Following a 12-game road trip, the Squirrels returned to the Diamond this week for a six-game series against the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies affiliate). Remaining games: Thursday, May 26 - 6:35 p.m. Friday, May 27 - 6:35 p.m. Saturday, May 28 - 6:05 p.m. (Fireworks) Sunday, May 29 - 1:35 p.m. (Bucket Hat Giveaway) --- Armani Smith enjoys playing in Richmond, but the outfielder left his heart in San Francisco. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander grew up in Walnut Creek, Calif., just a long fly ball from the San Francisco Giants’ Oracle Park. Smith was a passionate Giants fan as a youngster, with Barry Bonds being his favorite player.
After much traffic coming and going, there is finally a “no vacancy” sign on the VCU basketball roster.
Virginia State University followed a rocky flight of a baseball season with a smooth landing.
Will Adams has his cleated foot in the NFL door.
Robert L. “Bobby” Dandridge, aka “Greyhound,” “Bismarck,” and “Pick,” was born in Richmond on Nov. 15, 1947. He became a headliner at Maggie L. Walker High (Stretch Gardner) and Norfolk State (Ernie Fears), and was drafted in the fourth round by Milwaukee in 1969.
Well-traveled Henry Frazier III has been given the head coaching whistle at Virginia State University.
If anyone can do the impossible — make the Boston Celtics fans forget about the likes of legends such as Larry Bird — Jayson Tatum might be the guy, at least among younger rooters.
Since integrated professional baseball arrived in Richmond, there has been a relative shortage of Black men on the pitching mound for the home team.
Keishawn Pulley Jr. watched from afar last season as Randolph-Macon College raced to the NCAA Division III basketball championship. This coming season, he aims to be part of the show in Ashland.
Virginia Union University is doing something a little unusual for the upcoming football season.
Nikola Jokić has done it again.
What are the chances?
The NFL team in Washington has been spinning its wheels for years. The club now called the Commanders has gone 31-50 since its last winning season in 2016 (8-7-1).
Virginia State University softball slug- ger Samantha Cunningham went out with a bang, or rather a sharp ping from her metal alloy bat. In her final season wearing the Trojans’ orange and blue, the senior third base player from Waukegan, Ill., earned All-CIAA hon- ors while leading the conference in hitting at .467. Cunningham finished with 13 doubles, three home runs, 29 runs batted in and struck Delaware State president, athletes decry search of team bus by Georgia deputies Associated Press SAVANNAH, Ga. The president of Delaware State University, a historically Black college, accused sheriff’s deputies in Georgia of intimidating and humiliating the university’s women’s lacrosse team when deputies pulled over the athletes’ bus and searched it for drugs. Delaware State University President Tony Allen said he’s “incensed” by the April 20 traffic stop along Interstate 95 south of Savannah as the team returned from a game in Florida. In a letter to students and faculty, Dr. Allen said nothing illegal was found and campus officials were “exploring options for recourse — legal and otherwise.” “We do not intend to let this or any other incident like it pass idly by,” Dr. Allen said in the letter posted Monday on the university’s social media pages. Liberty County, Ga., Sheriff William Bowman, who is Black, said Tuesday his office is conducting a formal review of the traffic stop. He said deputies had stopped other commercial vehicles the same morning along I-95 and found drugs on a different bus. The team’s chartered bus was stopped because it was traveling in the left lane, which is a violation of Georgia law, he said. The sheriff said deputies decided to search the team’s bus when a drug-sniffing dog “alerted” alongside it. “I do not exercise racial profiling, allow racial profiling or encourage racial profiling,” Sheriff Bowman told reporters. The sheriff added that based on what he already knows, “I believe the stop was legal.” No one was arrested or charged. The sheriff said the bus driver was given a warning. Video posted online by one of the Delaware State lacrosse players shows two white deputies on the bus. One of them tells the bus passengers that possessing marijuana remains illegal in Georgia. “If there is anything in y’all’s luggage, we’re probably going to find it, OK,” the deputy says. “I’m not looking for a little bit of marijuana, but I’m pretty sure you guys’ chaperones are probably going to be disappointed in you if we find any.” The deputy continues : “You guys are on a lacrosse team, correct? If there is something in there that is questionable, please tell me now. Because if we find it, guess what? We’re not going to be able to help you.” Sydney Anderson, the student who posted the video, wrote in the campus publication The Hornet Newspaper that team members felt there was “underlying racism” behind the search. “The team members were in shock, as they witnessed the of- ficers rambling through their bags,” Ms. Anderson wrote. “They brought the K-9 dog out to sniff their luggage. The cops began tossing underwear and other feminine products, in an attempt to locate narcotics.” Georgia courts have held that the odor of marijuana is enough to give police probable cause to search vehicles without a warrant. The sheriff said he welcomes feedback from the lacrosse team. “We realize that in this current environment, even a traffic stop can be alarming to citizens, especially African-Americans,” Sheriff Bowman said. out only four times in more than 100 plate appearances. Earning second team honors for the Trojans were designated player Macy Beville from nearby Dinwiddie and pitcher Alaijah Pratt from Lusby, Md. Also, Pratt and Desmyn Owens of Lawrenceville made the All-Freshman team. Under first-year Coach Jameshia Smith, VSU finished 20-13 overall and 13-4 in the CIAA. The Trojans’ season ended with a 6-4 loss to Bowie State University on May 7 in the loser’s bracket final of the CIAA Tournament in Glen Allen.
