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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.

by Robin Dorner
Editor in Chief

“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.

by Austin Stallings
Journalism Intern

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.

NASCAR chairman gives jumbled, confusing response to North Carolina's recent ant-LGBT legislation.

New York (AP) — Commissioner Adam Silver believes the NBA has been "crystal clear" that the 2017 All-Star Game only stays in Charlotte if a North Carolina law goes.

Political and business leaders he's spoken with in the state believe it will, so he's holding off for now on setting any deadlines for when the NBA might act.

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.

UltraViolet Calls on the NBA to Set a Clear Timetable for Repeal of HB2, or Move the 2017 NBA All-Star Game Out of North Carolina

The OKC Thunder dominate the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference series.

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.  

Charles Barkley has taken a stand for the LGBT community by telling the NBA to pull its All Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

When Abby Scott of Monaca was 2, she told her parents she was a boy. As she grew, she disdained playing with Barbie and learned to play football.

The Spanish league has denounced anti-gay slurs directed toward Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo during Saturday's match at Barcelona.

Houston (AP) — North Carolina will look for its sixth NCAA championship when the Tar Heels meet the Villanova Wildcats, trying for their second, on Monday night.

The Tar Heels (33-6) last won it all in 2009 and Villanova's only title came in 1985.

Both teams advanced to the championship game with lopsided wins, but Villanova's was far more of a blowout than North Carolina's.

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.

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