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July 30, 2009
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Tennis great Pete
Sampras will lead a field of
champions at the Breezeplay
Championships at the
Palisades Country Club in
Charlotte, Sept. 24 - 27.
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Champions series, a global
tennis circuit for champion
tennis players age 30 and
over. Joining Sampras on the
hard court stadium at The
Palisades will be former
champions Jim Courier,
Mats Wilander and Todd
Sampras will be compet
ing in Charlotte for a second
time after capturing the title
in 2007. The seven-time
Wimbledon champion and
owner of 14 major singles
titles won the title in
Charlotte two years ago by
defeating Todd Martin 6-3,
6-4 in the championship
match. Earlier this year,
Sampras won Outback
Champions Series events in
Boston and Los Cabos,
Mexico. He will be seeking
his sixth career Outback
Champions Series e\?nt in
Charlotte after joining the
global champion^s tdnnis
circuit in 2007.
Courier will be seeking
his third title in Charlotte
after winning titles at The
Palisades in 2006, defeating
Martin 5-7, 7.-6 (6), (JO-4 in
Champions Tie-Breaker) in
the final, and in 2008,
defeating Martin again 6-2,
3-6, (10-5 in Champions
Tie-Breaker) in the final.
Courier, a two-time French
and Australian Open cham
pion, currently leads the
rankings on the Outback
Champions Series with 2000
points, followed by Sampras
with 1600 points and John
McEnroe with 1300 points.
Wilander will be making
his debut in Charlotte in
See Tennis on BIO
Change of Plans
Classic to announce new home
CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT
A new location for the inaugural
Commemorative Classic football game
between Livingstone College and Johnson
C. Smith University will be announced
today by officials from both schools.
The Oct. 3 match-up was slated to take
place at Charlotte's 24,000-seat Memorial
Stadium, but after it was announced as the loca
tion, major structural issues were discovered.
According to the Charlotte Post, the exten
sive damage at the stadium includes collapsed
bleachers and a faulty pipe buried beneath the
It is likely that the game will be moved to
the much smaller Alumni Stadium at
Livingstone. The Salisbury school's facility
seats only 6,00() people, which may not be
enough to accommodate the crowd expected
for the historic match-up. Back in 1892, JCSU
and Livingstone played the first football garni
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between historically black schools. The
Commemorative Classic is an effort to
acknowledge and preserve that piece of his
"We are very excited about the
Commemorative Classic Football game, and
our participation in the nostalgia of this his
torical event which marks the beginning of
intercollegiate football between the American
historically black colleges and universities,"
said Terry L. Jones, chairman of the Charlotte
Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce,
one of the event's sponsors. "We want every
one to enjoy the traditional rivalry of this
i game and at the same time, the CMBCC will
monitor Jhe business and economic impact
surrounding this event to help sustain future
support for the Classic."
Although the location for the event is still
up in the air, tickets can purchased online at
www.commemorati veclassic .com .
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Photo by Jeff Sides
Mt. labor senior Kaleb Johnson (left) and Carver graduate and future Western Carolina star Brandon
Hairston ( far right) ran to victory along with Charlotte's Donte Swaw (second from left) and Salisbury's
Justin Avery in the -f X iOO meter at the weekend Blunt Track Meet at Duke University. Several other local
runners also took part and came back home winners. Read more on page BIO.
Photo by Rich Singletary
From left: Art Blevins with UNC star Mike Copeland and
UNC JV player T.P. Petree.
event to be held today
CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT
The Hang the Net tradition continues today at Hanes
Hosiery Community Center, 501 Reynolds Blvd.
The event, a celebrity slam dunk and shooting contest.
will take place this afternoon (July
30) at 2 p.m. Center Director Art
Blevins is expecting a full-house and
a slew of special guests, including
Mike Copeland, a member of the
2009 National Championship-win
ning UNC Tarheel squad. Former
Wake Forest standout and current
Dallas Mav star Josh Howard is also
expected to make a special appear
There will be several components
to the event. The Legends Shootout
will feature folks like former NBA
stars Ticky Burden and Rob Little.
WXII 1 2's Cameron Kent, Fox 8's Danny Harnden and
Triad Sports' Sam Davis are among those who will do battle
in the Celebrity Shootout, while the Lady Stars Shootout
will feature standouts like Porshe Jones, Rene Rector and
Joining Copeland in the College/Pro Shootout will be
players like Danny Gathings, Travis Holcomb-Faye, Whit
Holcomb-Faye and Ken Holley.
The Slam Dunk Contest, always an event highlight, will
feature Gathings, Garren Lloyd and several others.
The public is invited to attend. For more information,
call 336-727-2428 or 336-659-9696.
WSSU Football team featured on
new phone books
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
The Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) football
team is featured on the cover of the 2009 AT&T Real Yellow
Pages directory, serving Winston-Salem and surrounding
More than 490,000 copies of the
Winston-Salem AT&T Real Yellow
Pages directory have been produced
for distribution in the area this year.
Delivery has started this month and
continues for about four weeks. The
directory also will be available to cur
rent and new residents and businesses
throughout the year.
"We are pleased Winston-Salem
State University is featured on the
cover of the new AT&T Real Yellow
Pages directory lor Winston-Salem," said Dr, Donald J
Reaves, WSSU Chancellor. "This will he powerful tool in
advancing the WSSU story in the region."
The book includes yellow pages featuring area business
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