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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/18/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


Cincinnati at Cleveland (Postponed)

Tampa Bay 6, Detroit 1
Minnesota 14, Oakland 4
Boston 5, Houston 1
NY Yankees 3, Baltimore 2
Seattle 5, Toronto 1
Kansas City 6, Chi White Sox 2
Texas 6, LA Angels 5

Milwaukee 7, Atlanta 6
Colorado 5, San Francisco 3
LA Dodgers 5, Arizona 3
Philadelphia 3, San Diego 0
Washington 5, Miami 4
NY Mets 11, St. Louis 4
Pittsburgh 3, Chi Cubs 2

Golden State 112, Dallas 87 (Golden State leads 1-0)

Carolina 2, NY Rangers 1 (OT) (Carolina leads 1-0)
Calgary 9, Edmonton 6 (Calgary leads 1-0)

Seattle 74, Chicago 71

New York City FC 2, D.C. United 0
Chicago 3, New York 3 (Tie)
Miami 0, Philadelphia 0 (Tie)
LA Galaxy 1, Minnesota 1 (Tie)
Seattle 1, Houston 0
Sporting Kansas City 2, Colorado 1
Nashville 2, CF Montral 1
Vancouver 2, FC Dallas 1
Austin FC 2, Los Angeles FC 1
San Jose 3, Portland 2

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US women's soccer team to earn equal pay in landmark deal

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(NEW YORK) -- Women who play soccer for the United States will now earn the same amount as men in a landmark equal pay win.

U.S. Soccer and the unions for both the men's and women's national teams announced Wednesday they reached a new collective bargaining agreement that will achieve "equal pay and set the global standard moving forward in international soccer."

Under the agreement, players on the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) and the U.S. Men's National Team (USMNT) will receive the same pay, including appearance fees and game bonuses, and be provided the same working conditions. While women's players previously had guaranteed salaries, they will now have the same pay-to-play structure as the men's players.

The two teams will also pool their World Cup prize money, which is unequally distributed by FIFA, the international governing body, and share the money equally, becoming the first soccer federation in the world to do so, according to the agreement.

“This is a truly historic moment," U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said in a statement. "These agreements have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world."

"Finally," Molly Levinson, an adviser to the USWNT players in their fight for equal pay, told ABC News about the agreement. "Let this be a resounding call to every league, every sport, every workplace, every workforce, every C-suite, every boardroom.”

The USWNT's win on equal pay has been years in the making.

In 2016, a group of players filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against the USWNT over inequality in pay and treatment.

The following year, the women’s team reached an agreement with the USSF for the EEOC complaint. The agreement included direct and bonus pay increases and per diems equal to the men’s team, according to ESPNW, as well as improved travel and financial support for pregnant players or players looking to adopt children. While it was an improvement, it was still unequal.

In 2019, the USWNT filed an equal pay lawsuit that blasted soccer's national governing body for allegedly paying mere "lip service" to gender equality and dishing out markedly more pay to the men's team.

The lawsuit, filed in California federal court on International Women's Day, cited not just pay but also the denial of "at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment."

"We know in our hearts, and we know with the facts that we have, that we’re on the right side of this," Megan Rapinoe, a star forward for the team, told ABC News when the lawsuit was filed.

As an example of the pay gap, the lawsuit stated that female players earned $15,000 for making the World Cup team in 2013, while men earned $55,000 for making the team in 2014 and $68,750 in 2018.

The U.S. men's soccer team did not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Their best finish was third place -- in 1930. The U.S. women's team, on the other hand, has won the World Cup four times -- in 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019 -- and six Olympic medals, most recently winning bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In February, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) reached a settlement with USWNT on the lawsuit, agreeing to pay $22 million to the players in the case as well as an additional $2 million into an account to benefit the USWNT players in their post-career goals and charitable efforts related to women’s and girls’ soccer.

"This is just such a monumental step forward in feeling valued, feeling respected, and just mending our relationship with U.S. Soccer," USWNT player Alex Morgan told ABC News at the time the settlement was announced. "I not only see this as a win for our team or women's sports but women in general."

Rapinoe and Morgan have both been at the forefront of the fight for equal pay, not only for USWNT but for all women.

On average, women working full-time, year-round are paid 83 cents for every dollar paid to men, according to the National Women's Law Center, a policy-focused organization that fights for gender justice.

Last year, Rapinoe testified before Congress on the issue of equal pay, telling lawmakers, "If it can happen to us and it can happen to me with the brightest lights shining on us at all times, it can and it does happen to every person who is marginalized by gender."

