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NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay

Monday, 29 April 2013 10:50 Published in Sports

 NEW YORK (AP) - NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website.

The 34-year-old Collins has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.

   

 

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Seth Maness  from Memphis (AAA) and optioned left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski to the triple-A club.   Maness, 24, was the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and will be making his Major League debut with his first appearance.

Maness was 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in four starts at Memphis this season, striking out 18 and walking just three in 25.0 innings pitched.  Maness was an 11th round selection for the Cardinals out of East Carolina University in 2011.

The 6-0, 190-pound North Carolina native has displayed impeccable control throughout his pro career, allowing just 18 total walks in 247.2 innings pitched.   Maness worked six or more innings in each of his four starts at Memphis and has done so in 27 of his 38 career minor league starts.

Rzepczynski made nine appearances to begin the 2013 season with St. Louis, allowing seven runs in 8.0 innings of work with no decisions.

Maness will join the Cardinals for tonight’s series opener against the Reds and will wear uniform # 61.

A south city Schnucks grocery store has issued a voluntary recall for all ground sausage sold on a weekend.

 The Hampton Village Schnucks issued the recall after a customer returned a package of ground sausage with pieces of the tray packaging pad inside.

The recall includes all fresh ground sausage purchased Sunday, April 28 with a "sell-by" date of May 2.

As a precaution, all fresh ground sausage was pulled from the shelves, the grinder cleaned, and newly ground sausage put out for sale.

Schnucks said this was an isolated incident and no other stores were affected. No injuries or illnesses were reported.

Customers with questions are encouraged to contact the Schnucks Consumer Affairs Department at 314-994-4400 or 800-264-4400.   

 

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