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BY JACK HARRIS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bob Kendrick beamed with pride as he looked at the broken painting. In black and gray strokes of charcoal and pastel, four men are depicted. They sit around a dinner table. Their hands are clasped together. Their heads are bowed as they…

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Amid a long-running legal battle, the Florida House appears poised to pass a bill that would allow high-school speakers to offer remarks, including prayers, over public-address systems before athletic championship games. The House on Tuesday took up the bill (HB 1027)…

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BY CHRIS VIVLAMORE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION/TNS AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lee Elder had a clear path to the first tee at Augusta National. Arriving again, 46 years after he became the first Black player to compete at the Masters, the 86-year-old Elder took part in the ceremonial tee shot to start t…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University has announced the departure of Vanessa Blair-Lewis, head women’s basketball coach. She is leaving to accept the head women’s basketball coach position at George Mason University. Blair-Lewis, hired in 2008, posted an overall 196-168 rec…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University has announced the departure of Vanessa Blair-Lewis, head women’s basketball coach. She is leaving to accept the head women’s basketball coach position at George Mason University. Blair-Lewis, hired in 2008, posted an overall 196-168 rec…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) announced on March 30 the departure of Ryan Ridder, head basketball coach. He has accepted the position at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Ridder, hired in 2017, posted an over all 48-45 record in three seasons as head coa…

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Players ready to discuss moving event from Atlanta. BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE The Atlanta Braves have plans to operate its 41,000-seat Truist Park at 100 percent capacity by June.  The team estimates that more than 100,000 people will attend events as part of Major League Baseball’s Al…

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BY PAT LEONARD NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS It’s official: The NFL has expanded its regular season to 17 games. The league’s owners approved the one-game increase on the first day of their virtual meetings on Tuesday, March 30, reducing the pre-season from four games to three, as well. The 17th g…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES After sitting out 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is back in action for 2021. The Division 1 men’s college basketball tournament is customarily played on home courts, but is breaking from tradition this year, hosting t…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES A new sports field that will mostly serve local youth will be named after Norma J. Poole Bland, a longtime community activist who died last year. The city of Daytona Beach has named the new football and soccer field on the southwest corner of Derbyshire Park –…

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FOX Sports and Good Sports donate fitness equipment to Boys & Girls Club at the Dickerson Center. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES During the pandemic, it has been challenging to keep local youth playing, participating in sports and physically active. However, the local Boys & Girls C…

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BY FRED GOODALL ASSOCIATED PRESS TAMPA— Tom Brady’s coming back. So is Bruce Arians. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are already thinking about what it’ll take to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The challenge begins with trying to keep some key components together for next season. Brady threw three…

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Locals reflect on the legendary Temple coach’s impact while a student at Bethune-Cookman. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Local residents are mourning the loss of renowned college coach John Chaney, who died on Jan. 29 at the age of 89. Chaney began his basketball career as a player at Bethu…

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BY MARK LONG ASSOCIATED PRESS Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will feel right at home in the Super Bowl. The Buccaneers made history at Green Bay on Sunday as they defeated the Packers 31-26 in the NFC championship game. Tampa Bay (14-5) is the first team to play a Super Bowl in its […]

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BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE Bianca Smith has made baseball history. Smith, who most recently served as an assistant baseball coach and hitting coordinator at Wisconsin’s Carroll University, was named a coach in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. Smith, 29, becomes the first Black wo…

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BY MATT BAKER TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS Florida quarterback Kyle Trask’s bid at Gators history fell short Tuesday night when Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith won the Heisman Trophy as college football’s most outstanding player. Trask was one of the four finalists. Trask broke program records in pass…

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BY JULIE POE ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO — Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling home to California for the Christmas holiday. The star U.S. women’s national team striker announced she and her family received positive tests at the end of the year on Twi…

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Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division is forming teams for its men’s adult softball league. Teams will play Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning Jan. 19 at Robert Strickland Park, 1670 Strickland Range Road, Daytona Beach. The cost is $475 for men’s teams, which will play …

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League still low on minority coaches, senior operations jobs BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE Ron Rivera of the Washington Football Team was the only minority head coach hired in the NFL heading into the 2020 season and, to the highest-ranking African American in the sport, that’s unacceptabl…

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BY JACK HARRIS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS One hundred years later, the Negro Leagues are finally, officially, a major league too. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Wednesday that seven of the historic all-Black professional baseball leagues, which operated between 1920 and …

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES The 63rd annual Daytona 500 will play host to a limited number of fans. The reduced venue capacity for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series opener is set for Sunday, Feb. 14, as well as all events part of Daytona Speedweeks Presented by Advent Health (Feb. 9-14). “The Dayt…

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L.O.V.E. Golftech, Inc. will host its Vernon Echols Memorial Classic. Oct. 30-Nov. 1. The golf tournament will be held at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach. The original tournament began in 1998 when Echols wanted a way to give back to his community. Echols died last year, …

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES There may not be any HBCU football this fall, but the Bethune-Cookman University Volusia County Alumni Chapter – also known as the “Mother Chapter” – is giving Wildcat Nation a reason to cheer. Well, actually nine reasons. The chapter is showing screenings of …

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES The date for the 63rd  annual Daytona 500 is set for Feb. 14, 2021. It will mark the 40th straight time (dating back to 1982) that the race has started off NASCAR’s season. Just a week later, on Feb. 21, NASCAR racing in Florida will continue with Homestead-Miami…

