Forecast cloudy for VUU football

Virginia Union University began last football season with two clearly established senior quarterbacks — Shawheem Dowdy and Kenneth Graham.

Pryor among string of QBs who play the field

Terrelle Pryor first earned national football stardom throwing passes. Now he specializes in catching them. Pryor is the latest example of an athletic quarterback changing to another position in the NFL.

Tommy Hawkins, first black All-American at Notre Dame, dies at 80

Tommy Hawkins, University of Notre Dame’s first African-American All-American athlete, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at his home in Malibu, Calif.

‘Blind Side’ subject cut from NFL team

Michael Oher, who was the subject of the 2009 biographical feature film “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock, has been cut by the Carolina Panthers.

New leader for TV One

Michelle Rice, executive vice president for content distribution and marketing at TV One, has been named interim general manager of the company, with management oversight of the network that targets African-American adults. The announcement was made in late July by ...

Clarence ‘Big House’ Gaines honored in hometown

Paducah, Ky., has paid tribute to a famous native son, the late Clarence “Big House” Gaines. A monument of Mr. Gaines was unveiled Monday, Aug. 7, at 9th and Husband streets in Paducah. The tribute is near Coleman Park in ...

Virginian Kenny Easley inducted into NFL Hall of Fame

Native Virginian Kenny Easley’s NFL career was short but sweet. Limited to just seven seasons (81-87) due to a kidney ailment, Easley was a five-time All-Pro, NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 and selected to the NFL’s 1980s ...

Fans pick ‘The 50 Greatest Black Athletes’

If compiling lists is meant to stir controversy, “The 50 Greatest Black Athletes” struck its target. The survey, released Aug. 8, is a collaboration of The Undefeated and Survey Monkey and makes an attempt — some suggest a wild stab ...

Who will be next Usain Bolt?

Track and field is looking for a new sprinting superstar. Who will it be? There is a vacancy for the title of “world’s fastest human” following the conclusion of Usain Bolt’s unprecedented career at the World Championships of Athletics in ...

Bolt loses world race; still fan favorite

For the first time in nearly a decade, the world’s fastest man isn’t named Usain Bolt. Justin Gatlin has regained that title again after holding off the iconic Jamaican in the 100-meter final of the World Championships of Athletics last ...

Lineman Allen ready for action

Jonathan Allen is a proven winner on the gridiron. He has won an NCAA championship plus a fistful of the nation’s top individual defensive awards. Now the man mountain is lined up to win the hearts of Washington NFL fans.

Nico Marley, grandson of reggae legend, looking for spot on NFL team

Nico Marley, taking a cue from his famous grandfather, Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley, would like to “stir it up” regarding Washington’s NFL roster.

First round draft choices can sizzle or fry

You just never know when it comes to first round draft choices. All are ballyhooed, given the red-carpet treatment and welcomed with high hopes.

Robert ‘Fat Rob’ Kelley is growing his skills

NFL history is flavored with running backs with colorful nicknames suggesting stardom. Examples include “Rocket” (Raghib Ismail), “Beast Mode” (Marshawn Lynch), “Kansas Comet” (Gale Sayers), “Diesel” (John Riggins),” “Mercury” (Eugene Morris), “The A Train” (Mike Alstott) and “The Jet” (Joe ...

CIAA football roundup

Virginia Union University’s Lavatiae Kelly is feared as a triple threat by rival CIAA football coaches. The senior player for the Panthers has been named to the Preseason All-CIAA team at three different positions — wide receiver, punt returner and ...