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Fred Jeter

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Second round no charm in NCAA Division II: Lady Panthers take a fall to Indiana Univ.

Full of hope, the Virginia Union University Lady Panthers traveled six hours by bus to mountainous Glenville, W.Va., for the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional playoffs.

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NSU loses in MEAC final; heads to NIT

When one door closed, another opened for the Norfolk State University basketball team.

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Chesapeake’s Grant Holloway is breaking records all the way to the Olympics

Track and field aficionados in Virginia discovered Grant Holloway years ago. Now the whole country knows.

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Richmond Christian School girls’ basketball team wins VISAA state title

The Richmond Christian School girls’ basketball team didn’t even have enough players for a full 5-on-5 scrimmage this season.

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John Marshall H.S. students make All-State team

John Marshall High School guards DeMarr McRae and Levar Allen have made Virginia’s 3A All-State basketball team.

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Second round no charm in NCAA Division II: VSU Trojans lose 82-80 squeaker to West Liberty

Virginia State University’s best basketball season in school history stalled just this side of Pittsburgh.

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VSU football snags 2 top quarterbacks

Virginia State University’s most recent recruiting class features two of the state’s premier quarterbacks. D’Vonte Waller from Highland Springs High School in Henrico County and Dinwiddie High School’s K’ymon Pope will be joining the VSU Trojans this fall.

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NCAA bound: VSU men’s team plays Notre Dame College Saturday

If the Virginia State University men’s basketball team is to advance in the NCAA Division II playoffs, it will have to avoid a roadblock standing 6-foot-8 and weighing 240 pounds.

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Ge’Shanti Atkins takes Maggie L. Walker to state semifinals

Call it the return of the Green Dragons. The girls’ basketball team at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School came so close to scratching a four-decade Green Dragons’ itch this season.

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NSU looking for MEAC title

The hometown advantage hasn’t worked previously for Norfolk State University in the MEAC Tournament. But this season could be different.

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NCAA bound: No. 2 seed VUU Lady Panthers take on Edinboro Friday

The Virginia Union University Lady Panthers basketball team was hopeful it would be playing on campus this weekend at Barco-Stevens Hall.

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VSU Trojans, VUU Lady Panthers win CIAA; next stop NCAA regionals

The powerful engine that is Virginia State University basketball barely tapped its brakes rumbling through Charlotte, N.C., and the CIAA Tournament championship last weekend.

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No repeat for John Marshall H.S.

John Marshall High School’s standout basketball season ended Tuesday night.

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VCU in place to win A-10 Tournament

Since joining the Atlantic 10 Conference, VCU has compiled the conference’s best basketball record while being shut out for two prestigious individual awards.

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VUU men’s team still one to watch next season

You can make a case for Virginia Union University being the team to beat next CIAA basketball season.

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Lady Panthers expected to dominate CIAA

Twin sisters Shameka and Shareka McNeill should feel right at home at this weeks’ CIAA Tournament in Charlotte, N.C.

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Pitching legend Don Newcombe dies at 92

In the late 1940s, the Brooklyn Dodgers rattled baseball’s foundation by boldly breaking the color line. It was to be a major turning point in all professional sports.

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VSU could meet VUU in men’s final

It’s possible something could occur this week that’s never happened in CIAA Basketball Tournament history dating to 1946.

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VSU’s Lonnie Blow named Coach of the Year

Virginia State and Virginia Union universities are well represented on what amounts to the CIAA’s men’s’ and women’s basketball honor rolls.

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Kaepernick, Reid reach settlement with NFL

In what amounts to a secret agreement, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid last week resolved their grievances with the NFL. They will receive an undisclosed settlement based on claims that NFL owners colluded against them as retaliation for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.

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Powerhouse Elexis ‘Lexi’ Edwards a force on national gymnastics scene

When all was well, an abundance of physical power helped Elexis “Lexi” Edwards climb to the top peg of her sport. Unwavering willpower kept her from losing her grip when hard times struck.

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Nic Thomas is on fire for NSU

In his inaugural basketball season at Norfolk State University, Nic Thomas seemed content puttering along in the no-passing lane.

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CIAA Tournament starts Feb. 25

Just two days after the CIAA’s regular basketball season ends, the “second season” will begin. The regular season ends Feb. 23, setting the stage for both men’s and women’s tournaments Feb. 25 to March 2 in Charlotte, N.C. A weeklong series of musical, educational and cultural events surround the tournament.

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Jaaber looking to spring into Division I competition, boosting the family legacy

Of Chesterfield County’s 11 comprehensive public high schools, Carver College and Career Academy is by far the newest — it’s now in its fourth year — and the smallest with 254 students.

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‘Bench Bunch’ keeps VCU on top in A-10

Virginia Commonwealth University’s leading basketball scorer doesn’t have a real name, just a nickname. Meet the “Bench Bunch.”

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NBA’s Harden ranks right up there with Wilt

James Harden is turning into a modern day Wilt Chamberlain on the basketball court. The Houston Rockets guard is running away with the NBA’s individual scoring championship, much like Chamberlain did more than a half century ago.

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Panthers pounce all over Trojans

The rafters of Virginia Union University’s historic Barco-Stevens Hall are adorned with retired jerseys.

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4 contenders for VUU QB post next season

Coach Parker contends he has four solid candidates to replace departing senior Darius Taylor as the Panthers’ signal caller.

