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April 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
NBA center and Harvard-Westlake School graduate Jason Collins came out Monday as the first active gay athlete in a major professional sport. The 34-year-old Los Angeles native who helped lead Harvard-Westlake to two state championships in the 1990s with his twin brother, announced his sexual orientation in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated . “I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different,' ”...
April 29, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Metta World Peace wore a blue Cookie Monster T-shirt for his end-of-season meeting with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike D'Antoni on Monday. Then he had a message for everybody when asked about NBA player Jason Collins, who revealed publicly he was gay in an interview with  Sports Illustrated. “Whether it's a free country or not, you should be free to act and do as you want to do, as long as it's not violent. I came here in a Cookie Monster shirt because I wanted to,” World Peace told reporters at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo.
April 29, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Jason Collins had long been keeping a secret. As a standout high school player at Harvard-Westlake School, as a star at Stanford and through a 12-year NBA career, he had hidden something fundamental about himself from his family, friends and teammates. On Monday Collins came out, becoming the first active male athlete in a major U.S. professional team sport to acknowledge he was gay. The reaction was swift. President Obama, who just last year gave his support for gay marriage, called Collins to say "he was impressed by his courage," according to a White House Twitter post.
April 29, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO -- Superior Court Judge Teri L. Jackson, NBA center Jason Collins' very proud aunt, said that her nephew's family pedigree is one of firsts and of fighting discrimination. Her parents -- Collins' grandparents -- were active in the civil rights movement. She and her sister integrated their elementary school. And she herself was San Francisco's first female, African American judge. Jackson's advice to her nephew on his groundbreaking announcement was simple: "Not to let it define you. ... He did not become a great basketball player because of his sexual orientation.
February 7, 2013 | By Gary Klein
College football coaches often emphasize the importance of recruiting family members as well as the players who are the objects of their affection. Latest case in point: Alex Collins. The highly touted running back from South Plantation High in Florida signed a letter of intent with Arkansas on Thursday, another flash point in a family drama that played out over two days and looks as if it will continue. "Alex is a great addition to this class," Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
February 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
When Alex Collins, a star running back at South Plantation High in Florida, decided to sign a letter of intent to go to Arkansas during National Signing Day on Wednesday, his mother, Andrea McDonald, was unhappy. She was so unhappy, she took the letter of intent away and left the house. She wanted her son to go to Miami so he could stay close to her. Eventually, Collins' father, Johnny Collins, stepped in, and Alex Collins signed and faxed his letter intent to Arkansas on Thursday.
January 22, 2013 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 20 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning Marine biologist Steve O'Shea. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Martha Stewart; Kimora Lee Simmons; Giada De Laurentiis; Darrell Hammond; Aaron Neville. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Michael Strahan; Dustin Hoffman; Jason Statham; Zac Posen and Tim Gunn. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael Jason Statham; Christine Baranski; Olly Murs performs.
January 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Jodie Meeks hit half of his shots against the Philadelphia 76ers, including a highlight reverse dunk, for a total of seven points.  Meeks is a steady part of Coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation which went just eight deep on Tuesday in the Lakers' 103-99 loss to the Sixers. Coach Doug Collins had nothing but positive things to say about Meeks, whom he coached in Philadelphia. "He's one of the best teammates you can ever have," said Collins.  "He never puts himself above the team....
January 1, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Before the Lakers battled the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, Coach Doug Collins had high praise for Kobe Bryant "He's a basketball genius," Collins said. "As guys get older, for the guys who are really the savants, the game comes easier. They don't waste energy. When you're younger sometimes, you chase your tail; and you get older and the game slows down," Collins said. "He knows where he wants the ball, how he wants to get it, how he's going to get it and what he's going to do to you once he gets it. " Collins marveled at Bryant's longevity in the league, playing at such a high level.
January 1, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
The Soul Giants were a struggling R&B cover band in Pomona in the mid-1960s when lead singer Ray Collins fired the group's guitarist and invited a musical collaborator from Rancho Cucamonga to take his place. His name was Frank Zappa. The band soon began morphing into the Mothers of Invention, the avant-garde novelty rock group that was Zappa's vision. But Collins' "extraordinary pop-operatic vocals best conveyed" the band's "not-so-mock rage," according to the New Rolling Stone Record Guide.
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