Former Coach of Tyler Honeycutt Had Grown Concerned
7/12/2018 10:13:42 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—A former coach and family friend of onetime Sacramento Kings and UCLA basketball player Tyler Honeycutt says he had grown increasingly concerned about the young man before he was found dead following a standoff with Los Angeles police. Bort Escoto, who coached Honeycutt in high school, told the Los Angeles Times that Honeycutt's mother called him early Saturday to say her son had killed himself. Escoto told the Los Angeles Daily News that Honeycutt had “been going through some things.” The day of his death, Escoto said he was planning on...

Former USC cornerback Jack Jones arrested for burglary
6/14/2018 10:56:40 AM

By Staff Reports Former USC starting cornerback Jack Jones has been arrested after police say he tried to burglarize a California fast-food restaurant. Police say the 20-year-old Jones and another man were arrested shortly after 3 a.m. Friday inside a Panda Express restaurant in Santa Paula in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. A third man was arrested after a short car chase. All three could face commercial burglary charges. Attorney Jamal Tooson, whose office represents Jones, issued a statement saying he's confident that Jones will ``overcome this...

Critics: NFL Decision Chooses Mainstream Appeal Over Players
5/31/2018 1:40:03 PM

By Jesse J. Holland WASHINGTON—With its decision to ban kneeling during the national anthem, critics are accusing the NFL of prioritizing being in the good financial graces of mainstream America over the social justice passions of its players trying to draw attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. Some opponents of the new policy now vow to never watch an NFL game again. The NFL's new anthem policy—similar to NBA rules in place for decades—makes the athletes stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” or be absent from the...

Is the NFL’s New National Anthem Policy Legal?
5/31/2018 1:38:52 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   Protesters held a rally in front of the National Football League’s New York City headquarters on May 25 after the league announced new rules that punish players who don’t stand for the national anthem. Tamika Mallory said that the NFL owners were acting as a “proxy for a fascist president” and that the new policy was an attempt to “resurrect slavery in the 21st century” and punish Black players. The kneeling protests started when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began sitting during the...

Celebrities Spice Up Royal Wedding
5/23/2018 7:15:01 PM

By Leane Italie   Oprah Winfrey seemed a tad confused about her seating assignment. Serena Williams documented her journey to St. George's Chapel on Instagram. Idris Elba smiled broadly as he escorted his fiancee, model Sabrina Dhowre, who wore the obligatory hat. They were among a slew of celebrities among the 600 guests Prince Harry and Meghan Markle invited to their wedding ceremony last weekend, an event from which politicians were excluded. Several of Markle's former co-stars on the USA Network paralegal drama “Suits” were invited. Among them...

Raiders' Hurst Happy to Turn Focus from Heart to Football
5/8/2018 10:44:54 PM

By Josh Dubow   ALAMEDA—After months of questions about the health of his heart sent him tumbling down the draft board until being taken by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round, Maurice Hurst was happy to get on the practice field and turn the conversation to football. Hurst took part in his first practice as a pro Friday when the Raiders opened their rookie minicamp with three promising pass rushers they hope can bolster their defense. “Just trying to get all of that stuff behind me, try to get people to stop talking about it,” Hurst said....

Accepting Rights Award, Kaepernick Decries 'Lawful Lynching'
4/26/2018 2:31:57 PM

By Mike Corder   AMSTERDAM—Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job. Onetime San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid presented Kaepernick with the award during a ceremony in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. In his acceptance speech, the award-winner described police killings of African Americans and Latinos in the United States as lawful lynchings. “Racialized...

Kirui of Kenya, Gedo of Ethiopia Win Los Angeles Marathon
3/22/2018 8:11:15 PM

LOS ANGELES—Weldon Kirui of Kenya pulled away in the 24th mile to win the Los Angeles Marathon for the second time in three years. Sule Utura Gedo of Ethiopia won the women's race. Kirui crossed the finish line in Santa Monica in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 48 seconds on Sunday, followed about 10 seconds later by Gebresadik Adihana of Ethiopia. Kirui also won in 2016. Gedo won in 2:33.49, sprinting to the finish to break out of a pack race with countrywoman Tsehay Desalegn and defending champion Hellen Jepkurgat of Kenya. Desalegn was 8 seconds behind, while Jepkurgat was 13...

Shani Davis Skips Winter Olympics Opening after Coin Flip Loss
2/19/2018 11:44:28 PM

By Erick Johnson (Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member) Chicago’s speeding skating world champion Shani Davis, one of America’s most decorated athletes to compete in the Winter Olympics, lost the honor to carry the flag for Team USA during the opening ceremonies on a coin toss. On the coin toss, the honor passed to Erin Hamlin, a four-time Olympic luger, who won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in 2014. Davis, the first African American to win an individual gold medal at the Winter Olympics, skipped the opening ceremonies, The Washington Post reported. “One...

Dodge criticized for using King voiceover in Super Bowl ad
2/14/2018 1:25:46 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   There were ads with Morgan Freeman rapping and ads with babies from around the world and fast cars with singer Steven Tyler. There were ads with medieval themes, magic and song. Then there was the ad using the words and voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to sell Dodge Ram sell trucks.  "Everybody can be great," Dr. King said in a speech in 1968, two months before he was murdered. "You only need a heart full of grace; soul generated by love." The advertisement featured images of football players,...