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Cuban-born baseball retirees regret Black Americans’ lack of interest

Cuban-born baseball retirees regret Black Americans’ lack of interest

Jul. 10 |               Tony OlivaPhotos by Charles Hallman Julio Becquer and Tony Oliva, both Cuban-born, both migrated to the United States to play baseball. But if asked, both men quickly express their disappointment that...

Youth acquire wide range of skills at hoops camp

Youth acquire wide range of skills at hoops camp

Jul. 7 | Former University of Minnesota men’s basketball standout Clyde Turner recently had his annual basketball camp for youngsters ages 9-16 at the newly constructed Arlington Hills Recreation Center on St. Clyde Turner (top left) poses with participants...

Another Black athlete gets posthumous recognition

Another Black athlete gets posthumous recognition

Jul. 6 | William Henry “Bill” Binga until last weekend was resting in an unmarked grave for over 60 years. Now, that is no longer the case. Binga (1869-1950) played professional baseball before he and players like him were banned solely because of their...

New round of decisions may shake up NBA

New round of decisions may shake up NBA

Jul. 5 | Remember the summer of 2010? It will forever be known as the summer of the decision made by LeBron James as a free agent leaving Cleveland and signing with Miami, joining Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach, turning the Heat into an instant...

WNBA rookie report

WNBA rookie report

Jul. 3 | A rookie’s first year as a professional athlete mostly is an up-and-down experience. The usual adjustments normally include no longer being a regular and now fighting for meaningful minutes. Asia Taylor, who started every game for Louisville in...

Top preps return for Grassroots Hoops

Top preps return for Grassroots Hoops

Jun. 30 |   Troy Bell Renard Suggs (l, in green)and Dion Suggs (in white) Lamar Anderson Demitri ConwellPhotos by Mitchell Palmer McDonald                           There were plenty of hoops...

Tiger Woods is back!

Tiger Woods is back!

Jun. 28 | You can hear the huge sigh of relief from the entire sports world upon hearing the great news that Tiger Woods is returning to play this week at the Quicken Loans National at historic Congressional Country Club just outside Washington, D.C. Tiger,...

My day at Fenway

My day at Fenway

Jun. 26 | This column continues the Only One series in which this reporter shares his experiences as the only African American on the scene.    BOSTON — Prior to taking my third-row seat as the only Black reporter at the opener of last week’s Minnesota-Boston...

Hard work pays off for small rookie who plays big

Hard work pays off for small rookie who plays big

Jun. 25 | Heather Butler virtually hit the longest shot of her basketball career when, as an undrafted rookie, she made this season’s San Antonio Stars roster. It isn’t often that a player who was bypassed in the college draft later beats out, in Butler’s...

Annual reporting on Twins’ lack of diversity grows tiresome

Annual reporting on Twins’ lack of diversity grows tiresome

Jun. 19 | I’ve held off long enough, but it’s that time again to write about the results of Dr. Richard Lapchick’s annual report cards on the pro leagues’ diversity efforts. The other print media use the fewest possible words to mention these Racial...