Month: August 2020

Women’s World Cup 2019: President Trump says Megan Rapinoe shouldn’t protest during anthem

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe explain why they switched taking penalty kick “I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart,” Rapinoe, who calls herself “a walking protest,” told Yahoo Sports last month. “I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”Trump long has been extremely critical of athletes, most notably NFL players such as Kaepernick, who kneel or otherwise protest during the national anthem, characterizing them as unpatriotic and ungrateful. Rapinoe, 33, has been just as vocal in her criticism of the president.Although Trump said he disagreed with Rapinoe’s pregame actions, he offered praise for Team USA.”I love watching women’s soccer,” he told The Hill in the Oval Office. “They’re really talented.”However, Trump declined to weigh in on whether the women players should receive pay equal to the men, saying only that he would have to look more closely at the issue.”I think a lot of it also has to do with the economics,” Trump said. “I mean, who draws more? Where is the money coming in? I know that when you have the great stars like Ronaldo and some of these stars … that get paid a lot of money, but they draw hundreds of thousands of people.” “But I haven’t taken a position on that at all,” he added. “I’d have to look at it.”All 28 players on the U.S. women’s team filed a lawsuit in March against the U.S. Soccer Federation, alleging discrimination in pay and resources based on gender. The American women are the defending World Cup champions and also won in 1991 and 1999. The U.S. men, in contrast, have never won a World Cup title and didn’t qualify for the 2018 tournament. Per the Hill: Numerous Democrats, including several 2020 presidential candidates, have voiced support for the team’s push for equal pay. Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Megan Rapinoe predicts match against France will be ‘crazy’ President Donald Trump on Monday said he doesn’t think U.S. co-captain Megan Rapinoe should protest during the national anthem.”No. I don’t think so,” Trump told The Hill when asked about Rapinoe’s actions. The question came in the wake of the national team’s 2-1 knockout-round victory over Spain that lifted the U.S. into the 2019 Women’s World Cup quarterfinals.center_img Rapinoe, who scored on two penalty kicks in Monday’s victory, first kneeled during the national anthem in 2016, shortly after then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to protest racial and social injustice in that way.In response to Rapinoe’s kneeling, the U.S. Soccer Federation passed a rule requiring all players and staff to stand during the anthem. Rapinoe now protests by not placing her hand over her heart or singing along when the “The Star Spangled Banner” is played before U.S. games. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USA’s close win over Spain Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Megan Rapinoe scores twice to advance to France quarterfinallast_img read more

Maple Leafs find way to create cap space, acquire David Clarkson from Vegas for Garret Sparks

first_imgThe Toronto Maple Leafs may have finally solved their salary cap troubles — and their Mitch Marner dilemma — with a rather interesting trade.Toronto traded goaltender Garret Sparks to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for forward David Clarkson and a 2020 fourth-round draft pick, the team announced Tuesday. “It’s been emotionally taxing, I won’t lie,” Sparks told Sportsnet amid his struggles. “It’s been a tough year.”With Michal Neuvirth signed to a professional tryout and likely win the backup role, Toronto was able to ship out Sparks, who will now compete with Malcom Subban as the No. 2 to Marc-Andre Fleury.The trade is a win for Vegas as well. It was able to dump a contract that, suffice to say, was putting a kink in the summer plans of an organization that had a hefty to-do list. The Golden Knights are now under the cap by about $1 million. Reacquiring Clarkson, whom they signed to a seven-year, $36.75 million contract in 2013, will likely help free up enough room to re-sign Marner, the RFA forward who has been the subject of constant rumors and speculation.NHL FREE AGENCY 2019: Complete list of all 31 teams’ RFAs, UFAsClarkson, 35, hasn’t played since the 2015-16 campaign, where he registered four points in 23 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. A spine injury suffered in 2016 effectively ended his NHL career (the only remedy is spine fusion). He has been on long-term injured reserve since then and will remain on it with Toronto until his contract expires next summer.He carries a cap hit of $5.25 million, but placing him on LTIR will allow Toronto to use that space. If they also place Nathan Horton and other players on LTIR, they can generate upward of $10.55 million in space, according to CapFriendly.#Leafs could also build a roster that has a projected cap hit of $89,913,333 (or $8,413,333 above the ceiling). They then place Horton, Dermott & Hyman on LTIR on Oct 1 to cover the difference. Finally they place Clarkson on LTIR on Oct 2, giving them $5.2M in additional space. https://t.co/BzvMZhKz0t— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 23, 2019Toronto is allowed to exceed the cap by $10 million in the offseason, but it needs to be under it by the start of the season. Putting those players on LTIR doesn’t eliminate their cap hits, but they won’t count against the cap. The Maple Leafs will be allowed to exceed the cap by the amount that’s on LTIR, which will save them enough money to lock up Marner to a long-term deal.They can then sign the 22-year-old forward, who led the Maple Leafs with 94 points last season.Sparks earned the backup role in Toronto at the beginning of last season and went 8-9-1 with a .902 save percentage and 3.15 goals-against average in 17 starts. He signed a one-year, $750,000 contract extension with the club in March, but Toronto subsequently removed him from the lineup and then the team before the 2019 playoffs, giving him space to work on his physical and mental well-being. They recalled Michael Hutchinson from the AHL Marlies to take Sparks’ place behind Frederik Anderson.last_img read more

