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Legendary Dunker Darryl Dawkins Dies

  Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers' locker room to meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force. The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something unique about Dawkins' game. "A guy who never saw me," a beaming Dawkins said in a 2011 interview, "gave me the name ' ...

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Harlem Globetrotters Legends Hosts Basketball Camp for Kids

On Wednesday July 25, The Harlem Legends “Shoot for the Stars Basketball Camp” and “Hoops and Health Celebrity Basketball Show,” with Harlem Globetrotter legend Michael Douglas hosted a shoot for the stars youth basketball camp at the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy, in Orange Park, Florida. Over 50 students attended the camp. During the basketball camp, Michael's long time friend Harlem Globetrotter le ...

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Justice Department Gives Up on Trying to Tag Out Bonds

By Frederick H. Lowe The U.S. Justice Department has struck out against home run king Barry Bonds, but not before the government ruined his career and delayed his entrance into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The department announced Wednesday in court documents that it would not appeal a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that cleared Bonds of obstruction of justice concerning his alleged u ...

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Coach James Day Inducted in the National H.S. Coaches Hall of Fame

The 20th Annual National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame Induction (NHSACA) luncheon was held in Rochester, Minnesota to present awards to the 30 inductees that represented 17 states. Jacksonville’s own celebrated Coach James Day was one of the recipients. Although Coach Day was unable to attend the ceremony, former Minnesota Viking and 1971 Raines graduate Greg Coleman and protégé of ...

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Mo’ne Davis Drafted by Harlem Globetrotters

By Courtney Jacobs Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Mo’ne Davis received an unexpected present for her 14th birthday. The Little League star moved up in the ranks after she was drafted to the Harlem Globetrotters in their ninth annual draft. In a Globetrotters draft, the players selected can play whenever they want. Due to Davis’ age, she is going to stay in school before she hits the co ...

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Wizards Draft Oubre, Adds Upside to Aging Roster

By Stephen D. Riley Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper A funny thing happened a few months ago when Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman began to consistently pair the two best small forwards in his rotation together at the same time: he discovered the Wizards’ version of “small ball.” Playing savvy veteran Paul Pierce with sophomore swingman Otto Porter allowed Washington to spread ...

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Football Camp A Touchdown to Achieve Success

Football Camp A Touchdown to Achieve Success - Nease High School grad Mario Butler held his second annual Mario Butler Foundation Football and Cheer Camp, Saturday, June 20th at Mandarin High School. The camp had over 250 kids from throughout the First Coast show up to learn from several NFL players. The event’s title sponsor, Brooks Rehabilitation, had several staff members from its Center for Sports Thera ...

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James Day to be Inducted Into Coaches Hall of Fame

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has selected Duval County coach James Day to be inducted in the NHSACA Hall of Fame. The ceremony takes place in June in Rochester, Minnesota. The honor is presented to coaches in recognition of their achievements in coaching, contributions to their schools, communities, high school sports and their commitment to young athletes. James Day has been an ins ...

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Nation’s First African-American US World Series Little League Team Stripped of Title

In a strange twist of fate of a story that had millions cheering for the underdog across the U.S.,  people are saddened to hear about Jackie Robinson West, the US champions at the Little League World Series, were stripped of their title. The team attracted significant attention after becoming the first all African-American team to win the US title before losing the world championship to South Korea’s Seoul. ...

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Former Gator Willie Jackson Named EWC Athletic Director

Former National Football League (NFL) wide receiver, Willie Bernard Jackson, Jr. was officially named the new Athletic Director for Edward Waters College (EWC)last week at a press conference in the Adams-Jenkins Sports and Music Complex. Jackson played in the NFL for eight seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. Jackson also played college football for the University of Florida from 1990 to 1993 under coach Ste ...

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