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The Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) Wildcats hosts defending Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champion Alabama A&M University Bulldogs at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach on Thursday.

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The Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats and the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattlers both fell in their season openers last weekend. B-CU lost to the Miners of the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). The score was 38-28. The game was played in El Paso in front of 14,554 fans. The Wildc…

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NEW YORK – The NFL welcomes fans back for the 2021 season with the 2021 NFL Kickoff Experience Presented by EA Sports Madden NFL 22.

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Bobby Bowden, the folksy Hall of Fame coach who built Florida State into an unprecedented college football dynasty, has died. He was 91.

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TOKYO — Superstar gymnast Simone Biles, considered a lock to become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic all-around titles and lead the U.S. women to a third straight team gold medal, was scratched from the team competition on Tuesday for reasons that remain unclear. Without her unpar…

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FORT LAUDERDALE – Marcia Pinder, who built the Fort Lauderdale Dillard High School girls’ basketball program into a statewide powerhouse, died on June 22. She was 70.

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Florida A&M University (FAMU) is mourning the death of Jim “Mudcat” Grant, who spent 14 seasons as a professional baseball player and was the first Black player in American League history to win 20 games.

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TALLAHASSEE – Speaking at a private school in Jacksonville on the first day of Pride Month, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a wide-ranging education bill that includes a ban on transgender females participating on girls’ and women’s high-school and college sports teams.

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BY JACK HARRIS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bob Kendrick beamed with pride as he looked at the broken painting. In black and gray strokes of charcoal and pastel, four men are depicted. They sit around a dinner table. Their hands are clasped together. Their heads are bowed as they…

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THE FINAL FOUR Players put their hands on the trophy as UCLA Bruins guard Tyger Campbell (10) hoists it above his head after defeating Michigan during the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament on March 31 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. UCLA faces Gonzaga on Saturday, April 3, while…

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Florida patients of color face barriers to transplants and donors BY MARGO SNIPE TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS At 3 a.m., Imeria Price and Jordan Washington got up to take their 8-year-old son to the emergency room. Jakobe had fallen ill earlier that day at a baseball tournament in Georgia, so they re…

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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…

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BY STEFANIE DAZIO, BRIAN MELLEY AND DAVID KOENIG ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — The pilot who crashed the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, killing all nine aboard, made a series of poor decisions that led him to fly blindly into a wall of clouds where he became so disoriented he thought he w…

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Team hopes to keep core together to chase another Super Bowl BY FRED GOODALL ASSOCIATED PRESS TAMPA — Tom Brady’s coming back. So is Bruce Arians. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are already thinking about what it’ll take to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The challenge begins with trying to keep s…

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BY FRED GOODALL ASSOCIATED PRESS TAMPA— Tom Brady’s coming back. So is Bruce Arians. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are already thinking about what it’ll take to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The challenge begins with trying to keep some key components together for next season. Brady threw three…

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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 p…

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BY FRED GOODALL AP SPORTS WRITER TAMPA — Diversity matters to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the first team to reach the Super Bowl with a trio of Black assistant coaches serving as coordinators. Byron Leftwich calls plays for a potent offense led by Tom Brady, Todd Bowles orchestrates a stingy d…

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THE SUPER BOWL EXPERIENCE Isaiah Sheppard, 7, throws a football at the Super Bowl Experience, the NFL›s interactive football theme park, on Jan. 29 at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. Thousands of fans attended festivities at the park leading up to the Feb. 7 NFL championship game betwee…

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BY FRED GOODALL AP SPORTS WRITER TAMPA — Diversity matters to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the first team to reach the Super Bowl with a trio of Black assistant coaches serving as coordinators. Byron Leftwich calls plays for a potent offense led by Tom Brady, Todd Bowles orchestrates a stingy d…

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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…

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BY MARK LONG ASSOCIATED PRESS Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will feel right at home in the Super Bowl. The Buccaneers made history at Green Bay on Sunday as they defeated the Packers 31-26 in the NFC championship game. Tampa Bay (14-5) is the first team to play a Super Bowl in its […]

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BY MARK LONG ASSOCIATED PRESS Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will feel right at home in the Super Bowl. The Buccaneers made history at Green Bay on Sunday as they defeated the Packers 31-26 in the NFC championship game. Tampa Bay (14-5) is the first team to play a Super Bowl in its […]

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Outfielder from Florida is excelling in the sport at Alcorn State. BY ANDREAS BUTLER FLORIDA COURIER Pensacola’s own Brandon Rembert, 22, is a rising baseball star at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. The outfielder had a break junior season in 2019 posting stat lines of .345 BA, 3HR, …

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BY DAVID MATTHEWS NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS The NFL announced Tuesday that Grammy-nominated artists Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan will sing the National Anthem as a duet during Super Bowl LV this February. “The Super Bowl wasn’t even a tangible goal for me, so I never even dreamed it!!” Sul…

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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…

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BY JORDAN MCPHERSON MIAMI HERALD/TNS DeVonta Smith ran into the end zone at Hard Rock Stadium untouched — again — and pointed his right index finger toward the sky. The Heisman Trophy winner, a likely top five pick in this year’s NFL Draft (hello, Miami Dolphins?), arguably the single-handed…

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Florida A&M University (FAMU) legendary head football coach Rudy Hubbard was among former coaches and ex-players selected to the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class, announced on Monday afternoon by the National Football Foundation (NFF). “I was so exc…

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2020 HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER University of Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith celebrates on Jan. 1 after being named Offensive Player of the Game, following a 31-14 win against Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl. On Jan. 5, he was named the 2020 Heisman Trop…

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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 dur…

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BY RICK STROUD TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS TAMPA — Nobody can say for sure how many fans will be allowed to attend Super Bowl 55, but healthcare workers will be among them. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said health-care workers will be invited to the league’s championship game Feb. 7 at Raymond Jam…