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African Athletes Make A Strong Showing in London

Fifty-three African countries participated in the 2012 OIympic games held in London from 27 July – 12 August. Ten African countries took home medals (two for the first time). Some athletes have become instant heroes in their home countries. Below are some of the highlights

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Toronto Raptors chose swingman Terence Ross Photo source thestarphoenix.com

Sports Briefs – August

Toronto Raptors chose swingman Terence Ross as they exercised their #8 pick in the NBA Draft. Although a bit of a surprise (fans expected Raptors to choose Austin Rivers, the son of Boston coach Doc Rivers), coach Dwane Casey said, “of all the guys who were still available on the board, he is a kid who can get his shot off in an NBA game today”.

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Philip Blake was chosen in the 4th round of the NFL Draft by Denver Photo source aol.sportingnews

Sports Briefs

NFL: Toronto’s Philip Blake was chosen in the 4th round of the NFL Draft by Denver. Blake played his college ball at Baylor where he was the starting Centre, hiking the ball to Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. If he makes the roster, his snaps will be to Quarterback Peyton Manning, one of the best ever

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Team Canada gains Olympic Berth & Podium Finish 2nd Place January 29 2012 Photo Preston Yip /TAN

Canadian Women’s Soccer Team gains berth to 2012 Olympics

Sometimes, sporting fans have the opportunity to witness a potentially memorable, positive and significant event.
On January 27, 2012, 22,954 vibrant and anxious fans of diverse ages and cultures filled BC Place for a key soccer match. The attendance broke the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament record.

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Mississauga's Andrew Nicholson, starring for the St. Bonaventure Bonnies holds the ball against the Florida State Seminoles during their NCAA tournament game in Nashville - Florida beat the Bonnies to advance. (GETTY IMAGES)source canada.com

Star Power: Andrew Nicholson – Poised for Greatness?

Andrew Nicholson attended Father Goetz Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. Recruited by St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York in 2007, Nicholson is credited with bringing the school to the NCAA March Madness tournament for the first time in 12 years.

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Arsenal to make their first visit to Africa

Arsenal to make their first visit to Africa

English footballers Arsenal will make their first visit to Africa when they travel to Abuja, Nigeria to play a game on 5 August, 2012.
According to Gillian Langmead, MD for Langmead and Baker, Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines will help to connect Arsenal fans in Africa and Asia.

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Congratulations to Raptors’ Centre Jamaal Magloire who was recently named one of the BBPA’s 2012 Distinguished Men of Honour. Photo source Oregonlive (Bruce Ely )

Sports Briefs

Basketball: Congratulations to Raptors’ Centre Jamaal Magloire who was recently named one of the BBPA’s 2012 Distinguished Men of Honour.

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CFL Legend Bernie Custis Photo by thespec

Blazing A Trail

On August 29, 1951 Bernie Custis entered the history books as the first Black quarterback to earn a starting job on a pro football team, not only in Canada, but in all of North America.

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Myck Kabongo,

Sports Briefs

Basketball:  Toronto’s Myck Kabongo, a 6’1” freshman guard is highly touted as NBA material.  He begins his college career as a Texas Longhorn, the team that sent Ontario natives Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph to the NBA as first round draft choices. Mississauga native Andrew Nicholson is a 2012 NBA Draft Prospect.  He played college […]

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Celebrating Grey Cup Win! Left to Right: #21 Ryan Phillips Halfback Wally Buono Head Coach Mark Washington Defensive Backs Coach Preston Yip Photo - TAN

BC Lions Roar to Grey Cup Win

Grey Cup win echoed Head Coach Wally Buono’s philosophy: “Coaches ‘coach’; ‘players ‘play’. After the coaches had reviewed and analyzed game films, followed by joint consultation, alterations, adjustments and fine-tuning were made. Individual coaches, each with their area of specialization, adopted strategies to strengthen the team.

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