Tags: ESMF-Mfield hockey It was the Northstars jumping out in front in the rematch 1-0 thanks to Chrissy Wagner’s goal, but it did not hold. The Hornets tied it, 1-1, by halftime, and then inched out in front in the second half, hanging on to claim a 2-1 decision.Back on Monday, East Syracuse Minoa hosted Auburn and, for the second time this fall (it won 3-0 at Holland Stadium on Sept. 11), handled the Maroons, this one a 5-0 decision where the Spartans kept on going even after gaining a 2-0 halftime edge.Maggie Saunders, with two goals, paced the ESM attack, with single goals going to Grace Stone, Abby Herrington and Mary Searle. Feeding all of them, Angelina Dodge earned a career-best three assists. Moving into October, the Fayetteville-Manlius field hockey team still had not suffered a defeat against any of its Salt City Athletic Conference rivals.However, the Hornets had finally seen its 10-game unbeaten streak upended on Sept. 28, when reigning state Class C champion Whitney Point arrived on the F-M turf and put on quite a clinic in all phases of the game on the way to prevailing 6-0.And now came another big test, with the Hornets going to Bragman Stadium to face a Cicero-North Syracuse side against which it needed Lucy Fowler’s goal in the last minute of regulation to pull out a 1-0 decision three weeks eariler. Even more impressive was what ESM did against Liverpool two nights later, putting together a first-half scoring barrage that the Warriors could not handle on the way to a 4-0 victory.All of the goals came before halftime, two of them by Dodge, plus one each from Stone and Herrington. Searle’s deft passes made a difference as she had a season-best three assists and Jillian McGinley also got an assist.On Tuesday night, ESM would visit struggling Baldwinsville before returning home Thursday to take on Cazenovia, while F-M rests until its own game against B’ville on Thursday night.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story
Senior swimmer Steven Stumph first told his teammates he was gay the summer after his sophomore year at USC. He remembers being nervous and sweating, his heart pounding heavily the entire time.It turns out he had nothing to worry about.“We just laughed about it like, ‘Why did I hold it in so long?’” Stumph said. “There was no reason to. All my fears of wanting to hold it in were all for nothing.” Stumph is part of a community of LGBT athletes and coaches at USC, ranging from openly gay athletes to those who remain closeted. Most gay athletes, coaches and administrators generally describe USC as an inclusive school for LGBT athletes, who feel safe and supported by their teammates and peers, but the University is always trying to make strides to become more accepting. Though athletes understandably feel apprehensive about opening up about their sexual identity, the culture at USC is welcoming to those who do, according to those at the University who have come out. Lypheng Kim, a junior majoring in human biology and member of the club dragon boat racing team, has been out since he was 17. As the captain of his high school track and field team, Kim said he had gained a “level of respect,” but was still a bit nervous about coming out. Those fears, though, were quelled when his high school coach sent him a message reading, “We are here for you to support you.” When Kim came to USC, he found his club team to have a similar reaction. “Everyone was kind to me,” he said. “They didn’t use sexuality as a basis to determine how they would treat you.” — In her four years working with LGBT athletes as a clinical and sports psychologist at USC, Nohelani Lawrence has never seen an issue regarding a player or coach based on how they identify. “My experience with athletes who identify as gay is they feel very supported by their teammates,” she said. “They feel free to express themselves and feel supported by their coach.” Lawrence is the director of the LGBT committee at USC, a group that meets to improve the treatment of LGBT athletes on campus. When she took over the committee three years ago, one of her first projects was creating a “You Can Play” video, featuring former Athletic Director Pat Haden. Rather than simply seeking acceptance of LGBT athletes, Lawrence wanted to take a step further toward appreciation. “Initially, there was a lot of talk about accepting student-athletes who identify as LGBT, but even accepting has a negative connotation because that implies there might be something wrong,” Lawrence said. “Our goal was to really let student-athletes know that we appreciate their presence.” According to Lawrence, one of the biggest complaints from the athletes she works with is trying to find other LGBT people to date. It’s a minimal issue compared to other schools, but that doesn’t mean she and LGBT athletes don’t have ways to further increase inclusivity and support on campus. Lawrence wants to spur the