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OUTSTANDING CHIKOKO SHINES IN INJURY COMEBACK

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SIX months after suffering a serious foot injury which brought his impressive debut season to a grinding halt, Zimbabwe basketball star, Vitalis Chikoko showed what his French side Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez has been missing in his absence with a stunning display on his return last week. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO The 2,08m 26-year-old gifted centre made an immediate impact on his ...

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HARARE CITY HORNETS HOPES UP IN SMOKE

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HARARE City Hornets’ chances of progressing to the semi-finals were hampered after they lost to Mozambican side Ferroviário da Beira in their fourth game at the ongoing Federation of International Basketball Zone Six Club championships being played in Gaborone, Botswana. BY HENRY MHARA Hornets were beaten 84-71 in their fourth match of the competition, their second defeat having earlier lost ...

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SOCKS SHINES ON AND OFF THE COURT

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US-BASED Zimbabwean basketball player Simiselo Ncube Socks is not your typical athlete. Standing at just over two metres tall (6,6 feet), he looms over most of his teammates at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas in the US. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO But it’s not only the forward’s stature that sets him head and shoulders above the ...

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‘ONLY GOD CAN STOP GSW’

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THE NBA’s Pacific Division is a one-team race for the foreseeable future. The Warriors will win this division for the fourth straight year, with an act of God more likely to stop them than any of the other team in this group. Golden State would have to lose multiple stars before it started to worry, so don’t expect a tight ...

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CLEVELAND CAVALIERS SIGN DWAYNE WADE

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Dwyane Wade, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced on Wednesday, September 27th from Cleveland Clinic Courts. “We’re extremely happy that Dwyane chose to join us in Cleveland and become a core part of helping us achieve success at the highest level,” said Altman. “Dwyane has proven time and time again that ...

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THE STING IN THE HORNETS’ NEST

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EXPATRIATE basketball star Titus Njovi might still be an unknown quantity on the local basketball scene, but it appears Harare City Hornets have great plans for their latest signing who hails from Zambia. By Tinashe Kusema Hornets imported the 27-year-old small forward from Lusaka as they look to solidify their squad ahead of next month’s AfroBasket Club Championship qualifiers in ...

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BBA LEAGUE IN EXPANSION DRIVE

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THE newly-elected Bulawayo Basketball Association (BBA) board is considering enlisting academies into their league programme for the 2017/2018 season and spreading the game to the western suburbs when the league starts after the National Youth Games in August. BY FORTUNE MBELE The board, led by Darlington Chafara, was appointed at the association’s elective annual general meeting held on June 10. ...

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NBA STA MOUTE JETS IN

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National Basketball Association (NBA) Cameroonian star Luc Richard Mbah a Moute arrives in the country this afternoon for a high-profile three-day training camp with young players. By SPORTS REPORTER The Los Angeles Clippers forward was initially scheduled to arrive yesterday, but missed his flight from Los Angeles. He is in the country to host the inaugural Luc Mbah a Moute ...

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CHIKOKO REKINDLES FRENCH KISS

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ZIMBABWEAN international centre Vitalis Chikoko has signed a two-year contract extension at French club Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez. BY TINASHE KUSEMA The new deal prolongs his stay up to the end of 2018/19 season. The 26-year-old joined Pau-Orthez from German powerhouses Bayern Munich at the start of the 2016/17 campaign and gave his new paymasters value for money before a knee ...

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THE NBA FINALS WE HATE TO LOVE

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THE NBA is peaking right now in a way it hasn’t since the end of the last century. It has a cavalcade of superstars, all riveting and unmissable in their own way (James Harden is an efficiency machine, Kawhi Leonard is the next evolution in two-way players, LeBron is LeBron and Russell Westbrook is almost levitating with his talent and energy … and ...

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