US World Cup win proves female players deserve equal pay, team says

(CNN)The US Women’s National Team sealed the deal with its fourth stunning victory Sunday at the World Cup, but the players are still fighting another battle back home. In March, 28 members of the USWNT sued the US Soccer Federation for allegedly discriminating by paying the women less than members of the men’s national team “for substantially equal work and by denying them at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment equal to the MNT.” The soccer federation and the plaintiffs last month tentatively agreed to mediation, which is expected to begin now that the World Cup is over. During the …

Friend says grief and ‘questions’ linger over untimely death of Angels pitcher

(CNN)The unexpected death this week of 27-year old Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs unsettles one of his close friends. Police have ruled out both suicide and foul play and are waiting for the results from an autopsy that was conducted by the Tarrant County, Texas, medical examiner office on Tuesday. Carol Walker, a spokeswoman for that office, told CNN the report will be released in “up to 90 days” but could be released sooner. She added that the medical examiner has “ordered some testing,” though she was unable to share what kinds. Plutko said he didn’t know of any medical issues. When asked whether Skaggs suffered from mental health problems or had substance abuse issues, Plutko said, “nothing that …

Darren Collison announces he’s retiring from the NBA

(CNN)NBA veteran point guard Darren Collison is calling it a career to focus on faith. “Respect! Big Bro happy retirement!” said Myles Turner. “Thank you, General!” said Victor Oladipo. Collison averaged 12.5 points per game and 5.0 assists over his career, playing for New Orleans, Indiana, Dallas, Los Angeles and Sacramento. He was drafted in 2009 out of UCLA. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Harry and Meghan greeted Yankees and Red Sox players ahead of their London series

(CNN)Baseball royalty met real-life royalty Saturday when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greeted players from the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Not to be outdone by their New England rivals, the Yankees opted to give the couple an infant-sized jersey embroidered with Archie’s name and the number 19 for his birth year. Clearly, the gift won Harry over. “You guys have beaten next door’s present, by the way,” he told the team. Harry threw out the first pitch of the series, hosted in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation. The charity benefits the titular sporting event for wounded veterans, which Harry founded in 2014. London is the MLB’s latest international locale, following two spring series in Mexico and …

Where all the top 2019 NBA free agents may sign this summer

(CNN)The 2019 NBA draft is in the books, and NBA free agency is set to start at 6 p.m. ET Sunday. Kevin Durant Durant may have torn his Achilles tendon during this year’s Finals, but he’s one of the best players in the NBA when healthy and thus still one of the most sought-after free agents. Durant declined the $31.5 million player option on his contract with the Golden State Warriors, making him an unrestricted free agent. He is expected to miss most or all of the 2018-19 season as he recovers. However, the Warriors, the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers are all expected to extend max contract offers, according to league sources. The …

Wimbledon 2019: Britain’s tennis love-in and the quest for grand slam glory

(CNN)It’s summer in England, time for strawberries and cream, lush green grass and the thwack of tennis ball on racket strings. Despite its heritage, Wimbledon has always been at the forefront of innovation and this year organizers unveiled a new sliding roof on No.1 Court, a $89 million bid to counter the vagaries of the British weather. Centre Court received a roof in 2009. Prize money, too, has kept up with the times. Winners of the singles titles will pocket $2.98 million each, while a first-round loser will earn $57,000. The total prize fund has increased 11% to $48 million. Nearly 500,000 people will visit the grounds over the two weeks of the championships, consuming about 76,000 ice creams, 22,000 …

Lamine Diack to stand trial for money laundering and corruption

Lamine Diack, the disgraced former IAAF president, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of corruption and money laundering Lamine Diack, and bribe-taking in world athletics. The 86-year-old, who led the International Association of Athletics Federations from 1999-2015 and was one of the most influential men in global sport, is accused of being part of a conspiracy to bury Papa Massata Diack, the disgraced former IAAF marketing executive who was banned for life from athletics in 2016. They all deny the charges. All six will be tried for their role in the London Marathon winner in 2010, who paid $600,000 in exchange called Black Tidings, solicited payments from athletes, either directly or indirectly, totalling 3.45m in exchange for covering …

Inter keen to sign Romelu Lukaku but need to sell Mauro Icardi first

Inter would like to sign the Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku this summer but would have to offload Mauro Icardi first Internazionale would like to sign the Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku this summer but would have to offload Mauro Icardi first to have any chance of financing the deal. Icardi is desperate to leave Inter and the new manager, Antonio Conte, would be happy to see the Argentinian depart but there are not that many suitors that would contemplate paying the 60m price tag the club have put on him. Juventus are currently the only club looking at possibly signing Icardi, who was stripped of the Inter captaincy last season. Should Icardi leave, Inter would put all that money …

