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South Africa’s Fallen Blade Runner

Posted February 20th, 2013 at 3:14 pm (UTC-4)
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Where there was once joy and smiles on the track, there are now bowed heads and tears in a Pretoria courtroom. The last time I blogged about Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s “Blade Runner,” was on July 4, 2012, the Independence Day holiday in the United States. Pistorius described that day as one of the proudest […]

African Nations Cup Football Fans

Posted February 4th, 2013 at 4:11 pm (UTC-4)
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Attendance at the 29th Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in South Africa has been disappointing, with many empty seats seen on the TV broadcasts, but a few fans have caught my eye with their face paint, colorful attire and joyous spirit. South African fans and Nations Cup organizers were happy to see the home […]

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Nations Cup Mascot Takuma the Hippo

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 5:39 pm (UTC-4)
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Reaction to Takuma the Hippo, the official mascot of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in South Africa, has been generally favorable, judging by my mailbag. Dominic Esifa, writing from Katsina, Nigeria, describes Takuma as “very South African in nature.” The huge hippopotamus is found in South Africa and other parts of sub-Saharan […]

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Ethiopia Returns to Nations Cup After 31-Year Absence

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 8:22 pm (UTC-4)
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Ethiopian football fans are excited to see their national team return to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa after a 31-year absence. The Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia are in Group C for the African football fiesta, along with Nigeria, Burkina Faso and defending Nations Cup champion Zambia. Ethiopia will play Zambia January […]

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Nigeria Prepares For Nations Cup

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 5:33 pm (UTC-4)
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Nigeria’s Super Eagles are hoping to soar at the 29th Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, which kicks off January 19th in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Super Eagles are based in South Africa’s northeastern city of Nelspruit for their first two Nations Cup matches. They will play Burkina Faso January 21st and defending Nations Cup […]

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A Magnificent Year for Lionel Messi

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 3:02 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s been a magnificent year for Lionel Messi, the Barcelona and Argentina star who is a favorite to win his fourth FIFA Ballon d’Or award on January 7, 2013, a trophy given annually to the world’s best football player. Messi scored both of Barcelona’s goals December 12 in a 2-0 road victory against Cordoba in […]

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IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year Allyson Felix

Posted November 28th, 2012 at 5:01 pm (UTC-4)
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Olympic champion Allyson Felix celebrated her 27th birthday on November 18th in Uganda, where she visited and played with children at Urunchinga refugee camp. She described her trip to east Africa, which also included a safari at Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, as a wonderful experience. From Africa, the American sprinter traveled to Spain for […]

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Thanksgiving Day Turkey Chase

Posted November 20th, 2012 at 2:39 pm (UTC-4)
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Sports and the Thanksgiving holiday here in the USA go together like turkey and Aunt Maureen’s homemade stuffing. American football kicks off on Thanksgiving Day. Many fans will watch games on television, while others, like my nephew Wade, build up an appetite for Maureen’s Thanksgiving feast with football games at a nearby field. I’ll be […]

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2012 African Footballer of the Year

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 3:24 pm (UTC-4)
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The Confederation of African Football, CAF, will hold its annual awards ceremony December 20th in Accra, Ghana. The biggest prize to be handed out in the Ghanaian capital is the African Player of the Year, and if recent history is any indicator, there’s a good chance the trophy will be lifted by a striker. Nine […]

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The MCM and Remembering the Oprah Marathon

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 4:39 pm (UTC-4)
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As many as 30,000 runners are expected to test their endurance in Sunday’s 37th annual Marine Corps Marathon here in the Washington area. The popular race, nicknamed “The People’s Marathon,” takes the runners past many of Washington’s landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and United States Capitol building, as well as our Voice of America headquarters […]

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