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Tigers Come Back to Beat Royals in Conference Finale

Posted on 14 November 2014 by Donte

ewc11.18By MIKE BONTS
Florida Sports Wire
In the final Sun Conference football game of the season for both schools, Warner University fell on the road to Edward Waters College 20-14 in triple overtime. TContinue Reading

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Jaguars enter bye week looking to replace leading receiver, faster improvement

Posted on 14 November 2014 by Donte

Jaguars CowboysBy MIKE BONTS
Florida Sports Wire

Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 31-17 win over the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium Sunday. TContinue Reading

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Jaguars offense sputters in 27-13 loss to Dolphins

Posted on 01 November 2014 by Donte

Dolphins Jaguars FootballNext home game at EverBank Field, Nov. 30 against the Giants

By FRED WITT
Florida Sports Wire
Two interceptions were returned for touchdowns to spark the Miami Dolphins’ 27-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) on Sunday.

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Edward Waters College routs Glory Eagles; Now Face No. 1 Ranked Tigers

Posted on 30 August 2014 by Donte

tigers8_23_14Edward Waters College tuned up the offense Saturday, Aug. 23 with a 65-10 season-opening win over the University of Faith at Raines High School.
The defense held the visitors to 238 yards of offense while the EWC offense racked up 638 yards. TContinue Reading

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Jacksonville track star killed in Ga. car crash

Posted on 03 August 2014 by Donte

LawrenceFormer Jacksonville high school and University of Georgia champion sprinter Torrin Lawrence died early Monday morning, July 28 in a car accident on Interstate 75 near Cordele, Ga. TContinue Reading

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Ray Dukes Named NAIA Preseason All-American

Posted on 19 July 2014 by Donte

dukesJacksonville, Florida- Edward Waters Redshirt Junior Running Back/Kick Returner Ray Dukes has been named a 2014 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Preseason All-American by USA College Football. The 5’9, 160lb, Jacksonville native was ranked in the NAIA’s Top 40 in six statistical categories during the 2013 season. TContinue Reading

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UNF women’s basketball team participates in Chillin4Charity

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Donte

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After being challenged, several members of the University of North Florida UNBF Cold Water Challenge on Wednesday, June 25 afternoon in support
of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Head coach Mary Tappmeyer, assistant TContinue Reading

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Tony Gwynn, sweet-swinging ‘Mr. Padre,’ dies at 54

Posted on 16 June 2014 by Donte

 Tony GwynnTony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of the game’s greatest hitters, died of cancer Monday. He was 54.
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Shelly Sterling agrees to sell LA Clippers to former CEO Steve Ballmer

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Donte

Layout 1 (Page 1)Shelly Sterling reached an agreement Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion in what would be a record deal if approved by the NBA, according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations. TContinue Reading

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MAYOR ALVIN BROWN HONORS TWO LOCAL SCHOOL BASKETBALL PROGRAMS FOR TEAM VICTORIES

Posted on 17 April 2014 by Admin Arthia

Mayor Alvin Brown unnamed (18)

Students from two local schools were honored by Mayor Alvin Brown Monday evening during a news conference and reception.
Both the Ribault High School girls and Somerset Academy boys basketball teams were presented with awards for their winning 2013/­2014 seasons.
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FAMU Appoints College & Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow New Athletic Director

Posted on 12 April 2014 by Admin Arthia

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Florida A&M University (FAMU) has named College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow as the university’s new athletic director. FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., made the announcement today. Winslow will begin work in his new role starting TContinue Reading

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Legendary Jacksonville Boxer Dead At 70

Posted on 20 September 2013 by Admin Arthia

Kenneth Howard Norton

The Jacksonville born championship boxer, known for a his 12-round victory over Muhammad Ali, when he famously broke Ali’s jaw, on March 31, 1973, has died. Kenneth Howard Norton, also known as the Jaw Breaker and Black Hercules passed away in Arizona on September 18 at age 70.
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OJ GRANTED PAROLE

Posted on 04 August 2013 by Admin Arthia

At 66, former football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole. Simpson was originally sentenced to nine to 33 years for the 2007 stick up of two memorabilia dealers, Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.

