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Sportshorts for Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 11:48 p.m. CDT


Barkley says he had gay teammates

Former basketball great and current analyst Charles Barkley is nonchalant about NBA center Jason Collins’ recent revelation that he is gay.

That’s because, Barkley said on Dan Patrick’s radio show Tuesday, he has played with gay players.

“Of course I did. Everybody did,” Barkley said. “Everybody played with a gay teammate, Dan. And it’s no big deal.”


Group trying to revive Chief Illiniwek

A group of University of Illinois graduates who in the past portrayed Chief Illiniwek is pitching a plan to bring back the former mascot. But the top official at the school says she won’t back the idea.

The group, known as the Council of Chiefs, has asked the university to let the mascot return to two campus events a year for 2 trial years, and is trying to get support from American Indians for the idea, according to Steve Raquel. He’s a past chief and president of the group.

Phyllis Wise, chancellor at the university’s Urbana-Champaign campus, met with the group in April and told them she can’t support the plan.


Semifinal coverage moved to TBS

The national semifinal games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be broadcast by TBS for the next 2 years.

CBS, which had been the television home of the Final Four since 1982, will still air the national championship game in 2014 and 2015.


2013 Hall of Fame class announced

The 2013 inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame were announced on Tuesday. 

They are: Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel of Florida, two-time national champion Tommie Frazier of Nebraska, Heisman winner Ron Dayne of Wisconsin, Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde of Miami, Ted Brown of North Carolina State, Tedy Bruschi of Arizona, Jerry Gray of Texas, Steve Meilinger of Kentucky, Orlando Pace of Ohio State, Rod Shoate of Oklahoma, Percy Snow of Michigan State and Don Trull of Baylor.

The new Hall of Fame coaches are Wayne Hardin, who led Navy and Temple, and Bill McCartney of Colorado.

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