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Before Kaepernick, The ‘Syracuse 8’ Were Blackballed By Pro Football | WBUR

Karen Given and, Shira Springer, WBUR Members of the Syracuse University football team boycotted the 1970 season because of racial discrimination. (Courtesy Syracuse 8). Featured Image met in secret, away from their white coaches and teammates. “We used to meet at midnight,” former Syracuse football player Dana Harrell says. “And we could have met earlier. But we used to meet at midnight, to lay out our thoughts and plans, just like the slaves.” Harrell was one of nine college football players the international media would — incorrectly — call the “Syracuse 8.” It was the late 1960s, after the assassinations […]

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Meadowlark Lemon Dies at 83; Harlem Globetrotters’ Dazzling Court Jester | The New York Times

Bruce Weber, The New York Times Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters during play against the Boston Shamrocks at Madison Square Garden in 1973. Librado Romero/The New York Times, Featured Image Lemon, whose halfcourt hook shots, no-look behind-the-back passes and vivid clowning were marquee features of the feel-good traveling basketball show known as the Harlem Globetrotters for nearly a quarter-century, died on Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 83. His death was confirmed by his wife, Cynthia Lemon, who did not specify the cause. A gifted athlete with an entertainer’s hunger for the spotlight, Lemon, who dreamed of playing for […]

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Whether They Wanted it or Not, Jackie Robinson Raised Americans’ Consciousness | The New York Times

George Vecsey, The New York Times | BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 1: Former professional baseball player Jackie Robinson at Boston University. Exact date unknown. (Photo by Frank O’Brien/The Boston Globe via Getty Images). Featured Image happened at Shea Stadium a few decades ago: My son and I were in a half-empty section, not far from two older black men. One of the Mets made a clodhopper move on the bases, and was tagged out. One of the two fans then turned to the other and said, “Jackie Robinson wouldn’t have done that.” I chortled, and we struck up a conversation, […]

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Simone Biles makes history, wins 4th all-around world gymnastics title while battling kidney stones – but she’s still disappointed | CBS News

CAITLIN O’KANE , CBS News Biles made history on Thursday by becoming the first woman gymnast to win four all-around world championships. Not only did Biles break a record at the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, she overcame several challenges — including her own high standards, The Associated Press reports. Biles made several mistakes during the competition but still managed to dominate. She slipped off the beam and stepped out of bounds on her floor exercise. She also sat down her vault in the first rotation. But what makes her historic win even more astounding is that […]

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