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Meadowlark Lemon died on Dec 27, 2015 at age 83. He played 24 seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters, performing for popes, kings, queens, pres…

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021 BY MATT KEMPER ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION/TNS ATLANTA — The Harlem Globetrotters was a bit of an overstatement in its earliest days. The team didn’t cover the world. Its Black players traveled to tiny, predominantly White towns in Iowa, the Dakotas and elsewhere in the Midwest. And the Globetrotters, now based in Peachtree […]

Harlem Globetrotter legend Fred “Curly” Neal visits the SiriusXM Studio in New York on Feb. 13, 2012.TAYLOR HILL/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

BY DAN GELSTON ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA — John Chaney’s raspy, booming voice drowned out the gym when he scolded Temple players over a turnover — at the top of his basketball sins — or inferior effort. His voice was loudest when it came to picking unpopular fights, lashing out at NCAA policies he said discriminated […]

BY DAN WOIKE AND BRODERICK TURNER LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — The Lakers, reeling from the unthinkable loss of a franchise icon, his daughter and seven of his friends, gathered as a group and vowed to carry the pain with them all season. Kobe Bryant’s death wouldn’t be forgotten, not by them, and his […]

BY BLAIR KERKHOFF THE KANSAS CITY STAR/TNS March Madness, to be played entirely in Indiana, will alter the weekly calendar and have games played on Monday and Tuesday this year. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament schedule was announced on Jan. 19 and the 2021 tournament will begin with the First Four on March 18, a […]

Lynx was among early promoters of BLM movement BY KENT YOUNGBLOOD STAR TRIBUNE/TNS MINNEAPOLIS — It was in July 2016. In some ways it feels like just yesterday to Rebekkah Brunson and Cheryl Reeve. Other times, it seems like a completely different age. Philando Castile had just been shot during a traffic stop in Falcon […]

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Jack “Cy’’ McClairen, Bethune-Cookman University’s legendary player, coach and administrator, died Monday morning at age 89. McClairen spent 55 years with the Daytona Beach institution in various capacities, including student athlete, basketball coach, football coach, athletics director and assistant athletics director. He retired from B-CU in 2016. In the late […]

BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE Jenarie Davis-Middleton is a self-described unconventional writer who likes to share life experiences. A wife and a mother of five, the Jacksonville University graduated noted that although her schedule is hectic, she tires as often as possible to incorporate quiet time to clear her thoughts. And, to write books. […]