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BREAKING: NBA To Move All-Star Game Over Hate Law

Sports Illustrated reports: The NBA has pulled the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, with New Orleans emerging as the favorite to be the new host, reports The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA had discussed moving the game in the wake of North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” legislation passed earlier this year that has been criticized as anti-LGBT. Formally known ...

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BRAZIL: Ten Arrested In Olympic Terror Plot

An early report from the BBC: Federal police in Brazil have arrested 10 members of a group alleged to be preparing acts of terrorism during the Olympic Games. The authorities said they were not members of so-called Islamic State but had tried to make contact with the group. The arrests were made in the southern state of Parana. They come ...

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Katy Perry Releases Olympics Anthem: Rise [VIDEO]

Katy Perry’s just-released Rio Olympics collaboration with NBC isn’t getting a lot of love, but the montage video might interest you. Stereogum snarks: Swedish chart god Max Martin produced the song, and it’s got all the overblown drama (though none of the screaming guitars) that we’d expect to hear from a classic ’80s power ballad. Basically, it’s a more sincere ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Duke University Basketball Team Faces Scheduling Problem Over Anti-LGBT Law

The 2015 national champion Duke Blue Devils have a “hole” in their basketball schedule due to North Carolina’s hate law. The Associated Press reports: The Blue Devils were supposed to play Albany on Nov. 12 as part of the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament but there’s no opponent listed on that day in Duke’s schedule that was released Wednesday. Holly ...

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This Is An Ad For Something [VIDEO]

Ad Age recaps: Think about “The Best a Man Can Get” and you don’t envision a guy hugging the porcelain goddess. But while ads featuring Olympic athletes usually show the glory, Gillette’s anthem video for the Summer Olympics breaking today instead focuses on the gritty, including what appears to be the first razor advertising that shows a guy throwing up. ...

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Furor After All-Star Game Singer Changes Lyrics Of Canadian Anthem To “All Lives Matter” [VIDEO]

ESPN reports: A member of a Canadian singing quartet changed a lyric in his country’s national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming “All Lives Matter” during a pregame performance at baseball’s 87th All-Star Game on Tuesday. The Tenors, a group based in British Columbia, caused a stir at Petco Park with Remigio Pereira’s actions while singing “O Canada.” In ...

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NBA Slams North Carolina’s Attempt To Fix Hate Law

Earlier this week LGBT activists denounced the attempt by North Carolina Republicans to “refine” the anti-transgender section of HB2. This afternoon the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets joined in. Their message: “We have been engaged in dialogue with numerous groups at the city and state levels, but we do not endorse the version of the bill that we understand is ...

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ORLANDO: Tim Tebow Visits Former High School Teammate Wounded During Pulse Shooting

From the Orlando Sentinel: Tim Tebow visited former high school teammate Rodney Sumter, who was wounded during the Pulse nightclub shooting and is recovering at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Tebow and Sumter played together at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High. A post on Sumter’s Instagram account Tuesday featuring a picture with Tebow read, “My high school quarterback left the Bahamas ...

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ORLANDO: Major League Soccer Pays Tribute To Pulse Victims In Emotional Ceremony [VIDEO]

From Orlando’s NBC affiliate: Saturday’s Orlando City’s soccer match served as much more than a sporting event. Team officials dedicated it to the 49 people killed and 53 others injured in last week’s mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. During the 49th-minute of the match, play stopped for a moment of silence. It was a first for Major League Soccer. ...

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TAMPA: Pro Baseball Pays Tribute To Orlando Victims With Player Messages & Rainbow Flag [VIDEO]

From the Washington Post: The Tampa Bay Rays wore “Orlando” patches and Orlando Rays hats to honor the Orlando shooting victims Friday night. (Chris O’Meara/Associated Press) The Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants honored the victims of last weekend’s shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub during pride night Friday at Tropicana Field. The Rays sported hats of the Orlando Rays, ...

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BRAZIL: Russia’s Entire Track & Field Squad Banned From Rio Olympics Over Kremlin-Backed Doping

The New York Times reports: Russia’s track and field team has been barred from competing in this summer’s Rio Games because of a far-reaching doping conspiracy, an extraordinary punishment that might be without precedent in Olympics history. The global governing body for track and field, known as the I.A.A.F., announced the decision on Friday, ruling that Russia had not done ...

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ORLANDO: Major League Soccer Franchise Dedicates Upcoming Match To Pulse Massacre Victims, Permanent Rainbow Seating Memorial To Be Built At New Stadium

From the website of Major League Soccer: In the wake of the mass shooting that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning, Orlando City SC announced Tuesday that they are dedicating Saturday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes at Camping World Stadium to #OrlandoUnited efforts. Orlando players will wear special patches and t-shirts during pregame ...

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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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T-Shirts: GLSEN Teams Up With The NBA

Just in from GLSEN: Today, the NBA announced a partnership with Teespring, a leading on-demand commerce platform, and GLSEN on a 2-week campaign supporting LGBT Pride month. As part of this, Teespring will offer PRIDE shirts featuring all 30 NBA teams with officially licensed logos. Each will have a black background with the team logo emblazoned in rainbow. All of ...

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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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