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  • Scoreboard roundup — 7/17/19
    by JTP on July 18, 2019 at 10:19 am

    iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUENY Mets 14, Minnesota 4Baltimore 9, Washington 2Arizona 19, Texas 4AMERICAN LEAGUEOakland 10, Seattle 2Boston 5, Toronto 4Cleveland 7, Detroit 2Kansas City 7, Chi White Sox 5Houston 11, LA Angels 2Tampa Bay at NY Yankees — postponedNATIONAL LEAGUESt. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 5Milwaukee 5, Atlanta 4Chi Cubs 5, Cincinnati 2San Francisco 11, Colorado 8San Diego 3, Miami 2LA Dodgers 7, Philadelphia 2WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSChicago 77, Atlanta 76Phoenix 69, Dallas 64Seattle 90, Minnesota 79MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERAtlanta 5, Houston 0Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. […]

  • Former UFC fighter Abel ‘Killa’ Trujillo arrested for alleged sexual exploitation of a child
    by CJC on July 17, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    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 💯— Abel Trujillo (@KillaTrujillo) December 12, 2017 Trujillo was scheduled to fight in the main event of Battlefield FC 2 in Macau on July 27, The Sports Network reported.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. […]

  • Jessica McDonald, only mom on US soccer team, hopes her son remembers this
    by JTP on July 17, 2019 at 11:36 am

    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 say ‘probably’ — is one of the most difficult things to do,” she told ABC News.During the offseason, McDonald worked 9-to-5 jobs, coached and ran camps, and sometimes packed boxes at Amazon 11 hours a day “just to make ends meet.””Situations like that can be very draining, especially when I can barely even afford child care,” she said.McDonald sat down with an uncle, who told her, “You have this purpose that God has given you, and your purpose right now is soccer. If you can physically, and you’re still able to go and play, you need to do that. Don’t just give up just because it’s hard financially. You’re gonna be fine. You know that.”Now a World Cup winner, McDonald seems more than fine, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. While she was not part of the 2015 World Cup team, which filed a gender discrimination suit against U.S. Soccer, she and other moms in the NWSL are “trying to get together to see the changes that we can help make for the future of moms in this league, because it’s a very, very difficult road.”The NWSL did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.As a mother and professional athlete, McDonald has set up a system for her family: “Drop him off at school, I go to training, go on about my day, he’s got his after-school program, then I go to pick him up, we do dinner, story time, sleep.”But it’s on days when the system gets disrupted — if, say, practice gets moved because of weather — that it gets “tough,” especially without child care support.The World Cup started while Jeremiah was finishing up first grade. McDonald’s “North Carolina family,” whom she met and got close to after coaching their daughter, took care of her son back home. They then took Jeremiah to France for the end of the tournament.”To be honest, if I didn’t have them in my life, I have no idea what I would have done,” she said.Jeremiah joined her on the field after the win, at the ticker tape parade for the team in New York City and at the ESPY Awards, where the women won the award for Best Team.”I hope that he remembers at least just holding that trophy, watching that game, and meeting this incredible group of women, because we’re in the middle of something powerful right now and something historical as well,” McDonald said. “I just want that to inspire him to want to be great at whatever it is he’s going to do in the future and just kind of stay in a positive mindset as well, because it’s a very difficult thing to do.”Being around this group of women — and hearing Megan Rapinoe’s speech at the ticker tape parade — will impact him, she said. Witnessing it at a pivotal age means “it will hit him one day. Because he doesn’t understand right now. But one day, he will.”In her ticker tape parade speech, Rapinoe said, “We have pink hair and purple hair. We have tattoos and dreadlocks. We got white girls and black girls and everything in between, straight girls and gay girls.”An African American woman with dreadlocks (which she wears, she told Into The Gloss, because of their ease of care as a mom and pro athlete), McDonald’s image has inspired more children than just her son.”We want kids who look like us to be inspired,” she told ABC News. “I’ve had so many parents DM me on social media thanking me because I simply have dreadlocks, because their daughters wear dreadlocks and play with dreadlocks, and I’m like, ‘Well why not? Let’s do it.’ It’s really cool to be able to inspire the younger generation of kids of color that look like us.”Now back home in North Carolina, the McDonalds are settling back into their routine, as Jeremiah enjoys a summer program run by his regular after-school program on a farm. But his remarkable summer break may have an unplanned ending, thanks to shaking Dwyane Wade’s hand at the ESPYs.”I think he was kind of inspired by sports this summer,” McDonald said. “So I think I’ll be putting him in summer basketball pretty soon.”And maybe 15 years from now, Jeremiah will get to take McDonald as his date to collect his own ESPY Award. McDonald, of course, would be overjoyed.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. […]

