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June 26, 2015 | by Compete Network
Friday Weekly Replay for June 19-26 Love Wins!

 

It is wonderful day when love and equality prevailed over prejudice and anger!

The amount of news on the sports diversity front has been off the charts this past week – some of it real, some of it kitschy. It ranges from a woman being added to MLB’s international registration list, to cancellation of a “Caucasian Heritage Night” in Utah, to an animated version of Caitlyn Jenner by Italian artist and activist aleXsandro Palombo for the newly single Homer Simpson. Whew!

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Matthew Mitchem Joins Dancing with the Stars Cast

According to Gay Star News, Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham has announced he’s the newest contestant for Dancing with the Stars Australia. The gold-medal winning diver told Australian media he wanted to be on the show for most of his professional career.

“I have been thinking about it for about five years – that’s how much I wanted to be on the show – but things like the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics have got in the way,” he said.

Read the full story here: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/diver-matthew-mitcham-will-be-next-dancing-stars210615#sthash.HYeFlJWd.dpuf

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16 Year Old French Short Stop Could Be MLB’s First Female Player

France’s Melissa Mayeux is the first woman added to MLB’s international registration list, meaning that she’ll be eligible to be signed by a major league club on July 2—a first step that could lead to other historic moments.

Read the full story here: m.mlb.com/news/article/132044338/melissa-mayeux-france-eligible-sign-mlb

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Fourteen Out Women of FIFA

Meet the powerful women who, according to Buzzfeed, “play for your team (no, seriously though).” Read the full story here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/so-many-badass-women-so-little-time#.eweeekr1a

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Utah Baseball Team Cancels “Caucasian Heritage Night”

The Orem Owlz killed plans for their upcoming “Caucasian Heritage Night” after the Rookie League Angels’ affiliate found itself in the center of outrage over the event. Their team’s media director also resigned as a result of the backlash.

Read the full story here: deadspin.com/utah-minor-league-team-cancels-planned-caucasian-herit-1712770611?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

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St. Louis Cardinals’ “Breachgate”

In what looks like baseball’s version of football’s “deflategate,” the St. Louis Cardinals have been accused of hacking the Houston Astros computer network. It appears the Cards had access to the Astros’ proprietary information as early as 2012 although The Chronicle has only confirmed one breach in 2013 and a second one in March 2014 that triggered an FBI investigation.

Following the tacit admission by Cards owner Bill DeWitt Jr. and MLB calling it an “illegal breach” rather than an “alleged illegal breach,” new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will be deciding what type of punishment will be imposed on the team beyond any potential government criminal charges. DeWitt said he was shocked by the scandal and blamed it on “roguish behavior.” However, Manfred doesn’t have absolute control – MLB’s league constitution and collective bargaining agreement both have the power to limit his ability to punish the Cards.

Read the full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/sports/baseball/st-louis-cardinals-hack-astros-fbi.html?_r=0

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Pro Wrestler Money Matt Cage Comes Out

Cage, whose legal name is Matt Hullum, is an independent in wrestling’s alternative leagues. He writes on his Facebook page: “For the longest time, I claimed that I was bisexual. When I privately came out to people that already know, I told them that this was the case. And it was. However, I have no real intentions of pursuing females at this stage of my life. I still find beautiful women beautiful. I don’t think that’ll ever change. But I think that to continue to claim something that’s not true is just continuing a streak of dishonesty and I don’t want that. Sorry, ladies. I’m officially pulling myself off of the market. Don’t hate me too bad.”

Read the full story here: www.facebook.com/notes/matt-cage/here-goes-nothing/10153381769503826?pnref=lhc

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Confederate Flag Decision Can Impact Redskins Lawsuit

The Supreme Court’s recent decision Texas is not required to issue license plate’s featuring the Confederate Flag may help decide the team’s on-going lawsuit to prevent the removal of the NFL’s Redskins trademark registration because of the team’s offensive name. In 2014 the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board declared the team’s trademark registration should be revoked on the grounds that it may be offensive to Native Americans. This week U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, who is presiding over the case, asked lawyers at the start of the hearing to focus on how the Texas case affects the Redskins’ situation.

Read the full story here: bleacherreport.com/tb/dgV4A?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily-radar

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Students invent a condom that changes color if you have an STI

 

High school students in the UK have created a condom that changes colour when it comes into contact with the pathogens that cause sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamdyida or herpes.

Read the full story here: www.sciencealert.com/students-have-invented-condoms-that-change-colour-if-you-have-an-sti?cmpid=NL_LS_weekly_2015-06-24

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Special Olympics.

Palmdale, California will be the host city for Special Olympics World Games competitors from St. Lucia and Cyprus.

The Games’ Flame of Hope will arrive in Palmdale on July 17, with runners carrying the torch from Summerwind Elementary School to the main entrance of the Antelope Valley Mall, where a ceremony will be held at 3 p.m.

The opening ceremony for the Special Olympics World Games will be held July 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Games will an estimated 7,000 athletes from 177 countries. It will be the largest sporting event in the Los Angeles area since the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Read more here: mynewsla.com/sports/2015/06/24/palmdale-hosts-special-olympics-world-games-competitors/

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Caitlyn Jenner has gotten animated – Simpsons style.

Italian artist and activist aleXsandro Palombo has re-imagined Jenner as a potential love interest for the newly single Homer Simpson.

See more at: www.gaystarnews.com/article/caitlyn-jenner-gets-simpsons-treatment-artist-alexsandro-palombo240615#sthash.jypSoZHN.dpuf

 

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