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MLB Probes Umpire For Tweet Vowing To Buy Assault Rifle Due To Likely “CIVAL WAR” If Trump Is Impeached

ESPN reports: Major League Baseball is looking into a since-deleted tweet by longtime umpire Rob Drake, commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday. Drake tweeted late Tuesday that he planned to buy an AR-15 rifle “because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!! #MAGA2020,” according to a copy of the tweet obtained by ESPN. The tweet, …

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Lack Of DC Senators Ends World Series Tradition

The Dallas Morning News reports: One of the Senate’s traditions is for lawmakers with a home state team in the World Series to bet against each other. Texas senators have wagered brisket and Dr Pepper against cheesecake and sausage in bets with counterparts from California, Illinois and Missouri. But as the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals squared off Tuesday night …

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Washington DC Gets Its First World Series In 86 Years

Deadspin reports: Since Oct. 7, 1933, there have been 14 American presidents, 12 men on the moon, hundreds of Academy Award-winning performances in movies, and countless insults hurled during election debates but not a single World Series game played in Washington, D.C. That is about to change. Doing their best to defy the famous 1904 Charles Dryden quip about D.C. …

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Bulgarian Soccer Head Resigns After Racist Incident

Politico Europe reports: The head of Bulgaria’s football federation resigned Tuesday, bowing to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s call for him to quit following a match in Sofia during which Bulgarian fans hurled racist abuse at black England players. “After yesterday’s shameful loss of the Bulgarian national team and in view of our poor football results, I ordered [Sport] Minister Krasen …

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FIFA Match Suspended Over Nazi Salutes, Racist Chants

Reuters reports: The Euro 2020 qualifier between Bulgaria and England was twice halted by the match referee in the first half on Monday under a three-step UEFA protocol to tackle racist abuse from the crowd. Britain’s Sky Sports television said racist chanting was heard from the stands and reported by England players to manager Gareth Southgate, with the referee informed …

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Olympic Gold Medalist Hurdler Comes Out: “I’m Free”

Out Magazine reports: Gold medalist Kerron Clement is finally ready to share his story. The track athlete publicly came out Friday, on National Coming Out Day, exclusively telling Out, “I was tired of loving in the dark.” “I have been through what a lot of people have been through which is being afraid of being who you are,” he says. …

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Ted Cruz And AOC To NBA: Suspend Ops With China

Deadspin reports: A day after NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement wondering whether everyone couldn’t just get along and enjoy some hoops, eight members of Congress, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz, signed a letter to Silver condemning the the NBA’s response to the controversy over Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protestors. Perhaps basketball can bring everyone together. …

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NBA Backs China Over Hong Kong Democracy Activists

CNN reports: Several Chinese businesses are suspending ties with the Houston Rockets after the American basketball team’s general manager expressed support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests. Daryl Morey [photo] set off a firestorm in China over the weekend when he posted an image on Twitter that read, “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” Tensions between Hong Kong and Beijing, …

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Shakira And J-Lo To Headline Super Bowl 2020 Show

NFL.com reports: Let’s get LIV! Pepsi, the NFL and Roc Nation has announced artists Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform for the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV halftime show on February 2, 2020 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Pepsi and the NFL collaborated with Roc Nation to bring these two icons together for the first time ever, …

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FIFA Names Megan Rapinoe Female Player Of The Year

Sports Illustrated reports: Know your audience. Megan Rapinoe has always had an uncanny ability to pick the right tone and the right words when she speaks in public, and she did it again on Monday in Milan as she received the FIFA award for the women’s world player of the year. On this occasion, Rapinoe realized that the audience she …

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BRITAIN: Former Rugby Star Gareth Thomas Reveals HIV+ Status After Being Blackmailed By “Evil People”

The Independent report: Former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas has revealed he is HIV positive – and hopes coming forward with his diagnosis can help break the stigma for others living with the virus. Thomas is thought to be the first UK sportsman to go public about living with the condition, and has revealed that he was driven to suicidal …

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US Open Player Fined $10K For “Shooting Gesture”

EPSN reports: American doubles star Mike Bryan was fined $10,000 on Sunday for making a shooting gesture with his racket, aimed at a linesperson, during a US Open match at Flushing Meadows on Saturday night. Bryan turned his racket upside down and held it as if he was holding a gun, in the direction of the official who had made …

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Former NFL Player Comes Out As Bisexual [VIDEO]

Mass Live reports: Ryan Russell, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, is hoping to return to the NFL, but he wants to do it on his terms. In a first-person article on ESPN, Russell made it public that he is bisexual: “My truth is that I’m a talented football player, a damn good writer, a loving …

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US Fencing Medalist Kneels During National Anthem

The Associated Press reports: Olympic fencing medalist Race Imboden took a knee in protest during his team’s foil medal ceremony at the Pan American Games. The American knelt during the national anthem at the medal ceremony Friday to protest racial and social injustice. He won a bronze medal in the individual men’s foil event and then took gold in the …

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World Cup Champ Megan Rapinoe Scores Book Deal

The New York Times reports: During a speech earlier this month celebrating her team’s World Cup victory, Megan Rapinoe ended with a plea to fans. “We have to be better,” she said, urging all of them to consider how they could effect change in their communities. “It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place.” Now, Ms. Rapinoe, a …

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LIVE VIDEO: NYC’s World Cup Ticker-Tape Parade

FiveThirtyEight reports: A ticker-tape parade through lower Manhattan is pretty much the quintessential homecoming for American heroes. So it’s fitting that the conquering U.S. women’s soccer team — which won the World Cup on Sunday — will get its second parade in four years down New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” on Wednesday morning. That’s an appropriate honor after one …

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Manchin Intros Equal Pay Bill For Women’s Soccer Team

The Huffington Post reports: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent any federal funding for the 2026 World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation agrees to provide equal pay to the U.S. women’s and men’s national teams. The bill would cut off “any and all” federal money that would otherwise be spent when the United States …

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Fox Host Slams World Cup Team: Unpatriotic Women Shouldn’t Expect Equal Pay After Dissing The President

“If you look at the World Cup men’s revenue, it’s in the billions and they split up the pot. It’s a much bigger pot. Women’s World Cup revenue, much much smaller and they have a smaller pot to divide it up with. But the distinction is, is that the U.S. Soccer Federation, the women do actually make more revenue and …

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Trump Backpedals On WH Invite For World Cup Team

The Washington Post reports: Following the World Cup triumph by the U.S. women’s national team, President Trump appeared to backtrack on a promise he made last month to invite the squad to the White House regardless of Sunday’s outcome. “We haven’t really thought about it,” Trump said, according to Voice of America, after the 2-0 U.S. win over the Netherlands …

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Trump Congratulates “Exciting” World Cup Winners

CNN reports: The US Women’s National Soccer Team captured a record-extending fourth World Cup Sunday with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the championship game. Megan Rapinoe — who has publicly feuded with President Donald Trump in the lead up to Sunday’s win — scored a penalty goal in the second half to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. …

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