Simpson will likely face another four years in jail as he TContinue Reading

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MATHIS MOVING ON FROM JAGUARS

Posted on 18 March 2013 by Admin Arthia

He won’t be returning next season but CB Rashean Mathis is taking his leave from the Jacksonville Jaguars like a gentleman.

After the news was official last week, he stated: “I can only praise God. He allowed me

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SNEAK PEAK: Georgia Star’s Best of 2012

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Highlights of our Georgia Star 2012 year in review

Who made this year’s list of what was most talked about in Georgia for 2012? Our team highlights some of our more memorable stories.
When our paper hits newstands, you’ll see who broke a traditon at a church that stood for well over 100 years. You’ll also see who went from mom to momprenuer. You’ll recall which official got caught in scandal and what senior citizens did to fight back.
From Oprah to open house at the first female owned tertiary level institution, the NAACP to the RYCA’s, you’ll learn who gave south Georgia something to talk about this weekend in The Star!

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Jags Donate 1,000 Holiday Meals To Greater Jacksonville Families

Posted on 20 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Jacksonville Jaguars spread holiday cheer (Photo Jaguars)

In the spirit of the season of giving, the Jacksonville Jaguars, PEPSI, Winn-Dixie and Second Harvest North Florida are partnering to provide food over the next week for 1,000 families in time for the Christmas holiday. TContinue Reading

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SUNSHINE SHOWDOWN: Florida Runs Over FSU With Big Fourth Quarter, 37-26

Posted on 04 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

 By MIKE BONTS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida’s running game went into high gear Saturday as the Gators ended a two game losing skid to FSU with a 37-26 win before 83,429 in Tallahassee.
With 140 yards on 24 carries and two TDs senior Mike Gillislee became the first Florida player to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season since Ciatrick Fason in 2004. Florida rushed for 244 yards on 47 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground – FSU had been giving up 70.6 yards per game.
“We had a lot of confidence coming in here being able to run the football.  We’ve run it well versus everybody.  We’ve run it well versus better defenses,” said Florida coach Will Muschamp.

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Trial To Triumph: Brunswick’s Baker Brothers

Posted on 09 June 2012 by The Florida Star Online

Written by: Arthia Nixon
Photo by: Luke Engram, MME

“ I could see my God working through him, because before I talked to him, I was outside his office telling my mother, ‘ There is no way we can pay for this. I don’t even know why we came all the way up here just to get denied!” God showed me that if you just put your trust in him he’ll make a way. I was blessed to have received the $80,000 Oprah Winfrey Scholarship. All I have to do is maintain a 3.0 and I’ll keep it. That scholarship will pay a big chunk of my school’s cost and take a big load off my mother’s back. Shout out to Oprah!” – Akeem Baker, left with brother Rafeal.

When you first meet brothers Akeem and Rafeal Baker, there is an instant attraction. Both are young, intelligent, witty and charming black men who are excited about life and eager to put their best foot forward. Despite the fact that they are now legally adults, they end their sentences during their interview with me respectfully with “yes ma’am” or “beg your pardon ma’am?”, evidence that southern hospitality and good old fashioned manners from mom still reigns in some households. However, if you’re lucky to engage in conversation with them, one might wonder how it’s possible that the two 18 year-olds are not twins. TContinue Reading

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First African American Polo Team Wins National Title

Posted on 21 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

The Cowtown-Work to Ride team took home the gold after beating out the crew from Baltimore in the National Interscholastic Championship at the Virginia Polo Center.

A polo team from Philadelphia made history in central Virginia on Sunday when they became the first all African-American team to win a national title.

The Cowtown-Work to Ride team took home the gold after beating out the crew from Baltimore in the National Interscholastic Championship at the Virginia Polo Center.

The top polo players say it feels great to be a part of this monumental achievement in their sport.

Brandon Rease, of the winning team said, “If you get involved with it and want to do really good in it, you just practice every day and, a sport is a sport, no matter if it’s for black, white, anything.”

This was the 42nd year for the tournament. The Philly team also had to beat out groups from California, Texas and Canada to be named the champions.

Who knew a bunch of black kids in Philadelphia would forgo basketball and football to play polo? The Philadelphia youth polo team, the Cowtown/Work to Ride based in Fairmount Park, is an all-black team and a force to be reckoned with in the world of polo.

