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The First Out LGBT Coach In The NFL Is A Woman

The 49ers assistant coach continues to break down walls in the league.

San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers is breaking down walls in football. She recently became the second woman to be named a full-time assistant coach in the NFL. Now she has become the first openly gay coach in the league.

“No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are,” Sowers, explained in a new interview with Outsports. “There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about their sexual orientation.”

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Under Armour CEO Quits Trump Council

“The power of sport … promotes unity, diversity and inclusion.”

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. Image by University of Delaware Alumni Relations/Flickr.

Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank is resigning from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council according to a statement released by the company.

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Athletes from across every professional league reacted to the weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Most notable was LeBron James, an outspoken critic of Trump, who described the violence as “sad” and added “Our youth deserve better.”

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Conan O’Brien Plays Soccer in Mexico With Star Gio dos Santos

Duo hit the pitch for “Conan Without Borders” immmigration special.

If we’ve learned anything from this video it is that Conan O’Brien is not built for soccer. The lanky 6-foot-4 late-night star played a pick-up game of soccer in Mexico City with Giovani Dos Santos, a member of the LA Galaxy and the Mexico national team. The two hit the pitch at Parque Pilares to play with the locals and afterwards reviewed O’Brien’s performance via Facebook Live. In the video, O’Brien hypes his cat-like agility and Dos Santos gives him a Mexico national tema shit. But O’Brein’s assistant Sona Movsesian remains unimpressed by her boss’s soccer skills. “I don’t even think there’s a way to sugar-coat it – he’s just really bad at soccer,” she says. “But he’s also terrible at almost every sport he plays.”

The stunt is part of O’Brien’s upcoming “Conan Without Borders,” a special designed to celebrate Mexico and refute Trump’s attacks on immigrants and plans for a border wall. In clips released so far, O’Brien has solicited donations on the street for a border wall and played a masked Mexican wrestler. The episode is being filmed in Mexico City with an all-Mexican staff of producers, staff, audience and guests including Rogue One’s Diego Luna and former Mexican President Vicente Fox . “Conan Without Borders” airs March 1 on TBS.

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Iran Bans Brother and Sister Chess Champs For Violating Religious Law

Female chess players increasingly challenge the country’s religous doctrine.

The Iranian National Chess Team has removed a pair of sibling chess masters for not adhering to the country’s religious laws. The duo, 18-year-old Dorsa Derakhshani and her 15-year-old brother Borna Derakhshani, were dropped from the team and banned from entering tournaments in the country after Dorsa failed to wear a head covering and Borna engaged in a match against an Israeli chess player at a chess festival earlier this month. The World Chess Federation currently ranks Dorsa as the eighth best female player under 21 and 92nd best overall.

Ahmad Salek, deputy head of the parliament’s cultural commission, claimed the Derakhshani’s actions were in defiance of the principles of the Islamic republic, according to a report in the United Kingdom’s, The Times. Women have been required to wear headscarves in public since the Islamic revolution in 1979 and Iranian athletes are forbidden from competing against Israelis. The Times also reports that Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, head of the Iranian Chess Federation, claimed that the siblings “would be dealt with severely.”

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