Sloane Stephens wins U.S. Open title

It’s unlikely for two African-American women to match strokes in the final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. It’s far more unlikely for neither to be named Williams.

Cook, Johnson lead VSU to big win over Johnson C. Smith

Trying to find just one man to replace quarterback Tarian Ayres would be difficult. So Virginia State University has located two for the assignment. Cordelral Cook and Niko Johnson have taken turns directing the Trojans to a 2-0 start heading ...

Thomas Jefferson Vikings want the victories

Thomas Jefferson High School is altering its football strategy — and the plan seems to be working. Among Richmond’s beleaguered football programs, Thomas Jefferson is most determined to schedule opponents more in line with its own size and capabilities.

African-American NFL quarterbacks working to turn ripple into wave

Cleveland Browns rookie DeShone Kizer burst onto the national spotlight while passing a football on Virginia soil. Now the former University of Notre Dame quarterback is the latest addition to the NFL’s select club of African-American starting quarterbacks.

Howard takes on ‘Mission Impossible’ and scores big

Mike London’s University of Virginia football coaching tenure couldn’t have ended much worse. His coaching career at Howard University couldn’t have started much better. In his first game on sidelines for the Washington school, Coach London directed a head-spinning 43-40 ...

VUU loses season opener; faces another tough competitor Saturday at Hovey Field

Virginia Union University’s season opening football loss wasn’t without a silver lining. The Panthers seem to have found a bruising ball carrier—Tabyus Taylor—to plug the considerable void left by the departure of William Stanback.

VSU wins Labor Day Classic before crowd of 10,000-plus in Norfolk

Virginia State University continues knocking out its football opponents — even those in a larger division. Under Coach Reggie Barlow, the Trojans beat Norfolk State University 14-10 last Saturday before a crowd of 10,221 fans at the Labor Day Classic ...

Huguenot Falcons fly high with win despite storm

There are signs Huguenot High School football has weathered the storm, and not just because the team’s latest victory was achieved in drenching conditions.

Diversity takes the field with Washington Nationals

Like the cosmopolitan city they represent on the baseball diamond, the Washington Nationals are rich in diversity. The District of Columbia becomes truly international on game days at Nationals Park, with players linked to five foreign countries and three continents.

Revenge may be factor in VSU-NSU Labor Day Classic

There is no shortage of spicy story lines for the Labor Day Classic on Saturday, Sept. 2, matching old foes Virginia State and Norfolk State universities at Dick Price Stadium in Norfolk. Let’s start with the revenge factor.

VUU heads to N.Y. for season opener Sept. 2 against LIU-Post

The New York City area was good to Virginia Union University football at least once before. Now the Panthers are hoping to strike gold again in the long shadows of Gotham to open their fourth season under Coach Mark James.

8th-grader Jayson Ward racing toward track goals

Jayson Ward has added another impressive track title to his growing collection. The 13-year-old Chesterfield County resident now has two national outdoor titles to go with his three national indoor championships.

Mayweather chooses ‘right dance partner’ for final fight

At the start, Conor McGregor was cool, calm and collected, and an upset seemed possible. In the end, the rugged Irishman melted from the heat of a relentless Floyd Mayweather Jr. attack last Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in ...

Match or setup for rematch?

Cha-ching! The Saturday, Aug. 26, blockbuster — Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor — is advertised as the “Money Fight” for obvious reasons.

Friday night football starts for city teams

Richmond’s high school football teams will have a different look this season — at least on the sidelines. Four of the five city public schools will have new head football coaches following a forgettable 2016 campaign that produced an overall ...