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Prep football is back with popular local teams facing off. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES In a highly anticipated local pre matchup, Mainland High School slipped Spruce Creek High 13-10 at Pop Johnson Field on the campus of Spruce Creek in Port Orange Sept. 18. The game was a defensive batt…

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BY RICK BONNELL CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/TNS Michael Jordan says the deal that will make him primary owner of a NASCAR team came together rapidly in the past 10 days. He will pair with longtime Cup driver Denny Hamlin to form a single-car team for the 2021 season. Bubba Wallace, the only Black dri…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES After a long wait, high school football is officially back as most local prep squads hit the gridiron this week. There are plenty of games on slate this week for local public high schools with a number of them slated for the night of Sept. 18. The biggest game on […]

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BY THUC NHI NGUYEN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Sparks forward Candace Parker was chosen Associated Press defensive player of the year on Sept. 15 after leading the WNBA in rebounding. With 9.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game this season, Parker anchored the third-rated Sparks defense as th…

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BY ALEX ANDREJEV THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/TNS NASCAR’s Truck Series is changing its official title next year, switching from the “Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series” to the “Camping World Truck Series” in 2021. Camping World will transition back as the series partner next year, Camping Worl…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES School is back after much anticipation and so is high school football. Most football teams are practicing while a few are already playing games. Local public schools are set to play the first game of the regular season next week on Sept. 17 or Sept. 18. The se…

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BY JIM TURNER NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A limited number of Miami football fans can make plans to watch college and professional games in person next month, even as South Florida remains behind the rest of the state in reopening its economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. R…

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Argentina native Alberto Palmetta and New York native TreSean Wiggins are preparing for a WBA International Title fight on Aug. 15 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on TyC Sports International as the first fight in the Payne…

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BY CHUCK SCHILKEN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS The Rock is now an owner of the XFL. Actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson has teamed with business partner Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital, a private investment firm run by former Goldman Sachs executive Gerry Cardinale, to buy the spr…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Youth sports are trying to make a comeback. Last month, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in Florida started back competition. Local AAU clubs like the New Wave girls’ basketball program in Daytona, which fields a high school aged girls’ squad, is back in compe…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The sports world continues to make a comeback during the coronavirus pandemic. It is summer break, but high school sports are also attempting to make a return. On July 9, the Volusia County School District let its fall sports begin summer workouts. Fall sports…

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BY JASON ANDERSON THE SACRAMENTO BEE / TNS Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook said he has tested positive for COVID-19. Westbrook made the announcement Monday morning on Twitter, saying he tested positive before the Rockets left Houston to resume the NBA season at Walt Disney World Reso…

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BY ANTHONY CHIANG MIAMI HERALD / TNS When the NBA season resumes at Walt Disney World, Jimmy Butler will be one of the few players without a social justice message on the back of his jersey. And the Miami Heat All Star is hoping he won’t have to wear his last name on his jersey […]

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES New Smyrna Beach native Sean Washington has stepped down as head coach at Pine Ridge High in Deltona. He is taking a job as tight ends coach at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) located in Itta Beta, Mississippi. “I felt it was the right opportunity. …

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COMPILED BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Even as cases of the coronavirus continue to rise worldwide, the sports world is trying to return in some fashion. Some pro sports have already returned including auto racing, wrestling, mixed martial arts, and boxing, while others are in the process …

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BY SONAIYA KELLEY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS A scripted drama about Colin Kaepernick’s formative years is in the works, Netflix announced Monday. “Colin in Black & White,” a six-episode scripted drama series, will explore the high school years of the former quarterback and activist, with the …

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES After a week of speculation, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU is moving to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). On Thursday, the university announced that its Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept an invitation to join the SWAC. B-CU says the m…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES TALLAHASSEE – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees has approved the university’s move to join the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. The move was approved by SWAC member schools 10-0 on June 4. “W…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University Men’s Head Basketball Coach Ryan Ridder officially announced on Tuesday the signing of five players to National Letters of Intent. Collins Joseph, Calvin Poulina, Khalyl Simmons, K.J. Simon and Mikey West will join the Wildcats for the …

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New Smyrna Beach standout reflects on draft, college degree BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Former New Smyrna Beach High star Darrynton Evans was taken in the third round of the National Football League (NFL) Draft by the Tennessee Titans last weekend. The elated player was surrounded by lov…

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BY CHUCK SCHILKEN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS The International Olympic Committee took the extraordinary step Tuesday of postponing the 2020 Tokyo Games, which were scheduled to start July 24, because of the coronavirus outbreak. Just how extraordinary was this step? This marks only the fourth tim…

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BY CALLIE CAPLAN THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/TNS Feeling stir-crazy without sports as daily life has nearly shut down in response to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic? Mark Cuban might be able to help. The Mavericks’ owner offered an optimistic timeline for the NBA’s potential return duri…

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BY MATT MURSCHEL ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS Like millions of Americans across the country, college athletes are adapting to drastic changes due to the coronavirus outbreak. The NCAA canceled all winter and spring championships last week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It ended not only the m…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The sports world has halted with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended the season on March 12 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus before a game with the Oklahoma City Thunder.…

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COMPILED BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The coronavirus is taking its toll on the sport world too. The NBA is suspending the rest of its season because of the coronavirus. The Ivy League cancelled its basketball tournaments. Regular season champions Yale (men) and Princeton (women) will be …

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