Hail to the … Commanders

February 7, 2022

For nearly two years, the National Football League’s Washington franchise has been operating under the placeholder moniker of the Washington Football Team. After documenting its rebranding journey with videos, messages from the team president and a sampling of some 40,000 fan submissions, the team recently revealed its new name: the Washington Commanders. It’s “the strong […]

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SCOTUS sounds ready to pay student athletes

April 14, 2021

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA) – U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh called the NCAA’s practices “disturbing.” “The antitrust laws should not be a cover for exploitation of the student-athletes. To pay no salaries to the workers who are making the schools billions of dollars on the theory that consumers want the schools to […]

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Washington Football Team recruiting for fan ambassador network

April 13, 2021

ASHBURN, VA — The Washington Football Team is looking for supporters to join their new Fan Ambassador Network. The team said on Tuesday that the Fan Ambassador Network would help guide the franchise as it renovates the game day experience and undergo a rebranding process. The franchise said it will accept nominations for the new network on […]

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Gov. Northam closes the door on skill machines

March 21, 2021

VM – Gov. Ralph Northam is amending a gambling bill that easily passed the General Assembly to once again specify that so-called skill games would become illegal come July 1, the governor’s office announced Friday. If the General Assembly agrees, the change could mean the end of the games resembling slot machines that have spread […]

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Tiger Woods injured in single-car crash in California

February 23, 2021

Pro-golfer Tiger Woods has been hospitalized following a bad single-car accident in L.A. County on Tuesday morning — with officials requiring the jaws of life to free him from the vehicle. “On February 23, 2021, at approximately 7:12 AM, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates […]

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Discussion: “The Culture & Journey of the Black Baseball Player”

February 4, 2021

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA ) – Kyle Lewis of the Seattle Mariners and Devin Williams of the Milwaukee Brewers earned American League and National League Rookie of the Year Awards, respectively, in 2020, marking the first time in 36 years two African Americans won the award in the same season. Doc Gooden of the […]

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Washington Football Team appoints new GM

January 24, 2021

ASHBURN, VA (PATCH) — The Washington Football Team has named Martin Mayhew as its general manager, the team announced Friday, welcoming back someone who is familiar with what it is like to win a championship with the franchise. Mayhew spent the past four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and worked most recently as the […]

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Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron dies

January 22, 2021

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974, has died, the Atlanta Braves confirmed on social media. Aaron played 23 seasons, the first 21 with the Braves organization, and finished his career in 1976 with 755 career home runs, a record that stood until Barry Bonds surpassed him […]

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Is changing sports teams names a distraction?

January 14, 2021

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA) – Protests and unrest in 2020 sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis shined an even brighter spotlight on police brutality against African Americans. The actions led to renewed calls to remove Confederate statutes and other racially-insensitive structures. Professional sports team, including the Washington Redskins and Cleveland […]

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Ex-ODU & VSU football coach fired after Abrams insult

January 7, 2021

Chris Malone, a former assistant football coach at Old Dominion, was fired Thursday by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga after attacking voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on social media, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Malone was ODU’s offensive line coach from 2016-18 before being fired by coach Bobby Wilder. Malone previously coached […]

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