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Friday Boxing announcer  Michael Buffer  will ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Saturday’s Gennady Golovkin - Daniel Geale championship bout at MSG. Late WGN Cubs and White Sox TV and radio announcer Jack Brickhouse will be honored during the afternoon Cardin...

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05/22/13
Kevin Durant, Others Make Tornado Relief Donations

Thunder F Kevin Durant yesterday in response to the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma "anonymously pledged" a $1M donation to the American Red Cross through his charity, the Kevin Durant Family Foundation, according to Brandy McDonnell of the OKLAHOMAN. Durant's donation comes a day after "encouragi ...

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05/02/13
Stern Got Heads Up On Collins' Announcement

NBA Commissioner David Stern said the league "knew something was up" regarding an active player announcing he is gay prior to Wizards' C Jason Collins' announcement, though he did not specifically know it was Collins. Appearing on PBS' "Charlie Rose" Tuesday night, Stern said, "There was a lot going ...

Tags: Sports in Society, NBA

05/01/13
Collins Receiving "Overwhelming" Support

Wizards C Jason Collins continues to discuss his decision to announce he is gay, becoming the first active male athlete in any of the four major sports to do so, and he told the N.Y. TIMES' Frank Bruni, "I expected some support for my teammates, from my coaches, but to get all the support from every ...

Tags: Sports in Society, NBA

05/01/13
Arn Tellem Discusses Picking SI For Collins Article

NBA player agent and Wasserman Media Group Vice Chair Arn Tellem spoke to SportsBusiness Journal following the announcement that his longtime client, Wizards C Jason Collins, is gay. The following are excerpts from his conversation. Q : Why did you choose Sports Illustrated and Franz Lidz to bre ...

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05/01/13
Collins' News Won't Impact Wizards' Evaluation

Wizards C Jason Collins' revelation that he is gay will have "no influence" on the team's plans with him this offseason when he becomes a free agent, according to a source cited by Michael Lee of the WASHINGTON POST. Collins has "limited skills," so bringing him back was "never among the team’ ...

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05/01/13
NBA's Apparent Acceptance Of Collins Is Progress

If the NBA’s reaction over the past two days to Wizards C Jason Collins' announcement that he is gay “is any indication, the league is further along in its progression of acceptance than perhaps observers gave it credit for,” according to Gary Washburn of the BOSTON GLOBE. Maybe th ...

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05/01/13
Emmert Discusses Gay Athlete At College Level

NCAA President Mark Emmert yesterday opened the '13 NCAA Inclusion Forum by "urging campus leaders to make school policies more welcoming for women, minorities, disabled athletes and those with different sexual orientations" in light of Wizards C Jason Collins announcing he is gay, according to ...

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04/30/13
Collins: U.S. Ready For Gay Basketball Player

Wizards C Jason Collins made his first TV appearance since announcing he is gay during this morning’s edition of ABC’s “GMA.” The show led with an interview between Collins and George Stephanopoulos, who said, “That announcement from Jason Collins, that surpri ...

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04/30/13
Sports World Reacts To Jason Collins News

Wizards C Jason Collins' announcement on SI.com that he is gay, becoming the first active male athlete in one of the major U.S. pro sports to do so, was "greeted with an outpouring of support" from teammates, league execs and major NBA players including Heat G Dwyane Wade and Lakers G Kobe Brya ...

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04/30/13
Collins Has Good Shot At Making NBA Roster

Wizards C Jason Collins is due to become a free agent this summer, and six out of 14 NBA teams surveyed said that they expect to see Collins “in the NBA next season in the wake of his revelation Monday that he is gay,” according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com. The other eight teams surveyed b ...

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