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NBA Draft Reveals Globalization Of The Game

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 3:14 pm (UTC-4)

A National Basketball Association record was set at the league’s June 23rd draft, with four international players selected in the first seven picks. Never before has the influence of foreign-born players been more evident in pro basketball’s top league. German-born Dirk Nowitzki recently led the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA title, becoming the first […]

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South Africa’s Blade Runner

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-4)
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The resiliency of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius is unquestionable. After seeing what he has been through, some might even call it almost impossible. Pistorius was born in November 1986, and 11 months later doctors discovered he was missing bones in both of his lower legs. His legs were amputated below the knee, ending any […]

Ernie Els Swings Against Autism

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-4)
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South African golf star Ernie Els has returned to Congressional Country Club here in the Washington area this week, the site where he won his second U.S. Open title in 1997. Els has had many changes in both his personal and professional life since that victory. Away from the course, Els married his wife, Liezl, […]

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Take A Bow, Kanu!

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 12:12 pm (UTC-4)
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Top African stars gathered in Lagos June 11 for a tribute match in honor of Nwankwo Kanu, Nigeria’s two-time African Footballer of the Year.  The 34-year-old Kanu takes a bow from soccer as Nigeria’s most decorated footballer ever. The tall, lanky striker captained Nigeria’s gold medal-winning soccer team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.  At […]

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Nigerian Prizefighter Is Lucky Boy

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 2:54 pm (UTC-4)
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The future looks bright and lucky for undefeated Nigerian prizefighter Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs). The 26-year-old world welterweight contender has been based the past few years in Australia, but he recently moved to Los Angeles, where he’s being guided by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club […]

Rafa: Will He Be The Greatest Of All Time?

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-4)

When Rafael Nadal raised his sixth French Open trophy June 5, he also vaulted himself into the discussion of the all-time tennis greats. He joined Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg as the only men to have won double digit Grand Slam titles. He also tied Borg for the most […]

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SSOS Salute For Chinedu Offor

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-4)

Chinedu Offor Here’s a Sonny Side of Sports salute for my longtime VOA colleague Chinedu Offor, who has left the Voice of America and returned to Nigeria to take a new job as spokesman for the Imo State governor. I’ll miss Chinedu’s sporty banter during my show, especially when he would “sing the Blues” for […]

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Bismack Biyombo: Congolese Basketball Mystery Man

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 1:51 pm (UTC-4)
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Sporting News magazine describes Bismack Biyombo as “this year’s fascinating international mystery man, the player who has come virtually out of nowhere,” and is now expected to be a top pick in the National Basketball Association Draft June 23. Part of the mystery surrounds Biyombo’s age.  Officially, he was born August 28, 1992, in Lubumbashi, […]

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