The big story this week is Manny Pacquiao’s homophobic remarks about same-sex marriage comparing gays to animals and the furor it’s raised, from athletes like Jason Collins, Magic Johnson, and Orlando Cruz and his former sponsors like Nike, Foot Locker.

For young sports fans, the lazy, hazy days of summer baseball hold no interest for them and MLB is pulling out all the stops to try to attract them. And speaking of young sports fans, Lakers icon Kobe Bryant is playing in his last NBA’s All Star Game and his kids wanted a picture taken with … Steph Curry. After all, Kobe’s just their dad but Steph is an All-Star! All this and much, much more ~ enjoy!

Jason Collins blasts boxer Manny Pacquiao for gay marriage remark comparing gays to animals
Retired openly gay NBA player Jason Collins calls boxer Manny Pacquiao “bigoted” and says he’s lost all respect for him.
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Nike drops Manny Pacquiao following homophobic comments comparing gays to animals
Saying they no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao, a statement from Nike saying, “We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent. Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”
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Magic Johnson, Orlando Cruz blast Manny Pacquiao for homophobic views on gays
Basketball great Magic Johnson and openly gay Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz are the latest to condemn Manny Pacquiao for original homophobic comment and then, following an apology from Pacquiao, he then quoted a Bible verse that said gays should be killed and justified by saying he’s “only stating the truth.”
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Foot Locker says they’re no longer in contract with boxer Manny Pacquiao
Following Nike dropping him, Foot Locker has stated they’re no longer in contract with Manny Pacquiao and have no plans to work with him again.
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Aydian Dowling first transgender man to land cover of Gay Times magazine
Aydian Dowling, a trans bodybuilder, activist and vlogger didn’t win the cover of Men’s Health but Gay Times has given him its cover.
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MLB using extreme measures to attract young fans
MLB is working to speed up the pace of the game in hopes of gaining new younger fans.
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Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia hit with permanent suspension from MLB for 3rd positive PED test
MLB announced the permanent suspension from baseball for NY Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive for the 3rd time for a banned performance-enhancing drug, Boldenone, an old-time anabolic steroid.
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MLB agent Bart Hernandez indicted on charges of human trafficking
Bart Hernandez, an MLB agent, has been indicted in Florida on human trafficking charges having to do with outfielder Leonys Martin, a Seattle Mariners outfielder.
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Ice racing cars in Minnesota
When you’ve got lots of ice in the winter and you live in Minnesota, you may participate in ice racing, like NASCAR but at slower speeds on a lake frozen solid. See 12 images that show this seasonal underground sport.
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Timberwolves Zack LaVine wins NBA Dunk Contest back-to-back
The defending champ of the NBA’s Dunk Contest, Zach LaVine of the Timberwolfes won it again this year.
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Kobe Bryant’s kids want picture with Steph Curry
This year’s NBA All-Star Game is Kobe Byrant’s last, keeping Kobe fans’ frenzy going. But his kids just wanted a picture with the league’s reigning MVP Steph Curry.
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Kobe Bryant breaks Michael Jordan’s NBA All-Star field goal attempts record
According to ESPN Stats  & Info, Kobe is retiring with a bang, beating Michael Jordan’s record  for the most field goal attempts in the history of the All-Star Game, 233 to 227.
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Hilarious retirement gifts for Kobe Bryant from Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul
To honor Kobe Bryant’s final season a group of players held a special get-together where he received a robe & one-year Netflix subscription from Dwyane Wade; dental adhesive, reading glasses, compression socks and a cane from Chris Paul; and a magnum of Italian wine from Carmelo Anthony.
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Heats Chris Bosh back on blood thinner
Tim Reynolds of AP reports that Chris Bosh is back on blood thinners to treat a blood clot in his leg but hopes to resume playing this season. But a U-Health cardiologist thinks that’s overly optimistic – it could likely mean no contact for 3-6 months.
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Lakers owner Jeanie Buss may clean house in front office
According to informed speculation, Jeanie Buss may shake up the Lakers front office by booting out her brother Jim from his executive role, ditch GM Mitch Kupchak and potentially bring back Phil Jackson.
