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Virgin, State Farm pull Clippers sponsorship amid scandal

Virgin America, State Farm, Kia and CarMax have announced they are either ending or suspending sponsorship of the Los Angeles Clippers after owner Donald Sterling allegedly made racist comments.

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Photo: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (Mark J. Terrill / AP, file)

Division 1 basketball player says he is gay

ESPN: UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon tells ESPN he is gay, making him the first openly gay player in Division 1 men’s basketball.

'I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way,' Gordon told ESPN. 'I didn't want to have to lie or sneak. I've been waiting and watching for the last few months, wondering when a Division I player would come out, and finally I just said, 'Why not me?”

Photo: Derrick Gordon (right) goes up for a shot during an NCAA tournament game against Tennessee (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Avoid women’s figure skating spoilers
The women’s free skate begins at 10 am ET in Sochi.The free Breaking News app for iOS and Android lets you customize your Olympics experience. Control how and when you see Whoa! moments and event results.Alert figure skating for more or mute to avoid spoilers: http://bit.ly/olycustomPhoto: South Korea’s Yuna Kim is in first place after the ladies’ short program. (Getty Images)

Avoid women’s figure skating spoilers

The women’s free skate begins at 10 am ET in Sochi.

The free Breaking News app for iOS and Android lets you customize your Olympics experience. Control how and when you see Whoa! moments and event results.

Alert figure skating for more or mute to avoid spoilers: http://bit.ly/olycustom

Photo: South Korea’s Yuna Kim is in first place after the ladies’ short program. (Getty Images)

Avoid figure skating spoilers

Pairs free skating begins at 10:45 am ET in Sochi.

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Photo: US figure skating pair Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir (AP via NBCOlympics.com)

Customize your Olympics with the Breaking News app

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Former heavyweight boxer Ken Norton Sr. dies at 70

L.A. Times: Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973 before losing in the rematch later that year, has died at 70, his friend and manager Patrick Tenore says. Norton had congestive heart failure and died in an Arizona hospital where he had been undergoing rehabilitation since suffering a stroke last year.

Photo: Ken Norton Sr., left, trades punches with Muhammad Ali during their 1973 rematch. Ali won the fight by split decision. (Associated Press / September 11, 1973)

U.S. clinches World Cup berth

USA Today Sports: The U.S. has secured its spot in the 2014 World Cup with a 2-0 triumph over Mexico.

The team had to wait for the Honduras-Panama match to end to see if they would be heading to Brazil. Once Honduras tied Panama 2-2, it officially qualified the U.S. for the World Cup.

Photo: Getty Images via NBC News

Dennis Rodman addresses Kenneth Bae at news conference

Dennis Rodman says it’s not his responsibility to ask North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to release American Kenneth Bae.

Speaking at a news conference to announce an upcoming basketball game in North Korea, Rodman said he wasn’t going over there to “rescue somebody.” Rodman said he is writing a book with Kim Jong-un and also announced he will train the North Korean basketball team for the Olympics.

More on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with former NBA star Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 7, 2013, in this photo released by Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.

Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka for 5th US Open

AP: Top-seeded Serena Williams won her fifth U.S. Open championship and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating No. 2 Victoria Azarenka during the women’s singles final on Sunday.

Photo credit: Getty Images via NBC News

Wrestling reinstated for 2020 Olympics
JUST IN: The International Olympic Committee has voted to reinstate wrestling in the 2020 Olympics, after it was axed from the core list in February, AP’s Steve Wilson reports on Twitter. Wrestling was vying with squash and baseball/softball for a spot on the 2020 program.Read more on BreakingNews.com.Photo: India’s Sushil Kumar (red) fights with Kazakhstan’s Leonid Spiridonov during their 2008 Beijing Olympic Games wrestling contest on August 20, 2008. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP - Getty Images)

Wrestling reinstated for 2020 Olympics

JUST IN: The International Olympic Committee has voted to reinstate wrestling in the 2020 Olympics, after it was axed from the core list in February, AP’s Steve Wilson reports on Twitter. Wrestling was vying with squash and baseball/softball for a spot on the 2020 program.

Read more on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: India’s Sushil Kumar (red) fights with Kazakhstan’s Leonid Spiridonov during their 2008 Beijing Olympic Games wrestling contest on August 20, 2008. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP - Getty Images)

Andy Murray loses, makes unexpected exit from US Open

AP: Andy Murray’s reign as defending US Open champion has ended after a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 quarterfinal loss to ninth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka.

Photo: Andy Murray, of Great Britain, reacts during a break between sets after losing the first two sets to Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the 2013 US Open tennis tournament on Sept. 5 in New York. (David Goldman/AP)

Judge: NFL, players to settle concussion lawsuits
AP: The NFL and more than 4,500 former players are to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement, a federal judge says. The settlement would fund medical examples, concussion-related compensation, as well as medical research.
Plaintiffs include at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and the family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012.
Photo: Junior Seau (Winslow Townson/AP)

Judge: NFL, players to settle concussion lawsuits

AP: The NFL and more than 4,500 former players are to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement, a federal judge says. The settlement would fund medical examples, concussion-related compensation, as well as medical research.

Plaintiffs include at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and the family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012.

Photo: Junior Seau (Winslow Townson/AP)

Lightning strikes as Usain Bolt wins gold
Lightning struck at the moment Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt crossed the finish line, winning the 100 meters final at the world championships in Moscow.
Read more from NBC News: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/12/19986959-lightning-strikes-as-usain-bolt-storms-to-world-championship-gold
Photo: Olivier Morin / AFP - Getty Images

Lightning strikes as Usain Bolt wins gold

Lightning struck at the moment Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt crossed the finish line, winning the 100 meters final at the world championships in Moscow.

Read more from NBC News: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/12/19986959-lightning-strikes-as-usain-bolt-storms-to-world-championship-gold

Photo: Olivier Morin / AFP - Getty Images

Alex Rodriguez, 12 MLB players suspended in drug probe

Major League Baseball has suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez without pay for the remainer of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 season. MLB says Rodriguez used numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances over the course of multiple years, according to a statement released to NBC News.

Twelve other players have received 50-game suspensions without pay for their violations in relation to the Biogenesis investigation. More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Alex Rodriguez talks during a news conference on Feb. 17, 2008, at which he admitted taking a substance known as “boli” acquired with his cousin in the Dominican Republic in 2001. (Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images)