discussion on how to support transgender athletes, which she thinks is an area that hasn’t gotten much coverage. Stumph would like to see an organization for LGBT athletes where they can share updates and concerns, similar to one that exists at UC Berkeley. And Kim lamented the fact that he doesn’t see other Asian-American athletes come out, noting that he is often the “token Asian” in the room. “Sometimes, you just have to put yourself in that uncomfortable setting for others to speak up,” he said. “That’s been the theme of coming out as an athlete. Putting yourself in uncomfortable situations to allow others to be more comfortable to come out.” When Stumph was a freshman, two seniors on the swim team were openly gay. He admired that they were proud of their sexuality and didn’t let it affect their presence on the team, but he wasn’t quite ready to come out himself. Reed Malone, a member of the LGBT committee, is also a senior and a teammate of Stumph’s on the swim team (Malone does not identify as gay). He recalls Stumph trying to figure himself out during freshman year. “He was quiet. He was pretty reserved,” Malone said. “For our freshman class, there were six of us. He hung out, but liked to be on his own a bit.” Finally, Stumph came to terms with it. “I was just tired of holding it in,” he said. “It was like a big relief was lifted off my shoulders. There was nothing holding me back. No secrets.” The decision has made him more comfortable as a person and a teammate, more open to talk about any kind of subject and coming into his own. It was more of a seamless transition than an abrupt announcement for his teammates. “He never sat everyone down and said, ‘Yeah, I’m gay.’ He just lived his life and ended up hooking up with guys,” Malone said. “It wasn’t a huge deal to anyone.” — They didn’t say it to his face, but Kim could sometimes hear the whispers, the homophobic slurs from his teammates and competitors on his high school track and field team in Philadelphia. “When I hear things like that, I obviously feel uncomfortable because I question their intentions,” he said. “I question their level of awareness. I give them the benefit of the doubt, even though they’re saying those things and they’re conscious of the impact that it has. Words hurt. Words can make a huge dent on someone’s mental health or mental capacity.” Such incidents are far less common at USC and its neighboring schools in the liberal West Coast demographic. It’s one of the reasons why some LGBT athletes, including Stumph, chose to attend USC. But Stumph, who is from Moraga, California — about 13 miles east of Oakland — said he would not feel safe attending a swim meet at a school like Auburn, which is located in a region that is less tolerant of the LGBT community. He noted that there are some schools where the culture is not yet ready to accommodate people like him. “Here I’m totally comfortable to tell anyone that I’m gay,” Stumph said. “I don’t fear for my safety.” Stumph is aware of gay athletes at schools on the East Coast who don’t feel comfortable coming out to their team because they fear they will be ostracized and the coach won’t put them in events. Then, there was the time he posted a photo to social media while visiting a friend in Austin, Texas, tagging his location. “Some random person wrote a very discriminatory comment on my photo,” he said. “I think that has to do with the region. In L.A., for the vast majority, people don’t care whether you’re gay or not. In Austin, it’s a bigger deal.” Stumph admitted he is more “reserved” about telling people about his sexuality in places such as Texas, where a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll last year found fewer than half of the state’s residents support gay marriage. It’s an indication that USC is far ahead of the curve in comparison to other parts of the country. Lawrence noted that while USC celebrated National Coming Out Day last month, passing out T-shirts for coaches and athletes to wear (they ran out by noon), some schools on the East Coast didn’t because they feared it would negatively impact recruiting and publicity. Last year, LeTourneau University, a Division III school in Longview, Texas, banned “same-sex dating behaviors” as well as advocacy for same-sex marriage for student athletes. For its part, the NCAA has been swift on denouncing anti-LGBT legislation. In September, NCAA President Mark Emmert took action in the wake of the so-called “Bathroom Bill” in North Carolina — which requires transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to their gender given at birth — by pulling seven championship events from the state in the 2016-2017 season. While L.A. natives may be accustomed to inclusivity, some people from other parts of the country may not be aware of the accepting environment. Lawrence, who grew up on the East Coast, said she didn’t know what to expect when she took a job at USC. She heard from people who thought the University was “extremely conservative, especially within California.” “I wasn’t sure here how accepting athletics would be toward LGBT athletics,” she said. