Yesterday was a groundbreaking day for the LGBT community as Washington Wizards center Jason Collins became the first active American professional athlete to come out as gay. Collins' story will be revealed in Sports Illustrated's May 6th edition. Commissioner David Stern, the NBPA (players' association), and even Lakers guard Kobe Bryant released statements in support of Collins. More here.
The Angels and Athletics played a marathon 6 1/2 hour game last night. The Angels led 7-2 after the seventh but the A's stormed back with three runs in the eighth inning to make it 7-6. Yoenis Cespedes tied it for Oakland in the bottom of the ninth. It would head deep into extra innings. The Angels took an 8-7 lead in the 15th on a bases loaded walk but the A's tied the game in the bottom half of the inning and the game continued. It finally came to an end in the bottom of the 19th when Brandon Moss hit a walk-off two-run homerun for the Athletics' 10-8 victory. The game ended just before 5:00 am EST. More here.
The NHL held their draft lottery last night and, for the first time, all teams that missed the playoffs had an opportunity to win the top overall selection. The Florida Panthers (25%), Colorado Avalanche (18%), and Tampa Bay Lightning (14.2%) had the three best chances of winning the lottery while the Flyers had the 11th best odds at 1.5%. The Avalanche won the lottery while the Flyers will select 11th overall. More here.