Exclusive: Sugar Ray Leonard Reflects on “No Más” 35 Years Later

(NNPA) – Sugar Ray Leonard had no doubt that he’d defeat Roberto Duran when the two warriors squared off in a rematch of their epic first welterweight title bout that ended in a split decision victory for the Panamanian known as “The Hands of Stone.” What Leonard, the legendary six-time world champion didn’t know was that […]

Cousins has 36 to lead Kings past Raptors, 107-101

SACRAMENTO (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins stared at the stat sheet Sunday in the Kings’ locker room, perusing another night’s work where his offensive output was fabulous. Cousins scored 10 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Kings win their third straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 107-101. […]

Peterson helps Vikings run past Raiders 30-14

OAKLAND (AP) — A game billed as a matchup between emerging second-year quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr was overshadowed by a more established star. Adrian Peterson ran for 203 yards and a touchdown in his record-tying sixth career 200-yard game, Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kick 93 yards for a score and the Vikings beat […]

Cousins, Rondo help Kings beat Pistons to stop 6-game skid

SACRAMENTO (AP) – The Sacramento Kings shook off a drama-filled day and then shook off one more thing: a painful six-game losing streak. DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and nine rebounds, Rajon Rondo had a triple-double, and the Kings didn’t resemble a team in turmoil in beating the Detroit Pistons 101-92 on Wednesday night. Earlier […]

Kings lose 106-88 to Spurs, Continue Losing Streak

NORTH NATOMAS – The Sacramento Kings were down by three points to start the fourth quarter against the visiting San Antonio Spurs but suffered a meltdown in the last 10 minutes to lose 106-88 in front of a sellout crowd at Sleep Train Arena. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs (5-2) with 24 points while LaMarcus […]

Washington Nationals hire Dusty Baker as skipper; only Black manager in Major League Baseball

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is the new manager of the Washington Nationals, meaning Major League Baseball avoids what would have been its first start to a season since 1988 with zero Black skippers. “I am certain that the Nationals, like all of our clubs, hired the best person for the job. It is encouraging […]

Kings Lose Season Opener To Clippers, 111-104

NORTH NATOMAS – DeMarcus Cousins played the power forward position against the Los Angeles Clippers during the Sacramento Kings first game of the season and showed off an added piece to his arsenal in the process. The Kings lost 111-104 in a gritty performance at Sleep Train Arena, though Cousins made four of five 3-point […]

Chris Rock to host ABC’s Oscar broadcast next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Rock is coming back to host the Oscars for a second time. The show’s producers say the prolific comedian-filmmaker will be at the helm for the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin called Rock “the MVP of […]

Head of Hollywood academy: Diversity debate at top of agenda

LONDON (AP) — The president of Hollywood’s movie academy says criticism of the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees has helped spark a vital global discussion about how to make the entertainment industry more inclusive. Cheryl Boone Isaacs said “the whole discussion about diversity is a great discussion, because now it’s at the top of […]

Collison’s 18 points lead Kings to 94-90 preseason win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Darren Collison scored 18 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 16 to lead the Sacramento Kings to as 94-90 preseason victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. The Kings ran off 12 straight points in the fourth quarter and held Portland scoreless for more than 5 minutes in taking a […]