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Belated recognition of Augustus surprised no one here

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Seimone Augustus last week became the first Black female and the third Black athlete to be named the Minneapolis daily newspaper’s annual sportsperson of the year since the recognition began in 1998. The paper’s selection of the Minnesota Lynx superstar simply cosigned what the MSR consistently said all throughout the team’s championship season — Augustus’ shoulders carried them. More importantly, the award hopefully finally quells any lingering doubts on her status as a franchise player. Those of us who have followed her not only in Minnesota but also during her four-year All-American career at LSU fully knew this fact. Augustus has rightfully has earned first-name status in this town along with other transcendent Black superstars: Kirby (Puckett), Kevin (Garnett) and Torii (Hunter). Continue Reading →

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View’s top stories, overused words of 2011

 

The Associated Press (AP) last week released its list of 2011’s top 10 sports stories. “Another View” has our own top 10, or what should have been the top local sports stories of this year:

The Minnesota Lynx: The only local major league team to participate in their respective league post-season. However, the Lynx went one step further — they won the WNBA championship in October, and the MSR proudly provided more coverage from preseason to All-Star Game, where a record four Lynx players were selected to finals, than any local publication. Faith Johnson: The longtime successful head coach this past spring became the first Black female high school basketball coach to win state girls’ titles at two different Minneapolis schools (North and DeLaSalle). Sandy Stephens: The first Black quarterback to lead a Division I school to a national championship as well as the last quarterback to lead Minnesota to a Rose Bowl victory finally got recognized in November by being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Continue Reading →

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The lockout is over — and the robber barons win again

 

 

The NBA’s new 10-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is now in place. Among its key provisions is a near-even split of the oft-mentioned and hotly contested Basketball Related Income (BRI). The owners got a 10 percent raise from the last CBA, up from 43 percent to now between 49-51 percent. Meanwhile the players, who once got 57 percent, saw their BRI cut reduced at least seven percent. The players will still make money, but the rich owners will still get richer. Continue Reading →

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Candice listens to her body

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

While most of her Minnesota Lynx teammates are now spending their wintertime off-season on foreign soil, Candice Wiggins opted instead for sunny California. “My body’s resting,” the fourth-year pro recently told the MSR during a phone interview. Most WNBA players regularly play abroad between regular seasons, but Wiggins says she’s unsure whether she will head overseas this time around. “I’ve gotten some offers,” she admitted. “The money [playing internationally] is great and it’s wonderful, but as of right now, I am not overseas.”

After a couple of years battling assorted injuries, “I’m listening to my body,” said Wiggins. Continue Reading →

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