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Kentucky wins men’s championship 67-59



It’s been a long time coming, but the Wildcats of Kentucky have quenched their thirst for a title. John Calipari in just his third year wins his first NCAA Championship 67-59 over the Kansas Jayhawks before 70,000 in New Orleans. Man, can Calipari recruit: Previously at Memphis he recruited NBA MVP Derrick Rose, who after leading Memphis to the NCAA Championship game was drafted number one in the NBA by the Chicago Bulls. Kentucky finished 38-2, losing to only Indiana and Vanderbilt during the season as they navigated the NCAA field of 72 teams to stand alone number one. It’s the eighth time that Kentucky has won the NCAA Men’s crown, their first since 1998 when Gophers coach Tubby Smith won it last in the Bluegrass State. Continue Reading →

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Will Tiger Woods win again?



I remember a few years ago covering the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships at Hazeltine National in Chaska. Northwestern from the Big Ten had the No. 1-ranked player — his name was Luke Donald. Lo and behold, that same guy, Luke Donald, last year made golf history by winning the European money title, which is called the Order of Merit. He also won the U.S. money title on the PGA Tour, the only player in history to achieve that feat. Continue Reading →

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Lin’s success makes me a believer—But insensitive coverage reminds us all that bigotry lives



It’s been incredible watching the rise to prominence of Jeremy Lin, the star guard of the New York Knicks, whose first eight games as a starter has him ahead of three Hall-of-Fame point guards (Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson and John Stockton) by comparison in their first eight starts. The New York Knicks have been a non-story for over 10 years in New York. But suddenly, thanks to Lin’s emergence, his story has grabbed the nation and knocked the Super Bowl Champion Giants off the front pages. Lin is the first graduate of Harvard to star in the NBA in 58 years. Lin is Asian American, and what he has done has been nothing short of remarkable. Continue Reading →

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Larry Fitzgerald covers Super Bowl XLVI — his 32nd


INDIANAPOLIS — While attending Indiana State University as a football star back in the late ’70s, I never thought in my wildest dreams, while majoring in radio-TV communications and my teachers talked about cable, satellite, TV, Internet, cell-phones, and digital pagers, that a Super Bowl would ever be played in Indiana. Not where the world’s most famous speed race, the Indianapolis 500, is held annually. Not where universities like Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, Butler and Ball State have grabbed the college basketball spotlight. Indiana is famous more for Gary and the steel mills and things like the Ku Klux Klan and NCAA headquarters. It’s where Timothy McVeigh was put to death and Larry Bird played basketball at Indiana State. Continue Reading →

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Only in the NFL: super rematch!



Storylines can sometimes make you scratch your head in disbelief. One such story is that of two brothers, John and Jim Harbaugh, both head football coaches of two of the 12 NFL teams that qualified for the 2012 playoffs, getting their teams within one victory of coaching against each other in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on February 5. John, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, lost 23-20 to New England; Jim, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, lost 20-17 in overtime to New York. Then there’s Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback and little brother of Peyton Manning, the injured superstar of the Indianapolis Colts, proving again he is indeed an elite quarterback, leading the Giants back to the Super Bowl for a chance to win his second Super Bowl before older brother Peyton gets his second in Indianapolis, Indiana — where older brother Peyton plays, of all places, against the same team, Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, and Tom Brady that he beat in Super Bowl 42 (17-14). Just amazing. Continue Reading →

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2011 top sports stories: mostly a year to forget

2011 will be best remembered from the sports scene locally as a year to forget, and indifferent at best. The Twins were just awful to watch, finishing 63-99 — dead last — in the American League. Mega-stars Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau both were far from normal previous MVP form. Health, injuries and uncertainty were just a huge part of the story. Bill Smith, general manager since 2007, paid the price and was fired. Continue Reading →

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Ex-Lynx All-Star one of few Black female head coaches





By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Not counting HBCUs, there might be 20 Black women head coaches today in collegiate basketball among over 300 NCAA schools. “It’s tough,” admits Tonya Edwards. “I think as African American coaches have more success, it will open [doors] for a lot more.”


She easily lists such Black females as Penn State’s Coquese Washington, one of four Black women head coaches in the Big Ten, and Nikki Caldwell, who is in her first season at LSU after several successful seasons at UCLA. “And [Rutgers’s C. Vivian] Stringer always has done well,” adds Edwards, who’s in her fourth season as head coach at Alcorn State, of the legendary coach. Stringer, a Basketball Hall of Famer, has been a longtime advocate of more former Black female basketball players making the transition into coaching once their playing days conclude. Continue Reading →

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Nobody’s perfect in the NFL



PHOENIX — After 19 straight wins over 364 days, the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers’ bid for a perfect season ends in Kansas City. The Chiefs pulled off the shocker of the weekend, beating the Packers 19-14. Romeo Crennel, the interim head coach of Kansas City, replaced Todd Haley, who was fired during the week. The former head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Crennel made the most of his second chance by putting together a game plan and getting his players to execute it. Kansas City started Kyle Orton at quarterback, his first start of the season. Continue Reading →

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Abuse cover-ups jeopardize public’s trust



PHOENIX — So much is going on in sports, and it’s happening so fast, and it’s both good and bad. This column will focus on the bad. Leading the bad is the revolting shock waves upon learning of Penn State and the massive sex abuse scandal of Jerry Sandusky, former defensive coordinator for ex-Penn State head coach Joe Paterno’s two National Championship teams. Sandusky faces charges of 40 counts of sexually abusing young boys. Penn State fired Paterno and the university’s president. It is the most disturbing scandal of institutional control in our lifetime, how White educated grown men tried to cover up this scandal by simply turning their heads. Continue Reading →

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Packers delete Vikings 45-7



GREEN BAY — It’s no longer a rivalry, folks — it has turned into a one-sided reality show in which the Minnesota Vikings can no longer compete with the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay beat the Vikings for the fourth straight time Monday night, sweeping the season series for the second straight year. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy has swept the Vikings in four of the six years (2006-7, 2010-11) since he’s been head coach. “This game was a significant victory for us,” McCarthy said. “That was our goal all week. Continue Reading →

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