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BY MATT BAKER TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS When U.S. Olympic hopeful TJ Holmes heard that the Tokyo Summer Games had finally been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the former Lakewood High of St. Petersburg star understood the decision. “I wasn’t super excited about it,” Holmes said, “but I kind of expected it would happen since […]

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Florida A&M University (FAMU) head softball coach Veronica Wiggins will put down her clipboard at the conclusion of the 2020 softball season. In doing so, she leaves a legacy unlike any other. The records, the accolades, and the championships will pale in comparison to what she will leave the game […]

BY STACY M. BROWNNNPA NEWSWIRE CORRESPONDENT Serena Williams lost her bid for what would have been her sixth U.S. Open Singles title. It was the second straight year that Williams lost in the finals.  But, with 23 Grand Slam tournament titles and a .850 career winning percentage, her legacy as the world’s greatest tennis player […]

Here’s a glance at the best and worst performances of all time. BY THOMAS BASSINGER TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS “We’re still here!” Tom Brady chanted at a pep rally last weekend before the Patriots’ flight to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII. Well, yeah. They’re always here. Sunday will mark the Patriots’ ninth Super Bowl appearance in […]

A preview of the teams heading into the big dance BY DREW DAVISON FORT WORTH STAR- TELEGRAM/TNS March Madness didn’t disappoint yet again. An upset-filled tournament is always a welcome sight, and there were plenty this time around. Top overall seed Villanova didn’t make it to the second weekend. Neither did 2-seeds Duke and Louisville. […]

Summertime! Hope yours is going well – all good in my family. Daughter Chayla, now 15, returned safely from a 9-day trip to Spain and is now playing in a national volleyball tourney in Orlando. Charles III, nicknamed “Wig,” just turned 12 and is staying up late, hanging out with cousins, reading books, and playing […]

It’s May 2016, the time of year in the United States when professional basketball becomes a focal point for millions of people in America and around the world. It is the time when basketball “heroes” take center stage, and basketball fans pray that their particular hero can lead their favorite team to the promised land […]

BY STEVE CHAWKINS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS When Moses Malone was growing up in Petersburg, Va., he lived in a four-room wooden house propped up on cinder blocks — a wobbly-looking structure that, in his last year of high school, was jammed with boxes full of scholarship offers from colleges vying for the 6-foot-10 basketball phenomenon. […]