Twenty-six LGBT organizations are demanding that the Big 12 block the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-operated Brigham Young University from joining the athletic conference because of the institution's biblical stance on same-sex marriage.
As the Big 12 looks to expand and BYU makes its case to join the conference, Athlete Ally and 25 other LGBT advocacy groups sent a letter on Monday to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and the leadership of schools within the conference to warn about BYU's policies that they believe to be discriminatory toward the LGBT community.
"The Big 12 is a conference committed to sportsmanship, fair play and inclusion both on and off the playing field," the letter states. "You are known for your dedication to fans and your commitment to the welfare of your student-athletes. Adding a school like BYU to your membership while it still champions anti-LGBT policies and practices would greatly undermine these Big 12 values." more >>
As United States Olympian Katie Ledecky continues to set world records and etch her name in the swimming history books, she doesn't forget to say a prayer before every race.
After Ledecky broke her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle on Saturday, she claimed another victory in the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday night, setting her up for the chance to become the first woman since 1968 to win the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyle events in the same Olympics.
Having won the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the London games in 2012 as a 15 year old, Ledecky is the favorite to again take home the gold in the event this Friday. more >>
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was seen with multiple cupping marks during the swimming competition at Rio 2016.
Cupping therapy is actually an alternative but traditional Chinese medical practice that uses cups on the skin to create suction. It is believed to help get rid of toxins and promote better circulation. The tell-tale circle bruises on Phelps' skin are a sign that he underwent cupping therapy.
Michael Phelps and Cupping Therapy more >>
DeMarcus Cousins' impressive performance in the Rio 2016 Olympics may pave a way for him to play under Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016-17 NBA season. Rumors are rife that LeBron James is pressuring Cleveland Cavaliers to trade Kevin Love for the Sacramento Kings' center.
The Love-for-Cousins Trade
Morning News USA reports that James, who is known as the defecto general manager of the Cavaliers, has been aiming for Love to be traded by Cousins since late last year. The interest of the three-time NBA Finals MVP to recruit Cousins was re-ignited after the Kings' star player showcased a remarkable performance in the court of the Rio Games. more >>
After breaking a number of National Football League records during his 20-year playing career, legendary Green Bay Packers gunslinger Brett Favre was finally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Saturday.
Favre, who holds the record for most regular season wins as a quarterback and owns or shares over 140 NFL records, was enshrined in the same hall as other quarterbacking legends in Canton, Ohio, this past weekend with quite a number of cheeseheads in attendance at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
"Thank you. I'm not surprised one bit at the Packer fans here," the 46-year-old Favre said in his acceptance speech. "This is incredible, incredible. So I thank you. Thank you, Canton. Thank you, Hall of Fame. Thank you Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior." more >>
Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow is turning his attention toward a career as a baseball player while his professional football career is stuck in the mud as an unsigned free agent.
Citing Tebow's agent Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the 28-year-old devout Christian quarterback is now actively pursuing a career in professional baseball and will hold a workout for Major League Baseball clubs sometime in August.
Although Tebow has not played a regular season NFL game since 2012 and was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles right before the start of the 2015 season, he has not given up his hope of a career as a professional athlete. more >>