American National Football League Football frontrunner, the Houston Texans has continued assembling their impressive draft haul on Friday night, trading up to the No. 44 pick with the Cleveland Browns, and selecting Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III.
With the addition of Metchie, son of a Nigerian businessman who is currently the President General of Umueri community in Anambra state, the Texans now add a talented No. 2 wideout to pair with the recently extended Brandin Cooks and give second-year quarterback Davis Mills a legitimate deep threat in the passing game.
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By JOE SCALZO | CRAINS
When Dikembe Mutombo was growing up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), basketball courts were about as common as ski lodges.
The closest basketball court to his house was 90 minutes away… by bus.
“I tell my kids, ‘You’re lucky. You wake up and walk to school five minutes away and there are 10 basketball courts on campus,’” said Mutombo, an 18-year NBA veteran and a member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Inducted fame in 2015.
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By PAT LEONARD | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Maybe one day, Roy Mbaeteka can be the Giants’ Jordan Mailata.
The Giants signed Mbaeteka, a 6-9, 320-pound Nigerian offensive tackle, out of the NFL’s international pathway program on Friday, the team announced.
He has no high school or college football experience. The team says former star Giants pass rusher Osi Umenyiora has mentored Mbaeteka, 22, and first saw him at a camp in Nigeria in May 2021.
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By Monica Iheakam | The Sun
Nigeria’s Udodi Onwuzurike has earned his first Track Athlete of the week award after his phenomenal performance at the Stanford Invitational last weekend at Cobb Track and Angell Field in USA.
The World U20 champion,last weekend, broke Stanford Univeeity’s freshman records in both the 100 and 200 meters races in his collegiate debut running 10.14 in the 100m prelims and topping it that with a 10.07 in the final, which is No. 2 in America this year.
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By Ernest Yeboah Acheampong |Conversation
African footballers have been migrating overseas since the 1920s, when French leagues attracted some West African players. The migration of African talent to Europe intensified from the 1980s to the 2000s. Thousands of African footballers have since found their way to Europe. Many have succeeded in carving a niche for themselves, like Abedi Pele, Didier Drogba, George Weah and Samuel Eto’o. The performances of these stars have reinforced the perception that the African continent has some of the best football talent.
Less is known about the history of African footballers moving to North America.
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A winger born in a refugee camp in Buduburam, Ghana, to parents fleeing the civil war in Liberia in 1999. A goalkeeper who escaped the Croatian war of independence at the age of seven. A forward born in New York and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
A left-back and a striker, born to Nigerian families in England.
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By Lewis Mckeever | SBNATION
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman believes he has what it takes to stop Canelo Alvarez in the boxing ring. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is untested in boxing but believes he can pull off the impossible against one of the sport’s biggest stars in Alvarez, revealing to TMZ Sports his plans of fighting the pound-for-pound No. 1 on Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16).
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By Laura Yuen | Star Tribune
In Mohamed Abdi Mohamed’s childhood, Abdi Bile was like a folk hero.”My mom told me all these stories,” says Mohamed, 26, who was born in Somalia and grew up in a refugee camp. “She told me there’s a Somali who went to America and basically conquered America.”
Bile was a world champion runner, dominating the 1,500-meter race in the late 1980s. He’s also a national legend and the most decorated athlete in the history of Somalia, where a certain make of pickup truck has been dubbed the “Abdi Bile” for its speed.
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By Business Insider Africa
Africa has always had a good relationship with the NBA. We’ve seen some great players like Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo that had a huge impact on the game. Nowadays, there are plenty of African players that are playing in the NBA, and in today’s article, we will highlight some of the best.
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By Jelani Scott |NFL.com
Osi Umenyiora’s feats on and off the football field provided him with an opportunity to become a hero in more ways than one.For 20 years, the former New York Giants defensive end has quietly donated resources to his homeland of Nigeria, but over time, those efforts began to feel to Umenyiora like “pouring a cup of water into the ocean.” So he regrouped and soon realized he could use his influence to give his people something invaluable: “The opportunity to help themselves.”
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BY OLAOTAN FALADE | TheNewsGuru
NBA club Boston Celtics are finalizing an agreement with Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka to make him the franchise’s new coach, sources told ESPN. Udoka, a former Nigeria international will replace Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens.
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From Guardian Newspaper
Former heavyweight boxing champion, Deontay Wilder, stunned fans globally after he revealed on Saturday he had traced his roots to Edo State.
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Feeds 1000 kids in Lagos
Kamaru Usman, the Nigerian-born welterweight world champion of the Mixed Marshal Art promotion, Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC, is visiting his home country for the first time in 26 years. He has had a busy schedule but has also taken time to take part in some philanthropic activities including feeding 1000 indigent children in Lagos.
