US Soccer equalizes pay in milestone with women, men
The U.S. Soccer Federation has reached milestone agreements to pay its men’s and women’s teams equally. That makes the American national governing body the first in the sport to promise both sexes completely matching compensation. The federation has announced separate collective bargaining agreements through 2028 with the unions for both national teams. The move ends years of often acrimonious negotiations. One of the main sticking points was World Cup prize money. The unions agreed to pool FIFA’s payments for the men’s World Cup this year and next year’s Women’s World Cup. It will also pool the 2026 and 2027 tournaments.
Buffalo sports teams offer support at site of mass shooting
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dozens of players and staff from professional Buffalo sports teams visited the scene of Saturday’s mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket, where they laid flowers, dished out food and handed out groceries. The first stop was a group visit to a memorial at the edge of the store’s parking lot, where several players placed flowers in front of cut-outs of doves, each bearing the name of a victim. Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox said he’s still trying to wrap his head around the attack that left 10 people dead and three wounded. But he says it hits differently, being there.
Dustin Johnson looking to get back on track at PGA
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Jordan Spieth is going for the final leg of the career Grand Slam at the PGA Championship. Dustin Johnson would take any trophy at this point. Johnson has gone 15 months since his last win. A year ago he was No. 1 in the world. Now he’s at No. 12. That’s his lowest world ranking in more than seven years. They are just part of the storylines as the PGA Championship is set to begin at Southern Hills. With so much chatter about the absence of Phil Mickelson and the prospects of Tiger Woods, the second major of the year unfolds beginning Thursday.
Black club pro hopes to thrive, inspire at PGA Championship
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Wyatt Worthington II returns to the PGA Championship and not much has changed in six years. He remains only the second Black club pro to qualify for this major championship. Worthington is a teaching pro from central Ohio. He is competing at Southern Hills after tying for fourth in the PGA Professional Championship. Worthington sees this week as a chance to play well and a chance to inspire. He says access to golf for minorities is improving. The biggest obstacle is for minorities to get funding to play at the highest level. The only other Black club pro at the PGA was in 1991.
Spieth among PGA favorites in quest for career Grand Slam
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — History is not on Jordan Spieth’s side as he arrives at Southern Hills for the PGA Championship this week. Of the five players who have won the career Grand Slam, none had to wait more than three years for the final leg. But since lifting the Claret Jug in 2017 to add the British Open to his Masters and U.S. Open triumphs, things haven’t been easy for the popular 28-year-old Texan. Spieth went nearly four years without a win and plummeted to No. 92 in the world. But with a reworked swing and rising confidence he won earlier this year at Hilton Head and was second at last week’s Byron Nelson, making him one of the favorites to finally add the final leg of the Slam to his resume.
EXPLAINER: US Soccer’s equal pay play and what it means
U.S. Soccer’s agreement with its men’s and women’s national teams for equal pay has its roots in the past while it looks toward the future. The collective bargaining agreements with the two teams announced Wednesday include identical pay structures and equal distribution of World Cup prize money, something that had been a major sticking point. The United States becomes the first federation in the world to promise matching money going forward.
Pac-12 scraps divisions moments after NCAA paves way
The Pac-12 is scrapping its divisional format for the upcoming college football season. The Pac-12 will now match the teams with the highest conference winning percentages in its title game after 11 seasons of matching winners of the North and South divisions. Other conferences are expected to follow. The moves come after NCAA official threw out requirements dictating how conferences can determing their champion.
Support cast guides Avs in Game 1 win, stars spark Lightning
Colorado defenseman Cale Makar got a little help from his friends as the Avalanche took a 1-0 lead in their second-round playoff series with St. Louis. Makar wasn’t at his best, but didn’t need to be with his supporting cast. Game 2 is Thursday night in Denver. The Tampa Bay Lightning saw their top players perform in taking a 1-0 advantage in their series with Florida. Nikita Kucherov and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist. The Panthers are trying to fix their power play going into Game 2 at home.
Dixon looking to jumpstart season with strong Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Dixon says he’s had a horrendous start to the IndyCar season. The six-time series champion has a shot to turn it around at the Indianapolis 500. He had a very fast car on opening day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dixon is considered the greatest IndyCar driver of his generation and trails only A.J. Foyt in championships. He is one victory away from tying Mario Andretti for second on the all-time wins list. Dixon has only one Indy 500 win in 19 career starts. This year’s race is May 29.
Hiura’s HR in 11th gives Brewers 7-6 victory over Braves
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Keston Hiura hit a two-run, winning homer off Jesse Chavez in the 11th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6. The Brewers had tied the game on a two-out triple from Kolten Wong in the ninth. Hiura had arrived from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day. He led off the bottom of the 11th by sending a 1-2 sinker from Chavez over the center-field wall. Atlanta had grabbed a 4-0 lead when Austin Riley and Marcell Ozuna hit back-to-back homers off Corbin Burnes in the third inning.
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