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Magical Moments For Victor Oladipo

Posted July 2nd, 2013 at 3:15 pm (UTC-4)
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“Look how far we came Through the fire, I stood knowing we would reign Feels like yesterday when all this was a dream Through these Maybach curtains I see how life has changed.” – Meek Mill, “Maybach Curtains” Victor Oladipo was anything but meek when he sang those lyrics after being selected #2 overall in […]

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Mayweather Versus Alvarez Shaping Up As Boxing Blockbuster

Posted June 25th, 2013 at 2:59 pm (UTC-4)
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Undefeated fighters Floyd Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stopped here in Washington Tuesday to promote their September 14th super welterweight world title bout, one of boxing’s most anticipated match-ups in recent years. The fistic hoopla took place at the Howard Theatre in Washington, the second stop on an 11-city media tour. The promotional bandwagon will […]

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Uncle Ted Roberts Tribute

Posted June 9th, 2013 at 5:49 pm (UTC-4)
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A Retirement Celebration was held June 8, 2013, for my friend, mentor and former Voice of America colleague “Uncle” Ted Roberts, who recently stepped down after 42 years of teaching at Howard University here in Washington, D.C. The following is my tribute speech at the ceremony: “Is everything okay? Is everything alright? I hope so!” […]

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Robbie Russell Goes From Pro Soccer to Medical School

Posted June 5th, 2013 at 3:10 pm (UTC-4)
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Ghana-born Robbie Russell says he greatly enjoyed his recent visit to our Voice of America headquarters. The 33-year-old Russell, who announced his retirement from pro soccer last month, brought with him several of the club jerseys he wore proudly all over the world. Russell played as a defender for clubs in Iceland, Norway and Denmark, […]

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Tony Parker and Spurs Return to NBA Finals

Posted May 28th, 2013 at 2:32 pm (UTC-4)
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French star Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs are returning to the National Basketball Association Finals for the first time since they last lifted the trophy in 2007. Led by Parker, the Spurs swept the Memphis Grizzlies in four consecutive games to reach the championship round. The 31-year-old Parker was outstanding against the Grizzlies, […]

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Deng Hopes to Rebound After Spinal Tap Scare

Posted May 16th, 2013 at 5:06 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s been perhaps the most difficult period of Luol Deng’s professional basketball career, but the two-time NBA All-Star for the Chicago Bulls is confident of bouncing back from illness after a spinal tap. Writing on Twitter Thursday, Deng said, “I’m getting better each day. I want to thank the fans for the great support this […]

Sporty Bobbleheads Boost Cubicle Spirit at VOA

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 1:48 pm (UTC-4)
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My Voice of America colleague Nancy Coviello brought her Andy Najar bobblehead to her new cubicle in our office. As you can see, the Honduran footballer Najar is wearing the uniform of D.C. United, his former Major League Soccer club based here in Washington. D.C. United recently finalized a multimillion dollar deal with the club […]

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Priscah Jeptoo Prays, Runs and Wins

Posted April 22nd, 2013 at 2:39 pm (UTC-4)
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Kenyan athlete Priscah Jeptoo is soft-spoken about her accomplishments, but she’s not shy about publicly proclaiming her faith. After being the first woman to cross the finish line in Sunday’s London Marathon, with a winning time of 2:20:15, the 28-year-old Jeptoo immediately knelt and prayed. The fans in London saw a similar scene last year […]

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Shining the Light after Boston Marathon Tragedy

Posted April 16th, 2013 at 11:46 am (UTC-4)
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I run for a lot of different reasons – some physical, some emotional, some social, some spiritual and some psychological. Fellow runner and sports journalist Mike Wise, writing in Tuesday’s Washington Post newspaper, says, “I know there are things worked out in your head on a run that cannot be worked out in a therapist’s […]

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Dieng Returns To Final Four

Posted April 1st, 2013 at 7:01 pm (UTC-4)
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Gorgui Dieng (pronounced GOR-gee Jeng) says one of his personal goals at the University of Louisville is to win a national college basketball championship, and for the second year in a row, the tall center from Senegal has a great shot at lifting the trophy. Dieng and the Cardinals of Louisville have once again advanced […]

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