  • Scoreboard roundup — 7/16/19
    by JTP on July 17, 2019 at 10:45 am

    iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEWashington 8, Baltimore 1Arizona 9, Texas 2NY Mets 3, Minnesota 2AMERICAN LEAGUENY Yankees 8, Tampa Bay 3Cleveland 8, Detroit 0Toronto 10, Boston 4Kansas City 11, Chi White Sox 0Oakland 9, Seattle 2LA Angels 7, Houston 2NATIONAL LEAGUEPhiladelphia 9, LA Dodgers 8Miami 12, San Diego 7Chi Cubs 4, Cincinnati 3, 10 inningsMilwaukee 13, Atlanta 1Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 1San Francisco 8, Colorado 4, 10 inningsCopyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. […]

  • As US women’s soccer team rallies for equal pay, what to know about the gender wage gap
    by Dana Schaeffer on July 16, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    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 responsible for the same earnings in their families as men.Is the wage gap that big of a deal?Women earn 80 cents less than men. It can be broken down further by specific factors, such as location, education, industry, marital status and race. For example, black women make 61 cents to the dollar and Hispanic women make only 53 cents to the dollar, according to research from the American Association of University Women.Is it going to close anytime soon?Nope. The World Economic Forum estimates that it will take 202 years to close the wage gap.Why do people say it doesn’t exist?Let’s go through each of the most frequently cited arguments on why the wage gap doesn’t exist. (Spoiler alert: it does.)’Women choose to work in lower paying jobs’Actually the opposite is true: a report from the Institute for the Study of Labor shows that when women become more educated and experienced and enter traditionally male-heavy jobs, the pay declines for the job overall.The reverse, too, is true. For example, computer programming used to be an unglamorous, predominantly female job. Now, it’s one of the most lucrative career paths and is pretty much exclusively male.’Women don’t negotiate’According to a study by the University of Wisconsin, the University of Warwick and the Cass Business School, women do negotiate as much as men. They’re just less likely to receive pay bumps.We think this is due to what is called “the double bind.” Essentially it’s when women are perceived to be acting outside of the norm of how we expect a women to be (“the good girl”), and then we get penalized. So, basically, when we are assertive and ask for a raise, we’re perceived as aggressive and increase the chances of not getting it.’Women leave the workforce to have children’It’s estimated that for every child a woman has, she suffers a 5% wage penalty at work, according to a study from Third Way. I want you to compare that to the fact that fathers earn 11% more than non-fathers.Research has shown that employers are less likely to hire women with children compared to childless women, and if they do choose to hire a mother, employers offer a lower salary than they do to other women.’Men have more education and experience’OK, two things to note here:One, women are 60% of today’s college graduates, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.Two, when both genders have more schooling, the wage gap actually widens for women. PayScale found a 4.6% wage gap between male and female M.D.s and a 4.7% gap between MBA holders.Why should we care about it?Closing the wage gap benefits everyone, not just women. If women were paid equally by 2025, we could add $12 trillion to the U.S. GDP, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. So that’s cool.The poverty rate for working women would be cut in half, says a report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. This is significant because women currently make up 70% of Medicaid recipients and 80% of welfare recipients, so if we get them out of poverty, it will cost less for taxpayers.So what can you do?Despite the fact that the wage gap isn’t going to close for a long time, there are four things you can do right now to create change:1. Get a raise.2. Talk to your company about pay transparency as well as family leave since without that, it makes it even harder for women to close the wage and leadership gap. There are statistics out there that will help you make a strong case for why these things help the bottom line.3. Get involved in local and state politics. Familiarize yourself with what legislation is on the docket and where you can lend your support. Things like the salary history ban, increasing the minimum wage, paid family leave and affordable child care are all things that help close the wage gap and improve life for all.4. Join Ladies Get Paid!Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. […]