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Trump sidesteps convos about race with critics, meets with retired NFL player to discuss 'black America'

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Courtesy Jack Brewer(NEW YORK) — After a week of backlash for his comments about four minority Congresswomen that many called “racist,” as well as chants targeting one of those congresswomen at his rally, President Donald Trump privately met with former NFL player and conservative commentator Jack Brewer at his Bedminster Golf Course to talk about “black America,” Brewer told ABC News. Trump has been criticized by both the left and right for tweeting that the four Democratic congresswomen — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley — should “go back” to where they came from, and then for standing by silently while a North Carolina crowd chanted “send her back” about Rep. Ilhan Omar. Instead of addressing the painful history the words “go back” have played in the minority community, the president has acted in other ways that appear to be attempts to address feelings of alienation. President Trump made the unusual move of intervening in the case of black rapper A$AP Rocky, who is currently being detained in Sweden for an alleged assault. After telling reporters

Tom Brady faces backlash for jumping off cliff with 6-year-old daughter

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots star Tom Brady is soaking up family time this offseason, but he’s not immune from critics chiming in on his performance off the football field as a parent. Over the weekend, Brady shared a video on Instagram from his vacation in Costa Rica, showing him leaping off a rock formation with his youngest daughter. The father of three had been on the edge of the small cliff and waterfall above a natural pool where other people were seen swimming below. He joined hands with his daughter Vivian, 6, asked, “Are you ready?” counted to three, yelled “go” and the pair jumped into the water. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson replied to the video, “You KNOW I have complete faith in you as a man, friend, player and father – but this just gave me anxiety. Geeezus,” he wrote, followed by the crying laughing and clapping emojis. Rapper Sean Combs, aka Diddy, also commented with the crying laughing emoji. Other social media followers were quick to add their thoughts in the comments,

Report: Barcelona set to open talks on extending Messi's contract

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Quality Sport Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Barcelona is reportedly seeking to keep its star player, Lionel Messi, in Spain past his currrent contract. Sources tell ESPN the soccer club is set to open discussions with the 32-year-old forward on extending his contract until 2023. Messi’s current deal with Barça ends in 2021. According to ESPN, negotiations on Messi’s contract extension will be held between Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and Jorge Messi, Lionel Messi’s father and agent. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NFL: Tyreek Hill avoids suspension, allowed to return to Kansas City Chiefs after abuse investigation

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Peter Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — An NFL player who was the subject of a domestic violence investigation involving his young son will not be suspended, the league announced Friday. Tyreek Hill, a Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, was cleared by the National Football League to attend training camp next week. The investigation stemmed from the release of a video in which Hill’s fiancé accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son. The NFL released a statement confirming it will not be suspending Hill after conducting “a comprehensive investigation.” Authorities conducted a separate investigation, too. “Local law enforcement authorities have publicly advised that the available evidence does not permit them to determine who caused the child’s injuries,” the statement reads. “Similarly, based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy. Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City’s training camp and participate in all club activities,” the statement continues. The NFL is keeping the case open, however. “If further information becomes available through law enforcement, the pending court proceeding, or other sources, we will

DOJ sides with NFL, Raiders in Oakland antitrust lawsuit and the city hits back

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33ft/iStock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Oakland is challenging the Department of Justice over a case based on the Raiders’ decision to move out of the California city. In December 2018, after the NFL team announced their plan to move out of Oakland and to Las Vegas, Nevada, at the start of the 2020 football season, the city sued the team, the NFL and the league’s other 31 teams for breach of contract through antitrust violations, alleging the move to Vegas is “illegal.” The city of Oakland argued they are due damages upwards of $240 million and for the diminished value of the Oakland Coliseum. “The Raiders’ illegal move lines the pockets of NFL owners and sticks Oakland, its residents, taxpayers and dedicated fans with the bill,” city attorney Barbara Parker said in a statement when the suit was filed. But in a statement of interest revealed this week, the DOJ said the city is not allowed to recover lost tax revenues and that it is an inappropriate use of antitrust laws. “Oakland’s claims for lost tax revenues should not be the basis

