Diversity in sports

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio watches before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Chicago. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has decided on Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as his new head coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, because the team hadn't announced the hiring. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
January 10, 2019 - 1:29 am
Where have all the black coaches gone? To the unemployment line, at least in the NFL. Five of the eight coaches fired over — and since — the last season were black, and so far none of them has been rehired as head coaches in the league. That leaves two African-American coaches still standing among...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez gives a thumbs up as he arrives for the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco. In a speech during Real Madrid’s most recent general assembly, president Florentino Perez answered questions from club members, and when asked about plans to create a women’s team, Perez didn’t answer. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, FILE)
December 10, 2018 - 4:52 am
MADRID (AP) — In a speech during Real Madrid's most recent general assembly, club president Florentino Perez spoke proudly about how esports will be part of the club's future. Perez also talked about plans for a possible Real Madrid theme park to be built in the Spanish capital. The president took...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) argues from the penalty box with Chicago Blackhawks fans during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago. Washington Capitals forward heard the unmistakably racial taunts from fans from inside the penalty box. As a black hockey player, he knew exactly what they meant by yelling, “Basketball, basketball, basketball.” (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes, File)
November 09, 2018 - 12:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Devante Smith-Pelly got up from his seat. The Washington Capitals forward had heard the unmistakably racist taunts from fans from inside the penalty box. As a black hockey player, he knew exactly what they meant by yelling, "Basketball, basketball, basketball!" "It's just ignorant...
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In this Nov. 1, 2018 photo, Argentina national female soccer player Luana Munoz poses for a photo at the Argentina Football Association, after a training session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "Women are not accepted in this environment yet. That's why there's so much resistance to broadcasting female sports, especially soccer," said 19-year-old wingback. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
November 07, 2018 - 10:22 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a country where the soccer conversation is overwhelmingly dominated by talk of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, female players in Argentina struggle to be heard. That's changing rapidly, however, and it's partly because of a picture that was widely shared on social...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, the United States Women's National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship, in Vancouver, British Columbia. FIFA President Gianni Infantino understands why female footballers are unhappy about the lack of gender equality in World Cup prize money but says doubling the cash for finalists to $30 million represents significant progress. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
October 26, 2018 - 4:33 pm
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino says doubling the total prize money for women's World Cup teams to $30 million is progress. However, the total prize money will be $440 million for the men's teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The FIFA Council on Friday ratified the financial...
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Buffalo Bills owner Kim Pegula arrives for the NFL football fall meetings in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 17, 2018 - 6:52 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With a laugh, Kim Pegula's competitive nature kicked in when the subject of the Toronto Maple Leafs hiring Hayley Wickenheiser was broached. Impressed as the Sabres president was by the gender-breaking move in August, Pegula's first reaction was wondering how Buffalo's cross-...
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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2016, file photo, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, left, talks to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, right, on the court during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio. Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league: hire more women in positions of power. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)
October 09, 2018 - 4:12 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league. Hire more women in positions of power. "I think there just has to be more, more of the same," said Popovich, who during the offseason promoted assistant...
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In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Candelaria Cabrera plays with a soccer ball in Chabas, Argentina. "Cande," as she is known by friends and family, is the only girl playing in a children's soccer league in the southern part of Argentina's Santa Fe province, birthplace of stars including Lionel Messi, Gabriel Batistuta and Jorge Valdano. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
September 11, 2018 - 4:44 pm
CHABAS, Argentina (AP) — At age 7, Candelaria Cabrera goes after the soccer ball with determination. She drives toward her rivals without caring much about getting hurt and deftly manages the bumps on the dirt field. She wears a loose white jersey from Huracan de Chabas, her hometown, located 230...
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Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during a hot afternoon in the first round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Aronimink Golf Club, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Newtown Square, Pa. (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
September 07, 2018 - 5:04 pm
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Tiger Woods endorsed Nike's latest "Just Do It" ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick with a message nearly as succinct. "It's a beautiful spot ," Woods said. The two-minute ad, which debuted during the NFL opener, highlights superstar athletes LeBron James, Serena Williams and...
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President Donald Trump is interviewed before the start of a rally in Billings, Mont., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 06, 2018 - 9:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 9:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says he doesn't think Nike's endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick is appropriate. Trump says Thursday: "I don't like what Nike did. I don't think it's appropriate what they did." Kaepernick...
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