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What to do with Adrian Peterson?

Last week on Election Day, Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor, ending the controversial child abuse case against him involving his four-year-old son. Peterson had been indicted by a Montgomery, Texas grand jury on a single felony charge of injury to a child. In the plea agreement, Peterson agreed to two years’ probation, a $4,000 fine, and 80 hours of community service. Peterson has not played since the first game of the year against the St. Louis Rams, which was nine weeks ago. Continue Reading →

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In hockey, diversity talk is still just that — talk


This column continues the Only One series in which this reporter shares his experiences as the only African American on the scene. 

It’s year two for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). Eight teams — all steeped in hockey tradition, some since as far back as 1929 — began play as one league, spanning as far west as Denver and as far east as Miami (Ohio). Denver, Miami University, Colorado College, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota are founding members, with St. Cloud State and Western Michigan joining later. The conference was founded in 2011 and began play last season. Continue Reading →

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North going to state

Coach inducted into Hall of Fame







It was quite the weekend for North High School in Minneapolis. The football team improved to 11-0 by defeating Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 40-13 to capture the Class A Section 4 championship last Friday, October 31. For the Polars, it was their fourth state tournament playoff berth in 15 seasons. The next day, North Boys’ Basketball Coach Larry McKenzie became the first African American to be inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) Hall of Fame at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Before coming to North, McKenzie coached at Henry, leading the Patriots to four consecutive Class 3A state championships, and at Holy Angels. Continue Reading →

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Overshadowed pioneers in women coaching men

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

Becky Hammon last week began her first season as a San Antonio Spurs assistant coach. Sadly, not mentioned or oft-overlooked is the fact that two Black women, Stephanie Ready and Bernadette Mattox, earlier paved the way for the recently retired WNBA player’s historic debut. “It will be a nice education piece for this generation” to learn about the historical place that both Ready and Mattox rightfully hold, says Chicago Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman of the WNBA. Asked his view shortly after Hammon’s hiring, Chatman told the MSR, “I think those of us on the inside who know Becky Hammon and the people that know Pop [Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich] and the organization know it is not a gimmick. She’s a perfect fit for his culture and his style of play. Continue Reading →

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Big changes underway for college sports

At present, little is certain except uncertainty

College sport as we now know it is being dragged into the 21st century through numerous legal challenges. The latest occurred last week when a University of Wisconsin player joined a lawsuit against the NCAA that accuses them of illegally capping compensation to athletes. Whatever the end result, who will decide how the economic pie ultimately is sliced? Who will get full portions while others either get crumbs or nothing at all? Each of the three women who spoke at the October 21 U of M Tucker Center fall lecture agreed that what’s certain is the uncertainty, especially where women’s sports and non-revenue sports are concerned. Continue Reading →

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Chanhassen holds its lead

A failed fourth-down conversion with under two minutes left allowed Chanhassen to hold on to a 34-30 victory over Robbinsdale Cooper in a Metro West Conference showdown that spoiled the Hawks’ homecoming before a capacity crowd at Cooper Stadium. First Quarter

The scoreless first quarter was highlighted by a Cooper defensive goal-line stand led by defensive backs LEVI CASE-ALLEN, MOSES NYAGACHA, ETHAN WHITE and JACHAI MCNEAL, linebackers ADRIAN JACKSON, JOHN JANSSON, and ALONZO HOLLIE, and linemen JOE ALBERT, ROBERT WATSON and WILLIE STAPLES. Second Quarter

Chanhassen struck, built a 13-0 lead behind two touchdown runs courtesy of running back COLE KIRCHOFF, but the offensive unit consisting of quarterback PHIL HOWARD, running backs LEVONTE TAYLOR and Hollie, receivers MELVIN NEWBERN, JORDAN MARSHALL and ARMANY SMITH, and linemen TONY MADISON, JAYLOND JOHNSON, WILL WRIGHT, ERIC ABOJEI, GREG OGBORU and TRENT HELLEN helped the Hawks respond quickly. Howard connected with Marshall for a score. Taylor followed with two scores of his own and provided a couple of two-point conversion runs (Howard provided the other) to make it a 24-13 game at halftime. Continue Reading →

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Hicks back, but for how long?

The Crash Davis lead character in Bull Durham was a minor league baseball lifer who spent some time in “The Show,” the major leagues, a sage for his fellow teammates. Minnesota Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks is no Crash, but during his second consecutive minor league stint in as many seasons, he too became a sage. “For the first time, I was one of the older guys on the team. It was different. They were picking my brain and trying to figure out ways on becoming a better player. Continue Reading →

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Abusers not restricted to Black athletes


The average American sports fan typically is quick to judge, uses broad moral brushes in drawing conclusions, has selective ant-length memories, and vainly displays outrage whenever a Black person does something negative, whether speculative or not. The most recent example is right here in so-called progressive Minnesota, where last week both the governor and a U.S. senator decidedly made it political: Even if he’s found not guilty of child abuse charges, Adrian Peterson has been O.J.’d for life. Children of all races are abused every day, upon which both Gov. Mark Dayton and Senator Al Franken have been noticeably silent. But when Peterson was indicted for possibly abusing his young son with a

spanking, the two men who are running for reelection this November made an appeal to White women voters by calling for Peterson to be suspended, which the Minnesota Vikings last week backpedaled into doing. U of M Professor Oliver Williams, a noted expert in domestic abuse issues, told us last week, “My question [is] why were they asking [that Peterson] lose his job. Continue Reading →

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NFL is being attacked!

The NFL game and its players are so popular by leaps and bounds ahead of the other professional team sports that suddenly in a political year the negative stories about some star players have launched an all-out attack by many on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. His leadership and inability to get out front on several problems with players and their off-the-field issues has turned many against Goodell. Mistakes have been made, and the lack of accountability has turned the meter up. It all started a few years ago with the concussion reality that so many past and present players have been faced with. Former players have injuries that they need help with, and the players have no means to help themselves. Continue Reading →

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Adrian Peterson indicted! Vikings lose 30-7!









Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was indicted Friday after being charged with causing injury to a child. It’s a felony charge that carries a two-year jail term and a $10,000 fine if he’s convicted. The Vikings decided last Friday to deactivate Peterson, who later flew back to Texas late Friday and posted a $15,000 bond. He will return to Montgomery, Texas to have a hearing on the charges in the next several weeks. Peterson allegedly used a tree branch or switch to spank or discipline his four-year-old son in May of this year. Continue Reading →

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