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GLENDALE. AZ — Super Bowl XLIX is set for University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday, February 1, 2015, and right now, after 10 weeks, the Arizona Cardinals are on target to do what no team has ever done: to host and play the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Arizona is 9-1, the best record in the NFL and the team’s best start since 1948. The Cardinals have turned their comfortable home nest into a huge home-field advantage. Training camp was held there in August, and after six home games they are 6-0. Continue Reading →

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Big Ten expansion brings new challenges to women’s hoops

Big Ten women’s basketball — not football — has been the most impacted sport ever since the conference first expanded in 1990. First, it was Penn State, then Nebraska in 2011, and now Maryland and Rutgers, who this summer officially became members. “This is a power conference,” declares Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer, the grande dame of Big Ten women’s hoops and women’s basketball’s winningest active coach. “Arguably, we are the best women’s basketball conference in the country,” says Nikita Lowry Dawkins, in her first year as Minnesota assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, in a recent MSR interview. She has both played (Ohio State,

1985-89) and coached in the conference (her alma mater and at Michigan). Continue Reading →

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Exciting weekends on the prep sports scene

A person seen at a high school football playoff game a couple of weeks ago inadvertently became connected to a text message and his son’s recent success at the professional level. A football team continues to represent the Minneapolis City Conference in state competition. The only major Division I football program in the state continues its march towards greatness, and a former prep and collegiate volleyball standout, serving as an assistant coach, helps her team earn an NCAA Division III tournament berth. Here’s when and how it all happened. October 31, 2014 

During a during a football playoff game at Minneapolis North, Jeffrey Williams was spotted looking on (along with the rest of the Northside community) as the Polars dominated in a 40-13 victory over Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity. Continue Reading →

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Nothing funny about harassment of women in person or in social media


If something sexist is said about a White woman, it’s breaking news. But when the same happens to a Black female, the silence sadly is deafening. Six tweets were sent last week by Artie Lange, supposedly a comedian, about ESPN’s First Take Host Cari Champion being his sex slave. It seemingly took forever — actually a couple of days — for her

employers to finally speak publicly in Champion’s defense. Black Sports Online’s Robert Littal wrote in his November 4 post, “What Lange said isn’t just disgusting, it is racist and disturbed. Continue Reading →

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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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