Robert Gregory (Photo by: Jimmie Agisson)
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Wheatley Sprinter Robert Gregory makes noise at state track meet

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Wheatley’s Robert Gregory put on a show at the UIL state track meet when he won the Class 4A 200m dash final in a 21.12 second time. The thing that made Gregory’s run so special is the way he made it look effortless. […read more]

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In early April, with his FOX Sports contract having expired at the conclusion of the 2018 BIG3 campaign, the league inked a new deal to have games televised on the CBS network. However, armed with a high-profile group of investors with deep pockets of their own, Ice Cube has a much bigger vision. But reaching that goal won’t come without challenges, or a fight.
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Changing the game: Ice Cube’s battle to buy regional sports networks

NNPA NEWSWIRE — …Ice Cube is looking to take the next step in not only raising the profile of his professional basketball brand, but his personal profile as a Black business mogul. In early April, with his FOX Sports contract having expired at the conclusion of the 2018 BIG3 campaign, the league inked a new deal to have games televised on the CBS network. However, armed with a high-profile group of investors with deep pockets of their own, Ice Cube has a much bigger vision. But reaching that goal won’t come without challenges, or a fight. […read more]

Terri Carmichael Jackson, the executive director of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association.
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Terri Carmichael Jackson: Mom of NBA star is a sports powerhouse in her own right

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I always say that if you’re in a boardroom or a meeting and you’re the only girl at the table, celebrate that moment; but then realize that you have a responsibility to make sure that never happens again,” Terri Carmichael Jackson, the executive director of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association, told The New Tri-State Defender during an interview before the annual Tribute Luncheon hosted by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. […read more]

Nowitzki is a 14-time All-Star and a 12-time All-NBA team member. He was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2007 and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2011. Nowitzki brought the Mavs to two NBA Finals, in 2006 and 2011, and won the only championship in franchise history.
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21 Seasons

NNPA NEWSWIRE — GARLAND JOURNAL: “As you guys might expect, this is my last home game,” Dirk Nowitzki told the standing room only audience at American Airlines Center on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. And with that, the face of the Dallas Mavericks franchise retired from the only team he has known after a record-setting 21 seasons. […read more]

Halima Aden
Fashion

Halima Aden Will Be First Sports Illustrated Model in a Hijab and Burkini

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — Somali-American model Halima Aden will be the first woman to wear a hijab and burkini in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, an annual edition perhaps best known for its pictures of bikini-clad models frolicking on the beach, the magazine said. It was not clear if Aden would be the first Muslim model to appear in the swimsuit issue, which has been published for decades. But the magazine said she would be the first Muslim model to appear wearing a burkini, a full-body swimsuit worn by some observant Muslim women. […read more]

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Parrish McDonald’s Student-Athlete of the Week

NNPA NEWSWIRE — PJ Washington jumped onto the national basketball scene when he transferred from Frisco High School to the renowned basketball powerhouse, Findlay Prep in 2014. The son of two former college basketball players, Washington appeared a boy amongst men at 6-foot 8-inches. A perineal AAU star, Washington rose to a number 12 national ranking and being named to the McDonald’s All-American Team. […read more]

Brian Diggs (center) is pictured with Milwaukee Brewers Community Relations Vice President Katina Shaw (left) and Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore(right). (Photo by: Yvonne Kemp)
Black History

Milwaukee Brewers celebrate 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier

MILWAUKEE TIMES WEEKLY — On Monday, April 15, 2019, The Milwaukee Brewers celebrated the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier during their game against the St. Louis Cardinals. As part of the celebration, players donned jerseys sporting the number 42. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Brian Diggs(center), Milwaukee’s Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship winner. […read more]

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Black History

Overlooked History Made at NCAA Final Four

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — There was some overlooked history made at this year’s NCAA Final Four. It wasn’t just that Virginia finally won an NCAA men’s title, or that they went from being the first number one seed to lose to a 16th seed one season and then the next year become a champion. No, the real history came at the top of the ladder for the respective schools. Both Virginia and Auburn, who played a thrilling one-point semifinal game decided on a controversial call, had Black athletic directors. […read more]

Tennessee State University Campus (Photo by: tnstate.edu)
HBCU

Tennessee State University’s big blue spirit part of NFL draft

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Tennessee State University’s Big Blue spirit will be part of the NFL Draft when it comes to the Music City on April 25.The university’s renowned Aristocrat of Bands is in a promotional advertising the draft. But probably the biggest display of TSU spirit will take place on April 27 when Tigers linebacker Christion Abercrombie announces the fifth-round pick for the Tennessee Titans. […read more]

There have recently been discussions and fund allocations hinting that Preakness, traditionally held in Baltimore at Pimlico Race Course, will move to Laurel Race Track. (Courtesy Photo)
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Preakness May Have to Leave Baltimore for Laurel to Stay in MD

