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BRITAIN: Former Rugby Star Gareth Thomas Reveals HIV+ Status After Being Blackmailed By “Evil People”

The Independent report: Former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas has revealed he is HIV positive – and hopes coming forward with his diagnosis can help break the stigma for others living with the virus. Thomas is thought to be the first UK sportsman to go public about living with the condition, and has revealed that he was driven to suicidal …

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US Open Player Fined $10K For “Shooting Gesture”

EPSN reports: American doubles star Mike Bryan was fined $10,000 on Sunday for making a shooting gesture with his racket, aimed at a linesperson, during a US Open match at Flushing Meadows on Saturday night. Bryan turned his racket upside down and held it as if he was holding a gun, in the direction of the official who had made …

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Former NFL Player Comes Out As Bisexual [VIDEO]

Mass Live reports: Ryan Russell, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, is hoping to return to the NFL, but he wants to do it on his terms. In a first-person article on ESPN, Russell made it public that he is bisexual: “My truth is that I’m a talented football player, a damn good writer, a loving …

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US Fencing Medalist Kneels During National Anthem

The Associated Press reports: Olympic fencing medalist Race Imboden took a knee in protest during his team’s foil medal ceremony at the Pan American Games. The American knelt during the national anthem at the medal ceremony Friday to protest racial and social injustice. He won a bronze medal in the individual men’s foil event and then took gold in the …

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World Cup Champ Megan Rapinoe Scores Book Deal

The New York Times reports: During a speech earlier this month celebrating her team’s World Cup victory, Megan Rapinoe ended with a plea to fans. “We have to be better,” she said, urging all of them to consider how they could effect change in their communities. “It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place.” Now, Ms. Rapinoe, a …

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LIVE VIDEO: NYC’s World Cup Ticker-Tape Parade

FiveThirtyEight reports: A ticker-tape parade through lower Manhattan is pretty much the quintessential homecoming for American heroes. So it’s fitting that the conquering U.S. women’s soccer team — which won the World Cup on Sunday — will get its second parade in four years down New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” on Wednesday morning. That’s an appropriate honor after one …

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Manchin Intros Equal Pay Bill For Women’s Soccer Team

The Huffington Post reports: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent any federal funding for the 2026 World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation agrees to provide equal pay to the U.S. women’s and men’s national teams. The bill would cut off “any and all” federal money that would otherwise be spent when the United States …

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Fox Host Slams World Cup Team: Unpatriotic Women Shouldn’t Expect Equal Pay After Dissing The President

“If you look at the World Cup men’s revenue, it’s in the billions and they split up the pot. It’s a much bigger pot. Women’s World Cup revenue, much much smaller and they have a smaller pot to divide it up with. But the distinction is, is that the U.S. Soccer Federation, the women do actually make more revenue and …

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Trump Backpedals On WH Invite For World Cup Team

The Washington Post reports: Following the World Cup triumph by the U.S. women’s national team, President Trump appeared to backtrack on a promise he made last month to invite the squad to the White House regardless of Sunday’s outcome. “We haven’t really thought about it,” Trump said, according to Voice of America, after the 2-0 U.S. win over the Netherlands …

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Trump Congratulates “Exciting” World Cup Winners

CNN reports: The US Women’s National Soccer Team captured a record-extending fourth World Cup Sunday with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the championship game. Megan Rapinoe — who has publicly feuded with President Donald Trump in the lead up to Sunday’s win — scored a penalty goal in the second half to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. …

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Nike Issues Stirring Ad In Praise Of US World Cup Win

Business Insider reports: Nike put out a brand new commercial celebrating the accomplishments of the United States Women’s National Team both on and off the field. The United States Women’s National Team won their second straight World Cup on Sunday, dominating Netherlands 2-0 in the final. Second after securing the trophy, Nike released an inspiring new commercial celebrating the team’s …

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US Wins World Cup In 2-0 Victory Over Netherlands

The New York Times reports: The United States was denied for a half. But in the end, there was no stopping the Americans. The United States women’s soccer team claimed its fourth straight Women’s World Cup title on Sunday, beating a valiant Netherlands team. 2-0, in Lyon, France, to repeat as world champions. Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored second-half …

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Former Rio Gov: I Paid $2M Bribe To Host Olympics

Reuters reports: The former governor of Rio de Janeiro state said in court testimony on Thursday that he paid $2 million (1.59 million pounds) to buy votes to ensure the sprawling Brazilian seaside city would be chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Sergio Cabral told a judge the money went to Lamine Diack, the former president of the International …

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US Beats England 2-1 To Advance To World Cup Final

The New York Times reports: It’s OVER!! The United States is back in the World Cup final! The United States returned to the World Cup final with a thrilling 2-1 victory over England on Tuesday in Lyon, France. Christen Press, a surprise starter for an injured Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan, on her 30th birthday, scored for the Americans. It …

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WNBA Star Sue Bird: “So The President Fucking Hates My Girlfriend,” World Cup Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe

WNBA star Sue Bird writes for The Players Tribune: What’s it like to have the literal President of the literal United States (of literal America) go Full Adolescent Boy on your girlfriend? Hmm. Well… it’s WEIRD. And I’d say I actually had a pretty standard reaction to it: which was to freak out a little. That’s one thing that you …

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US Soccer Star Ali Krieger Defends Teammate: Trump Just Hates Women That He “Cannot Control Or Grope”

Yahoo Sports reports: U.S. soccer star Ali Krieger defended her teammate Megan Rapinoe after President Trump criticized her on Wednesday. Krieger tweeted that like Rapinoe, she also would turn down an invitation to the White House if the U.S. women’s national team wins the World Cup. Krieger is the first USWNT player to turn down Trump’s invitation, not counting the …

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Trump Rages After Diss By Lesbian US Soccer Star

This is what Glorious Leader is ranting about: As if we needed more reasons to root for Megan Rapinoe, here she is dropping this gem [clip below] in an interview that hit Twitter Tuesday. She previously talked with Jenny Ventras of Sports Illustrated and said she won’t visit the White House if the USWNT won the World Cup. But not …

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Italy Wins Bid To Host 2026 Winter Olympics [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo have been announced as the hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The International Olympic Committee voted for Italy’s joint bid ahead of Stockholm, Sweden, to stage the event. Skating sports and ice hockey will be held in Milan, while most alpine skiing events will take place in the resort of Cortina. …

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GoFundMe Shuts Down Page For Anti-LGBT Rugby Star

The BBC reports: A controversial fundraising page set up by sacked Australian rugby player Israel Folau has been shut down for promoting the exclusion of LGBT people, website GoFundMe says. Folau had his contract with Rugby Australia (RA) terminated in May after he said that “hell awaits” gay people. He asked for public donations to help him with a legal …

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Chicago White Sox To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Homophobic And Racist “Disco Demolition” [VIDEO]

Music site 5Mag reports: “There’s an undercurrent of hatred for disco,” said the much-despised shock jock Steve Dahl, infamous for starting Chicago’s Disco Demolition in Comiskey Park. In a publicity stunt concocted the summer of 1979 during a Chicago White Sox game against the Detroit Tigers, Steve Dahl encouraged everyone to bring their Disco records in order to destroy them. …

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