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Fred Jeter

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Maggie Walker’s Austin Wade stands out in two sports

It’s not so unusual for a high school athlete to play two sports. What is unusual is to be playing both sports at the same time. That’s the rare case with senior Austin Wade at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.

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Highland Springs wins state football title again

The Highland Springs High School football team members are running out of fingers to display their bling. The Springers captured their fourth consecutive Class 5 state championship title last Saturday with a 37-26 victory over Stone Bridge High School of Ashburn in Northern Virginia.

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CIAA Basketball Tournament eyeing move beginning 2021

The CIAA Basketball Tournament might have a new host city in 2021. Following the athletic conference’s fall board meeting in Charlotte, N.C., it was announced Friday, Dec. 7, that Norfolk and Baltimore are in contention to host the tournaments, from 2021 thorough 2023, along with Charlotte.

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Gary Steele,Calvin Huey broke color barrier on Army-Navy football teams

The U.S. Military Academy’s football team, Army, is known as the Black Knights, but it wasn’t until 1966 it had its first African-American player. Gary Steele, a military brat whose father was a Buffalo Solider, broke the color barrier in West Point, N.Y., as a star tight end.

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North Carolina A&T heading to Celebration Bowl Dec. 15

North Carolina A&T State University is making Atlanta a regular stop on its football travel itinerary. For the third time in the four-year history of the Celebration Bowl, the Aggies are heading to Georgia to play in front of a national television audience.

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Wilder-Fury heavyweight title match ends in draw

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury were each undefeated upon meeting last Saturday for the World Boxing Council heavyweight title in Los Angeles. After 12 bloody, bruising rounds, both were still undefeated as the bout was ruled a draw by three ringside judges.

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Lady Panthers’ ‘Towers of Power’ jump-start hoops season

There are at least three towers at Virginia Union University. A visitor can’t miss the brick and mortar tower — the 160-foot Belgian Building — in the middle of the Lombardy Street campus.

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Justices are 3A team to beat despite injury, transfer

No excuses necessary. John Marshall High School basketball Coach Ty White seeks no pity, although it would be hard to blame him if he did. Despite the team’s loss of 6-foot-10 Isaiah Todd, who transferred, and the temporary loss of 6-foot-10 Roosevelt Wheeler to injury, Coach White insists John Marshall is the team to beat in the state 3A division.

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Anna Wilson suffers injury at Stanford game in Hawaii

Anna Wilson, sister of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, is doing well after a big scare in Honolulu.

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Bowie State loses in round 2 of NCAA playoffs

Bowie State University’s football season and quarterback Amir Hall’s college career both ended Saturday, Nov. 24, in Valdosta, Ga.

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Richmonder Nigel Chavis named to All-MEAC team

Norfolk State University defensive end Nigel Chavis has been named All-MEAC for the second year in a row.

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Freshman Pitts making big splash at VUU

Demarius Pitts saw no need to meekly dip his toes in the water to get a feel for college basketball. Boldly, he dove in head first instead.

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Nationwide talent bring boost to VCU Rams

Virginia Commonwealth University searches near and far for basketball talent, but lately the emphasis has been on far. Of Coach Mike Rhoades’ 14 players, just two are Virginians and only one has Richmond ties.

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Legend of NFL’s ‘Fearsome Foursome’ remains

The Los Angeles Rams, 10-1, are riding high these days with one of the NFL’s most historically explosive offenses — 36 points and 449 yards per game. It was much different in the 1960s, when the Los Angeles team rose to prominence with an intimidating defense featuring its famed “Fearsome Foursome.”

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4 area teams heading to LA for Snoop Youth Football League Nationals

Four area youth football teams are heading to Los Angeles for the Snoop Youth Football League Nationals Dec. 14 through 16. The Snoop League was founded by rapper and entertainer Snoop Dogg in 2005 in Southern California. The league now has about 20 teams throughout California.

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Radford University stuns Notre Dame in basketball upset

A coaching staff with Richmond ties has pulled off the upset of the season in college basketball. Clearly falling under the “shocking” column, Radford University stunned the University of Notre Dame — and the world of college hoops — Nov. 14 in South Bend, Ind.

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Undefeated, unforgettable

Maggie Walker 1975 football team opted to play annual Armstrong-Walker Classic at Thanksgiving rather than VHSL playoffs

The 1975 Maggie L. Walker High School football team was undefeated and unforgettable.

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Coach Mike London leaves Howard for W&M

Coach Mike London, with deep roots in Richmond, is leaving Howard University to become the new football coach at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg.

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Bowie State wins first round in NCAA playoffs

Bowie State University football is still going strong. The CIAA champion Bulldogs kept their season going with a 41-35 home victory last Saturday over the University of West Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Division II, Region 2 playoffs.

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Ohioans looking to take it to the hoop at VSU

Jahmere Howze and Jalen Jackson took far different routes while reaching the same basketball destination.

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Late Morgan State football coach named 2018 Trailblazer of the Year

The late Earl Banks, who coached Willie Lanier at Morgan State University, has been named Trailblazer of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

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Panthers looking to Jemal Smith to defend CIAA title

Point guards less than 6 feet tall have played a major role in Virginia Union University’s storied basketball history. Jemal Smith is the latest to fill that bill.

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Elite runners from Kenya and Ethiopia win Richmond Marathon

Kenyan and Ethiopian runners make up a tiny percentage of the total number of participants in the annual Richmond Marathon. But they’re clearly at the head of the pack.

