What We're Following This Morning

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ESPN fires Curt Schilling: The former All-Star pitcher, who is a baseball analyst on the channel, shared a Facebook post this week that appeared to support North Carolina’s law that bars people from using restrooms that do not correspond to their gender at birth; consequently, it targets transgender people. In a statement, ESPN said: “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.” Update: More here

Elizabeth’s 90th birthday: The British queen marks her birthday today, and she’s the first U.K. monarch to mark that milestone. To put things in perspective, she has lived through every American president since Calvin Coolidge and every British prime minister since Stanley Baldwin, the Great Depression, World War II, her country’s relinquishing of its colonies, Beatlemania, six James Bond actors, Britain’s membership of the EU. Tomorrow, she’s scheduled to have lunch with President Obama and the first lady. Update: More here

Olympic flame is lit:

The Rio games begin on August 5.

News from last night here.