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The 50 best soccer players in the world in 2020

As we approach the end of what has been a turbulent 2020, Insider has put together its annual list of the best soccer players on the planet. This year, for the first time ever, our list features 25 male and 25 female players, with Insider soccer experts Barnaby Lane and […]
The 50 best soccer players in the world in 2020
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Megan Rapinoe suspects white people were angry that she kneeled in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick because they saw it as ‘betraying their race’

In her new memoir – “One Life” – Megan Rapinoe details her rise to women’s soccer superstardom and social justice heroism. The US Women’s National Team icon kneeled in protest of racial inequality and police brutality in 2016, becoming one of the first white professional athletes to show solidarity with […]
Megan Rapinoe suspects white people were angry that she kneeled in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick because they saw it as ‘betraying their race’
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Alex Morgan is making youth sports fun again

Alex Morgan is teaming up with GoGo squeeZ to help make youth athletics more accessible and more enjoyable for kids across the United States. The combined efforts of hyper-competitiveness, early specialisation, and incredible time commitments have contributed to a steady decline in youth sport participation across the country. The USWNT […]
Alex Morgan is making youth sports fun again
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Stars of US women’s soccer are done waiting for others to help level the playing field and are creating their own opportunities while inspiring others

USWNT stars are taking their financial success and off-field ventures into their own hands. Strikers Christen Press and Tobin Heath have started a company, re-inc, alongside USWNT teammates Megan Rapinoe and Meghan Klingenberg. Left-back Kelley O’Hara, meanwhile, recently started hosting a podcast through Just Women’s Sports. In speaking with Insider, […]
Stars of US women’s soccer are done waiting for others to help level the playing field and are creating their own opportunities while inspiring others
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Natalie Portman, Serena Williams, and more than a dozen women’s soccer icons are part of a star-studded ownership group for NWSL expansion team in LA

The National Women’s Soccer League – the top women’s soccer league in the world – will add its 11th franchise in Los Angeles, the league announced Tuesday. The team’s ownership group features a star-studded cast including Natalie Portman, Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian,Uzo Aduba, Jessica Chastain, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner,Eva Longoria,Lilly […]
Natalie Portman, Serena Williams, and more than a dozen women’s soccer icons are part of a star-studded ownership group for NWSL expansion team in LA
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Julie Ertz and US women’s national team, Chicago Red Stars teammate Casey Short took a knee, held each other, and cried during the national anthem at their first game in 8 months

USWNT stars and Chicago Red Stars teammates Julie Ertz and Casey Short shared a touching moment before their first game in the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup Saturday night. Ertz and Short cried and held each other as they kneeled during the playing of the national anthem. The powerful scene came […]
Julie Ertz and US women’s national team, Chicago Red Stars teammate Casey Short took a knee, held each other, and cried during the national anthem at their first game in 8 months
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Every single NWSL player kneeled during the national anthem at the first professional contact sports game to return in the US since the coronavirus pandemic began

Every National Women’s Soccer League player starting in the first professional American team sports game Saturday kneeled during the playing of the national anthem. Players from both teams – the NC Courage and Portland Thorns – wore Black Lives Matter shirts during warm-ups. The players then took the field and […]
Every single NWSL player kneeled during the national anthem at the first professional contact sports game to return in the US since the coronavirus pandemic began
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US Soccer apologised to its Black players for not using its platform ‘as effectively as we should have’ before lifting its ban on kneeling during the national anthem

US Soccer lifted its ban on kneeling during the national anthem. Policy 604-1, which was passed in February of 2017, required national team players to “stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.” In rescinding the policy, the governing body for […]
US Soccer apologised to its Black players for not using its platform ‘as effectively as we should have’ before lifting its ban on kneeling during the national anthem
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The US Men’s National Team players say they ‘understand and support’ the USWNT’s decision to appeal controversial equal pay lawsuit dismissal

The US Men’s National Team players have once again expressed their support for their female counterparts in their ongoing fight for equal pay. The US Women’s National Team sued US Soccer in a highly-publicized dispute over its alleged inequitable compensation and treatment compared to the men’s team. In a surprise […]
The US Men’s National Team players say they ‘understand and support’ the USWNT’s decision to appeal controversial equal pay lawsuit dismissal
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Megan Rapinoe said Vladimir Putin ‘seems pretty gay’ and is ‘basically a drag queen’ in a booze-fuelled, 4-hour Instagram Live with Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, and Penny Taylor

Pink-haired USWNT star Megan Rapinoe and WNBA icon Sue Bird – who have been in a relationship since 2016 – have been hosting an Instagram Live series through quarantine called “A Touch More.” This week, the couple had Diana Taurasi – arguably the greatest WNBA player of all time – […]
Megan Rapinoe said Vladimir Putin ‘seems pretty gay’ and is ‘basically a drag queen’ in a booze-fuelled, 4-hour Instagram Live with Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, and Penny Taylor
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The sports world is coming to a grinding halt because of coronavirus, and now the NBA, MLB, NHL, and NCAA are cancelling their seasons. Here’s the full list.

