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Fred Jeter

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Makur Maker chooses Howard University

Well-traveled Makur Maker has selected Howard University for his next basketball stop.

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Richard Bland College suspends sports for 2020-21

Richard Bland College athletics are down, but not out.

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American players hold spotlight in Korean baseball

You’d never guess who’s tearing up the Korean Baseball Organization, or KBO.

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L.A. Lakers looking to get back on top after long drought

In recent years, the Los Angeles Lakers have turned from prince to frog and, now, back to prince.

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African-American baseball standouts snapped up in MLB draft

Who will be the Major League Baseball’s nextAfrican- American All-Star?

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NBA’s Vince Carter ends record 22-season pro career

Vince Carter, among the most dynamic and durable players in NBA history, has announced his retirement.

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Claudell Washington, former MLB All-Star, succumbs at 65

Claudell Washington, who was among the youngest players to become an All-Star in Major League Baseball history, has died.

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Price and Betts boost L.A. Dodgers’ World Series dreams

Since the Los Angeles Dodgers’ last World Series championship in 1988, 17 different franchises have won baseball’s top prize. To help snap the drought in Tinseltown, the Dodgers have beefed up its roster with a pair of likely future Hall of Famers.

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‘Tip Your Cap’ in honor of 100th anniversary of baseball’s Negro Leagues

A monthlong “Tip Your Cap” campaign hon- oring the formation 100 years ago of baseball’s Negro Leagues got underway June 29.

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Few African-American golfers on PGA tour

When Tiger Woods burst onto the PGA scene in 1997, many expected a deluge of African-American golfers to follow.

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Longtime coach Marvin Bridges succumbs at 65

Marvin Bridges, a longtime football and basketball coach in Richmond on the youth and high school levels, died Monday, June 8, 2020. He was 65.

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Local high school-to-college talent picked for fantasy ‘Home Sweet Home’ hoops team

With a lull in the sports world, it’s time to announce Richmond’s all-time “Home Sweet Home” basketball team.

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Tierra Terry selected as new coach of VUU Lady Panthers

Tierra Terry has been selected as Virginia Union University’s new women’s basketball coach.

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Front-runners line up for NBA Rookie of the Year

An athlete need not come from a college powerhouse to create a big splash in the NBA.

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804 Coaches for Change holds initial rally at Ashe statue

An energetic group called 804 Coaches for Change has its foot on the gas pedal with no thoughts of slowing down anytime soon.

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Jason Nelson of John Marshall High hoops hones in on college pick

And the envelope please ... John Marshall High School basketball standout Jason Nelson has narrowed his list of college options to two.

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Where are the African-American catchers in MLB?

African-American baseball catchers are a vanishing breed.

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Former NFL player Roosevelt ‘Rosey’ Taylor dies at 82

Roosevelt “Rosey” Taylor, who played on championship teams in college and with the NFL, died Friday, May 29, 2020. Mr. Taylor was 82.

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VUU football player Emmanuel Antwi earns co-valedictorian honors for Class of 2020

Emmanuel Antwi was No. 53 on the football field and No. 1 in the classroom at Virginia Union University.

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Caylin Newton transfers from Howard to Auburn

Another quarterback named Newton is on the Auburn University football roster.

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A salute to famous athletes who served Uncle Sam

Al Bumbry was a star in the trenches long before gaining star status on the baseball diamond.

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NBA legend Wes Unseld succumbs at 74

The basketball world mourns the loss of a legend. Westley “Wes” Unseld, among the most powerful inside forces in college and NBA history, has died.

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Richmonder Bobby Dandridge was the final puzzle piece to the Bucks’ 1971 title

If and when NBA play resumes, the Milwaukee Bucks will try and scratch a nearly half-century itch. The franchise’s first and only NBA title was in 1971 with a cast featuring two all-time greats, Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, plus a lesser known but extraordinarily talented Richmonder.

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Former TJ, South Carolina standout reclaims the headlines

Much to his own surprise, Philip Logan is back in the news.

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Washington Nationals looking for a repeat championship

If the Washington Nationals are to repeat as World Series champion, the team will need help in replacing the power of departed All-Star Anthony Rendon, who is now with the Los Angeles Angels.

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VCU snags another transfer player, Levi Stockard III

Seems like just about any college basketball story nowadays includes the word “transfer.”

