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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…

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BY JACK HARRIS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS One hundred years later, the Negro Leagues are finally, officially, a major league too. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Wednesday that seven of the historic all-Black professional baseball leagues, which operated between 1920 and …

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis on December 7 tapped Corey Simon to lead Volunteer Florida. Simon will succeed a former teammate from Florida State University’s 1999 national championship football team as CEO of the agency, which currently oversees more than $43 million in federal …

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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 …

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU and Florida A&M University (FAMU) will host a “Virtual Florida Blue Florida Classic Week”, a collection of online events celebrating both institutions, their students, football teams, bands and alumni. The online events begi…

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WORLD SERIES 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, middle, celebrates with Mookie Betts (50), who scored the go-ahead run on Oct. 24 against the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth inning during Game 6 of the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Roberts became the second Bl…

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BY EDGAR THOMPSON ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS GAINESVILLE – The Florida Gators’ game against the LSU Tigers scheduled for Saturday in the Swamp has been postponed due to an outbreak among the UF football team. The game is tentatively scheduled to be played on Dec. 12. “Among our scholarship players…

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Hall of Fame running back dies at 77 BY RICH CAMPBELL AND FRED MITCHELL CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS CHICAGO — Gale Sayers, the dazzling Chicago Bears running back and kick returner whose injury-shortened career made him the youngest player ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died accor…

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BY RICK HUMMEL ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/TNS St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Famer Lou Brock, who had fought through a number of medical conditions in recent years, died Sunday afternoon (Sept. 6). He was 81. Brock will be remembered for many accomplishments. He was the National League’s all-time…

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Governor supports plan for UM and Dolphins games at stadium BY JIM TURNER NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A limited number of Miami football fans can make plans to watch college and professional games in person next month, even as South Florida remains behind the rest of the state in r…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER FLORIDA COURIER For fans hoping to attend a Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) and Florida A&M University (FAMU) game in the coming months, it’s still a possibility. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced on Aug. 20 its plans to have fall sports compete in …

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Jim Turner TALLAHASSEE – A limited number of Miami football fans can make plans to watch college and professional games in person next month, even as South Florida remains behind the rest of the state in reopening its economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Ron …

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SUCCESS IN THE ‘BUBBLE’ Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers stands on the NBA logo in a game against the Boston Celtics on Aug. 2 at the Disney World campus in Orlando. The NBA announced on Aug. 5 that there have been no new positive coronavirus cases of the 343 players following sc…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER FLORIDA COURIER The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause havoc on sports, particularly college football and fall sports. The four major Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ (HBCUs) athletic conferences have suspended or postponed fall sports. Fall sports include…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES After a week of speculation, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) is moving to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). On Thursday, the university announced that its Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept an invitation to join the SWAC. B-CU says the …

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES TALLAHASSEE – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees has approved the university’s move to join the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. The move was approved by SWAC member schools 10-0 on June 4. “W…

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Pointing to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement that distance learning would continue through the rest of the school year, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) said Monday that it is canceling spring sports events, including championship events. “With the …

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BY MARK CRAIG STAR TRIBUNE (MINNEAPOLIS)/TNS MINNEAPOLIS – Tarvaris Jackson, who started 21 games at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings from 2006-10, was killed in a one-car crash the night of April 12. He was 36. Jackson, who was the quarterbacks coach at Tennessee State, died near Montg…

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BY CHUCK BARNEY THE MERCURY NEWS/TNS Like everything else affected by the coronavirus crisis, the 2020 NFL Draft is adapting amid challenging times. The league announced on Monday that its highly popular offseason event will be a virtual affair showcased on ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network. Als…

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BY NATHAN FENNO LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Three days after the XFL suspended operations, the upstart league that promised “fan-first football” and “less stall, more ball” filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday. The eight-team league, which canceled its season last month in response to the COVID-…

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BY DAN WOIKE LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — Kevin Garnett called it the culmination of his career, the reward for the tireless intensity that he patrolled the court with. Tim Duncan called it the end of his journey as a basketball player. And Vanessa Bryant, pain still coating each of h…

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BY ERIC SONDHEIMER LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Dr. Andrew Yellen, 72, is in his 36th year as a Granada Hills-based sports psychologist after spending 10 years as football coach at Van Nuys Grant from 1974-84. At a time when sports competitions have been halted at all levels because of the COVID-19…

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BY KATE FELDMAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS The Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be postponed by a year after an agreement was reached with the International Olympic Committee, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday. The Games will now take place in the summer of 2021 at the earliest. “The …

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BY RICK STROUD TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS TAMPA – Tom Brady is officially a Buccaneer. Tampa Tom. A Florida Man. Brady announced on Instagram that he is headed to Tampa Bay. Put the G.O.A.T in the boat at Raymond James Stadium. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but it is expected to be worth $60 […]

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BY DAN WOIKE LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS The NBA is suspending the 2019-20 season. The announcement came after a player for the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus. The league announced the decision, which will go into effect after Wednesday’s slate of games, after a bizarre scene in Okl…

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BY NATHAN FENNO LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES – As mourners gathered at Staples Center on Monday for a memorial service celebrate the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, attorneys for Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that operated the helicopter that crashed…

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BY BRIANNA NARGISO TRICE EDNEY NEWSWIRE On the same day that thousands gathered in the Los Angeles Staples Center to memorialize superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianni, it was announced later that Vanessa Bryant had filed a wrongful death suit against Island Express Helicopters, clai…