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Fred Jeter

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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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Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge shattering height records, TVs in the major leagues

Aaron Judge is large and in charge. The New York Yankees rookie right fielder has head-turning size, with talent to match. He also stands above the crowd with his “Wow!” factor.

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Hometown welcome

Basketball star Frank Mason III returns to Petersburg, fan honors

Frank Mason III left Petersburg High School in 2012 with stars in his eyes but with no guarantees of success. What has followed since for the young basketball player is anything but typical. The 23-year-old son of Sharon Harrison and Frank Mason Jr. returned home last weekend, having dramatically reached the stars — even dancing among them.

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16-year-old Frank Royal III winning long jump titles

Frank Royal III never showed much interest in athletics until being introduced to the long jump pit as a St. Christopher’s School sixth-grader.

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Flying Squirrels open with big win

The Richmond Flying Squirrels’ eighth season at The Diamond opened in a big way — a big crowd, big winds, a big home run and a big victory.

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Larry Sanders released by Cleveland Cavaliers

Larry Sanders’ comeback has been put on hold. The former Virginia Commonwealth University center was released Wednesday by the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Former JFK football standout dies

Richmond has lost one of its former football heroes. Randy L. Crawley, a member of the 1972 Central Region championship team for the John F. Kennedy High School Kougars, died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at age 62.

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6th NCAA crown for UNC

The University of North Carolina’s sixth NCAA basketball championship will be remembered for many things.

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Eliezer Zambrano opens 8th season April 6 with Flying Squirrels

Eliezer Zambrano has become as much a part of Richmond’s baseball scene as peanuts, Cracker Jacks and fireworks lighting up the night above The Diamond.

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Petersburg’s Frank Mason III rakes in the honors

Petersburg’s Frank Mason III is creating a national stir.

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‘6 for Six’

‘6 for Six’ Hampton’s Lady Pirates win sixth MEAC title

Hampton University’s women’s basketball squad has succeeded in meeting its first goal — a quest dubbed “6 for Six.”

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NC Central defeats NSU to win MEAC

Norfolk State University’s up-and-down basketball season ended with a couple of downers. Finishing with a 17-17 record, the Spartans lost 67-59 to North Carolina Central University in the MEAC Tournament final last Saturday at the Norfolk Scope.

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Monacan’s Megan Walker ends high school career as nation’s top player

In her final Monacan High School game, Megan Walker showed she was human — but more importantly that she was great.

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Norcom High senior, Travis Ingram, is first player on 4 championship teams

Travis Ingram has enjoyed an unforgettable basketball career at I.C. Norcom High School of Portsmouth.

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Wythe, Marshall remain positive despite losses at state tourney

Both George Wythe and John Marshall High schools are looking forward to continued basketball excellence next season — and the next, and the next. Two freshmen who made their mark this winter figure to provide the Bulldogs and Justices with long-term success.

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Frank Mason III of Petersburg is semifinalist for coveted Naismith Award

The University of Kansas’ Frank Mason III is flirting with college basketball’s highest individual honor — and his fans can have a voice in the final decision. Mason, who graduated from Petersburg High School in 2012, is one of 10 semifinalists for the coveted James A. Naismith Trophy awarded to college basketball’s most outstanding player. Four finalists will be announced Sunday, March 19.

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Warren Beatty to award Nutzys at The Diamond

The envelope please … In reaction to the recent Academy Award mix-up when the wrong Best Picture winner was announced, the Richmond Flying Squirrels are planning some light-hearted fun.

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VUU returns from CIAA in trail of tears

Virginia Union University rode a wave of well-earned optimism to the CIAA Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. Its return to Richmond was amid a trail of tears.

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VCU ready for 7th consecutive bid to NCAAs

Barring an unlikely late season collapse, the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams are primed for a seventh straight trip to the NCAA playoffs.

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George Wythe, John Marshall will enjoy hometown advantage in state tournament

Richmond’s George Wythe and John Marshall high schools will need no GPS to guide them to the State 3A basketball tournament.

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VUU coaches named CIAA Coaches of the Year

Virginia Union University may need to expand its trophy case following the CIAA Basketball Tip-Off Awards Luncheon on Monday in Charlotte, N.C.

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VUU seeded No.1 for CIAA Tournament

Virginia Union University has drawn all “sevens” for this week’s CIAA Basketball Tournament. The Panthers must hope the 7 p.m. scheduled start times will spell long overdue good fortune. With a 22-6 overall record and a 14-2 record in the CIAA, Coach Jay Butler’s team is the No. 1 seed from the Northern Division and will open at 7 p.m. in Thursday’s quarterfinals. VUU’s first opponent will be the survivor of play-in games involving Elizabeth City State, Johnson C. Smith and Bowie State universities.