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Cam Newton -- and ESPN -- scored a big victory Monday night: 15.78 million watch him take down the Patriots, 24-20.

With Patriots-Panthers, ESPN’s Monday Night Football Scores Big

Game does a whopping 15.78 rating

Monday night’s matchup pitted two Under Armour athletes against each other

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Justice Cunningham pictured at the NFL Combine earlier this year. He was recently promoted to the Colts roster.

‘Mr. Irrevelant’ 2013 Promoted to Colts Roster From Practice Squad

It may be time to find a new nickname for Justice Cunningham

The last pick in the 2013 NFL Draft just found a new home — on…

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NASCAR Appoints New Managing Director of Brand and Consumer Marketing

Kenny Mitchell brings leadership experience from companies including Gatorade/PepsiCo

Kenny Mitchell has been named managing director of brand and consumer marketing, NASCAR announced recently.…

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LeBron James Says He’s Interested in Bringing MLS Franchise to Miami

Could James and David Beckham be the next ownership duo in Major League Soccer?

Watch James talk to the media about the topic at today’s practice

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Rashad Evans will take on Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 at the MGM Grand on Nov. 16.

Q&A: Rashad Evans on UFC’s 20th Anniversary, His Relationship with Dana White and Being Mistaken for Rampage Jackson

"When you see me on TV, you get a different opinion of me"

“For the most part when I started off in MMA I was labeled as a…

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Jadeveon Clowney signs with Brett Favre's old agent, Bus Cook.

Jadeveon Clowney Leaning Toward Signing to Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports

Future first round picked linked to Roc Nation brand

Clowney has struggled this year, and has been hampered by injury — with just two…

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Andrew McCutchen is the first Pirates player to win the MVP award since Barry Bonds in 1992.

It’s Cutch! Andrew McCutchen Wins National League MVP Award

Centerfielder led Pirates to playoff appearance, winning season

McCutchen became the first Pirates player to win the award since Barry Bonds in 1992.

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Highlights like this one landed DeAndre Jordan in the newest SportsCenter commercial.

DeAndre Jordan Stars in New SportsCenter Commercial

ESPN is in full NBA mode with new spot for SportsCenter

In the commercial, Jordan tries to enter the Top 10 plays “club” — only to…

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Da'Shawn Hand is expected to make his college decision on the NBC Sports Network.

Top H.S. Football Recruit to Announce College Decision on NBC’s SportsDash

Washington area DE is one of the nation's top players, has offers from Florida, Mich., Ala

Thursday will mark a major step in the football career of Da’Shawn Hand

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So What’s Jay Z’s Role in the Robinson Cano Free Agency Sweepstakes Anyway?

As it relates to Robbie Cano's representation, Scott Boras is still over, baby. But there's a conspicuous absence at this year's winter meetings in Orlando

It was supposed to be a test of epic proportions for Roc Nation Sports: landing…

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Nick Cannon is the host of NBC's America's Got Talent.

Nick Cannon Appears on Fox Sports 1′s Crowd Goes Wild

'Crowd Goes Wild' is hosted by Regis Philbin

Fox Sports 1 is a new 24/7 sports network

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Former NFL WR awaits sentencing in a Texas detention facility for alleged drug trafficking. He could face life in prison.

SI Investigates Mysterious Case of Sam Hurd

Hurd was one of the league's most promising talents

Hurd could be sentenced to life in prison

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Baron Davis’ Style Leads to Mini Series on Esquire Network

Baron Davis takes part in six part series on Esquire Network

Will you be tuning in?

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Shannon Sharpe was assertive and emotional regarding the subject of the locker room culture of the Miami Dolphins.

Shannon Sharpe Decries Miami Dolphins Locker Room Culture

Sharpe recalls rural upbringing, cautions against racially charged words

Always outspoken, Shannon Sharpe brought his commentary to another level Sunday

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Savannah Brinson James is making her mark in business in one of the emerging markets: fresh juice.

Queen James: LeBron’s Wife to Open Juice Bar in Miami

Juice is all the rage

Savannah wanted to get into business too

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NBA's "Off the Court" will highlight lifestyle choices -- the good, the interesting and the quirky -- of NBA players with a new digital property sponsored by American Express.

NBA and American Express Partner in Digital Lifestyle Destination

New content partnership for 2013-14 season

‘Off the Court’ promises everything you need to know

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adidas released a photo of the special-edition cleat Robert Griffin III will wear Thursday night.