US women's Alex Morgan: What's next in the battle for gender equality

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Maja Hitij/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Alex Morgan and the rest of the U.S. women’s national team are still riding high after their victory earlier this month at the World Cup, a parade celebration in New York City right afterwards, and then being honored with an award at the 2019 ESPYs last week. But their work is just beginning. Fans across the globe have been supporting the team’s quest for equal pay within their sport, so that women can finally stand shoulder to shoulder financially with men on the field. Morgan was part of a panel Thursday in New York City, sponsored by the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, to talk about the lack of access financially for both young boys and girls in sports, and what can be done to give kids unfettered access to learn countless lessons that will help propel them to success later in life. She was joined by Jon Gruden, Larry Fitzgerald and Jalen Rose, among others. Gruden, who moderated the panel, congratulated Morgan on the World Cup win, but shared some staggering facts with the audience,

Steph Curry defends wife Ayesha after online trolls mock her dancing

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(DEL MAR, Calif.) —  After the dynamic, very successful Ayesha Curry couldn’t help but dance at the opening of her new restaurant in California, some haters had to spoil the fun by calling her out for her moves. Her NBA star husband, Stephen, decided to step up and throw some shade at anyone disrespecting his wife.  “Slow news day I see huh?” he said in an Instagram story. Then he dropped the hammer. “Make sure you send me the video of you dancing at your own restaurant opening,” he said. Savage! While Ayesha didn’t need Steph to back her up, as she can certainly fend for herself, she seemed to appreciate it and yet joke right back with her husband. “I hate you,” she joked, while Curry continued to dance in the car. Ayesha had originally jammed out to “Milly Rock” after her fourth restaurant, International Smoke, opened, this one in California. People joked about her dancing, comparing it to Elaine from “Seinfeld,” among other jabs. Some people even jabbed at Steph. But living your life well is always the

Former UFC fighter Abel 'Killa' Trujillo arrested for alleged sexual exploitation of a child

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Alex Trautwig/Getty Images(DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo.) — A former UFC fighter has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child, according to authorities. Abel “Killa” Trujillo, 35, was arrested in Broward County, Fla., in May and extradited last month to Douglas County, Colo., where the alleged crime is said to have occurred, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Cocha Hayden told ABC News. He is a Florida resident, she added. He is also charged with obscenity, Hayden said, but could not elaborate on the nature of the crime. Trujillo was previously convicted of domestic abuse in 2007 and domestic abuse assault in 2009, The Sports Network reported, citing Iowa court records. Trujillo was released from jail on $10,000 bond on Tuesday, Hayden said. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday morning and has not yet entered a plea. It is unclear whether Trujillo has retained an attorney. The lightweight’s last fight was in December 2017, which he lost to John “The Bull” Makdessi, according to mixed martial arts website Sherdog.com. Fight week👊🏾🏆 #KillaSeason

Jessica McDonald, only mom on US soccer team, hopes her son remembers this

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Maja Hitij/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Amid the rowdy celebrations on the pitch in France after the U.S. won the World Cup, a player kneeled so her young son could sprinkle a handful of confetti over her head. As the confetti swirled around her, Jessica McDonald closed her eyes and smiled. “I know all the girls, we all have something to play for, we all have this goal and we’re all on the same page as to what we want at the end of the day,” McDonald told ABC News. “But as for me, I have something a little bit more to play for, and that’s my kid.” McDonald is the only mother on the cup-winning U.S. women’s national team, and one of seven mothers in the National Women’s Soccer League, where she plays for the North Carolina Courage. Celebrating the World Cup win with her son Jeremiah, 7, almost didn’t happen. “About four or five years ago, I thought about retirement, because getting paid on the salary from the NWSL and being a parent is probably — no, I shouldn’t

As US women's soccer team rallies for equal pay, what to know about the gender wage gap

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iStock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Women’s National Team claimed its fourth Women’s World Cup championship title last week. Procter & Gamble — through a full-page ad in The New York Times for its deodorant brand Secret — made headlines by offering a donation of the team of $529,000, or $23,000 for each player, in an effort to close the gender pay gap between players on the women’s team and U.S. Men’s National Team. But it’s not just in the world of sports where we see a discrepancy in pay between the sexes or its effects. Here’s what you need to know about the gender pay gap and what you can do about it. First, let’s define the wage gap: We’ve been recording the wage gap since 1963, when the Equal Pay Act was enacted. It’s calculated by dividing the national median income of all full-time, year-round working women by the national median income of all full-time, year-round working men. This is significant when you consider that women are employed at the same rate, educated to the same level and often