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised.” Creating a nationwide culture of acceptance for LGBT athletes is somewhat of a dilemma. While there would be progress if more gay athletes came out, some are just not willing to take the risk to put themselves out there. “It’s a gradual change that needs to occur socially,” Stumph said. “I’m sure it was the same [at USC]. When the first athlete came out as gay here, it was a huge shock. As more and more come out, people realize it’s normal and not a rare occurrence.”— The end goal, ultimately, is for the entire discussion over LGBT athletes to become a moot point. It’s one thing to make note of an athlete who identifies as gay. But, according to Kim, it’s another to make their sexuality the headline. “That title in a way perpetuates the notion that sexuality comes first before athleticism,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s a good thing and sometimes it might not be. People are so focused on the sexuality aspect that they forget about who the athlete is.” Stumph is a perfect example. The senior is much more than an athlete who is gay; he is a team captain and one of the top swimmers in the Pac-12, playing a key role for USC in dual meets and postseason action. His sophomore year, he broke the school record in the 200-yard breaststroke to help claim the first Pac-12 title in 37 years for USC. Outside the pool, Stumph likes to travel and cook. A self-described food connoisseur, he invites friends over and converts his apartment into a “pop-up restaurant” complete with waitresses and hostesses, cooking seven-course meals for them. Each one has a theme, from Mexican to Mediterranean to even a Halloween a few weeks ago. “It’s amazing food,” Malone said. “The presentation is unbelievable. Unlike everything I’ve ever seen.” This seemingly insignificant display represents Stumph’s transformation from shy freshman to a senior who has come to terms with who he is and beyond, showing that there is more that defines him than simply being gay. It’s part of what USC is continuously striving to improve on — making sure LGBT athletes are not just accepted, but also appreciated for more than just their sexuality. “He travels the world and he cooks,” Malone said of Stumph. “Being gay is such a small part of him that it doesn’t even matter.”
Share StumbleUpon Submit UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Julie Harrington takes the reins as BHA CEO August 11, 2020 Share Publishing its 2019 Fixture List, British Racing has outlined a slight increase in the number of race meetings in 2019.The announcement comes after a unanimous agreement from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Racecourse Association (RCA) and Horsemen’s Group, as well as the approval by the BHA Board.It has emphasised that the focus in compiling the 2019 Fixture List has been to bring in measures to assist those who work in the sport whilst simultaneously aligning the fixture schedule to the changing needs of the betting industry.Nick Rust, Chief Executive of the BHA commented: “Producing a Fixture List which strikes the right balance between sufficient support for all those who work so hard in racing, opportunities and rewards for owners and a compelling betting product to grow vital revenues for the sport has been a cross-industry effort.“We hope that the 2019 Fixture List gives racing’s participants and customer groups confidence that the sport is working together in their best interests, and its early publication will allow the industry, racecourses and bookmakers adequate time to plan for next year.”The policies governing the compilation of the 2019 Fixture List were set out earlier this year, and led to a number of new initiatives including breaks for Flat participants in March and November and all floodlit fixtures between January to mid-April and September to December having a final race time of no later than 8:30pm to help jockeys and racing staff.These measures aim to support jockeys and racing staff and are designed to help alleviate some of the demands that the Fixture List might place on their physical and mental wellbeing through extensive travel and late working hours.Additionally, to benefit both retail and digital betting operators, measures have been agreed to schedule floodlit cards to try and provide a more continuous and consistent betting product throughout the course of afternoon and evening racing, as well as the scheduling of a trial of 15 additional floodlit fixtures in the autumn to test the popularity of staging two such fixtures on the same evening with the betting public.These initiatives are partly in response to the fact that over half of all betting on British racing is now placed remotely and that the Fixture List must to an extent be tailored to meet the needs of that audience if the sport is to grow.Andy Clifton, Racing Director at the RCA, added: “The production of the 2019 Fixture List has been a great example of the strength of the tripartite structure of British Racing.