Robert Griffin III Honors Military With Special Edition Cleats

Limited edition box to benefit foundation

adidas will sell RGIII box to benefit charity

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In spot for the new Samsung Galaxy Family, LeBron and wife Savannah view pictures from their recent honeymoon.

In New Ads, LeBron’s Image is Smoothed Out on the R&B Tip

He's labeled a winner now. And that's why LeBron James's brand is outfitted in the music of the people

With two championships in tow, advertisers want you to know it’s OK to feel good…

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7 Athletes Who Created Luxury Watches

Here are a few star athletes who have created signature timepieces

One of the most prominent accessories of a successful man is his watch

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Hello: Jon "Bones" Jones is one of UFC's most recognizable faces.

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones to Cover to EA Sports UFC Game

Off heels of grueling win, champion awaits second fighter

It’s a new day for one of the sport’s biggest stars

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NBA Players Less Likely to Come From Poor Backgrounds, Study Says

Middle-class, two-parent homes produce more players in today's league

Does one’s background factor into athletic success?

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Behind the Numbers of Kobe Bryant’s $24 Million Dollar Payday

Just got paid ... Friday night ...

It’s good to be Kobe Bryant

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Derrick Rose Helps Bring Pizza Chain Back From Brink of Bankruptcy

All-star's minority investment an upshot for pizza chain

Derrick Rose makes his official comeback in Chicago Thursday night

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Stephen Curry is making his mark on and off the court this season. He is Under Armour's newest signee.

NBA Renews Deal With Under Armour, Sears

As Under Armour fills basketball roster, NBA strengthens ties

Terms of the deal were not disclosed

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Darrell Wallace Jr. celebrates after his historic win in Danville, Va.

For Darrell Wallace Jr., an Add of a Victory to His Brand’s Winning Smile

Maybe you knew Bubba Wallace as a photogenic, affable driver on NASCAR's Truck series. Now attention is in overdrive --thanks to NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program and the determination of one of the sport's hottest rising star

Darrell Wallace Jr.’s brand has transformed just 19 races into young career

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EA Sports Ends Partnership With Tiger Woods

Partnership made less business sense with decline in sales

Makes sense for the gaming brand

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving.

[VIDEO] Kyrie Irving is Back as Uncle Drew in Pepsi MAX Short

Viral short features Maya Moore, Nate Robinson

What do you think of the Uncle Drew role?

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Knicks guard Raymond Felton recently visited Under Armour headquarters before a recent preseason game in Baltimore.

Under Armour Highlights Raymond Felton Visit to Headquarters

Knicks guard is brand's presence in No. 1 media market

Check out Raymond Felton’s recent visit to Under Armour

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Jimmy Rollins (left) and Harold Reynolds will help anchor Fox's expansive coverage of the World Series.

Jimmy Rollins, Harold Reynolds Lend Cache to FOX Sports’ World Series Coverage

Current, former player on biggest stage for FOX broadcast

Jimmy Rollins and Harold Reynolds will both have huge roles at the World Series

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Sage Steele Will Join ESPN’s NBA Countdown as Host

New role part of multi-year extension

Sage Steele will bring a veteran presence to new role

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Mary J. Blige to Sing World Series National Anthem in Boston

On deck: Blige performance for Game 1

Second time she performs in a World Series

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Grambling did not play a scheduled game against Jackson State Saturday.

Grambling Players Announce They Will Return to Practice, Play Saturday

Development ends saga over inferior equipment, facilities

Grambling football players boycotted last Saturday’s game in protest

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Stephen Curry is making his mark on and off the court this season. He is Under Armour's newest signee.

On Eve of NBA Season, Stephen Curry Steps Into the Spotlight With Under Armour

After leaving Nike, Curry ready to take center stage with a new brand

Stephen Curry is one of the league’s emerging stars and most coveted endorsers

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Taco Bell Announces Doritos Cool Ranch Taco Release Date

NBA, Taco Bell Expand Marketing Partnership

Brand will continue as title-sponsor of Skills Challenge

NBA expanding relationship with Taco Bell that began in 2009

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LeBron James Covers ESPN the Magazine NBA Preview

LBJ dishes on MJ, lessons learned and being the best

Chris Broussard asked James if he wishes he had more of a relationship with his…

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Steve Mills this year became the Knicks team president and general manager. He was previously was president of Madison Square Garden.