"What we’ve learned and what we continue to learn is there’s no level of status, and there is no accomplishment or power, that will protect you from the clutches of inequality," Rapinoe said in her testimony. "One cannot simply outperform inequality or be excellent enough to escape discrimination of any kind."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/17/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:


Cincinnati 5, Cleveland 4

Chi White Sox 3, Kansas City 0
Kansas City 2, Chi White Sox 1
Tampa Bay 8, Detroit 1
Toronto 3, Seattle 0
NY Yankees 5, Baltimore 4
Houston 13, Boston 4
Texas 10, LA Angels 5
Oakland 5, Minnesota 2

NY Mets 3, St. Louis 1
St. Louis 4, NY Mets 3
LA Dodgers 7, Arizona 6
LA Dodgers 12, Arizona 2
San Diego 3, Philadelphia 0
Miami 5, Washington 1
Chi Cubs 7, Pittsburgh 0
Atlanta 3, Milwaukee 0
San Francisco 10, Colorado 7

Miami 118, Boston 107 (Miami leads 1-0)

Tampa Bay 4, Florida 1 (Tampa Bay leads 1-0)
Colorado 3, St. Louis 2 (OT) (Colorado leads 1-0)

Atlanta 101, Indiana 79
Connecticut 92, New York 65
Washington 84, Dallas 68
Las Vegas 86, Phoenix 74
Minnesota 87, Los Angeles 84

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/16/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


Detroit 3, Tampa Bay 2
NY Yankees 6, Baltimore 2
Boston 6, Houston 3
Toronto 6, Seattle 2
Texas 7, LA Angels 4
Chi White Sox 5, Kansas City 3
Minnesota 3, Oakland 1

Miami 8, Washington 2
Chi Cubs 9, Pittsburgh 0
Milwaukee 1, Atlanta 0
San Francisco 7, Colorado 6
L.A. Dodgers 5, Arizona 4
St. Louis at NY Mets (Postponed)

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Drew Brees tweets he 'may play football again' while discussing his future plans

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(NEW YORK) -- Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees created quite a stir Sunday night when he brought up the possibility of returning to the NFL in a tweet.

Addressing "speculation" from media outlets about his future, Brees, 43, said he is "currently undecided."

"I may work for NBC, I may play football again, I may focus on business and philanthropy, I may train for the pickleball tour, senior golf tour, coach my kids or all of the above," he tweeted. "I’ll let you know."

The 13-time Pro Bowl quarterback retired last March and worked as an NFL analyst for NBC this past season.

Dennis Allen, the head coach of the Saints, commented on Brees' tweet Monday.

"I think it was a comment made in jest, and we certainly haven't had any conversations in that regard," Allen told reporters.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/14/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

Houston 8, Washington 0
Seattle 8, NY Mets 7
Kansas City 8 Colorado 7

Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 0
Detroit 5, Baltimore 1
NY Yankees 5, Chi White Sox 1
Minnesota 3, Cleveland 1
Texas 7, Boston 1
LA Angels 4, Oakland 1

San Diego 7, Atlanta 3
Pittsburgh 1, Cincinnati 0
Milwaukee 7, Miami 3
Chicago Cubs 3, Arizona 2
LA Dodgers 5, Philadelphia 4
St. Louis 15, San Francisco 6

Boston 109, Milwaukee 81 (Boston wins 4-3)
Dallas 123, Phoenix 90 (Dallas wins 4-3)

NY Rangers 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT) (New York wins 4-3)
Calgary 3, Dallas 2  (OT) (Calgary wins 4-3)

Dallas 81, New York 71
Atlanta 85, Indiana 79

New England 2, Atlanta 2 (Tie)
Seattle 3, Minnesota 1

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/13/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday's sports events:


 Final  Houston       6  Washington   1
 Final  Seattle       2  N.Y. Mets    1
 Final  Kansas City  14  Colorado    10
 Final  Tampa Bay      5  Toronto             2
 Final  Detroit        4  Baltimore           2
 Final  Boston         7  Texas               1
 Final  N.Y. Yankees  10  Chicago White Sox   4
 Final  Minnesota     12  Cleveland           8
 Final  L.A. Angels    2  Oakland             0
 Final  Milwaukee       2  Miami          1
 Final  Cincinnati      8  Pittsburgh     2
 Final  San Diego      11  Atlanta        6
 Final  San Francisco   8  St. Louis      2
 Final  Arizona         4  Chicago Cubs   3
 Final  Philadelphia   12  L.A. Dodgers  10
 Final  Boston        108  Milwaukee  95
 Final  Golden State  110  Memphis    96
 Final  N-Y Rangers   5  Pittsburgh   3
 Final OT  Florida       4  Washington   3
 Final  Dallas        4  Calgary      2
 Final  Dallas     94  Washington  86
 Final  Las Vegas  96  Atlanta     73
 Final OT  Indiana    92  New York    86

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WNBA star Brittney Griner's pre-trial detention in Russia extended as US works to negotiate her release

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(NEW YORK) -- Brittney Griner's pre-trial detention in Russia was extended by one month on Friday as the United States works to secure the WNBA star's freedom.

