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Dec 5, 2014

Soccer-Equal pay for women many World Cups away, says FIFA

OTTAWA, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Women should not expect to be paid the same as men for many World Cups to come, said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Friday, adding that any comparisons between the two tournaments was not worth debating.

Valcke, who will conduct the 2015 women’s World Cup draw on Saturday, noted that women will see prize money jump from the $10 million at the last World Cup in Germany to $15 million next year in Canada but it will be a long, long time before there will be the same type of pay parity that women enjoy at the tennis grand slams.

Dec 5, 2014

FIFA dismiss discrimination claims as “nonsense”

OTTAWA (Reuters) – FIFA prepared on Friday to stand their ground in a turf war with top women football players, dismissing as “nonsense” any suggestion that staging next year’s World Cup on artificial grass was discrimination.

The bitter dispute between football’s governing body and a group of players who have filed a lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association continued to overshadow the buildup to Saturday’s glitzy World Cup draw for the June 5 to July 6 2015 tournament in six venues across Canada, all on artificial turf.

Dec 5, 2014

Soccer-FIFA dismiss discrimination claims as “nonsense”

OTTAWA, Dec 5 (Reuters) – FIFA prepared on Friday to stand their ground in a turf war with top women soccer players, dismissing as “nonsense” any suggestion that staging next year’s World Cup on artificial grass was discrimination.

The bitter dispute between soccer’s governing body and a group of players who have filed a lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association continued to overshadow the buildup to Saturday’s glitzy World Cup draw for the June 5 to July 6 2015 tournament in six venues across Canada, all on artificial turf.

Dec 3, 2014

Turf war set to overshadow World Cup draw

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – With Ecuador having grabbed the last spot in the 2015 Women’s World Cup focus will shift to Saturday’s tournament draw which will be overshadowed by an ongoing turf war between players and soccer’s governing body FIFA.

Players have pressed for talks with FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, who will conduct the draw in Ottawa, but so far have been unable to confirm a meeting.

Dec 3, 2014

Soccer-Turf war set to overshadow World Cup draw

Dec 3 (Reuters) – With Ecuador having grabbed the last spot in the 2015 Women’s World Cup focus will shift to Saturday’s tournament draw which will be overshadowed by an ongoing turf war between players and soccer’s governing body FIFA.

Players have pressed for talks with FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, who will conduct the draw in Ottawa, but so far have been unable to confirm a meeting.

Nov 15, 2014

Hasek and Forsberg take gold road into Hall

TORONTO (Reuters) – Peter Forsberg and Dominik Hasek earned a handsome living in the NHL, but it was playing for their countries that gained them special places in hockey history.

Their global exploits secured Forsberg, the brilliant Swedish forward, and Hasek, the unorthodox Czech netminder, places in the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2014 that will be enshrined in ceremonies on Monday

Oct 23, 2014

Timeout as Canadians digest day of terror

TORONTO (Reuters) – A National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season game rarely holds any importance and a meeting between the Toronto Raptors and Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday held even less relevance as Canadians digested a day of terror.

The exhibition contest in Toronto went on but a National Hockey League game in Ottawa between the home-town Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs did not after a morning of gunfire in the Canadian capital left two men dead and a city on edge.

Oct 6, 2014

League set for smooth-as-ice start to 2014-15 season

TORONTO (Reuters) – With the NBA trying to recover from the Donald Sterling fiasco and the NFL reeling from a string of domestic violence cases, the National Hockey League opens a new season on Wednesday free of controversy.

With a $5.2 billion Canadian television-rights deal and guaranteed labor peace through the 2021-22 season, it seems as if NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is looking forward to the 2014-15 campaign with a smile.

Oct 2, 2014

Women will not boycott World Cup over artificial turf

TORONTO (Reuters) – There are no plans to boycott next year’s Women’s World Cup but players will proceed with a gender discrimination lawsuit against FIFA if forced to play on artificial turf, one of the complainants said on Thursday.

Reigning FIFA player of the year Nadine Angerer, who is among over 40 international women players suing the sport’s governing body and Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), said there has not been any talk of boycotting the month-long event.

Oct 2, 2014

Soccer-Women will not boycott World Cup over artificial turf

TORONTO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – There are no plans to boycott next year’s Women’s World Cup but players will proceed with a gender discrimination lawsuit against FIFA if forced to play on artificial turf, one of the complainants said on Thursday.

Reigning FIFA player of the year Nadine Angerer, who is among over 40 international women players suing the sport’s governing body and Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), said there has not been any talk of boycotting the month-long event.