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VCU’s Marcus Evans on course for record books

Virginia Commonwealth University’s leading basketball scorer, Marcus Evans, is back where it all started for him — in the 804 area code.

Sophomore Roosevelt Wheeler is John Marshall High’s tall secret weapon

Young basketball players and teams generally are taught to work the ball inside for a higher percentage of shots close to the basket. That strategy is likely to backfire against Richmond’s John Marshall High School. Facing the Justices, the closer ...

VUU, VSU revving up for Freedom Classic matchup Saturday

Virginia Union University’s basketball season has been given a jumpstart. When the Panthers trek to Ettrick on Saturday to play Virginia State University in the Freedom Classic, VUU will have new vroom under the hood.

MJBL players headed to Bahamas

Some local teenagers won’t have to wait until warm weather to play baseball. The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League is sending a team to Nassau, Bahamas, for games next week.

John E. Wilson, oldest living Harlem Globetrotter, dies in Chester

John E. Wilson, who was the oldest living Harlem Globetrotter, has died at age 91. Known as “Jumpin’ Johnny” for his uncanny leaping ability, Mr. Wilson died Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at his home in Chester, where he was living ...

NFL Conference finals players always have had flair

For Sunday’s NFL Conference finals, expect a steady diet of orchestrated end zone celebrations and other zany sideshows, minus the fear of penalty. It wasn’t always that way.

VUU’s Joe Taylor named to College Football Hall of Fame

Joe Taylor, director of athletics for Virginia Union University, has been selected for the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame.

2019 Freedom Classic moves to VSU Multi-Purpose Center on Jan.19

The Freedom Classic Festival basketball game has a new home. The 24th annual event is moving to the Multi-Purpose Center at Virginia State University in Ettrick.

Huguenot basketball team loses height, but not heart

A year ago, Huguenot High School had a mountain-sized basketball team, with a towering front line with players measuring 7-foot, 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-4. This year’s Falcons more resemble a foothill.

Ferrell helps Clemson clinch national title, ready for NFL

Talk about going out with a bang. On what would be his grand finale, Clemson University’s Clelin Ferrell dumped the University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for a fourth down, 7-yard loss, snuffing Alabama’s flickering hopes.

Local teams return from Snoop Youth Football League Nationals with memories

Four area youth football teams returned from Los Angeles with no championships but with a treasure chest of memories.

5 of 7 African-American NFL coaches sacked

African-Americans seem to be on the NFL’s endangered coaching list. Only two black head coaches remain in the 32-team league after five were fired recently.

Ravens’ Lamar Jackson defies Heisman history, breaks record

If there is such a thing as a Heisman Trophy jinx, Lamar Jackson seems immune to it — so far. At least among African-American quarterbacks, the Heisman — college football’s ultimate individual award — hasn’t exactly spelled a yellow brick ...

Richmonders hoping to take Clemson to victory in College Football Playoff

It may be up to two Richmonders to achieve something no one else has been able to do — stop the University of Alabama. Keep your eyes on orange jerseys No. 99 and No. 12 for Clemson University in the ...

L.C. Bird’s Jaden Payoute to play in All-American Bowl

The state’s fastest high school sprinter is headed to Virginia Tech to play football. Chesterfield County’s L.C. Bird High School senior Jaden Payoute officially signed last week with the Atlantic Coast Conference school in Blacksburg.