Jason Collins, a veteran NBA center, has become the first male professional athlete in the four major American sports leagues to come out as gay. Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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After Metta World Peace's elbow connected with James Harden's head, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard (behind World Peace) crumpled to the floor. He was later able to walk off on his own power. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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After Metta World Peace's elbow connected with James Harden's head, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard (behind World Peace) crumpled to the floor. He was later able to walk off on his own power. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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Sports Loses Its Escapist Gleam In A Summer Of Court Dates

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Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is defended by Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Center in Dallas on Thursday (June 9, 2011). Mark Ralston /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Steve Inskeep and Tom Goldman on the NBA finals

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