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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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L.A. Angels 7 Washington 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE Tuesday's Games

Kansas City 8, Cleveland 2

Toronto 9, Baltimore 3

Detroit 8, Chicago White Sox 6

Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 3

N.Y. Yankees 9, Boston 3

Texas 5, Oakland 4

Houston 5, Seattle 2

Wednesday's Games

Texas (M.Perez 3-0) at Oakland (Gray 3-0), 3:35 p.m.

Houston (Cosart 1-2) at Seattle (C.Young 0-0), 3:40 p.m.

Kansas City (Vargas 2-0) at Cleveland (Masterson 0-0), 7:05 p.m.

Baltimore (Tillman 2-1) at Toronto (McGowan 1-1), 7:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Rienzo 0-0) at Detroit (Smyly 1-1), 7:08 p.m.

Minnesota (Pelfrey 0-2) at Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 1-2), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 2-1) at Boston (Lackey 2-2), 7:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Tuesday's Games

Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 1

Miami 1, Atlanta 0

St. Louis 3, N.Y. Mets 0

Chicago Cubs 9, Arizona 2

San Diego 2, Milwaukee 1, 12 innings

Colorado 2, San Francisco 1

Philadelphia 3, L.A. Dodgers 2, 10 innings

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Miami (Eovaldi 1-1) at Atlanta (Harang 3-1), 12:10 p.m.

Arizona (Miley 2-2) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 0-2), 2:20 p.m.

San Francisco (M.Cain 0-3) at Colorado (Chatwood 1-0), 3:10 p.m.

Cincinnati (Simon 2-1) at Pittsburgh (Morton 0-2), 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis (Wacha 2-1) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 0-2), 7:10 p.m.

San Diego (T.Ross 2-2) at Milwaukee (Lohse 3-1), 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (Hamels 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 3-0), 10:10 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

L.A. Angels (Weaver 1-2) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 3-1), 7:05 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 22

Indiana 101, Atlanta 85, series tied 1-1

Toronto 100, Brooklyn 95, series tied 1-1

Washington 101, Chicago 99, OT, Washington leads series 2-0

Wednesday, April 23

Charlotte at Miami, 7 p.m.

Dallas at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Portland at Houston, 9:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 22

Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 3, Montreal wins series 4-0

Boston 3, Detroit 0, Boston leads series 2-1

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