NYC welcomes women’s football team with calls for equal pay

Fans shower the World Cup champions with love and demand they receive equal compensation with their male counterparts. Amid confetti and chants of “equal pay”, New York City honoured the US women’s football team on Wednesday with a ticker-tape parade up the “Canyon of Heroes,” celebrating its World Cup triumph and hailing the players’ emergence as icons of women’s rights. The squad’s 2-0 win over Netherlands in the final match on Sunday capped a World Cup campaign that attracted vast television audiences, reflecting the popularity of a US football team…

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Fans back women’s football team’s fight for gender equality

The lawsuit filed by 28 female players accuses their employer, the US Soccer Federation, of institutionalized gender discrimination. On Sunday, the US women’s football team will take on the Netherlands to retain their World Cup title. But once the tournament is over, they will also go to court to continue their fight against gender discrimination. The team is getting plenty of support on and off the field. Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington, DC.

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Women’s World Cup: US beat England to secure place in final

The US will face the winner of Wednesday’s second semi-final between the Netherlands and Sweden in Sunday’s final. The United States have beaten England 2-1 to secure a place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final, moving a step closer to defending their title. The three-time World Cup winners on Tuesday continued their fine form, having won their last 11 matches on the trot. The US began the game at France’s Stade de Lyon strongly, with Christen Press, on for the injured Megan Rapinoe, heading in the first goal after 10 minutes. Ellen…

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How Far Is A 5K Race

Running a 5k is becoming a very widely held goal for many beginner runners, it seems to be something that is easy to imagine doing and for a complete newbie not too daunting a prospect. It’s a distance which with a little constant training most people could build up to running without rest in as little as 6 to 8 weeks. Many charity events and road races now use this specific distance as it’s a good starting point for most folks and you don’t have to be an elite athlete…

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Two shot, two arrested at Raptors celebration rally

Police say ‘no incidents’ are currently under way as the celebrations continue for the NBA champion. At least two people were shot and wounded at a rally on Monday for the NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors. Police said there were two arrests in connection with the shooting, which was followed by a stampede in central Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. The city’s police said on Twitter that they recovered two firearms from the scene. Toronto Paramedic Services said, also on Twitter, that several people were injured, including a police officer, and…

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NBA finals: Toronto Raptors fans prepare for victory

With Canadian team close to its first championship, Al Jazeera looks at how Toronto Raptors’ rise is already a win for diversity. It is basketball season, and NBA fans all over the world are bracing themselves for the final championship game. Canada‘s Toronto Raptors are up three games to one over the injury-plagued Golden State Warriors. And the Toronto city is preparing to taste victory. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Toronto.

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Toronto Raptors stun Golden State Warriors in first NBA Finals

Pascal Siakam’s playoff career-high 32 points ensured two-time defending champions were beaten in opening game. The Toronto Raptors won the first NBA Finals game played outside the United States with a thrilling 118-109 victory over the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors. Toronto were led by Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam, who scored a playoff career-high 32 points on Thursday while Golden State’s sharp-shooting duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson failed to find their usual groove in the opening game of the series. The Raptors led by 10 points at…

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