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USSF, USWNT reach mediation impasse over pay



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CloseGraham Hays covers school sports activities for espnW, together with softball and soccer. Hays started with ESPN in 1999.

The United State Soccer Federation and members of the ladies’s nationwide staff reached an deadlock Wednesday of their makes an attempt to mediate the continuing dispute over equal pay, with a spokesperson for the gamers saying they “eagerly stay up for a jury trial.”

Spokesperson Molly Levinson launched the assertion on behalf of the U.S. gamers after mediation ended Wednesday night.

“We entered this week’s mediation with representatives of USSF stuffed with hope,” Levinson stated within the assertion. “As we speak we should conclude these conferences sorely dissatisfied within the Federation’s dedication to perpetuate essentially discriminatory office situations and habits.

“It’s clear that USSF, together with its Board of Administrators and President Carlos Cordeiro, totally intend to proceed to compensate ladies gamers lower than males. They won’t succeed. We would like all of our followers, sponsors, friends world wide, and ladies in all places to know we’re undaunted and can eagerly stay up for a jury trial.”

U.S. Soccer stated in a press release: “Now we have stated quite a few occasions that our objective is to discover a decision, and through mediation we had hoped we’d be capable to tackle the problems in a respectful method and attain an settlement. Sadly, as an alternative of permitting mediation to proceed in a thoughtful method, plaintiffs’ counsel took an aggressive and finally unproductive strategy that follows months of presenting deceptive data to the general public in an effort to perpetuate confusion.

“We at all times know there may be extra we are able to do. We worth our gamers and have frequently proven that, by offering them with compensation and help that exceeds every other ladies’s staff on the earth. Regardless of inflammatory statements from their spokesperson, that are meant to color our actions inaccurately and unfairly, we’re undaunted in our efforts to proceed discussions in good religion.”

Though equal pay has been some extent of rivalry between the federation and the gamers for years, with 5 distinguished gamers submitting a criticism with the Equal Employment Alternative Fee in 2016, the present dispute started when 28 members of the nationwide staff participant pool filed swimsuit this previous March alleging gender discrimination.

The 2 sides subsequently agreed to enter mediation after the Ladies’s World Cup.

Cordeiro launched a public letter on July 29 that tried to make the case that U.S. Soccer had paid members of the ladies’s nationwide staff greater than their male counterparts over the span of practically a decade. Representatives of the gamers argued that the numbers unfairly counted the salaries that ladies gamers obtain for taking part in within the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League.

Requested about Cordeiro’s letter earlier than the opening sport of the present Victory Tour, Megan Rapinoe stated it caught her without warning as a result of it was her understanding that the 2 sides would not communicate publicly concerning the matter whereas mediation was ongoing.

No new mediation is at present scheduled.

“The world seems to be to the U.S. to steer,” Levinson stated. “And the gamers want to inform the world that the us pays ladies equally to males. The objective is equal pay.”

When requested if Wednesday’s assertion precluded any makes an attempt at additional mediation, Levinson pointed to a letter to U.S. Soccer officers dated Aug. 12 and signed by all 28 gamers concerned within the swimsuit that appears to go away open the opportunity of decision out of court docket.

“For each events, the danger of not resolving our disagreements over equal therapy that weren’t addressed both in bargaining or via the EEOC is just too excessive,” the letter from the gamers acknowledged. “U.S. Soccer’s repute, sponsor relations, fan help and federal funding for the 2026 World Cup event are all in danger, and that threat continues ought to we not attain decision. Now we have demonstrated that we are able to carry out at excessive ranges on the sector even whereas pursuing equality off the sector, however it’s definitely not what we need to proceed to undergo with a brand new coach and the upcoming Olympic Video games if a decision is feasible.

“Whereas we’re ready to take our equal pay battle via a trial if vital, we imagine that either side would profit from an equal pay and equal working situations settlement now.”

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Sabrina Ionescu’s career night leads Oregon past Stanford



EUGENE, Ore. — There have been practically thrice as many individuals inside Matthew Knight Area to look at Oregon host Stanford on Thursday as confirmed up when the Cardinal got here to city 4 seasons in the past.

Stanford hasn’t modified a lot in that point, Ultimate 4 contenders then and now. So, no, It wasn’t a go to from Pac-12 royalty that crammed the stands. These 12,218 voices instructed the story of Sabrina Ionescu’s time on the town and roared with approval first as she turned this system’s all-time main scorer, then as she scored a brand new profession excessive and at last as No. 6 Oregon beat No. Three Stanford 87-55.

Ionescu made positive a irritating first quarter did not matter — the Cardinal led the Geese 17-13 after the primary 10 minutes — by taking part in among the finest video games on a résumé filled with contenders. Ionescu was magnificent, totaling 37 factors, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

Oregon misplaced to Louisville on a impartial court docket in November and misplaced its No. 1 rating. It misplaced every week in the past at unranked Arizona State and misplaced its likelihood to reclaim the highest spot within the polls.

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On this court docket, on this area the place followers flocked to look at it beat Crew USA to start the season, the Geese did not play flawless basketball. They confirmed among the identical flaws, the truth is, that elevate a minimum of questions on their title hopes in such a crowded area of contenders.

