Penn State Must Fire Joe Paterno and Others

By David Steele, AOL Fanhouse Columnist

Four days and counting since the bomb exploded on Happy Valley, and the powers that be at Penn State University are still being allowed to negotiate their own departures.

Four days—from the Saturday release of the grand jury report about Jerry Sandusky (now indicted on charges of child sexual molestation) into Wednesday morning, when Joe Paterno announced his retirement at the end of this season—and still there has been no use of the word “FIRED!”
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Legacy of Joe Frazier

By George WIllis, NY POST

The last time I saw Joe Frazier was in August at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Philadelphia. He was there to be honored by the organization with a Pioneer Award in recognition of his celebrated boxing career.
He was dressed sharply and had plenty of smiles to share as he took his place among the other honorees, including former Temple basketball coach John Chaney. A few months earlier, Frazier was at Madison Square Garden, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd in recognition of the 40th anniversary of his first fight with Muhammad Ali.

In one of the biggest sporting events in American sports history—Frank Sinatra took pictures from ringside in Madison SquareGarden—Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali by decision after knocking him down in the 15th round (above) in 1971.

It came a little late, but Frazier finally was receiving the honors and recognition for a boxing career that had been overshadowed by Ali. It’s a shame it took so long to give proper respect to a man who had as much to do with helping heavyweight boxing thrive in the 1960s and 1970s as Ali.
For how could we truly know Ali’s greatness if not for Frazier, who died last night at age 67 after a short bout with liver cancer?
Born in South Carolina on Jan. 12, 1944, he won the gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and became the heavyweight champion in 1970 by beating Buster Mathis and Jimmy Ellis after Ali was stripped of the title for not entering the draft.

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Sports Writer of the Year: Carla Peay, Stephen A. Smith

Carla Peay, sports writer for The Washington Times, is the co-winner of the 2011 Black Press All Star Awards for Sports Writer of the Year.

Peay tied with ESPN columnist and radio host andNABJ Sports Task Force member Stephen A. Smith for the award. Peay and Smith received the most votes in a category that included  NABJSTF’s own host Michael Wilbon (ESPN ) and Tony Williams (MetroNY).

“It’s always an honor just to be nominated with such distinguished group of sports writers. I feel blessed and privileged to have won this award,”Peay said.

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