Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, August 30, 2020. It’s Sunday, and it’ll take you under 90-seconds to get plugged in.

This Morning’s Sports Headlines:

Megan Rapinoe is opting out of playing in the Fall NWSL series.

Out wrestling trailblazer Fred Rosser (formerly known in the WWE as Darren Young) is getting back in the ring next month with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Transgender auto racer Charlie Martin is profiled on LinkedIn about inclusion in the workplace.

Caroline Layt has a profound op-ed about the missing piece in the debate started by World Rugby over whether transgender women should be banned from the sport. Check out our week-long series focusing on rugby athletes and the transban by clicking here.

We told you last week in The Huddle about last night’s panel of transgender athletes discussing the attempts to make them a wedge issue.

Panelists included these names familiar to regular listeners of The Trans Sporter Room: CeCé Telfer, Dr. Juniper Simonis, Kirsti Miller and future guest Juniper Eastwood as well as our own Karleigh Webb. We’ll post a link to watch the panel discussion here and share it on our social media later today.

Tomorrow in Outsports: a college athlete’s coming out story!

In other LGBT Sports news…

The plan for NWSL fall action is to split the league into pods for regional play.

All for XI examines the NWSL and how it lags behind the WNBA in social justice efforts.

SB Nation takes a look at how the WNBA joined together to protest police brutality.

Also new this morning…

Colin Kaepernick wrote to Lebron James to thank him for supporting the protest against racial injustice.

Former president Barack Obama accepted a phone call from Lebron and subsequently played a role in the NBA players’ decision to return.

Bleacher Report says the NBA owners’ pledge of $300M to fight racism isn’t enough.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll spoke at length Saturday about American history erasing what Black Americans have endured and how coaches need to discuss racism and voting and other “uncomfortable” topics.

Sports Illustrated takes a look at the NHL pause and resumption of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Our sister site Blazers Edge pays tribute to Cliff Robinson, the former UConn and Trail Blazers legend who died Saturday.

MMA Fighting has your wrap-up of UFC Fight Night.


Fordham University linebacker Jaden Vazquez is serving as the LGBTQ+ executive for the school’s new student-athlete organization, after his team and coach supported him with his coming out. Thanks to Coach Anthony Nicodemo for sharing this story from News12 in the Equality Coaching Alliance.

If you’re an LGBTQ person in sports looking to connect with others in the community, head over to GO! Space to meet and interact with other LGBTQ athletes, or to Equality Coaching Alliance to find other coaches, administrators and other non-athletes in sports.

Highlights from Social Media:

RIP Chadwick Boseman.

And here’s one more uplifting message featuring Billie Jean King:

Baseball fans, ya gotta see this:

And then there’s this. No shit, George Hill!

Podcast Du Jour

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. In this week’s Sports Kiki episode with deputy managing editor Alex Reimer, he confesses he unapologetically talked about his sex life on WEEI radio. When his guest Benjamin Livingston was on the radio, he said he did the same. Does gay sex belong in the “gay talk” format of sports radio? Listen here for their answer:

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

Today’s Sports Calendar

WNBA: None of today’s games are being nationally-televised

Connecticut Sun vs. Washington Mystics at 4 p.m. EDT.

Phoenix Mercury vs. Minnesota Lynx at 6 p.m. EDT.

Atlanta Dream vs. Los Angeles Sparks at 8 p.m. EDT.

NBA Playoffs

Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors at 1 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz at 8:30 p.m. EDT on TNT.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoff

Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars at 6 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders at 9 p.m. EDT on NBC.

Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks at 10:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.


San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies at 3:10 p.m. EDT on ESPN+.

New York Yankees vs. New York Mets at 4:05 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Auto Racing

Bommarito 500 Race 1 at 7 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.


Team Liquid vs. FlyQuest at 1 p.m. PDT

Dragon X vs. TBD at 1 a.m. PDT


Click here for Western & Southern Open results from Saturday and click here for the women’s Prague tournament today. Tomorrow: the U.S. Open!


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

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