The team won the 42nd annual USPA National Interscholastic Championship tournament over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

“It was awesome,” Cowtown/WTR Coach Lezlie Hiner told the Philadelphia Inquirer about her team’s 24–17 victory over Baltimore in the title game. “We’re known as a come-from-behind team, but the boys were so explosive in these games.”

The stars of the team are brothers Kareem Rosser, 18, and Daymar Rosser, 16, of West Philadelphia, and Brandon Rease, 15, of North Philadelphia. Kareem was named the No. 1 All-star at the competition and plans to attend Cornell after he graduates from Valley Forge Military Academy.

Lezlie Hiner started the team back in 1994 with the goal of exposing the sport to underprivileged kids. In exchange for horse-riding lessons, kids would help around the barns and take care of the horses.

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Sharks Defense Quell The Tampa Bay Storm For The Win 56-19

Posted on 04 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Scott Jurrens
Photo by Joseph Lorentzon

Monday night football returned to Jacksonville at Sea Best Field as the Jacksonville Sharks, the 2010 defending Southern Division champions, hosting The Tampa Bay Storm and obliterated them 56-19.

The Sharks defense or as fans might say, deFINse, took the Tampa Bay Storm out of the game early. The Storm received the ball first and promptly scored a touchdown on their first offensive play. The Sharks struck back immediately on an Aaron Garcia pass to Jomo Wilson and lead from that point on.

The Sharks added another touchdown (Terrence Smith) and field goal (Marco Capozzoli) in the first quarter. Sharks players Ventrell Jenkins added a 2-point safety, another touchdown each for Jomo Wilson and Terrence Smith in the second quarter before the Storm added six points by Jarriet Buie. At the half, the score was Sharks 33, Storm 13.

Terrence Smith scored his third touchdown of the night in the third quarter with 4:56 remaining on the game clock.

In the 4th quarter, the Storm got another six points on the scoreboard courtesy of Corey Surrency early in last quarter. After that, the Sharks Tyronne Gross scored two consecutive touchdowns and another defensive sack/safety by the Shark defense finished the game for the total of Sharks 56, Storm 19.

Approximately 6,000 fans showed up for this free game/scrimmage with a donation of a canned good for Second Harvest and even the parking was free. In only the second season of existence, diehard Shark fans showed up in custom Shark jerseys and costumes such as Land Shark, Hammer Head and Loan Shark as examples.

The Jacksonville Sharks open the 2011 season on the road on March 12 at 9:00 PM playing the Arizona Rattlers. The first Sharks home game is March 18 at 8:00 PM versus the Georgia Force on Game Show Night.

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Kobe Bryant Wins Fourth MVP

Posted on 28 February 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Los Angeles, CA – February 21, 2011 – Bryant won his record-tying fourth All-Star MVP award Sunday night with 37 points and 14 rebounds in the West’s 148-143 win over the East. Bryant was well aware he had a chance to tie Bob Pettit’s mark – and so were his fellow All-Stars.

“He deserved it,” Durant said. “Thirty-seven and 14? That’s unbelievable numbers. I wanted him to get 40, but the old fella kind of tired out a little bit.”

LeBron James racked up a silky-smooth triple-double. Kevin Durant dropped 34 points in 30 minutes. Amare Stoudemire slammed and jammed his way through Staples Center for 29 points.

And the NBA’s younger stars still were thrilled when Kobe Bryant took home one more MVP trophy from the All-Star game Sunday night.

“Everyone wanted him to get the MVP,” said Miami’s Dwyane Wade, last season’s MVP. “He came out very aggressive, as aggressive as I’ve seen anybody in an All-Star game.”

Both All-Star teams seemingly deferred to Bryant for much of the night, finding him on fast breaks and clearing a path for his dunks – a rarity these days for Bryant, who prefers to conserve the bounce in his aching knees. Bryant even threw down a slam against James’ defense in the third quarter, following it up with a 3-pointer.

“I’ve been there, you know what I mean?” Bryant said. “It’s not about that for me at this point in my career. It’s very important for the game to continue to have young stars emerge. … It’s important for me to step aside. It’s about me coming out and performing and staying healthy, and doing the right things after 15 years.”