“The end result is a fixture list which balances the very different requirements of sections of the racing and betting industries as well as it can, and we look forward to continuing that process in the years to come, to the benefit of the sport as a whole.”Charlie Liverton, Chief Executive of the Racehorse Owners’ Association and nominated representative of the Horsemen’s Group, also said: “The culmination of the 2019 Fixture List process produced a balanced fixture list with due rewards and opportunities for all those who invest in British racing. The Tripartite structure was seen at its best, delivering a Fixture List with the interest of the whole industry at its core.“Balancing the interests of all of racing’s stakeholders through the process is not always straightforward and so it is with great confidence that we look forward to 2019 and continuing to work together for the benefit of the whole sport.”Key details from the 2019 fixture list:A total of 1,511 fixtures have been scheduled, 3 more than were originally scheduled in 2018Ratio of fixtures in 2019 – Jump: 39.4%, Flat Turf 37.3%, All Weather 23.2% (2018: Jump: 39.7%, Flat Turf 37.7%, All Weather 22.6%)915 Flat fixtures scheduled (14 more than in 2017). Of these fixtures, 564 are Flat Turf fixtures (five fewer than 2018) while 351 are All Weather fixtures (10 more than originally scheduled in 2018)596 Jump fixtures scheduled (two fewer than 2018)By betting session, there will be 1,081 afternoon fixtures (15 fewer than 2018) and 430 evening fixtures (18 more than 2018). Scottish racing to resume from 22 June June 19, 2020 Related Articles
Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc reports a tough opening to its 2019 trading, as the online gambling group undertakes a series of adjustments related to its home market of Sweden.Publishing its unaudited Q1 2019 trading update , Kindred maintains its strong group revenue momentum recording ‘Gross winnings’ of £224 million (Q1 2018: £208m),However Swedish market costs have impacted metric performance – with EBITDA falling to £30.6 million (Q1 2018 £47.5m)Despite maintaining ‘all-time highs’ in customer sign-ups and activity (+1.6 million), Kindred properties would be forced to reward all Swedish customers with an additional player bonus, compliant with the terms of the market’s new licensing system.The regulatory requirement would see Kindred customer rewards expenditure increase by £6.6 million, with the group undertaking further Swedish costs with regards to £5 million paid for market duties combined with marketing costs of £3.8 million.Closing Q1 2019 trading, Kindred reports a profits-after-tax of £15 million (Q1 2018: £29m)“All-time high in active customers but, as expected, profits for the quarter significantly impacted by the new local licence in Sweden” detailed Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group updating investors.“During the quarter we have had strong levels of activity across all markets and all-time highs in active customers and Sports betting turnover. This is the result of our continued investment in marketing, where focus has been in relation to responsible gambling in Sweden and football sponsorships in the UK.”
The Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 109-104 to level the best-of-seven NBA Finals series at 1-1.The reigning champions trailed by five at half-time, but reeled off 18 unanswered points at the beginning of the third quarter to take the lead.Toronto got back within two points in the fourth, but with seven seconds remaining in the game, Andre Iguodala scored a three-pointer to seal the win.Thursday’s Game three is in Oakland after the opening two were in Toronto.Klay Thompson top-scored for the Warriors with 25 points, but went off with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter as did Kevon Looney earlier in the game, to add to their team’s injury worries – with Kevin Durant missing a seventh consecutive game.Stephen Curry added 23 points, while Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 34 points.“Klay said he’ll be fine, but Klay could be half dead and he would say he would be fine,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We’ll see. He pulled his hamstring. He thinks it is minor, so I don’t know what that means going forward.”The Raptors are playing in the finals for the first time in their history, while Golden State are attempting to win three championships in a row.“Third quarter. We lost the game there,” said Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. “We didn’t play well enough. We missed too many shots.”