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NHL lineman’s concussion could be career-ending
NHL linesman Don Henderson still hasn’t returned to the ice after the concussion he received from a blindside hit last month from Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman who got a 20-game suspension.
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Brazilian court freezes Neymar’s assets
Authorities in Brazil have blocked assets of Barcelona star soccer player Neymar, including a yacht, a jet and several properties worth close to $50 million. This based on being found guilty of evading 63 million reals in taxes (almost $16 million) between 2011 and 2013.
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paterno-statueTwo new statues of Joe Paterno being made in secret location
The statue of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, still honored by many in spite of his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, was removed by the school. But the men who originally cast the statue are now casting two new ones in a secret location; one will go to his family and the other will be displayed in various locations to support Penn State since the university hasn’t responded to their request to know where the original is. The two men are financing the $100,000 project themselves.
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Referee shot dead by soccer player he red carded in Argentina
Referee César Flores was shot multiple times and killed by a soccer player he red carded and sent off the pitch according to police in Campo de la Ribera in Argentina.
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Christine Sinclair passes Mia Hamm as 2nd highest goal-scorer in history
Canadian soccer player Christine Sinclair has now passed Mia Hamm as the 2nd highest goal-scorer in history – that’s the most international goals ever and includes both men and women.
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NASCAR’s Chase Elliott joins elite group of Daytona 500 pole winners
Chase Elliott and his dad Bill became the fourth father-son combo to win Daytona 500 poles this year.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins his Can-Am Duel on same track on the 15th anniversary of his father’s death
Winning the Can-Am Duel at the Daytona International Speedway on the 15th anniversary of his father’s death was very special for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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Louisiana governor warns that LSU football could be cut
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has warned state residents that if tax increases aren’t approved, the LSU football team could end up being cut due to concerns over funding higher education.
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Peyton Manning’s 1996 sexual assault allegation details revisited
In the wake of allegations that Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning had human growth hormone delivered to his house, documents from a 2001 lawsuit for an alleged sexual assault by Manning have come to light.
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Gay college football player wins award named for homophobic coach Tony Dungy
Luke McAvoy, a middle school teacher in Milwaukee and an alum of the University of Minnesota who played college football, came out last week. He revealed that two years ago he received the Tony Dungy Character and Community Service Award. The irony of being gay and having an award named after homophobic coach Tony Dungy isn’t lost on him.
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Darren Sharper’s plea rejected by federal judge
Former NFL safety Darren Sharper has had his plea deal rejected by  a federal judge. He faces charges stemming from nine individual allegations of drugging and sexually assaulting women in four different states. Sharper pled guilty or no contest last year in all four state courts but now it’s alleged there may have been 16 victims. The judge said the 10-year sentence was too lenient.
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JPP xrayJason Pierre-Paul’s new Twitter avatar is x-ray of his mutilated hand
Jason Pierre-Paul, the soon-to-be free agent defensive end just changed his Twitter avatar to an x-ray of his mangled right hand damaged in a July 4 fireworks accident. He played for the NY Giants for eight games on a modified franchise tender.
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Roger Goodell’s role in NFL player discipline could change soon
According Mark Maske of The Washington Post, the NFL and its players association are negotiating an agreement that would change the commissioner’s level of involvement in the appeals process.
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Lindsey Vonn loses ski at 80 mph
Skier Lindsey Vonn, 76-time World Cup winner, lost a ski in a World Cup downhill run going 80 mph in La Thuile, Italy. She’s fine and tweeted about it like it was an everyday accident.
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Iowa athletic department under wide-ranging civil rights investigation
The University of Iowa athletic department is under a wide-ranging civil rights investigation by the federal government, most of it centering around gender issues.
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Former wrestler Axl Rotten died of overdose in bathroom restaurant
Former Extreme Championship Wrestling Brian Knighton, known as Axl Rotten, died of an accidental drug overdose in the bathroom of a Baltimore McDonald’s.
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Ronda Rousey had suicidal thoughts following loss
Following her loss to Holly Holm, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey considered suicide.
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