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Shaquille O’Neal, Billie Jean King at US Open makes for a funny photo

Shaquille O’Neal stands at seven-foot-one and is one big fella. So when he showed up to the U.S. Open and posed for a photo with Billie Jean King, he made the former tennis star look quite small. It’s equivalent to a dinosaur befriending a small bird. Great to see @SHAQ supporting tennis tonight at the @usopen Never realized how tall he is. pic.twitter.com/JPKGnjldTM — Billie...
Via The Sports Daily
September 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Billie Jean King urges Infantino to hire women in FIFA jobs

ZURICH (AP) Tennis great Billie Jean King has challenged FIFA and new president Gianni Infantino to hire more women for senior jobs. King says in a keynote speech at FIFA headquarters that the world soccer body has a chance to transform itself after years of corruption scandals. Addressing a women's soccer leadership conference, King tells the watching Infantino: ''No pressure...
Via Associated Press
March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

U.S. Open Starts Hot With Upsets And History-Making Retirements, Americans Abound

The last Grand Slam of the season opened Monday in New York City where summer has refused to relinquish its hold.  The temperature has ranged from the high 70’s into the 90’s over the last few days with humidity holding around 50%.  With many of the outer courts at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center remaining in direct sunlight throughout the day, the conditions have been...
Via Oregon Sports News
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Carell, Emma Stone to star in Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King film

By Ian Casselberry The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, billed as “Battle of the Sexes,” is apparently the hottest sports movie property in Hollywood. Just over a month after HBO announced it was making a film about the match — with Paul Giamatti starring as Riggs and Elizabeth Banks portraying King — Fox Searchlight has a competing project in...
Via Awful Announcing
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Paul Giamatti to play tennis star Bobby Riggs for HBO movie

By Ian Casselberry By the time Bobby Riggs played Billie Jean King in 1973’s “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match at the Houston Astrodome, he was 55 years old and looked rather schlubby, not like much of an athlete. However, Riggs was a world-class tennis player in his prime, once ranked No. 1 in the world and winner of three Wimbledon championships (one singles, one doubles...
Via Awful Announcing
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Cowboys coach has inspirational talk with tennis legend Billie Jean King

OXNARD, Calif. - Jason Garrett is more than willing to take advice and inspiration from any successful person, even if it's someone who admits to not knowing much about the NFL. Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys head coach had a phone conversation with women's tennis legend Billie Jean King. The interaction was set up by Fort Worth Star-Telegram NFL writer Charean Williams....
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Billie Jean King's mother, Betty Moffitt, dies

Betty Moffitt, the mother of tennis great Billie Jean King and former major league pitcher Randy Moffitt, has died in Arizona. She was 91. King's publicist says she died Friday at home with her children by her side. King announced Wednesday that she would not attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics with the U.S. delegation because of her mother's failing health. Betty...
Via Associated Press
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Trailblazer Billie Jean King part of diplomacy by diversity in Sochi

Billie Jean King believes standing up to discrimination is the best way to combat it, so she had no hesitation joining the U.S. delegation for the Sochi Olympics. King will help lead the delegation in the opening ceremony Feb. 7 at the Sochi Games, which has been overshadowed by a recent anti-gay law in Russia, calls for a boycott and criticism from human rights groups. "It took...
Via Associated Press
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

King part of diplomacy by diversity

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By MELISSA MURPHY AP Sports Writer Billie Jean King believes standing up to discrimination is the best way to combat it. She will help lead the U.S. delegation in the opening ceremonies on Feb. 7 at the Sochi Olympics in Russia, which recently passed an anti-gay law. King told The Associated Press on Wednesday the American delegation...
Via Associated Press
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Openly gay athletes included in U.S. delegation to Sochi ceremonies

Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi, Russia. The White House says tennis champion Billie Jean King and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul will join the opening ceremony delegation. So will figure skater Brian Boitano and presidential adviser Rob Nabors. Deputy...
Via Associated Press
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss
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