Five things to know in sports today

Rays win in landmark game in Cuba
The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cuban National team 4-1 in a landmark moment in sports diplomacy Tuesday.
President Barack Obama and Cuban counterpart Raul Castro were both on-hand to watch the pageantry-filled game in Havana, the first time an MLB team visited Cuba since the Baltimore Orioles played there during spring training 17 years ago and the last stop on Obama's trip to Cuba this week in a bid to further pave the road toward normalized relations.

NFL outlaws chop block, makes 15-yard extra-point snaps permanent
The NFL has entirely outlawed the chop block, and extra-point kicks snapped from the 15-yard line are now permanent.
NFL owners voted to approved the proposals and also passed a resolution to expand horse collar tackles to include the nameplate on the back of jerseys. In all seven rule proposals were approved by team owners. Delay-of-game penalties will now be issued to teams that call a timeout with none remaining, the 5-yard penalty for a receiver illegally touching a pass after being out of bounds has been removed and multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession have also been removed.

Williams takes issue with Djokovic comment
Disgraced BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director Raymond Moore may have resigned, but the debate raged on over equal pay for male and female tennis players Tuesday.
A day after Moore resigned for commenting to the media that female players should be grateful to their male counterparts "because they ride on the coattails of the men", No. 1-ranked Serena Williams took issue with a comment made by men's No. 1 Novak Djokovic that "I think that our men's tennis world, ATP world, should fight for more, because the stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men's tennis matches."
Williams responded by saying "If I have a daughter and she plays tennis, and I have a son who plays tennis, I wouldn't say that my son deserves more money because he's a man. I would say they deserve the same amount of money.
"I think (Djokovic) is entitled to his opinion. But if he has a daughter — I think he has a son right now — I think he should talk to his daughter and tell her his son deserves more money than you because he's a boy."

New York Assembly votes to legalize MMA
The New York state assembly voted overwhelmingly to legalize mixed martial arts Tuesday, voting 113-25 in favor of allowing the sport in the last state to prohibit it. The state senate has already passed the identical measure, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo also supports it.
Critics say MMA is too violent and like football and boxing, prone to causing concussions and other head injuries. Some have said it inspires domestic violence and invites children to imitate it.

James beings "Zero Dark 23"
In an annual move by the Cavs star, LeBron James has begun limiting his own access to social media in preparation for the upcoming NBA playoffs.
James, who calls his social media blackout "Zero Dark 23" and undergoes the personal rite each year in an attempt to avoid outside distractions, unfollowed the Cavaliers' Twitter account as well as some media members.

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