Texas ‘bathroom bill’ may pose big test for sports leagues

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas knows how to throw a party, and for the Super Bowl in Houston, a new 29-story luxury hotel with a rooftop pool shaped like a meandering “lazy river” is the kind of glitzy welcome mat that keeps big events coming back. But that status may soon be put to the test.

Undaunted by the NCAA and NBA punishing North Carolina over bathroom laws that target transgender persons, powerful Texas Republican lawmakers are pushing to pass similar measures by June, and in doing so are daring leagues to boycott some of the biggest cities and stadiums in the U.S.

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U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach admits alcohol, drug abuse in new memoir

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Abby Wambach says she abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years until her arrest for driving under the influence in April.

“I was stubborn and I was in denial,” soccer’s most prolific international goal scorer told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I didn’t want to face the truth.”

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NBA chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the decision hasn’t been announced. An announcement was expected within the day, the person said.

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Marist, not subject to NY’s state ban on travel to North Carolina, will play Duke in November

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke has filled the hole in its men’s basketball schedule.

Officials said Aug. 16 that the Blue Devils will play host to Marist on Nov. 11 and Grand Canyon the following night as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.

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UFC has first openly gay champion

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — After Amanda Nunes released the chokehold that finished her stunning victory at UFC 200 July 9, the new bantamweight champion leaped onto the cage and pointed ecstatically at her girlfriend, Nina Ansaroff.

Nunes became the UFC’s first openly gay champion with her first-round submission of Miesha Tate. While the Brazilian bantamweight celebrated, Nunes also spared a thought for the history-making nature of her accomplishment.

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Birth certificates will determine gender for student-athletes in Texas

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Austin (AP) – School superintendents in Texas have overwhelmingly approved a change that requires public school officials to use a birth certificate to determine a student-athlete’s gender.

A referendum ballot submitted to superintendents last month shows they voted 586 to 32 to amend University Interscholastic League rules when it comes to transgender athletes.

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Orlando Derby Girls’ LGBT-inclusiveness puts them on track to compete internationally

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Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls are skating their way to high-stakes competition. On Jan. 22, the league was accepted alongside nine other teams – ranging in location from across the country in Hood River, Oregon to across the world in New Zealand –into an apprentice program for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body of a sport considered by many to be the fastest-growing in the world.

Completion of the apprentice program typically takes from six months to a year. If the league is then accepted into WFTDA, it will play against the best teams in the country and even the world.

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Transgender student fights for school to use his preferred name

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Millersville, Md. (AP) – Matthew Nolte’s report card is stacked with A’s, but he scratched out the name on it – which is not Matthew – until the paper wore away, leaving a rectangular hole.

Matt, a junior at Old Mill High School, is a transgender student fighting for the school system to recognize his preferred, not legal, name.

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LGBT tech hero Carlos Carbonell hailed at Sentinel’s Central Floridian of the Year gala

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Betwixt the rain, the rush-hour traffic and a packed concert next door, the Orlando Sentinel held its first Central Floridian of the Year event on the evening of Jan. 28 at the Pegasus Ballroom within the University of Central Florida’s student union. Hosted by everybody’s favorite “aw, shucks” political columnist Scott Maxwell, and attended by all of the mucky-mucks and the editorial board members that have crossed them at one time or another (plus Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his entourage … oh, and the amazing philanthropist Harriet Lake, who left the house for the first time in a long time despite her illness), the catered soiree was just about what you would expect it to be. We had the stuffed chicken.

What we didn’t expect, however, was the presence of LGBT tech entrepreneur Carlos Carbonell, who was shortlisted as one of the finalists for the prestigious Sentinel award. We’ve known other winners and nominees in the past, and you’re not allowed to talk about it. What happens in the paper’s mahogany boardroom STAYS in said boardroom.

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You Can Play continues to fight homophobia in hockey

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Philadelphia (AP) – Nellie Fitzpatrick raised the Philadelphia Flyers jersey presented to her as the team’s “community teammate” of the night, turned her head to her left and smooched her wife right on the lips.

Much like salutes to veterans, youth hockey players and other celebrated guests, Fitzpatrick’s kiss was shown for everyone in the arena to see on the overhead videoboard.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Is St. Pete Pride on the move?

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Tampa to host the NAGAAA Softball World Series
The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance has named Tampa as the spot for the Softball World Series, well in 2018, so you have a few years to get ready for it. The NAGAAA is an international sports organization (that’s right, they play with Canadians!) that got its start back in 1977 as a way to provide opportunity and access for the LGBT community to participate in organized softball competition in a safe environment. The league is currently working with over 13,000 players from 43 cities, including Tampa. So let’s get out there and throw them balls and swing them bats and make sure that in 2018 Tampa gtes to say they won the whole damn thing in their own backyard.

Is St. Pete Pride moving?
Facebook was all asunder after several members of the community started to voice concerns about where and when St. Pete Pride would be holding the annual Pride celebration this coming summer. In the past, the parade route has started in the empty lot across from Georgie’s Alibi and would move through Kenwood and down Central Avenue through the Grand Central District where the festival would be, but with the closing of Georgie’s it has been speculated that the parade and festival may make a move to downtown. Officially nothing has been announced, and no final decisions have been made (St. Pete Pride’s website still shows last year’s route), but that didn’t stop the battle from waging as the fact that the lot across from where Georgie’s once was is not (and never was) owned by Georgie’s came to light. Many came to the defense of St. Pete Pride calling the other side “keyboard warriors” and stressing that everyone should wait and see before getting upset. An announcement should hopefully be coming soon from the St. Pete Pride camp and once we know, you will know.

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Screened Out – The Finest Hours

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Chris Evans, Casey Affleck, Holliday Grainger, Ben Foster, Eric Bana

It is considered the US Coast Guard’s most daring rescue – a “suicide mission” to save nearly 30 men. A horrible winter storm was tearing up the Massachusetts coast, and a huge oil tanker had torn in half.

Disney does the Disney thing bringing this heroic story to life, adding neat-o 1950s art direction, a swell score, great visuals, action, romance and bravado. Sure, the ship runs into a few clichés, but it’s a sight better than most January releases.

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