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Fred Jeter

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VSU’s Blair has eye on Olympic trials

It will take a Herculean effort for anyone to upset the apple cart in the long-established, track and field events in the CIAA.

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VT’s Edmunds brothers make NFL draft history

Lots of brothers have made it to the NFL. Some have played on the same team or been selected in the same draft. But siblings Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds of Danville made history April 26 as the first brothers selected in the same opening round.

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Washington NFL team picks 2 in draft to fill holes

The Washington NFL team finished dead last — 32nd — in defense against the run during the 2017 NFL season. Da’Ron Payne has been chosen to help plug the sieve.

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John Marshall standout Isaiah Todd transferring

Isaiah Todd, arguably the area’s top college prospect since Moses Malone, is changing basketball addresses. After leading Richmond’s John Marshall High School to the State 3A title this past winter as a sophomore, the 6-foot-10 Todd is transferring to Trinity Academy, a Christian-based private school in Raleigh, N.C.

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VSU on the lookout for its next great running back

Auditions for the marquee role of the next Trenton Cannon are now underway at Virginia State University. Realistically, the All-American tailback will be nearly impossible to replace. Finding a replacement might be compared to trying to find a fill-in for the Statue of Liberty.

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VSU opens football season in Norfolk at Labor Day clasic

Virginia State University hopes to start its 2018 football season the same way it opened the 2017 season — by defeating Norfolk State University in the Labor Day Classic.

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VSU opens football season in Norfolk at Labor Day classic

Virginia State University hopes to start its 2018 football season the same way it opened the 2017 season — by defeating Norfolk State University in the Labor Day Classic.

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VUU banking on talent of Tabyus Taylor this fall

Virginia Union University football fans were treated last season to what amounted to a teaser of what Tabyus Taylor can do with a football under his arm.

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VUU to host CIAA golf championship

Virginia Union University will partner with Richmond Region Tourism to host the CIAA Golf Championships on April 19 and 20 at the Club at Viniterra in New Kent County.

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Monument Avenue 10K now a national championship

In case no one has noticed, the annual Monument Avenue 10K has changed dramatically. The event continues to draw more than 25,000 participants and ranks among Richmond’s best organized and most anticipated community activities.

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‘Funville’ opens Friday the 13th

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have an antidote for any hints of Friday the 13th bad luck that might haunt the home opener.

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Early players tried slipping past baseball’s color line

Long before Jackie Robinson broke into professional baseball under the bright lights of New York City, there were other men of color with unquestionable talent who tried doing the same.

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VUU to have home field advantage next fall

Virginia Union University’s upcoming football season will be top heavy with home games.

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Preston Beverly moves from No. 2 to No.1 as coach at Richard Bland College

Richard Bland College has chosen Preston Beverly to usher its basketball program into the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1.

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From hoops to music, Cornell Jones still playing to win

Cornell Jones may have lost the hops that made him such an exciting basketball performer, but his distinctive soulful voice remains a Richmond treasure.

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Villanova wins crown

Villanova University has climbed to the top step of college basketball’s highest staircase. And the Wildcats made it the old-fashioned way — minus any “one and done” elite, NBA-bound freshmen players.

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Capel named head coach at Pittsburgh

Jeff Capel III, a coach familiar to Richmonders, is the latest addition to a relatively small fraternity — African-American head coaches at NCAA Division I basketball programs.

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Robinson works to get Armstrong on track

As a teenage athlete, Valentino Robinson ranked with top high hurdlers in Virginia.       Now as coach, he faces a different type of hurdle.  

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U.Va. makes NCAA history it would like to rewrite

The University of Virginia basketball team seemed ticketed for a magic carpet ride to the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

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Coach Tubby Smith gets the boot at Memphis

Memo to colleges in search of a new basketball coach: One of the very best, Tubby Smith, is available again. With Richmond roots, Smith is among college basketball’s most successful coaches. He is also among the most traveled.

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VSU’s Aaron Harris becoming a heavy hitter

Aaron Harris has compiled some batting statistics even the great Hank Aaron would be proud of. Baseball fans are familiar with Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who set numerous slugging records — most notably with a former record 755 homers — largely with the Atlanta Braves.

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VSU has one of best seasons despite NCAA loss

This basketball season will go down as one of the best in Virginia State University history. Before the Trojans’ season-ending, 77-58 loss Sunday to visiting Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in the NCAA Division II Atlantic regionals, the Trojans achieved these firsts:

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Claflin University joining CIAA

Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C., has been accepted as the 13th member of the CIAA, the nation’s oldest historically African-American athletic conference.

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John Marshall High wins state basketball championship

The best may be yet to come for the John Marshall High School basketball team. Tall, talented and boasting of having almost everything but seniors, the team strolled to the 3A state basketball championship title last Friday, routing Western Albemarle High School 63-42 before a crowd of 5,400 at the Siegel Center in Richmond.

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John Marshall heads to Saturday’s state final

John Marshall High School has proven it’s tops in the Richmond area. Now the Justices are out to show they are No. 1 in Virginia.

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Huguenot’s Deshawn Ridley snags regional Player of the Year

Deshawn Ridley’s trek to basketball stardom hasn’t always been the smoothest of rides. Twice, he was cut from his school teams — first as a seventh-grader at Elkhardt Middle School, and again as a Huguenot High School freshman.

