The Payne truth

Long before Memphian Cameron Payne – the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft – was dropping dimes on a professional-level basketball court, the hip-hop world had already foretold how such “blessings” begin.

No good guys here

Rooting for the bad guy is fun when the villainy is make-believe and the stakes aren’t real. But when we root for guys who are actually bad, our choices get complicated.

Don't Wake Up, Keep Dreaming

Memphian and Chicago Bulls player Cameron Payne hosting his 2nd Annual Celebrity Weekend.

What if it wasn't all a Dream (Team)? Five 1992 Olympic what-if scenarios — 25 years later

Dominique Wilkins’ injury, Jordan sticking to his word and Shaq over Laettner. What if?

Harry Edwards: Let Kaepernick get back to work

Quarterback should be a model, Edwards says, not a martyr.

Former Grizzlies player Zach Randolph’s philanthropy helped but can’t heal poverty in Memphis

The city suffers from a perfect storm of energy inefficiencies and racial disparities.

Ex-East star Timothy Taylor running hard for playing time

The transition from a high school football star to a division one college program has tripped up many players. Add in the challenge of the high-powered offensive scheme employed by University of Memphis head coach Mike Norvell and the difficulty ...

Barrier-breaking rugby player pushing forward

JaVonii Merritt has become the first African-American female rugby player in Memphis to earn a college rugby scholarship. The achievement helped her choose a college – Life University in Marietta, Ga. – and has changed her life plans a bit.


Rocks in the road challenge Melrose’s return to glory.

Beyoncé reportedly interested in buying Houston Rockets

Beyoncé wants to move into the world of sports by buying an ownership share of the Houston Rockets, reports the Bleacher Report.

Simone Manuel backs up historic Olympic win with world championship

Last summer, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual swimming gold at the Olympics when she tied Canada’s Penny Oleksiak for the gold in Rio de Janeiro.

University of Memphis Tigers football: High expectations, daily steps

Last year’s success and lofty predictions notwithstanding, this year’s team is being coached to view success as a journey of daily moves.

ESPN host slammed for comparing cops to ‘slave patrols’

An ESPN commentator is raising some brows for comparing cops to the “slave patrols” that enforced discipline on pre-Civil War plantations.

Number of black front-office executives in the NBA is on the upswing

Kings add Brandon D. Williams as assistant general manager.

PREP FOOTBALL: New faces, same winning results pictured for ‘The Haven’

When the team you coach is the defending Tennessee Class 6A football champion after winning the school’s second state championship in the last five years, the way forward is to focus on title number three.