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, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

BET Enters The Boxing Arena With Roc Nation Sports Alliance

NEW YORK (AP) — BET is storming out of its corner with its first-ever rounds of professional boxing. The network, which has traditionally programmed entertainment, music, news and public affairs for the African-American audience, , told The Associated Press it has partnered with Roc Nation Sports to air up to nine live, two-hour telecasts of […]

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: The Exploitation of Black Athletes

WASHINGNTON – Under its television deal, each Big-10 university will receive $24.6 million annually. The Pac-12′s new television deal will pay each member $22 million a year. Each member of the Big 12 will get $20 million and ACC universities will receive $17 million when each academic year kicks off. To put those figures in […]

Film Review: 42

NATIONWIDE – Jackie Robinson’s life is lesson in courage. It’s a sobering but inspiring reminder of the barbaric cruelty of racism and those who rallied against it. This revealing film tracks his ascension from the Negro Leagues to Major League Baseball. And though you think you may know his story, you couldn’t possibly fathom the […]

Regular Refs Back to Work After Agreement

NEW YORK – The NFL’s regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn’t have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans. After two days of marathon negotiations – and mounting frustration across the league and among its fans – the NFL and the officials’ union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative eight-year […]