Flying Squirrels pitcher hopes 100 mph throws get him to big leagues

Walking to the batter’s box to face Melvin Adon must feel like walking the plank. Few pitchers unleash a fastball with more fury and frightening velocity than the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ bullpen ace.

VSU women track and field competitors win top individual honors

Virginia State University women earned top individual honors at the CIAA Track and Field Championships on May 4 and 5 in Bowie, Md.

VUU’s Jackie Jackson of Harlem Globetrotters fame dies at 79

Jackie Jackson of the Harlem Globetrotters was a legendary fan favorite. It didn’t matter whether the basketball game was inside or out, serious or more for fun. Mr. Jackson, known to most as “Jumpin’ Jackie Jackson,” died Sunday, May 5, ...

Local players have helped NBA teams make it to the finals

If someone dusted the NBA playoff archives for fingerprints, they would discover ample evidence of Richmond area talent. Local players have played — and even been leading attractions — on NBA championship teams at least seven times. Make that nine ...

VUU’s Shamdu Nalls trying out for Buffalo Bills

Virginia Union University’s Shamdu Nalls has signed a free agent contract to try out for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

Gino Marchetti, NFL Hall of Fame defensive end, dies at 93

Gino Marchetti was a strong man on the football field. He also cast a powerful vote against social injustice. Mr. Marchetti, who was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1972, died Monday, April 29, 2019, in Paoli, Pa., ...

Richmonder Ferrell raids No. 4 spot in NFL draft, headed to Oakland

Burdened with the NFL’s most anemic pass rush, the Oakland Raiders have turned to a Richmonder for first aid. The Raiders drafted former Benedictine College Preparatory school and Clemson University defensive end Clelin Ferrell in the first round as the ...

VSU Coach Lonnie Blow wins Clarence ‘Big House’ Gaines Coach of the Year Award

Coach Lonnie Blow’s success at Virginia State University has drawn national acclaim. The Trojans basketball coach has received the Clarence “Big House” Gaines Coach of the Year Award by the National Sports Media Association. The award is presented to the ...

Kenny Easley among 10 to be inducted into Virginia High School Hall of Fame

Kenny Easley, considered among the greatest athletes in state history, is among five athletes named to the Virginia High School Hall of Fame.

Toronto Raptors ready to claw victory from the 76ers

With the slogan “We the North,” the Toronto Raptors threaten to change the NBA’s initials to the IBA — International Basketball Association. The league’s lone Canadian franchise had the NBA’s second best regular season record this season (58-24), behind the ...

America’s ‘national pastime’ forges bonds, records between fathers and sons

Baseball has been said to be a “daddy’s game.” Find a talented player and, more often than not, you’ll find a father or strong father figure closely linked to the youngster’s success.

Flying Squirrels second baseman Jalen Miller, 22, already in Baseball Hall of Fame

Jalen Miller achieved one of baseball’s rarest feats a season ago when he hit for the cycle — a single, double, triple and homer in the same game. It was a shining neon sign of coming attractions for the now ...

NFL draft may hold some surprises

Kyler Murray was barely a blip on the draft radar starting the 2018 season. Now he’s a favorite to be picked No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Few athletes have shifted gears so dramatically as the multitalented Oklahoma Sooners ...

VUU golf team clinches CIAA title

After a lengthy snooze, the Virginia Union University golf team has emerged from hibernation. The Panthers displayed considerable talent and depth April 18 and 19 in winning its first CIAA golf championship since 1971. That was four years before Tiger ...

Tribute to Al Drummond, first African-American basketball player at University of Virginia

There was something missing from the University of Virginia’s recent basketball celebration. Sadly, Al Drummond wasn’t present to enjoy the Cavaliers’ first NCAA basketball championship.