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The smile is still the same, and his unmistakably razor sharp wit is clearly intact. Just 64 years young, he remains on top of his game, which is, and will always be, holding the throttle wide open on any race car he drives. Yes, William Theodore Ribbs Jr. is still one helluva story, and wit…

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Willy T. Ribbs is one of those names fans of Black trailblazers in sports should know. He was the first African American man to test a Formula One car in 1986. He was the first African American to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1991. Ribbs faced racism — which he learned to have some fu…

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We’ve reached the time of the year that many of you look forward to with great optimism. Yes, NFL training camps open this week, and your Indianapolis Colts will crank it up on July 25 in Westfield as they begin the process of fielding a team that some pundits feel has championship potential…

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Reese Taylor was the man at Ben Davis High School. He was faster, smarter, just plain better than pretty much everyone else on the field. He was a star quarterback, leading the Giants as a senior in 2017 to an undefeated season that culminated in a state championship. Taylor, getting ready f…

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The NBA draft is hardly an applied science. There are all sorts of variables, including the dilemma of having to choose between a player you didn’t think would be available when your pick rolls around and the guy you targeted going into the process. The second-guessing from those who know ve…

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Barbara Wynne’s long life has been centered around tennis with the exception of only a handful of years, the first five she was alive. She started playing the game at 6 years old, and she’s since had her hand and racket in too many tournaments, organizations and tennis courts to count. These…

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It’s devastating watching an athlete getting injured, but there can be a lot of second-guessing, especially when it involves a superstar. Like most of us watching Game 5 of the NBA Finals, I was mortified to see Kevin Durant drop to the floor in the second quarter with an injury after playin…

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The 2019 Indianapolis 500 is in the books, so let’s take a moment and review what we really transpired on race day, I mean besides the most inaccurate weather forecast in the history of the event.

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I remember it well. My 10th birthday, May 23, 1969. My beloved mother presented me with a new Schwinn three-speed Stingray, with a banana seat and cool extended handlebars. What a mount indeed, and it retailed for $90, which was a fortune to a two-paycheck, working class family. I proudly ro…

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Most of us look forward to the summer. There’s the promise of warmer weather, a break from school and just getting outside and enjoying time with family and friends. Then there are those whose professional livelihoods depend greatly on what they do over the summer, and that’s clearly the lif…

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While some nonprofits focus on providing athletic opportunities for youth and others focus on academic opportunities, BASE places an emphasis on both. The Boston-based nonprofit involves youth in a baseball league while providing resources such as tutors to the players. This week, BASE opene…

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Some of the best high school basketball talent in and around Marion County took to the court April 20 at Arsenal Technical High School for the Prep Ball Stars Midwest Challenge. For most, it was their last high school basketball experience, capping four years of stardom that, for many, is ab…

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Dear Eldrick: (I can’t call a grown man Tiger) You’re due an apology, as I stated to anyone who would listen (or wager) that you could not win the Masters under any circumstances. Citing your physical health as the main reason, and unlike many hypocrites, my predictions had nothing to do wit…

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When his swimming coach confronted him last year after seeing the way he got out of the pool and climbed into a car, Jamal Hill had to share a part of his life that for a long time was a mystery even to him: he has Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), a disease that affects the peripheral nerves. For …

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Playing in front of a record-breaking crowd, the Indy Eleven won their home opener, 1-0, beating the Hartford Athletic Soccer Club at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photos/Ron Foster Sharif)

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There are probably a gazillion people out there who filled out brackets for the men’s NCAA Tournament and that’s just fine. From housewives to degenerate gamblers, to office pools and barber shops, that piece of paper containing your iron clad predictions is more valuable than gold, and it’s…