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Billie Jean King Won't Attend Sochi Opening

Updated: Wednesday, February 5 2014, 03:25 PM CST

Billie Jean King will not attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia because her mother is ill.

King, who was selected to help lead the U.S. delegation to the Games, has been outspoken in her opposition to Russia's anti-gay law. She also planned to attend ice hockey and figure skating events and meet U.S. athletes during her three-day visit to the games.

The White House announced Wednesday that former U.S. hockey player Caitlin Cahow, originally scheduled for the closing ceremony, will take King's place.

King told The Associated Press that because of her mother's "failing health, I will not be able to join the U.S. Presidential delegation at this week's opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics."

Betty Moffitt, her 91-year-old mother, lives in Arizona and has been ill for some time. King will be joined by her brother Randy Moffitt, a former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

"It is important for me to be with my mother and my brother at this difficult time. I want to thank President Obama for including me in this historic mission and I look forward to supporting our athletes as they compete in Sochi."

The openly gay former tennis star has said she would like sexual orientation added to the list of protections in the charter of the International Olympic Committee. King was chosen in December for the U.S. delegation, along with openly gay former Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano and Cahow.

In June, Russia passed a law banning gay "propaganda" to minors. In an interview with the AP last month, King said: "It should be a non-issue. It's just like people of color in our country and other places, it has to be a non-issue."

President Barack Obama has been publicly critical of the Russian anti-gay law and President Vladimir Putin's "cold-war" mentality on other issues. For the first time since 2000, the U.S. delegation to the Olympics will not include a president, former president, vice president or first lady.

The 70-year-old King, a social justice trailblazer who won 39 Grand Slam titles in her career, was tapped to enter the fray involving the delicate balance of Olympic sports and politics.

Other members of the U.S. delegation for the opening ceremony include former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and presidential adviser Rob Nabors.

The White House statement said "The President extends his thoughts and prayers to Ms. King and her family in this difficult time."

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Billie Jean King Won't Attend Sochi Opening


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February 01, 2015 08:13 GMT

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NFL

Saturday

No games scheduled

Sunday - Super Bowl

New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks at Glendale, Ariz., 6:30 p.m.

NBA

Saturday's Games

Toronto 120, Washington 116, OT

Dallas 108, Orlando 93

Sacramento 99, Indiana 94

Atlanta 91, Philadelphia 85

Detroit 114, Houston 101

Memphis 85, Oklahoma City 74

Cleveland 106, Minnesota 90

Milwaukee 95, Portland 88

Charlotte 104, Denver 86

L.A. Clippers 105, San Antonio 85

Golden State 106, Phoenix 87

Sunday's Games

Miami at Boston, 1 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at New York, 2 p.m.

NHL

Saturday's Games

Montreal 1, Washington 0, OT

Detroit 4, N.Y. Islanders 1

Ottawa 7, Arizona 2

Dallas 5, Winnipeg 2

Philadelphia 1, Toronto 0

N.Y. Rangers 4, Carolina 1

New Jersey 3, Florida 1

Boston 3, Los Angeles 1

Tampa Bay 3, Columbus 1

Calgary 4, Edmonton 2

San Jose 2, Chicago 0

Sunday's Games

Arizona at Montreal, 1 p.m.

St. Louis at Washington, 1 p.m.

Nashville at Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.

Minnesota at Vancouver, 3 p.m.

TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL

Saturday's Scores

( 1) Kentucky 70, Alabama 55

( 4) Duke 69, ( 2) Virginia 63

( 3) Gonzaga 82, Memphis 64

( 5) Wisconsin 74, Iowa 63

( 7) Villanova 68, DePaul 55

Pittsburgh 76, ( 8) Notre Dame 72

( 9) Kansas 68, Kansas St. 57

(10) Louisville 78, (13) North Carolina 68, OT

(18) N. Iowa 70, (12) Wichita St. 54

Richmond 64, (14) VCU 55

(15) Iowa St. 83, TCU 66

(17) West Virginia 77, Texas Tech 58

(20) Baylor 83, (19) Texas 60

(21) Georgetown 67, Creighton 40

(22) Indiana 72, Rutgers 64

(24) Oklahoma 64, Oklahoma St. 56

(25) Butler 72, Marquette 68, OT

Sunday's Games

(11) Utah at Southern California, 2:30 p.m.

(23) Miami at Florida State, 12:30 p.m.

TOP 25 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Saturday's Games

( 7) Oregon St. 68, Southern Cal 35

(12) Stanford 75, Washington St. 56

(19) Princeton 83, Dartmouth 65

(25) Chattanooga 71, Mercer 59

Sunday's Games

( 1) South Carolina at Mississippi, 4:30 p.m.

( 2) Connecticut at Temple, 2 p.m.

( 3) Baylor vs. Kansas, 2 p.m.

( 4) Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest, 1 p.m.

( 5) Maryland vs. (20) Iowa, 4 p.m.

( 6) Tennessee vs. (18) Mississippi State, 3 p.m.

(10) Kentucky vs. (21) Georgia, 1 p.m.

(11) Arizona State at Utah, 5 p.m.

(12) Texas A&M vs. Auburn, 3 p.m.

(14) Texas at TCU, 1 p.m.

(15) Nebraska vs. Michigan, 3 p.m.

(16) North Carolina vs. Boston College, 2 p.m.

(22) Rutgers vs. Penn State, Noon

(24) Oklahoma at West Virginia, 2 p.m.

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