So possibly they did not earn the No. 1 rating again in a single evening. However they made darned positive did not lose. They have not misplaced many within the Ionescu period.

Led as virtually all the time by its senior star, Oregon recorded its first win this season in opposition to a top-10 opponent.

Ionescu turned the primary participant in 20 seasons to succeed in 30 factors, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in opposition to a top-five opponent. She had 29 factors within the first three quarters, most when Oregon desperately wanted them,

However that acquainted story cannot overshadow how a lot the Geese labored for this win.

A yr in the past, Oregon beat Stanford by 40 factors within the common season. All the things labored that day in Palo Alto. Little went proper early in Thursday’s recreation.



Sabrina Ionescu data a profession excessive after hitting a bounce shot to rise up to 37 factors for the sport.

Erin Boley missed a 3-pointer on Oregon’s opening possession. Ionescu missed one among her personal a few minutes later. Satou Sabally did the identical quickly after that. Oregon made 12-of-16 3-point makes an attempt when it routed Stanford within the common season a yr in the past. The Geese missed their first seven 3-point makes an attempt in opposition to the Cardinal on Thursday.

Their 13 first-quarter factors have been their lowest whole in a gap interval this season, and marked the second recreation in a row they trailed after the primary quarter.

The three-point misses have been essentially the most irritating and essentially the most telling. Oregon entered the sport capturing 36 % from the 3-point line — good by most measures however far off the 41.5 tempo it set a season in the past. The shooters are largely the identical, however whether or not it is Boley, Ionescu, Sabally or another person, the photographs simply have not fallen with the identical regularity this season.

With out the 3-pointer, Oregon is a susceptible crew offensively, particularly in opposition to Louisville, Stanford and the groups they need to be taking part in in New Orleans in April. There is not as a lot room for Ionescu to function in off the dribble if her kick-out passes to shooters do not punish opponents fairly as typically. There is not as a lot room for Hebard to go to work on the block.

Sabrina Ionescu, proper, is the primary participant within the final 20 seasons with 30 factors, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in opposition to a crew ranked within the AP top-5. AP Photograph/Chris Pietsch

That has to return again for the Geese to be one of the best crew within the land. That is what makes them higher than everybody else.

Towards Louisville and Arizona State (to not point out a couple of shut wins), they struggled for solutions. Thursday they improvised.

Pushing the ball up court docket halfway via the third quarter, Moore might have kicked to Sabally on the wing for an open 3-pointer. She selected as a substitute to maintain driving to the basket, absorbing the contact when fouled and incomes two factors the exhausting means from the free throw line.

Minutes later, slightly than exhibiting the vary that makes her such an excellent WNBA prospect, Sabally fought for an offensive rebound on an Ionescu heave because the shot clock expired, drew the foul as she made the putback and completed a 3-point play from the free throw line.

The Geese completed with a pedestrian eight 3-pointers, everybody however Ionescu combining to make simply 3-of-12 makes an attempt. However they’d extra rebounds, fewer turnovers and extra free throw makes an attempt than Stanford.

They usually had Ionescu, who saluted everybody in attendance after hitting a step-back jumper for her closing factors and exiting the sport within the closing minutes.

On this evening that was sufficient to beat a heck of a crew by 32 factors.

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Antonio Brown’s agent conditionally terminates relationship



Agent Drew Rosenhaus conditionally terminated his relationship with Antonio Brown on Thursday till the free-agent vast receiver seeks counsel, an NFL Gamers Affiliation supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Rosenhaus wrote within the letter that the NFLPA obtained on Thursday that he want to work with Brown, however not till he first will get assist.

Earlier this week, the Hollywood (Florida) Police Division introduced that its athletic league has severed ties with the vast receiver and returned a donation given by Brown following an obscene outburst towards the police and the mom of his youngsters on Monday.

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Brown posted a stay feed of the encounter, which additionally included his youngsters, on Instagram, and it was later picked up by TMZ. In it, he could be heard utilizing specific language and calling the cops specific names.

The police responded to a home disturbance at Brown’s Hollywood residence on Monday, and Lata wrote within the division’s assertion that Brown used “very degrading language in entrance of his younger youngsters.”

Brown, 31, wasn’t on an energetic roster for a lot of the 2019 season. He was launched from the Oakland Raiders after the preseason following public calls for. He was energetic for one recreation with the New England Patriots however was launched shortly after amid sexual assault allegations. The previous Pittsburgh Steelers star just lately had a exercise with the New Orleans Saints, which he later referred to as a publicity stunt on social media.

Brown has continued to take photographs on the NFL and numerous groups and gamers by way of social media this season, together with jabs final month at former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster and Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

He’s being investigated by the NFL after a lawsuit was filed by his former coach, Britney Taylor, that alleges she was sexually assaulted by Brown on a number of events. Brown additionally was accused of sexual misconduct at his house by an artist who was working there in 2017.

The NFL has not concluded that investigation.

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Alabama celebrates after handing No. 4 Auburn its first loss of the season.




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