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Big Game For Congolese Teenager Bismack Biyombo

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 1:41 pm (UTC-4)
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Fans of the Charlotte Bobcats haven’t had much to cheer about during this National Basketball Association season, with the club on course for the league’s worst record. The Bobcats, owned by basketball great Michael Jordan, won for only the fifth time Tuesday night, topping the visiting Orlando Magic, 100-84. The Bobcats took the court in […]

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Basketball’s Best On Display In Florida

Posted February 27th, 2012 at 1:16 pm (UTC-4)
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The National Basketball Association All-Star Game provides a big stage for the league to showcase its top players and their exceptional skills. This annual exhibition contest is typically very high-scoring, and Sunday night’s game was no exception, as the Western Conference All-Stars beat the Eastern Conference All-Stars, 152-149, at Amway Center arena in Orlando, Florida. […]

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Sudanese Olympic Hopeful Abubaker Kaki

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 2:43 pm (UTC-4)
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With the London Olympics a little more than five months away, one Sudanese athlete to watch is Abubaker Kaki, one of the fastest runners in the world at the 800 meter distance. As part of his build-up for the London Games, the 22-year-old Kaki will travel in March to Turkey, where he will aim for […]

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Big Cheers For The Chipolopolo of Zambia

Posted February 12th, 2012 at 7:43 pm (UTC-4)

There were cheers in Lusaka and Chililabombwe and all across Zambia Sunday night as the country’s football fans celebrated the national team’s first ever Africa Cup of Nations title. In a dramatic penalty kick shoot out, the Chipolopolo of Zambia beat the tournament favorite Elephants of Ivory Coast, 8-7, in the final in Libreville, Gabon. The […]

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Cameroonian Footballer Mbouh Visits VOA

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-4)

Former Cameroonian football player Emile Mbouh recently visited our VOA studios to discuss his soccer academy and the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The 45-year-old Mbouh played professionally for clubs in France, Malaysia, Portugal, Qatar and Singapore. He also played in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups for Cameroon. […]

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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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