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Louisville player mistakes TV sideline reporter for spy

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 6:53 AM



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It was a case of mistaken identity. Friday night Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino assured one of his players that the woman on the sidelines near the Cardinals’ huddle Friday night was not a spy, but a television reporter.

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Pitino, whose team advanced in the NCAA tournament with a 78-63 victory against Jacksonville State, said one of his players mistakenly thought CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson was stealing plays Friday for Jacksonville State.

"This is a very inexperienced team," Pitino told reporters. "We're down two scholarships. Our backcourt is a little thin. Show you how inexperienced we are, one of my players said, 'There's a lady in the huddle stealing our plays.' It's Tracy Wolfson."

CBS' Wolfson said via Twitter she found Pitino's assertion humorous, ESPN reported, although the coach apparently was not joking.

"They thought she was giving it to the other team," Pitino said. "I told [sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell], she's not doing that.”

Ryan O'Callaghan, former Patriots offensive tackle, comes out as gay

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 3:37 AM

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 21: Tackle Ryan O'Callaghan #68 of the New England Patriots watches play against the Miami Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium on October 21, 2007 in Miami, Florida.  The Pats won 49 - 28. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Former New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Ryan O’Callaghan revealed in an interview with Outsports on Tuesday that he is gay.

“No one is going to assume the big football player is gay,” O’Callaghan said in the interview. “It’s why a football team is such a good place to hide.”

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O’Callaghan, who said he originally contemplated suicide after his NFL career was over, initially came out to then-Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli in 2011. O’Callaghan said in his interview that he hopes he can use publicly coming out as a way to help other LGBTQ people struggling with their identity.

O’Callaghan, who played in the NFL for five seasons, made 20 starts in his career for both the Patriots and the Chiefs. The 33-year-old Cal product was originally taken in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by New England.

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Penguins beat Predators to win back-to-back Stanley Cups

Published: Sunday, June 11, 2017 @ 11:06 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 Sunday to win the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive season.

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Patric Hornqvist scored the first goal of the game with 1:35 left to play. Carl Hagelin then scored the empty-net goal to seal the win.

Warriors deny reports that they unanimously declined White House visit

Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 10:31 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 3:39 PM

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12:  The Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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UPDATE June 13 at 3:30 p.m.: The Associated Press reported Tuesday that no decision has been made about the Golden State Warriors visit to the White House, according to a statement from the team.

"Today is all about celebrating our championship,” the statement said, according to CBS Sports. “We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

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It didn’t take the Golden State Warriors long to decide to skip the traditional championship White House visit.

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Less than 24 hours after winning the 2017 NBA Finals on Monday night, the Warriors unanimously voted to decline the White House ceremony honoring their Finals win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to several reports, including one by CNBC analyst Josh Brown.

The Warriors attended the White House ceremony to honor their 2015 NBA Finals title when former President Barack Obama was in the White House.

The news comes the day after Clemson visited the White House in honor of their National Championship win over Alabama in January.

The Warriors’ rejection of the White House’s invitation builds on the sentiment expressed by several New England Patriots who announced they would not attend the Trump White House ceremony in April. Notable Patriots, who missed the April ceremony were Tom Brady -- who said he would not attend for personal reasons -- Legarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett and Danny Amendola.

Thirty-four Patriots were present for the White House ceremony to honor their Super Bowl 51 win, which was a similar number of attendees to when the Patriots won in 2004 and 2005, according to Patriots spokesman Stacey James.

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3-on-3 basketball added to 2020 Olympics

Published: Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 12:33 AM

3-on-3 basketball will be an Olympic sport in 2020.
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The International Olympic Committee added 3-on-3 men’s and women’s basketball to the 2020 Olympic Games, ESPN reported.

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There will be eight teams in each of the men's and women's tournaments of the half-court format, which was introduced at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore.

"The dream of a path from the streets to the Olympic Games has become reality for all the basketball community," Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of basketball governing body FIBA, told ESPN.

An urban Tokyo venue for 3-on-3 basketball could be announced when the IOC executive board meets again in Lausanne on July 9-10, IOC sports director Kit McConnell told ESPN.

Other sports added to the 2020 lineup include BMX freestyle cycling, men’s and women’s madison track cycling, men’s 800-meter freestyle swimming and women’s 1,500 freestyle swimming. There also will be a 4x100-meter mixed medley relay in swimming. 

Events confirmed Friday are in addition to decisions last August to include sports climbing, skateboarding, surfing, baseball and softball, and karate in the Tokyo program.