Diversity in sports

Saudi women seen ahead of the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
June 14, 2018 - 12:23 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — In jeans, headscarves and veils, dozens of Saudi women draped in their country's green flag and sporting matching face paint streamed into Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday to support their national team against Russia in the World Cup's opening match. More importantly, perhaps,...
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German national soccer team head coach Joachim Loew walks to a plane for the departure of Germany's national soccer team to Russia, for the World Cup 2018, in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
June 12, 2018 - 10:00 am
BERLIN (AP) — The public backlash over players mixing sport and politics ensured the Germany squad left for its World Cup defense under a cloud of its own making. Debate over issues of integration, national pride, and what it means to represent the country has damaged the German soccer federation (...
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President Donald Trump participates in a "Celebration of America" event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Trump quickly scheduled the event with military bands after canceling a visit with the Philadelphia Eagles as he stoked fresh controversy over players who protest racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
June 05, 2018 - 5:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles' visit to the White House (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins says NFL players who have been speaking out politically are fighting for racial and social equality, not...
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June 04, 2018 - 10:46 pm
Officials at Alabama and Kentucky say that Hall of Fame former administrator and basketball coach C.M. Newton has died. He was 88. The schools announced his death Monday night. Newton was a member of Kentucky's 1951 NCAA championship squad during a basketball career spanning more than 50 years as a...
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 28, 2012 file photo, Zenit's fans march prior to their national soccer Championship in downtown St.Petersburg, Russia. Racist and anti-gay chants have become more common in Russian soccer as the country prepares to host the World Cup, even as overall incidents of discrimination declined. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)
May 30, 2018 - 8:44 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Racist and anti-gay chants have become more common in Russian soccer as the country prepares to host the World Cup, even as overall incidents of discrimination declined. Nineteen incidents of abusive chants were recorded this season, according to an annual report from the anti-...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 25, 2018 - 1:58 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook. The question is whether they intend to escalate their protests in some way. "The owners can try...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. The NFL players' union has filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid. The NFLPA cites one team appearing "to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player's statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club's policy prohibiting demonstration” during the national anthem. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 07, 2018 - 2:13 pm
The NFL players' union has filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid. The NFLPA cites one team appearing "to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player's statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club's policy prohibiting...
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Rachel Robinson, left, widow of Jackie Robinson, and daughter Sharon pose for a photograph with a plaque honoring Jackie on Jackie Robinson Day, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in New York, before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
April 15, 2018 - 8:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jackie Robinson's daughter thinks black baseball players are more reluctant to speak publicly about racial issues than their NFL and NBA colleagues because they constitute a lower percentage of rosters. She spoke at Citi Field on Sunday to mark Jackie Robinson Day, the 71st...
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April 12, 2018 - 1:44 pm
A diversity report released Thursday on Major League Baseball finds the sport is showing improvement with its racial and hiring gender practices, particularly at the league's central office. The report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida finds a "...
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Former NFL player Anquan Boldin, speaks during a session to discuss criminal justice issues with other current and former NFL football players at Harvard Law School, Friday, March 23, 2018, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
March 23, 2018 - 4:21 pm
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The controversy over protests during the national anthem at NFL games last season helped propel issues of racial inequality and social injustice to the forefront and gave athletes a stronger voice to bring about change, current and former players said Friday. The players,...
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