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Fred Jeter

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UConn beats Purdue to score 6th NCAA championship

For decades, UCLA represented the gold standard of college basketball. But now, the Bruins have become yesterday’s news. Connecticut has taken their place. The balance of power has shifted from Los Angeles to Storrs, Conn.

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Undefeated, unforgettable

Dawn Staley’s South Carolina dynasty rolls and repeats as NCAA champions

The University of South Carolina women’s basketball ended its season with the same number of losses it started with – zero.

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Cheyney women made NCAA ‘herstory’

Cheyney (Pa.) State University is far removed from the brightest stage of women’s college basketball now, but that was far from the case in 1982.

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Devin George races with ambition, talent

While he’s far, far from the finish line, Devin George has high hopes of following in the tire tracks of Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace.

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LeBron James shows support for Duquesne’s new coach

When Virginia Commnwealth University plays Duquesne next season, it’s likely LeBron James will be paying close attention.

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Top rookie: Is it Wemby or Holmgren?

Much was expected of Victor Wembanyama in his NBA rookie season and the 7-foot-4 Frenchman hasn’t disappointed.

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Wyche signs with VUU

Kennard “KJ” Wyche Jr., among the most successful high school guards in Richmond-area history, will be continuing his education and basketball at Virginian Union University.

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NCAA drama moves to the desert

In the coming days, the University of Connecticut hopes to join the select “Back-to-Back Fraternity.”

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Real emotion also defines March Madness

Baylor’s Jada Walker heard all the cheers along the way. Then, in the end, came the tears.

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Transfer portal complicates next season for Rams

With the calendar spinning toward the 2024-25 season, what now for VCU hoops?

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NSU ends season with CIT championship

There was no place like home this basketball season for Norfolk State University.

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Getting the party started

It’s time for baseball fans to start humming, “Take me out to the ball game.”

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Are we there yet?

VCU’s road trips

From Brooklyn to Philadelphia to Tampa to Salt Lake City. No, this isn’t a connecting flight schedule at Richmond International, it’s Virginia Commonwealth University’s postseason travel itinerary.

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Owens left mark on campus and above the rim at H-SC

Former basketball star Ed Owens is now Mayor Owens.

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Panthers prepare for an encore

Virginia Union University’s winding road back to the football playoffs will start with a trip to Frankfort, Ky.

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Barksdale’s star is rising

Some of history’s most prominent big men have made their mark in the Virginia High School League basketball tournament.

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Harding named to All- American team

Tahj Harding has followed up his All-CIAA honors with All-American honors.

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Wood stands out in Nationals spring training action

Among the Washington Nationals’ brightest prospects has Richmond ties. Outfielder James Wood is the son of former University of Richmond basketball standout Kenny Wood, a member of the Spiders Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Justices make All-State team

Success on the court has led to success at the ballot box for the John Marshall High girls basketball team.

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Thomas named new Hampton coach

Hampton University has chosen Ivan Thomas to navigate its basketball program through what has been choppy waters of late.

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There’s still a pulse

It wasn’t exactly what it wanted, but VCU will take it.

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HBCUs do well outside NCAA

There is life beyond the NCAA for HBCUs with basketball teams.

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Bacot in contention for top NCAA center

The nation’s top college basketball center might be from Richmond.

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UR women to play in ‘Big Dance’

Grace Townsend and the rest of the University of Richmond (UR) women’s basketball team are packing their dancing shoes for what lies ahead.

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Joyner out at Hampton

Edward “Buck” Joyner, who served as Hampton University basketball coach in three different conferences, has been fired.

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For the record at NFL Combine

Former Petersburg High and Hampton University standout Jerome Mathis was the fastest man in 2005 at the NFL Combine. Mathis’ 40-yard clocking of 4.26 still ranks ninth fastest all-time.

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Pride of North Side wins … again

John Marshall High School did not compete in 2021 due to the pandemic. Many say that would have been the Justices’ strongest team.

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Earl Lloyd: A man of many firsts

In discussing the greatest players to ever compete in the CIAA tournament, a nice starting point might be Earl Lloyd.

