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Added April 12th, 2016 by Ian

England’s Danny Willett comes from behind to win Masters

Twenty-eight-year-old Danny Willett of Sheffield, England came from behind to win the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National on April 10th. Defending champion Jordan Spieth of America stumbled in the last round and blew a five-shot lead on the back nine. Spieth’s worst hole was the 12th as he finished the par-three cup with a quadruple bogey seven after two shots ended up in the water. He fell behind by three shots at that point and found himself in a too little-too late situation. Spieth led the tournament from wire to wire last year and had a chance to repeat that feat, but threw it away.

 
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Added April 12th, 2016 by Ian

Manny Pacquiao goes out in style with win over Timothy Bradley

If Manny Pacquiao does indeed keep his word and hangs up his boxing gloves for good, the native of the Philippines went out in style with a unanimous decision win over American Timothy Bradley on April 9th in Las Vegas. The 37-year-old Pacquiao and 32-year-old Bradley were meeting for the third time after splitting their first two fights. Most fans feel Pacquiao won both of the previous two bouts though even though the judges handed Bradley a controversial split decision win in their first contest in 2012. Pacquiao then evened things up in the spring of 2014 with a unanimous decision and won the rubber match by winning the out 116-110 on all three scorecards and scoring a pair of knockdowns along the way.

 
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Added April 4th, 2016 by Ian

American women’s soccer team wants same pay as men’s squad

While many international soccer players aren’t officially paid for representing their countries, U.S. Soccer actually pays members of their national squads. Perhaps they should be thankful for this, but several of the female players aren’t happy that their male counterparts are paid more. The women’s team has been much more successful on the pitch than the men’s due to their Olympic gold medals and World Championships, but sports is based on revenues from ticket sales, broadcasting deals, prize money, and sponsorships.

Even so, five female players filed a federal complaint at the end of March stating that U.S. Soccer engages in wage discrimination since they make about 40 per cent of a male player’s bonuses. The players claim their bonuses, per diem allowances and appearance fees are all lower than the men’s. The complaint was lodged with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which is an American federal agency in place to enforce workplace discrimination laws.
One of the complainants is goaltender Hope Solo, who told the media, “The numbers speak for themselves. We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships, and the U.S.M.N.T. get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.”

 
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Added April 4th, 2016 by Ian

FIFA bans Sunderland’s Emmanuel Eboue for year so team sacks him

Sunderland defender Emmanuel Eboue of the Ivory Coast was banned for a year on March 31st due to some unpaid bills to a former player agent. It appears that Eboue, who is paid several thousand pounds per week by his Premier League team, owes an ex-agent named Sebastien Boisseau an undisclosed amount of money for work he has done in the past. However, FIFA is basically holding Eboue as ransom since the organization said it will lift the suspension as soon as he pays the money.

FIFA released a statement regarding the matter which said, the player is banned from “any football-related activity that will last for one year or until he pays the total outstanding amount owed to his former agent.”

 
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Added April 4th, 2016 by Ian

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