Steve Mills Relishes New Role With New York Knicks

For Mills, returning to Madison Square Garden, and closer to the game than ever, is welcomed chance

Steve Mills, 54, was the subject of a lengthy profile in the New York Times

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Starter Apparel is Coming Back for the Title Belt

Once an '80s style game heavyweight, Starter experienced a hard fall in the mid '90s. Now, they're gearing up for their resurgence

Starter is making a comeback, with former NFL linebacker Carl Banks helping to lead the…

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson, ESPN NBA Countdown Part Ways

NBA Hall of Famer cites schedule, other commitments

ESPN’s NBA Countdown show will have a new look this year

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The NFL will next year play a total of three regular season games at London's Wembley Stadium. It feted London's famed Regent Street with a NFL-style block party last month.

Q&A: London & Partners CEO Gordon Innes on the NBA, NFL and the Olympic Legacy

London's local economy gets big boost from American leagues. Could a franchise be just around the corner?

London & Partners CEO talks in-depth about the prospect of globalization of two American sports…

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No one will soon forget Terrell Owens's memorable, "Getcha popcorn ready" quote.

Terrell Owens to Appear on Iyanla Vanzant’s ‘Fix My Life’

Terrell Owens to be featured on the premiere episode of 'Fix My Life"

Former pro football player Terrell Owens will be on the season premiere episode

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Derrick Rose and LeBron James took the top two spots in last year's global jersey sales.

LeBron James, Derrick Rose Have Highest-Selling Jerseys Worldwide

Perennial All-Stars Rose, James make global mark with jersey sales

Could these two be headed to an Eastern Conference showdown?

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A one-time NBA Coach of the Year, Avery Johnson will spend more time in front of the camera than on an NBA bench this year.

Avery Johnson is Hired By ESPN as an Analyst

Former NBA guard signs with Worldwide Leader, debuts Oct. 21

Avery Johnson won’t be on the floor this season. For him, his next job is…

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Perfect Match: With release of FIFA 14, Drake solidifies himself as one of the top pitchmen in hip hop.

With Trademark Passion, Drake Makes His Mark as Pitchman for FIFA 14

An unlikely pairing with the same release date, Drake and EA Sports' FIFA 14 mirror best in gaming, music

Drake’s Nothing Was the Same and FIFA 14 were released on Sept. 24. Coincidence?

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The Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Showcase (seen here in 2010) is one of the true gems of HBCU culture.

5 Reasons ‘Money Games’ Won’t Save HBCU Football

"Our dependency on PWIs to finance our athletics at the expense of our dignity, is frightening at best, self-hate at worst."

Are ‘money games’ the answer to saving HBCU athletic programs?

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Paul Pierce has been traded away from the franchise for which he played his entire career. But his brand-awareness in Boston could be quite lucrative for the veteran forward when he retires.

Paul Pierce Says he Wants to Build a Business in Boston

Pierce is gone from Boston, but not forgotten -- and that could pay off big in retirement

Few athletes have been as well-positioned as Paul Pierce to capitalize on his popularity in…

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Houston Texans’ Arian Foster Says he Took Money at Tennessee

Could groundswell of support lead to reform in college sports?

Will the college program, already on probation, face further investigation?

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A victorious Floyd Mayweather will take great pleasure in knowing his fight against Canelo Alvarez is the highest grossing PPV event of all time.

Mayweather-Alvarez Fight is Highest Grossing PPV Event of All-Time

Record-setting viewership, revenue for Sept. 14 bout

And that would certainly justify CBS/Showtime’s decision to outduel HBO.

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Could the world's fastest man be reconsidering retirement?

Usain Bolt: “My Sponsors Don’t Want Me to Retire”

World's fastest man may reconsider

Usain Bolt says reaction to his statements about retirement are leading him to reconsider.

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St. John’s University, Under Armour Strike Apparel Deal

Deal brings increased awareness in top market

Deal lasts through 2018-19 school year.

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Lifetime Begins Casting for Gabby Douglas Biopic

The film will cover the gold medalists life and career

Lifetime has decided to create a movie based on Douglas’ career

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Stephon Marbury New York Condo Subject to Foreclosure

This will be his 2nd home foreclosed on in two years

According to legal documents filed by U.S Bank International, Stephon Marbury may be in danger…

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McDonald’s Picks Victor Cruz to Pitch ‘Mighty Wings’

Cruz is one of three NFL stars featured in new campaign

Cruz is McDonald’s’ man.

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Mayweather Issues Apology For Oscar De La Hoya ‘Rehab’ Meme

Mayweather apologizes for meme poking fun at Oscar De La Hoya substance abuse.