Alexander Boikov, Griner's lawyer, told ABC News that her pre-trail detention has been extended until June 18.

Russian media have reported that the U.S. and Russia are discussing the possibility of exchanging Griner for Victor Bout, a Russian arms dealer who was convicted in the U.S.

Boikov said he does not have any information on a possible exchange.

The State Department declined to comment to ABC News regarding the extension of Brittney Griner’s pre-trial detention, but confirmed that diplomats from the U.S. embassy in Moscow attended the hearing and were able to talk with her today.

Spokesperson Ned Price said that Griner “is doing as well as can be expected in these circumstances.”

“We are closely engaged on this case and in frequent contact with Ms. Griner’s legal team,” another department spokesperson added.

Previously, Griner met with a U.S. official from the consular office in Russia on March 24 amid a push from the U.S. to gain access to the WNBA star.

The extension of her detention comes one week after the U.S. State Department reclassified Griner as being “wrongfully detained” in Russia.

“The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is among the highest priorities of the U.S government. The Department of State has determined that the Russian Federation has wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Brittney Griner,” a department spokesperson told ABC News last week. “With this determination, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens will lead the interagency team for securing Brittney Griner’s release.”

With this classification, the U.S. will now be more involved in negotiating for her freedom.

"Brittney has been detained for 75 days and our expectation is that the White House do whatever is necessary to bring her home," Griner's agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, said in a statement last week.

A State Department spokesperson told ABC News last week that the U.S. is "deeply concerned about our lack of consistent consular access to these U.S. citizens in recent months.”

“While the Government of Russia has allowed consular access in this instance, we continue to insist that they allow regular, timely consular access to all U.S. citizen detainees in Russia, including those in pre-trial detention. We take our responsibility to assist U.S. citizens seriously, and we will continue to press for fair and transparent treatment for all U.S. citizens when they are subject to legal processes overseas,” the spokesperson said.

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was visiting Russia to play basketball off-season and was arrested in February at a Moscow area airport for allegedly having vape cartridges in her luggage that contained hashish oil -- an illegal substance in Russia.

She is facing drug charges with up to 10 years in prison, according to Russian media reports, and her pre-trial detention was extended in March to May 19.

Calls to free Griner escalated following the release of Marine veteran Trevor Reed last month, who was freed from Russian prison as part of a prisoner exchange.

Former Marine Paul Whelan has also been detained in Russia since 2019.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began one week after Griner was detained on Feb. 17. Some officials are concerned that Americans jailed in Russia could be used as leverage in the ongoing conflict.

The WNBA honored Griner with a floor decal bearing her initials and jersey number (42) on the sideline of all 12 WNBA teams as the 2022 season kicked off last Friday.

“As we begin the 2022 season, we are keeping Brittney at the forefront of what we do through the game of basketball and in the community,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement on Tuesday. “We continue to work on bringing Brittney home and are appreciative of the support the community has shown BG and her family during this extraordinarily challenging time.”

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/12/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:


Baltimore 3, St. Louis 2

Oakland 5, Detroit 3
Houston 11, Minnesota 3
Houston 5, Minnesota 0
Texas 3, Kansas City 1
NY Yankees 15 Chicago White Sox 7

NY Mets 4, Washington 1
Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 9, LA Dodgers 7

Miami 99, Philadelphia 90 (Miami wins 4-2)
Dallas 113, Phoenix 86 (Series tied 3-3)

Boston 5, Carolina 2 (Series tied 3-3)
Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3 (OT) (Series tied 3-3)
St. Louis 5, Minnesota 1 (St. Louis wins 4-2)
Edmonton 4, Los Angeles 2 (Series tied 3-3)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/11/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


Philadelphia 4, Seattle 2
Atlanta 5, Boston 3
St. Louis 10, Baltimore 1

NY Yankees 5, Toronto 3
Oakland 9, Detroit 0
Tampa Bay 4, LA Angels 2
Kansas City 8, Texas 2
Cleveland at Chi White Sox 2:10 p.m. (Postponed)
Houston at Minnesota 1:10 p.m. (Suspended)

Pittsburgh 5, LA Dodgers 3
Cincinnati 14, Milwaukee 11
Miami 11, Arizona 3
San Francisco 7, Colorado 1
Chicago Cubs 7, San Diego 5
Washington 8, NY Mets 3

Milwaukee 110, Boston 107
Memphis 134, Golden State 95

NY Rangers 5, Pittsburgh 3
Florida 5, Washington 3
Calgary 3, Dallas 1

Atlanta 77, Los Angeles 75
Chicago 83, New York 50
Phoenix 97, Seattle 77

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/10/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

