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Da Ole Sports Emperor Returns

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-4)
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Da Ole Sports Emperor Barry Maughan, who had a royal reign on our Voice of America airwaves before retiring in 1999, recently returned to our VOA studios here in Washington, D.C. Da Emperor describes himself as “a mountain man now.” He and his wife, Suzanne, are living in the mountains of western North Carolina, after […]

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Black Stars Beat The Drums At Nations Cup

Posted January 25th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-4)
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In my last blog post, I highlighted a couple of music videos celebrating the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. My VOA colleague Akwei Thompson, a big fan of The Black Stars of Ghana, reminded me the players are also generating some of the music. Akwei shared this Black Stars […]

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African Songs Celebrate Nations Cup

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 2:42 pm (UTC-4)

The 2010 FIFA World Cup football tournament in South Africa was not only a sporting event, but also a musical event, and music will once again have soccer fans singing and dancing during the Nations Cup tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Let’s look and listen to a couple of music videos linked to the […]

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Burkinabe Teenager Traore Goes To Nations Cup

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 11:21 am (UTC-4)
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The youngest player at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations football tournament will be Bertrand Traore, a 16-year-old midfielder for Chelsea and Burkina Faso. If he sees action during the competition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, Traore will become the third youngest player ever at African football’s premier event. The record is held by Gabon’s […]

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Africa Cup of Nations Kicks Off January 21

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 5:16 pm (UTC-4)

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)

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 […]


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