The Year Award

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 8:22 pm (UTC-4)

Darlington Nagbe recently capped his first season in Major League Soccer by winning the MLS Goal of the Year prize. The 21-year-old Nagbe plays for the Portland Timbers and he is the son of Joe Nagbe, the former captain of Liberia’s national football team. Let’s check out the award-winning strike by the young Liberian player. […]

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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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