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Fred Jeter

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Thomas Jefferson turnaround leads to regional playoffs

Richmond’s Thomas Jefferson High School is the feel-good story of this football season.

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Early hoop dreams for VUU, VSU

Bus rides, hotels and restaurant food seem to agree — at least so far — with both the Virginia Union University and Virginia State University basketball teams.

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VCU vs. U.Va.: Siegel Center thriller Friday

Virginia Commonwealth University holds the all-time basketball upper hand over every state school except one — the University of Virginia.

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VSU going to CIAA championship

What a difference a point makes!

The difference of one point — one skinny point — can fill your heart with joy or break your heart. Because of one small point, Virginia State University’s victorious and still undefeated Trojans are looking forward to the CIAA football championship game and the NCAA Division II football playoffs.

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Lea, Leonard among ‘legends’ to be honored by CIAA

Sherman Lea and George Leonard have gained CIAA football “legend” status.

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VUU Panthers upended in exhibition game against VCU Rams

College basketball preseason exhibitions are more about evaluating talent than the numbers on the scoreboard. In the final tune-up before the games really count, Virginia Commonwealth University used the home-floor advantage and a ferocious press to upend Virginia Union University 98-74 last Friday at the Siegel Center.

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40th running of the Richmond Marathon on Saturday

The Richmond Marathon has reached middle age without showing any signs of slowing down. The area’s autumn foot race tradition will be celebrating its 40th birthday Saturday, Nov. 11, and everyone is invited to the party, regardless of how fast you move.

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Springer wins World Series MVP honors

In the 113th World Series, George Springer III had more hits than almost any other slugger in the previous 112 fall classics. As the lone African-American playing a significant role in this year’s World Series, Springer led the Houston Astros to their first ever Series title, nipping the Los Angeles Dodgers four games to three.

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Bigger stakes for VUU-VSU football rivalry

Area bragging rights and much, much more will be at stake Saturday, Nov. 4, when Virginia Union and Virginia State universities commence to popping pads at Rogers Stadium in Ettrick.

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Logan excels on slow-pitch softball circuit

Most men play slow-pitch softball for an excuse to slip out of the house, get some exercise and perhaps throw back a few cold ones with the guys.

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Frank Mason makes debut with Sacramento Kings

After being left on the launching pad two games, Frank Mason’s NBA career has officially taken off. After consecutive “DNPs” (Did Not Play) in the box scores, the former Petersburg High School and University of Kansas guard made his debut with the Sacramento Kings last Saturday.

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Williams takes place in athletic history at U.Va.

The University of Virginia has again made a statement for diversity with the hiring of Carla Williams as athletic director. The announcement was made Sunday by U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan, with Ms. Williams introduced during a news conference Monday at the school in Charlottesville.

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Stars continue to align for VUU

Virginia Union University is headed to Bowie State with a four-game winning streak, the wind at its back and yet another overnight sensation in its evolving rotation.

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Caleb Grimes stands out for Benedictine

Caleb Grimes is planning a career in the Navy. In the meantime, he’s giving his opponents on the football field a bad case of the blues.

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Players make World Series a world event

Most of today’s baseball stars hail from the wealthier, majority-white suburbs, but that’s not the case from a global perspective.

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VUU’s ground game remains dominant despite losses

Virginia Union University seems to have explosive running backs lined up like jets on the runway awaiting takeoff. Arron Baker is the latest to get the “go” sign from Panthers’ Coach Mark James. “Arron definitely came out of his shell. He had a great game,” Coach James said of Baker following the Panthers’ 45-23 win at Lincoln (Pa.).

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VUU’s Jewiston Dawkins sprints into the spotlight

Another game, another star is born. Jewiston Dawkins is the latest member of the Virginia Union University football team to sprint into the spotlight. While quiet during VUU’s first four games, the native Floridian cranked it up in the Panthers’ 28-7 victory last Saturday in Raleigh, N.C., against St. Augustine’s University.

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VSU looking for another victory Saturday against Elizabeth City State

Virginia State University’s high-stepping marching band is known as the Trojan Explosion. But fans don’t have to wait until halftime to enjoy the fireworks.

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CIAA makes changes for 2018 basketball tourney

Some changes are in order for the 2018 CIAA Basketball Tournament slated for Feb. 27 through March 3 in Charlotte, N.C.

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Former cadet helps Clemson rout VaTech

Quarterbacks are at their best when they have ample time to spot their receivers and deliver the football in comfort. Clelin Ferrell tries to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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VSU takes winning streak on the road

Hot will meet cold this week in Salisbury, N.C., as Virginia State University, one of the NCAA Division II’s hottest football programs takes on struggling CIAA football rival Livingstone College on Saturday, Sept. 30.

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Cleo Hill to be inducted into collegiate hall of fame

The basketball life of the late Cleo Hill stands out for its dramatic rise, and also for its mysterious fall. The Newark, N.J., native is remembered as being among the elite college players of his generation, albeit in the relative obscurity of Winston-Salem State University.

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VUU Athletic Hall of Fame induction on Friday

Virginia Union University’s Athletic Hall of Fame will open its doors to six new inductees on Friday, Sept. 22. The induction banquet will be 7 p.m. at the Dr. Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center on the VUU campus, 1500 N. Lombardy St.

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Howard Bison overrun by UR Spiders

Coach Mike London has found it is far easier coaching football for the University of Richmond than coaching against UR. In his return to the West End campus last Saturday, Coach London’s Howard University squad was trampled 68-21 before 8,217 mostly Spiders fans at UR’s Robins Stadium.

