James Harden agrees to NBA-record $228m contract extension with the Houston Rockets
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James Harden agrees to NBA-record $228m contract extension with the Houston Rockets

THE HOUSTON Rockets have signed guard James Harden to a four-year contract extension for about $160m yesterday, giving him a total six-year deal with $228m guaranteed. The 27-year-old, a five-time All-Star guard and the 2017 MVP runner-up, is now under contract in Houston through 2022-23, his age-33 season, and will make more than $228 million … Continue reading

Adidas releases special cleat and trainer to honour 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s colour barrier
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Adidas releases special cleat and trainer to honour 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s colour barrier

ON THE 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s colour barrier, Adidas have released a special cleat and ‘turf trainer’ to honour him. Jackie became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era, aged 28. He broke the baseball colour line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at … Continue reading

Fatoumata Kebe, 29, is a French astronomer on a mission to clean up space with her groundbreaking research
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Fatoumata Kebe, 29, is a French astronomer on a mission to clean up space with her groundbreaking research

THIS IS Fatoumata Kebe, a final-year astronomy student on a mission to clean up space. The 29-year-old, who works on space debris, is just months away from collecting her PhD from at Observatoire de Paris and Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Space debris is the traces of human activity in space, all the things left … Continue reading

Meet 12-year-old Brianna Lyston Jamaica’s new sprinting superstar set to ‘rival Usain Bolt’
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Meet 12-year-old Brianna Lyston Jamaica’s new sprinting superstar set to ‘rival Usain Bolt’

MEET 12-YEAR-OLD Brianna Lyston, Jamaica’s new sprinting superstar whose record-breaking performance at the weekend has earned her comparisons to Usain Bolt. The schoolgirl from Spanish Town won both the 100m and 200m races at the 2017 Boys and Girls Championships, setting a new under-13s record in the latter and becoming the first child in that category to run … Continue reading

Nandi Zama, 31, becomes first black woman to qualify to fly C-130 military cargo plane
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Nandi Zama, 31, becomes first black woman to qualify to fly C-130 military cargo plane

MEET NANDI Zama, who, at 31, has made history by becoming the first black woman to fly the C-130 military cargo plane. On Friday (March 24), the South African-born pilot touched down the military cargo plane C-130 at the Waterkloof Air Force base and made her way into the history books. Nandi joined the military … Continue reading

Olympic swimming champion Simone Manuel breaks another record, becomes first woman to swim 100-yard freestyle in less than 46 seconds
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Olympic swimming champion Simone Manuel breaks another record, becomes first woman to swim 100-yard freestyle in less than 46 seconds

LAST YEAR, Simone Manuel became the first African American woman to win gold in an individual swimming event at the Olympics. Six months later, the 20-year-old has broken history again after completing the 100-yard freestyle in less than 46 seconds, providing her college, Stanford, with its first NCCA Women’s title since 1998. Simone won the … Continue reading

Augusta Savage was one of the leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance who, as a child, was paid by her principal to teach fellow students
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Augusta Savage was one of the leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance who, as a child, was paid by her principal to teach fellow students

AUGUSTA SAVAGE was an African-American sculptor and one of the leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a teacher and her studio was important to the careers of a rising generation of artists who would become nationally known. She worked for equal rights for African Americans in the arts. Augusta Fells (Savage) was … Continue reading