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The No. 1 draft pick knows it's just a small gesture to remember those who were killed June 12 at a gay nightclub.

Nebraska, Northwestern and Oregon are partnering with an advocacy group on a new program for LGBT inclusion in sports.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow visited his former high school football teammate who was wounded in the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/28OVq5z ) reports Rodney Sumter was a bartender at Pulse nightclub and was shot three times on June 12.

Tebow and Sumter played football at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High School near Jacksonville. Sumter noted that Tebow has "always been an awesome person."

FIFA encourages its fans to not use discriminatory slurs during soccer matches globally.

Oakland, Calif. (AP) — Adam Silver has steadfastly refused to set any deadlines for when the NBA would decide on moving the 2017 All-Game in Charlotte if a hotly debated North Carolina law hasn't been changed.

In a way, he did before Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, even as he said he's been pleased by the direction of the discussions.

Silver said the NBA would need to see definitive progress toward changing the law by the end of summer to ensure that All-Star weekend remains in Charlotte.

"They're moving it to Mexico City, which, by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance," the presumptive Republican nominee said.

Oakland, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry knocked down yet another 3-pointer in the waning moments, pulled his jersey up into his mouth and yelled to the rafters in triumph once more.

A special, record-setting season saved for the defending champs, with a memorable comeback added to the long list of accomplishments.

Splash Brothers Curry and Klay Thompson carried the 73-win Warriors right back to the NBA Finals, as Golden State rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 on Monday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

By Rob Howard
Associate Editor

Faced with mounting criticism about homophobic chants by crowds at national soccer team events, FIFA, the international soccer governing body, has issued fines to seven countries, according to Towleroad.

“The fines were imposed by FIFA’s Anti-Discrimination Monitoring System against Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Croatia,” according to the website.

Oakland, Calif. (AP) — After a record 73 wins and a memorable Game 6 comeback on the road, the Golden State Warriors' goal of getting back to the NBA Finals and defending their title comes down to Game 7 at home against the powerful Oklahoma City Thunder.

All along, the Warriors have said the numerous team milestones and personal accomplishments they set during this special season won't matter a bit unless they repeat as champions.

They need one more victory to become the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 postseason deficit.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said his players don't need to get ahead of themselves worrying about results.

Oklahoma City (AP) — Suddenly, these Golden State Warriors who have been compared all season to the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s are on the brink of elimination.

Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

The Warriors must win Game 5 on Thursday in Oakland to keep their season alive.

Oklahoma City (AP) — Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder gave the Warriors as complete a beating as they experienced during their record-setting season.

Suddenly, a second straight title seems to be anything but a given for Golden State. Now the Warriors are just trying to survive.

Durant scored 33 points, Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, and Oklahoma City rolled to a 133-105 victory on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The group has also started up advertising campaigns using some of the hostile, homophobic slurs that are normally directed at gay men in South Africa by turning them upside down and owning them.

A gay Spanish soccer referee is giving up the job after repeatedly being the target of verbal abuse at games because of his sexual orientation.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have partnered with multiple organizations in order to empower LGBT athletes.

If you don’t have the ingredients necessary, swing by a nearby drinking establishment today, but don’t forget your fancy hat.

Hats at the Kentucky Derby have become even more popular after the royal wedding in 2011, an event that showcased many elaborate hats and fascinators.

We all witnessed history in last year’s Kentucky Derby  as American Pharaoh would win, and then go on to win the first triple crown since 1978.

by Austin Stallings
Journalism Intern

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."

She'll also host a new podcast called Fearless Conversation with Abby Wambach.

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.

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