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Trump Wants To Attend Muhammad Ali’s Funeral

Hypocrisy alert: Presidential candidate Donald Trump has inquired about Friday’s memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, indicating that he wants to attend, according to a volunteer with funeral organizers. Trump was a longtime friend of the boxer but has also been outspoken in wanting to ban Muslims from traveling to the U.S. — and Ali was a Muslim. When ...

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Sen. Rand Paul Pays Tribute To Muhammad Ali By Naming Bill To End Selective Service After Him

From the Washington Post: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told reporters in Louisville on Monday that he’d be introducing legislation to end the Selective Service program that replaced the military draft, as a tribute to the late Muhammad Ali. “One of the things I liked about Muhammad Ali is that he would stand on principle even when it was unpopular,” Paul ...

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DC’s Pro Hockey Team To March In Pride Parade

Via press release: The Washington Capitals and goaltender Braden Holtby [photo] are proud to announce their support and take part in the Capital Pride Alliance’s 2016 Capital Pride Parade presented by Marriot Rewards, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, in Washington DC. Holtby will participate in the Pride Parade walking with Capitals mascot Slapshot, Red Rockers, Washington Wizards ...

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Obama Praises Muhammad Ali As “The Greatest, Period”

President Obama has issued a heartfelt statement on the passing of Muhammad Ali. He writes: Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he’d tell you. He’d tell you he was the double greatest; that he’d “handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail.” But what made The Champ the greatest – what truly separated him from everyone else ...

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Muhammad Ali Dies At Age 74

NBC News reports: Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead. Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed to NBC News. He was 74. ...

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NBA Again Warns North Carolina About All-Star Game: We Need A Resolution By The End Of Summer

USA Today reports: If there isn’t satisfactory resolution to North Carolina House Bill 2 by the end of summer, Charlotte risks losing the 2017 All-Star Game, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said before Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. Silver has expressed the league’s opposition to the controversial bill, which nullified local ordinances that gave protections and rights to ...

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Melbourne Chargers Win Bingham Cup [VIDEO]

SameSame reports: Awarded for their grace, dedication and commitment to the values of rugby, the Melbourne Chargers A’s haven’t stopped celebrating after they won the Bingham Cup yesterday, scoring 20 to 7 against the Sydney Convicts at the world championships in Nashville, Tennessee. The 8th Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Cup saw the Music City transform into the Rugby City, as ...

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Padres Rehire DJ Behind Gay Chorus Incident

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: Major League Baseball completed its investigation of Saturday’s national anthem mixup involving the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and Thursday reaffirmed the Padres’ findings that it was the result of human error. Shortly after the announcement, Padres President and CEO Mike Dee tweeted that the Padres have reinstated DJ ArtForm, the third-party contractor they terminated ...

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SAN DIEGO: Gay Men’s Chorus Call For Padres To Reinstate DJ Fired Over National Anthem Incident

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: Responding to Monday’s apology from the DJ who mistakenly played the wrong national anthem tape at Saturday’s Padres game, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus has called on the Padres to reinstate the performer known as DJ ArtForm. The chorus on Tuesday issued the following statement on its Facebook page: “As a community outreach organization ...

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San Francisco 49ers Call For “Discriminatory” HB2 Repeal, Donate $75K To Equality North Carolina

Charlotte’s WBTV reports: The San Francisco 49ers are calling for a repeal of House Bill 2. The team’s CEO, Jed York, made the announcement, along with a “gift” of $75,000 to the Equality North Carolina Foundation to “further their work.” York met with advocates and transgender North Carolinians to learn more about how the bill has impacted them. York is ...

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SAN DIEGO: Major League Baseball To Investigate Gay Men’s Chorus Complaint On National Anthem Debacle

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: Major League Baseball is investigating a situation involving the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and the national anthem Saturday at Petco Park. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney told the Union-Tribune that baseball’s investigations department will begin to gather information to determine why the chorus was unable to perform as a pre-recorded voice of a previous singer ...

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CALIFORNIA: San Diego Padres Fire Contractor Over “Unintentional” Gay Men’s Chorus Incident

From the Washington Post: The Padres tweeted out another statement Sunday night, in which the team said that an “internal investigation” had revealed “no malicious intent.” However, the “unintentional mistake” did lead San Diego to “take disciplinary action against [an] employee” and let go of a “third-party contractor.” The Padres offered another apology and noted their “commitment to inclusion.” Statement ...

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CALIFORNIA: Gay Men’s Chorus Slams San Diego Padres After Homophobic National Anthem Incident

From the Facebook page of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus: What should have been a night of joy and celebration at Petco Park last night, instead turned into a nightmare raising serious questions about homophobia within the San Diego Padres organization and its relationship with the LGBT community. Before the start of the last night’s San Diego Padres game, ...

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Mark Cuban: I’m Open To Being Hillary’s VP

ESPN reports: Though Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he doesn’t have the time to run for President of the United States, he thinks he can find the time to serve as potential Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton’s vice president. In an excerpt of an interview that will air on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” on NBC, Cuban was asked if ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Ironman Competition Allows 200 Athletes To Bail On Triathlons Over Anti-LGBT Hate Law

From the Charlotte Observer: About 200 people who had registered to run Ironman triathalons in North Carolina this year have transferred to races in other states after the sport said they could make the switch due to North Carolina’s controversial LGBT law, organizers said. Ironman, the Tampa, Fla.-based sports organization, had given registrants until May 9 to request a transfer ...

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BRITAIN: Rugby Star James Haskell Explains His “Fabulous And Sparkly” Painted Toenails [VIDEO]

You’ll love his accent. The Mirror reports: England flanker and Wasps captain James Haskell has revealed he has his toe nails painted when he has pedicures. In the video above, the Rugby Union hard man takes off his socks to reveal a very well maintained set of toenails decorated to the tip. However, Haskell defended himself saying it’s not just ...

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Caitlyn Jenner To Pose Nude For Sports Illustrated

US Weekly reports: Now that’s a patriotic streak! Caitlyn Jenner will appear on a summer cover of Sports Illustrated wearing “nothing but an American flag and her Olympic medal,” a source reveals in the latest issue of Us Weekly. The 66-year-old I Am Cait star (formerly known as Bruce) set a world decathlon record at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games. ...

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ARGENTINA: Trump’s Anti-Immigration Rant Used To Hype US-Hosted Soccer Tournament [VIDEO]

This is pretty great. Via Politico: An Argentine television station is using Donald Trump’s immigration rhetoric in a promotional video for Argentina’s national soccer team ahead of the U.S.-hosted Copa America Centenario tournament next month. The minute-plus ad begins by introducing the Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump as a businessman. “Our country is in serious trouble. We’re having people coming ...

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NCAA Adopts New Anti-Discrimination Policy

From the Raleigh News & Observer: Without mentioning North Carolina’s House Bill 2, the NCAA’s Board of Governors on Wednesday adopted a requirement that sites bidding on NCAA events demonstrate they will provide safe environments free of discrimination. “The higher education community is a diverse mix of people from different racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds,” Kirk Schulz, president ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: NBA Legend & Charlotte Hornets Owner Michael Jordan Opposes Anti-LGBT Hate Law

The Charlotte Observer reports: With the threat of the NBA pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte in the wake of House Bill 2, Hornets owner Michael Jordan reinforced his franchise’s position against any form of discrimination. “As my organization has stated previously, the Charlotte Hornets and Hornets Sports & Entertainment are opposed to discrimination in any form, and we ...

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