Kemba Walker calls on athletes to speak up on social issues

Walker’s had enough of athletes staying silent on social issues, and he wants to help. Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker opened up about gun violence, police shootings, and other social issues in an op-ed for the Players Tribune Tuesday morning. And in his words? Enough is enough. Walker’s fed up with not just the tragedies themselves, but athletes and people with...
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22 hours ago

The Landmark Case of Ludtke v. Kuhn

ebal In the 1970s—the decade of disco, Watergate, and bell bottom pants—the women’s rights movement emerged to a new level, continuing a legacy ignited by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ida Harper. Billie Jean King’s defeat of Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match underscored the women’s movement. More than a sports event, it was, indeed, an...
Via The Sports Post
15 days ago  |  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

Billie Jean King serves as star in 'Fresh off the Boat'

NEW YORK (AP) Billie Jean King plays an intense coach in the upcoming episode of ''Fresh Off the Boat.'' The tennis great stars Tuesday night on ABC in the ''Michael Chang Fever'' episode. The parents of the Asian-American family featured in the show realize their middle child has the potential to become a tennis star. King is hired to take him to the next level, but they think...
Via Associated Press
February 23, 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...
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March 14, 2015  |  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

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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