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World Cup prize money disparity is an obstacle to Equal Pay

World Cup prize money continues to be a sticking point for equality in soccer despite the historic equal pay agreement between U.S. Soccer and its men’s and women’s teams. The U.S. national teams earlier this year decided to split prize money. That means that the haul from playing in the sport’s most prestigious tournaments will be distributed equally between players for both teams. It was a landmark agreement and hailed as an important step for equality even beyond sports. But other nations haven’t followed suit.

Unvaccinated Djokovic set for visa to play Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic is set to be granted a visa to play in the Australian Open in January despite his high-profile deportation from Australia this year because he isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. says it has confirmed newspaper reports that the immigration minister is putting aside Djokovic’s potential three-year exclusion period from Australia. Djokovic is a 35-year-old from Serbia who had faced that lengthy ban because he is a foreign citizen whose visa was revoked. The Australian Border Force previously said an exclusion period could be waived under certain circumstances. Immigration Minister Andrew Giles has declined to comment on privacy grounds.

Latinos love football, but numbers lag at NFL, college level

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Football’s popularity among Latinos will be on display Monday night when the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers play in Mexico City. A sellout of more than 100,000 fans is expected. The game comes about 17 years after the Cardinals and 49ers played in the same stadium in 2005. It was the first NFL regular-season game played outside the U.S. The game has grown in popularity among Latinos over the past two decades. But that hasn’t necessarily translated to more Latinos at football’s highest levels.

Column: LPGA quietly setting a standard for women’s sports

All anyone seems to talk about is money in this disruptive year of golf. The LPGA Tour shouldn’t be left out of the conversation. Only this is cause for celebration, not division. The LPGA Tour is the largest and most successful women’s sports league. Its 73rd season ends this week with the largest payout in women’s golf history. The winner of the CME Group Tour Championship gets $2 million. Already six players are assured of surpassing $2 million for the year, twice as many as the record. A 2023 schedule still to be released pushes prize money over $100 million.

McIlroy says Norman needs to ‘exit stage left’ from LIV Golf

Rory McIlroy says golf cannot begin to come together as long as Greg Norman is running Saudi-funded LIV Golf. McIlroy says no one is going to talk unless there’s an adult in the room and that Norman needs to go. McIlroy is in Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship that ends the European tour season. McIlroy says it will be difficult to get anywhere until lawsuits in the U.S. and the U.K. are sorted out. He also takes issue with Norman saying Tiger Woods should be thankful for LIV forcing the tour to provide more money to plays.

Analysis: No shock in East as Celtics, Bucks vie for lead

The top of the Eastern Conference looks about as expected. The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are currently neck and neck for the lead. But those fast starts have been anything but routine. The Celtics suspended coach Ime Udoka before the season even started for violating team rules by having a relationship with a female staffer within the organization. Under interim choice Joe Mazzulla, they’re now on a seven-game winning streak and have the best record in the NBA. The Bucks won their first nine games, but recently they’ve had to deal Giannis Antetokounmpo’s occasional absences. They’ve won two of three when he’s been out.

Analysis: Jeff Saturday hire ripples across stunned NFL

Jeff Saturday’s hiring by the Indianapolis Colts shook up the NFL and its fraternity of coaches. Saturday replaced Frank Reich despite a lack of college or pro coaching experience much to the chagrin of many former players and coaches including Bill Cowher and Joe Thomas. They took to the airwaves to blast Jim Irsay’s hire of his former star center despite the weakest of resumes. But Saturday won his coaching debut against the Raiders and now it’s Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels and Broncos coach Nathanial Hackett who are facing questions about their job security after awful starts in 2022.

Rams’ Kupp to IR after ankle surgery; OL Jackson, Brewer out

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp will have surgery on his sprained right ankle. That will sideline the Super Bowl MVP for at least the next four weeks while placed on injured reserve. Coach Sean McVay says left tackle Alaric Jackson will miss the rest of the season because of blood clots while right guard Chandler Brewer will be out for four to six weeks after knee surgery. Kupp was the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year last season after winning the triple crown of receiving. He sprained his ankle in the Rams’ loss to Arizona. Kupp is currently second in the NFL with 75 catches.

At G-20, FIFA head calls for World Cup ceasefire in Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has urged world leaders to call for a ceasefire in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during the World Cup that starts later this week. It came after he asked World Cup teams this month to avoid political and human rights issues swirling around host nation Qatar and focus just on soccer. Infantino seemed to stray from his own advice on a trip Tuesday from the Arabian Gulf to Indonesia for the Group of 20 meeting. Infantino ueged world leader to “think on a temporary ceasefire, for one month, for the duration of the FIFA World Cup.”

Ronaldo ‘thrilled’ with Portugal’s new generation of players

Cristiano Ronaldo knows a thing or two about World Cups. He has played in four of them and is about to make it to a record-tying fifth this month in Qatar. Ronaldo also knows when he sees something promising and he believes this time there is reason to feel optimistic about the chances of a talented Portugal squad that mixes the right amount of experience and youth as it tries to win its first World Cup title. Ronaldo tells The Associated Press “I hope we can show the world what this Portugal team is capable of at the very highest level of the world game.”