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President teams up with athletes to push Obamacare

President teams up with athletes to push Obamacare

BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – In the final, frenzied push to boost health insurance enrollment numbers under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama turned to sports figures to promote the health care law on television and online. Riding on the wave of NCAA basketball tournament, also known as March Madness, the move […]

NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s wife dies at 72

NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s wife dies at 72

BY JIM UTTER NEWS & OBSERVER/MCT CHARLOTTE, N. C. — Richard Petty is the “King” of NASCAR. But his castle was ruled by “Mrs. Lynda.” Of that, there never was any doubt. Lynda Gayle Owens Petty, the wife of the seven-time NASCAR champion and a community crusader, died Tuesday at her home in Level Cross […]

Tuskegee Golden Tigers celebrate first time in Elite 8

Tuskegee Golden Tigers celebrate first time in Elite 8

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES TUSKEGEE, Ala.  – The Golden Tigers men’s basketball team returned home on March 19 to a big welcome from Tuskegee University.  A crowd of fans was waiting as the bus carrying Tuskegee’s first NCAA Division II South Region champion team arrived in front of Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Arena. The Golden […]

During March Madness, fans see a bit of themselves

During March Madness, fans see a bit of themselves

Lovers of college basketball like to root for underdog BY DAVID WHARTON LOS ANGELES TIMES/MCT Most college fans would be hard-pressed to tell you anything about the Eastern Kentucky basketball team. The school from just south of Lexington has no All-Americans on its roster. The coach isn’t famous and the fight song isn’t particularly catchy. […]

Foxx, Hart among celebs at Union/ Wade shindig

Foxx, Hart among celebs at Union/ Wade shindig

EURWEB.COM Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, pop star Kelly Rowland and comedian Kevin Hart were among the guests who turned out for Gabrielle Union’s engagement party in Miami last weekend. The actress accepted a proposal from her NBA fiancé Dwyane Wade in December and the couple threw a shindig for friends and family in Miami Beach […]

Brooklyn Nets sign Collins for rest of season

Brooklyn Nets sign Collins for rest of season

ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Jason Collins has been signed for the rest of the season by the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA’s first openly gay player had finished his second 10-day contract, which meant the Nets had to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wanted to keep him. Collins has added […]

The salute that rocked the world

The salute that rocked the world

Olympian Tommie Smith reflects on controversial Black Power gesture BY TIM MADIGAN FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM/ MCT For Tommie Smith in 1968, the joy of Olympic victory was replaced in seconds by the reality of what he knew needed to come next. He had just overcome a pulled muscle to set a world record in the […]

Lawmaker apologizes for NBA tweet critics called racist

Lawmaker apologizes for NBA tweet critics called racist

BY JENNIFER BROOKS STAR TRIBUNE/MCT MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota state Rep. Pat Garofalo apologized, then apologized some more for a weekend tweet that suggested that NBA teams are crime waves waiting to happen. “Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in […]

Harvick holds off Earnhardt Jr. to win at Phoenix

Harvick holds off Earnhardt Jr. to win at Phoenix

BY RICK BONNELL CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/MCT AVONDALE, Ariz. — For Kevin Harvick, the guy with the car nobody could top, this amounted to a “don’t screw this up” moment. Restart after restart over the last 25 laps of Sunday’s The Profit on CNBC 500, Harvick felt Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s speed next to him and Joey Logano’s […]

First African-American to win Winter Olympic Gold is AKA

First African-American to win Winter Olympic Gold is AKA

NNPA NEWS SERVICE Vonetta Flowers, the first African-American to win a gold medal at a Winter Olympic games is also an honorary member of the historically Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The Olympian, who won the gold in bobsledding at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of a number […]