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Familiar foes facing off in Final Four

Familiar foes facing off in Final Four

Florida Gators and UConn have rematch Saturday at 6:09 p.m. BY EDGAR THOMPSON ORLANDO SENTINEL/MCT GAINESVILLE – It has been 30 games — and 30 wins — since the Florida Gators lost on a buzzer-beater at Connecticut. It might as well be 30 years to senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin. “The game was such a […]

Busch holds off Johnson to win STP 500 in Virginia

Busch holds off Johnson to win STP 500 in Virginia

BY JIM UTTER CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/MCT MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kurt Busch was not seeking redemption, just a victory. He found both in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch, 35, who has been involved in a number of controversies on and off the track during his career, found his way back to a top-level organization this […]

Huger golf tournament takes place April 19

Huger golf tournament takes place April 19

The Beta Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will present its third annual Jimmy Huger Scholarship Golf Tournament April 19 with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Huger is a longtime member of the fraternity. The tournament will be held at the Daytona Beach Golf Club, 600 Wilder Blvd. Proceeds from the […]

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 […]