ESPN has hired openly gay United States Women’s National Team soccer legend Abby Wambach as a sports analyst and contributor.
Wambach will cover soccer during the Rio Olympics and the UEFA European Championships this summer and will also work for other parts of the network such as ESPN Films and shows like "Outside the Lines."
Teams could pull out of scheduled NCAA events this spring because of new state laws in North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee while the sport's governing body's demands for discrimination-free environments at the places where its events are held won't take effect until the fall.
“Winning those games and winning those championships, man it was like the best feeling. Like, on earth. I mean I felt like a rock star! I’m not going to lie. I was like, on top of the world.
That’s Chamique Holdsclaw. In the 90’s she was coined “the female Michael Jordan.” But part of what made Holdsclaw a champion and gave her that drive would also threaten her life. That threat is mental illness.
Six male LGBT athletes have come together to form a strong support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning athletes. OutSports reports, “The athletes, spanning across several sports, met each other casually through mutual connections and quickly realized the need for a support.”
While all six of the founding athletes are men, they have told the Yale Daily News that a top priority is to bring more LGBT women into the group as locker-room issues and other hurdles exist across genders.
Oklahoma City (AP) — The Thunder have developed multiple scoring threats around Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and that could make their Western Conference semifinal series against the San Antonio Spurs interesting.
In Oklahoma City's first-round series against Dallas, the Thunder shot 47.6 percent from the field. Durant and Westbrook posted their usual scoring numbers, both averaging 26 points per game. But Durant shot an unusually low 36.8 percent in the series.
Dallas (AP) — Kevin Durant got ejected, Russell Westbrook was part of a shouting match in front of his bench and Serge Ibaka drew a technical for throwing an elbow in the final seconds with the outcome already decided.
Regardless, the Oklahoma City Thunder are now in firm control of a testy first-round series that got quite a bit testier.
Westbrook had 25 points and 15 assists, Durant added 19 points in a quiet game before he was thrown out following a flagrant foul in the final minute and the Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-108 on Saturday for a 3-1 series lead.
The NHL suspended Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw for one game Wednesday for yelling an anti-gay slur from the penalty box and fined him $5,000 for an inappropriate gesture toward the officials during Chicago's Game 4 loss at home to the St. Louis Blues.
NBA Commissioner says a North Carolina law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people remains "problematic" for the league, but he says there is no decision on moving next year's All-Star Game out of Charlotte.
World Cups should be removed from countries failing to eradicate human rights abuses, a report commissioned by FIFA in response to concerns about the mistreatment of workers in Qatar said Thursday.
John Ruggie, a Harvard professor who formulated business and human rights principles for the United Nations, was asked by FIFA to recommend how the scandal-tainted governing body can clean up its working practices and those of its partners.
Sales of 'Caucasians' shirts, depicting the Cleveland Indians' team mascot as a caricature of a white person, skyrocketed one day after ESPN's Bomani Jones wore one on a show, the shirt's creator said Friday.
As more and more companies pull out of North Carolina in the wake of the state's draconian new anti-LGBTQ laws, a new petition from UltraViolet, a national women's advocacy organization, is urging Nike and PepsiCo, among the chief sponsors of previous NBA All-Star Games, not to sponsor the 2017 All-Star Game as long as it is kept in North Carolina.
San Francisco (AP) — University of San Francisco coach and former Stanford and U.S. star Jennifer Azzi has come out as gay, announcing she is married to her top assistant, Blair Hardiek.
Azzi made the announcement Thursday night when she introduced Golden State Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts at the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Award ceremony in San Francisco. In 2011, Welts — then president and chief executive of the Phoenix Suns — became the first senior sports executive to openly acknowledge he was gay.
Michael Sam, the standout player for Mizzou who became the first openly gay player in NFL history is featured in the cover story of Attitude, a leading gay magazine in the UK and Europe. Sam opens up in the interview for the story about racism in the gay community, and acceptance of gays in the Black community. His impact on the NFL, and professional sports acceptance of gay players, continues, even though Sam is not currently on an NFL team.