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Minnie Minoso, the Cuban-born White Sox star who was Major League Baseball's first black player in Chicago, has died, the team said Sunday. The White Sox didn't release details of Minoso's death, but said he passed away on Saturday night in Chicago. "Our organization and our city have suffered a heart-breaking loss today," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. Minoso began his major league career with Cleveland in 1949 and became the first black player based in Chicago when the White Sox acquired him from the Indians in 1951.
NBA veteran Kevin Garnett wants to pay fans back for the warm welcome he's received upon returning to the Minnesota Timberwolves, so he's giving away 1,000 tickets to Monday's game. Garnett bought the tickets to the home game against the Los Angeles Clippers, and the team said that the first 500 fans to claim them via the club's website on Monday morning would receive two tickets apiece. "The response and support I've received from Wolves fans since my return to Minnesota has been nothing short of amazing," Garnett said in a statement on the team's website.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Russia to carry out a "thorough, transparent, real investigation" into the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin. "The bottom line is that we hope there will be a thorough, transparent, real investigation not just who actually fired the shots, but who if anyone may have ordered or instructed this or been behind this," said Kerry, speaking to ABC television's "This Week" program. Another leading figure in US politics, US Senator Dianne Feinstein, a former chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, went so far as to implicate Putin in Nemtsov's death. "Whether Putin authorized it, whether he didn't, whether he knew about it, whether it was his friends or some of his military doing this, we'll wait and see with the investigation," she said on the "Face the Nation" television program.