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The 16th Annual Chicago Football Classic

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Iverson Preparing to Officially Retire

by Donald Hunt Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Allen Iverson is preparing to officially announce his retirement from the NBA soon according to a SLAM Web report. Iverson hasn’t played an NBA game since 2010 when he played for the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2011, he played professional basketball in Turkey. Iverson, 38, played 13 seasons in the NBA. He averaged 26.7 points a game for his career ...

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Black Sports Agents Strike Out with Black Athletes

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Let me make a “pitch” (pun intended) for Black sports agents.  Watching the NBA playoffs and finals was more than an exercise in pulling for my favorite teams; it was also a very frustrating experience for me because I tend to look at most things from an economic perspective. While Black athletes dominate football and basketball, and have a major presence in baseball, relati ...

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Jackie Robinson: “Too Bad He’s The Wrong Color”

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist You could say “42,” the film about the life of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson, is a gripping baseball tale, and your assessment would be correct – but woefully incomplete. “42” is not just a baseball story. It’s a compelling history lesson as well. It tells the story of not just baseball, but of a central facet of 20th Century American life – the suffocating reach of ...

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Serena Williams and Tiger Woods are Both No.1 in the World

by Howie Evans Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Serena Williams and Tiger Woods are back in a place familiar to them. Both Williams and Woods have reclaimed their status in their respective worlds of tennis and golf. Both athletes have reclaimed their No. 1 global rankings in their sports. For Woods, it’s been an uphill battle for the past few years, as he’s had to carry the weight of do ...

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Chicago To Host McDonald’s All American Basketball Games Through 2015

OAK BROOK, Ill.  – The McDonald’s All American Games will stay in Chicago through 2015. After Windy City fans shattered the event’s attendance record in 2011, and returned in-force for the 2012 Games, McDonald’s and the United Center agreed to a two-year contract extension, including an option to renew in 2016. “This is a historic day for the McDonald’s All American Games,” said Douglas Freeland, director o ...

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Isaac Burns Murphy One of the Greatest Jockeys of All Time

by Jason Lewis Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel Isaac Burns Murphy is arguably the greatest jockey of all time. Isaac Burns Murphy is one of the greatest jockeys ever, and it can be argued that he is in fact the greatest. By Murphy’s calculation, he won 628 of his 1,212 starts in a career that lasted from 1875 to 1895.  The 44 percent winning percentage is the best of all time, and is a rec ...

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Lance Armstrong was Following an American Tradition

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Who is surprised that Lance Armstrong was doping?  Who thinks he was the only one?  Who is surprised that he used the Oprah Winfrey show as his platform to “come clean”?  We are a nation of cheaters and Armstrong is one in a long line of our nation’s cheaters. Indeed the very foundation of our country is the result of cheating. The Pilgrims cheated the Native Americans th ...

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RGIII: Unlike Any Quaterback Ever Seen

by Perry Green Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody in the history of football with the combined skills and talents that RGIII has. He’s the total package!” Those were the words legendary Howard University Sports Information Director Ed Hill Jr. used to describe the impact of Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. In fact, that’s how ...

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Brother of Ravens Receiver Torrey Smith Dies in Motorcycle Crash

The brother of Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith died in the early morning hours of Sept. 23 following a motorcycle crash in Virginia, the team announced. Tevin Chris Jones, 19, died following a crash in West Moreland County, Virginia, the team said in a statement. Smith was informed of his brother’s death at approximately 1 a.m., and immediately left the team to be with his family, the Ravens said. Ra ...

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