After Mayweather’s win on Saturday night a meme surfaced on his Instagram of Oscar De…

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No one will soon forget Terrell Owens's memorable, "Getcha popcorn ready" quote.

Does Orville Redenbacher’s New Campaign Have an Owensian Origin?

Famous quote has a conspicuous beginning

Orville Redenbacher’s new campaign has a familiar ring to it.

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2013 NBA Preseason to Tip Off in Instanbul

Season begins Oct. 29

The NBA season will officially begin with Kevin Durant showcasing his skills in Turkey.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez will square off Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather-Alvarez Sets State Record for Largest Boxing Gate

Sept. 14 bout available on Showtime pay-per-view

Featured bout is largest gate in Nevada state history.

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NFL Kickoff 2013 Was the Most-Watched Opening Weekend Ever

Packers-49ers was most-watched Sunday week 1 game in history

Week 1 is the most-watched in history.

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Report: Ndamukong Suh Will Appeal Record Fine

Suh says he doesn't have an opinion on if he's targeted by league

Ndamukong Suh is reportedly appealing his $100,000 fine from the NFL on the grounds it…

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Doug Williams quarterbacked the Washington Redskins to a MVP performance in Super Bowl XXII.

NFL Legend Doug Williams Out as Coach at Grambling

Former NFL quarterback had two stints at school

NFL legend Doug Williams is out as head coach of Grambling’s football team.

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Ain't that just like D. Wade?

Dwyane Wade to Start Neck Wear Line With The Tie Bar

Will partner with Naperville, Ill.-based company

Dwyane Wade starts his latest business venture.

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Jason Kidd was named head coach of the Nets this past spring.

Amid Reports of Buying Ownership Stake, Nets Will Retire Kidd’s Number

Ownership stake belonged to Jay Z

Will Jason Kidd buy an ownership stake in the organization for which he is the…

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Bruno Mars Slated to Perform Super Bowl Halftime Show

Super Bowl XLVIII will be held at MetLife Stadium

Bruno Mars is one of the most exciting live acts in music.

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Black Contractors Protest Outside San Francisco 49ers Opening Game

Business and civil rights organizations to draw attention to lack of minority contractors used on the team's new stadium

Levi Strauss has also come under attack by protestors.

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Geno Smith on Wednesday was named the starting quarterback of the New York Jets.

Roc Nation’s Geno Smith Named Week 1 Starter for New York Jets

Smith outplays teammates in lengthy QB competition

Geno Smith becomes one of Roc Nation’s highest-profile athletes.

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LeBron James and childhood friend Maverick Carter will executive produce an original series for the Starz cable network.

LeBron James to Produce Starz Original Series

Series will team up with Fenway Sports Group's Tom Werner

James’ new effort underlines desire to create media empire.

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Williams and Stephens will square off Sunday in one of the most anticipations of the matches of the US Open.

Sports Biz: 5 Thoughts to Consider From Serena vs. Sloane 3.0

Another look at Sunday’s showdown

For all of this weekend’s anticipation, we’re taking a long view at what’s at stake.

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With a 7-5, 6-3 loss at the US Open, Sachia Vickery bowed out of her first Grand Slam tournament.

With US Open Loss, Sachia Vickery Caps Surprising Show in First Grand Slam

Buoyed by first win, junior says she's done playing junior tournaments

18-year-old junior won her first match in a grand slam this week.

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Does the NBA Have a Drug Problem?

Marijuana allegedly among the drugs used most heavily in the league.

With the recent news of Lamar Odom’s alleged drug use TMZ has begun to speculate…

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Victoria Duval has captured the attention of the sports world with her outstanding play this week.

Victoria Duval’s Play at the US Open Is a Sight for Four Eyes

Youngster's 'funky' signature contrasts weighty backstory

There’s only one thing cooler than Victoria Duval’s play at the US Open: her glasses.

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These African American Juniors Are the Future of American Tennis

Young players poised to take a major step forward

These teens are poised to be the next great American champion.

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A tearful James Blake on Monday announced his retirement from tennis. Known for his heavy forehand and steady serve, Blake has also raised over $3 million for cancer research.

James Blake to Retire After 2013 US Open

Despite injuries and hardship, Blake's was a career full of moments that made him a fan-favorite

One of tennis’ favorites James Blake is retiring.