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Lady Panthers win CIAA; headed back to NCAA playoffs

The Virginia Union University Lady Panthers have enjoyed a steady drumbeat of success during the last three years, and the drummer shows no signs of weariness.

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VCU Rams open in A10

Plenty of lunchtime basketball is on the menu for Virginia Commonwealth University. The eighth-seeded Rams will open Atlantic 10 Tournament play at noon Thursday, March 8, against No. 9 University of Dayton at Capital One Arena in Washington.

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John Marshall hoping to go the distance at state tourney

Richmond’s John Marshall High School is rumbling into the State 3A basketball tournament with a full head of steam.

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Darrell Purdie poised to take George Wythe to state finals

Darrell Purdie may be the area’s MVP — most versatile player.

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Despite no home court, Huguenot goes to state quarterfinals

A basketball season that couldn’t have started much worse is now on track to be Huguenot High School’s best ever.

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Trinity Episcopal’s Donavan Goode takes record in 55-meter dash

Donavan Goode excels in acceleration. Renowned for his Road Runner-style takeoffs, the 17-year-old Trinity Episcopal School senior is the fastest 55-meter dash man in Virginia private school history.

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‘Pocahontas’ comes to Va.

More than 400 years after Pocahontas’ burial at St. George’s Church in Gravesend, England, near the mouth of the River Thames, the Pocahontas Project will honor and tell her real life story.

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Russell Wilson to play pro football and baseball?

Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson and Brian Jordan juggled playing in the NFL and baseball at the same time. Now former Richmonder Russell Wilson, best known as the star quarterback for the NFL Seattle Seahawks, is considering double duty, too.

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VUU football Coach Alvin Parker hits ground running

Virginia Union University’s new football coach has hit Lombardy Street running. Since being introduced as the Panthers’ coach on Dec. 18, Alvin Parker has completed his coaching staff, signed his first recruiting class, arranged the spring football schedule and, perhaps best of all, averted the kind of player mutiny often associated with a coaching change.

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NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace finishes 2nd at Daytona

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. is making racecar history. The 24-year-old African-American driver finished second Sunday at the prestigious Daytona 500, behind Austin Dillon.

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Highland Springs’ Jada Walker inherits mom, dad’s basketball genes

If anyone was ever born to shoot, dribble and pass a basketball, it might be Jada Walker. Her family tree likely has hoops on each branch and perhaps a 3-point arc surrounding the trunk. With great expectations, Jada arrived this season as a freshman guard at Highland Springs High School in Henrico County and she hasn’t disappointed.

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Towering Andre Walker helping VUU push past the competition

Virginia Union University boasts its own version of “Andre the Giant” in 6-foot-11 Andre Walker. After a sputtering start, the senior transfer from Hofstra University is aiding VUU’s push toward a No. 2 seed for the CIAA Tournament that starts Feb. 26 in Charlotte, N.C.

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VUU rebounding in view of TV cameras

The Aspire TV cameras may have served as a wake-up call for Virginia Union University’s slumbering basketball Panthers.

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DaVaughn Kelsie lights it up for Shaw Univ.

DaVaughn Kelsie is Shaw University’s spark from the arc. The Richmond native leads CIAA basketball in filling the cup from behind the 3-point arc.

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Smothering defense propels VSU against VUU and in CIAA

Virginia State University and the University of Virginia share more than just school colors. Wearing orange and blue, the University of Virginia has featured a smothering defense in rocketing to the top rank in college hoops.

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Justin Tillman leads Rams to overtime win over Dayton

Virginia Commonwealth University basketball Coach Mike Rhoades says the Rams’ motto this season is “it takes what it takes.”

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Philadelphia flying high after Eagles claim victory in Super Bowl LII

Philadelphia counts among its top heroes Ben Franklin. And the most famous date in Philadelphia is July 4, 1776, the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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U.S. athletes bring diversity to 2018 Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics, sometimes called the “white Olympics,” is gaining in diversity. The United States delegation of 242 athletes heading to South Korea will include 10 African-Americans, including its first African-American hockey player.

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Jermaine Marrow brings excitement — and big fan numbers — to Hampton Pirates

Two of the brightest subjects regarding Hampton University basketball are Jermaine Marrow and home attendance. It’s reasonable to assume the two are linked.

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Former Rams coach returns with Dayton Flyers to play VCU this Saturday

Virginia Commonwealth University and the state of Florida, while far apart geographically, have long been linked on the basketball map.

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Injuries contribute to VSU’s loss to Bowie State University

Cyonte Melvin is a bundle of basketball talent, but he’s not fully healthy. In a nutshell, that sums up the Virginia State University Trojans who took a rare stumble last Saturday in a 65-55 loss to Bowie State University at the VSU Multi-Purpose Center.

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Jada Boyd packs a wallop in VHSL record book

You don’t judge a book by its cover. Nor is it wise to judge an athlete by the size of their school. As it turns out, one of Virginia’s elite basketball prospects attends one of Virginia’s smallest public high schools. Meet Jada Boyd, a junior technology major at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg, enrollment 359 for grades 9 through 12.

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Armstrong Wildcats banking on speed, agility and Finney

On your mark! Get set! Go!

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Williams takes charge on UNC’s defense

Kenny Williams III is the Richmond area’s most recent link to arguably the nation’s premier college basketball program.

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