Power Forward’s Roundup (April 14, 2013)

[Content note: suicide]

McCormick is in bullfighting outfit. She has high-wasted pants with belt. She is wearing a short jacket and vest and a wide brim hat. In her left hand is a cape and her right is a sword.

Ms. McCormick demonstrating her pass style in 1954. Image via New York Times/Associated Press.

Women in Sports:

By all accounts she was the first woman in North America to become a professional bullfighter. For more than a decade, beginning in 1951, she performed in hundreds of bullfights, receiving top billing in stadiums from Mexico to South America. She drew thousands of fans and became an international celebrity, capturing the attention of the American press.

AWESOME: Spelman College Dropping Sports in Favor of Fitness, Leaving the NCAA Altogether (New York Times)

In horrific news: Death at Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR race: Man commits suicide with gun (The Dallas Morning News)

NASCAR plans to become more involved in race-sponsorship decisions by speedways in light of the continuing controversy surrounding the National Rifle Association’s sponsorship of the Sprint Cup race Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

“The NRA’s sponsorship of the event at Texas Motor Speedway fit within existing parameters that NASCAR affords tracks in securing partnerships,” said NASCAR spokesman David Higdon. “However, this situation has made it clear that we need to take a closer look at our approval process moving forward, as current circumstances need to be factored in when making decisions.”

Brittney Griner's wingspan is 7'4". She is standing against a black backdrop and is in her black Baylor uniform. Her arms are stretched out to the sides and in each hand is a basketball.

Brittney Griner, who is expected to be the #1 WNBA draft in tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the WNBA draft:

Where: ESPN, Bristol, Conn.

When: Monday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Watch: Round 1 on ESPN2, Rounds 2 and 3 on ESPNU

Tomorrow is also the Boston Marathon:

Olympics: Baseball, softball merge to seek Games return (Yahoo)

In the “WTF” file: High School Umpire Threatens to Toss Players Who Dare Speak Spanish (Bleacher Report)

Guan has just hit the ball so his arms are back over his left shoulder, his hands gripping the club behind his back. He is wearing an orange shirt and golf pants as well as a white baseball cap.

Tianlang Guan is 14 years old. Image via Bleacher Report.

The Masters:

Violence at Football Matches:

A story that is sad in every way imaginable: School district sues Brian Banks’ accuser over false rape claim (Pro Football Talk)

Sure, that makes sense: Dolphins pick up the tab for stadium vote (Pro Football Talk)

According to Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Dolphins delivered a check for $4.8 million to the Miami-Dade County mayor’s office to pay for a referendum on public money for renovations to Sun Life Stadium.

The money is non-refundable, and will be used to pay for the election, if the election is held. If the Florida Legislature doesn’t pass a bill to approve the election, the county keeps the money.

Today in HAHAHAHA: Beer Bust: Yankees Rename ‘Craft Beer’ Stand At Stadium (NPR)