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USTA hires Blackman to head player development

USTA hires Blackman to head player development

Boca Raton’s Martin Blackman has been named the general manager of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development. He will oversee the USTA’s Player Development staff and partner with the U.S. tennis community to identify and develop the next generation of world-class American tennis players. “The USTA is lucky to have secured an individual […]

Mission accomplished for Duke freshman

Mission accomplished for Duke freshman

Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones help Blue Devils defeat Kaminsky and Wisconsin BY DAVID HAUGH CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS INDIANAPOLIS — Somewhere beneath Jahlil Okafor’s bear hug Monday night, Duke teammate Tyus Jones smiled on the Lucas Oil Stadium floor as Blue Devils danced around him. Jones had just taken America’s breath away with a clutch comeback […]

UConn women No. 1

UConn women No. 1

UConn forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (23) hoists the NCAA championship trophy after they defeated Notre Dame, 63-53, in the title game at the Amalie Arena on Tuesday in Tampa. (CLOE POISSON/HARTFORD COURANT/TNS)

Illinois State coach among 7 killed in plane crash

Illinois State coach among 7 killed in plane crash

BY PATRICK M. O’CONNELL AND ALEXANDRA CHACKKEVITCH CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS CHICAGO — Two members of Illinois State University’s athletic department were among seven people killed when a small plane crashed early Tuesday near the airport in Bloomington, Ill., while returning from the NCAA basketball men’s championship game in Indianapolis, authorities said. Aaron Leetch, 37, deputy director […]

2015 MIAMI OPEN

2015 MIAMI OPEN

700 wins with more to come Miami Open defending champion Serena Williams hustles toward the ball in a quarterfinal match in this year’s tournament in Miami-Dade. With her win Wednesday against Sabine Lisicki, Serena notched her 700th victory as a pro tennis player. (KIM GIBSON / FLORIDA COURIER) Click here for more on the Miami […]

Handling their business on the court

Handling their business on the court

MIAMI OPEN 2015 Serena. Venus. Sloane. How sisters are faring at Key Biscayne tournament FROM STAFF REPORTS It was a grueling battle against Sabine Lisicki but Serena Williams pulled it off on a scorching hot Wednesday afternoon at the Miami Open. The top-ranked player in the world got her 700th career win. The 2015 Miami […]

Where baseball is life

Where baseball is life

Fueled by millions from MLB teams, sport thrives in impoverished country rich in talent The 20 MLB players on the Dominican Republic’s last World Baseball Classic team were paid a combined $105 million in MLB salaries. By Jared S. Hopkins Chicago Tribune SAN PEDRO de MACORIS, Dominican Republic — Winding through the dusty and chaotic […]

FSU withdraws controversial recruit’s scholarship

FSU withdraws controversial recruit’s scholarship

BY ALEXIS GARY SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Florida State University (FSU) has rescinded the athletic scholarship of football recruit Brian Bell, who may have been involved in the death of a Georgia teenager. FSU’s athletic department refused to comment on the decision, only releasing a general statement about the university’s scholarship program. “As background I can tell you that […]