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Baseball great Frank Robinson dies at 83

The world of baseball has lost a legend. The great Frank Robinson died Thursday, Feb. 7, in Los Angeles following a lengthy illness at age 83.

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Blue chip freshman Deshawn Goodwyn helping raise George Wythe’s stock

When a special freshman arrives at Richmond’s George Wythe High School, basketball Coach Willard Coker isn’t shy about elevating him to the varsity — even into the starting lineup.

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Gilmore rolls back to Richmond to boost VCU

Everything about Michael Gilmore is big — his height (6-foot-10), his wingspan (7-foot) and his shooting range (well beyond the 3-point arc). His basketball journey has been long, too.

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Dynasty continues with Patriots’ 6th Super Bowl crown

No, the New England Patriots’ reign doesn’t really date to the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s Ride and the American Revolution. But it may seem like it to their weary opponents.

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12 selected for VIA Heritage Association 2019 Hall of Fame

The Virginia Interscholastic Association’s 2019 Hall of Fame is glowing with noted Richmonders. Basketball legends Bobby Dandridge and Charles Bonaparte, football coaching icon Willard Bailey and Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be among the inductees at a ceremony in Charlottesville on June 28.

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Quarterbacks Tom Brady, Jared Goff betting on a Super Bowl win

What would the Super Bowl be without betting and, with that, the office pool? You can lay a friendly wager on just about anything, ranging from who wins the coin flip, to how long the national anthem takes, to when — if ever — stoic New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick cracks a smile, to the game’s champion.

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Richmond’s Ed Davis ranks among NBA’s lords of the boards

Native Richmonder Ed Davis ranks with pro basketball’s lords of the boards. Few players crash the backboards more relentlessly than the former Benedictine Prep and University of North Carolina standout.

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Teon Tiller turns Thomas Jefferson High into a contender

Don’t blink. Blink once if you’re guarding Teon Tiller, and the Thomas Jefferson High School senior is likely to whiz past for yet another bucket.

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Julius Campbell, Northern Va. football player made famous in ‘Remember the Titans,’ dies at 65

Julius Campbell, whose role as captain of the T.C. Williams High School football team in Northern Virginia was made famous in the movie “Remember the Titans,” died Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, of organ failure.

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Florida teen bench presses 355 lbs.

A search for the nation’s strongest teenage girl might lead to Union County High School in Lake Butler, Fla. That’s where Mahailya Reeves, a 15-year-old freshman, set a Florida state record on Jan. 26 with a jaw-dropping 355-pound bench press.

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VCU’s Marcus Evans on course for record books

Virginia Commonwealth University’s leading basketball scorer, Marcus Evans, is back where it all started for him — in the 804 area code.

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Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots headed to Super Bowl LIII

Rematch! The Los Angeles Rams will get a long-awaited chance for redemption in Super Bowl LIII when they meet the New England Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 3.

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VSU men’s team wins Freedom Classic, while VUU Lady Panthers clinch victory

The Virginia State University basketball team started this season with a multitude of questions. Since then, it has come up with all the right answers.

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VUU, VSU revving up for Freedom Classic matchup Saturday

Virginia Union University’s basketball season has been given a jumpstart. When the Panthers trek to Ettrick on Saturday to play Virginia State University in the Freedom Classic, VUU will have new vroom under the hood.

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MJBL players headed to Bahamas

Some local teenagers won’t have to wait until warm weather to play baseball. The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League is sending a team to Nassau, Bahamas, for games next week.

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NFL Conference finals players always have had flair

For Sunday’s NFL Conference finals, expect a steady diet of orchestrated end zone celebrations and other zany sideshows, minus the fear of penalty. It wasn’t always that way.

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Sophomore Roosevelt Wheeler is John Marshall High’s tall secret weapon

Young basketball players and teams generally are taught to work the ball inside for a higher percentage of shots close to the basket. That strategy is likely to backfire against Richmond’s John Marshall High School. Facing the Justices, the closer to the basket the opponents get, the higher the degree of difficulty becomes.

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John E. Wilson, oldest living Harlem Globetrotter, dies in Chester

John E. Wilson, who was the oldest living Harlem Globetrotter, has died at age 91. Known as “Jumpin’ Johnny” for his uncanny leaping ability, Mr. Wilson died Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at his home in Chester, where he was living with his son, John Wilson Jr., an assistant athletic director at Virginia State University.

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Ferrell helps Clemson clinch national title, ready for NFL

Talk about going out with a bang. On what would be his grand finale, Clemson University’s Clelin Ferrell dumped the University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for a fourth down, 7-yard loss, snuffing Alabama’s flickering hopes.

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CIAA fans — get ready for Baltimore

The CIAA Basketball Tournament is moving to Baltimore. The CIAA board of directors announced Tuesday that the men’s and women’s games will be held in 2021, 2022 and 2023 at Royal Farms Arena, an 11,100-seat facility in downtown Baltimore, about a block away from the Baltimore Convention Center and a short distance from the popular Inner Harbor.

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5 of 7 African-American NFL coaches sacked

African-Americans seem to be on the NFL’s endangered coaching list. Only two black head coaches remain in the 32-team league after five were fired recently.

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2019 Freedom Classic moves to VSU Multi-Purpose Center on Jan.19

The Freedom Classic Festival basketball game has a new home. The 24th annual event is moving to the Multi-Purpose Center at Virginia State University in Ettrick.

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