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Fred Jeter

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Kenyan runners spark VUU cross-country team

Coming from some 7,500 miles away, Micah Kipruto and Enos Rotich feel right at home on America’s oval tracks and cross-country trails.

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VUU heads into homecoming with 62-0 win over Lincoln

Virginia Union University has the potential to turn this weekend’s homecoming into showtime.

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VSU to meet CIAA champ Bowie State in Saturday's homecoming

Virginia State University has won five straight games with a relatively soft schedule. On Saturday, Oct. 19, easy street ends.

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VSU 'Trojan Express' rolls over Shaw; now heading to Elizabeth City

All aboard the Trojan Express. It’s hard to say what’s rumbling louder nowadays — Virginia State University’s offense or the Amtrak trains passing within earshot of campus.

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Winston-Salem State creates scholarship honoring Stephen Smith

Winston-Salem State University has named an athletic scholarship honoring ESPN sports- caster Stephen A. Smith, a 1991 alumnus of the university.

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VUU trounces Livingstone 44-0; heads to rumble in Pa. this Saturday

Traditionally, schools try and book a “sure win” for homecoming to please the returning alumni. Not so this Saturday, Oct. 12, when the CIAA heavyweight Virginia Union University Panthers go up against Lincoln University of Pennsylvania for the Lions’ homecoming.

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Track and field starts with local ties stand out in World Championship

The Richmond area wasn’t without rooting interests at the 2019IAAFWorldAthleticsChampionships in Doha, Qatar. Two medalists — one gold, one silver — are linked to Central Virginia.

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African-American quarterbacks making an impact in NFL

Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray signed a lucrative four- year contract with the NFL Arizona Cardinals worth more than $35 million. Early indicators suggest he may be worth every penny.

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VSU rolls over J.C. Smith; ready for Shaw on Saturday

The spotlight will be on the quarterbacks this Saturday, Oct. 5, at Virginia State University. Both Cordelral Cook of the host VSU Trojans and Torrin Campbell of visiting Shaw University are building All-CIAA credentials.

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VUU pulls out a win in last 21 seconds

The Virginia Union University Panthers have played like Houdini in their last two outings, escaping disaster on their home field. This Saturday, Oct. 5, the Panthers hope to take that magic to Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C., in a battle of CIAA championship contenders. In sports jargon, there’s winning by a nose, by a hair, even by a split second. In defeating Winston-Salem State University last Saturday, VUU won by an instep — that of soccer-style kicker Jefferson Souza. The final score: 16-15. The Brazilian born Souza booted three field goals during the game at Hovey Field, most dramatically a game-winning 25-yard field goal with a mere 21 seconds left. VUU fans are getting accustomed to being nervous. The week before, the heavily favored Panthers weren’t assured victory over Johnson C. Smith University until Sterling Hammond’s interception and touchdown return in the game’s closing minute. Jarrett Sumiel was the Panthers’ late-game defensive savior against Winston-Salem State. The defensive back from Westmoreland blocked a Rams punt with 1:52 to go and recovered on the Winston-Salem State 19-yard line. That set up Souza’s decisive kick that pushed VUU’s record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the CIAA. Tabyus Taylor led the Panthers’ ground-and-pound running game with 76 bullish yards. The junior from Hopewell also caught two passes for 30 yards and returned a kickoff for 58 yards. Panthers quarterback Khalid Morris hit 11 of 14 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown to former Highland Springs High star Jaiden Reavis. Tyrone Glanton and Hammond spearheaded the Panthers’ defense against Winston-Salem State. Glanton, a graduate student from Miami, was in on eight tackles and has 31 stops for the year. Hammond, arguably the CIAA’s top NFL prospect in years, had seven tackles against the Rams and has 40 for the season. Like VUU, upcoming opponent Livingstone College also is enjoying life on the gridiron. The Blue Bears are 4-0, with wins over Chowan University, Elizabeth City State University, Allen University of Columbia, S.C., and most recently a 35-19 victory over Lincoln University. Livingstone travels best by the arm of quarterback Miles Hayes. The Miami native has hit 68 percent of his passes. He averages 204 yards through the air with eight touchdowns. Livingstone appears to be on the uptick under fifth-year Coach Daryl Williams. The Blue Bears were 0-10 in 2017 and 3-6 a year ago, including a 52-19 loss to VUU at Hovey Field. Livingstone’s only CIAA titles came back to back in 1997 and1998, while VUU has won 11 CIAA crowns, most recently in 2001. This is a pivotal game for both teams. With tough schedules looming, both need a victory to remain viable candidates for the CIAA cham- pionship game in Salem.

