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NBA begins its second season this weekend

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Three Black coaches are assured to coach their teams later this week as the NBA playoffs begin: Jason Kidd (Milwaukee), Doc Rivers (Los Angeles Clippers) and Dwane Casey (Toronto).

“No matter what our record says, we got to have a defensive approach and identity, and focus each and every night,” states Casey, whose Raptors won the Atlantic Division for the second consecutive season and will play Milwaukee in the first round. Continue Reading →

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Girls’ state tournament pictures

Mikayla Hayes reaches high for the ball during Park Center’s Class 3A championship matchup against Marshall.

This week will feature four pictures from the state girls’ basketball tournament last month: Ashley Bates, the junior guard from Class 4A champion Hopkins; Samantha Trammel, the senior forward who led Eastview to a Class 4A runner-up finish; Sophomore sensation Mikayla Hayes, who led Park Center to their second straight Class 3A crown; and Ashley Lewis, who helped Maranatha capture runner-up honors in Class 1A. Continue Reading →

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Twins’ new season comes with new Black coach

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The Minnesota Twins earlier this week opened its 2015 season with a new manager and its first Black coach since 2012. Butch Davis was hired in January as first base coach.

Davis worked for 20 seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization as a minor league coach after eight seasons as a major league baseball player (1983-1994). This is his first major league coaching job. Continue Reading →

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