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Billie Jean King Won't Attend Sochi Opening

Updated: Wednesday, February 5 2014, 03:25 PM CST

Billie Jean King will not attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia because her mother is ill.

King, who was selected to help lead the U.S. delegation to the Games, has been outspoken in her opposition to Russia's anti-gay law. She also planned to attend ice hockey and figure skating events and meet U.S. athletes during her three-day visit to the games.

The White House announced Wednesday that former U.S. hockey player Caitlin Cahow, originally scheduled for the closing ceremony, will take King's place.

King told The Associated Press that because of her mother's "failing health, I will not be able to join the U.S. Presidential delegation at this week's opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics."

Betty Moffitt, her 91-year-old mother, lives in Arizona and has been ill for some time. King will be joined by her brother Randy Moffitt, a former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

"It is important for me to be with my mother and my brother at this difficult time. I want to thank President Obama for including me in this historic mission and I look forward to supporting our athletes as they compete in Sochi."

The openly gay former tennis star has said she would like sexual orientation added to the list of protections in the charter of the International Olympic Committee. King was chosen in December for the U.S. delegation, along with openly gay former Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano and Cahow.

In June, Russia passed a law banning gay "propaganda" to minors. In an interview with the AP last month, King said: "It should be a non-issue. It's just like people of color in our country and other places, it has to be a non-issue."

President Barack Obama has been publicly critical of the Russian anti-gay law and President Vladimir Putin's "cold-war" mentality on other issues. For the first time since 2000, the U.S. delegation to the Olympics will not include a president, former president, vice president or first lady.

The 70-year-old King, a social justice trailblazer who won 39 Grand Slam titles in her career, was tapped to enter the fray involving the delicate balance of Olympic sports and politics.

Other members of the U.S. delegation for the opening ceremony include former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and presidential adviser Rob Nabors.

The White House statement said "The President extends his thoughts and prayers to Ms. King and her family in this difficult time."

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Billie Jean King Won't Attend Sochi Opening


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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Wednesday's Scores

Indiana 103, Washington 101

Chicago 116, Toronto 103

Atlanta 95, Orlando 83

Brooklyn 91, Charlotte 88

L.A. Clippers 111, New York 80

Miami 93, Boston 86

Houston 95, New Orleans 93

Cleveland 111, Memphis 89

L.A. Lakers 101, Minnesota 99, OT

Philadelphia 99, Denver 85

Portland 92, Utah 89

San Antonio 130, Oklahoma City 91

Sacramento 108, Phoenix 99

Thursday's Schedule

Indiana at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Wednesday's Scores

Dallas 4, Calgary 3, SO

Philadelphia 4, Chicago 1

Edmonton 4, Colorado 3

Thursday's Schedule

Anaheim at Boston, 7 p.m.

Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Florida at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

San Jose at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Nashville at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Montreal at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - SPRING TRAINING

Wednesday's Scores

Houston 7, Philadelphia 1

N.Y. Mets 7, N.Y. Yankees 2

Tampa Bay 2, Minnesota 1

Toronto 5, Baltimore 2

Detroit 8, Miami 4

St. Louis 1, Washington 0

L.A. Dodgers 9, San Diego 5

Milwaukee 9, Oakland 9, tie

L.A. Angels 4, Cleveland 3

Colorado 5, San Francisco 2

Chicago White Sox 6, Kansas City 0

Cincinnati 5, Texas 0

Seattle 3, Chicago Cubs 2

Thursday's Schedule

Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Kansas City vs. Seattle (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Seattle (ss) vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 5:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 7:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

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