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Aurealius Thomas, among the first Black All-Americans in college football, dies at 86

Aurealius Thomas, among the Black college football All-Americans, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. He was 86.

Trailblazing gymnast Dianne Durham succumbs at 52

Trailblazing gymnast Dianne Durham has died.

Former MLB pitcher Grant Jackson dies of COVID-19 complications

Grant Jackson, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1979 “We Are Family” championship team, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, of complications from COVID-19. He was 78.

Russell Wilson wins distinguished Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player’s excellence on and off the field.

Tom Brady, G.O.A.T. quarterback, takes Tampa Bay to champions’ circle

You can call them the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or the “Tompa” Bay Bucs or “Brady’s Bunch,” or the golden oldies, but be sure to also call them Super Bowl LV champions.

2 HBCU athletes on rosters for Super Bowl teams

Much has changed during the last 54 years regarding HBCU participation on Super Bowl Sunday.

Local connection to Kansas City Chiefs

There is a local connection between the Richmond area and last Sunday’s Super Bowl.

NSU opts out of football until fall

Norfolk State University, which was scheduled to play its first football game of the season next week, has now decided to opt out of its winter-spring football season because of health concerns linked to the pandemic.

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks dies

Leon Spinks, who won Olympic gold and then shocked the boxing world by beating Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight title in only his eighth pro fight, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. He was 67.

Super performances expected from Devin White and Tyrann Mathieu in Super Bowl LV

If Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes are the rocket launchers for Super Bowl LV, then Devin White and Tyrann Mathieu represent the anti-aircraft.

Legendary Coach John Chaney dies at 89

Retired Temple University basketball Coach John Chaney, who was among the most successful Black coaches in basket- ball history, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, following a short illness. He was 89.

VCU’s Hason Ward challenging Ren Watson’s blocked shots record

Lorenza “Ren” Watson wrote the book at Virginia Commonwealth University on on blocking shots. Now Hason Ward seems intent on scripting a chapter of his own.

Randolph-Macon in pursuit of national basketball championship

The pursuit of a national basketball championship is well underway just north of Richmond.

VUU’s Joe Taylor to serve on College Football Playoff Selection Committee

Virginia Union University Athletic Director Joe Taylor has been appointed as one of five new members of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

Beloved slugger, MLB Hall of Famer Hank Aaron dies at 86

Growing up poor in Mobile, Ala., during the Great Depression, Hank Aaron began playing baseball by hitting bottle caps with sticks.