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Jul 19, 2021 - Sports

Luke Prokop becomes first player on NHL contract to come out as gay

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Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop made history as the first active NHL player to come out as gay on Monday.

What he's saying: "It has been quite the journey to get to this point in my life, but I could not be happier with my decision to come out," the 19-year-old Prokop wrote on Instagram.

Jul 17, 2021 - Sports

Shohei Ohtani's All-Star jersey draws six-figure bid

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the National League during the 91st MLB All-Star Game. Photo: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Bids for the jersey Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani wore during the All-Star Game this week have significantly outpaced those of other players in an online auction to benefit MLB Charities.

Driving the news: The top offer for Ohtani's signed jersey was $111,120 on Saturday afternoon. The next closest player's bid sat at $5,010.

Jul 15, 2021 - Sports

MLB game to be called entirely by women for first time

Broadcasters Suzie Cool (left) and Melanie Newman prior to a minor league game in 2019. Photo: Diamond Images/Getty Images

A Major League Baseball game will be called entirely by women next week for the first time ever on a broadcast, the New York Times reports.

Driving the news: Five women will serve as the on-air crew for the Baltimore Orioles game against the Tampa Bay Rays from St. Petersburg next Tuesday.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Jul 15, 2021 - Sports

NBA 2K22 unveils cover athletes

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Luka Dončić will be featured on the cover of NBA 2K22, the latest installment in the best-selling video game franchise.

State of play: Candace Parker fronts the "WNBA 25th Anniversary Edition" of the game, making her NBA 2K's first female cover athlete.

Jul 15, 2021 - Sports

Minor league baseball's sleeping giants

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Forty-three minor league teams lost their MLB affiliation in 2020's restructuring, leaving some ballparks awaiting new fates.

The state of play: Some teams went independent or joined the new MLB Draft League. But in cities where minor league baseball disappeared, the challenge is now deciding what to do with those sleeping giants — and how to pay for it.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Jul 15, 2021 - Sports

Bucks come from behind to beat Suns in NBA Finals classic

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The Milwaukee Bucks came from behind in Game 4 to beat the Pheonix Suns, 109-103, in an instant classic that tied the NBA Finals at two games apiece.

By the numbers: Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks with 40 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo did everything (26-14-8-3-2), and Pat Connaughton was huge off the bench (11 points, +21 plus-minus).

In photos: Tampa celebrates Lightning's Stanley Cup win with a boat parade

Alex Killorn holds the Stanley Cup while driving Nikita Kucherov during the boat parade to celebrate the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup. Photo: Mike Carlson/Getty Images

This is how we do it, world.

What happened: Another unapologetically nautical parade through downtown Tampa is behind us, and the Stanley Cup is not at the bottom of the Hillsborough River.

Everything you need to know about the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup boat parade

Alex Killorn of the Tampa Bay Lightning waves to the crowd from his personal watercraft during the last parade. Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Get ready to grab your spot. The Lightning's victory party starts at 10am, with the boat parade kicking off along the Riverwalk by 11.

  • The parade ends near Armature Works, with boats docking at Rick's On the River between noon and 1pm.
  • Head to Julian B. Lane Park by 2pm for the celebration we mentioned earlier.

Tampa preps another boat parade to celebrate the Lightning's Stanley Cup

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Get your towels ready. It's about to go down! The Lightning won another championship, so of course there's gonna be another Tampa boat parade!

The big picture: Monday, around 10am, players will board boats at Davis Islands and begin rolling upriver, through downtown Tampa, with plans to end around noon at Rick's on the River, south of Columbus Drive.

Jul 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Conservative group runs ads attacking MLB

Atlanta's baseball stadium, empty, just like it will be during the All-Star Game. Photo: Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

A conservative group is targeting Major League Baseball and Ticketmaster with a seven-figure advertising campaign ahead of next week’s All-Star Game, accusing them of practicing “woke capitalism.”

Why it matters: By taking direct aim at MLB — and other private entities — Consumers' Research is putting corporate America on notice that it will try to talk directly to their customers with the express goal of hurting their bottom line.