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Gopher senior leaves the team like she played: with a big smile

 

 

 

Her coach and this reporter both watched Leah Cotton’s growth over her four years at Minnesota from a happy-go-lucky freshman to a fully confident young woman in her senior year. “It’s fun to watch her grow as a person, and it’s been really rewarding to see where she’s come from,” noted Gopher Coach Pam Borton last week. It wasn’t always pretty watching Cotton, however — she had a penchant for making silly fouls. She sometimes got her foot stuck on her energy accelerator. Yet you never saw the 5-8 senior guard from Kansas City, Kansas back down from her challenges. Continue Reading →

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Rooney Rule misnamed — should be called Rooney Ruse

 

The NFL’s Rooney Rule that mandates teams looking for a new head coach to interview at least one Black candidate today resembles a Peanuts comic strip. Team general managers and owners are like Lucy holding the football, and Black coaches are Charlie Browns watching head-coaching jobs perennially snatched from beneath them under the guise of an inclusive interviewing process. Seven recent head-coach job openings — zero Blacks hired. Andy Reid was hired four days after being fired. Former college coach Chip Kelly met with two teams, returned to Oregon, and falsely told his bosses that he was staying put, then bolted off to Philadelphia to replace Reid. Continue Reading →

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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum a Kansas City must-see

letter to editor

Many honors have crossed my paths over the last 34 years in this business of media covering sports, such as first Minnesota reporter to interview icon Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls live in 1993 on Twin Cities sports (KFAN) radio on a game day, and first Black man to host a live, three-hour radio show Monday through Friday, 12-3 on KFAN. I hosted then-Vikings head coach Dennis Green’s weekly radio network show for eight years. I’m the first sports writer in history to cover his own son in a Super Bowl. Yes, I have been blessed; but an honor that means just as much was when I was asked years ago to be the voice of the National Negro League Hall of Fame in Kansas City. When I was contracted years ago to voice the stories behind the many greats that played in the Negro Leagues, which date back to 1920, I was honored that I was asked. Continue Reading →

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