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Basketball was always C.J. Bellamy's thing. By 2006, at 17 and at 6-foot-1, he was a rising star at Edgewater High in Orlando, Fla., and wanted to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels. His mom would sometimes tell him to think about a Plan B, but he would brush it off. "She would say all the time, 'What if you get injured and you're not going to be able to play basketball?' And I'd be like, ...

In 1926, Mary Ellen Dalegowski was born at home on a farm in rural Nebraska to Robert Wilson Thomas and Levena (Stonecypher) Thomas.  She was …

FLOSSMOOR, Ill. - Not long after Nnedi Okorafor finished her freshman year at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1993, she came home to Flossmoor and played tennis. She played daily, she played for hours. That had always been the plan. She had been playing tennis since she was 9. She was nationally ranked; a few years earlier, she helped win the state championship for ...

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CHICAGO - Darius Bazley isn't out to change the college basketball landscape or even inspire other young players. As a potential preps-to-pros player and former five-star recruit, the 6-foot-9 forward from Cincinnati is a unique athlete trying to win over NBA scouts without having played last season. He decommitted from Syracuse. He reneged on his initial idea to play in the G League. Unlike ...