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Kathy Castor highlights U.S. women’s soccer team pay dispute on Equal Pay Day

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Five women with the 2015 World Cup winning U.S. women’s soccer team filed a wage-discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last month, seeking equal pay. “Simply put, we’re sick of being treated like second-class citizens. It wears on you after a while. And we are done with it,” wrote Carli Lloyd, one of those five players, in an opinion piece published Monday in the New York Times. Citing figures from the U.S. Soccer Federation, the lawsuit claims that even though…

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Tampa Bay Lightning has 10 players represented in World Cup

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Say this about the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team has a world of talent. For instance, check the rosters of the World Cup of Hockey that is coming up. Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Andrej Vasilveskiy have been named to represent Russia in the tournament. Ondrej Palat and Andrej Sustr have been named to the Czech team. The No. 1 defensive pairing of Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman are on Team Sweden and Steven Stamkos, the captain, is on Team…

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@POTUS unscripted: Obama shows a looser side on Twitter

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Forget the primetime interviews or the formal, choreographed news conferences. President Barack Obama is taking to Twitter to muse about sports, pop culture, even Supreme Court rulings – at all hours of the day. The White House has used Twitter to promote the president’s views for years, but mostly in a highly scripted manner, with tweets composed by press aides and released at strategic times. Only occasionally would Obama post to Twitter himself, identifying a bona fide presidential tweet by…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.6.15 — Partying like it’s 1999

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Good morning, y’all, and welcome to the second half of 2015. So what do we have going on this morning? The biggest story in the world remains what happens in Greece, after the public overwhelmingly said yesterday that they don’t want more austerity regarding their financial situation. Last week the European Central Bank cut off access to more money, meaning Greek citizens have been limited to getting the equivalent of about $67 a day from their ATMs. What does the…

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U.S. women take advantage of opportunities to advance to World Cup Final

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The United States women’s soccer team is one step closer to achieving multiple goals in this year’s World Cup. One of those was to reach the finals. With Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over top-seeded Germany, the Americans can put a check mark beside that item. They also desired the chance to play Japan to avenge their heartbreaking loss in the 2011 finals to the Japanese. The Americans have kept their part of the bargain with the win over Germany. Japan must…

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Rowdies lose new midfielder to El Salvadorian nat’l team for summer

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ newly acquired midfielder, Richard Menjivar, will miss the rest of the Rowdies’ spring season, and presumably the beginning of their fall season, to join the El Salvadorian national team for the summer. La Selecta, as the team is affectionately known, will be preparing for and playing in both Gold Cup and World Cup qualifiers over the next couple months. Their first match will be a friendly against Chile this Friday, June 5, the day before the…

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Gary Shelton: Rowdies coach went a long way to find growth

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There are new seats behind him. There is fresh paint in front of him. The slogans of a team are around him. The sound of an earthmover beeps as it hurries through the day. For Thomas Rongen, it seems as good a spot as any to talk about growth. Of a sport. Of a team. Of a man. Rongen, 58, sits on a bench at Al Lang Field, and the sailboats drift past. The Tampa Bay Rowdies team he coaches has…

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