“I’ve grown so much as a human being”: Jason Collins, a 7-foot center, played 13 seasons in the league. Photograph: Keith Allison/Flickr

Jason Collins, who last season became the first openly gay player in the NBA, has announced his retirement from basketball.Collins, 35, said that he m(...)

 Australian champion swimmer Ian Thorpe during an interview with  Michael Parkinson in London to broadcast on Australian TV channel TEN tonight. Photograph: Network TEN/EPA

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, whose five-medal performance at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney captivated his country, has revealed in an Australian tele(...)

Jason Collins used to joke that he chose the 98 shirt number when he signed for the Boston Celtics to “mess with refs when they called me for fouls” but the player said this week he had picked the number to mark the year Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was killed. Photograph: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Just weeks after the US Supreme Court heard landmark arguments for and against gay marriage, America was gripped this week with the disclosure (...)