Isaac Dogboe (14-0, 9KO) has retained his WBO African Featherweight title against Uganda’s Edward Kakembo (11-1, 3KO) after a sixth round knockout at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.It is Dogboe’s second defense of the belt he first won last December.Prior to the bout touted as the ‘Battle of the Rising Stars’, Kakembo had promised to chain Dogboe – who he openly called a dog – which made the matchup a very interesting one to look forward to.The event was star-studded, with ex-President Jerry John Rawlings among big games from entertainment, media, politics and sport there to grace the bout.Dogboe and Kakembo had made several high-profile stops to meet many dignitaries (as well as media engagements) in the days leading up to the game, and so it was no surprise the turnout was great.THE BOUT It lived up to expectation as the two boxers where heated up for the contest from the first round.Kakembo in the early stages showed his aggressiveness despite the free flow of punches thrown at him from the quick hands of the Ghanaian boxer, who copiously employed various combinations with his left and right as well as hooks.Dogboe showed his determination with some blistering speed combined with technique and skill on Kakembo’s head on which he occasionally got through which made him develop a cut on his face.Kakembo was fierce as ever, withstanding the Dogboe jabs. The Ghanaian tried a few uppercuts without success; Kakembo on various occasions complained to the ref that Dogboe was hitting the back of his head. The complaints were ignored.Dogboe was in cruise control as he executed a knowdown in the sixth round which saw Kakembo in a daze. And he could not go on. Kakembo, after the bout, complained about the food he had been given prior to the fight. “Ghana food was full of pepper!”, he said.[UPDATE: An earlier version of this article quoted Kakembo as saying “The food was full of vapour”.The above is actually what he said”. After the fight, the 21-year old Ghanaian, aka ‘the Royal Storm’ took to Facebook, where he thanked his fans. “Thank you to everyone for their support, those who made it and those who weren’t able to. Great Atmosphere, Great Energy n Great people.” WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FIGHT PRE-BOUT TRASH TALKThe hype around this fight was chiefly helped by the bravado show by the Ugandan, who entertained at every opportunity. Here he was speaking to Joy News on Thursday, calling Dogboe ‘a dog’…among other things. –Additional files from Sports Crusader
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Live box score from Game 6 of the Clippers vs. the Spurs, Thurssday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. (West Coast) at San Antonio. Spurs lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.Viewing on mobile? See live box here.
