NFL Black coaches maintain lead

Black coaches posted a 3-2 record last week. Tampa Bay (KAREEM MORRIS) beat Cincinnati (MARVIN LEWIS) 24-21; Chicago (LOVIE SMITH) bested Carolina 23-6; Indianapolis (JIM CALDWELL) defeated Kansas City 19-9; San Francisco (MIKE SINGLETARY) lost to Philadelphia 27-24. Indianapolis had a bye this week.

This left the Black coaches with an NFL record of 15-12 for the 2010-11 season.

UM loses to Wisconsin 41-23

Two former local high school stars played for a Wisconsin team that trounced the Gophers. DAVID GILREATH (Minneapolis Washburn/Robinsdale Armstrong) rushed for 14 yards in one carry and caught two passes for 59 yards. Teammate ISAAC ANDERSON received one pass for four yards. Gilreath led all players in all-purpose yards with 159.

Three Minnesotans crowned All-Americans

Minnesota was well represented as All-Americans at the national meet held this summer. While three were designated All-Americans by virtue of their performances at the national meet, nine others and two midget girls’ relay teams earned honorable mention recognition.

The local All-Americans placed in their respective events at third, seventh and eighth. All-Americans were SHAHEED HICKMAN, who finished third in the 100-meter dash, CANDIS FOUNTAIN, who came in seventh, and DESHAWN CRUTCH, who finished eighth, representing Minnesota in the long jump.

Honorable mention All-Americans with their name, their place and event are as follows: CAMERON DOWNEY, 10th, discus; NIARA HILL, 10th, triple jump; SHAHEED HICKMAN, 10th, 200-meter sprint; TAYLOR ANDERSON, 11th, 100-meter sprint; MARIE SENNES, 11th, long jump; HUNTER DOWNEY, 13th, javelin; NIAHLA HILL, 13th, javelin; CAMERON DOWNEY, 15th, shot put; MITCHELL DICKERSON, 16th, 1500-meter run; ETHAN TURNER, 20th.

Glad Moss is back

RANDY MOSS will prove to be the best thing that has happened to the Vikings since JUSTICE ALAN PAGE. Interestingly, he was put in a position to be the worst thing that happened when he was traded away! Not his fault!

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