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Panelist, from left, Catt Sadler, formerly of E!, hockey player Hilary Knight, retired soccer player and ESPN commentator Julie Foudy and tennis star Venus Williams discuss gender pay inequity Saturday, June 15, 2019, at a forum hosted by lUNA Bar at the Salon Gustave in the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France. (AP Photo/Ronald Blum)
June 15, 2019 - 5:19 pm
PARIS (AP) — Venus Williams joined retired soccer star Julie Foudy and ice hockey player Hilary Knight in the Eiffel Tower to highlight the push for pay equality for women athletes. The trio gathered Saturday night for a forum sponsored by LUNA bar and moderated by Catt Sadler, who quit E! in...
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Canadian team celebrate after their 1-0 win in their Women's World Cup Group E soccer match between Canada and Cameroon in Montpellier, France, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
June 14, 2019 - 6:43 pm
PARIS (AP) — Inspired by Canada's first NBA title, the country's national women's soccer team is aiming to emulate the Toronto Raptors' magical run. The fifth-ranked Canadians were fast asleep in France when the Raptors won early Friday morning. But the players copped to immediately checking the...
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Scotland's Kim Little, center, vies for the ball with Japan's Narumi Miura, right, and Japan's Yuika Sugasawa, left, during the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Japan and Scotland at the Roazhon Park in Rennes, France, Friday, June 14, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
June 14, 2019 - 11:27 am
RENNES, France (AP) — Mana Iwabuchi had an early goal and then Japan held off a late charge from Scotland for a 2-1 victory on Friday at the Women's World Cup. Iwabuchi, who was on the Japanese team that won the World Cup in 2011, scored in the 23rd minute to give Japan its first goal of the...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 file photo, Zvonimir Boban, FIFA's Deputy Secretary General for Football, holds the lot of Germany during the draw for the soccer Confederations Cup 2017, in Kazan, Russia. FIFA presidential adviser Zvonimir Boban is returning to AC Milan as its chief football officer, it was announced Friday, June 14, 2019. Boban has been the deputy secretary general with responsibility for soccer issues. FIFA says he is leaving within days. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, file)
June 14, 2019 - 9:18 am
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA presidential adviser Zvonimir Boban is returning to the club closest to his heart, AC Milan, as its chief football officer. Boban, the deputy secretary general with responsibility for soccer issues, is leaving within days, FIFA said Friday announcing the news . Boban teams up...
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Portugal players celebrate with their trophy after defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League final soccer match at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
June 14, 2019 - 5:32 am
ZURICH (AP) — Nations League champion Portugal is up two places to No. 5 in the FIFA men's rankings which are still led by Belgium. World champion France in second, Copa America host Brazil, and England complete an unchanged top four in the standings published Friday. World Cup runner-up Croatia...
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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, singer Prince Royce poses for a portrait in New York. Royce says he’s looking forward to headlining the 2019 Major League Soccer All-Star Concert because he loves singing live. He also looks to gain some new fans. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP, File)
June 13, 2019 - 9:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Latin singer Prince Royce says he's looking forward to headlining the 2019 Major League Soccer All-Star Concert because he loves singing live. But another motive? To gain some new fans. The Dominican singer will perform at the free July 27 event in Orlando at Wall Street Plaza...
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June 13, 2019 - 6:02 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — In a story June 12 about New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's upcoming trip to Israel to receive the Genesis Prize, The Associated Press, citing information from organizers, reported erroneously that he would be joined by nearly 60 current or former NFL players. Organizers say...
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Young fans wearing Japanese flag hair ribbons sit on the stand prior the start of the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Argentina and Japan at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 12, 2019 - 7:59 am
PARIS (AP) — FIFA has withdrawn a claim that 1 million tickets have been sold for the Women's World Cup and now says the total includes people paying nothing to attend games, including VIPs and even medical staff. FIFA deleted a tweet posted on Tuesday that said: "One million tickets for the @...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Lyon soccer player Ada Hegerberg, of Norway, celebrates her goal during the women's soccer UEFA Champions League final match against FC Barcelona, in Budapest, Hungary. The world’s best player won’t be at the Women’s World Cup but the world’s best team will be, with both sides taking a stand for equality. (Balazs Czagany/MTI via AP, File)
June 11, 2019 - 5:59 pm
PARIS (AP) — The match between host nation France and Norway could have been a reunion for star Ada Hegerberg and her club teammates. Hegerberg has refused to play for Norway the last two years as she's pushed for equality throughout the game and respect in her country. Hegerberg's stance removed...
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Cameroon fans cheer on their team during the Women's World Cup Group E soccer match between Canada and Cameroon in Montpellier, France, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
June 11, 2019 - 2:53 pm
NICE, France (AP) — FIFA's attempt to hype Women's World Cup ticket sales didn't go exactly as planned. The sport's governing body gave the impression that tickets for the tournament in France were hard to come by when it boasted to the public a month ago: "You can still buy tickets for a few...
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