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A Final Farewell for Hank Aaron

Hall of Famer and baseball legend Henry Louis Aaron nicknamed Hammerin’ Hank was laid to rest today. Aaron died of natural causes (not COVID related) last Friday at the age of 86. Regarded of as one of baseball’s greatest players of all time, he played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), 21 of those seasons with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. While enduring racists threats and using hate mail from fans as motivation to surpass Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974, with a career 755 home runs, Aaron held the home run record for 33yrs before it was broken by Barry Bonds who was later investigated for possible enhancement drugs violations.

Many have paid their respects to the legend including former Presidents Jimmy Carter, 96; Bill Clinton, 74; George W. Bush, 74; and Barack Obama, 59. To the world Aaron was more than a baseball player, he was a pioneer in the sport, a cultural icon, civil rights advocate and barrier breaker. He broke records and held many titles and his record of representing the Braves at the All-Star games 25 times remains untouched to this day.

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Music Mogal and business man Master P and former NBA Player Baron Davis are in talks to make boss moves to buy Reebok for around $2.4 billion. Adidas, the parent company of Rebook is looking to sell the sports brand. This purchase would be historical and could put money back into the communities that helped make the company what it is today.

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Three time tennis Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka and 4-time NBA Champion LeBron James were named AP’s 2020 athletes of the year. They were recognized for their efforts and accomplishments on and off the court. Both athletes have been very outspoken on issues regarding injustices like police brutality and racism following the deaths of several Black Americans during encounters with police this year. Congratulations on the victory! Keep speaking!

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Jackson State Football Team On Probation

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Deion Sanders is the NHCIC (New Head Coach In Charge) at Jackson State University; however, he’s going to have to work through some drama that took place before his being named the team’ new coach.

Last week the NCAA reported that the Jackson State football team had violated NCAA Certification and recruiting rules (between 2014-2018) according to an agreement released by the Division 1 Committee on Infractions and the team was placed on two year’s probation also resulting in a fine of $5,000, a recruiting ban and other penalties. The university and the NCAA enforcement staff agreed that 34 student-athletes had practiced and competed before receiving final certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center. The university also acknowledged and agreed that it failed to monitor its certification process.

For more on the developed story visit www.ncaa.org.

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