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Ronaldo beats Messi to win fourth Ballon d’Or

By AFP │ Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have made the Ballon d’Or their own personal tug of war and on Monday the title for the world’s best player swung back the Portuguese’s way.A hoarder of personal records and awards, it is Ronaldo’s reward for being on the winning side in the Champions League with Real Madrid and captaining Portugal …

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New film shines spotlight on world’s fastest man Usain Bolt

I Am Bolt is a new documentary about Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, the athlete known as “the fastest man alive”.The directors of the film, brothers Gabe and Benjamin Turner, followed Bolt around for about two years, capturing the nine-times Olympic gold medallist in training and in competition, as well as in private life, relaxing at home with family and friends.I …

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Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie becomes youngest ever winner of New York Marathon

Mary Keitany and Ghirmay Ghebreslassie came in first place in the women’s and men’s races, respectively, of the 2016  New York City Marathon on Sunday.Ghebreslassie, 20, from Eritrea, became the youngest male winner of the 40-year-old contest, which is the world’s biggest marathon race.Keitany, 34, is from Kenya and this win is her third consecutive New York City (NYC) Marathon …

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Serena Williams: What her milestone career achievement means to young Black people

Our contributing editor Michael Nnaji writes on the milestone achievement of Serena Williams at Wimbledon in July, where she equalled German Steffi Graf’s record win of 22 Grand Slam titles in women’s tennis, and what the tennis great means to to young Black people.After falling short three times in a Grand Slam final, the great African-American tennis star Serena Williams …

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Formula 1 goes Africa as Econet commences broadcast to the continent’s viewers

Econet Media has added Formula 1 racing to its portfolio. The African broadcaster has successfully concluded a three-and-a-half-year deal with Formula One World Championship Limited which gives its free-to-air (FTA) platform, Kwesé Free Sports, exclusive free-to-air English language rights across sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa.The deal means that Kwesé Free Sports will now broadcast same-day delayed coverage of Formula 1 racing to …

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Jerome Boateng as 2016 German footballer of the year

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been voted German Footballer of the Year by sports journalists in Germany, the German magazine kicker said. Boateng won the vote by a landslide after getting 163 votes, far more than fellow Bayern players Thomas Müller (95) and Robert Lewandowski (90). Boateng is the first defender to win the accolade since Bayern Munich and …

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Deutsche Welle broadcasts Bundesliga in Hausa and Kiswahili for the first time

Two Saturdays ago was the first time a Bundesliga match was covered live on radio in the African languages of Hausa and Kiswahili. Fans were delighted and DW staff were equally pleased to be breaking new ground. It’s minor revolution in sports broadcasting. On 27 August 2016 the new Bundesliga season had just begun. In the 86th minute of the …

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Ethiopian medalist’s protest at the Olympics puts country’s ethnic conflict under global spotlight

On the last day of competitions at Rio 2016, Feyisa Lilesa crossed the men’s Olympics marathon finish line at 2:08:44 hours, clinching silver for Ethiopia. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge was about a minute ahead of him, depriving the Ethiopian runner the gold.Lilesa, 26, however stole the show by a historic action. Just as he crossed the finish line, the athlete put …

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The athletes bearing the burden of Africa’s hope in Rio

The 2016 Olympic Games, which begin today and bring together more than 10,000 athletes from all over the world in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will surely be exciting for Africa, with various surprises expected. Our correspondent Zachary Ochieng writes on the leading continental medal prospects. Kenya’s heavy burdenAthletics powerhouse Kenya carries a heavy burden on its shoulder: to at least surpass …

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the African shooting star in the Bundesliga

African stars ruled in the Bundesliga in the 1990s. They are now making the long-awaited return to the top goal-scoring chart in one of the hottest leagues in the world.In Germany, as in other European football-crazy nations, African players are envied for their magical touch, their ball control and improvisational skills compared with the Europeans’ physical fitness and speed. Who …

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American football league goes to Africa

Econet Media and the United States National Football League (NFL) have reached an agreement that will see Econet Media’s Kwesé Sports become the exclusive linear TV broadcaster of NFL content in a number of markets in sub-Saharan Africa as part of a 5 year deal. The deal – brokered by ESPN Media Distribution – includes live games and will kick-off …

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Frankfurt hosts Cup of Nations 2016, as migrant teams in Germany compete for MoneyGram trophy

Larry Bello reports on the final of the football competition that brought together teams of players of migrant origin living in Germany which took place recently in Frankfurt‘Egyptian Hamburg’, ‘Balkan Boys’, ‘Sylli National Guinea’ and 9 other teams made of players with various migrant backgrounds  gathered in Frankfurt on a sunny summer afternoon,  coinciding with the round of 16 match …

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Nigerian Ambassador’s Cup debuts in Berlin

The inaugural version of the Nigerian Ambassador’s Cup Germany football tournament took place on 14 May in Berlin. The trophy was contested for by the chapters of the Nigerian Community Germany (NCG) e.V. Four teams – NCG Hamburg, NCG Wolfsburg, NCG Ausburg and NCG Berlin/Cottbus – participated in the final stages.The competition was organised by the national body of NCG, …

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