As more people and professional athletes test positive for coronavirus, sports leagues across the world are choosing to suspend or cancel their seasons. The NBA has suspended its season indefinitely as two Utah Jazz players have been diagnosed with the virus. The NHL, MLB, ATP, MLS, La Liga, Champions League, […]
The sports world is coming to a grinding halt because of coronavirus, and now the NBA, MLB, NHL, and NCAA are cancelling their seasons. Here’s the full list.
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President of US Soccer once admitted USWNT had ‘not been treated equally’ despite arguing for dismissal of their gender discrimination lawsuit

The US Soccer Federation filed a motion to dismiss the USWNT’s equal pay and gender discrimination lawsuit against its governing body and de facto employer. Publicly available filings from the suit reveal that Carlos Cordeiro, the current president of US Soccer, has previously made comments that seem to support the […]
President of US Soccer once admitted USWNT had ‘not been treated equally’ despite arguing for dismissal of their gender discrimination lawsuit
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US Men’s National Team players broke their silence on equal pay and gender discrimination, calling for the women’s team to earn ‘triple’ the men’s pay

The USMNT broke its silence on the USWNT’s equal pay and gender discrimination lawsuit Wednesday. In a damning statement released by the players association, the men said US Soccer – both teams’ governing body – “had no intention of compensating the women fairly” because it was “trying to protect their […]
US Men’s National Team players broke their silence on equal pay and gender discrimination, calling for the women’s team to earn ‘triple’ the men’s pay
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Serena Williams credits her daughter and the USWNT for inspiring her renewed efforts to combat gender inequality in sports: ‘They encourage me to want to continue to fight’

Serena Williams is doubling down on her efforts to fight gender inequality. The 23-time Grand Slam champion is working with Secret Deodorant to commission a “Gender Inequality in Sports” and pledge $US1 million to support equality programs. Williams said she was inspired by the USWNT – which is engaged in […]
Serena Williams credits her daughter and the USWNT for inspiring her renewed efforts to combat gender inequality in sports: ‘They encourage me to want to continue to fight’
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Google reveals the 10 athletes who caught our attention the most in 2019

Google’s2019 Year in Search reveals all of the trends we dug into using the popular search engine throughout the year – including athletes. Though the tool does not detail the most-searched topics of interest, it does track the searches that had a high spike in traffic over a sustained period […]
Google reveals the 10 athletes who caught our attention the most in 2019
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The 50 biggest plays in sports of 2019, ranked

We ranked the greatest plays in all of sports over the past year. We didn’t use a formula – this list is completely subjective based on both the gravity of the moment and the athletic brilliance of the play. Check out the 50 greatest sports plays of 2019 below. Visit […]
The 50 biggest plays in sports of 2019, ranked
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Megan Rapinoe is so much more than the Sportsperson of the Year

On Monday night, Sports Illustrated recognised Megan Rapinoe with the 65th edition of what is, by all accounts, its most prestigious honour: the Sportsperson of the Year award. The shiny silver cup was just the latest of many 2019 accolades for the pink-haired footballer, who feuded with President Donald Trump […]
Megan Rapinoe is so much more than the Sportsperson of the Year
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The biggest sports controversies of 2019

We took a look back at the most controversial sports stories of 2019. These stories ranged from on-field fights, off-the-field conflicts, to the politics surrounding sports. Take a look back at the stories that dominated the sports world this year below. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. A lot […]
The biggest sports controversies of 2019
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USWNT costumes were popular this year from kids of all ages and genders

Halloween costumes inspired by sports icons are common each year, but stars from the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) were a particularly popular choice for 2019. From boys with pink hair dressed as Megan Rapinoe and tiny Alex Morgans to a little Julie Ertz with a zombie twist, kids across […]
USWNT costumes were popular this year from kids of all ages and genders