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’His Airness’ Michael Jordan also knew how to swing a bat

Michael Jordan the basketball player is a global legend. His greatness is beyond debate. Meanwhile, Jordan the baseball player remains a bit of a mystery, his status open to discussion.

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Former NBA All-Star Mo Williams to coach at Alabama State

Alabama State University, a public HBCU in Montgomery, is hopeful a former NBA All-Star will bring success to its basketball program.

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VUU signs transfers to boost basketball team

Coming from near and far, help is on the way for the Virginia Union University basketball team.

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Top NBA draft choice spent a week on college team

James Wiseman offers new meaning to the basketball term “one and done.”

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VUU alum played for late Coach Don Shula with the Baltimore Colts

A native Richmonder played at least a small role in the historic coaching legacy of the late Don Shula.

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Woody Strode and other African-American athletes went from sports to the silver screen

Woody Strode was among the first four African-Americans to play in the NFL, but that isn’t necessarily his top claim to fame.

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Juwan Carter looking to break records at NSU

Juwan Carter has met Aaron Sparrow and the two men hit it off. Now, with all due respect, Carter hopes to politely erase Sparrow’s name from Norfolk State University’s football record book.

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Hampton's Blue Thunder cheerleading squad turns to online tryouts

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of athletics, even cheerleading. Hampton University has conducted a virtual tryout for its Blue Thunder spirit squad.

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VCU Rams waiting to hear about eligibility of new 7'1" Medley-Bacon

Virginia Commonwealth University basketball has added a new player, but the Rams must wait until May 20 to learn when he becomes eligible to play.

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Former Richmond coach to be inducted into S.C. State Athletic Hall of Fame

Former Richmonder Benjamin “Benny” Blocker has been selected for induction into the South Carolina State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Only one player at HBCU drafted into NFL

The once busy football pipeline between HBCUs and the NFL appears to have stalled. Out of seven rounds and 255 selections in the NFL’s virtual draft last month, only one HBCU athlete heard his name called.

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Coach Gilbert leaves Lady Panthers for Detroit Mercy

Virginia Union University’s next women’s basketball coach has a tough act to follow.

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VUU and VSU announce 2020-21 football schedules

CIAA football starts in September, but Virginia Union University fans won’t see their Panthers at home until October.

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Chase Young, Washington’s first NFL draft pick, plans to ‘Terrorize the Moment’

Chase Young is all business on the football field — and thinking about business off the gridiron.

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Memories of Tommie Aaron in Richmond live on

The former Richmond Braves drew headlines in 1977 by making Tommie Aaron the International League’s first African-American manager.

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Former Highland Springs players drafted into NFL

NFL fans in Highland Springs now have local connections to the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Davis dies at 85

When historians reminisce about the Green Bay Packers dynasty of the 1960s, William Delford “Willie” Davis’ name is among the first to come up.

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Former John Marshall player Isaiah Todd jumps from high school to pros

Petersburg native Moses Malone pioneered the term “Preps to Pros” in August 1974. Now former Richmonder Isaiah Todd is a pacesetter in a new option to bypass college basketball and fast break straight from high school to dunking for dollars.

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Think of groundbreaker George Taliaferro during NFL draft

George Taliaferro was a game changer regarding the NFL draft. He also took versatility to a higher level.

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Weldon Edwards planted seeds as first black football player 50 years ago at UR

“Last August the University of Richmond signed its first Negro football player, Weldon Edwards,” so wrote Mark Holpe of The Collegian, UR’s campus newspaper, in 1970.

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Bobby Mitchell, a trailblazer with the Washington NFL team, dies at 84

Former NFL great Robert Cornelius “Bobby” Mitchell, famous for immense talent and racial trailblazing, died Sunday, April 5, 2020.

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Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Famer Tim Brown dies

Former NFL great Tim Brown, who drew acclaim as an athlete, actor and singer, died Saturday, April 4, 2020, of complications from dementia. Mr. Brown was 82 and living in Palm Springs, Calif.

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Get ready for Team Fiction

Baseball All-Stars put together from film and television

We still have peanuts and Cracker Jacks to munch on this spring, but there is no live baseball to enjoy with the snacks.

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Varina High sophomore makes All-State Team

All-State boys basketball teams generally are reserved for experienced seniors, with perhaps a junior here and there. Alphonzo Billups is an exception to that largely because of his exceptional talent.

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