NAMES & FACES

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Arthur Ashe Jr.

A move­ment to re­name Boule­vard, a Rich­mond, Va., thor­ough­fare, for the ground­break­ing black ten­nis player is crest­ing as the state finds it­self in tur­moil over a black­face scan­dal in­volv­ing the gover­nor and at­tor­ney gen­eral. “It would be a huge cul­tural step for­ward. This is where we can start with rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and we can start talk­ing about the is­sues,” said Ashe’s nephew, David Har­ris Jr., the man be­hind the cam­paign. A bronze sculp­ture of Ashe sits among Rich­mond’s many Con­fed­er­ate stat­ues. But a pro­posal to re­name a his­toric street for Ashe has been de­feated twice since his death in 1993.

Magic John­son

The Lak­ers’ pres­i­dent plans to hug it out with his play­ers to help them cope with fall­out from the NBA trade dead­line. “It’s a part of busi­ness, it’s a part of be­ing a pro­fes­sional ath­lete,” he said Satur­day. He spoke with re­porters at Michi­gan State, where he and the 1979 na­tional cham­pi­onship team were cel­e­brated be­fore a win over Min­nesota. The Lak­ers were in pur­suit of New Or­leans for­ward An­thony Davis, with many of their play­ers men­tioned in trade ru­mors. “My job is to make sure we stay to­gether as a team and stay fo­cused on the goal, which is to make the playoffs,” John­son said.

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