Describing himself as "a proud gay man," Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz on Thursday became what is believed to be the first professional boxer to come out as openly homosexual while still fighting.
"I developed physically and mentally to take such a big step in my life and in my profession ... this sport that is so macho," he said. "I kept this hidden for many, many years."
His announcement came two weeks before the 31-year-old challenges Mexico's Jorge Pazos for the WBO Latino title. Cruz (18-2-1) said he met with psychologists and others before making the announcement, adding he has the full support of his family, trainer and manager.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, and ex-NBA player Penny Hardaway agreed to join the group of minority owners for the Memphis Grizzlies, said a person familiar with the deal. The group also includes Memphis native Justin Timberlake and a few city businessmen, the source said. Robert J. Pera's purchase of the team is pending NBA approval. San Jose's Pera owns Ubiquiti Networks, a communications technology company. He agreed to buy the team from Michael Heisley in June for $350 million. Hardaway
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams' second kidney tumor isn't cancerous. Dr. Eric Wallen said the 62-year-old won't need surgery on the left kidney. Wallen said Williams should be ready for the start of practice next week. The tumor is the same kind of noncancerous growth that was surgically removed from his right kidney Sept. 19.
Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher said he's retiring from Formula One racing at the end of the year. Last week, Mercedes said Schumacher would be replaced by Lewis Hamilton in 2013. Schumacher, who has a record 91 grand prix wins, also retired in 2006 but came back to drive in 2010.
Maya Moore had 20 points, and defending champion Minnesota beat visiting Los Angeles 94-77 in the opener of the best-of-three Western Conference finals. Candace Parker led the Sparks with 25 points, but rookie Nneka Ogwumike from Stanford was limited to six points.