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Shawntae Spencer is one of a Wingstop's investors with deep roots in the National Football League. He partnered with the Richardson, Texas-based chain to open 15 restaurants in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

In Role as Entrepreneurs, NFL Players Specialize in a Familiar Fowl

The chicken business is booming. Determined to succeed in business, some football players hit their stride in a new formation -- with quality results

Sometime before the start of last football season, his ninth in the NFL, Shawntae Spencer…

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Artist's rendering of the transformation of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Photo courtesy of the USTA.

Rain, Rain, Go Away: USTA Announces Arthur Ashe Stadium Will Get a Roof

Widow of Arthur Ashe expresses pleasure with project

The firm ROSSETTI has undertaken the project.

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Andrew Walker is youngest African-American to qualify for U.S. Amateur. The tournament takes place next week at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Andrew Walker, 14, is Youngest African American to Qualify for U.S. Amateur

U.S. Amateur tees off Aug. 12 at The Country Club

“I’m not overwhelmed by it, Walker said. “I am really excited about it. I’m just…

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The 78th Annual Tuskegee/Morehouse Classic will be broadcast nationally on Bounce TV this fall.

SIAC, Bounce TV Agree To Broadcast HBCU Football

Network slated to broadcast five games

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and Bounce TV unveiled the schedule for their new…

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At PGA, Tiger Woods Says He Won’t Force His Son Into Golf

Woods will go for his 80th tour win at PGA Championship

After steamrolling the competition at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last Sunday, Woods shared a special moment…

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Wall signed a 5-year extension with the Washington Wizards.

A Tearful John Wall Signs $80 Million Extension With Wizards

Wizards sign Wall to max extension, make guard franchise player

John Wall signs mega extension with the Wizards.

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UCF's Daunte Culpepper (pictured) finished his college career with the sixth-most passing yards in NCAA history.

His Home Foreclosed, a Daunte Culpepper-Themed Restaurant Is Set to Open

Ex-NFL star is Univ. of Central Florida legend

Where one opportunity closed, another is apparently opening.

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Bill Containing Winston-Salem State’s Stadium Bid Passes

State senate approves university bid

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the university’s bid to buy the stadium from the City…

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Last year's game was an instant classic.

A Cryin’ Shame: NCCU-NC A&T Rivalry Missing From MEAC TV Schedule

November 23 in-state rivalry game won't be seen on MEAC TV

Schedule still consists of strong match-ups.

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Brittney Griner prepares to take a free throw in an exhibition this past May against Japan. Getty Images.

Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner Has WNBA’s Top-Selling Jersey

Griner will make start in July 27 All-Star Game

Griner, who wears No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, is a rookie out of…

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Ryan Gifford will make his first Nationwide Series start next month in Newton, Iowa. Photo courtesy of NASCAR.

Richard Childress Racing Says Ryan Gifford Will Make First Nationwide Start

Winchester, Tenn. native is second African-American to make Nationwide Series start in 2013

Gifford, just 23, will drive the the No. 33 Menards/Rheem Chevrolet

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PGA National to Host 20th Annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge

The unique business and sporting event for African American movers, shakers and taste-makers returns to where it all began.

The unique business and sporting event for African American movers, shakers and taste-makers returns to…

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Tyson Gay has tested positive for a banned substance and is pulling out of the World Championships in Moscow next month.

U.S. Sprinter Tyson Gay May Lose Endorsement Contract With adidas

USADA will test B-sample, but new result unlikely

Gay: “I don’t have a sabotage story.”

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Kevin Durant Instagrammed a photo of he and Jay-Z signing a contract for Roc Nation Sports.

With Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports, #NewRules For Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant has assured fans they have nothing to worry about because he's not leaving OKC. But the indication that there are new rules now are all around him.

There are new rules now, and Kevin Durant is set on playing by them.

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NY Giants All-Pro Player Continues Strong “Rush” to Educate America’s Youth

The NFL player isn't only rushing for victories on the field.

This unique event eschews traditional fundraising methods and presents a night of friendly, and sometimes…

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Sloane Stephens embarks on her journey for her first major title at the 2014 Australian Open.

Sloane Stephens Advances to Wimbledon’s 4th Round for 1st Time

Stephens has advanced to the second week of all three of the year's Grand Slams

Newcomer Sloane Stephens remains a contender at Wimbledon

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Scottie Pippen Accused of Felony Assault

According to family members the alleged victim was released from the hospital with broken teeth, a swollen mouth and head and back injuries

Former NBA player under investigation

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Kevin Durant Signs With Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

Basketball player tweets a photo of him officially signing with Roc Nation

Who else can the superstar rapper, excuse me, businessman sign to his Roc Nation Agancy?

