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Losing to Win
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)
(Sunday, 10 a.m., ESPN)
Huntingdon, Tenn.’s Carroll Academy girls high school basketball team has not won a game since 2005 – a streak of 213 straight losses. A day-treatment facility with an educational component, Carroll Academy uses sports to help kids stay in school and out of state custody, teaching them that even losing games can help them win later in life.
“Our job is to help them get up the ladder. They got to climb the rest of the way, but we’ve got to give them a boost. Through sports, you grow up if it’s done right.” – Randy Hatch, Carroll Academy Senior Administrator/Girls Head Basketball Coach
“It was very important, because I never had a dad growing up. He didn’t just teach us basketball, he taught us life lessons through basketball. He taught us so much.” – Hayley, Carroll Academy Basketball Player on Coach Hatch’s influence
Saturday at Churchill Downs, Kevin Krigger will become just the second African-American jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby since 1921. As Krigger prepares to mount Goldencents, the Santa Anita Derby winner co-owned by Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, T.J. Quinn reports on some of the challenges black jockeys continue to face.
“In other sports, there were options: Negro Leagues in baseball, barnstorming teams in other sports. But with jockeys, there were no other options in America.” – Ronnie Driestadt, historian, author and outreach educator at the Kentucky Derby Museum
“I’m going to make myself be remembered as one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, African-American jockeys that ever sat on a race horse.” –Kevin Krigger, Goldencents’ jockey
B.S. Report: Jason Collins
Jason Collins joins Bill Simmons to discuss how his life has changed since Monday’s historic announcement.
Pro Leagues Planning for Gay Athletes
Jason Collins could open the way for other athletes to announce they are gay. Major U.S. men’s sports leagues have been preparing for the moment when an active player announces he’s gay. It was never a matter of if, but when. Wayne Drehs reports.
RG3: Yes, he can…
ESPN The Magazine “Mag 15” (on newsstands Friday)
In ESPN The Magazine’s 15th anniversary issue, “Mag 15”, J.R. Moehringer writes that Robert Griffin III could be the most transformative athlete, role model and voice of a generation. Or he could just be the face of the NFL.