Should the NBA Move to Top 8 Playoff Format?

(NNPA) The NBA is discussing eliminating the guaranteed playoff spot that accompanies division winners, and moving to a new structure that would award playoff berths to the eight teams in the Eastern and Western conferences with the best records. That potential move would remove the automatic bump that division winners receive in playoff seeding; currently, […]

Warriors acquire Jason Thompson from 76ers for Wallace

OAKLAND (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have acquired forward/center Jason Thompson from the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Gerald Wallace, the player they had just received from Boston in the David Lee deal. NBA champion Golden State announced the trade Friday, a deal that also gives Philadelphia cash and draft considerations. Warriors general manager Bob […]

Trevor Noah takes on racism, skips politics in standup gig

SANTA MONICA (AP) — In an hour-long comedy set, Trevor Noah hit the kind of social satire notes to be expected of Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” heir. Noah riffed at length Tuesday night about black fear of police violence. He called out pundits who make snap judgments linking Muslims and terrorism. And the native of […]

Black Female Golfer Makes History

(NNPA) – Renée Powell, a pioneering African-American golfer who often fielded racism during her years on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, recently made history by becoming one of the first female members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which is considered the birthplace of the sport. Last September, the R&A, […]

Kings, Seth Curry agree to 2-year deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Seth Curry is joining his brother in Northern California, after all. Just not together on the Golden State Warriors. Curry and the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a two-year, $2 million contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday night. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition […]

Film Review: Lila & Eve

(NNPA) – “When our child is killed we feel guilt. We feel like failures,” says the leader of a women’s group devoted to mothers whose children have been murdered.  “Get to acceptance, so you can get on with life.” Those words of comfort and guidance are lost on Lila (Oscar-nominee Viola Davis) in this oddly affecting, […]

African Americans well represented in Emmy Nominations

WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Six months after the Oscars featured an all-white cast of acting nominees, television’s Emmy Awards is poised to show its big-screen Hollywood sibling how diversity is achieved. The likely contenders for Thursday’s Emmy nominations include hit series “Empire” and “Black-ish” and their wealth of critically acclaimed Black actors, and “Jane the […]

Kings void Luc Mbah a Moute’s contract after failed physical

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Kings voided the contract of forward Luc Mbah a Moute on Thursday after he failed a team physical. The announcement by the Kings came two days after Mbah a Moute signed a one-year deal as a free agent. The team had hoped he could add depth and defense to the second […]

Sacramento Kings sign Luc Mbah a Moute, Omri Casspi

SACRAMENTO (AP) – The Sacramento Kings signed forwards Luc Mbah a Moute and Omri Casspi on Tuesday as they continued a busy week of finalizing free agent contracts. Casspi and the Kings reached an agreement on a $6 million, two-year deal last week. Terms of Mbah a Moute’s contract were not immediately known. Casspi had […]

Armed men ransack Chris Brown’s home, put relative in closet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say three armed men in masks forced their way into the Los Angeles home of Chris Brown, locked a female relative of the singer in a closet and then ransacked the place. Officer Liliana Preciado says Brown was not at his home in the Tarzana area at the time of […]