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Wide receiver Charles Hall moves into the fast lane at VUU

Charles Hall was merely a background figure — little more than an extra — last season for Virginia Union University football. This year, he has become a leading man.

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VSU forging a victory path through N.C. opponents

If Virginia State University is to be successful this fall, it needs to dominate the Carolina portion of its schedule. So far, so good.

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NFL has a paltry 3 African-American head coaches

If the NFL’s African-American head coaches were to throw a members-only party, they could hold it in the front seat of a Buick.

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Quarterback Aarek Thomas ready to take John Marshall to championships

Phillip Sims left Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake as the most prolific passer in state history. Some of that aerial artistry seems to have rubbed off on his prized passing pupil at Richmond’s John Marshall High School. Coach Sims, who coaches the John Marshall Justices, sees some of himself in senior, third-year starter Aarek “Rico” Thomas.

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VSU's rushing attack seals victory over UNC-Pembroke; match with St. Augustine's this Saturday

Two seasons ago, Virginia State University featured the CIAA’s premier running back in Trenton Cannon, who is now with the NFL’s New York Jets. Last Saturday, it looked almost like Cannon had returned to Ettrick for a curtain call.

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VUU looking ahead after 28-11 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne

The Virginia Union University Panthers were underdogs the first two weeks of the football season. But they just may be the big dogs for the rest of the season.

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Thomas Jefferson starts football season with new field, new quarterback and new classification

Jaylen Tyler scored three touchdowns in Thomas Jefferson High School’s opening 48-6 win at Colonial Heights High School. Shamar Graham tallied three touchdowns in the home-opening 56-6 rout of Armstrong High School on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels end season, honor Joe Taylor

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have wrapped up their season. And while Richmond wasn’t the best team in the Eastern League, the Flying Squirrels were best at drawing fans.

Yankees then and now: Team could field lineup of color in World Series

The New York Yankees are a diverse bunch fueled by numerous African-American and Latino players.

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VUU upsets Hampton at Armstrong Stadium

Virginia Union University has scaled one mountain. Now the Panthers are looking to climb another.

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VSU Trojans their own biggest opponent in 44-21 loss to NSU

Turnovers taste great fresh off the griddle, but can cause indigestion on the gridiron. Virginia State University is 0-1 largely because of its inability to hang on to the football.

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Richmond native helping to diversify NASCAR pit crew

Raynard Revels II, a former linebacker, is now tackling a new assignment. The native Richmonder has been chosen for NASCAR and Rev Racing’s Drive for Diversity Pit-Crew Program in Charlotte, N.C.

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VSU Coach Reggie Barlow looking to recapture past magic in Saturday’s game against NSU

Coach Reggie Barlow’s first two seasons at Virginia State University resembled a smooth ride with a finely tuned engine. Last season was more like smoke steaming from the hood.

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After 25-year hiatus, VUU Panthers to meet HU Pirates on the gridiron this Saturday

Virginia Union University and Hampton University are about to dust off one of the HBCU’s oldest gridiron rivalries.

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Much of NSU Spartans' talent comes from Richmond area

Football recruiters have worn a path between Norfolk State University and Richmond area high schools.

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Hampton opens Saturday against Elizabeth City State

It’s official. Deondre Francois is Hampton University’s starting quarterback.

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Curacao team puts Caribbean island on the map despire loss

Baseball is helping put Curaçao on the map.

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Souza brings 'futbol' skills to VUU football

Jefferson Souza has transitioned nicely from kicking a round ball to kicking one that’s oblong.

