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April 29, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
National political leaders, gay rights groups and entertainment icons on Monday spoke in support of Jason Collins, the first active professional athlete to come out as gay. The 34-year-old Los Angeles native, who helped lead Harvard-Westlake School to two state championships in the 1990s with his twin brother, announced his sexual orientation in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated . "Major league sports has remained one of the last bastions...
April 29, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
NBA center Jason Collins made headline news Monday for revealing in Sports Illustrated that he's gay But who cares? I don't want to sound flip. I absolutely admire his courage. I just find it lamentable that in this day and age, Collins, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, is still the only active male athlete in a major professional sport who's come out . Worse, Collins worries about the reaction. When asked about how he thinks other players will respond to his sexual orientation, he says: “The simple answer is, I have no idea....
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 Houston Mitchell
NBA center Jason Collins, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, has become the first male athlete still active in a major professional sport to come out as gay. Collins made his announcement to Sports Illustrated, which will feature Collins in this week's issue. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," Collins tells SI . "But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different.' If I had my way, someone else would have already done this.
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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