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Nov 5, 2015

Human Rights Campaign seeks out NFL after Houston measure fails

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – A leading U.S. gay rights group, concerned that Houston voters rejected an equal-rights ordinance, wants to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the league’s plans to host 2017 Super Bowl in the city, according to a letter made public on Thursday.

Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a measure that would have would banned discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, protections not guaranteed under Texas law.

Nov 5, 2015

Patrick Kane, star of NHL’s Blackhawks, will not face rape charges: prosecutors

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Patrick Kane, star of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, will not face rape charges related to an incident in New York state involving a woman he met at a nightclub because her account was not backed up by “credible evidence,” a county prosecutor said on Thursday.

The woman had accused Kane of raping her in his offseason home in Hamburg, a Buffalo suburb, early on Aug. 2.

Oct 28, 2015

Espinoza says American Pharoah’s legacy is secure

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The legacy of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah is secure whether or not he wins Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the colt’s jockey Victor Espinoza said on Wednesday.

American Pharoah, who earlier this year became the 12th horse — and first since 1978 — to capture the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, is the 6-5 morning line favorite to win the final race of his career.

Oct 28, 2015

Sports fantasy trade group creates control board, wants to self-regulate

Oct 27 (Reuters) – The trade association of the U.S. fantasy
sports industry said Tuesday it has created a control board to
oversee the fast-growing, multibillion industry and avoid
outside regulation as it faces scrutiny following a recent
scandal.

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association named Seth Harris, who
was acting U.S. secretary of labor in the Obama administration,
to run the board.

Oct 27, 2015

Abby Wambach, prolific U.S. women’s football scorer, retires at 35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Abby Wambach, who tallied more goals in international competition than any other football player in history, male or female, said on Tuesday she was retiring at age 35.

Wambach, a native of Rochester, New York, who has been a key member of the U.S. women’s football team, announced her decision shortly after the squad was honoured at the White House by President Barack Obama for winning the World Cup in July.

Oct 27, 2015

Abby Wambach, prolific U.S. women’s soccer scorer, retires at 35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Abby Wambach, who tallied more goals in international competition than any other soccer player in history, male or female, said on Tuesday she was retiring at age 35.

Wambach, a native of Rochester, New York who has been a key member of the U.S. women’s soccer team, announced her decision shortly after the squad was honored at the White House by President Barack Obama for winning the World Cup in July.

Oct 27, 2015

Obama lauds U.S. women’s soccer team for getting girls to ‘dream bigger’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday lauded the World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team for inspiring “millions of girls to dream bigger” and suggested that goal-scoring phenom Carli Lloyd might want to consider becoming his White House successor.

Obama, a big sports fan with two teenage daughters, honored the team during a White House East Room ceremony for its World Cup victory in Canada in July, defeating Japan 5-2 in the tournament final behind midfielder Lloyd’s three goals.

Oct 21, 2015

Competitive climbers hope the sport makes Olympic grade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American rock-climbing wizard Alex Honnold insists he would not compete in the Olympics even if his sport gets the nod for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

It is not that Honnold does not care for the Olympics or does not like to compete. The man widely considered the best free climber of his generation says he just is not good enough.

Oct 16, 2015

Owner of NFL’s Dolphins launches program to advance race relations

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Stephen Ross, owner of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, launched a nonprofit organization on Friday aimed at combating racism by using sports to promote “understanding, respect and equality.”

The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) has the backing of the country’s major sports leagues and broadcasters.

Oct 15, 2015

Seattle Seahawks’ Coleman arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run

By Eric M. Johnson and Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault and hit-and-run, both felonies, police said on Thursday, and the NFL team has suspended him indefinitely.

Coleman, 24, was being held without bail pending a court hearing in Seattle’s King County Correctional Facility as of Thursday afternoon, according to jail records.