Virginia Union University has received a commitment from one of the best players from arguably the state’s best high school basketball team.
Norfolk State University will lose some key players from last season’s championship basketball team, but help is on the way.
Chris Cheeks, among the most prolific scorers in Virginia Commonwealth University basketball history, died Wednesday, April 20, 2022. He was 54 and living in the Boston area where he was an assistant basketball coach at Boston College.
The Washington Nationals may be last in the National League East standings, but they’re likely first in diversity.
If Jahan Dotson does in the NFL what he did in college, the Washington Commanders’ first season could have fans dancing in the aisles at FedEx Field.
Scottie Barnes is the NBA Rookie of the Year, but don’t overlook former Virginia Commonwealth University star Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland on the top newcomers list.
Virginia Commonwealth University basketball Coach Mike Rhoades needed another big man and found what he was looking for in Ann Arbor, Mich.
As freshmen baseball players go, few have posted more impressive statistics than Virginia State University’s Tahraun Hammond.
Jordan Nesbitt’s basketball journey is taking him to Hampton University.
The ever-changing sport of basketball has taken another turn.
The much-anticipated NFL draft starts Thursday, April 28. Two state players to watch for are Malik Willis and Will Adams.
NFL and NBA players are closely identified with the colleges where they earned reputations before entering the professional ranks.
It has been 75 years since Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line, and the cheers are only getting louder.
Trinity Thomas is the new queen of college gymnastics.
The WNBA has rediscovered HBCUs.
On their first report card, give the Richmond Flying Squirrels an “A” — for attendance.
Joel Embiid traveled a long way to earn his spot in the NBA record book.
Aiden Harris is only a sophomore at Manchester High School in Chesterfield County, but already he knows where he’ll play college baseball.
During the college basketball playoffs, few high schools had more to whoop ‘n’ hollar about than Trinity Episcopal School on Richmond’s South Side.
No Virginia Commonwealth University basketball roster should be written with anything more permanent than a No. 2 pencil. And don’t press too hard on the lead.
Dwayne Haskins, who arrived in Washington three seasons ago as one of the NFL’s most promising newcomers, died Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale after being hit by a dump truck as he was attempting to cross Interstate 595 on foot.
Tommy Davis, among the greatest hitters in Los Angeles Dodgers history, died Sunday, April 3, 2022. He was 83 and residing in Phoenix.
Rayfield Wright, a mainstay on five Dallas Cowboys teams that reached the Super Bowl, died Thursday, April 7, 2022.
Born on Valentine’s Day 1996, it didn’t take Michael Gigliotti long to become a sweetheart to the fans of the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Tiger Woods showed stamina and power in his spirited golfing comeback, but his accuracy be- trayed him at the Masters Tourna- ment in Augusta, Ga.
Virginia State University will have a new head coach on the sidelines for its Spring Game this Saturday, April 9, at Rogers Stadium. Kickoff is set for 9 a.m.
Todd Bowles is getting a rare second chance to show what he can do as a head coach in the NFL.
It was like magic. The University of Kansas went into the halftime locker room looking like a frog, and came out dressed as a prince.
The University of South Carolina dominated the backboards and the scoreboard en route to its second NCAA women’s basketball crown last Sunday.
Rajah Caruth had the willpower but perhaps not the horsepower in his first NASCAR Xfinity race.
Black college football and basketball stars abound, but baseball players of color are difficult to locate on diamonds across the state.
Take me out to the ball game. Winter has gone and now it’s time for peanuts, Cracker Jacks and baseball.
Hampton University’s Najee Garvin was among the brightest stars in the inaugural HBCU All-Star Game held last Sunday at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
Basketball’s brightest light continues to shine on Richmond.
The University of Virginia’s new women’s basketball coach has her fingerprints all over the Commonwealth.
This year’s NCAA men’s Final Four might be billed as the Blueblood Four.