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NFL’s Aaron Hernandez Loses Muscle Milk Endorsement

Aaron Hernandez is under investigation for murder

Muscle Milk cuts ties with New England Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez

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Olympian Cullen Jones Wants to Change The Perception That Blacks Can’t Swim

Olympic gold winner wants to 'Make A Splash' with black children on the benefits of taking up the sport of swimming

Find out why this Olympics gold medal winner is trying to encourage black youth to…

By Cedric 'Big Ced' Thornton

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49ers Sign Exclusive Social Media Fantasy Football Deal with Yahoo

What do you think of this deal?

Bob Stohrer, Yahoo’s senior vice president of brand creative, said Yahoo wanted to be part…

By Michael Smith

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Denzel Washington and Ray Allen played opposite each other in the 1998 Spike Lee film 'He Got Game'.

Ray Allen’s Big Shot Revives Fictional Story Line of Spike Lee Classic ‘He Got Game’

Fans, Lee revive fictional story line for game 7 in Miami

Did you enjoy the movie?

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Utah Jazz to Install New Mega Scoreboard in Arena

There are big scoreboards now at almost all arenas.

The new and improved scoreboard is scheduled to be completed by October, before the 2013-2014…

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NFL to Ban Handbags at Games

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after they’ve been properly inspected at a gate designated for this purpose.

Do you think this is a good rule?

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Tiger Woods struggled all week at the U.S. Open. Despite playing well on Friday (par 70), Woods missed too many putts on his way to a 13-over 293. Justin Rose, the 32-year-old Englishman, won the tournament.

Sports Biz: By the Numbers at the U.S. Open

A brief into the dollars at the world's biggest golf tournament

A look into the business of golf and the USGA.

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Singer Akon Takes on NASCAR Launching Akon Motor Sports

Joe Henderson III competes for Akon's Motor Sports at NASCAR on June 22

Akon launches a car racing company, will compete at NASCAR

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Cheyenne Woods, a player on the Ladies European Tour is the niece of Tiger Woods.

Being Tiger’s Niece: Why Roc Nation Sports Should Sign Cheyenne Woods

Young player ready for the spotlight

It’s time for Roc Nation Sports to sign its first golfer.

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U.S. Open: Tiger Woods Struggles to Find His Groove at Merion

Woods sits six shots behind leader Luke Donald

Tiger Woods has his cut out for him the remainder of the week at Merion.

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Do You Like? NBA Agrees to Display Ads on Hardwood Next Season

NBA teams have promoted and showcased advertisements either along courtside or on the player’s jersey

What do you think of this move??

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LeBron James Signs Deal With China’s Top Internet Provider, Tencent

James will appear in advertising campaigns in China

LeBron James’ role as a pitchman contributes to the No.1 source of income for him

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At Merion’s U.S. Open, Tiger Woods Pays Tribute to African American Golf Greats

On eve of 2013's second major championship, Woods credits Sifford for his father's entry into the game

Tiger Woods took time in his press conference to show his appreciation for African American…

By Darren Sands

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Cavaliers Guard Kyrie Irving to Cover NBA Live ’14

Cavs guard one of league's hot young stars

Irving’s star has soared since he entered the league, fast establishing himself as one its…

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NFL Player, Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones Arrested

The football player is accused of hitting a woman in the face

“He hit a woman in the face after he thought she might have thrown a…

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Former Baltimore Ravens Player Declines White House Invitation

Matt Birk is Catholic

Matt Birk refuses to meet with President Obama because of his views on abortion

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Is Kevin Durant Signing With Roc Nation Too?

It's looking like the NBA player may be joining the roster of Jay-Z's sports agency

Who else will sign on to The Roc Nation Sports Agency

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Serena Williams Wins French Open, 16th Grand Slam Title

Serena Williams delivered her victory speech in French

Serena Williams beats Russia’s Maria Sharapova to win the French Open

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WNBA’s Brittney Griner to Model Men’s Clothes for Nike

Britney Griner has been called a 'gender-bender'

Griner will be the first openly gay athlete with an endorsement deal from Nike

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Golfer Tiger Woods to Renew Contract with Nike

Since Tiger became a pro in 1996, he established a partnership with Nike for a five-year deal for a reported $40 million.

Will this help his game or confidence in any way?

