Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, August 31, 2020. Yes, it’s Monday.

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This Morning’s Sports Headlines:

TWO NEW college athlete coming out stories in Outsports this morning!

A D1 football player came out to his teammates by literally coming out of a closet.

And Mizzou volleyball’s Dariana Hollingsworth comes out draped in LGBTQ Pride.

In other LGBT Sports news…

Sue Bird talked with NBC’s Chuck Todd about last week’s WNBA protest on Meet the Press.

Also new this morning…

The 2020 U.S. Open begins at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Get your seed reports from Sports Illustrated and ESPN.

NWSL team owner Dell Loy Hansen under investigation by league for racist comments following report in The Athletic.


Mariah Dunham is head coach of women’s basketball at Finlandia University. She is also the Senior Women’s Administrator and Assistant A.D. for Wellness. Nicholas Lee and Jonny Vriesema profiled her in the GO! SPACE Facebook group.

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:

An important message from Natasha Cloud to white supporters of Black Lives Matter and other causes related to racial injustice: Stand with them, fight with them, but step back and lift them up. Do not speak for them. Amplify their voices:

Check out that mustache on Chris Mosier!

Out gay runner Pat Fogarty is back after a week off and in the home stretch of marathon training, with two months to go!

Podcast Du Jour

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today it’s Five Rings To Rule Them All and this week, Cyd Zeigler’s guest is trailblazing transgender pro golfer Mianne Bagger. She’s been retired for several years, and still wrestles with formulating what might be the “perfect” trans inclusion policy in sports, the concept that participation in professional sports is a “right,” and her place in the current conversation on these topics. Click here to listen.

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

Today’s Sports Calendar


Chicago Sky vs. Indiana Fever at 6 p.m. EDT on CBSSN.

Los Angeles Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx at 10 p.m. EDT on CBSSN.

NBA Playoffs:

Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks at 6:30 p.m. EDT on TNT.

Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at 9 p.m. EDT on TNT.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

Dallas Stars vs. Colorado Avalanche at 9:45 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

MLB Nationally-televised games:

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds at 6:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Atlanta Braves vs. Boston Red Sox at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+.

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies at 9:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Tennis: U.S. Open

First round begins at 11 a.m. EDT.


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

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