Although Bryant is just 32, the Philadelphia prep-to-pro star is in his 15th NBA season, and several current All-Stars – particularly young Los Angeles natives Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love – grew up watching his partnership with Shaquille O’Neal during the Lakers’ first three-peat. That reverence is reflected throughout the season, but was particularly obvious in this exhibition.

Bryant fell short of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star record 42 points in 1962, but not for lack of trying by his teammates. He went scoreless in the final 6:48.

“I wish we could have,” New Orleans guard Chris Paul said. “But Kobe is one of those guys who has been in the league for 13 years, but it seems like he’s getting younger, so he’ll have another opportunity.”

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Wake Forest Baseball Coach Donates Kidney to Player

Posted on 12 February 2011 by The Florida Star Online

ATLANTA — Outfielder Kevin Jordan focused his research on the opportunity for playing time when he was offered a scholarship at Wake Forest But, his father Keith had another set of priorities: Who is this coach, Tom Walter? Will he look out for my son? Oh, but that answere will come in due time.

Keith Jordan dug back to the coach’s previous tenure at the University of New Orleans. He discovered that, even though Hurricane Katrina had left Walter’s home in 12 feet of water, attention to his team’s needs never wavered.

Walter supervised the players’ temporary relocation to the campus of New Mexico State. And he vowed to assist anyone weighing a transfer to another college. “A lot of coaches wouldn’t have done that,” Jordan said Wednesday.

Far fewer would do what Walter did this week: donate a kidney to a player. Among the many questions Jordan had posed about the coach, one had never occurred to him: Would he part with a vital organ if his son needed it?

“Any player on the team, past or present,” Walter said during a goodnews conference at Emory University Hospital, two days after surgeons transferred one of his kidneys into Kevin Jordan.

“I didn’t ask,” said Jordan, a freshman from Columbus, Ga., who was not a transplant match with family members. “He volunteered. I’m just really thankful.”

Walter enjoyed his college days at Georgetown so much that he said the thought of Jordan sitting in a dorm room tethered at least eight hours daily to a dialysis machine — as Jordan was last semester — was unacceptable.

“It just breaks your heart,” Walter said.

He said that his motivation in donating a kidney was not getting back Jordan as a player, but giving him “just a chance to be a college freshman.”

“I couldn’t believe what he had endured,” Walter said. “It was obvious to me this was the right thing to do from Day 1.”

That day arrived last fall, soon after Jordan, 19 was found to have ANCA vasculitis, a rare kidney disorder resulting from autoimmune swelling. The diagnosis took months to pin down.

In qualifying as a donor match, Walter, a father of a son and a daughter, beat odds of about 7 to 1, according to Dr. Kenneth Newell, who handled the first half of the transplant. Assured that he could resume a normal lifestyle — the original kidney donor in 1954, Newell said Wednesday, lived until last year — and aware that Jordan could languish on a national donor list for up to five years, Walter said he never thought twice about his pledge.

A recipient, Kirk said, “receives an extra 10 years of life” over a dialysis patient. “Kevin should live a life that is normal in activity and normal in length,” he said.

Their story has resonated across the country, nowhere more movingly than in Dallas. In 2007, in an action that received widespread publicity, the retired Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls donated a kidney to ex-teammate Ron Springs.

Walls said he was especially impressed that, unlike he and Springs, Walter and Jordan were members of different age and racial groups.

The transplant raised the inevitable question of whether Wake Forest violated an N.C.A.A. rule by providing an “extra benefit” to an athlete, defined as a special arrangement not made available to other university students. Wake Forest’s Wellman acknowledged that an extra benefit was indeed conferred.

“No doubt about that,” he said. “I dare anyone to challenge this benefit.”

Erik Christianson, director of public and media relations for the N.C.A.A., said: “We wish Coach Walter and Kevin Jordan all the best. This wonderful act of compassion and generosity is truly extraordinary, beyond the scope of any rule.”

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NASCAR GRAND-AM 49th Running of the Rolex 24

Posted on 07 February 2011 by The Florida Star Online

On January 30, 2011 Daytona Beach had their annual NASCAR Grand- Am 49th Running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona Beach International Speedway.

