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Big Up For Barney!

Posted December 30th, 2010 at 4:16 pm (UTC-4)
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Here’s an end of year, Sonny Side of Sports salute for my VOA colleague Paul “Barney” Sisco, who produced my SSOS videos throughout 2010. Barney is a bulldog when it comes to finding video for use in the segments, and it certainly helps that he’s a big sports fan. If you’ve watched any of my […]

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Funniest Goal Celebration Of 2010

Posted December 27th, 2010 at 1:38 pm (UTC-4)
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It was a momentous year in international football, with the first World Cup staged in South Africa and goals scored all over the globe. For my $.02, the funniest goal celebration of the year took place in Iceland. Watch #10 in blue after he scores off a penalty shot. He proceeds to cast out his […]

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African Footballer Of The Year Samuel Eto’o

Posted December 21st, 2010 at 4:22 pm (UTC-4)

Samuel Eto’o is now being described as the most decorated African football player of all time. During an awards ceremony in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the 29-year-old Eto’o was crowned African Footballer of the Year for an unprecedented fourth time. The star striker for Inter Milan and “The Indomitable Lions” of Cameroon previously won the […]

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Presidents Obama and Zuma Show Their Sporty Side

Posted December 18th, 2010 at 7:53 pm (UTC-4)

For the first time, I featured two incumbent Presidents in one of my video sports reports.  U.S. President Barack Obama, an avid basketball player and fan, recently honored the National Basketball Association champion Los Angeles Lakers.  President Obama gave special kudos to Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, and mentioned how Kobe even came to a special […]

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Best U.S. Goal Of 2010: Landon Donovan

Posted December 14th, 2010 at 9:03 pm (UTC-4)
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U.S. Soccer has named Landon Donovan’s game-winning strike against Algeria at the World Cup in South Africa as the Best Goal of 2010.  The U.S. national soccer team’s all-time leading scorer received the award after a vote by fans from 22 November to 10 December on  Check out Donovan’s big goal again: “When you put […]

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Hands On The Wheel, Emil!

Posted December 12th, 2010 at 7:36 pm (UTC-4)

My big sports trip this year took place in June and July when I made my first visit to South Africa to cover the World Cup football finals for the Voice of America.  In fact, it was probably the biggest sports trip I’ve made in my 22+ years at VOA, based on the historical significance […]

Serge Ibaka Thunders Into NBA

Posted December 7th, 2010 at 4:56 pm (UTC-4)

The National Basketball Association tipped off its 2010-2011 season with a record 84 international players from 38 countries and territories.  The only player from Congo-Brazzaville is Serge Ibaka, a second-year power forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Ibaka was born in the capital, Brazzaville, one of 18 children in a very large basketball-playing family.  His […]

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Agbara = Lateef “Power” Kayode

Posted December 4th, 2010 at 11:41 am (UTC-4)
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In the Yoruba language, the word for “power” is “agbara,” and, as my friend Nnamdi “Hollywood” Moweta likes to say, Lateef Kayode has raw, undiluted agbara.  So much agbara, in fact, his official nickname is “Power.”  The 27-year-old Nigerian prizefighter is one of the rising stars in the boxing world, and he showed off his […]

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Some Magic On World AIDS Day

Posted December 1st, 2010 at 10:46 am (UTC-4)
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It seems hard to believe that it’s been nearly 20 years since Hall of Fame basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson announced he had the virus that causes AIDS. I remember being in the VOA Newsroom when Magic was about to make his announcement on 7 November 1991.  There was so much uncertainty surrounding the Lakers […]

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