WELLINGTON MS CROSS COUNTRY results. TannerMeyer7.22 MEET:Chaparral hosted at Anthony Lake NEXT race: Andover MS Cross Country Meet TrinityMason8.51 CaitieWilliams1222.4927th 8th Grade Boys – 1.5 miles JacobFriesen13.32115th WELLINGTON HS CROSS COUNTRY results Date:9/16/14 JessicaWalker10.59 BayleeDeJarnett1122.528th 6th Grade1 Mile 7th Grade Girls – 1 mileTIMEPlaceMedal by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington cross country program has been busy this week with three meets including the high school Chaparral Invitational on Thursday. Wellington Middle School volleyball and football teams were in Winfield this Thursdayâ€¦Wellington Cross CountryThe Wellington High school cross country team traveled to Anthony Lake Thursday. Earlier this week the sixth grade hosted a cross country meet on Wednesday and the Wellington Middle School traveled to Lake Afton Tuesday. The results for each meet are as follows:Â WELLINGTON 6th Grade CROSS COUNTRY results Boys Var5KGr.TIMEPlaceMedal Girls Var4KGr.TIMEPlaceMedal ChilsonYbarra8.52 7th Grade Boys – 1 mile CabreilRoe1222.4125th MEET:Intersquad meetÂ – Held at HargisÂ Creek Watershed LukeScheufler7.59 TannerDillon10.5568th AryanaBooth10.23 Date: Thursday, Sept.25th4 p.m. JoeFriesen1123.3934th NEXT race: Oxford hosting at Winfield’s Veterans Home Wellington Middle School:Â Seventh grade football: Wellington 12 Winfield 6.Â The Knights won in the last second when quarterback Zander Vargas hit Hilt on 2 yard touchdown pass after a time consuming drive. Seventh grade is now 3-0.Eighth grade football: Winfield 14 Wellington 0Knights fell to 1-2 after getting shutout by a physical Winfield unit.Seventh grade volleyball:Â 7th grade A team won the match in two sets25-15 W25-18 W7th grade B team also won the match in two Â sets25-21 W25-20 W“Both teams played very well and worked really hard,” said Hannah Shuck, Wellington seventh grade volleyball coach.Eighth grade volleyball:Â The Eighth grade A team pulled out a tough win last night in Winfield.“We struggle at the serving line with everyone on the team making foot fault errors,” said Lyndsie Oathout, Wellington eighth grade head coach. “We did have some other issues we need to addressÂ defensivelyÂ in practice today before we head into our first triangular in El Dorado on Monday.“But, overall I am proud of how our girls pushed through and were able to pull out a win in two sets. BeingÂ mentally toughÂ is a huge deal and to be able to display that last night at the middle school is impressive.”Reese Heasty and Delaney Parkey gave Winfield some difficulty with their serves. Brooke McCorkle and Jacelyn Buck had some great attacks, both with several kills last night. Chloe Wilson continues to show her strength at the net. Adrienne Norris, Ellie Buresh and KamrynÂ PrindleÂ played well and had some unbelievable saves defensively. Looking forward to the triangular against El Dorado and Ark City on Monday.My 8th grade B team is look very strong going into their tournament on Saturday in Circle. We are now 3-0 on the season. Last night in Winfield Taylor Meyer and Abby Hibbs both were strong at the attack line. Kileigh Peninger and Jadyn Wolf were fantastic at the serving line, both had several ace serves. Carrie Nuss was outstanding defensively, not only in digs but at the net as well. Coach Swingle and myself are expecting great things tomorrow in Circle.Follow us on Twitter. MEET:Goddard at Lake Afton Date:9/18/14 EdenWilliamsNT ChanceHamel10.2549th PeytonWitham1127.1915thYES Girls JV4KGr.TIMEPlaceMedal JaydenStaley10.41 Date:Â Tuesday, Sept.23rdRaces start at 4:00 p.m.. JoTredway1019.288thYES McKennaJones6.569thYES AlexisPatee10.19 TylerBrown6.1923rdYES Date:9/17/14 JuanChandler1123.2733rd QuinnMcCue7.5395th AbbyTredway8.14 WyattEldridge7.49 EmmaDillon8.07 TraceWitham8.18 ShelbyMcNamara1127.114thYES Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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In this photo provided by the United Nations, tennis legend Martina Navratilova touches hands with former National Basketball Association player Jason Collins during a news conference at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP photo/The United Nations, Paulo Filgueiras)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former professional basketball player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova on Tuesday urged world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to take gay rights into consideration when awarding major sporting events.The two openly gay athletes spoke at a special United Nations event celebrating International Human Rights Day.They focused in part on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia, which passed a law this summer banning homosexual “propaganda.” The law has drawn international condemnation and sparked calls for a boycott, though no nations have threatened to pull their athletes.Navratilova, who lost lucrative endorsements when she came out in 1981, said she doesn’t support boycotts of any kind. But she said the IOC is “putting its head in the sand” and criticized FIFA, the world soccer body, for awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.