Lady Panthers Split Two Games This Week

Milledgevile, Ga.--The Clark Atlanta University Lady Panthers women's tennis team dropped a 9-0 decision to Georgia College March 28 after an 8-1 victory of Point University March 26.

Clark Atlanta (10-11overall) managed only 10 games while losing all singles matches in straight sets to Georgia College. In Thursday's action, CAU freshman D'Andrea Galloway did not drop a game in her 6-0, 6-0 straight set singles victory from the No.5 position while Avern Gumbs and Khadija Elder topped their opponents 6-1 and 6-0 in the No. 4 and No. 6 position, respectively. Sophomore Tori Pradier and junior Vonnick Boyogueno both finished with 6-2,6-2 wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.

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LA Dodgers To Host Seattle Mariners In Civil Rights Game

Major League Baseball today announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Seattle Mariners at Dodger Stadium in the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day, Wednesday, April 15th. It will mark the first time that Baseball’s tribute to civil rights leaders and figures will be held in conjunction with its annual commemoration of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day will air nationally on ESPN2, with coverage scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. PT (10:00 p.m. ET), as part of the network’s Wednesday Night Baseball package.

The Civil Rights Game was developed by MLB to pay tribute to the spirit of the civil rights movement and to honor those who embodied the struggle for equal rights for all Americans. This is the first Civil Rights Game hosted by the Dodgers and second one they have played in (2012), while this will be the first overall for the Mariners.

“It is truly an ideal pairing to have the franchise of Jackie Robinson and the city of Los Angeles join our National Pastime in recognizing leaders of the past and present who have done so much for the benefit of our country,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “Together with the Dodgers, Major League Baseball will proudly celebrate the civil rights movement, the courageous people like Jackie who contributed to it, and its many lessons that continue to resonate today.”

“We’re proud of the role the Dodgers have played in professional sports history as pioneers of social change since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 during the team’s days in Brooklyn,” said Dodger owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “From Jackie to Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela to Hideo Nomo to Chan Ho Park to now Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers have sought to lead the way and be a model of inclusion in sports and American society as a whole.”

“Thanks to Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers, baseball was at the forefront of the civil rights movement, integrating long before other parts of our nation caught up," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I'm proud that Los Angeles will play home to this game honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson and all those who stand for freedom and equality."

In addition to the Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium, Major League Baseball and the Dodgers will honor MLB Beacon Award recipients, conduct a youth baseball-focused event and host the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion. Details for these and all other Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day-related efforts will be announced at a later date. Tickets and information for the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day are available on MLB.com/civilrightsgame and Dodgers.com/civilrightsgame.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson signing his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945, which was the first step toward his eventually breaking of the color barrier on April 15, 1947.

A group of prominent participants will discuss the pivotal role Baseball played in the civil rights movement and the game’s continued presence as a social institution in American society. Previous panelists have included Sharon Robinson, Ernest Green, Dolores Huerta, Bob Kendrick, Martin Luther King III, Arte Moreno, Branch Rickey III, Ambassador Shabazz, Thomas Tull, and Ken Williams. Also included in the list of past participants are Hall of Famers Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, and Dave Winfield; Dodgers legend Don Newcombe; Hall of Fame journalist and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons; and MLB Network & FOX Sports analyst Harold Reynolds, among others. The Baseball & the Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion will be streamed on MLB.com and Dodgers.com prior to the Civil Rights Game.

The 2015 Civil Rights Game is the ninth installation of an annual event that began in Memphis in 2007, centering on an exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians. After another exhibition game in Memphis in 2008, the Civil Rights Game moved to Cincinnati (2009-2010), Atlanta (2011-2012), and Chicago (2013) as regular season contests, and last year was hosted in Houston by the Astros.

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Newest Class To Be Front And Center At WNBA Draft 2015

NEW YORK—WNBA Draft 2015 presented by State Farm will be held on Thursday, April 16, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. ESPN2 will provide coverage and analysis of the first round beginning at 7 p.m. ET, and ESPN3 will air the second and third rounds beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

“We are excited that the WNBA Draft 2015 presented by State Farm will, once again, be televised on ESPN2 in front of a live crowd at the Mohegan Sun,” said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. “Our draft is a pivotal moment in the lives of these young women, and we look forward to welcoming the best collegiate players into the WNBA.”

“We are thrilled to once again present the WNBA in prime time on ESPN2,” said Doug White, ESPN senior director, programming & acquisitions. “Each year ESPN enjoys showcasing a new crop of talented athletes who will fuel the league for years to come.”

The Seattle Storm holds the top pick in the draft for the third time in franchise history after winning this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which was conducted live on ESPN2 during halftime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Washington Mystics and the Indiana Fever in August 2014. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), Seattle (third, from the Connecticut Sun), Connecticut (fourth, from the New York Liberty) and the Chicago Sky (fifth).

“There is no doubt that our fanbase is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the women’s game, so we are really happy that we can once again bring the WNBA Draft to Mohegan Sun Arena,” said Connecticut Sun CEO Mitchell Etess. “Last year was an amazing event and this is another outstanding opportunity for our fans to witness history as some of the best collegiate players take the next step in their careers.”

Last year, the excitement generated by the WNBA’s newest additions made the 2014 Draft the second-most-viewed draft in league history, behind only the 2004 Draft that aired on ESPN. Chiney Ogwumike, selected No. 1 overall by the Sun, went on to earn the WNBA Rookie of the Year presented by Samsung. Ogwumike and her older sister, Nneka (2012), became just the second set of siblings ever selected with the top overall pick in an American professional sports draft. Odyssey Sims, taken by the Shock with the second pick, and Kayla McBride, selected third by the San Antonio Stars, each went on to make the 2014 WNBA All-Rookie Team.

The draft will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Mohegan Sun Arena has hosted the WNBA Draft once before (2014) and the WNBA All-Star Game three times (2005, 2009 and 2013).

WNBA.com, in addition to providing comprehensive draft-day coverage, will serve as the web destination for fans who want to track the top seniors in advance of the draft.