If Carlos Cordeiro and U.S. Soccer want to win PR battle, they should be taking on the world

first_imgCordeiro had been on the stage in front of New York’s City Hall just three weeks earlier. He was greeted, upon being introduced, by the “Equal pay!” chant he surely had heard from the audience in Lyon moments after the United States Women’s national team had won its fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup title. He knew where he stood in this game, and he seemed to acknowledge as much with his flattering comments toward the U.S. women during his remarks at their parade.MORE: U.S. Soccer says it paid women more than menThen came Monday’s missive, and something seemed amiss.Cordeiro had written an open letter to American soccer supporters in March, outlining the federation’s position. It included the statement, “U.S. Soccer believes that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay, and we strive to meet this core value at all times.” That statement pointed out the USWNT had agreed to a collective bargaining agreement with the USSF only two years earlier. That statement had merit but, as anyone could have seen over the ensuing three months, turned out to be as effective as the Thailand goalkeeper.There was no upside to taking another shot.Cordeiro and the USSF went deep into their books and found the facts they needed in order to be able to say they’ve actually paid the members of the women’s team more than the men over the course of the present decade. USSF says the members USWNT were paid $34.1 million in salary and bonuses during the current decade, and that the USMNT players were paid $26.4 million.Those who saw “Absence of Malice” a long while back will understand the construction here: “Everything they said was accurate. But none of it was true.”The women’s figures include U.S. Soccer’s subsidy of their salaries for competing in the National Women’s Soccer League, which have been massively beneficial to the women’s game in America generally but probably represent less than such players as Megan Rapinoe, Lindsey Horan and Alex Morgan could earn if playing fulltime in Europe.It also contains two Olympic Games for the women and none for the men (the U.S. U23 men did not qualify for London or Rio) and three World Cups for the women to two for the men. Yes, the women played far more games to earn more money than was paid to the men. According to the USSF’s own figures, the women played 238 games to 191 for the men.The presentation of these figures accomplished what, exactly?And what good was done to bake in some fuzzy math about the revenues generated by the two sides? Cordeiro’s dispatch took pains to state that sales of broadcast rights and sponsorships are not attributed to either the men’s or women’s national teams, but then, in the next paragraph, pointed out that the men’s team generated more than twice the revenue per game as the women’s team. What was left unsaid was the men’s team benefits dramatically from built-in audiences for many of the opposing teams, particularly Mexico and Honduras and some of the European powers.All this invigorated the “Shut-up-ladies” crowd, who’ve been writing and speaking in opposition to the USWNT players ever since Rapinoe became a target for President Donald Trump. Are those the people U.S. Soccer wants on its side, given the women’s accomplishments and Cordeiro’s frequent public declarations and demonstrations of support?On the other hand, the release angered the USWNT, whose representative, Molly Levinson, called the letter a “sad attempt by the USSF to quell the overwhelming tide of support the USWNT has received from everyone from fans to sponsors to the United States Congress.”One may quibble with the adjective employed — “sad” seems a bit harsh — but otherwise that’s an ideal description of what occurred.MORE: Rapinoe conquers critics, doubters, haters, the Netherlands and the planetThe U.S. men also were ticked off and issued their own release, which called the exclusion of TV and sponsorship dollars “false accounting” and declared the women deserve equal pay and own the right to pursue that goal in court. “This is more of the same from a federation that is constantly in disputes and litigation and focuses on increasing revenue and profits without any idea how to use that money to grow the sport.”Essentially, in order to make the case the federation is not doing as badly as the public has been led to believe — and it’s not, because one exaggerated figure pulled from the women’s suit led many to believe the USWNT were receiving only 38 cents on the dollar compared to the men — Cordeiro hacked off the entire universe of American senior-level players and did nothing to sway the opinions of those entrenched in support for the women because:1. The USWNT just won the freaking World Cup.2. Pay inequality has been a real issue for a very long time for women who maybe can’t convert a penalty kick but are champions in technology, education, banking, manufacturing and public relations.Here’s what Cordeiro could have done, and should have done, to score a public relations victory: focus on the real problem. That problem is not internal, but external. The prize the U.S. women earned for winning the World Cup weighs in at $4 million. That’s less than half what men’s teams at the FIFA 2018 World Cup received for making the field.FIFA explains that the men’s World Cup generates $6 billion, compared to around $130 million for the women. That’s some tricky math at work there. Because most of the World Cup revenue is generated by television rights and sponsorship; that is sold as a package for the men’s, women’s and youth events and then attributed to the FIFA World Cup. To stuff Monday’s events entirely into a soccer metaphor, the open letter and documents provided to the public by U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro amounted to an injury-time penalty kick that barely squeezed past the goalkeeper — in a game Cordeiro’s side was losing 4-0.Why U.S. Soccer would make such a late, meager attempt to win a public relations battle in which it already had been routed is difficult to say. Last year’s World Cup drew an estimated 3.5 billion viewers. The 2019 Women’s World Cup drew an audience estimated at 1 billion – and much of that from economically advanced nations such as France, England and the United States.There is a value to that audience that isn’t being acknowledged by the FIFA prize structure. Doubling it to $60 mllion for the next World Cup, as promised, sounds generous but actually seems parsimonious. Cordeiro could win over his constituency by leading the fight for equity at the World Cups.He can become a hero, instead of a target.last_img read more

