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Fred Jeter

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Star Barbershop winning games at a steady clip

Star Barbershop is winning softball games at a steady clip in Chesterfield County.

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NSU upgrading turf at Dick Price stadium

The footing, if not the football, figures to be much improved this fall at Norfolk State University.

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Bowie State predicted to become 2018 CIAA football champ

The CIAA has gazed into its crystal ball and sees the Bowie State University Bulldogs as the 2018 football champion.

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Team Loaded wins AAU Nationals

Team Loaded continues to feast on a buffet of victories without tasting defeat.

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Washington NFL team returns to Richmond training camp July 26

The NFL’s Washington team aims to be more fan and family friendly during training camp set for Thursday, July 26, through Tuesday, Aug. 14.

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MLB All-Star Game features dozens of players of color

Twenty-four of the 72 players chosen for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game earlier this week are players of color from the Caribbean and South America.

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All-Star Jeremy Jeffress has ties to Virginia

Virginia Union University hasn’t had baseball for many decades, but it does have family ties to a current big league star. Jeremy Jeffress, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers and member of the National League All-Stars team, is the brother of former VUU basketball player Racquel Jeffress. Racquel Jeffress started for the Lady Panthers in the early 2000s.

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NBA’s Kyle Kuzma to lead Richmond area basketball camp

One of the NBA’s rising stars is coming to the Richmond area. Kyle Kuzma will be among the instructors at the TMG and Dreems Foundation Basketball Camp Aug. 4 and 5 at American Family Fitness-Short Pump, 11760 W. Broad St.

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VCU's Williams signs with European team

Former Virginia Commonwealth University Rams point guard Johnny Williams is taking his ball-handling skills across the Atlantic.

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Usain Bolt poised to sign with Australian soccer team

Former track icon Usain Bolt may be starting a new sports career on the soccer field.

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Natalie Barnes now state long jump champ

Virginia’s high school long jump champion has deep Richmond roots. Natalie Barnes, a rising senior at Stone Bridge High in Ashburn, is the daughter of former Maggie Walker High and VCU basketball center Norman Barnes and Fran Barnes.

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Davis trading nets in Portland for Brooklyn

Richmond’s current homegrown NBA talent is on the move again, leaving broken hearts behind. Much to the chagrin of former teammates, coaches, friends and fans in Portland, Ore., Ed Davis is headed for his fifth team, the Brooklyn Nets.

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O’Quinn taking his talents to the Indiana Pacers

Kyle O’Quinn, the last player from an HBCU to be drafted into the NBA, is changing his low-post address.

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Hampton’s big move to Big South

Breaking up is hard to do. In the midst of a conference transition, Hampton University’s 2018 football schedule bares slim resemblance to those from the previous 100-plus years.

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Bacot says bye-bye to Trinity

The trend continues. Armando Bacot becomes the third top-tier basketball prospect to leave a Richmond school this year.

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Stephen Silva, former VCU-VUU point guard, dies

Former Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University basketball point guard Stephen Silva died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Noah Lyles clocked as fastest man

A former Virginian is currently the fastest man on the planet.

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Mookie Betts scores big in baseball, bowling

The Boston Red Sox have Major League Baseball’s best record (56-28) entering this week. Many contend, at least among New Englanders, the Bosox also may have the best all-round player, too, in right-fielder Mookie Betts.

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World Cup tackles color complex

France won its only World Cup in 1998 with the theme “Black-Blanc-Beur,” meaning black, white and Arab (or North African),” a slogan celebrating integrated France.

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After changing his life, Neblett hopes to change others

Raymond Neblett, the former basketball standout who once took a costly wrong turn, continues to make up for lost time.

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Trinity Episcopal's Bacot helps national team win gold

Armando Bacot has lifted his basketball game to the international level.

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NBA draft roundup

The NBA draft has come and gone and only time will tell who will rise to stardom and who will sink.

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VCU’s Justin Tillman still working toward NBA contract

Former Virginia Commonwealth University standout Justin Tillman has one foot in the NBA door.

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Kentucky 8th-grader already pulling in scholarship offers

Such football powers as Alabama, Florida State and Louisiana State University are convinced Kiyaunte Goodwin will someday be a college star — even though he hasn’t yet begun high school. The 6-foot-7, 350-pound Goodwin just completed eighth grade at Olmstead North Middle School in Louisville, Ky.

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A star is born: NBA draft expected to pick talent from U.S. and abroad

The NBA’s reward for a team having a miserable season is a high draft pick and hopes of a brighter future. Thus, the Phoenix Suns vault from having the worst standings to first in the 2018 draft of incoming talent.

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A primer for the NBA Final Four

 The NBA’s greatest father-son combination in history — Dell and Steph Curry — has Virginia roots. That’s according to website Sportschew.com.

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Father-son combos part of NBA history

 The NBA’s greatest father-son combination in history — Dell and Steph Curry — has Virginia roots. That’s according to website Sportschew.com.

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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.