NEW YORK –A
record 39 NBA players will be featured on national team rosters for the
basketball tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games, up from 28 in 2008.
The games will also showcase a
record 18 former NBA players on team rosters bringing the total number
of current and former players competing to 57.
This year’s rosters
also represent the most-ever national teams with NBA representation, with
11 of the 12 teams having at least one current NBA player.
Twenty-one NBA teams have players
represented on national team rosters with the San Antonio Spurs topping
the list with six.
NEW YORK– The WNBA will be heavily represented at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
with as many as 38 current and former players among those who will go for
the gold beginning Saturday, July 28.
In all, a current or former
WNBA player dots the roster of nine of the 12 countries participating in
this year’s Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee is expected
to officially announce the nation’s respective rosters on July 27.
Each of the 12 members of the U.S.
Olympic Women’s Basketball Team currently play in the WNBA, led by a trio
of two-time Olympic gold medalists –
YORK -- Miami's championship defense will begin where they won
last season's title, and the first game for the Brooklyn Nets will be at
home against their now-crosstown rival.
and the Heat will raise their title banner at home on Oct. 30 against theBoston Celtics
as part of an opening-night tripleheader, meaning Ray Allen's first
game with Miami will come against his former club and in a rematch of
last season's seven-game Eastern Conference finals.
NORTH CAROLINA -- George Williams,
the current track and field coach at CIAA’s St. Augustine College, is
not only a great collegiate coach, but he is also a former US Men’s
Olympic Team coach.
Williams was given his first opportunity to coach at
the Olympic level in the late 90’s as the Assistant Coach for the 1996
US Olympic Track and Field team in Atlanta, GA.
After that, he earned
the position of Head Coach for the 2004 Men’s US Olympic Track and Field
team in Athens, Greece.
FRANKFORT, Ky. –
Director of Athletics, Dr. Denisha L. Hendricks, has been selected by
her alma mater, Auburn University, as a recipient of the institution’s
prestigious Young Alumni Achievement
Young Alumni Achievement Award was created to recognize extraordinary
accomplishments by members of the Auburn family who are 40 years of age
or under. Sixteen recipients
were selected for significant achievement in their professional lives
and/or for distinguished community service.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Back in May of 1987, UPI writer Thomas Ferraro penned an article on Joe Paterno entitled "IN THE WORLD OF COLLEGE ATHLETICS . . . :
HE'S NOT AN AVERAGE JOE : Paterno Wants to Win--and Usually Does--but
What Sets Him Apart From Many Football Coaches Is That He Won't Put
Game Ahead of Academics, Integrity.
Here is that article in its entirety.
PARK, Pa. — Joe Paterno shifts uncomfortably on the couch of his office
at Penn State University and makes a confession about his
NORFOLK, Va. – Last season, the Norfolk State football team had the
element of surprise on its side.
Picked to finish fifth in the preseason
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference poll, the Spartans proceeded to win
their first-ever MEAC title
The Spartans won’t have the luxury of surprise this season. NSU
topped the preseason MEAC poll with 11 first-place votes and 454 total
NSU was one of six teams to receive first-place votes in
the poll. South Carolina State received four first-place votes and 432
points to finish second behind NSU.
PETERSBURG, Va. -- The CIAA announced its Pre-season All-Conference Football Team and Predicted Order of
Finish at Thursday’s Football Press Conference and Luncheon
This year's press conference featured the 2012 season theme, “One
Century Down,” a tribute to the continued celebration of the
conference’s 100th Anniversary.
Each football coach was
interviewed by Stan Lewter of Urban Sports and Entertainment Group as
they shared their outlooks for the upcoming year.
Viewers and members of
the media participating online also contributed to the conversation via
GRAMBLING, La. -- An attorney for the city of Grambling, La., has asked the NCAA
infractions committee to vacate some of Joe Paterno's record 409
Division I victories.
Grambling is the home of Grambling State
University. Coach Eddie Robinson led Grambling to 408 victories during
his career with the Tigers, a total that was passed by Paterno less than
two weeks before he was fired as the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse
City attorney Pamela Breedlove said she filed the
request with the approval of Mayor Edward Jones because the university
is such a valued and important part of the city.
NEW YORK -- Benjamin Egbuna, who has over 20 years experience working with prison detainees in New York, presentsA LETTER TO MY SON- a new book on public safety.
"It’s all about you, and your safety.
It’s a how to, and what not to do. An excellent pocket book," he says.
In this straight-to-the-point letter, Mr. Egbuna manages to get the
reader to think, to feel, and equally to get their imagination to go
* Have you ever been stopped, and frisked? Find out why.