Lionel Messi to miss Barcelona’s U.S. tour because of calf injury

first_imgLionel Messi expects to be out of action for “a little while” after suffering a calf injury Monday during Barcelona training.However, the Argentine star, 32, will miss Barca’s preseason trip to the United States while he recovers from a grade one strain to his right calf muscle sustained in his first session back with LaLiga’s champions after his post-Copa America holiday. “It wasn’t to be this time, but we’ll see each other again soon. A hug to everyone.”Barcelona begins its league title defense Aug. 16 at Athletic Bilbao. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on Aug 5, 2019 at 4:19am PDT Barca is scheduled to face Napoli in Miami on Wednesday and Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday in the final stretch of its preseason matches.Although Barca has not put a time frame on his recovery, Messi doesn’t seem to think the injury will keep him sidelined for long.”I was looking forward to starting and unfortunately I had an accident in the first training session that will leave me out for a little while,” he wrote on Instagram.”I’m grateful for all your messages and displays of affection, I wanted to be with the team and with the people who follow us in the USA.last_img read more

Water Polo Tournament ‘Sarajevo Champions Challenge’ Begins on 20 September

first_imgThe fifth international water polo tournament ‘Sarajevo Champions Challenge 2013’ will be held from 20-22 September in the Olympic Pool Otoka in Sarajevo.Current European champions Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade, Jadran from Herzeg Novi, Jadran from Split and Galatasaray from Istanbul confirmed their participation, announced the Olympic Pool Otoka.The organizers of the tournament Olympic Pool Otoka d.o.o Sarajevo and the Water Polo Association of B&H.(Source: Fena)last_img

Tournament of the Best Table Tennis Players of B&H Today in Sarajevo

first_imgThe table tennis club “STENS” from Sarajevo organizes a tournament “The best top 8 of B&H”, competition for seniors.The tournament will be held today at the center “Ramiz Sačin” in Sarajevo and the best 32 players of category A and B will participate. They will compete and try to win a place in the national team of B&H.According to organizers, the tournament is organized to mark the 40th anniversary of the World Table Tennis Competition held in Sarajevo-“STENS”.“All the representatives of table tennis, as well as some young tennis player are invited to participate in the tournament, thus the matches are going to be at a high level. 4 female players and 4 male player will be selected and they will represent B&H in Japan”, said the President of Table Tennis Association of B&H and a member of “Aladža” Edin Kantardžić from Sarajevo. Tournament will be held at “Ramiz Salčin”, at 10:00. The admission is free. (Source: Fena)last_img read more

Žana Novaković in the Giant Slalom Today

first_imgOn the 11th day of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the best B&H skier Žana Novaković will compete in the giant Slalom competition.This will be her first competition at Sochi, and in three days she will compete in the Slalom.(Source: Fena)last_img