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VUU Panthers gearing up for a successful season

Football Coach Alvin Parker’s maiden season at Virginia Union University was a rousing success. The Panthers went 8-2, outscored the opposition 452-189, and narrowly missed the NCAA Division II playoffs.

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Washington Nationals fuel ahead with diverse roster

Any Washington Nationals victory sets off celebration throughout North and South America, the Caribbean and far off as Oceania.

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Norfolk State University football games to be broadcast

Norfolk State University football fans won’t have to leave the comfort of home to follow the Spartans this season.

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VUU coaches earn honors

Virginia Union University women’s basketball Coach AnnMarie Gilbert has been named HBCU Coach of the Year by HBCU Digest.

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Washington NFL training camp ends

Seven down and one to go. The Washington NFL team concluded its preseason workouts last Sunday at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond.

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Former HBCU athlete hoping to remain on roster

Athletes from historically black colleges and universities are getting harder and harder to find on NFL rosters. The Washington NFL team has just one player from an HBCU, and he’s not sure he’ll make it to opening day.

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Hampton University gets new quarterback

Hampton University’s football prospects have just become brighter. Quarterback Deondre Francois is the latest addition to the Pirates’ Big South Conference roster.

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Tournament baseball field in the city?

The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League’s recent Inner City Classic held in Metro Richmond was a smashing success. It had tremendous talent, exciting games and tip-top organization. But here’s the problem: The showcase tournament wasn’t held anywhere near the hustle and bustle of Richmond’s inner city.

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Ronald Acuna hopes to bat his way into Hall of Fame

Hank Aaron debuted with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 and embarked on arguably one of the most illustrious careers in baseball lore. Ronald Acuna Jr., who broke in with the Atlanta Braves last season, shows signs of following a similarly star-lit course.

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Preseason poll has NSU Spartans football team finishing in middle of MEAC

Norfolk State University football seems to be stuck in the middle of the MEAC pack.

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Jaaber to hold free training session for youths

Leadersport, under the direction of former Virginia Union University basketball standout and later Panthers head Coach Luqman Jaaber, is holding a free training session 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County.

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Huguenot wins RPS Alumni Basketball Showdown

There’s still plenty of twinkle left in Huguenot High School’s former basketball stars. The Falcons rule the roost today as champion of the inaugural Richmond Public Schools Alumni Basketball Showdown.

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Henrico Stars win MJBL Inner City Classic's U-14 division championship

The U-14 Henrico Stars are the undefeated and undisputed champions of the annual Metropolitan Junior Baseball League’s Inner City Classic.

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RPS basketball alumni showdown Saturday at Ashe Center

Richmond Public Schools is turning back the clock on basketball. Players from bygone decades will be dusting off their jump shots in the inaugural RPS Alumni Showdown on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.

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Blue Sox win MJBL Tournament; players welcome Inner City Classic

Aspiring ballplayers from through- out the United States and the Caribbean are converging on the Richmond area this week for the National Metropolitan Junior Baseball League Inner City Classic.

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VIA Heritage Association inducts 4th Hall of Fame class

The Virginia Interscholastic Association held its fourth annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony June 28 in Charlottesville.

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Peterson rushing to get Washington NFL team into playoffs

How far Washington goes in the NFL East may rely on how much fuel Adrian Peterson has left in his tank. Recent statistics indicate he’s nowhere near empty.

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MJBL end-of-season tournament this weekend

The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League is warming up for two end-of-season tournaments on area diamonds.

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Cherry Pick’d yields crops of good fighters, people

Cherry Pick’d Boxing & Fitness is where young people go to work up a sweat, release frustrations and get a handle on life.

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Leonard and George may boost Clippers to first NBA crown

If the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers are looking for a catch phrase for next season, “Home Sweet Home” might do.

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All eyes will be on Dwayne Haskins as Washington’s training camp opens

Doug Williams was the first African-American quarterback to make an impression with the NFL’s Washington franchise. Dwayne Haskins figures to be the most current.

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