By Michael Smith

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Jackie Robinson & Alex Rodriguez Premiere in New Bluewater Productions Comic Books

Bluewater Productions is bringing the stories of Jackie Robinson & Alex Rodriguez to life with new comics.

Bluewater Productions has teamed up with Personality Comics to rerelease Jackie Robinson’s pictorial biography and…

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NFL Hall of Famer, Deacon Jones, Dead at 74

Football player dies of natural causes

Was responsible for coining the term sack

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Is Philadelphia Eagles’ DeSean Jackson Eyeing Jay-Z?

DeSean Jackson is in his fifth season with the Philadelphia Eagles

DeSean Jackson recently fired his agent.

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Jackie Robinson Glove Sells for $373K at Auction

Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball

A Jackie Robinson glove used in ’55 and ’56 World Series sells for $373K

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Shaquille O’Neal Inks Deal With Arizona Beverages For Soda Brand

Former NBA player adds soda to already impressive portfolio

TNT analyst and former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal adds a soda brand to his already…

By C. Daniel Baker

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David Beckham’s Dreams of Owning MLS Franchise Put on Hold

Legendary player David Beckham revealed he has plans to buy a Major League Soccer franchise.

Can MLS survive with so many teams?

By Michael Smith

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NFLPA Plans to Investigate Jay-Z’s Agency

The NFLPA's credibility is at stake, says one source

Insiders allege that Jay-Z recruited a player for Roc Nation behind a puppet agent

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The Market for Jackie Robinson Memorabilia Soars

A Jackie Robinson glove valued at a million dollars to be auctioned soon

Sales of Jackie Robinson merchandise jumps 1000 percent

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Jackie Robinson’s Son, David Robinson, Blazes Own Path in Coffee Growing Field

Robinson's son owns a Tanzanian coffee growing company called Sweet Unity Farms

David Robinson feels blacks need to be self sufficient

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Manchester City and Yankees Partner to Bring New MLS Team to NYC

Do you think a soccer team can survive in New York City?

Manchester City and the New York Yankees have established a partnership to create a new…

By Michael Smith

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Geno Smith on Wednesday was named the starting quarterback of the New York Jets.

Geno Smith Joins Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports Agency

New York Jets rookie quarterback is the latest signing

Will Jay-Z become an important player in the sports world after signing Geno Smith?

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Harold Bryant, one of CBS' highest ranking executives, oversees all production for CBS Sports.

For CBS Sports Executive Harold Bryant, a Year and Performance for the Ages

At the top of his game, a veteran is tested, again, again and again

Harold Bryant is one of the main faces behind the scenes powering CBS Sports

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Plaxico Burress Unveils New Luxury Sock Line

“The day I decided to start my sock line, I said ‘One day, I’m going to be on the cover of Black Enterprise,” said Burress with a wide grin.

Would you purchase a pair of socks if they are well designed, at a higher…

By Demetria Irwin

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NBA Ready to Enter Media Rights Deal Discussion

Which station do you like watching NBA on the most?

The NBA has numerous deals with T.V networks which gives us as fans the opportunity…

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ESPN to Lay Off Hundreds of Employees

Most ESPN employees work in Bristol, Connecticut

ESPN says they are trying to “manage costs.”

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Kevin Durant Makes $1M Pledge to Oklahoma City Disaster

Durant hopes others will pledge with him

Kevin Durant leads the way in donations to the Red Cross for Oklahoma City

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Skylar Diggins Receives a Mercedes Benz From Jay-Z

Basketball player is rewarded for graduating from college

WNBA player gets a gift from Roc Nation owner Jay-Z

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Top Earning Athlete in 2013

Lebron James is number 2

Sports Illustrated says Mayweather is the biggest earner in all of sports

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Tiger Woods shared the cover for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 with the late European legend Seve Ballesteros, and top-rated player Rory McIlroy.

As He Soars, Sales of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 Steady

With three majors to go this season, many believe Tiger will win his first since 2008

The game has sold approximately 90,000 copies in North America, and 170,000 worldwide for the…

By Darren Sands

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Ex-NFLer Titus Young Arrested for Third Time in a Week

The Lions drafted Young in 2011, but released him in February after a drop in productivity and disputes with teammates

Titus Young has apparently turned to a life of crime post-NFL

By Makkada B. Selah

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Tiger Woods Wins a Tense Players Championship

Golf icon throws a bit of shade in his opponent's direction

Opponent Sergio Garcia complained to the media about golf icon’s conduct on the course.

