Pelicans, Blazers, Kings Make Deal; Evans Headed to New Orleans

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SACRAMENTO – New Orleans, Portland and Sacramento have agreed to a three-team trade sending guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings, people familiar with the deal said. The people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because NBA […]

Kings’ Rookies McLemore & McCallum are “Ready To Rock” New Era

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NORTH NATOMAS — At this point in his life, hopefully Ben McLemore should not have to worry about where his next meal is coming from. After the Sacramento Kings made him their No. 7 pick in the first round of the NBA Draft last week, McLemore could, if he desire, buy other unfortunate families a […]

Kings take Kansas’ McLemore at No. 7 in 1st Round

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NORTH NATOMAS – Despite many surprises in the 2013 NBA Draft, it’s a fact that Ben McLemore will start the new era of the Sacramento Kings. A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Kansas, McLemore was taken by the Kings with the No. 7 pick. McLemore averaged 15.9 points and 5.2 rebounds as a freshman for the […]

Craig Robinson Feature—“This Is the End”

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SAN FRANCISCO – Comedian Craig Robinson, who audiences may best remember as Darryl Philbin, the warehouse manager on the long-running hit NBC TV show, “The Office,” is now enjoying even more success on the big screen. Robinson, 41, most recently starred with Kerry Washington (TV’s “Scandal”) in the family comedy, “Peeples” and in the end […]

Deacon Jones of Famed Fearsome Foursome Dead at 74

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WASHINGTION – David “Deacon” Jones, the original sackmaster, has died. The Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was 74. The Washington Redskins said that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California on Monday night. “Deacon Jones was one of the […]

Jason Kidd Retiring From NBA After 19 Seasons

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NEW YORK — Jason Kidd became one of the best by making others better. He turned around a longtime-losing franchise, guided another to a championship, and helped his last one to its first division title since the year he came into the NBA 19 years ago. Teammates loved him. The U.S. national team needed him. […]

Tavis Smiley Marks 10th Year on PBS

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LOS ANGELES – Tavis Smiley has stood out in 20 years in broadcasting, and he has no intention of changing his style or substance. He’s the rare Black host with national TV and radio platforms, one who sees his job as challenging Americans to examine their assumptions on such thorny issues as poverty, education, and […]

Al Zaid and the Platters

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SACRAMENTO – No, Al Zaid is not the silky-smooth lead singer as Tony Williams was for the original Platters. But when Zaid perform here in Sacramento on May 18, concert goers will notice that he is close enough to the guy who sang golden classics from the age of Rock and Roll. Zaid and the […]

Shonda Rhimes: When You’re Hot, You’re Hot

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HOLLYWOOD — It happens every now then. A television show so hot that fans wait with bated breath for it to air each week. The next day it is a major topic of discussion in offices, in beauty salons, on the Internet, etc. And, of course, the show’s ratings are in the stratosphere. Such is […]

PepsiCo Pulls Racist Mountain Dew Ad After Criticism [VIDEO]

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NEW YORK — PepsiCo is once again learning the risks of celebrity partnerships after an ad for Mountain Dew was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. The soda and snack food company said it immediately pulled the 60-second spot after learning that people found it was offensive. The ad […]