Human rights and civil liberties

In this undated photo provided by Karie Alderman, Lauryn Gray competes during the Trillium Championships at Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave, Canada. One of the most candid conversations about race in sports is coming from a most unlikely of places: the show-jumping world. Gray, who has one black and one white parent, wrote a blog after she was inspired by fellow equestrian Sophie Gochman. (Karie Alderman via AP)
June 17, 2020 - 4:28 pm
Of all the athletes in all the sports who have been pressing for change in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, a pair of 17-year-old girls in the cash-soaked world of show jumping have set off among the most visceral and unexpected debates. Sophie Gochman and Lauryn Gray, both getting...
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June 17, 2020 - 1:36 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has removed a statue of its “Hey Reb!” mascot from in front of its alumni center following outcry from student groups, including the Native American Student Association. The bronze statue of a man with a huge mustache and his hands on his waist...
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A sign at the entrance to ESPN's Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World is seen Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season at Disney. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
June 16, 2020 - 10:18 pm
Here’s some of what awaits NBA players going to Disney next month: game rooms, golf course access, cabanas with misters to combat the heat, fishing areas, bowling, backstage tours and salon services. It only sounds like vacation. The NBA described very specific plans to players and teams for the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference in Irving, Texas. The NFL, which has raised $44 million in donations through its Inspire Change program, announced the additional $206 million commitment Thursday, June 11, 2020, targeting what it calls “systemic racism” and supporting “the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African Americans.” (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
June 16, 2020 - 12:18 am
Roger Goodell would like to see Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL this season. The NFL commissioner said during ESPN's “The Return of Sports” special on Monday that he is encouraging teams to sign the 32-year old quarterback, who hasn't played the past three seasons. Kaepernick was with the San...
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Real Madrid's Marcelo takes a knee as he celebrates his goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Eibar at Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
June 15, 2020 - 7:02 pm
When the time came to vote on restarting the Premier League, no black chief executives or chairmen from the English clubs were involved. There aren’t any across the 20 teams, nor in the leadership of the world’s richest league. As the league’s 100-day pandemic-enforced shutdown ends on Wednesday, a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2020, file photo, AFC cornerback Marlon Humphrey, left, of the Baltimore Ravens, and Matthew Judon, also of the Ravens, relax during Pro Bowl NFL football practice in Kissimmee, Fla. Judon criticized the timing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's assertion that “black lives matter" to the league, saying Monday, June 15, 2020, that the assertion should have been made long ago. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)
June 15, 2020 - 6:53 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon criticized the timing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's assertion that the league believes “black lives matter," saying Monday that the message should have been delivered long ago. In the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Texas players sing "The Eyes of Texas" after an NCAA college football game against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. A group of University of Texas football players and athletes across several sports on Friday, June 12, 2020, urged the school to rename several campus buildings, change the traditional school song and donate a percentage of athletic department revenue to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson, File)
June 15, 2020 - 4:02 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The interim president of the University of Texas said Monday he is scheduling meetings with student groups after dozens of Longhorns athletes said they wanted the school to ditch “The Eyes of Texas” song and rename several campus buildings. The athletes said last week they won’...
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson testifies before a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
June 15, 2020 - 1:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The lone African American member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet said Monday he would work with the president on the issue of athletes taking a knee during the national anthem, though Trump has shown no signs of softening, tweeting over the weekend that he would not watch...
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FILE - This Dec. 23, 2019 file photo shows Florida Panthers center Brian Boyle (9) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa, Fla. The predominantly white sport of hockey has a checkered history of racism and a culture of not standing out from the team or speaking out. The death of George Floyd in Minnesota has shattered that silence. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
June 14, 2020 - 6:54 pm
Brian Boyle is a 35-year-old grizzled veteran of 13 National Hockey League seasons who grew up outside Boston. After seeing video of George Floyd's death, Boyle wanted to say something. The Florida Panthers forward, though, wasn't sure how and didn't want it to come off the wrong way. He wound up...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, Memphis director of athletics Laird Veatch, left, presents Memphis head football coach Ryan Silverfield, right, with a team jersey in Memphis, Tenn. As football players start returning to campus, college officials have a wide range of opinions on whether to let the public know how many of their athletes test positive for coronavirus. Just over half of the 64 Football Bowl Subdivision members that responded to an Associated Press survey said they were still deciding whether to announce the number of student-athletes with positive tests.(Ariel Cobbert/The Commercial Appeal via AP, File)
June 14, 2020 - 12:01 pm
Over the past two weeks, as college athletes have returned to campuses to work out and prepare for sports later this year, a handful of them have tested positive for the coronavirus. Arkansas State. Houston. Boise State. Iowa State. Oklahoma State. More than a dozen schools in all. Just how many...
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