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April 29, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
NBA center Jason Collins became the first male athlete still active in a major professional sport to come out as gay on Monday, and his revelation has caused many athletes to show him their support. A sampling:   Proud of @ jasoncollins34 . Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU - Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 29, 2013   I am so proud of my bro @ jasoncollins34 for being real.
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March 21, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Eight days after being declared out for the season, Steve Nash is expected to play for the Lakers. With their point guard ranks depleted by injury, the Lakers will turn to the veteran to provide depth behind starter Kendall Marshall on Friday night against the Washington Wizards. Nash has been limited to 10 games this season by persistent pain in his back, last playing against Utah on Feb. 11. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said on March 13 that Nash would not play the rest of the season because it didn't make sense for him to come back and push his body with so few games left.
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February 26, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Jason Collins wore the No. 46 jersey in his season debut Sunday with the Brooklyn Nets. He will eventually wear No. 98, his preferred jersey number. But as far as the folks in the NBA are concerned, he has the No. 1 jersey. Just two days after he signed with the Nets and became the league's first openly gay player, Collins' No. 98 jersey was the top seller on NBAStore.com. A league spokesperson told the Associated Press it is selling well again Wednesday. And he hasn't even worn that number in a game yet. It wasn't available Sunday for the Nets game against the Lakers, during which Collins had no points and two rebounds in 11 minutes.
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March 21, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels Manager Mike Scioscia will get an in-person look at Joe Blanton on Saturday. So will scouts from opposing teams. Blanton will start Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Angels have shifted Hector Santiago, the scheduled starter, to a minor league exhibition game. The Angels did not project Blanton on their 25-man roster when spring training opened. In the wake of injuries to relievers Sean Burnett and Dane De La Rosa, they appear to be considering whether to keep Blanton as a sixth starter -- in an organization perilously thin in starting pitching depth -- and long reliever.
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April 29, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Chris Broussard usually offers expertise on fast breaks and zone defense, but on Monday he drove right into America's culture wars by calling homosexuality "an open rebellion to God" and implying that gay people can't be Christians.  Speaking on ESPN's "Outside the Lines," the basketball analyst and former New York Times writer was discussing NBA player Jason Collins, who in a landmark move just became the first active player in one of the major...
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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.
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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....
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April 29, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
NBA center Jason Collins became the first male athlete in a major pro sport to come out as gay on Monday, and he received immediate support from a big name: former President Bill Clinton. Collins went to Stanford at the same time as Clinton's daughter, Chelsea. "I have known Jason Collins since he was Chelsea's classmate and friend at Stanford," Clinton said in a statement. "Jason's announcement today is an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender]
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May 6, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jason Collins may already be old news just a week after he became the first active male athlete in a pro team sport to publicly reveal he's gay. According to the Associated Press, Collins is seeking a book deal for his planned memoirs, but at least one of the publishing houses his representative contacted has turned down the veteran NBA center. An official from that publisher told AP that the extensive media coverage of Collins and concern that his story had already been told were among the reasons for rejecting the story that was big news just days ago. At least two other publishers are said to have been contacted about the memoir by Collins, who made his revelation in a first-person account published by Sports Illustrated.
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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.
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February 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels have yet to play a Cactus League game and Manager Mike Scioscia was already was fielding questions Wednesday about whether outfielder Josh Hamilton would be available for opening day. "We'll see when we get there," Scioscia said. "We're optimistic he will be. " Hamilton strained his left calf on Tuesday, and Scioscia confirmed that the left fielder would sit out "a minimum of a couple of weeks. " Hamilton had an MRI examination Tuesday, and the Angels have been told that the injury should heal on its own -- ruling out the kind of severe strain that would require surgery.
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February 26, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Jason Collins wore the No. 46 jersey in his season debut Sunday with the Brooklyn Nets. He will eventually wear No. 98, his preferred jersey number. But as far as the folks in the NBA are concerned, he has the No. 1 jersey. Just two days after he signed with the Nets and became the league's first openly gay player, Collins' No. 98 jersey was the top seller on NBAStore.com. A league spokesperson told the Associated Press it is selling well again Wednesday. And he hasn't even worn that number in a game yet. It wasn't available Sunday for the Nets game against the Lakers, during which Collins had no points and two rebounds in 11 minutes.
