Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Soccer pay dispute goes on
U.S. Soccer was misleading when it asserted some players for the women’s national team made more money than their male counterparts, the women’s team players said in court documents filed Monday.
The players say in the documents that the men’s pay would have been far greater if they’d had the same success on the field as the women.
The filing was a response to a U.S. Soccer motion opposing the players’ request to certify a lawsuit seeking equitable pay as a class-action. The women asked a court last month to include all players called up to the national team, which could increase the class to more than 50 players.
Twenty-eight players were part of the original suit filed against U.S. Soccer in March alleging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation between the men’s and women’s teams. A May 5 trial date has been set in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Marquette junior Hunter Eichhorn fired a 5-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Marquette Intercollegiate Monday at Erin Hills.
Eichhorn carded a bogey-free first nine holes and a total of six birdies on the day. His 67 tied him with Thomas Hutchinson of UC Davis for the daily low round and he sits one stroke ahead of Georgia State’s Ashton Poole (69).
The Golden Eagles (586), who started their round on the back nine, entered the day in 11th place in the team competition and jumped four spots. Purdue leads the pack at 579.
Coach Willie Taggart said James Blackman will start at quarterback for Florida State against Clemson.
But Taggart also said that there is a game plan for using Alex Hornibrook, who guided the Seminoles to wins over Louisville and North Carolina State after Blackman suffered a knee injury.
Hornibrook, a graduate transfer from Wisconsin, has completed 44 of 60 of his passes for 571 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad will be out indefinitely with injuries.
Coach Mike Sullivan said that Malkin’s lowerbody injury will require a longer recovery than Bjugstad’s, but he added it is not season-threatening.
Both centers were injured during a 7-2 victory over Columbus on Saturday. Malkin collided with teammate Kris Letang in the second period before limping down the runway. Bjugstad exited in the third with an undisclosed injury.
Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors have agreed on a $31 million, one-year extension that could keep him with the NBA champions through the 2020-21 season.
The star guard was entering the final year of a $100 million, three-year deal. But now he’ll bypass free agency next summer, and the short-term deal helps the Raptors keep the flexibility many teams will want going into what’s likely to be a massive free-agent summer of 2021.
Lowry is entering his 14th NBA season and his eighth with the Raptors, making him the longesttenured player on the roster. He’s been an all-star the last five seasons. He averaged 14.2 points and a career-best 8.7 assists last season while helping Toronto win its first NBA title.
Defender Walker Zimmerman will miss the United States’ Nations League games against Cuba and Canada after getting hurt.
Zimmerman left Los Angeles’ regular-season finale in the 66th minute on Sunday.
He was replaced by Atlanta defender Miles Robinson, originally scheduled to spend this week with the U.S. Under-23 team.
The U.S. was awaiting word on forward Jozy Altidore, who left Toronto’s match in the 70th minute Sunday and was being evaluated.
The Americans play Cuba on Friday at Washington, D.C., then meet Canada four days later. They host Canada on Nov. 15 at Orlando, Florida, and play Cuba four days after at George Town, Cayman Islands.