Diversity in sports

Track athlete Cason Suggs speaks about his experiences as a Black man in Memorial Stadium following a march to protest social injustices through the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. University of Missouri athletes who organized and led the march and rally urged the hundreds of people who participated to stay engaged in work to end racial disparities. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
September 03, 2020 - 1:24 pm
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri athletes who organized and led a march and rally for social justice through the Columbia campus urged the hundreds of people who participated to stay engaged in work to end racial disparities. Wednesday's “March With Mizzou” was organized largely by the...
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FILE - Bubba Wallace, center, stands on pit road during the playing of "America the Beautiful" prior to a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, July 19, 2020. NASCAR drivers don't plan to boycott Saturday night's, Aug. 29 race at Daytona International Speedway to raise awareness of social and racial injustices. Bubba Wallace, the only fulltime Black driver in the elite Cup Series, said that decision should not be interpreted as "turning away from the dark and evil acts that have taken over our nation.” (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)
August 28, 2020 - 2:41 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Major sports across North America ground to a halt in the wake of another police shooting of a Black man, this time in Wisconsin. Auto racing was not among them. NASCAR drivers do not plan to skip Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway to raise awareness of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2011, file photo, Arizona Cardinals running back Jason Wright, center, talks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Washington Football Team has hired Jason Wright as team president. He’s the first Black person to hold this job in NFL history and at 38 becomes the youngest team president in the league. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
August 17, 2020 - 3:10 pm
Reality began to sink in for Jason Wright in the days after accepting the job as president of the Washington Football Team. Not only was he becoming the first Black team president in NFL history, but he was hired by the organization that was last in the league to integrate, and is in the midst of a...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, Munich's Jerome Boateng lifts the trophy after the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, Germany. Boateng has talked to teammates about the pain of facing racist abuse. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Pool Photo via AP, File)
July 29, 2020 - 7:04 pm
For weeks Bayern Munich players had been showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement at games when Jerome Boateng was approached by teammates for a deeper conversation. “Before our break, I talked actually to Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka about it,” Boateng recalled on a video call...
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Photo credit FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, Munich's Jerome Boateng lifts the trophy after the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, Germany. Boateng has talked to teammates about the pain of facing racist abuse. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Pool Photo via AP, File)
July 29, 2020 - 6:01 pm
Boateng recounts pain of racist abuse to Bayern teammates …
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Photo credit A basketball court is shown at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla., Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The NBA's marketing motto for the restart of the season at Walt Disney World is “Whole New Game,” and in many respects, that’s very true. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)
July 29, 2020 - 1:22 pm
For the NBA, it’s time to play, kneel and demand change…
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Photo credit The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers line up together for the national anthems before an exhibition NHL hockey game, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
July 28, 2020 - 7:21 pm
Racial equality statements begin to unfold amid NHL restart…
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In this July 7, 2020 photo provided by NASCAR, Rajah Caruth listens in the garage during the Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The sport has renewed optimism that its diversity program can field a bumper crop of promising prospects. Caruth might the one who can help lead the way. (NASCAR photo via (AP)
July 28, 2020 - 10:49 am
Rajah Caruth liked the animated autos of “Cars” as a kid, got hooked on the race scene after a trip to the track and sharpened his driving skills as a teen via online racing. Caruth might one day earn his shot at inspiring the next generation of drivers. The 18-year-old Caruth is a NASCAR prospect...
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San Francisco Giants' manager Gabe Kapler kneels during the national anthem prior to an exhibition baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
July 22, 2020 - 2:22 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Major League Baseball hasn't always been at the forefront of the social justice movement in recent years, with leagues like the NBA and NFL usually taking center stage. But in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis — and because of the quirks of a coronavirus-altered...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2020, file photo, driver Bubba Wallace waits for the start of a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Martinsville, Va. Some Black NASCAR fans have felt uncomfortable at the track. They're worried about hearing racial slurs or feeling unwelcome from a predominantly white fan base. The catalyst for change has come. Bubba Wallace prodded NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag last month. There is hope the ban opens the doors to more fans. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
July 17, 2020 - 2:19 am
Kevin Johnson became enamored with NASCAR as a kid through clips on “ Wide World of Sports,” decades before billion-dollar broadcast deals when auto racing shared precious air time with barrel jumping and demolition derby. Raised in the South Bronx, Johnson considered himself “a closet NASCAR fan...
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