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February 25, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Jason Collins said the reaction to him becoming the first openly gay player in the NBA had been positive, with one exception. “Well, of course on Twitter you're going to have a few crazies,” Collins said before the Brooklyn Nets practiced Tuesday at the men's gym at UCLA. “I've always done a good job of just blocking those people immediately and never responding to that. That's Twitter. As far as people who actually have my number, the support has been overwhelmingly positive.” Among the messages Collins has received since he made history Sunday against the Lakers was one from tennis legend Billie Jean King, who recently returned from the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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February 23, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Jason Collins, a 35-year-old free agent, signed a 10-day contract Sunday with the Brooklyn Nets, which makes him the first openly gay athlete in one of America's four major sports leagues. The 7-foot center, who came out after playing last season with the Boston Celtics, is a 12-year veteran primarily known for his defense and rebounding. He had not previously been signed by any team this season. ESPN first reported that Collins was expected to sign Sunday and possibly play in the evening at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers.
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December 14, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Question for wannabe NBA general managers: If you had a chance to add an inefficient scorer who plays passable defense while possessing one of the league's worst contracts, you'd pass, right? Pete D'Alessandro wouldn't. The new Sacramento Kings general manager couldn't resist the allure of Rudy Gay, who scores points galore but needs a lot of shots to do so. His player efficiency rating was 116th in the NBA at the time of the seven-player trade between the Kings and Toronto Raptors, which cost the Kings a lot more than starting point guard Greivis Vasquez and a passel of nobodies.
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August 21, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Glenn Burke was just doing what came naturally. Dusty Baker's home run blast to left field on the last day of the regular season, Oct. 2, 1977, was history-making. It was his 30th, meaning the Dodgers became the first team to have four players hit 30 home runs in a season. As Baker rounded third to the roar of the Dodger Stadium crowd, Burke, a rookie outfielder, ran from the on-deck circle, jumped up and gave Baker an over-the-head hand-slap in celebration. And, the high-five was born.
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May 1, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
NBA player Jason Collins made news this week with his announcement that he was gay. As the first openly gay player in the league, Collins has generated a lot of attention, so it's no surprise that one of his first sit-down interviews to discuss things will be with Oprah Winfrey. The first interview with Collins and his twin brother, Jarron, is set to air Sunday on "Oprah's Next Chapter" on OWN. After playing with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards this season, Jason is a free agent.
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April 29, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jason Collins may have spent just 32 games of his 14-year NBA career in a Boston uniform, but the city is stepping up to support the former Celtics center who made a historic announcement Monday. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Collins revealed that he is gay, thus becoming the first active male athlete in a major American sport to come out of the closet. Collins has been receiving an overwhelming amount of support from the athletic community, including this tweet from the Boston Red Sox: We salute you, @ jasoncollins34 for your courage and leadership.
OPINION
July 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It was only last October that boxer Orlando Cruz, after 24 years as a professional fighter and with nine knockouts to his credit, announced, in an effort to be "true to myself," that he was gay. Like NBA player Jason Collins, who came out publicly in April, and Robbie Rogers, a former member of the U.S. national soccer team who did so in February, Cruz took what was seen as a brave step given the macho culture of professional sports. At the time of his announcement, The Times reported that Cruz was believed to be the first professional boxer to declare that he was gay. FOR THE RECORD: Boxing: A July 25 editorial said boxer Orlando Cruz had been fighting professionally for 24 years when he announced he was gay in 2012.
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June 20, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Howard Kurtz is taking his critical lens on the media from CNN to Fox News. The media critic and longtime host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" will anchor a similar weekend show for Fox News starting in July. In making the announcement, Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente said Kurtz is a "master of social media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political reporter. Altogether, he will add even greater depth to a very accomplished team of reporters and anchors.
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