Why Alex Morgan says she doesn’t need a chiropractor after the match against Spain

(CNN)Alex Morgan said she doesn’t need the chiropractor anymore, after a physical game against Spain left her back sufficiently cracked. “Got a good crack in my back, so I don’t need the chiro anymore,” she said with a laugh. “It was a challenging one for me, but I had to just stay in it mentally.” Spain ended the game with 17 fouls committed, compared to the USA’s five, and both teams were awarded a yellow card each. After an early goal by Spain, USA came out victorious with two penalty kicks, winning 2-1. The team will face France on Friday in the quarterfinals. Morgan has suffered more fouls than anyone else on her team so far this tournament, with a …

Scotland crash out of Womens World Cup after dramatic Argentina comeback

Scotland drew 3-3 with Argentina and have crashed out of the Womens World Cup despite having a three-goal lead in the second half Scotland crashed out of the World Cup in dramatic style after throwing away a three-goal lead against Argentina. They looked to be cruising to victory until a five-minute capitulation saw Milagros Menndez score and goalkeeper Lee Alexander deflect the ball into her own net to put Shelley Kerrs side on the brink of disaster. In added time Florencia Bonsegundo pushed Scotland over the edge from the spot. Alexander thought she had saved Scotland with a fine stop but the penalty was ordered to be retaken after intervention by the VAR. Bonsegundo made sure with her second effort …

The knockout stages of a World Cup are a whole different kind of pressure | Hope Solo

Everything goes up a few more notches in the knockout stages, where a potential quarter-final between France and the US could be one of the most epic matches in the history of womens football As a player, I loved the pressure of the big time moments that occur during the World Cups knockout rounds. You feel more butterflies, a bit more stress and a little bit more excitement. Training sessions are more intense. Everything goes up a few more notches. You think you have given it your all during the group-stage games but then you learn that theres another level to reach for in the knockout stages. You know that if you lose, you go home. The intensity goes up …

Wendie Renards twice-taken penalty pushes France past Nigeria

France completed a perfect three wins from three in Group A with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria thanks to a re-taken penalty by Wendie Renard A furious Nigeria manager, Thomas Dennerby, claimed the officials had ruined the match after Wendie Renards retaken penalty following a double VAR check ensured France progress to the last 16 having topped Group A. Nigerias hopes of a third-place finish now hang by a thread. If I gave you honest opinions, they would probably send me home, he said, bluntly. When asked about his teams performance, he replied: My players are heroes. The France manager, Corinne Diacre, was pleased to benefit from the referee following the letter of the law. There are new rules so …

Colorado police looking for man in brawl at baseball game involving 7-year-olds

Colorado authorities say they are investigating a fist fight between adults over a teenage umpires calls during a youth baseball game in Lakewood Colorado authorities say they are investigating a fist fight between adults over a teenage umpires calls during a youth baseball game involving 7-year-olds. Video shot by spectators shows men exchanging punches on the field in suburban Denver. Lakewood police spokesman John Romero said police want help identifying a man shown punching the side of another mans head, knocking him to the ground. Police posted the video Tuesday pic.twitter.com/ieenhwCrbU Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

‘Big Basta Big Apple’: Mathieu Bastareaud comes to New York

The giant French centre will play Major League Rugby next year and Samu Manoa, for one, is readying a very warm welcome Mathieu Bastareaud arrives at the hotel on Lexington and 57th with a stiff neck, but its not something to worry the French selectors. In Manhattan for the first time, he has simply spent most of his time looking up at buildings even bigger than he is. This is maybe the city that is the most attractive in the world, says a man who started his career in Paris and has spent the last eight years in the Mediterranean port of Toulon. I know from the TV shows, CSI and Friends and things like that! I was very excited …

Royal Ascot: A day in the life

(CNN)Royal Ascot may be known for its glitz and glamor but plenty of work goes on behind the scenes to make it such a spectacle. Now, with Royal Ascot in full swing, CNN Sport met some of the characters who make the event so special. READ: Meet the trainer to royals, rulers and billionaires Visit CNN.com/horse racing for more news, features and videos

Anthony Davis is joining forces with LeBron James, as Pelicans and Lakers reportedly agree to trade

(CNN)Anthony Davis is on the move, and he’s joining forces with LeBron James in Hollywood. But right now, the focus is on Los Angeles. The trade instantly takes the Lakers from laughing stock to a potential title contender next season. “AD on da way!!” James wrote on Instagram. He later added in the post, “Let’s get it bro! Just the beginning.” Davis, James share the same agent Davis and James share the same agent in Rich Paul. In January, Davis informed the Pelicans that he would not sign a contact extension with the team and wanted to be traded, Paul told Wojnarowski at the time. He can become a free agent in the summer of 2020, and Davis plans to …