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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 […]

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 […]