Raiders get good news on Carr’s hand injury

ALAMEDA (AP) — After a season opener when just about everything went wrong, the Oakland Raiders finally got a piece of positive news. Quarterback Derek Carr’s injured throwing hand that knocked him out of the game Sunday is not as serious as originally feared, and the Raiders are hopeful Carr will be able to play […]

NBA great Moses Malone dies at 60

(AP) – Moses Malone devoured rebounds so easily it sometimes seemed he missed shots on purpose to pad his total before scoring. All those points and rebounds made Malone an NBA great. A few words, and one championship, made him a Philadelphia sports icon. Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball’s most ferocious […]

‘Cosby: The Women Speak’ to air Thursday on A&E

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than a dozen of Bill Cosby’s accusers will have their say in a TV special. The A&E channel said Monday that “Cosby: The Women Speak” will detail the allegations made against the entertainer and damage to Cosby’s career and image. Actress Louisa Moritz and model Beverly Johnson are among those […]

Bengals spoil Del Rio’s debut with 33-13 win over Raiders

OAKLAND (AP) — Andy Dalton couldn’t have scripted his season opener with Cincinnati much better. For Jack Del Rio and the Raiders, it’s hard to imagine it getting much worse. Dalton welcomed Tyler Eifert back to the lineup by throwing him two touchdown passes and Jeremy Hill ran for two scores to help the Bengals […]

‘War Room’ filmmakers build on previous faith film successes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Faith-based movies that succeed at the box office shouldn’t be a surprise anymore, but “War Room,” a Christian family drama about marriage, has proved to be somewhat miraculous. After “War Room” nearly beat “Straight Outta Compton” in its opening weekend, it defied expectations in its second week in theaters and rose […]

Ex-tennis pro James Blake wants apology for being handcuffed

NEW YORK (AP) — Former tennis professional James Blake said Thursday that he wants an apology from police after a case of mistaken identity led to him being handcuffed and taken to the ground. “I’d like an apology,” Blake said on ABC’s “Good Morning America. “I’d like an explanation for how they conducted themselves because […]

Ben Vereen promotes Wellness Through the Arts on Sacramento Film Works

SACRAMENTO – Legendary Actor, Entertainer and Tony Award Winner Ben Vereen made a very special visit to Sacramento recently to share his wealth of experience with local film makers and promote the Sacramento launch of his program, Wellness Through the Arts (WTA). Vereen sat down with Sacramento Film Works hosts Craig DeLuz and Amy Henry […]

Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka ‘Chocolate Thunder’ has died

(AP) – Darryl Dawkins, whose board-shattering dunks earned him the moniker “Chocolate Thunder” and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, has died. He was 58. The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania coroner’s office said Dawkins died Thursday morning at a hospital. Later Thursday, Dawkins’ family said a heart attack was the cause of death. Officials said […]

TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — With hit shows like “Empire,” ”black-ish” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” diversity is the new normal in TV. That was the message at a pre-Emmy party celebrating the industry’s diverse talent on both sides of the camera. “Diversity no longer means niche,” said Jason George, head of diversity […]

Peanuts Celebrates Its First African American Character

(NNPA) – Following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, a school teacher named Harriet Glickman, and a few of her friends, took it upon themselves to petition comic writer and creator of the popular Peanuts comic strip Charles M. Schultz for more characters of color, a bold move that resulted in the inclusion […]