THE AFRO — Baltimore may have to rely on the CIAA Basketball Tournament to recoup whatever the city may lose in tourism dollars if the Preakness moves to Laurel in 2021.  Despite pleas to keep the second jewel of the Triple Crown in Charm City, Laurel Race Track appears to be the choice of The Stronach Group, who owns both venues, but wants grow the track that sits on the edge of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties into a “super track” in the near future. […read more]

Barbara Love is the local organizer for the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo – but she's better known as "Miss Kitty," pictured here in a TSD file photo with her horse Silver.
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Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo provides rare glimpse at African American cowboys, cowgirls

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The main event – playfully named “The Greatest Show on Dirt” — is the rodeo itself. Thousands of spectators gather to watch black cowboys and cowgirls compete in eight major rodeo events. Among them (abbreviations intact): Bare Back Ridin’, Bull Doggin’, Calf Ropin’, Steer Undecoratin’, Barrel Racin’, Kid’s Calf Scramblin’, Relay Racin’, and Bull Ridin’. “Nobody ever leaves disappointed,” said Barbara “Miss Kitty” Love. […read more]

Rajah Caruth, a 16-year-old from D.C., participated in NASCAR’s 2019 Drive for Diversity Youth Development Combine March 23-24 in Charlotte, N.C. (Courtesy Photo)
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D.C. Native Chosen for NASCAR Youth Combine

THE AFRO — While some teens dream of owning their first car to freely ride around the District and not depend on a parented escort, 16-year-old Rajah Caruth dreams of tooling his car, a race car, around a speedway in NASCAR. Caruth’s dreams are getting closer as this past weekend he had a chance to participate in NASCAR’s 2019 Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Combine, in Charlotte, N.C. […read more]

Los Angeles Sentinel

Chinese and Croatian National Teams To Join All 30 NBA Teams at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 will be an 11-day, 83-game competition that opens with all 32 teams playing four preliminary games each. The top eight teams are then seeded in a tournament, which culminates with a Championship Game on July 15. Teams that do not qualify for the tournament will each play a consolation game. Every team will play at least five games and as many as seven at NBA Summer League. […read more]

Money earned by schools during the famed March Madness tournament and the revenue generated from the College Football Playoff (CFP) series, will likely total $1 billion for the NCAA, according to the report. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Report Reveals How the NCAA Shortchanges Black Men

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington D.C.-based a nonpartisan research and educational institute, paints a vivid portrait of how college athletics distort the reality of black male experiences on college campuses and raises significant concerns about racial equity in college admissions and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). […read more]

Lauren Eylise, of Cincinnati, sings the National Anthem to kickoff FC Cincinnati’s first home game in Major League Soccer. (Photo by: Ray Ball)
Cincinnati Herald

Major League Soccer makes historic debut in Cincinnati with a win

CINCINNATI HERALD — Major League Soccer is now a part of the Cincinnati sports venue, following FC Cincinnati’s home opening win of 3-0 over the Portland, Oregon, Timers, Sunday evening at a sold out crowd at Nipper Stadium on the University of Cincinnati campus. The  local futbol club, which gained Major League Soccer status  last summer, packed the stadium for its first home game in the majors, defeating the Portland, Oregon, Timberwolves 3-4. […read more]

Atlanta Voice

After 37 years, Raycom bids farewell to the ACC

ATLANTA VOICE — Saturday night, Raycom Sports signed off for the last time as the ACC Tournament concluded in Charlotte, North Carolina. The network was the bedrock for ACC football and basketball throughout Atlanta, the Carolinas and throughout the ACC footprint for the past 37 years. However, their humble story from small beginnings to sports industry giant was amazing. […read more]

Kareem Abdul Jabbar / Courtesy KareemAbdulJabbar.com
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EXCLUSIVE: NBA Legend Abdul-Jabbar Auctions Valued Mementos to “Give Kids a Shot That Can’t Be Blocked”

NNPA NEWSWIRE — EXCLUSIVE: All the mementos that served to recognize the Jabbar’s many accomplishments – the championship rings, MVP and All-Star trophies and other rare items from the legend – are available to the public in an auction that ends on Saturday, March 2. And, it’s all to benefit Jabbar’s Skyhook Foundation, whose mission he said is to give kids a shot that can’t be blocked. […read more]

If you would like to see Mike Conley and Marc Gasol get a shot an an NBA Championship, sending them to Los Angeles to join Lebron James would likely do the trick, while bringing young talent back. (Photo: Warren Roseborough)
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COMMENTARY: Should the Grizzlies trade Mike Conley and Marc Gasol to The Lakers?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Though beloved in Memphis, Conley and Gasol have played in relative obscurity for a decade now. Playing alongside Lebron would certainly put a spotlight on their game while requiring neither one to be “The Alpha” on the team. If they can win rings while making history with The King . . . well, good for them. They’ve earned it. […read more]