Baltimore 5, St. Louis 3
Boston 9, Atlanta 4
Seattle 5, Philadelphia 4

Detroit 6, Oakland 0
Oakland 4, Detroit 1
NY Yankees 6, Toronto 5
Houston 5, Minnesota 0
Chi White Sox 4, Cleveland 1
Texas 6, Kansas City 4
LA Angels 12, Tampa Bay 0

LA Dodgers 11, Pittsburgh 1
NY Mets 4, Washington 2
Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati 4
San Diego 5, Chi Cubs 4
Arizona 9, Miami 3
San Francisco 9, Colorado 2

Miami 120, Philadelphia 85 (Miami leads 3-2)
Phoenix 110, Dallas 80 (Phoenix leads 3-2)

Carolina 5, Boston 1 (Carolina leads 3-2)
Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 3 Toronto leads 3-2)
St. Louis 5, Minnesota 2 (St. Louis leads 3-2)
Los Angeles 5, Edmonton 4 (OT) (Los Angeles lead 3-2)

Indiana 82, Minnesota 76
Washington 89, Las Vegas 76

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/9/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


Philadelphia 9, Seattle 0

Baltimore 6, Kansas City 1
NY Yankees 1, Texas 0
Final Oakland 2, Detroit 0
Cleveland 12, Chi White Sox 9
LA Angels 11, Tampa Bay 3

Pittsburgh 5, LA Dodgers 1
Cincinnati 10, Milwaukee 5
Chi Cubs 6, San Diego 0
Arizona 4, Miami 3
San Francisco 8, Colorado 5

Boston 116, Milwaukee 108 (Milwaukee leads 2-1)
Golden State 101, Memphis 98 (Golden State leads 3-1)

Pittsburgh 7, NY Rangers 2 (Pittsburgh leads 3-1)
Florida 3, Washington 2 (OT) (Series tied 2-2)
Calgary 4, Dallas 1 (Series tied 2-2)
Colorado 5, Nashville 3 (Colorado wins 4-0)

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Former NBA player Adreian Payne shot to death in Orlando

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(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Adreian Payne, a former first-round NBA draft pick and star collegiate basketball player at Michigan State, was shot and killed early Monday in Orlando, Florida, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Payne was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks at No. 15 overall in 2014 and played for the Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic during a five-year NBA career.

He was 31 years old.

The former player was shot at a home in Orlando at about 1:30 a.m., according to the sheriff's office. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect shooter, Lawrence Dority, 29, stayed at the scene after the shooting and was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder, the sheriff's office said. He is being held at Orange County Jail.

The sheriff's office does not have a motive for the shooting.

Payne won over hearts during the 2014 NCAA Tournament by befriending a young girl fighting cancer named Lacey Holsworth. Payne met the 8-year-old, who was battling neuroblastoma, on a team visit to a local hospital several years earlier and struck up a friendship. When the Michigan State Spartans won the Big Ten title in 2014, Payne let her cut down the net.

Holsworth died of cancer on April 8, 2014 -- just three weeks after the Spartans won the conference title.

After his five years in the NBA, Payne had a successful career playing in Europe. The 6-foot-10 center played in Greece, China, France, Turkey and Lithuania. He won a Greek league title with powerhouse Panathinaikos in 2018 and French league team ASVEL in 2019. ASVEL posted a photo of him holding the championship trophy on Twitter and called the news "terribly shocking."

Payne played for Juventus Utena, in Lithuania, as recently as February.

"So sad to hear that former Michigan State star Adreian Payne passed away at the age of 31," ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas wrote on Twitter. "AP was an outstanding player for Tom Izzo, and befriended Lacey Holsworth through her battle with cancer. RIP Adreian Payne."

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green, who was a teammate of Payne at Michigan State, posted several broken heart emojis on Monday morning.

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Report: Nuggets center Nikola Jokic to be named NBA’s MVP

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(NEW YORK) -- It appears Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic will be crowned NBA's Most Valuable Player for a second season in a row.

Sources tell ESPN the 27-year-old has been voted the league’s MVP, with a formal announcement expected later this week.

Jokic closed out the 2021-22 season averaging 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game, topping most of his stats from last year.

In total, he had 2,004 points, 1,019 rebounds and 584 assists this year, making him the first player in NBA history to get 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season.

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Top moments from debut Formula One Miami Grand Prix

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(MIAMI) -- The Formula One expansion into the U.S. continued over the weekend with Miami's inaugural event.

Max Verstappen celebrated the first-ever win at the Miami Grand Prix as the city revved up with star-studded events.

Watch the weekend's top moments from Good Morning America:

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