Sports

4:54am

Wed December 10, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Deford: What's Wrong With Pro Athletes Taking A Stand?

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:23 am

Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., before a game last month. The players faced a backlash from St. Louis police and have been asked to apologize.
L.G. Patterson AP

A common complaint I've long heard was that current athletes were selfish and not politically involved like their passionate forebears –– players like Jim Brown, Billie Jean King, Bill Russell and Arthur Ashe.

My response was, "Well, how many of the modern athletes' peers are especially engaged in social controversy?" It wasn't fair to compare the sensibility of the athletes of, say, 1995 or 2005 to those of 1965; the apt comparison is with other members of their own cohort.

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5:24pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Sports

More Professional Athletes Starting To Find Their Political Voices

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:47 pm

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2:24pm

Tue December 9, 2014
The Two-Way

NFL Quarterback Cam Newton Injures Back In Car Crash

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:39 pm

A truck driven by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sits near Bank of America Stadium after the quarterback was involved in an accident Tuesday.
Skip Foreman AP

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered two fractured in his back Tuesday but escaped without other injury, after a vehicle he was driving crashed around 12:30 p.m. ET. The truck reportedly flipped several times on a bridge in central Charlotte, where Church Street passes over Interstate 277.

"The severity of Newton's injuries was not immediately available but witnesses told Channel 9 that Newton's truck flipped four times," WSOC Channel 9 TV reports.

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5:25am

Tue December 9, 2014
Sports

Jets Coach Promises No Tanking In Game Against Equally Awful Titans

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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5:19pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Author Interviews

Perry Wallace, Who Broke Basketball Barriers, Didn't Set Out To Be A Pioneer

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:44 pm

Perry Wallace, playing for Vanderbilt University, blocks the shot of 'Pistol' Pete Maravich, circa 1970.
Frank Empson The Tennessean

Language advisory: Quotes in this story contain language some find offensive.


Many people are familiar with the big stories of racial integration in sports — Jackie Robinson with the Dodgers, Althea Gibson at Wimbledon. But after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, many lesser-known African American athletes became "firsts" — whether they liked that distinction or not.

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4:31pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Sports

College Football Playoffs Won't Please Everyone

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:49 am

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11:31am

Mon December 8, 2014
The Two-Way

IOC Unveils Changes Including Lower Bidding Costs, More Sports At Olympics

A reduced cost of bidding, a new Olympic channel and a more flexible program that could see the inclusion of new sports — those are among the recommendation approved unanimously today by the International Olympic Committee at its meeting in Monaco.

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5:07am

Mon December 8, 2014
Sports

Buffalo Bills Flag Officials For Excessive Celebration On Losing Play

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 7:44 am

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4:57am

Mon December 8, 2014
Sports

Texas Teams (Correctly) Shut Out Of New College Football Playoffs

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 9:35 am

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4:57pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Sports

Why Do The College Playoffs Only Have 4 Teams?

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 1:31 pm

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