Preparations for Andorra and Austria Matches started in Zenica

first_imgThe national football team of BiH will gather in the Training Center Dragons’ nest in Zenica today.Football players selected by the new coach Mehmed Baždarević have to arrive on the agreed place up to 14:00 o’clock.Baždarević expects 25 players, among them the Riad Bajic, who, due to the agreement with Bazdarevic and youth team coach Darko Nestorović will not play in Andorra, and Emir Spahic who will still be available to the new coach.Toni Sunjic, due to a red card, will not play in Andorra. In Vienna, for the friendly match with Austria, Toni Sunjic and Semir Stilic will play as well.Baždarević’s list includes the following players:Goalkeepers: Asmir Begović (Stoke City), Ibrahim Šehić (Qarabag), Ratko Dujković (Zrinjski).Defense: Avdija Vršajević (Hajduk), Mensur Mujdža (Freiburg), Ervin Zukanović (Chievo), Edin Cocalić (Mechelen), Ermin Bičakčić (Hoffenheim), Emir Spahić (Bayer Leverkusen), Ognjen Vranješ (Gaziantepspor).Midfielders: Miralem Pjanić (Roma), Haris Medunjanin (Deportivo La Coruna), Senad Lulić (Lazio), Sejad Salihović (Hoffenheim), Tino-Sven Sušić (Hajduk), Izet Hajrović (Werder Bremen), Edin Višća (Istanbul Basaksehir), Muhamed Bešić (Everton), Anel Hadžić (Sturm Graz), Sanjin Prcić (Rennes), Gojko Cimirot (Sarajevo).Strikers: Edin Džeko (Manchester City), Vedad Ibišević (Stuttgart), Milan Đurić (Cesena), Riad Bajić (Željezničar). (Source: klix)last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Sept. 13 – Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013

first_imgSunday, September 15, 2013•8:52 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 700 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•11:50 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 600 block N. A, Wellington.•10:22 p.m. Ivan C Winn Jr., 31, Wellington was arrested and confined on a city of Wellington bench warrant for failure to appear. Saturday, September 14, 2013•2:36 a.m. Steven D. Shamblin, 29, Wellington was arrested and charged with domestic battery in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•7:04 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a vehicle that was recovered in the 700 block S. Douglas, Wellington.•9:41 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a license plate in the 700 block S. Douglas, Wellington.•10:14 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block S. H, Wellington.•3:48 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a known suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•9:38 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 900 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•9:39 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 300 block S. Woodlawn, Wellington. Wellington Police notes: Friday, Sept. 13 – Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013: Friday, September 13, 2013:•5:16 a.m. Jason M. Gaddie, 40, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 53 mph in a 40 mph construction zone.•8:48 a.m. Officers took a report of a domestic dispute of known subject(s) in the 400 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•12:59 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1500 block N. Park, Wellington.•2:45 p.m. Russell B. Rains, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large.•3 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 200 block S. Birch, Wellington.•4:30 p.m. Injury accident in the 400 block E. U.S. 81, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Robert C. Zeka, 36, Wellington and Aaron M. Gallant, 24, Medford, Ok.•9:17 p.m. Officers investigated criminal trespass of a known suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•10:19 p.m. Officers investigated obstruction of law enforcement officers and assisted outside agency in the 1400 block N. A, Wellington.•10:21 p.m. Juvenile male, 16, Wellington was placed into custody for juvenile court.last_img read more

Terri Jo Selvidge, 50, Wellington: Oct. 31, 1962 – Oct. 21, 2013

first_imgTerri SelvidgeTerri Jo Selvidge, age 50, loving mother, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013 at the Life Care Center of Andover in Andover, KS.Terri Jo (Howsden) Selvidge was born on October 31, 1962 in Wellington, KS to Merle W. Howsden and Mary A. (Knox) Howsden. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include one son, Zach Parent and his fiancé Alisha Ryherd of Wellington, KS; two daughters, Shawna M. Parent and Erica Parent both of Wichita, KS; one brother, Arthur (Buddy) Howsden of Wellington, KS and one sister, Tonya LeValley and her husband Mike of East Hampton, MA. Funeral Services will be held at the First Free Will Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.  Pastor Zane Brooks will officiate. There will be no visitation.  Cremation has taken place.Memorials have been established with the Alzheimer’s Association, First Free Will Baptist Church and the Sumner County 4-H lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at or mailed to the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more