By Aaron Morrison

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Carmelo Anthony Launching Luxury Watch Magazine

Fans can already get a taste of his taste in watches on Instagram

NBA’s leading scorer wades into the publishing world with wrist fashion outlet

By Aaron Morrison

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Golden State Warriors Poised to Open New Waterfront Arena

They recently released the latest images of the planned arena, and their plans look stunning.

What do you think of the potential new home?

By Michael Smith

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Mario Williams Suing Former Fiancé over $800,000 Engagement Ring

Ex-fiance refuses to give it back after calling it off

Should his ex-fiance Erin Marzouki give him back the ring?

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Colin Kaepernick Lands Endorsement Deal with Jaguar

What do you think of Colin's endorsement deal?

There was always speculation of the young man not being marketable because of his visible…

By Michael Smith

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Black Jockey, Kevin Krigger, Top Contender at Kentucky Derby

Kevn Krigger's horse is named Goldencents

The only black jockey, Kevin Krigger, could win the Kentucky Derby

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Kobe Bryant Battles Mother Over Personal Memorabilia Sold for Auction

He sure isn't a "momma's boy"

Kobe Bryant is currently at war with his mother, Pamela Bryant, after she decided to…

By Black Enterprise

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TaylorMade-adidas Golf Announces Strong Q1 Earnings

TMaG picking up where it left off after record sales in 2012

TaylorMade-adidas Golf driving strong sales — again.

By Darren Sands

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Have Jason Collins’ Post-NBA Career Paths Increased After Coming Out?

Where do you think this announcement will take Jason Collins next?

But with Collins coming out, does this affect him positively or negatively? Are his career…

By Michael Smith

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Adidas Blocked Out of Contracts by College Sports Programs

The cause of the issue between Adidas and the NCAA starts with the closing of a PT Kizone plant in Indonesia.

Now you know why Adidas is never seen on the uniforms of college athletes

By Michael Smith

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Jason Collins Gives First “Coming Out” Interview to Good Morning America

Jason Collins sits down for first interview, with ABC, since speaking with 'Sports Illustrated.'

After becoming the first openly gay professional U.S. athlete, Jason Collins sat down with ABC’s…

By Amber McKynzie

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NBA Veteran Jason Collins Comes Out as a Gay Man

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," says Jason Collins.

What do you think of his revelation?

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Charles Barkley Rumored to Become GM of Phoenix Suns, Can’t Afford Him

Charles Barkley says he's ready to take on the GM title for the Phoenix Sun.

Now, that the Phoenix Suns are in the market for a new GM, Charles Barkley…

By Amber McKynzie

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As Capital One Cup Heats Up, Lisa Leslie Champions Education

Lisa Leslie's impact on the game of basketball is still being felt

A legend of the game is promoting it from another angle: education.

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OKC Point Guard Russell Westbrook to Undergo Surgery

Westbrook has never missed a game in his five seasons in the NBA.

OKC point guard, Russell Westbrook, will undergo surgery for a meniscus tear in his right…

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WNBA’s Skylar Diggins Signs with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports

Diggins was picked 3rd in the WNBA Draft by the Tulsa Shock

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports continues to expand their roster with their latest signing of the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ginger Howard Takes Title as the Youngest Black Pro Female Golfer

After more than 40 titles, 18-year-old Ginger Howard becomes the youngest Black female golfer.

Ginger Howard lobbies LPGA to become a member after 78 wins, and all before she…

By Amber McKynzie

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Reebok Brings Back Shaquille O’Neal’s Shaq Attaqs After 20 Years

Reebok Classic is proud to announce the re-release of their Shaq Attaq sneakers.

After more than 20 years in Reebok’s vault, the multimillion dollar shoe brand is giving…

By Amber McKynzie

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Jordan Brand Launches Special Playoff Sneaker for Players

This year, Jordan Brand, has launched several unique designs for the elite players under their brand like Russell Westbrook, Joe Johnson and Carmelo Anthony.

The playoffs are also a time to check out the special edition sneakers many of…

By Michael Smith

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Allen Iverson’s Post NBA Career Hits ‘Rock Bottom’

Iverson has been pushing to get back into the NBA

Allen Iverson says he can’t even buy a cheeseburger

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Fans at the Bruins game Wednesday night sang an emotional version of the national anthem.

Athletes Vow Performance-Based Donations to Boston Victims

Athletes rally around Boston victims

What a great gesture!

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

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