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Old and new Rams are doing well

This has been a take-notice basketball season for the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams, both past and present versions.

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White switches pads for spikes

If not for two knee surgeries, this story might be about Maddox White the football star instead of Maddox White the track sensation. The precocious St. Christopher’s sophomore stopped racing for gridiron goal lines two years ago and switched to sprinting to track’s finish lines.

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JM boys, girls look to double dip

They never even tapped their brakes in getting to where they wanted to go. The John Marshall High School boys and girls have rumbled into the history book as among the most dominant postseason teams in Virginia hoops history.

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Lincoln, Fayetteville State win CIAA; VUU and VSU fail to find lucky charm

Last year, Lincoln University nearly won the CIAA men’s title, losing in the finals. This time, the Lions closed the deal.

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Manchester duo legacy leading scorers

If the names Woolfolk and Wright sound familiar to serious basketball fans, they should.

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Do you believe in magic? VUU does

Virginia Union University’s Panthers had smiles on their faces while bussing to Baltimore earlier this week. Not so for Virginia State.

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Pulley, Mbangue win conference honors

Keishawn Pulley has more than doubled his scoring in his sophomore basketball season at Randolph-Macon College (RMC).

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Friday Cheers announces 2024 concert series

Friday Cheers, presented by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, returns May 3 for its 39th season as Richmond’s longest-running concert series and the city’s largest event of its kind on the James River.

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JM now has ‘Moore’ to cheer for

A year ago, Ashaun Moore could do nothing but watch as John Marshall High rolled to the State Class 2 basketball title.

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Soccer star’s talent comes home

The inaugural W League RVA squad will feature a talented local woman this soccer season.

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Panthers go cold in Indy

NBA superstar Stephen Curry gave Virginian Union University its locker-room pregame speech, but unfortunately he wasn’t allowed to play for VUU.

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Martin is Walker’s freshman phenom

Jamie Martin has been sunshine in a cloudy season for Maggie Walker Governor’s School basketball. It’s almost unfair. She’s so talented, so savvy, so confident… and she’s only a 14-year-old freshman.

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Pearl Moore made her mark before Clark

With so much national attention going to Iowa basketball sensation Caitlin Clark, let’s not forget Pearl Moore. Long before anyone heard of a three-point basket, and before the NCAA acknowledged women’s sports, Moore was the queen of the court.

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Trojans attract top-notch recruits

One of the most decorated high school football players in Richmond area history will continue to play locally ­ — at Virginia State University.

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One word says it best: ‘Mahomes!’

Chiefs win Super Bowl on Mahomes’ clutch play

Give the man a cape. He’s become the “Superman of the Super Bowl.” Patrick Mahomes now has three Super Bowl MVPs to go with a trio of Super Bowl victories following Kansas City’s 25-22 win over San Francisco on Feb. 11 in Las Vegas.

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VUU, VSU stars heading to New Orleans

The football season isn’t quite over for Virginia State and Virginia Union universities.

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Coble honored for longtime work in golf

E. Lee Coble’s lifetime golf achievements have earned national recognition.

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Panthers have wind at their back

It’s not how you start that counts most. It’s how you finish. And with Baltimore beckoning, Virginia Union is putting on a finishing kick.

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Nelson leads Rams’ ‘Bench Bunch’

Basketball championships run in the Nelson family and there is room for more. Jason Nelson Jr. has become a ringleader of VCU’s talented “Bench Bunch” that has spurred the Rams to the threshold of the Atlantic 10’s top perch.

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VUU’s future tied to Caine

In what has been a rebuilding season for Virginia Union University basketball, Joshua Caine is a cornerstone.

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Mahomes, Purdy in NFL spotlight

Meet the “odd couple” of Super Bowl quarterbacks. Greatness, from the get-go, was predicted for Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, not so for San Francisco’s Brock Purdy, the longest of the longshots.

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NFL broke color line in 1946

Sunday night’s Super Bowl will showcase two franchises with Black players making up some 65% of their rosters.

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