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Chicago’s Anthony Davis helps Kentucky win NCAA title

Kentucky forward Anthony Davis celebrates as he cuts the net after the NCAA Final Four tournament col- lege basketball championship game Monday, April 2, 2012, in New Orleans. Kentucky beat Kansas 67-59. AP/David J. Phillip

St. Sabina earned two titles

St Sabina won 26-18 Sunday against UC-Woodson in the St. Columbanus Athletic League. Point Guard Sharese Scott lead in scoring 16 points for the game. Top row: Takhari Moore, Zahirah Barber,Tania Black,Jalisa Sims, Maya Banks Bottom row: Danielle Wright, Sharese Scott. They also won first place in th St Sabina league on Saturday. Courtesy: Shumika Steele

Tom Ricketts

Ricketts said Cubs not a “North Side” team

Defender Staff Report

Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Chicago Cubs, said more often than not there’s an appearance the Cubs are “strictly North Side.”

One of his goals is to make sure Chicago knows there are no boundaries with the team. “It’s the Chicago Cubs. Not the North Side Cubs. For many years I know that when the Cubs come up in conversation, there's an automatic reference to the North Side. We want that to stop. The team is called the Chicago Cubs and we embrace the entire city,” Ricketts told the Defender.

Ricketts said the organization is committed to driving that point home.

“Our players and staff mem- bers all make sure we're out in the community trying to make a difference. We're not just all sports and we try to stress that,” he said.

The South Suburban College Bulldogs Men’s Basketball

Team defeated Lakeland Community College on Saturday by a score of 78-76 in the 3rd place game of the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.

From the many community service and philanthropic endeavors the team and organi- zation is involved in throughout the city, it underscores his notion that the Cubs' reach is

beyond North Side limits. Players visit schools during

the off-season, participate in community service projects dur- ing the holiday season and many have their own organizations/foundations that allow them to personally give back to the community, said Ricketts.

Ricketts said the most recent philanthropic venture that comes to mind was the holiday toy give-away for children on the Southeast Side.

“It was my first time doing it with several organizations and it was a wonderful experience. I look forward to doing it again and getting more players involved,” he said.

In November 2010 Ricketts addressed the Black business community about the sports organization’s plans to allocate a portion of the construction con- tracts and other workforce needs to Black contractors in the Cubs refurbishing efforts of its North Side ball park, Wrigley Field. Ricketts said a “fair” number of business contracts, mainly infrastructure, will go to Black contractors.

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