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Welcome to The Huddle for August 20, 2020

Outsports invites you to join The Huddle for a brief look at what’s new in LGBT sports, the latest links and the hot goss.

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Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, August 20, 2020. It’s Thursday. And as always, today’s Huddle is a 90-second-read.

Other than the WNBA, we’re not aware of any scheduled events involving out LGBTQ athletes. If you know of one, or more, let us know by emailing us at outsportshuddle@gmail.com

Scroll down for today’s calendar of major sports events.

This Morning’s Sports Headlines:

Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman drops homophobic slur

Gay Australian cricket champions and teammates just got married

Two fired lesbian volleyball coaches who in 2018 won a discrimination lawsuit lost on appeal Wednesday; the court ruled they didn’t prove discrimination and that the University of Delaware was in its rights to fire them for being overly aggressive with players

And in other news...

Minneapolis Star Tribune: 2 brothers who love baseball came up with an ingenious way to watch the Brewers vs. Twins in person... until the police arrived.

ESPN: How safe are kids’ sports in a pandemic?

All For XI: NWSL expands to Sacramento and hopes to start in 2021 with 11 teams

SBNation: Someone redesigned each MLB team’s jersey, just for fun (Yankees fans are gonna SCREAM when they see theirs!)


Highlights from Social Media:

As Ken Schultz also reported for Outsports, Reds’ players are showing support for the LGBT community following a hot mic slur by Thom Brennaman, as seen in this ESPN tweet:

Elena Delle Donne shared an article about a girl named Adi who was inspired by the WNBA star but couldn’t find a big name store in D.C. selling her shoes. What she and her dad got instead was a dose of toxic masculinity and epically bad customer service.

Jason Collins let us know what LeBron James told Yahoo Sports’s Chris Haynes: his push to get people, especially African-Americans, to vote, is not about supporting any one presidential candidate, but as far as who he’s endorsed: “What’s known don’t even need to be said:”

Diana Taurasi shows everyone how it’s done in the Wubble.

Chris Mosier wants to see your pets! Text him and join his online community, and he’ll text you back with a pic of his rabbits:


Podcast Du Jour

Six days a week, Outsports has a new podcast for your listening pleasure. Today’s podcast is Brian Bell’s LGBT In The Ring. Today, Brian welcomes Billy Dixon back to the show to chat his upcoming ballroom x wrestling event Paris Is Bumping. Dixon reveals the origin of the idea, the similarities ballroom and wrestling hold and how events like Paris Is Bumping hope to push wrestling further into new cultural spheres. We also discuss the meaning behind the name of his new finisher, the E.M.T., and why Billy has remained so vocal about black trans & queer identites amid the racial equity movement.

All our podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and on every platform where you find Outsports!


Today’s Sports Calendar

WNBA in the Wubble:

Chicago Sky vs. New York Liberty at 7 p.m. EDT on CBSSN.

Seattle Storm vs. Indiana Fever at 8 p.m. EDT (not televised nationally).

Connecticut Sun vs. Las Vegas Aces at 10 p.m. EDT on CBSSN.

NBA in the Bubble:

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers at 1 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks at 6 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers at 9 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

NHL in Canada:

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals at 8 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames at 10:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

MLB nationally-televised games:

Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox at 2 p.m. EDT on ESPN 2.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Minnesota Twins at 7:10 p.m. EDT on FS1.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. San Francisco Giants at 10:45 p.m. EDT on ESPN+.

If you’re a soccer fan, check out ESPN’s schedule of matches by clicking here.


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