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Indian mascot plagues Cleveland baseball team

The Cleveland Indians are perhaps the best team in baseball, but the Ohioans may be striking out when it comes to sensitivity training.

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Sloane Stephens wins U.S. Open title

It’s unlikely for two African-American women to match strokes in the final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. It’s far more unlikely for neither to be named Williams.

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Cook, Johnson lead VSU to big win over Johnson C. Smith

Trying to find just one man to replace quarterback Tarian Ayres would be difficult. So Virginia State University has located two for the assignment. Cordelral Cook and Niko Johnson have taken turns directing the Trojans to a 2-0 start heading into its Saturday, Sept. 16, bye week.

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African-American NFL quarterbacks working to turn ripple into wave

Cleveland Browns rookie DeShone Kizer burst onto the national spotlight while passing a football on Virginia soil. Now the former University of Notre Dame quarterback is the latest addition to the NFL’s select club of African-American starting quarterbacks.

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Revenge may be factor in VSU-NSU Labor Day Classic

There is no shortage of spicy story lines for the Labor Day Classic on Saturday, Sept. 2, matching old foes Virginia State and Norfolk State universities at Dick Price Stadium in Norfolk. Let’s start with the revenge factor.

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VUU heads to N.Y. for season opener Sept. 2 against LIU-Post

The New York City area was good to Virginia Union University football at least once before. Now the Panthers are hoping to strike gold again in the long shadows of Gotham to open their fourth season under Coach Mark James.

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8th-grader Jayson Ward racing toward track goals

Jayson Ward has added another impressive track title to his growing collection. The 13-year-old Chesterfield County resident now has two national outdoor titles to go with his three national indoor championships.

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Friday night football starts for city teams

Richmond’s high school football teams will have a different look this season — at least on the sidelines. Four of the five city public schools will have new head football coaches following a forgettable 2016 campaign that produced an overall 10-43 record.

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Forecast cloudy for VUU football

Virginia Union University began last football season with two clearly established senior quarterbacks — Shawheem Dowdy and Kenneth Graham.

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Pryor among string of QBs who play the field

Terrelle Pryor first earned national football stardom throwing passes. Now he specializes in catching them. Pryor is the latest example of an athletic quarterback changing to another position in the NFL.

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Tommy Hawkins, first black All-American at Notre Dame, dies at 80

Tommy Hawkins, University of Notre Dame’s first African-American All-American athlete, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at his home in Malibu, Calif.

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Clarence ‘Big House’ Gaines honored in hometown

Paducah, Ky., has paid tribute to a famous native son, the late Clarence “Big House” Gaines. A monument of Mr. Gaines was unveiled Monday, Aug. 7, at 9th and Husband streets in Paducah. The tribute is near Coleman Park in the part of town where Mr. Gaines grew up.

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Virginian Kenny Easley inducted into NFL Hall of Fame

Native Virginian Kenny Easley’s NFL career was short but sweet. Limited to just seven seasons (81-87) due to a kidney ailment, Easley was a five-time All-Pro, NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 and selected to the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade team.

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Who will be next Usain Bolt?

Track and field is looking for a new sprinting superstar. Who will it be? There is a vacancy for the title of “world’s fastest human” following the conclusion of Usain Bolt’s unprecedented career at the World Championships of Athletics in London.

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Bolt loses world race; still fan favorite

For the first time in nearly a decade, the world’s fastest man isn’t named Usain Bolt. Justin Gatlin has regained that title again after holding off the iconic Jamaican in the 100-meter final of the World Championships of Athletics last Saturday in London.

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Nico Marley, grandson of reggae legend, looking for spot on NFL team

Nico Marley, taking a cue from his famous grandfather, Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley, would like to “stir it up” regarding Washington’s NFL roster.

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First round draft choices can sizzle or fry

You just never know when it comes to first round draft choices. All are ballyhooed, given the red-carpet treatment and welcomed with high hopes.

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Riverside defeats the Blue Sox in RBI Tournament

Some talented, teenage baseball players have completed the Richmond area portion of their season. Now they’re ready to hit the road.

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Flying Squirrels team members tapped for EL All-Star Game

The Richmond Flying Squirrels were well represented in the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 12, in Manchester, N.H.

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Frank Mason III drafted in second round by Sacramento Kings

Well, some things are better shown than said — like Frank Mason III’s extraordinary ability to pass and shoot a basketball and spark his team to victory.

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N.C. A&T’s Chris Belcher to represent U.S. at World Championships

Chris Belcher won NCAA Division I All-American recognition with A&T scripted across his chest. That’s short for North Carolina A&T State University, where Belcher is a rising senior.

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NBA draft looking for a few ‘freshmen’

Expect to hear the word “freshman” frequently during the NBA draft on Thursday, June 22.

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George Wythe alum Jerome Jeter returns to coach football

Jerome Jeter played football for George Wythe High School when the Bulldogs were an area powerhouse. He was in the Class of 2000.

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Albert Pujols hits 600

Major League Baseball’s exclusive “600 Club” is rich with people of color. Four of the nine players to hit at least 600 career home runs are African-American, and three others trace their ancestry to the Dominican Republic.

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Baseball opens door to first African player

Gift Ngoepe has opened Major League Baseball’s door to Africans. On April 26, Ngoepe, who is from South Africa, became the first player from the African continent to play in the big leagues.

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Frank Mason III hopes to become next small man in NBA

The NBA is something of a real-life Brobdingnag, that fictional land of giants in the novel “Gulliver’s Travels.” How else to describe a population with more men taller than 6-foot-9 than under 6 feet?

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