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Fred Jeter

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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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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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Manchester duo legacy leading scorers

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Coble honored for longtime work in golf

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

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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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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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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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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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Kuany is VCU’s sure shot

If VCU is looking for someone to take a shot, from any spot on the floor, at any time, Kuany Kuany is willing and able.

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Curry comes off the bench

Steph Curry will be in an unusual role for this year’s NBA All-Star Game. He’ll be coming off the bench.

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Primed for takeoff

Chance discovery at Ohio airport lands King at VUU

College athletes frequently transfer, usually for more playing time, a higher profile environment, to be closer to home or even for more Name Image Likeness (NIL) money. Jonathan King fell into a different category in transferring to Virginia Union University from Alderson Broaddus University in tiny Philippi, W.Va.

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JM girls don’t play second fiddle

Some might contend that the John Marshall High girls basketball team plays in the shadow of JM’s frequent-state champion boys squad. If so, Coach Virgil Burton’s young women are casting some mighty long shadows of their own on the North Side and beyond.

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Chiefs, 49ers primed for Super Bowl rematch

This year’s Super Bowl matchup features franchises with plenty of experience on football’s grandest stage.

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Beltré set for place in hall of fame

Ozzie Virgil opened the gates in 1956. Ever since, there has been a flood of stars who have reached the Major Leagues from the Dominican Republic. Adrián Beltré surely made his mark on the game. The slugging third baseman has become the fifth Dominican to be selected for the Hall of Fame, following Juan Marichal, Pedro Martinez, Vladimir Guerrero and David Ortiz.

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Embiid drops 70, breaks Wilt’s record

Erasing Wilt Chamberlain’s name from any record book is a rare feat, but Joel Embiid has done it.

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VUU women upset No. 11 Trojans

Virginia Union’s women hoopsters were not intimidated after seeing Virginia State’s NCAA Division II, No. 11 national ranking.

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Rispress takes recruiting prowess to Colorado

Devin Rispress helped Florida A&M’s football team win a national championship. Now he hopes to do the same for the University of Colorado.

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VUU men get big win against rival

Virginia Union University has known hard times this basketball season, but the way Coach Jay Butler sees it, “We’re 1-0 ... 1-0 with nine to go.” The CIAA Northern Divi- sion title is determined by divisional record and VUU started divisional play with a convincing 54-44 win at Virginia State as part of the Freedom Classic Festival.

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Daily news: ‘I’m smaller, but I’m faster’

Anyone using the excuse of being too small for basketball needs to take a lesson from Cherish Daily. Inch for inch and pound for pound, the 5-foot-2, 115-pound Armstrong High junior might be the city’s top baller.

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New Rams finding own identity

It’s not too unusual for a basketball team to repeat as league champion or top contender. But with a nearly all-new cast?

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New pro basketball team is looking for ballers

So, you’re out of school, getting a bit older, but still want to play some serious basketball? Here’s your chance. There is a new pro basketball team forming in town — the Richmond Ram Chargers — and it’s looking for ballers.

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ECSU taps Richardson as interim basketball coach

Andre Gray has been fired as head basketball coach at Elizabeth City State. He has been replaced on an interim basis by alumnus John Richardson III.

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JM speeds on after speed bump

Don’t worry, John Marshall High fans. The basketball still has plenty of air in it on the North Side.

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Pats add Mayo to pigskin recipe

Hampton native Jared Mayo is the New England Patriots’ new head coach, succeeding the iconic Bill Belichick.

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Double your pleasure at VSU-VUU Classic

Let Freedom ring. Doors open at 2 p.m. Saturday for the annual Freedom Classic Festival that combines basketball with numerous community and cultural activities.

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Moore’s leadership might have saved Michigan

Will he stay or will he go? That’s the question the football world is asking about Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh following his national championship.

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Fla. A&M’s Simmons going to Duke

For the second straight season, the SWAC football Coach of the Year is changing addresses.

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Judea Watkins rides high with Klutch Sports Group

University of Southern California freshman Judea “JuJu” Watkins is lighting up scoreboards and already taking her earnings to the bank.

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The Saints are marching in

No, that wasn’t a sonic boom or earthquake Richmonders heard coming from the west last Friday night.

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Gridiron star is hoopin’ it up

Among the area’s top football prospects doubles as a basketball standout. Darius Gray is a difference maker in sneakers as well as shoulder pads for St. Christopher’s School in Richmond’s leafy West End.

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HBCU history made in the snow

Two days after Christmas in 1892, a group of young men from Charlotte rode horse and buggy to Salisbury on a snowy winter’s day.

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Rams’ ‘Odometer’ clicking upward

Virginia Commonwealth University’s eight-game homestand – among the longest in school history – ends Saturday with a 4 p.m. tipoff against Atlantic 10 rival George Washington University.

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R-MC’s Nixon wins top honors

Nehemiah Nixon didn’t get the headlines, but he caused plenty of headaches for the opposition.

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Moses, Ferrell in NFL spotlight

The NFL’s upper echelon has a Richmond look. A pair of Richmond natives went head-to-head Christmas night in what was among the season’s most viewed games with 27.2 million TV viewers.

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Salazar’s glad his travels landed him at VUU

If you’re living in Richmond with a cellphone area code of 562, you are likely far from home. Meet Jonathan Salazar, whose basketball road trip has taken him from his native Panama to Nevada to California to New Mexico, back to California, and now to Virginia Union University. His 562 Area Code stems from when he was in high school (St. John Bosco Technical Institute) in the Greater Los Angeles area.

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Thomas’ star shines at NSU

It’s very early. But if votes were cast today for MEAC Player of Year, Jamarii Thomas might be the top candidate.

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CFP has a Southern drawl

Officially, it’s the College Football Playoff. Unofficially it’s been the “Southern Showdown.”

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VUU’s Parker to coach in New Orleans

Dr. Alvin Parker’s football coaching excellence at Virginia Union University hasn’t gone unnoticed. Coach Parker has been named as a co-coach for Team Gaither in the HBCU Legacy Bowl Feb. 24 at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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Wildcats’ Byrd is the word

Armstrong’s standout athlete feels ‘capable of doing anything’

There was only one No. 5 on the Armstrong High football roster, but it must have seemed like four to the Wildcats’ opponents.

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Bam the Ram comes to the rescue

Hear the bugles. The calvary has arrived.

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