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How families are fighting back against laws targeting transgender athletes

North Carolina is among 37 states that have introduced some form of ‘Save Women’s Sports’ legislation aimed at trans youthMaddie Jenifer stood glued to her mother’s side behind the podium, staring at a panel of preened and suited strangers staring righ…

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‘It feels good to pin a guy’: the North Carolina girl making history on the mat

Heaven Fitch, 16, has made national headlines after becoming the first girl to win a North Carolina high school wrestling title and an emerging role model for young female grapplersHeaven Fitch just wanted to be like her three older brothers. At six ye…

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‘It feels good to pin a guy’: the North Carolina girl making history on the mat

Heaven Fitch, 16, has made national headlines after becoming the first girl to win a North Carolina high school wrestling title and an emerging role model for young female grapplersHeaven Fitch just wanted to be like her three older brothers. At six ye…

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Heaven Fitch: teenage girl beats boys to North Carolina wrestling title – video

A female wrestler has made history by winning a state high school wrestling championship in North Carolina. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association said on its website that Heaven Fitch became the first girl to win one of the association’s …

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‘I kind of dominated’: teenage girl beats boys to North Carolina wrestling title

Heaven Fitch wins state championship in 106lb divisionTeenager started wrestling after watching her brothersA female wrestler has made history by winning a state high school wrestling championship in North Carolina.The North Carolina High School Athlet…

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Michael Jordan opens first of two health clinics for underprivileged in Charlotte

NBA legend has donated $7m toward Charlotte medical clinicsHornets owner is a longtime state resident and played at UNCAn emotional Michael Jordan unveiled the first of two medical clinics he and his family funded to provide care to underprivileged mem…

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Legendary UNC basketball coach faces probe over racially insensitive remarks

Report alleges Sylvia Hatchell made racist remarks to playersHatchell, 67, accused of forcing players to compete while hurtLongtime UNC coach was enshrined in Hall of Fame in 2013Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell is under investigat…

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‘Your racist side slipped out a little’: How the anthem protests split one small town

The sharp divisions of the Trump era were laid bare in rural North Carolina when a rumor circulated that the high school football team would be forced to kneel for the Star-Spangled Banner“I am so pissed this morning,” began a soon-to-be viral Facebook…

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NCAA returns March Madness to North Carolina after roll back of ‘bathroom bill’

  • Law had been attacked as limiting protections for LGBT people
  • College sports governing body had pulled events from state over law

The NCAA has awarded men’s basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that limited protections for LGBT people and put it at risk of being passed over as a host for future events.

The governing body announced decisions on Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had “reluctantly” agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties. It had stripped North Carolina of seven championship events for the past sports season — including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games — and said it could relocate more events if there wasn’t a change in the “bathroom bill.”

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NCAA ends North Carolina boycott after roll back of ‘bathroom bill’

  • Law had been attacked as limiting protections for LGBT people
  • College sports governing body had pulled events from state over law

The NCAA says it will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.

In a statement on Tuesday, the athletics body said its board of governors had reviewed moves to repeal the so-called “bathroom bill” and replace it with a compromise law. The new agreement, House Bill 142, though it repeals the bathroom bill, has angered LGBT and civil liberty groups because it prohibits future anti-discrimination ordinances by cities and councils. This means that cities will not be able to introduce any local laws to specifically protect transgender people.

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Clevenger: Black Lives Matter protesters should be ‘behind bars like animals’

  • Seattle Mariners backup catcher deletes inflammatory tweets
  • Team says it will review “all internal options that are available”

The Mariners say they are reviewing “all internal options that are available” after tweets from the account of reserve catcher Steve Clevenger regarding a recent police shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Black Lives Matter movement.

General manager Jerry Dipoto issued a brief statement on Thursday night, saying the club is “very disappointed” and that while Clevenger is free to express himself, “his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.”

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NBA will move 2017 all-star game from Charlotte over controversial HB2 law

NBA to move exhibition out of Charlotte citing controversial LGBT lawDecision comes after legislators revisited law and failed to change muchThe NBA is moving the 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law tha…

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Charles Barkley urges NBA to move All-Star Game in fight against bigotry

Hall of Fame star says NBA should move All-Star Game away from North Carolina in protest at law that erodes protections for LGBT people in the state

Charles Barkley would like to see the NBA move next year’s All-Star Game away from Charlotte in protest at a new law that perpetuates discrimination against LGBT people in North Carolina.

The law, signed by Republican governor Pat McCrory last month, blocks the city of Charlotte – and any other local government – from passing their own anti-discrimation laws, and stops transgender people from using bathrooms of their preference. The law has been widely condemned by a slew of equality and human rights groups.

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Keep pounding: how the Panthers’ faithful fans forged a unique identity

The Panthers are a team with personality in a misunderstood part of the country – and their followers are one of a kind. What makes Carolina fans so different?

The Panthers, its fandom and the city of Charlotte. All three are tied together, bond sealed, fates bound. Everyone does what they can to maintain the relationship, to give folks something positive to say about the region. What’s good for the team is good for the city, and for its people. When one of the three rises to prominence, the other two are elevated, and the world gets to see what others in the region already knew. The Panthers have finally hit the big time and they’re on the nation’s radar as a powerhouse, even though, according to North Carolina governor Pat McCrory, they already deserved to be there.

Related: How one team rejected Greg Hardy’s violence against women and won big

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Impact of quiet revolutionary Dean Smith only began on basketball court

Legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith died Saturday at 83More than a hoop legend, Smith played key role in desegregating Chapel HillHe also protested the Vietnam War, nuclear weapons and the death penalty Continue reading…

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Third death of US teen in a week renews focus on football’s lethal potential

A 16-year-old student playing the game died Thursday, following the deaths of two 17-year-olds earlier in the week Continue reading…

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City links: the best of the web

Here’s a roundup of the best content we’ve seen online this week – with a lot of colour and American stories

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Southern states brace for unusual cold from the Carolinas to New Orleans

Schools and flights have been cancelled in advance of a cold front from the midwest bringing snow and ice