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This book cover provided by The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic shows the cover of "Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People," by Dav Pilkey. Boys have lagged behind girls in reading achievement for more than 20 years, but the gender gap now exists in nearly every state and has widened to mammoth proportions _ as much as 10 percentage points in some, according to the Center on Education Policy.    (AP Photo/The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic)  NO SALES

This book cover provided by The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic shows the cover of "Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People," by Dav Pilkey. Boys have lagged behind girls in reading achievement for more than 20 years, but the gender gap now exists in nearly every state and has widened to mammoth proportions _ as much as 10 percentage points in some, according to the Center on Education Policy. (AP Photo/The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic) NO SALES

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Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Monday night during pregame warmups wore an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, referring to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. The shirt, one of several featuring the slogan that have been seen around the league in recent days after a grand jury declined to indict the officer last week, is just one in a long history of political statements made by athletes on the playing field. Here are some others.