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Bowie State wins CIAA football championship

Following its first ever CIAA football title, Bowie State University is moving on to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

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Football season ends for VUU without playoff invitation

Just when the Virginia Union University Panthers were ready to dance, it was like the music stopped and the band went home. The Panthers were a dominant football team for 10 games. But the Panthers won’t get a shot at an 11th game they so coveted.

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NSU Spartans trample the HU Bison 29-17

Norfolk State University’s Juwan Carter won the “battle of the quarterbacks” and, more importantly, NSU came out victorious last Saturday as the Spartans beat the Howard University Bison before a crowd of more than 6,000 at Dick Price Stadium in Norfolk.

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VUU wallops VSU; still looking for NCAA playoff berth

Virginia Union University continues to present a powerful case for an NCAA Division II football playoff berth.

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NSU to wrangle the Howard Bisons Nov. 10 at Dick Price Stadium

Norfolk State University has lost four straight football games and more trouble is on the way. The Spartans’ next assignment will be to tangle with MEAC’s leading passer, Howard University’s Caylin Newton, brother of NFL star Cam Newton.

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‘Justice for Jabo’ picks up steam

A project called “Justice for Jabo” is underway to restore a long-ago honor to former Virginia Commonwealth University basketball star Charles “Jabo” Wilkins. Mr. Wilkins died Oct. 12 at age 70 in Greenville, N.C.

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Hometown hero Ashe conquers Richmond 50 years ago in local Davis Cup match

Fifty years ago, Richmond native Arthur Ashe Jr. and the City of Richmond were front and center for global tennis. Court No. 1 at Richmond’s Byrd Park was the site of the prestigious Davis Cup tennis tournament May 3 through 5, 1968. Dating to 1900, the Davis Cup is international team tennis’ premier event and draws the sport’s marquee names.

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Legendary baseball slugger Willie McCovey dies

Willie McCovey, who was among the most respected and feared sluggers in baseball history, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. Mr. McCovey was 80.

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VUU Panthers meet VSU Trojans Saturday at Hovey Field

Virginia Union University football Coach Alvin Parker feels like his team has taken an unfair beating — not on the field, mind you, but in the polls.

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Olympic ‘Black Power Salute’ rises 50 years later

Tommie Smith and John Carlos were among the fastest men of their generation. But it wasn’t what they did on the Olympic track that makes them most remembered. It’s what they did after their race — on the medals podium — that still resonates.

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TJ’s Jahlin Russell works like a wrecking ball

It’s no surprise Jahlin Russell plays football. The Thomas Jefferson High School senior is quick, strong, aggressive and fearless. He doesn’t back down.

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Puerto Rican native Alex Cora manages Red Sox to World Series win

Diversity in the dugout. That was a theme during the Boston Red Sox’s World Series triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers. With Sunday night’s victory, the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 4-1 to win the series. For the first time in World Series annals, managers for both baseball teams — Alex Cora of the Red Sox and the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts — are men of color.

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Former ODU star Kent Bazemore a top money earner with Atlanta Hawks

The list of the NBA’s highest paid players includes many known marquee players — LeBron James, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and others. Also on that list is a bit of a surprise.

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VUU loses to Duke

Darian Peterson shined in his Virginia Union University basketball debut, but it wasn’t enough to save the Panthers at Duke University.

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VSU wins big at homecoming

Virginia State University’s homecoming also served as a coming out party for Jemourri La Pierre.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels to host 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game

All-Star baseball is coming to Richmond next summer. The host Richmond Flying Squirrels announced a four-day schedule of activities to coincide with the Eastern League All-Star Game.

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VUU’s hopes for CIAA title crushed by Bowie State

Amir Hall has rained on Virginia Union University’s parade — “rain” coming in the form of a blizzard of pigskins.

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Richmonder Jackie Bradley, AL series MVP, heads to World Series

Baseball’s hottest bat — and perhaps the most interesting jersey number — just may belong to a native Richmonder.

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Edward Curtis pushes through grief to deliver for Armstrong

Armstrong High School’s Edward Curtis Jr. plays his rugged brand of football with more than just flesh and bone. The senior is also fueled by a brimming tank of emotion.

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VSU banking on a homecoming win this Saturday

This has been a “what if” football season for the Virginia State University Trojans. During the homecoming game this weekend, Trojans fans can’t help but ask “What if?” regarding three painful road losses that has VSU on the outside looking in at CIAA title and NCAA aspirations.

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VUU to face formidable Bowie State at Hovey Field

Virginia Union University sits alone in first place in the CIAA Northern Division, but staying there won’t be easy. The Panthers are atop a slippery perch.

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VUU to take on Duke in N.C.

Virginia Union University faces long odds Tuesday, Oct. 23, when Coach Jay Butler’s Panthers play powerhouse Duke University in an exhibition basketball game in Durham, N.C. Tipoff is 7 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Duke’s campus.

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Mo Alie-Cox now on Colts practice squad

Mo Alie-Cox made his reputation in sneakers. Now he’s trying to make a living in cleats.

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For the record books: VUU drubs Lincoln 90-0 at homecoming

Looking back, Virginia Union University football has been on a historical roll. Gazing ahead, there are bumps in the road.

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VSU ready to rumble with Bowie State

Two senior quarterbacks with glistening credentials will be center stage Saturday, Oct. 13, in Bowie, Md.

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VSU picked to win CIAA basketball title

Two proven college big men and an All-State guard are among the additions to a Virginia State University basketball program that is the pre-season pick to win the CIAA title.

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Penn State Coach James Franklin on course to win NCAA title

Coach James Franklin is in position to make history one day. It possibly could happen as early as this season. The talented Penn State coach seems a strong bet to become the first African-American coach to win an NCAA collegiate football title on the highest level.

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