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NFL Hires Chaka As First Black Woman Official

Maia Chaka is the latest trailblazing woman in the NFL. Chaka was added Friday to the NFL roster of game officials for the 2021 season, becoming the first Black woman in league history to be named to the NFL's officiating staff. "I am honored to be selected as an NFL official," Chaka said in a statement. "But this moment is bigger than a personal accomplishment. It is an accomplishment for all women, my community, and my culture."
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Bulls vs. Pelicans Recap

   

Bulls vs. Pelicans Recap

After back to back home losses to the Suns and Nuggets, a road game against the Pelicans offered a chance for the Bulls to bounce back. The Pelicans are several games under .500, and already a team the Bulls had beaten last month thanks to a historic three-point shooting performance. And again tonight it was the duo of Zach LaVine and Coby White who stepped up for Chicago. The Bulls backcourt combined for 61 points and knocked down some key free throws at the end to help Chicago avoid a late game collapse and win 128-124.
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https://www.blogabull.com/2021/3/3/22312650/bulls-vs-pelicans-final-score-51-points-from-coby-white-and-zach-lavin


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Jokic Joins Wilt, 2nd Center With 50 Triple-Doubles

Nikola Jokic continues to build an MVP case by doing things that no center has done since Wilt Chamberlain. On Tuesday, Jokic collected the 50th triple-double of his career with 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets rout the Bucks 128-97 at Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum.
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https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30994192/denver-nuggets-nikola-jokic-joins-wilt-chamberlain-only-centers-50-triple-double


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Tiger Touched As Golfers Wear Red To Honor Him

More than a dozen PGA Tour players showed their support for Tiger Woods on Sunday by wearing his traditional final-round outfit - red shirt, black slacks - scribbling "TW" on the side of their hats or using a ball stamped with "TIGER." They were small gestures meant to lift the spirits of Woods, who is recovering in a Los Angeles-area hospital after suffering serious injuries from a car accident earlier this week.
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Cross, Pioneering Black Sports Analyst, Dies At 81

Broadcasting pioneer and former NFL Pro Bowl cornerback Irv Cross died Sunday morning in Minnesota, the Philadelphia Eagles announced on the team's website. He was 81. Cross was the first African American sports analyst on national television when he worked for CBS Sports as an NFL analyst and commentator from 1971 to 1994. He anchored the Emmy-winning show "The NFL Today," from its inception in 1975 through 1989. Cross also covered other sports, including the NBA, track and field and gymnastics.
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https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/01/us/irv-cross-nfl-sportscaster-death/index.htm


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Dream Sold To Group That Includes Montgomery

   

Dream Sold To Group That Includes Montgomery

The Atlanta Dream have been sold to a group led by Larry Gottesdiener after WNBA players and the public called for co-owner Sen. Kelly Loeffler to sell the franchise. Co-owner Mary Brock also sold her share, putting the team under entirely new ownership, the team announced Friday. The team will stay in Atlanta. The sale was unanimously approved by WNBA and NBA Boards of Governors. The three-member investor group is comprised of former Dream star Renee Montgomery, Suzanne Abair and Gottesdiener.
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https://theathletic.com/news/atlanta-dream-get-new-ownership-kelly-loeffler-sells-share/L49Ly3TgUtw


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NBA 2021 All-Star Reserves

   

NBA 2021 All-Star Reserves

The NBA announced its All-Star Game starters last Thursday, but given the somewhat predictable nature of picking the top five players in each conference, tonight's reveal is the more important one. On Tuesday, the league unveiled the seven All-Star reserves for each conference as selected by the coaches within those conferences. The seven slots were divided amongst two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild card slots to get rosters up to 12, with the inclusion of the five starters. Here are the 14 reserves that earned their spots on Tuesday:
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https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-all-star-game-2021-damian-lillard-james-harden-among-reserves-selected-by-leagues-coaches


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Chicago Bulls vs. Houston Rockets Recap

   

Chicago Bulls vs. Houston Rockets Recap

The Rockets entered Monday night's contest against the Bulls banged up and losers of seven straight, so this was a game Chicago needed to take care of to keep the momentum going. It looked like the Bulls were going to run the home Rockets off their own floor from the opening tip when they went up 22-7, but a lull to close the first quarter and open the second made things interesting ... for a bit. After taking a six-point lead into halftime, Chicago then basically pulled a repeat of the Pelicans third quarter from a few weeks ago, scoring a season-high 46 points to turn the game into a total laugher. The fourth quarter was extended garbage time, with the Bulls cruising to a 120-100 victory to make it four wins out of five. Denzel Valentine even dunked for the third time in his career.
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https://www.blogabull.com/2021/2/22/22296504/bulls-vs-rockets-final-score-chicago-uses-46-point-3rd-quarter-to-surge-to-120-100-wi


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Steelers' Tomlin Positive For COVID-19

   

Steelers' Tomlin Positive For COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, an NFL team has been affected in the offseason. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was diagnosed with COVID-19 and is away from the team facility, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per sources informed of the situation. A Steelers spokesman would not confirm the specific case, but did say members of the coaching and personnel staffs were sent home last week after a couple of tests for the novel coronavirus ended up being positive.
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Timberwolves Fire Coach Ryan Saunders

   

Timberwolves Fire Coach Ryan Saunders

The Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the New York Knicks on Sunday to fall to a league-worst 7-24 this season. That defeat turned out to be the last straw for management, and the team announced shortly after the game that they have fired coach Ryan Saunders. What's more, they already have a replacement lined up. Toronto Raptors assistant Chris Finch is expected to be named their new coach, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Wolves' press release indicated a formal announcement should arrive on Monday.
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https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/timberwolves-fire-coach-ryan-saunders-reportedly-expected-to-hire-raptors-chris-finch-as-replacement


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