As elevator speeches go, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has one ready and well-tested for the myriad Memphis Grizzlies fans who want to know his perspective on whether the team they have grown to love will stick around.
The uneasiness about the future ratcheted up on Monday morning when fans woke up to news that Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley had reached a deal to sell the team to tech-business owner and "billionaire" Robert Pera for a reported $350 million.
(NNPA) – Boxing fans around the world were shocked as Timothy Bradley defeated superstar Manny Pacquiao June 9 for the WBO Welterweight title by way of a split decision from the judges.
Analysts and fight fans were surprised that the 28-year-old California native was credited with winning the fight on even one judge's card, let alone winning over two judges to claim perhaps the most controversial recent decision.
by Donald Hunt
NNPA News Service
The building where Philadelphia boxing great Joe Frazier trained for his big fights has been named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
The annual list spotlights important examples of the nation's architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage according to the association. More than 230 sites have been on the list over its 25-year history and, in that time, only a handful of listed sites have been lost.
by Leland Stein III
Real Times News Service
Since it was race weekend in the Motor City, it is appropriate to recount that an African-American male is breaking barriers in one of the most segregated sports – NASCAR.
The young African-American driver is Darrell Wallace Jr. He said he's gotten a lot of support from the racing community, but he's also had to deal with some prejudice.
by Ron Matthews and Nick Gallo
It was no surprise the young Thunder got out to a bit of a slow start in Game 1 of Oklahoma City's first ever NBA Finals, but the Thunder shook off a slow start to erase a 13-point deficit to get a 105-94 series-starting victory.
Alcorn State has hired Jay Hopson as its football coach, making the former Memphis defensive coordinator the first "non-black" head coach in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, according to the school.
The school announced the hiring Monday, holding a news conference on the lawn of the school president M, Christopher Brown II's home.
by Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley
NNPA News Service
The New Orleans Hornets came away as the big winners in the National Basketball Association (NBA) this past week, securing the top overall selection in the summer's NBA Draft.
Conspiracy theorists have popped up everywhere around the league, noting how ironic it is that the Hornets, a team currently owned by the league, came away as draft lottery winners when their 13.7 percent chance of winning the lottery was nearly 12 percentage points less than Charlotte (25 percent) and nearly six percent less than the Washington Wizards (19 percent).