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Sonny Side of Sports Salute To Andrew Palczewski

Posted December 26th, 2017 at 4:06 pm (UTC-4)
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My former colleague Andrew Palczewski worked on several different shows at the Voice of America, but I think he had a special place in his heart for the Sonny Side of Sports. Andrew says he’ll also remember fondly the feedback he received from listeners, viewers and web surfers to his social media reports. And on […]

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Ugandan Kickboxing Champion Patricia Apolot

Posted November 15th, 2017 at 3:08 pm (UTC-4)
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Sonny Side of Sports contributor Mugume Davis Rwakaringi recently visited unbeaten Ugandan kickboxing champion Patricia Apolot at her gym in the capital, Kampala. Mugume describes the 27-year-old Apolot as dark, beautiful and athletic. Nicknamed “Black Pearl,” Apolot (16-0, 7 KO’s) captured the World Kickboxing Federation lightweight title in 2015. Her coach, Richardson “Amigo” Kigozi, says […]

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Olympic Champ Kipchoge Reflects On Berlin Marathon Win

Posted September 26th, 2017 at 4:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge was in a philosophical mood after winning his second BMW Berlin Marathon in three years. “Planning to run a marathon is like life,” said the 32-year-old Kenyan athlete. “Anything can happen. You run fast today and tomorrow you run slow.” Kipchoge ran a time of 2:03:32 in Berlin on September 24th, […]

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Ivorian Sprinter Marie-Josée Ta Lou: So Close To Being World Champion

Posted August 14th, 2017 at 5:05 pm (UTC-4)

Ivory Coast won two silver medals at the recent World Championships in Athletics in London, where sprinter Marie-Josée Ta Lou made her country proud in the women’s 100-meters and 200-meters finals. In both races, though, there was also heartbreak for the 28-year-old Ta Lou, who came very close to being crowned world champion. In the 100-meters, […]

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Crawford Versus Indongo is Crossroads World Title Fight

Posted July 9th, 2017 at 2:16 pm (UTC-4)

The VOA’s longtime boxing analyst Nnamdi “Hollywood” Moweta has made the short flight from his home base of Los Angeles to Las Vegas more than a few times over the years for world championship fights. Nnamdi says he’s looking forward to traveling to a new destination next month, though. He’ll be making his first trip […]

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The Fighting Russell Brothers Make Dad Proud

Posted May 22nd, 2017 at 3:42 pm (UTC-4)
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World Boxing Council featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr., successfully defended his title May 20th on a memorable fight night for his family at the new MGM National Harbor just south of Washington, D.C. The 28-year-old Russell, Jr. (28-1, 17 KO’s), scored a seventh round TKO victory against Colombian boxer Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17 KO’s). Gary […]

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College Basketball’s Final Four Features International Big Men

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 4:23 pm (UTC-4)
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The 2017 NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball championship tournament, one of the most popular annual sporting events in the United States, has reached the Final Four stage with some talented international big men in the spotlight at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Gonzaga will go against South Carolina in the first semifinal April 1, […]

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Major League Soccer Kicks Off 22nd Season With New Clubs in Atlanta and Minnesota

Posted March 6th, 2017 at 3:42 pm (UTC-4)
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Major League Soccer recently kicked off its 22nd season with new clubs based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The addition of expansion franchises Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United gives MLS a total of 22 teams, evenly divided with 11 in the Eastern Conference and 11 in the Western Conference. Both Atlanta and Minnesota […]

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Mahrez one of the Marquee Players at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon

Posted January 9th, 2017 at 3:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Riyad Mahrez enters his second Africa Cup of Nations tournament after a nice run of recognition and success. The 25-year-old Algerian was named the Confederation of African Football’s Player of the Year for 2016 on January 5th in Abuja, Nigeria. Last month, Mahrez was also selected as the BBC African Footballer of the Year, and […]

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Olympic Boxing Champion Claressa Shields Turns Professional

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 5:12 pm (UTC-4)
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Three months after making Olympic boxing history in Brazil, Claressa Shields is getting ready to make her professional debut in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 21-year-old Shields will fight former USA Boxing teammate Franchon Crews November 19th on the undercard of the Andre Ward – Sergey Kovalev world light heavyweight title main event at the new […]

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Sonny Side of Sports is an energetic and action-packed look at both world and African sports, broadcast on radio, TV and the Internet. Since the show’s creation in 1999, host Sonny Young has delighted listeners and viewers with a lively presentation that combines humor, props, sound effects and correspondent reports from Africa and all over the globe.

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