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Magic Johnson’s “Announcement’

It's been over 20 years since Magic Johnson announced to the world that he was HIV positive and changed the face of AIDS. "Because of the HIV virus I have attained," he said. "I will have to retire from the Lakers." But he didn't retire from life, as he became a successful businessman, a television host, an advocate and a grandfather. Magic and his wife Cookie talk about how difficult that day was and the events that led up to it in the documentary "The Announcement", directed by Nelson George. "It's not so much what people said about him, it's how he felt and what people did to him," George said. "Be it people dis-inviting him to their restaurant or dealing with how [the drug] AZT affected his body. It's an inside-out view as opposed to the things you might have heard discussed on talk radio." The Announcement airs on ESPN tonight at 9pm.  
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Serena Williams Beats Big Sis Venus for Wimbledon Title

Britain Wimbledon Tennis Talk about sibling rivalry! Serena Williams beat her older sister and two-time defending champion Venus Williams to take the Wimbledon women’s tennis title in London this weekend. In the fourth all-Williams final at the All England Club, Serena took her third Wimbledon crown! In other Williams sister news: Partnering together in their ladies doubles match, Venus and Serena defeated Australians Rennae Stubbs and Samantha Stosur for the Wimbledon championship. doubles-wimbledon-williamssisters-reuters.jpg
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Cullen Jones and the Men’s USA Relay Swim Team Win Gold—Beating Trash Talking French

The amazing swimming foursome from the USA, Cullen Jones, Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, and Jason Lezak, shatter the world record in the mens 400-meter freestyle relay race in Beijing, beating the French, who recently trashed the Americans in the press. Crossing the finish line at 3 minutes, 8.24 seconds, the Americans took the gold medal, with the French nabbing silver and the Australians taking bronze. Jones is the second African American to win a gold medal in swimming. "We love listening to hear people talk stuff about us," Jones said in response to French swimmer Alain Bernard, who made headlines for telling sports newspaper L'Equipe, “The Americans? We’re going to smash them. That’s what we came for.” "This is our event," said Phelps, whose dream of making Olympic history is still alive. PHOTO: AP
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Sherman ‘Jocko’ Maxwell: Nation’s First Black Sportscaster Dies

Sherman-Sportscaster Sherman "Jocko" Maxwell, the first African-American sportscaster, died of complications from pneumonia on Wednesday, according to Newark's Star-Ledger. He was 100. A chronicler of the Negro Leagues, Maxwell began his broadcast career in 1929, reading game scores weekly on the WNJR radio station in Newark. He worked for various stations, all while working as a postal clerk. He retired from radio in 1967.
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Magic Johnson’s “Announcement’

It's been over 20 years since Magic Johnson announced to the world that he was HIV positive and changed the face of AIDS. "Because of the HIV virus I have attained," he said. "I will have to retire from the Lakers." But he didn't retire from life, as he became a successful businessman, a television host, an advocate and a grandfather. Magic and his wife Cookie talk about how difficult that day was and the events that led up to it in the documentary "The Announcement", directed by Nelson George. "It's not so much what people said about him, it's how he felt and what people did to him," George said. "Be it people dis-inviting him to their restaurant or dealing with how [the drug] AZT affected his body. It's an inside-out view as opposed to the things you might have heard discussed on talk radio." The Announcement airs on ESPN tonight at 9pm.  
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Serena Williams Beats Big Sis Venus for Wimbledon Title

Britain Wimbledon Tennis Talk about sibling rivalry! Serena Williams beat her older sister and two-time defending champion Venus Williams to take the Wimbledon women’s tennis title in London this weekend. In the fourth all-Williams final at the All England Club, Serena took her third Wimbledon crown! In other Williams sister news: Partnering together in their ladies doubles match, Venus and Serena defeated Australians Rennae Stubbs and Samantha Stosur for the Wimbledon championship. doubles-wimbledon-williamssisters-reuters.jpg
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Cullen Jones and the Men’s USA Relay Swim Team Win Gold—Beating Trash Talking French

The amazing swimming foursome from the USA, Cullen Jones, Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, and Jason Lezak, shatter the world record in the mens 400-meter freestyle relay race in Beijing, beating the French, who recently trashed the Americans in the press. Crossing the finish line at 3 minutes, 8.24 seconds, the Americans took the gold medal, with the French nabbing silver and the Australians taking bronze. Jones is the second African American to win a gold medal in swimming. "We love listening to hear people talk stuff about us," Jones said in response to French swimmer Alain Bernard, who made headlines for telling sports newspaper L'Equipe, “The Americans? We’re going to smash them. That’s what we came for.” "This is our event," said Phelps, whose dream of making Olympic history is still alive. PHOTO: AP
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Sherman ‘Jocko’ Maxwell: Nation’s First Black Sportscaster Dies

Sherman-Sportscaster Sherman "Jocko" Maxwell, the first African-American sportscaster, died of complications from pneumonia on Wednesday, according to Newark's Star-Ledger. He was 100. A chronicler of the Negro Leagues, Maxwell began his broadcast career in 1929, reading game scores weekly on the WNJR radio station in Newark. He worked for various stations, all while working as a postal clerk. He retired from radio in 1967.
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