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This page features some really exceptionally tall athletes like 7'1" Loek Van Mil  at left. He is the tallest man in pro baseball.

Richie Gray is a former Scottish rugby player, and television presenter. Gray fronted STV's coverage of the 2007 Rugby World Cup, and also presented STV's weekly programme, Scotsport Rugby Sunday, with all the latest news and highlights, including footage of Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors, club rugby and the women's games. The show began on Sunday November 2007, and lasted only one series.

Ivo Karlović (born 1979 in Zagreb) is a Croatian tennis player. He has won five ATP singles titles: three in 2007 one in 2008 and one in 2013. Karlović is the tallest player ever on the ATP Tour at 208 cm (6 ft 0 in). He is a serve-and-volleyer, officially held the record for the fastest serve recorded in professional tennis, measured at 25 km/h (56 mph), before being surpassed by Samuel Groth in 2012. He is considered one of the best servers on tour.  His height enables him to serve with high speed using unique trajectory and accuracy.  He also plays basketball.

Ludovicus Jacobus Maria van Mil (born 1984 in Oss, the Netherlands) is a Dutch professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds organization. Standing at 7 feet 1 inch (2.6 m), Van Mil is the tallest player in the minor leagues. Van Mil has also pitched for the Netherlands national baseball team. Most notably, he served as the team's closer in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Additionally, he appeared in the 2007 Baseball World Cup. Though he was selected to appear in the 2008 Summer Olympics, he missed the tournament due to injury.

Van Mil competed in judo from ages 4 through 7. When his mother encouraged him to join a team sport, he chose to play baseball, as he had played a similar game in his elementary school. Van Mil reached the height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) at age 12, and grew to 6 feet 7 inches (2.0 m) by 14 and 7 feet 0 inches (2.3 m) at the age of 15. He played as a catcher, until he became too tall to play the position and shifted to first base. At the age of 17, a coach decided to try Van Mil as a pitcher due to his strong throwing arm.

Ben Cohen on fighting homophobia

Straight ex-rugby hunk Ben Cohen talks about starting an anti-homophobia organization in this Out magazine interview.  After Ben retired from sports he decided to devote his time to charitable causes.


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