“Nobody’s talking about Qatar and the World Cup. You can get a jail term there,” she said of consensual gay sex in the Persian Gulf nation. In six other countries, including Saudi Arabia, simply being gay is punishable by death, she said.“Gays and lesbians seem to be the last group it’s seen as OK to pick on,” she said.The two athletes also joked about how times have changed for gay rights in the U.S.“When Collins came out this year, he got a phone call from President Obama congratulating him,” Navratilova said. “Well, in 1981, Reagan was president. I didn’t get that phone call.”“It’s funny, right before President Obama, it was Oprah Winfrey,” Collins added. “Like a surreal experience.”Collins almost shyly thanked Navratilova for being so outspoken.“I’m sitting next to one of my idols,” he said.North America’s major pro sports leagues are still awaiting an openly gay athlete. Collins, 35, was prepared to become the first when he came out after the NBA regular season had ended. The aging reserve player and free agent has not been signed by another team, though he says he stays in shape and hopes to return to the NBA.Collins said the league is doing a “great job changing the culture of sport” in regard to gay players.In a recorded message, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also praised straight athletes who speak out against homophobia. “They understand an abuse against any of us is an affront to all,” he said.In a related event Tuesday, U.S. ambassador Samantha Power called the Russian law “as outrageous as it is dangerous.”Power, who was meeting with dozens of gay activists from around the world, said 78 countries still have laws that criminalize consensual sex between adults.“To deny gays and lesbians the right to live freely … is in fact barbarian,” Power said.This year was the first time the U.N. held a ministerial meeting on LGBT issues, with Secretary of State John Kerry attending. “That’s progress,” Power said.Russian journalist and gay right activist Masha Gessen then read part of the Russian law on gay “propaganda” and said, “It actually enshrines second-class citizenship and makes it a crime to talk about equality.”Zambian activist Juliet Mphande listened to Gessen’s comments and said, “I imagine Russia to be an African country right now.” She said at least six people from her country’s gay community had been arrested this year.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (January 29, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today that registration is now open for the 2016 BCBC at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 4-5. Now in its eighth year, the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge is a highly lucrative and exclusive real money tournament that crowns the winner with the highest accumulated bankroll at the end of the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This year’s BCBC will have a prize pool of up to $800,000 based on 350 players and will again allow players to participate from multiple, to-be-announced, satellite locations. The top 15 finishers from the 2015 BCBC won seats to this year’s DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC), which started yesterday in Las Vegas.Adding to the excitement and anticipation for this year’s BCBC, three automatic qualifying positions are on the line at this week’s NHC, where the top daily finishers from Day 1 and Day 2, plus the winner of the NHC consolation tournament, will gain automatic berths into the 2016 BCBC. Players can also win their way into the BCBC through online qualifiers resuming on February 14 at www.bcqualify.com. In addition, there will be a minimum of 25 live tournament qualifiers across North America this year starting with the NHC. The live tournament schedule can be found at http://www.breederscup.com/bcbc.Fans can follow the top 15 finishers from last year’s BCBC at the NHC, and their quest to be Horse Player of the Year, on social media by following @BreedersCup channels.“We are very excited to open registration for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and encourage players to take advantage of the multiple online and live tournaments that will be available throughout the year,” said Tim Schram, BCBC Tournament Director. “We wish the best of luck to all our BCBC participants from last year’s tournament who are competing in Las Vegas in the NHC.”For the 2016 BCBC, a $2,500 buy-in and $7,500 betting bankroll ($10,000 total) will be required of each player. All buy-in monies are applied to the prize pool, plus a minimum of $25,000 in additional funds provided by Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita Park. Players make real wagers with their $7,500 bankroll over the two days and keep all monies earned from their betting.Fans can follow the social conversation all year long on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge using #BCBC. Complete BCBC information and rules can be found at http://www.breederscup.com/bcbc/rules. About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube Contact: Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512 SIGN -UPS AVAILABLE NOW FOR FEBRUARY ONLINE QUALIFIERS