By Alex Monye | The Guardian Newspaper
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Still, P1 visas may be restrictive, but without them, they simply provide undocumented migrant athletes with at least a little security. For most of these runners, a P1 visa is not a dream come true enough to avoid a nightmare. As a longtime member of WSX named Girma Segni says, “just go to America and you’ll be rewarded.”
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by DAVID ISABIRYE | Kawowo
Two Ugandans; forward Andrew Nkurunungi and goalkeeper Paul Musoke signed for US based North Alabama Sports Club.
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BY MARTENZIE JOHNSON | The Undefeated
The NBA has announced that it has awarded scholarships to two young African female athletes to attend the SEED Academy, a multidisciplinary boarding school in Senegal. The scholarship is a continuation of the partnership between the league and the SEED (Sports for Education and Economic Development) Project organization.
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By Meg Wochnick | The Columbian
This is how many know Jacques Badolato-Birdsell: a Camas High School standout in football, wrestling and track and field who set two single-season school records in 2019 playing running back in the Papermakers’ undefeated football season. Who can forget the last football game he played? Last December’s Class 4A state championship win over Bothell — rushing for 207 yards and scoring three touchdowns — still brings a smile to his face in a memory-filled season.
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By Colin Udoh | ESPN
With no time to scrimmage, and only a handful of practice games before the tournament, Brown’s 20-man roster could have been forgiven for squeaking through, maybe even dropping a game. Instead, they beat South Sudan (led by Brown’s former player Luol Deng), Rwanda, and Mali by margins of 20, 21 and 23 respectively, leaving Brown drooling over the heights they can scale in the immediate future.
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By KEN MAGUIRE | AP Sports
Diogu was the lone Nigerian-American among a group of international players selected back in 2005. This year, a whole starting five and then some could be built from all the picks with Nigerian ties.
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BY MARTENZIE JOHNSON | The Undefeated
When Amadou Fall, the president of the nascent Basketball Africa League (BAL), was asked why there were so many prospects of Nigerian origin in Wednesday’s NBA draft the Senegalese former basketball player credited the country’s population size (Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa), its “very strong diaspora” and the “God-given” athletic talent of its people.
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By Dayo Mustapha | The Nation
The 2020 NBA draft was held on November 18, 2020. Eight Nigerian- Americans were among the athletes picked by teams in the first and second rounds of the draft. The draft was originally scheduled to be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on June, but was instead conducted at ESPN’s facilities in Bristol, Connecticut, with the event held via videoconferencing.
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By Gophersports news
MINNEAPOLIS – Nigerian-American Daniel Oturu became the 54th player in Minnesota Golden Gophers history to be selected in the NBA Draft when the Minnesota Timberwolves chose him with the 33rd overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft Wednesday night.
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By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer
DENVER (AP) — Nigerian-American Zeke Nnaji was taken by the Denver Nuggets with the No. 22 overall pick in the NBA draft Wednesday night, adding a mobile big man with a soft touch to a team that’s coming off a run to the Western Conference finals.
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BY MARC J. SPEARS | Undefeated
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Miami Heat center Edrice Femi “Bam” Adebayo got an unexpected phone call in June just weeks before entering the NBA bubble. It was from his half-brother, who delivered the news that their father, John Adebayo, had died in Nigeria.
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By Matthew Kirwin –| The Southern Times
Thirteen Africa-born men play in the NBA today, nearly enough to fill a team roster. That roster would include Cameroon stars Joel Embiid and Pascal Siakam. Both men command impressive contracts and substantial social media followings.
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By Tyler Greever | whas11
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Butler boys soccer head coach Mario Carrillo estimates he’s coached players from about 15 different countries. The Air Force veteran said his current Bears roster, which is chasing a fourth region title in five years, is made up of about 85% of players with international backgrounds. And they all share a common thread.
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By MASON KERN | 247Sports
In 2016, Birima Seck made a decision that altered the course of his life’s trajectory. A native of Dakar, Senegal, the capital of the country in West Africa, Seck grew up playing soccer before a massive growth spurt made him consider alternate athletic endeavors. He had good reason, considering he was in the process of blooming into a towering 6-foot-11 frame that led to a transition from kicking a ball on the pitch to dribbling one on the hardwood.
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By Colin Udoh | ESPN
Not so long ago, Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo seemed completely lost to Nigeria. Now, it appears he could maybe, possibly, perhaps be on the verge of playing his international basketball for the African country as they actively court him to do so.
What a difference a year makes.
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By TOM REED | dkpittsburghsports
Tim Conley’s first look at Chukwuma Okorafor came in the school gymnasium while the super-sized sophomore was playing ping pong. Needless to say, the Southfield High football coach had not left his classroom in the middle of the day to see whether the new transfer student had the makings to be the next Forrest Gump of table tennis.
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