Reims, Jun 22 (AP/UNB) — U.S. Soccer and players for the women's national team have tentatively agreed to mediate a lawsuit that accuses the federation of gender discrimination and seeks equitable pay.
The federation and representatives for the players confirmed the agreement, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, to pursue mediation following the Women's World Cup.
"Here to win a World Cup, lawyers are at home to do their thing, so we both have our jobs," defender Kelley O'Hara said Saturday. "This team has always been good at compartmentalizing. We focus on the task at hand and I haven't paid any mind on anything that's been going on. That's something we'll pick back up when we get home but right now my only focus is winning the World Cup."
The United States, the defending champion and three-time World Cup winner, won its first three games of the tournament and is set to play Spain on Monday in the knockout stage. The championship game is set for July 7 in Lyon.
Twenty-eight members of the current player pool filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in March. The lawsuit alleges "institutionalized gender discrimination" that includes inequitable compensation when compared with their counterparts on the men's national team.
"While we welcome the opportunity to mediate, we are disappointed the plaintiffs' counsel felt it necessary to share this news publicly during the Women's World Cup and create any possible distraction from the team's focus on the tournament and success on the field," U.S. Soccer said in a statement.
The federation has maintained the differences in pay are the result of different collective bargaining agreements that establish distinct pay structures for the two teams. Those agreements are not public. Court documents said decisions surrounding the teams have been made for "legitimate business reasons and not for any discriminatory or other unlawful purpose."
The lawsuit was an escalation of a long-simmering dispute over pay and treatment. Five players filed a complaint in 2016 with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the federation. The lawsuit effectively ended that EEOC complaint.
The federation and the team reached a collective bargaining agreement in April 2017. The agreement, which runs through 2021, gave the players higher pay and better benefits.
Defender Ai Krieger said she hasn't given the lawsuit any thought.
"Right now we're so focused on the game against Spain, and that's what's important for us right now," she said.
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB)— Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) held a training session and tournament for street children at the BFF artificial turf in Motijheel on Saturday morning as part of its AFC Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.
Chief Executive Strategist of Coaches Across Continent (CAC) Brian Suskiewicz, along with four coaches of English Football Association (FA) Kevin Richard Coleman, Anwar Uddin, Taffazul Islam and Alena Charlene Moulton, conducted the training session and tournament.
Later, BFF President Kazi Md Salahuddin distributed prizes among the participants as the chief guest. Acting British High Commissioner Kanbar Hossein-Bor was present as the special guest.
Besides, BFF women wing Chairman and FIFA council member Mahfuza Akter Kiron,
General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, BFF Executive Committee members Bijon Barua, Amit Khan Shuvra and Executive Director of Jagoo Foundation Korvi Rakshand were also present.
Earlier, BFF held football training and tournament for Rohingya children under the same programme at Ukhiya camp in Cox’s Bazar from June 17-19.
London, Jun 22 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan ought to be far more inspired than South Africa when they meet on Sunday at Lord's in the Cricket World Cup.
Pakistan still has a chance to climb the standings to the semifinal positions, even though it's a long shot. After South Africa, the Pakistanis play New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Of all four opponents, only Afghanistan is below them.
"Pakistan plays better under pressure," fast bowler Wahab Riaz says.
To soothe critical fans at home after the demoralizing defeat to India last Sunday, he adds, "We will qualify for the semifinals."
Despite the promise, Riaz says the team can't afford to think beyond this Sunday. The next game against New Zealand won't mean as much if they don't beat South Africa.
He says Pakistan has talked openly about its problems: Poor fielding, lack of penetration by the bowlers with the new ball, the lack of big scores by the batsmen.
"Good teams are those that discuss and talk about their mistakes openly to each other and we've done that. We will make up for our mistakes," he promises again.
"We have to lift ourselves. We are each other's strength. We are all good friends and know that only 15 of us can lift the team which not even our family members can do."
He says, apart from the win against England, they have let themselves down in not playing up to standard in the last two matches, defeats to India and Australia.
"Execution of skills is everything," he adds. "They (South Africa) have failed in that aspect like us. In this match, it depends on who handles pressure better and plays better."
Unlike Pakistan, South Africa is all but out. It was telling that after losing to New Zealand on Wednesday and told by a journalist his side was still in semifinals contention, captain Faf du Plessis said, "Are we?"
South Africa would have to win its three remaining games against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and defending champion Australia and hope a lot of other teams don't win a bunch of games, including top-four sides New Zealand, England and India.
Knowing this, and in the emotional aftermath of throwing everything at New Zealand and coming up excruciatingly short, it would be understandable if South Africa is feeling flat.
South Africa has beaten only Afghanistan among five matches and a washout. Injuries have handicapped the bowling attack but it's been the batsmen who haven't performed. Only once has South Africa passed 300, nobody has a century, and there's been only six half-centuries.
Even du Plessis, who is averaging 32 in six innings, blames himself.
"I need to be the leading run-scorer in our batting unit with Quinny (de Kock) probably. That's been happening the last two seasons," du Plessis said.
He isn't though. De Kock leads with 191 at this World Cup, Rassie van der Dussen has 180, then du Plessis with 128. Meanwhile, Australia, England, India, New Zealand and Bangladesh all have players with more than 200 runs.
"I am feeling good, just a case of making those starts, turning them into scores. I know my big score is around the corner. I'm feeling good, hitting the ball nicely. But, yeah, I'm part of the guys not putting enough runs on the board," du Plessis said.
"If you look at our batting unit, we've got some future talent and some promising players, but if you put our top six and you put the other top sixes around the world, purely on a numbers point of view, we won't be in the top three. We're not as experienced perhaps as other teams when it comes to that. We're just not producing scores or innings that can win you games."
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB) — Indian captain ViratKohli won the toss and opted to bat first in their fifth game in the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup against Afghanistan on Saturday at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.
Before heading to this game, India played four matches and came up victorious in three of them. The other game was washed out due to rain.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, played five matches and lost all of them. They are the only team in the World Cup who are yet to find a point.
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, talks to team coach Ravi Shastri as he reads from Afghanistan's team sheet before the start of the Cricket World Cup match between India and Afghanistan at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England, Saturday, June 22, 2019. Photo: AP
India overlooked Bhuvneshwar Kumar in this match to pave the way for Mohammad Shami who is set to play his first match in this World Cup.
On the other hand, Afghanistan made two changes into their playing XI. They overlooked Noor Ali Zadran and Dawlat Zadran to make the way for Hazratullah Zazai and Aftab Alam.
Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi bowls in the nets during a training session ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against India at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England, Friday, June 21, 2019. Photo: AP
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, ViratKohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB) - The Star Sports panel of experts for the World Cup is expected to see a shake-up with the BCCI all set to give the stars two weeks to choose between commentary assignments and their official positions with the board and IPL franchises. Even active cricketers, either for India or the IPL, have been barred from being employed as commentators by the broadcasters, reports The Indian Express.
The Indian Express has learnt that the BCCI’s Ethics Officer, D K Jain, in an order passed on an internal conflict-of-interest complaint, has questioned the presence of stars like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V V S Laxman, Harbhajan Singh and close to 20 other former and current cricketers in the commentary box for the ongoing tournament in England.
It is learnt that Jain ruled that the experts were flouting the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha panel recommendations on conflict of interest as they were holding multiple positions in the BCCI or IPL.
Stressing on the “one person, one position” principle, Jain has ruled that Ganguly, who is the Delhi Capitals mentor, Cricket Advisory Committee member, Star Sports commentator and Cricket Association of Bengal chief, can be seen only in one role.