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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 […]

County launching beach safety mentoring program for teens

County launching beach safety mentoring program for teens

Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division is launching a Lifeguard Trainee Mentoring Program for 16-year-olds who want to prepare for jobs as tower guards. Trainees will shadow and assist seasoned tower guards, but will not assist in water rescues, according to Beach Safety Director Mark Swanson. Swim tryouts for 16-year-olds will be on these dates: • […]

CIAA tournament to stay in Charlotte for six years

CIAA tournament to stay in Charlotte for six years

BY STEVE REED ASSOCIATED PRESS CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association is returning to Charlotte. This time for good. CIAA commissioner Jacqie Carpenter announced Monday that not only will the conference’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments remain in Charlotte for “at least six more years,’’ but that the CIAA is moving its headquarters […]

Fantasia to perform for MEAC basketball tournament March 7

Fantasia to perform for MEAC basketball tournament March 7

The annual Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s and women’s basketball tournament tips off March 10-15 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. The tournament brings all 13-member teams together under one roof competing for the conference tournament title and a chance to play in the Big Dance, the NCAA Division I Championship.  The tournament […]

THE DAYTONA 500 – Rained out, but not washed out

THE DAYTONA 500 – Rained out, but not washed out

Some fans would like to see big race happen on different weekend BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES “I feel like a wet dog,” Judy Einclart groaned as she and hundreds of others clad in ponchos were ushered through the JC Penny corridors of Volusia Mall Sunday around 3 p.m. Tornado watches loomed over Central […]

Victory lap continues for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Victory lap continues for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

BY GEORGE DIAZ ORLANDO SENTINEL/MCT Dale Earnhardt Jr. is enjoying the ride. “Late Show with David Letterman?” Check. “Good Morning America?” Check. ESPN? Check. The media blitz has been a bit of a magical mystery tour for Earnhardt, who has had little time for anything else other than celebrating and answering questions since winning the […]

Raising an Olympian

Raising an Olympian

By Terri Fedonczak How do you raise an Olympic athlete? The first question you want to ask yourself is not “How?’ it’s “Why?” Do you want your child to be an Olympic athlete, because it is their dream, or yours? In the former case there is a foundation for success, as you are supporting your child in […]

Fort Lauderdale becomes home for Black tennis

Fort Lauderdale becomes home for Black tennis

Hall of Fame, training facility in the works; national tournament for amateurs, families scheduled in August BY KITTY OLIVER NNPA NEWS SERVICE Plans are under way in Fort Lauderdale for the American Tennis Association (ATA), the country’s oldest organization for Black tennis players, to establish a permanent home for recreational tennis and the training of […]