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King Kong Was Robbed!

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 2:54 pm (UTC-4)
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“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)
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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)
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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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Americans Celebrate Dramatic USA Victory Over Brazil

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 1:32 pm (UTC-4)
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The beauty of international sports is most evident when an entire country unites in support of their national team. These matches can transcend athletics, and become about the pride of a nation and its people.  Six days after the USA celebrated its Fourth of July independence day holiday, the USA’s Women’s World Cup soccer team […]

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Nadal vs. Haye = Class vs. The Crybaby

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 2:32 pm (UTC-4)
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In less than 24 hours, Rafael Nadal and David Haye gave us great examples on the right and wrong way to lose on the highest stages of sport. One, a tennis player from Spain, lost with class and humility. The other, a boxer from England, lost with excuses and boorishness. Just a few minutes after […]

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98th Tour de France Facing More Drug Potholes?

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 2:49 pm (UTC-4)
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The 2011 Tour de France gets under way Saturday, and cycling’s premier event is sure to be filled with speed, suspense and, unfortunately, controversy. For every feel good story about a cyclist overcoming odds and excelling at the highest level, there’s a disappointing one revealing the dark secrets in the tainted sport. The revelation of […]

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