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As USWNT celebrates, Brandi Chastain statue unveiled outside Rose Bowl

The statue shows Chastain, a star of the 1999 squad that inspired members of the current USWNT, in her iconic pose after scoring on the World Cup-winning penalty kick and ripping her jersey off in jubilation. → Read More

Former Redskin Albert Haynesworth pleads for donor after suffering kidney failure

The former defensive lineman posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed and said he was in "dire need” of a transplant. → Read More

76ers player says team will ‘walk to the Finals’ now that Kawhi Leonard is on the Clippers

James Ennis III will likely need some of his better-known teammates to back up his words in a conference that still has Gianis Antetokounmpo's Bucks. → Read More

Angels’ Mike Trout, Tommy La Stella wear Tyler Skaggs’s number in All-Star Game

Trout said they "thought it would be a good way to show some love and respect" for their former teammate, who died suddenly last week. → Read More

USWNT fan Amanda Nunes has more than earned her own acclaim for athletic dominance

The UFC champion, a huge fan of soccer since her childhood in Brazil, has been mowing down many of the biggest names in MMA. → Read More

Senate bill would block federal funds for 2026 World Cup until USWNT gets equal pay

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who introduced the bill, said that the "clear unequitable pay between the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams is unacceptable." → Read More

Jonathan Lucroy reportedly suffers concussion in violent home-plate collision

On the same day the Pirates' Francisco Cervelli said he was done playing the position because of concussions, the Angels catcher had to be carted off the field. → Read More

Trump appears to backpedal on White House invite for USWNT, saying ‘we’ll look at that’

After the team's World Cup win, the president said, "We haven't really thought about it," after previously tweeting that Megan Rapinoe and her teammates would be invited "win or lose." → Read More

Cubs Class AA affiliate calls out Colin Kaepernick, draws Betsy Ross flag on infield dirt

The Tennessee Smokies deleted and apologized for a tweet they posted mocking Kaepernick, who was reported to have encouraged Nike to pull shoes with a design on them of the flag. → Read More

Serena Williams to team up with Andy Murray in Wimbledon mixed doubles

Williams praised Murray, who is coming back from hip surgery, for his work ethic and involvement in women's issues. → Read More

After Colin Kaepernick complaint, Nike reportedly pulls shoe with ‘Betsy Ross flag’ design

The former NFL quarterback, according to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, objected to what he saw as the association the 13-star flag has with an era marked by slavery. → Read More

Alex Morgan’s goal celebration was certainly not some England fans’ cup of tea

The U.S. star was accused of being "disrespectful" after she mimicked sipping a cup of tea following Tuesday's game-winning tally. → Read More

Tearful Michelle Wie mired in self-doubt after firing an 84 at Women’s PGA Championship

" It’s hard. It’s just one of those situations where I’m not entirely sure how much more I have left in me," said the 29-year-old golfer, who has been battling persistent hand and wrist issues. → Read More

Zion Williamson got hit with a $100 million lawsuit just before the draft

The suit came almost a week after Williamson sued Prime Sports Marketing LLC, alleging it violated North Carolina law by adding him as a client in April. → Read More

Islanders goalie speaks out on mental illness while accepting NHL award

Robin Lehner has previously talked about his battle with bipolar disorder, addiction and thoughts of suicide. → Read More

David Ortiz was a victim of mistaken identity in shooting, Dominican authorities say

The former Red Sox slugger was said to be seated with and wearing clothing similar to that worn by the intended target. → Read More

Man who paid for hit on David Ortiz reportedly identified by Dominican authorities

The man was said in court documents to be a fugitive who used a go-between to pay approximately $7,800 for the shooting of Ortiz, who was injured in the attack. → Read More

Babe Ruth Yankees jersey sells for $5.46 million — a record price

The "Murderers' Row"-era jersey fetched a reported $5.64 million at an auction, over a million dollars more than the previous record item, also a Ruth jersey. → Read More

Stephen Curry says ‘it’s kind of stupid’ for Raptors fans to heckle his family members

In separate incidents during the NBA Finals, Curry's wife and parents were subjected to profane taunts amid widespread condemnation of some Raptors fans for cheering Kevin Durant's injury. → Read More

After Blues’ triumph, Raptors could become latest team with title breakthrough this decade

Since 2010, eight fan bases across the four major sports leagues have enjoyed their teams' first championships, and some other squads have also ended epic droughts. → Read More