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NBA struggles during 1950s, begins its rise later in decade

Oct. 20, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

A career in the NBA seemed such an uncertainty as the 1950s arrived that Bob Cousy considered driving school a better option than playing for a team he didn’t even know how to find on a map. “Basketball was at the bottom of the totem pole,” said Cousy, one of the...

Lapchick family felt backlash due to Knicks coach's views

Oct. 19, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Richard E. Lapchick shares some of the backlash his family felt that was directed at his father, former Knicks coach Joe Lapchick, for signing the first Black player to an NBA contract in 1950. The experience led him to his work today; Richard directs the Institute for...

South Carolina awards Staley 7-year, $22.4 million contract

Oct. 15, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It certainly was a big day for Dawn Staley. South Carolina's national championship coach thought it was just as important for women's basketball and gender equity. Staley and the school announced a new, seven-year contract that will pay her $2.9...

Fallout continues from Gruden resignation over emails

Oct. 12, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

The NFL is not planning to make public any of the hundreds of thousands of emails it obtained as part of an investigation of the Washington Football Team, some of which led to the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden. “Based on the material that we have...

Syracuse, MEAC agree to 10-year partnership on and off field

Sep. 23, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

In the dead of winter Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack was brainstorming about the future and how to make some sort of social impact through sports. "My thought was, is there a chance for us to maybe schedule our nonconference with a little more purpose in some...

He started cycling during pandemic, now leads rides, models

Sep. 18, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A month after buying a bicycle to help him stave off cabin fever during quarantine last year, Siddeeq Shabazz went on his first group ride through Manayunk and Conshohocken with the K.R.T. Cycling Team. “They kicked my you-know-what, but I finished...

Nebraska-Oklahoma provided stage for Black stars in '70s

Sep. 15, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Half a century ago, the Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry games offered a grand stage for the best Black college football players while the South dragged its feet on integration. With Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers, Rich Glover and Willie Harper and...

New exhibit explores legacy of segregated swimming pools

Sep. 11, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — I didn’t experience the joy of water — the calm crashing waves, the confidence of swimming in the deep end, canoeing and rowing — until I was in my 30s. It wasn’t that I was uneasy around water as a child. When I had access to a pool, I’d...

Sam Cunningham, who starred at USC and in NFL, dies at 71

Sep. 07, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sam “Bam” Cunningham, an All-American fullback at Southern California whose performance against Alabama was credited with helping to integrate football in the South and who went on to a record-setting career with the New England Patriots, died Tuesday. He was 71. ...

Diversity study: NBA has racial-hiring gains in GMs, coaches

Aug. 25, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

A diversity report found the NBA continues to lead men’s professional sports in racial and gender hiring practices, fueled by more general managers and assistant coaches of color in the league. Wednesday’s report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in...