* Find out why Black folks can never be called racists.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- I know when the summer is getting closer to ending because the CIAA
is holding its football media day very soon.
That will come on Thursday
when the coaches get together in Petersburg, Virginia with the contest
being which coach can say the least about their team.
day is nothing more than a chance for coaches to vote on a preseason
poll, but as for actually getting information from the coaches - forget
A lot of coaches are still trying to figure out which players
will be showing up so it’s hard for them to talk about how well their
teams might do.
TUCKER, Ga. -- The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its Preseason
Football All-Conference Team and Predicted Order of Finish at its 2012
Football Luncheon on Tuesday.
Defending SIAC champion Miles, led by first team quarterback David
Thomas and first team running back Jordan Lewis, has been picked by
conference coaches in the preseason to win the West Division and face
East Division favorite Morehouse in the Nov. 10 SIAC Championship Game.
Miles was picked ahead of Tuskegee and Stillman in the West, garnering
five first-place votes.
CINCINNATI -- In
its first-ever international choral competition, Oakwood’s Aeolians
Choir won three gold medals in its three competing categories, at the
Cincinnati-hosted 7th World Choir Games, July 4-14.
Director Jason Max Ferdinand explained, "In The Music of the Religions,
Musica Contemporanea and The Spirituals, we won gold in each."
category, which was new this time, we got the CHAMPIONSHIP rank. (As
in... the sporting Olympics, no one can win outright per se.
BIRMINGHAM - The Southwestern Athletic Conference
announced the 2012 Preseason All-Conference football team on Monday at
the annual Media Day event at the Birmingham Marriott.
Grambling State running back Dawarence Roberts was chosen as
the preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Jackson State
defensive lineman Joseph LeBeau was tabbed preseason Defensive Player of
Roberts rushed for 1,102 yards in 2011, averaging 5.5 yards
per carry. He scored eight touchdowns and averaged 110.
NEW YORK -- The first civilization of ancient America is called the Olmec.
was located along the Mexican Gulf Coast and began more than three thousand
The most significant and widely acknowledged sculptural
representations of African people in the Western Hemisphere (the "New World")
were sculpted by the Olmecs.
The Olmec developed the first civilization of the
At least seventeen monumental basalt stone heads, each weighing ten to
forty tons, have been unearthed in Olmec sites along the Mexican Gulf Coast.
HOUSTON -- Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican candidate for President, spoke at our Convention in Houston Wednesday morning.
He praised the NAACP and acknowledged the importance of our leadership
today. He recognized that "many barriers remain, old inequities persist
[and] in some ways the challenges are even more complicated than
The NAACP's fight for fairness, equality, and social justice is
nonpartisan, and the election this November will have a big impact on
our ongoing fight for civil rights all over America.
Southfield, MI-- More than toys, dolls for
girls, are a reflection of how they look and see themselves.
At a very
early age, girls begin to shape their self image, and it is that image
that they hold on to throughout their lives.
Throughout the world, girls
learn what is positive through the messages taught to them not only by
their families and teachers but also through play.
educators who study doll play say dolls are among the most important
toys of childhood
Doll play provides an opportunity for children to
begin to see their own place in the world which is essential for
physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
WASHINGTON — Tens of
thousands of people around the world whose computers were infected with
malware last year may lose their Internet access when a US government
fix expires, security experts say.
The problem stems from
malware known as DNS Changer, which was created by cybercriminals to
redirect Internet traffic by hijacking the domain name systems of Web
The ring behind the DNS
Changer virus, discovered in 2007, was shut down last year by the US
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Estonian police and other law
NEW YORK -- You lock away your
valuables to keep them safe.
But there’s one valuable you may have
forgotten: Your sight. If you are African American age 40 or older, have
diabetes, or have a family history of glaucoma, you are at higher risk.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve of the
eye and result in vision loss and blindness. Primary open-angle glaucoma
is the most common form.
In this condition, fluid builds up in the
front chamber of the eye, and the optic nerve is damaged by the
resulting increase in eye pressure.
NEW HAVEN, Ct. (BP) -- For most of
last month, the sports world celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title
IX, the amendment that all but put an end to sexual discrimination in
regards high school -- and most importantly -- collegiate sports.
While that form of sexual bias has
made the sporting field a bit more equal, the battle within the press
box and locker rooms of sports tells another story.
Unlike that old
cigarette Virginia Slims commercial, they've not "come a long way" since
the days of Phyllis George and others because of the old boy network
that still exists.