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Africa Cup of Nations Kicks Off January 21

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 5:16 pm (UTC-4)
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African football fans are looking forward to the 28th edition of the continent’s premier event, the Nations Cup tournament. The 16-team competition will see a new African champion crowned on February 12, when the final is held in Libreville, Gabon. The Pharaohs of Egypt, the three-time defending African champions, did not qualify for the African […]

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Deng Delivers In Big Olympic Year

Posted January 4th, 2012 at 2:56 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s a big year for Sudan-born star Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls, one of the favorites for the National Basketball Association title. On Tuesday night, Deng scored on a layup with about four seconds left in the game to lift the Bulls to a 76-74 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Luol Deng finished with […]

Zimbabwean Olympic Hopeful Ngoni Makusha

Posted December 20th, 2011 at 3:17 pm (UTC-4)
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Zimbabwe won four medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where star swimmer Kirsty Coventry splashed her way to a gold and three silver. The 28-year-old Coventry, who is expected to compete at the 2012 London Olympics, also swam for Auburn University in Alabama, leading the school to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships in […]

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Kenya’s Sports Personality of the Year: Vivian Cheruiyot

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Kenya has crowned Vivian Cheruiyot as its Sports Personality of the Year after she won one gold medal at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Spain and two more at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in South Korea. At an awards ceremony in Nairobi, a trophy was presented to Cheruiyot that seemed almost […]

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)
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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)
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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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