Bill Lester’s #88 team was running steadily in the top 10 after starting 28th. A suspension failure at 2:30 a.m. dropped them back. They recovered to finish 14th in GT and 20th overall.

It was Bill’s first race in a Camaro. “I’m coming – I’ll get there,” Lester said after the race. Bill Lester is the only African American to participate in the race.

Scott Pruett #01 wins fourth Rolex 24, helps car owner to victory in fourth major race at Daytona International Speedway.

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Mike Tomlin – Another Coaching Legend?

Posted on 01 February 2011 by The Florida Star Online

“I don’t care whose players I use,”

Tomlin said No one dealt with more controversy and adversity this season than Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin.  According to Critics, Tomlin shouldn’t get credit for the Super Bowl XL victory, because he did it with “Bill Cowher’s players.” After Cowher retured as the Steelers coach, Tomlin, who was the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, was hired to replace him. In a pre-game interview before his Steelers sent the New York Jets packing, Tomlin responded the only way he knew how to respond: “I don’t care whose players I use,” Tomlin said.

The Steelers coach could have added several things his critics seem to have missed. Coaches now considered legends won championships with other coaches’ players.

Vincent Thomas Lombardi was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants before taking over as head coach of the Green Bay Packers team in 1959. Lombardi got his squad to the NFL championship game in 1960, where they lost a close one to the Philadelphia Eagles. Lombardi’s teams then won NFL championships in 1961, 1962 and 1965-1967. The Packers under Lombardi also won the first two Super Bowls.

Many players like Bart Starr, Jerry Kramer, Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor were on the team before Lombardi took over as head coach. When Lombardi led his Packers to that first NFL championship – a 37-0 thumping of the New York Giants – there was not one criticism that he’d won his title using the previous coach’s players. Don Shula, another NFL coaching legend, took over as head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 1970. Again, after the Dolphins went 17-0 in the 1972 season, there was no criticism of Shula for doing it with his predecessor’s players.

Who knows what motivates the criticism of Tomlin. (There might be a racist motive behind it.) Whatever the motive, Tomlin’s critics overlook his other achievements such as him being the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl; In only four seasons, he has led his team to two Super Bowl appearances; He is one of the few to win a championship in only his second year as a head coach.

Is the criticism of Tomlin valid or just racist driven? You be the judge.

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Two black head coaches reach multiple Super Bowls

Posted on 23 January 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Mike Bonts

Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers and coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears are on the verge of making Super Bowl history.

Tomlin and Smith both led their teams to victories in the second round of the NFL playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers edged out the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 31-24 to advance to the AFC Championship game.

And the Chicago Bears reached the NFC Championship game after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 35-24.

If the Steelers and the Bears defeat the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers respectively, Tomlin and Smith will become the first two black coaches to reach multiple Super Bowls.

The NFL’s first black coach was Fritz Pollard. Pollard was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

The Chicago native served in World War I and in 1919 he joined the Akron Pros of the American Professional Football League, which was renamed the American Professional Football Association the next year. He led Akron to the championship in 1920 and became the first black coach in NFL history when he played and served as co-coach in 1921. The APFA was renamed the NFL in 1922.

Smith’s Bears were defeated by Tony Dungy’s Colts in the 2007 Super Bowl. And in 2008, Tomlin’s Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl.

By reaching the Super Bowl again, the success of both coaches should encourage NFL owners to give more black coaches and general mangers an opportunity. Currently, there are only six black coaches in the NFL.

Over the past year we have also seen the youngest coach in the NFL, and another Dungy prodigy hire (Raheem Morris), bring the total number of African American coaches to six.

Out of those five, four coached for Dungy. (Only ex-49er had coach Mike Singletary did not get his tutelage from Dungy) Think about it, three out of the last four years Tony Dungy or one of his understudies have been the head coach in a Super Bowl.

Hue Jackson has been formally be introduced as Head Coach of The Oakland Raiders tomorrow.

Jackson has 25 years of coaching experience in college and professional football and has beenan offensive coordinator at both levels.

Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis spoke about the dynamic 45-year-old Jackson: “The fire in Hue will set a flame that will burn for a long time in the hearts and minds of the Raider football team and the Raider Nation.”

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