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Megan Rapinoe victim of possible hate crime, according to NYPD

first_img USWNT invited to bipartisan meeting with female U.S. senators Women’s World Cup 2019: USWNT returns with hardware … and champagne … in hand Rapinoe and the rest of the U.S. women’s team were in New York City Wednesday for the championship parade after winning the 2019 Women’s World Cup. New York City police are looking into a possible hate crime committed against U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe.Posters of Rapinoe were defaced with derogatory slurs in the NYC subway system in midtown Manhattan, which has prompted an investigation by the city’s Hate Crime Task Force, according to ESPN . Abby Wambach on Megan Rapinoe, USWNT: They’re redefining ‘what it means to be a woman’ Rapinoe, who is openly gay, has been vocal in her support of the LGBTQ community and the need for gender equality.She hasn’t publicly commented on the messages on the posters, which have since been cleaned up. Related News She gave an empowering speech calling for everyone to be kinder to each other, and said the diversity on their team is what made it so great.“Just (a) shoutout to the teammates … This group is so resilient. Is so tough. Has such a sense of humor. Is just so badass,” Rapinoe said Wednesday. “There’s nothing that can faze this group. We’re chillin’. We’ve got tea sippin’. We’ve got celebrations. We have pink hair and purple hair. We have tattoos and dreadlocks. We’ve got white girls and black girls, and everything in between. Straight girls and gay girls.”Rapinoe hasn’t commented on the posters nor the derogatory language.last_img read more

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Dolphins waive Kendrick Norton after arm amputation, will still pay full salary

first_img Dolphins’ Kendrick Norton being released from hospital two weeks after arm amputation, agent says Kendrick Norton talks for first time about losing his arm: ‘I am alive, and I am grateful’ NFL will cover Kendrick Norton’s medical costs after arm amputation Norton was released from the hospital Thursday.”I am okay. I am as comfortable as I can be with the situation. I am doing fine and the best I can,” Norton said earlier in the week. “I am staying strong because all of the support from all of the fans, all of the teams, my family and everyone. That is what is pushing me, my faith and the support from my family, my grandparents, my sports agent. Everyone is going above and beyond with nothing in return. Just to see people who have been supporting me is just great.” Norton suffered a career-altering injury in early July after doctors were forced to amputate his arm after a car crash where his truck hit a concrete barrier and overturned.He has already undergone four surgeries and more are expected as he prepares to get a prosthetic arm. The NFL has agreed to cover all his medical costs and with the Dolphins placing Norton on the reserve/non-football injury list, they will be able to pay Norton his full salary. Related News The Dolphins placed tight end Dwayne Allen, linebacker Mike Hull and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley on the active/physically unable to perform list.The team also claimed tackle Will Holden off waivers and also waived cornerback Jamar Summers. The Dolphins have parted ways with Kendrick Norton.Miami announced a number of roster changes Sunday, including moves regarding the rookie defensive tackle.last_img read more

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Pellegrini’s long goodbye turning sour

first_img DIFFERENT PRIORITY MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manuel Pellegrini’s long goodbye at Manchester City is turning sour. At the end of a week in which the team surrendered meekly in the Champions League semi-finals, City were held 2-2 by Arsenal in the English Premier League to throw into doubt their return to Europe’s elite competition next season. A top-four finish is no longer in City’s hands with one week left in the season. Even more galling, their great rivals – Manchester United – could grab City’s Champions League qualification berth. Fourth-place City are two points clear of United, who have two games left – against West Ham and Bournemouth – to City’s one. “If you don’t depend on what you can do, it’s more difficult. But I think we deserve to be in the Champions League next year,” said Pellegrini, who is being replaced by Pep Guardiola in the offseason after three years in charge. Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal a point with a 68th-minute equaliser at Etihad Stadium, consolidating his team’s position in third. A draw at home to already-relegated Aston Villa on the final day will guarantee Arsenal a 20th straight top-four finish under Arsene Wenger. Despite losing 2-1 at home to Southampton, Tottenham are assured of a top-three finish and therefore automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage. Spurs’ end to the season is also proving a disappointment, though, having failed to win any of their last three games and allowing Leicester to seal the title at the start of this week. Steven Davis scored both goals for Southampton, who are in sixth place and in position to qualify for next season’s Europa League. Son Heung-min gave Tottenham the lead in the 16th. In yesterday’s other game, Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 through goals by Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino to stay in eighth place, but the Premier League isn’t the team’s priority for the rest of the season. Liverpool play Sevilla in the Europa League final on May 18 and manager Juergen Klopp will likely continue to rotate his line-ups for the Reds’ remaining two league games. After taking charge of his final home game as City manager, Pellegrini took to the microphone soon after the final whistle to say a final ‘thank you’ to the club’s fans. City’s players stood in the centre circle, mostly with folded arms, to watch highlights of Pellegrini’s tenure on the big screens. Yet, only a few thousand fans stayed back after the game to bid Pellegrini farewell. The Chilean coach has won one Premier League title, the League Cup two times and guided City to the Champions League semi-finals – the furthest the club has ever progressed in the competition. But his reign is ending in limp fashion. City barely posed a threat in bowing out to Real Madrid on Wednesday and the possibility of now losing their top-four place is, in Pellegrini’s words, a “disaster”. Sergio Aguero’s eighth-minute opener was cancelled out two minutes later by Olivier Giroud’s header from a corner, in a riveting start to the match. Kevin De Bruyne put City back in front with a low shot from the edge of the area in the 51st, before Sanchez played a one-two with Giroud and beat Hart with a low finish from just outside the penalty area. “It is in our hands,” Wenger said of Champions League qualification. “Our character has been questioned a few times this season and we gave the right response on the pitch.” For Pellegrini and City, much now hinges on Man United’s game at West Ham tomorrow. Win that and United can finish the job by beating out-of-form Bournemouth at home on the final day. City finish the season away to Swansea.last_img read more

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