February 24th, 2014
04:22 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, February 24

The NBA's first openly gay player takes to the court. The United States covets what it possibly can't have in a newly captured Mexican drug lord. And more than one man thinks he's in charge of Ukraine.

Welcome to the Monday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."


Out - and now in the league: Jason Collins was poised to become the NBA's first openly gay player for a long while - he disclosed his sexual orientation in a magazine column 10 months ago, at the end of the regular season. Then the 12-year veteran with dwindling stats couldn't find a roster spot. But Collins finally took his place in league history on Sunday when he signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and, playing for 12 minutes and pulling down a couple of rebounds, helped them to a win against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Stephanie Elam will report live at 6.


Who's the boss? After months of protests and a couple days of deadly clashes in Kiev's streets, Ukraine's Parliament voted over the weekend to oust President Viktor Yanukovych and appoint an interim president. But Yanukovych claimed in a TV broadcast that he's still in charge, saying he was forced to leave the capital because of a "coup." He was in eastern Ukraine for those remarks, but now, with an arrest warrant out for him, he's nowhere to be found. We have a handy explainer of all the dizzying developments here.

Nick Paton Walsh will report from Kiev at 6.


U.S. wants him next: Thirteen years after he escaped from a Mexican prison, one of that country's most-wanted fugitives, notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested in a Mexican resort city. It took a lot to find him - wiretaps, secret tunnels, informants and all sorts of fascinating other things. So, what to do with him? Mexico has the first crack at prosecution, though the United States, not encouraged by his 2001 escape, would like to try him in a U.S. court. Says one law enforcement analyst: Don't hold your breath, America.

Ted Rowlands will report from Chicago at 6


So long from Sochi: The folks running the Winter Olympics' closing ceremony have a sense of humor. As silvery "fish" swam on the stadium's floor Sunday, they began to form the five Olympic rings. In a nod to a malfunction at the opening ceremony two weeks earlier, one of the rings initially failed to open. Eventually, it sprang into form, to laughter and cheers.

After more than two weeks of Olympic competition on the tube, some of you will be suffering from withdrawal. Now it's time to look back on the most memorable moments from Sochi - like Bode Miller's raw emotions, the Sochi wolf that wasn't, the coach who lent a ski to an opponent and the guy with the mariachi ski costume.

Ivan Watson will report from Sochi, Russia, at 6.


Deadly leak at Long Island mall: What led to a carbon monoxide that authorities say killed a restaurant manager and sickened 27 other people at a Long Island mall? Emergency crews rushed to the Legal Sea Foods restaurant in Huntington Station, New York, after hearing that someone had collapsed in the basement. Police found the manager unconscious, and he was pronounced dead at a hospital. A town official says investigators found a leak in water heater's flue pipe.

Also over the weekend, seven people at a motel in Ogunquit, Maine, were taken to hospitals after complaining of nausea and headaches. Emergency responders found high levels of carbon monoxide there.

Alexandra Field will report live with the latest at 6.

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

- This isn't the Daytona 500 you're looking for: If the Daytona 500 you were watching late Sunday afternoon looked familiar, that's because it was last year's. During a weather delay of Sunday's actual race, Fox Sports showed the 2013 version - and when that rerun finished, people took to the Internet thinking Jimmy Johnson had won. He had - just not this year. Even Fox News was confused for a little bit.

Sunday's eventual winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

- Super long spelling bee still going: Remember the baseball all-star game that ended in a tie because the teams ran out of pitchers? Missouri fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman and seventh-grader Kush Sharma are such good spellers, they ran out of approved words in their spelling bee Saturday, so they have to come back in a month to finish their duel.

- AC/DC never sounded like this: Try this version of "Thunderstruck," by Croatian cellists 2Cellos.


- Singing kitty: This commercial from mobile phone service Three features a bicycling girl in red galoshes belting out Jefferson Starship's "We Built This City" with a cat.


- Down goes the Metrodome: The latest part in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome's multiphase demolition happened Sunday in Minneapolis.


There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Rick

    Sam ? Collins ? Oh My ! "Where have you gone Joe Di Maggio. Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you" !

    February 24, 2014 at 9:51 am | Reply

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